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  • Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out
    Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out 8 hours ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches were sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final online sales phase on Tuesday. More »

  • Tests games scheduled at stadium of WCup opener
    Tests games scheduled at stadium of WCup opener 8 hours ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Corinthians has scheduled at least three test events at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in less than two months. More »

  • Corinthians handed World Cup stadium but still work to do
    Corinthians handed World Cup stadium but still work to do 10 hours ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Corinthians have taken formal control of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup but officials said on Tuesday there is still a lot of work to do before the arena is ready to host big games. "I am enchanted, I am in love, there's emotion, passion, dreams," Corinthians president Mario Gobbi said at the official handing over ceremony. "I need to pinch myself to see if all this is for real." Gobbi, however, called the delivery by construction firm Odebrecht "a symbolic act" and said there "is still a way to go and we need to work together." The Arena Corinthians was supposed to have been finished last December but the already slow construction work was delayed further by two separate accidents in which three workers were killed. The former Corinthians president overseeing the project said work was so late there would likely be time for one match there before Brazil's World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12. More »

  • Soccer-Corinthians handed World Cup stadium but still work to do 10 hours ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, April 15 (Reuters) - Corinthians have taken formal control of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup but officials said on Tuesday there is still a lot of work to do before the arena is ready to host big games. "I am enchanted, I am in love, there's emotion, passion, dreams," Corinthians president Mario Gobbi said at the official handing over ceremony. "I need to pinch myself to see if all this is for real." Gobbi, however, called the delivery by construction firm Odebrecht "a symbolic act" and said there "is still a way to go and we need to work together." The Arena Corinthians was supposed to have been finished last December but the already slow construction work was delayed further by two separate accidents in which three workers were killed. The former Corinthians president overseeing the project said work was so late there would likely be time for one match there before Brazil's World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks 10 hours ago

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 7, to Sunday April 13, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Memorial service marks Hillsborough anniversary
    Memorial service marks Hillsborough anniversary 12 hours ago

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Scarves donated by football clubs across the world were laid out in the center circle at Anfield, forming the shape of the number "96" beneath a clear blue sky. More »

  • FIFA puts nearly 200,000 World Cup tickets on sale 15 hours ago

    FIFA says nearly 200,000 tickets will be available in the last online sales phase for the World Cup in Brazil. Soccer's international governing body says fans will be able to purchase tickets for 54 of ... More »

  • Fifa World Cup 2014: Where to Buy Last-Minute Tickets
    Fifa World Cup 2014: Where to Buy Last-Minute Tickets 18 hours ago

    The final sales phase for Fifa World Cup tickets have opened. A total of 199,519 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the June 12 - July 13 tournament, Fifa said. "With less than two months to go, this is the last chance for fans to secure their tickets for football's flagship event," said Thierry Weil, Fifa marketing director in charge of ticketing. Tickets will be available for all but 10 matches: the final, Brazil v Croatia, Mexico v Cameroon, England v Italy, Argentina v Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil v Mexico, Spain v Chile, Cameroon v Brazil, Croatia v Mexico and Australia v Spain. More »

  • Two in three Americans do not plan to follow football's World Cup - Reuters/Ipsos …
    Two in three Americans do not plan to follow football's World Cup - Reuters/Ipsos … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. men's football team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the football World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. It's been 20 years since the United States hosted the World Cup, an attempt at the time to bring football to a mass American audience. Two years later, a new professional league - Major League Soccer (MLS) - began. The arrival of international stars such as David Beckham and Thierry Henry to play for MLS teams in recent years has boosted the sport's popularity. More »

  • Ultra-high definition TV featured at World Cup Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting. More »

  • World Cup goes to football-mad Porto Alegre
    World Cup goes to football-mad Porto Alegre Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Porto Alegre is one of the most tradition-rich football cities in Brazil, providing the perfect background for World Cup matches. More »

  • Delayed stadium opens World Cup in Sao Paulo
    Delayed stadium opens World Cup in Sao Paulo Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) — South America's biggest city will be the first to see some action at the World Cup when Brazil plays Croatia at the stadium where a crane collapse killed two workers last year. More »

  • Curitiba survives to watch world champion Spain
    Curitiba survives to watch world champion Spain Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Widely considered the most advanced city in Brazil, Curitiba was in serious danger of being excluded from the World Cup because of delays at its stadium. More »

  • Belo Horizonte avoids World Cup delays Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Belo Horizonte was one of the first Brazilian cities to be ready for the World Cup, avoiding the delays that marked the preparations of nearly all other host cities. More »

  • No drastic overhaul needed at Barca, says Puyol
    No drastic overhaul needed at Barca, says Puyol Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The current Barcelona squad have a great deal left to give and there is no need for a sweeping overhaul in the close season, captain Carles Puyol said on Monday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino and his players have come in for some sharp criticism following last week's Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid and Saturday's shock reverse at Granada in La Liga. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has been accused of failing to bring in sufficient squad reinforcements over the past couple of years, with the lack of a centre back to replace the ailing Puyol seen as one glaring omission. Puyol, who turned 36 this week and has barely featured this season because of injury, said he and his team mates were with Argentine Martino, who is just under halfway through a two-year contract, "to the death". More »

  • Soccer-No drastic overhaul needed at Barca, says Puyol Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The current Barcelona squad have a great deal left to give and there is no need for a sweeping overhaul in the close season, captain Carles Puyol said on Monday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino and his players have come in for some sharp criticism following last week's Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid and Saturday's shock reverse at Granada in La Liga. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has been accused of failing to bring in sufficient squad reinforcements over the past couple of years, with the lack of a centre back to replace the ailing Puyol seen as one glaring omission. Puyol, who turned 36 this week and has barely featured this season because of injury, said he and his team mates were with Argentine Martino, who is just under halfway through a two-year contract, "to the death". More »

  • Hillsborough legacy faces safe standing test
    Hillsborough legacy faces safe standing test Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Twenty-five years on from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the all-seater stadia that became the tragedy's legacy are at the heart of a debate about the English fan experience. More »

  • Rossi and Cassano included for Italy fitness tests
    Rossi and Cassano included for Italy fitness tests Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano were called up for World Cup fitness tests Friday by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, while in-form forward Mattia Destro was left out while serving a three-match ban in Serie A. More »

  • Work resumes at stadium hosting World Cup opener
    Work resumes at stadium hosting World Cup opener Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Work is back at full speed at the stadium hosting the World Cup opener after labor officials allowed workers to return to part of the construction site that was closed because of safety concerns. More »

  • Brazilian club relegated after fans' racist taunts Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A sports tribunal has stripped points from a Brazilian club because its fans racially abused a referee during a match, causing its relegation in a regional championship in southern Brazil. More »

  • Brazil struggles with its World Cup preparations
    Brazil struggles with its World Cup preparations Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Although expectations are high for Brazil's football team at the World Cup, it's already clear the country didn't do a very good job preparing for the tournament. With only two months before the opener, ... More »

  • FIFA medical chief 'hates' Brazil drug test doubts
    FIFA medical chief 'hates' Brazil drug test doubts Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MONACO (AP) — FIFA's medical chief is "really not happy" with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples taken from players must be flown across the Atlantic for analysis at a laboratory in Switzerland, which could slow results. More »

  • Brazil president to Blatter: Country will be ready
    Brazil president to Blatter: Country will be ready Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has been "reassured" by Brazil's president that the country will be ready to host the World Cup. Blatter said in a statement he had "another very positive ... More »

  • Is The Ronaldo Factor enough for Portugal?
    Is The Ronaldo Factor enough for Portugal? Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The question facing Portugal at the Word Cup is plain: Can Cristiano Ronaldo do for his country what Diego Maradona did for Argentina at the 1986 tournament? More »

  • Soccer-Mentality must change for China to rise, says Perrin Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) - While 32 of his counterparts ponder the make-up of their squads for this year's World Cup, Alain Perrin is tackling a conundrum that has defeated many coaches before him - how to get China to punch their weight in international football. China, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since their single appearance in 2002 and are languishing at number 96 in the FIFA world rankings, appointed the Frenchman as their new coach in late February. Perrin succeeded former Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho, who was sacked in June last year following the failed campaign to qualify for Brazil and a 5-1 thrashing by Thailand in a home friendly. The 57-year-old clearly has his work cut out but thinks there is enough talent in Chinese Super League to build a national team that can compete at regional and global level. More »

  • Fixing orders in Australian league shouted from sideline Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    An international match-fixing ring that rigged matches in a second-tier soccer league in Australia was so unsophisticated that the middle man would shout instructions to players from the sideline during games, a Melbourne court has heard. Malaysian Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam acted as a facilitator between players at Melbourne-based Victorian Premier League club Southern Stars and overseas-based bosses of the betting syndicate to fix games last year. Subramaniam's method of communications left the players alarmed, Australian Associated Press reported on Friday, citing the Malaysian's lawyer at the Victorian County Court. "The (players) were saying 'does he want to be caught?'" Subramaniam was paid A$2,000 (1,132 pounds) a month for his part in the operation, which saw about A$64,000 pass through his hands to organise payments, cars and hotels for the players. More »

  • Soccer-Fixing orders in Australian league shouted from sideline Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    An international match-fixing ring that rigged matches in a second-tier soccer league in Australia was so unsophisticated that the middle man would shout instructions to players from the sideline during games, a Melbourne court has heard. Malaysian Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam acted as a facilitator between players at Melbourne-based Victorian Premier League club Southern Stars and overseas-based bosses of the betting syndicate to fix games last year. Subramaniam's method of communications left the players alarmed, Australian Associated Press reported on Friday, citing the Malaysian's lawyer at the Victorian County Court. "The (players) were saying 'does he want to be caught?'" Subramaniam was paid A$2,000 ($1,900) a month for his part in the operation, which saw about A$64,000 pass through his hands to organise payments, cars and hotels for the players. More »

  • World Cup ref Geiger aims for American record
    World Cup ref Geiger aims for American record Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) — Mark Geiger and Jurgen Klinsmann share a goal as they prepare for the World Cup. More »

  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff
    Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for 10 minutes and accepted his invitation to attend FIFA's 64th Congress in Sao Paulo on June 10, two days before the World Cup kicks off in the city. "Blatter told the president he is 'certain that the World Cup will be the most successful of all time'," Rousseff's office wrote in a blog post. Blatter told Rousseff that with just 63 days until the tournament kicks off, 2.5 million tickets have been sold, or almost 75 per cent of the total available. More »

  • Soccer-Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for 10 minutes and accepted his invitation to attend FIFA's 64th Congress in Sao Paulo on June 10, two days before the World Cup kicks off in the city. "Blatter told the president he is 'certain that the World Cup will be the most successful of all time'," Rousseff's office wrote in a blog post. Blatter told Rousseff that with just 63 days until the tournament kicks off, 2.5 million tickets have been sold, or almost 75 per cent of the total available. More »

  • Workers end strike after protest near WCup stadium Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Workers ended a strike at the World Cup stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba after disrupting traffic for nearly two hours and forcing organizers to accept their demands on Thursday. More ... More »

  • Barca's Champs League exit adds to post-Pep slide
    Barca's Champs League exit adds to post-Pep slide Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — While it may be too soon to call Barcelona's Champions League exit the end of an era, the Spanish champion doesn't seem to have recovered from former coach Pep Guardiola's departure two seasons ago. More »

  • Manchester United Target Rafinha Denies Return to Barcelona
    Manchester United Target Rafinha Denies Return to Barcelona Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Manchester United target Rafinha has said he has not talked about his future at Barcelona with either his father or agent, strengthening speculation about a move to the Premier League. Rafinha is currently on loan at Celta Vigo and Fifa executives have told Barcelona they can bring him back to the Camp Nou at the end of the season – even though the Catalan club have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows. The Catalan club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently claimed in an interview that they had been in touch with Rafinha to tell him that he will be part of the first team next season – but the player has denied any such conversation. Rafinha also mentioned the sanction imposed on Barcelona by FIFA, saying: "I don't really understand why this problem has come up now because they have always done things right at La Masía. More »

  • Top 4 for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings
    Top 4 for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) — Portugal rises to No. 3 in the latest FIFA rankings and fourth-ranked Colombia now leads the South American nations. More »

  • FIFA Rankings List Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA rankings for April (March positions in parentheses): More »