Turkish match-fixing scandal forces postponement of season

The Turkish Football Federation has postponed the start of its season amid an investigation into match-fixing allegations that have engulfed the country’s top clubs. English-language daily Today’s Zaman reports that the Super League will now kick off Sept. 9 and the Bank Asya league Sept. 10. Both were due to begin early next month until federation president Mehmet Ali Aydinlar met Monday with the prosecutor heading the probe that has netted more than 80 footballers and club officials in the past three weeks, including the chairman of defending champs Fenerbahce.

Beckham may continue playing in Major League Soccer after his LA Galaxy deal expires this season. (Getty Images)

Beckham assesses MLS future

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham says he has at least two good seasons left on his 36-year-old legs and may spend that time with Major League Soccer. “I still feel good, I feel healthy. I’m still enjoying getting up in the morning to go train,” he told US newspapers ahead of Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game pitting the league’s top players against Manchester United. “This is the last year in my contract but I enjoy playing in this league, for this franchise, with the players we have and with Bruce Arena as my manager.”

Beckham: “sick feeling” following England 2018 W.Cup defeat

For the first time Beckham is also opening up about the “sick feeling” with which FIFA’s bidding process for the 2018 World Cup left him. “There was obviously something wrong with the system when you look at the investigations since the vote and some of the things that have come out,” the ambassador for England’s bid told the Guardian a day after former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam received a lifetime ban from the sport. “It just felt unfair. The decisions have been made and, whether they can be changed, I’ve no power over that.” Russia won 2018 hosting rights, with England being eliminated in the first round of voting last December.

Women’s World Cup win a big boost for Japan

Japanese supporters are flocking to women’s football matches in record numbers following the national team’s victory over the USA in last week’s World Cup final in Germany. According to AFP, almost 18,000 fans attended one match, and two others surpassed 3,000 each, well above last season’s average draw of just over 900. “The atmosphere resembled the World Cup although the climate is different because of the heat and the high humidity,” Nadeshiko captain Homare Sawa told the French news agency after her league-leading INAC Kobe beat JEF United China over the weekend.

Record 15th Copa America title for Uruguay

Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 in Sunday’s Copa America final. (Getty Images)

Uruguay will represent South America at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil after capturing a record 15th Copa America title in Argentina over the weekend. Paraguay reached the final of the quadrennial continental championship despite never winning a match in normal time. The streak
ended Sunday in Buenos Aires, however, with Uruguay winning its first title since 1995 by a comfortable 3-0 margin.

Web portal opens for resale of Euro 2012 tickets

Customers who cannot use the Euro 2012 tickets they won in a recent lottery can now resell them at face value. The newly launched resale platform places UEFA as a sort of middle man to prevent direct contact between buyers and sellers ahead of next year’s tournament in Poland and the Ukraine. More than 12 million ticket requests were made by fans from 206 countries throughout March’s application period, a record for the European football finals.

UEFA reveals shortlist for Best Player in Europe

Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the nominees for the first-ever UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. A panel of sports journalists representing each of the 53 UEFA member associations chose the trio from a shortlist
of 10 footballers and will likewise make the final decision via electronic vote on August 25. The honour recognises a player’s contributions to a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season and replaces the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award.

New Zealand 2015 reveals bid cities for U-20 World Cup

A dozen cities in New Zealand are bidding for a share of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup after the country won hosting rights earlier this year. Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Wellington and Whangarei are each competing to stage matches during what New Zealand Football chair Frank van Hattum hails as the second-biggest tournament in the world. Between six and eight of the 12 will be tapped for the honour next year.

London Olympic football one year away

London 2012’s football tournaments are a year away from kick-off. Competition begins with women’s preliminaries at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, City of Coventry Stadium and Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, two days before the opening ceremony, and runs until Aug. 11, almost the entire length of the Games. A total of 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will vie for the two gold medals on offer at next year’s Olympics.

INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson

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