Football

Protests across Brazil as anti-World Cup movement takes shape

By Nick Butler

Protesters close to the stadium in Sao Paulo where the first match of the FIFA World Cup will take place next month ©AFP/Getty ImagesProtests have taken place throughout Brazil today as embers of the violence which rocked the country during the Confederations Cup last summer reignite with less than a month to go until the opening of the FIFA World Cup. 

New Zealand "working hard" to assess viability of FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 bid

By Nick Butler

New Zealand's female football team in action during the London 2012 Olympic Games ©Getty ImagesNew Zealand's football fraternity is bidding to convince the Government the merits of bidding for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, with final confirmation of the bid required in October.

FIFA welcomes proposed labour law reforms in Qatar

By Paul Osborne

FIFA has welcomed proposed labour law reforms in Qatar which looked to tackle the ongoing issue of working conditions for migrant workers ©AFP/Getty ImagesFootball's world governing body has welcomed proposed labour law reforms in Qatar which look to scrap part of the country's medieval kafala employment system which has caused huge outrage directed at the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup tourist spending forecast to top $3 billion

By David Owen

Tourist spending could exceed $3 billion during the World Cup, but that accounts for just over 0.1 per cent of Brazil's gross domestic product ©Getty ImagesWorld Cup tourist spending in Brazil in June and July may exceed $3 billion (£1.78 billion/€2.18 billion), the Brazilian Government has forecast.

New head of Brazilian Tourist Institute begins role with less than month to go to FIFA World Cup

By Nick Butler

Vicente Neto is the new President of the Brazilian Tourism Institute ahead of the FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 ©EmbraturVicente Neto will enjoy a baptism of fire after taking over as President of the Brazilian Tourist Institute, Embratur, with less than a month to go until the beginning of the FIFA World Cup.

Samsung strikes deal with Football Association to support England team

By Zjan Shirinian

Samsung will give England players and staff heading to Brazil for the World Cup its latest mobile phone, the S5 ©Getty ImagesSamsung Electronics has struck an agreement with the Football Association (FA) to become the Official Consumer Electronics and Smartphone Supplier to the England team.

CAF President calls for thorough investigation into DR Congo football tragedy

By Paul Osborne

Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou has called for a thorough investigation into the incident which killed 15 people on Sunday ©FIFA/Getty ImagesIssa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has called for the Congolese football federation (FECOFA) to fully investigate a disaster which saw 15 people killed in a stampede during a match between AS Vita Club and Tout Puissant Mazembe.

Brazil mobilises 30,000 troops and police for pre-World Cup border patrol

By David Owen

Tens of thousands of military personnel have been deployed to patrol the 17,000-kilometre border of Brazil ©AFP/Getty ImagesWith just a month to go before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Brazilian Government has launched its largest mobilisation of armed forces, using 30,000 military personnel to patrol its entire 17,000-kilometre national border, one of the world's longest.

Croatian defender Josip Simunic loses World Cup ban appeal over pro-Nazi chants

By Zjan Shirinian

Croatian defender Josip Simunic said he wanted to share his patriotic emotions and did not intend to offend anyone, but his appeal has been rejected ©AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian defender Josip Simunic will miss the FIFA World Cup after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal against a ban for making pro-Nazi chants.
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