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  • World Cup stadium delays affect ticket availability - FIFA
    World Cup stadium delays affect ticket availability - FIFA 2 hours 42 minutes ago

    By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's failure to meet construction deadlines for World Cup stadiums means FIFA does not know how many tickets to make available for the tournament, which kicks off in less than two months, FIFA's marketing director Thierry Weil said on Thursday. World soccer's governing body had wanted the 12 venues to be ready by December last year, but only the six used in the Confederations Cup last June were ready by then. Of the remaining six, three are still not complete with the opening match set to take place on June 12. ... More »

  • Soccer-World Cup stadium delays affect ticket availability: FIFA 3 hours ago

    By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24 (Reuters) - Brazil's failure to meet construction deadlines for World Cup stadiums means FIFA does not know how many tickets to make available for the tournament, which kicks off in less than two months, FIFA's marketing director Thierry Weil said on Thursday. World soccer's governing body had wanted the 12 venues to be ready by December last year, but only the six used in the Confederations Cup last June were ready by then. "We have held back 7 percent of the tickets until we really know how many tickets will be available." Brazil has had seven years to prepare for the tournament but is still racing to finish stadiums, airports, roads and other vital infrastructure. More »

  • Rooney among first in doping pilot
    Rooney among first in doping pilot 4 hours ago

    Footballers Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill will be among the world's first elite athletes to undergo new doping test regimes that scientists hope will cut out the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. More »

  • Soccer-Blatter wants to revive 6+5 proposal 7 hours ago

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to revive his so-called 6+5 proposal which would force clubs to field at least six players from their own country. The idea won the backing of the FIFA Congress in 2008 but was ditched after it fell foul of European Union laws on the freedom of movement. "Unfortunately the idea foundered on EU Employment Law - the right to work in the country of choice and individual freedom of movement," said Blatter in his column in FIFA's weekly magazine. An Institute for European Affairs (INEA) expert opinion concludes that a "quota agreement" along the lines of the "6 + 5 rule" is compatible with the law. More »

  • Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests
    Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests 9 hours ago

    All 12 host cities have "no choice" and "must" organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke's blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday. The warning ... More »

  • Liverpool Keeping Close Watch on Barcelona Starlet Cristian Tello
    Liverpool Keeping Close Watch on Barcelona Starlet Cristian Tello 10 hours ago

    Liverpool are planning a move for Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello, according to sources in Spain. The 22-year-old defender - who is under contract with Barca until June 2016 - was targeted by the Anfield club in the January transfer window, but opted to finish the season at the Camp Nou in the hope of getting a first-team opportunity. His progression at the Camp Nou has been slowed by the presence of stars such as Neymar, Leo Messi, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez. According to talkSport, the Catalan club are open to offers for Tello and the Reds are keeping a keen eye on the winger as they are willing to activate his €10m release clause. More »

  • Qatar, FIFA consider fewer 2022 World Cup stadiums
    Qatar, FIFA consider fewer 2022 World Cup stadiums 10 hours ago

    Qatar World Cup organizers are discussing with FIFA whether to scrap plans to build four of its 12 stadiums for the 2022 tournament. The Qataris say the decision to explore if the competition can be staged ... More »

  • Qatar to downsize stadium plans
    Qatar to downsize stadium plans 11 hours ago

    Qatar may build fewer grounds than the scheduled 12 for the 2022 World Cup to reflect the "size of the country", organisers said Thursday after consulting with world governing body FIFA. More »

  • Qatar, FIFA look at scrapping 4 of 12 WC stadiums
    Qatar, FIFA look at scrapping 4 of 12 WC stadiums 12 hours ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar World Cup organizers are discussing with FIFA whether to scrap plans to build four of its 12 stadiums for the 2022 tournament. More »

  • Atletico changes focus to Spanish title race
    Atletico changes focus to Spanish title race 15 hours ago

    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's attention will return to domestic affairs, as it looks to defend its lead at the top of La Liga, with the club closing in on its first league title in 18 years. More »

  • Blatter: Brazil Will Be Ready In Time
    Blatter: Brazil Will Be Ready In Time 16 hours ago

    Sepp Blatter has downplayed concerns over safety in Brazil with fewer than 50 days until the World Cup begins. This week's 50-day countdown has been clouded by riots in Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana area which followed the shooting of a 26-year-old man. England will be based in Rio, a city likely to attract thousands of supporters from around the world this summer, and Brazil-based journalist Tim Vickery told Sky Sports News this week travelling fans should take extra care during the finals. But FIFA president Blatter is confident the authorities in Brazil can cope with the extra security demands and expects the tournament to run smoothly - as it did in South Africa four years ago. More »

  • Be optimistic about Brazil 2014: FIFA
    Be optimistic about Brazil 2014: FIFA 17 hours ago

    Sepp Blatter is confident the World Cup will be a success despite growing concerns over security and unfinished work. More »

  • Barcelona Eye £25m Move for Chelsea Defender David Luiz – Report
    Barcelona Eye £25m Move for Chelsea Defender David Luiz – Report 18 hours ago

    Barcelona are reportedly preparing a £25m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz in the summer, according to the Metro. The report states that Barcelona have the Brazilian international on top of their signings list in the summer and are aiming to seal the deal before the World Cup commences in June. The reigning Spanish champions have faced a severe shortage at the centre of defence with injuries to Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, leaving Gerardo Martino with only one other recognised central defender in Marc Bartra. Javier Mascherano has adapted into a centre-back role at Nou Camp while midfielder Sergio Busquets too has been versatile in playing as a defender. More »

  • Soccer-Malaysian jailed over Australian soccer match-fixing 18 hours ago

    By Anna Harrington MELBOURNE, April 24 (Reuters) - The Malaysian ringleader of an Australian soccer match-fixing ring was jailed on Thursday, shortly after the lower league club involved was fined and deducted points for their failure to prevent the situation. Victorian County Court Judge Michael Bourke sentenced Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam to three years imprisonment, with two suspended, after he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct to corrupt the betting outcome. Subramaniam was arrested in September 2013 as part of a police investigation into betting irregularities surrounding Victorian Premier League club Southern Stars. Given time already served, Subramaniam is likely to spend at least five months in jail, after which he will probably be deported, a court spokeswoman said. More »

  • Soccer-Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter 19 hours ago

    By Stefanie McIntyre HONG KONG, April 24 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. "It is my 10th World Cup... and I can tell you I have never seen a World Cup that everything is ready, completely ready before the kick-off," Blatter told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday. "Football, with more than 300 million active participants, more than one billion fans, they are now waiting for this World Cup. It is in Brazil, it is a country where football has been, let's say the best footballers of the world are from. More »

  • Uruguay not among world's elite, says coach
    Uruguay not among world's elite, says coach Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Copa America champions Uruguay are fifth in the FIFA rankings, finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup and in Luis Suarez have one of the world's deadliest strikers, but coach Oscar Washington Tabarez does not rate his side among the elite football nations. We in Uruguay are not among the powers, not even in the South American region, and I think that's the reason we find the qualifiers so hard," Tabarez said on Wednesday. Uruguay scraped into three of the last four World Cup tournaments via an intercontinental playoff having finished in the lowest qualifying berth of the South American group. He told international news agencies at Uruguay's training complex outside Montevideo it would be a surprise for Uruguay to reach the final in Brazil given they are a nation of 3.3 million with a limited talent pool. More »

  • Valcke 'happy' with Cuiaba stadium despite delays
    Valcke 'happy' with Cuiaba stadium despite delays Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA's top World Cup official is satisfied with the pace of work at the stadium in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba even though a delay in the delivery of seats prompted the venue's inauguration to be postponed this week. More »

  • FIFA urged to back probe of Qatar World Cup Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Anti-corruption advisers appointed by FIFA say it's important to give "a convincing and transparent answer" to allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host. The advisory panel chaired ... More »

  • Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland
    Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    HELSINKI (AP) — Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, two years after the Singaporean was jailed in the Nordic country for bribing Finnish league players, officials said Wednesday. More »

  • FIFA urged to back Garcia probe into Qatar WCup
    FIFA urged to back Garcia probe into Qatar WCup Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as the 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers. More »

  • Europe split by financial iron curtain, says Champagne
    Europe split by financial iron curtain, says Champagne Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - European football is more divided today than it was during the Cold War because of the unequal distribution of wealth among its clubs, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said. "During the Cold War, football was able to unite a deeply divided Europe and nothing prevented clubs from playing together from either side of the Iron Curtain," said Champagne in the third part of his manifesto. "In 2014, in a Europe where the Berlin Wall has fallen and which most of its citizens can crisscross freely, clubs from the West and the East do not play football together any longer at the top level. "In a little more than 20 years, football has replaced the political iron curtain, which never blocked anyone from playing together, with a financial curtain dividing Europe in two. More »

  • Soccer-Europe split by financial iron curtain, says Champagne Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Brian Homewood BERNE, April 23 (Reuters) - European football is more divided today than it was during the Cold War because of the unequal distribution of wealth among its clubs, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said. "During the Cold War, football was able to unite a deeply divided Europe and nothing prevented clubs from playing together from either side of the Iron Curtain," said Champagne in the third part of his manifesto. "In 2014, in a Europe where the Berlin Wall has fallen and which most of its citizens can crisscross freely, clubs from the West and the East do not play football together any longer at the top level. "In a little more than 20 years, football has replaced the political iron curtain, which never blocked anyone from playing together, with a financial curtain dividing Europe in two. More »

  • Barcelona Transfer U-Turn Could be Great for Manchester United and Arsenal - …
    Barcelona Transfer U-Turn Could be Great for Manchester United and Arsenal - … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Barcelona will be able to buy and sell players this summer after all - and Fifa's u-turn could have significant ramifications for each of England's biggest clubs. However, Barcelona lodged an appeal before the Fifa Appeal Committee and asked for the ban to be suspended. Due to the complexity of the issue, Fifa have granted a suspension. The decision means that Barca will be able to fight England's top clubs for new signings this summer, and their targets are likely to include several players coveted by the Premier League's elite. More »

  • Cyclist Rogers cleared to race after doping case Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling's governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test. More »

  • FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup
    FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers. More »

  • World Cup rush leaves gaps in Brazil cell network Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Brazil had trounced the Spanish world champions. The final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for this year's World Cup, was a promising 3-0 victory for Brazil's national team but a bad omen for its cellphone network. Despite costly investments and another year to prepare, phone companies are still struggling to provide adequate coverage of key sites for the tournament starting in June. "Where we don't have much time, we probably won't be able to give complete coverage for the stadiums," said Eduardo Levy, head of a Brazilian industry group tasked with preparing cellphone coverage at World Cup venues. More »

  • Barcelona Preparing Summer Shopping Spree after Transfer Ban Suspended by F …
    Barcelona Preparing Summer Shopping Spree after Transfer Ban Suspended by F … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Fifa have announced that Barcelona's transfer ban has been suspended, meaning the Catalan giants will be able to sign players after all. Fifa had hit Barca with a 14-month transfer ban after it ruled the club had fielded 10 ineligible youngsters. But Barcelona appealed the decision and Fifa has announced the ban will be suspended until the disciplinary process is complete. While the suspension does not grant Barca impunity, it nonetheless opens the door for the club, who currently sit second in La Liga behind Atlético Madrid, to go on a multi-million euro shopping spree to replace players including defender Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes. More »

  • Valcke: Don't waste time at Brazil WCup stadium
    Valcke: Don't waste time at Brazil WCup stadium Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    FIFA's top World Cup official visited the stadium that will host the tournament opener in less than two months and said there is "not a minute" to waste. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke ... More »

  • Barcelona transfer ban lifted pending appeal Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Barcelona's ban from transfer market activity, due to last until the end of next season, has been temporarily lifted after the Spanish club appealed the decision, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Wednesday. FIFA's Appeal Committee said it had granted Barcelona the so-called "suspensive effect" meaning that the sanctions will be lifted until a final decision has been taken. FIFA said that due to the complexity of the case, the appeals process, including a possible appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), was unlikely to be exhausted before the opening of the transfer window on July 1. It had, therefore, allowed the suspensive effect. More »

  • FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal
    FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) — Barcelona was cleared Wednesday to sign new players during the offseason after FIFA froze the Spanish soccer club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal. More »

  • Barcelona Transfer Ban Lifted
    Barcelona Transfer Ban Lifted Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Barcelona's one-year transfer ban has been suspended while the club's appeal against the sanction remains unresolved. FIFA has cleared the Spanish club to sign players from July 1, with their case unlikely to be resolved before the transfer window opens for the summer. They were barred from registering new players for two windows earlier this year by FIFA's disciplinary committee as punishment for signing youth players from overseas in breach of rules designed to prevent child trafficking. Barcelona have pledged to pursue a further challenge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if, as expected, they lose the initial appeal at FIFA. More »

  • Barcelona's transfer ban suspended
    Barcelona's transfer ban suspended Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Spanish football club allowed to buy and sell players while the appeal into ban is pending, says FIFA. More »

  • Energy Rich Countries Under Fire for Human Rights Abuses
    Energy Rich Countries Under Fire for Human Rights Abuses Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Human Rights group Amnesty International has slammed Qatar's treatment of foreign domestic workers and called on the gas-rich country's government to improve conditions as the 2022 World Cup approaches. "Women who find themselves in abusive households face utterly miserable conditions," Audrey Gaughran, the group's global issues director, said in a statement. Amnesty says domestic workers are not covered by Qatar's labour laws and this leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. Qatar's ministry of foreign affairs sought to assert that some legal safeguards exist for foreign domestic workers in a statement sent to Amnesty. More »

  • Vietnam club make last 16 despite match-fixing admission Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Vissai Ninh Binh, who quit the Vietnam top flight over a match-fixing scandal in the AFC Cup, took advantage of a slow moving investigation into the matter to book a place in last 16 of the tournament as Group G winners on Tuesday. Earlier this month, 11 players of the Vietnam Cup winners told police they received around 800 million dong ($37,900) for fixing a March 18 AFC Cup match against Malaysia's Kelantan in which they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2. The team were withdrawn from the Vietnam top flight amid fears domestic games could also have been fixed, but they were allowed to carry on their commitments in Asia's second tier continental competition. Asked why Ninh Binh were granted the green light to continue, tournament organisers the Asian Football Confederation told Reuters they would wait for a "detailed investigation report from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) before AFC can take any action". More »

  • China manufacturing improves slightly in April
    China manufacturing improves slightly in April Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Workers are seen making national flags for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at a factory in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, on April 8, 2014 More »