B&H Team Among the Five most Potential Representations in the World

first_imgThe football players of the coach Safet Sušić are found in the list of five most potential representations in the world. Apart from B&H, the portal Soccer Lens putted in the list also Russia, Senegal, Japan and Belgium.In the last five years, several international football teams have had an amazing progress as all as on FIFA’s classifications. Among them is the B&H team, writes the specified portal.B&H team was close to the World Cup 2010, but they were defeated by the barrage with Portugal. From the same opponent they lost even in 2012 at the same stage of the competition. This time, our team will make sure that situation to not happen again.Currently, they are in first place of Group G, in six games they have recorded five wins and one draw, what provided to them 16 points, three more than second-placed Greece. In the next four games will be enough three wins before they definitely book their tickets to Brazil.In addition to qualifying for the group stage Mundial, the representation team records and amazing success when it comes to FIFA ranking.They are in 13th place, which is a historical success. Behind them, they left selections of the world football greats, such as England, Russia, France, Sweden …Manchester City‘s player, Edin Džeko leads the charge of the national team, which is in the first four games of qualifying for the World Cup achieved 15 goals.But Džeko is not the only star of the team, there are the goal keeper Asmir Begović, captain Emir Spahić, who plays for Bayer from Leverkusen, Miralem Pjanić from Roma, Vedad Ibisević from Stuttgart … If they continue with this rhythm, B&H will fight for the first place, leaving behind the Greeks.As a team that will compete for the first time at the World Cup, will be a hard opponent for some teams that are already standard in major competitions.If they succeed in their goal, it is expected that B&H will have no fear from anyone, writes Soccer Lens. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

first_img“They all cheated the sport,” said Edelman of the three defendants, “in order to line their own pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the sport.”“The evidence will show that for over 20 years, the defendants co-conspired and abused the system,” he said.“They agreed to receive secret bribes, taking away money that could have been spent to promote the sport.”In their own opening statements, lawyers for the three defendants admitted there was widespread corruption at FIFA but argued that their clients were not involved.The trial is due to last five to six weeks, and prosecutors are expected to present 350,000 pages of evidence and dozens of witnesses.If convicted, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen. The most serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.Tens of millions of dollars were hidden in offshore accounts in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, US officials said.Around two dozen defendants have already pleaded guilty, and two of them were last month sentenced to jail — Guatemalan ex-soccer official Hector Trujillo to eight months and British-Greek accountant Costas Takkas to 15 months.The others who await sentencing include Jeffrey Webb, of the Cayman Islands, who admitted to receiving more than $6 million in bribes and whose millionaire lifestyle while under house arrest — quaffing champagne, gambling and partying — has infuriated FIFA’s lawyers.While the US investigation did not indict ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, he was thrown out of the sport in 2015 after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of making an improper two million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment to then-UEFA chief Michel Platini.Blatter was banned from soccer for six years, and Platini, his former heir apparent, for four years.Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP | Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.It was the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer, first unveiled by US government prosecutors in May 2015 and lifting the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.Yet only three of them are going on trial — a trio of once-powerful soccer officials from South America, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Their fate will be decided by an anonymous jury, chosen after documented attempts at intimidation. The 12-member panel with six alternates was selected after four days of screening last week.“Lurking underneath the surface are lies, greed and corruption,” US assistant attorney Keith Edelman told jurors in opening remarks Monday, recounting a meeting of soccer officials from all over the world at a Miami hotel in May 2014.“Some of these officials had other reasons to celebrate, they had agreed to receive millions of dollars in bribes regarding the (Copa America) tournament,” he told the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.Since extradition after his 2015 arrest by Swiss police in a five-star hotel, he has been out on bail, living in luxury at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper best known for housing the penthouse and company headquarters of the US president.Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.All three have pleaded not guilty.– ‘Cheated the sport’ –last_img read more