Football

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.

Warner dismisses latest allegations of corruption during 2022 World Cup bid

By Paul Osborne

Jack Warner has dismissed the latest allegations of corruption against him as "foolishness" ©2009 Jam MediaMarch 18 - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has dismissed new allegations of corruption against him following a report by a British newspaper claiming he accepted large sums of money during the run up to the vote on the 2022 World Cup, controversially awarded to Qatar.

World Cup winners Romario and Ronaldo clash over free Brazil 2014 tickets for disabled

By Nick Butler in Rio de Janeiro

Romario has criticised Ronaldo for being reponsible for a broking promised regarding disable spectators at the FIFA World Cup ©LatinContent/Getty ImagesMarch 18 - Brazilian football legends turned officials Ronaldo and Romario have indulged in a public spat over a failed promise to produce free tickets for disabled spectators at this summer's FIFA World Cup.

No decision on 2022 Qatar World Cup timing for at least a year, task force head confirms

By David Owen

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa says it will be at least another year before a decision on the timing of the 2022 World Cup is made ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 17 - The man heading the task force charged with settling on the best date for the 2022 Qatar World Cup has confirmed no decision will be taken for at least a year.
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