Football

Mike Lee to return to UEFA after Vero Communications appointed to support role

By Nick Butler

The partnership was outlined at the UEFA Congress in Astana ©Getty ImagesMarch 27 - UEFA have announced the appointment of Vero Communications, run by consultancy guru Mike Lee, in order to "develop and support its international communications activities".

Exclusive: FIFA plans big hike in 2018 World Cup prize money

By David Owen

FIFA have announced a major increase in prize money at the 2018 World Cup in Russia ©Getty ImagesMarch 26 - FIFA, world football's governing body, has paved the way for a big increase in prize money at the 2018 World Cup, to be staged in Russia.

FIFA earmarks extra $70 million for 2014 World Cup

By David Owen

FIFA was forced to earmarked $70 million last year due to expected costs associated with the problem-plagued 2014 World Cup in Brazil ©LatinContent/Getty ImagesMarch 25 - Unexpected costs last year forced FIFA to earmark an extra $70 million (£42 million/€50 million) for the problem-plagued 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Champagne sets out football development blueprint

By David Owen

Jérôme Champagne has set out a blueprint to tackle inequality in football ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 23 - Jérôme Champagne, the Frenchman campaigning to be President of FIFA, has set out a blueprint to tackle inequality in football including the establishment of a "World High Council for football development".

Qatar 2022 corruption and workers' rights in spotlight after FIFA Executive Committee meeting

By Gary Anderson

March 21 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter refused to be drawn on the latest corruption allegations surrounding Qatar 2022 ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesFIFA President Sepp Blatter refused to be drawn today on fresh allegations of corruption surrounding the successful Qatari bid for the 2022 World Cup, insisting "he had no right" to comment as an investigation is still being carried out by the governing body's Ethics Committee investigator Michael Garcia.

Blatter quizzed in World Cup corruption probe

By Duncan Mackay

Sepp Blatter, seen here announcing that Russia had been chosen to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is among leading officials to have been quizzed over allegations of corruption ©Getty ImagesMarch 20 - Members of FIFA's ruling Executive Committee, including President Sepp Blatter, have been interviewed about the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar. 

Leaked Brazilian Government report highlights "difficult relationship between people and society in Rio"

By Nick Butler in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is among the cities posing a security risk, the report warns ©Getty ImagesMarch 20 - A leaked Brazilian Government report has highlighted a "difficult relationship between people and society" in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the FIFA World Cup this summer.  

Liberia set for first ever national football training centre as FIFA steps up its football development efforts

By Paul Osborne

FIFA is helping to fund the development of Liberia's first ever national football training centre ©FIFA/Getty ImagesMach 20 - Football's world governing body has continued its pledge to support the development of football across the globe, with Liberia becoming one of the latest beneficiaries after an agreement to build the country's first national training centre.

FIFA inspectors visiting three World Cup stadiums yet to be completed

By Nick Butler in Rio De Janeiro

Construction work is still ongoing at three stadiums including the Arena de Sao Paulo ©Getty ImagesMarch 19 - Six stadiums due to will host matches at the World Cup this summer, including the three which are yet to be fully constructed, are being inspected this week by representatives from FIFA and the Local Organising Committee.
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