The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Sevilla, Blatter and FIFA

In this week’s football review we congratulate Spanish side Sevilla on retaining the Europa League title and we wonder about all the goings on at FIFA

In this week’s football review we congratulate Spanish side Sevilla on retaining the Europa League title and we wonder about all the goings on at FIFA. To help with understanding you can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
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This week’s football review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Sevilla, Blatter and FIFA

Good

Congratulations to Spanish side Sevilla on winning the 2015 Europa League after defeating Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 in a thrilling final in Warsaw. This was their fourth win in the past ten years and Colombian striker Carlos Bacca’s brace meant they also retained the title they won last year against Benfica. The win also means that Sevilla will qualify for next season’s Champions League. Well done to the Andalucian side.

Bad

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for the fifth time after defeating Jordanian candidate Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein by 133 votes to 73 votes. FIFA has been embroiled in many scandals under Blatter’s reign but despite many, many calls for him to step down he defiantly continues as leader of world football. Not such a good day for football.

Ugly

This week FIFA has been in the news for all the wrong reasons as officials from football’s world organising body have been arrested on corruption charges. Two FIFA vice-presidents, including the president of Concacaf Jeffrey Webb, and five other high-ranking officials were being questioned by police over fraud allegations and could face extradition to the USA, while the Swiss authorities are also investigating the process of deciding where the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would take place. This story is not over by a long way but it is a very ugly one indeed.

Vocabulary

thrilling : Exciting

brace: Two goals

Andalucian: Region in the south of Spain

re-elected: Chosen again

has been embroiled: Heavily involved in

to step down: To resign

corruption: Taking bribes

Concacaf: The North and Central American regional football organisation

face extradition: Be moved to another country to face trial

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