Football

Valcke warns of "race against time" as he tours FIFA World Cup venues

By Zjan Shirinian

Jérôme Valcke inspects the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, one of a number of stadiums causing FIFA a headache as the World Cup approaches ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - The stadium hosting the opening game of the FIFA World Cup "will be ready" despite a continuing "race against time", the governing body's secretary general Jérôme Valcke has said.

Moscow to spend $8 billion on hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Nick Butler

A huge amount will be spent in Moscow on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 21 - Moscow will spend more than 291 billion rubles (£4.8 billion/$8.1 billion/€5.8 billion) on hosting matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it has been revealed.

Framework Agreement signed for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco

By Zjan Shirinian

The Africa Cup of Nations will be held next year in Morocco for the first time since 1988 ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 21 - The Framework Agreement for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco has been signed.

The Gambia disqualified from African Under-20 Championship qualifiers

By Zjan Shirinian

The Gambia has been thrown out of the qualifiers for the Africa Under-20 Championship ©FIFA via Getty ImagesApril 21 - The Gambia has been disqualified from the qualifying competition for the African Under-20 Championship after fielding overage players.

Marco Polo Del Nero elected new Brazilian Football Confederation President

By Zjan Shirinian

Marco Polo del Nero will take over as President of the Brazilian Football Confederation on an as yet announced date in 2015 ©FIFA via Getty ImagesApril 17 - Marco Polo Del Nero has been elected unopposed as the new President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Allianz signs five-year sponsorship deal with Women's Bundesliga

By Zjan Shirinian

Allianz has signed the first title sponsorship deal with the Women's Bundesliga ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesApril 12 - A five-year sponsorship deal between insurance giant Allianz and the Women's Bundesliga has been described as a "quantum leap" for the league.

Japan Football Association vice-president Tashima runs for FIFA Executive Committee seat

By Emily Goddard

Tashima Kohzo is aiming for a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee ©Getty ImagesApril 10 - Tashima Kohzo, the vice-president and executive general secretary of the Japan Football Association, has revealed he will run for a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee to help boost the sport's development across Asia.

Northern Ireland Sports Minister threatens funding cut if women's football ignored

By Gary Anderson

April 9 - The IFA has been warned it needs to develop girls' and women's football or face funding cuts ©Bongarts/Getty Images The Irish Football Association (IFA) has been told girls' and women's football has to become a priority or else they face the threat of funding cuts in the future.

Confederations Cup "added $4 billion to Brazil GDP", says study

By David Owen

The Confederations Cup, won by Brazil, created more than 300,000 jobs according to the study by the Economic Research Institute Foundation ©Getty ImagesApril 8 - The Brazilian Government has fired a numerical salvo in the direction of critics who continue to argue that hosting sporting mega-events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is not in the country's best interests.

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