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Owen Gibson

Blatter key to Qatar 2022 decision

Qatar will try to hold on to the World Cup prize, but will Fifa intervene? Owen Gibson outlines the possible options.

spike: Don’t pop the cork yet, Champagne

Jérôme Champagne’s bid for football’s top job has raised as many questions as answers.

Football world in a tizz over 2022 Qatar World Cup bombshell

Fifa's secretary general has confirmed what most in the football world believe: Qatar's World Cup will be moved to later in 2022.

Doping casts shadow over athletics

More cheats are being caught, but there are fears that the public will view the problem as endemic.

Sharapova’s Wimbledon fall leads to a court disaster

Maria Sharapova has led the criticism of the condition of the Wimbledon courts, after she slipped and then fell out of the tournament altogether.

Mourinho returns to a very different Chelsea

He is, as Smash Hits used to say, "Back! Back!! Back!!!" José Mourinho will have to go some to top his first arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Why Abramovich can’t buy the best

After a decade of hiring and firing big-name managers, Chelsea's owner may be short of applicants to replace Rafael Benitez.

What if it rains during the Olympics?

The British government and Olympic organisers are drawing up contingency plans to deal with the inclement summer, writes Owen Gibson.

London Games ticket touts play dirty

Despite the organisers' best efforts, officials in 27 countries are likely to cash in on the black market, writes Owen Gibson.

The gods are smiling on the Olympic games.

The run-up to London 2012 has been remarkably smooth but there's one dark cloud -- the weather.

Big spenders take risks with new rules

Outlay at Stamford Bridge and Eastlands shows era of profligacy is not over yet.

Another Fifa favours for World Cup votes row

The former chairperson of England's Football Association has reignited the row over allegations of corruption in football's governing body.

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