Day: July 12, 2012

Kuwaiti family takes over Nottingham ForrestKuwaiti family takes over Nottingham Forrest

The Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family has completed a deal to buy two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest, the club has confirmed.

In a statement issued on the Championship side’s website, the Al-Hasawis said: “It is an honour and privilege for the Al-Hasawi family to assume control of this great club steeped in history and with the outstanding legacy left by its previous owner Nigel Doughty.”

Doughty put the club up for sale last October before dying of a cardiac arrest at his home in February.

Al-Hasawi’s love for football and previous experience of spending heavily to breed results is potentially great news for Forest fans, who are surely desperate to see their club attempt to return to the glory days.

Video|Ludogorets wins Super Cup and seal trembleVideo|Ludogorets wins Super Cup and seal tremble

Ludogorets beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3-1 to secure the Bulgarian Supercup and complete a remarkable domestic treble after league and cup success.

Two months on from their Bulgarian Cup triumph over the same opposition, Ludogorets came out on top again thanks to goals from new signing Júnior Caiçara, captain Emil Gargorov and Marcelinho.

Highlights: Ludorets 3-1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv

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Former FIFA president named in bribery caseFormer FIFA president named in bribery case

Former President Joao Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took multi-million dollar bribes on World Cup deals, Swiss prosecutors said in a legal document released on Wednesday, dealing a fresh blow to world soccer’s ruling body.

The 96-year-old Brazilian – who was FIFA president for 24 years before Sepp Blatter took the role in 1998 – pocketed at least 1.5million Swiss francs, while FIFA executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira at least 12.74million Swiss francs in payments from World Cup marketing partner ISL.

FIFA’s discredited Swiss-based marketing partner collapsed in 2001 with debts of around $300 million.

Havelange was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro and to South America for the first time when in 2009 the IOC elected the city as the 2016 host.

He is the former father-in-law of Teixeira, who recently resigned as head of Brazilian football and as chief of Brazil’s organising committee for the 2014 World Cup following a spate of corruption allegations.