June 12, 2014. England against Brazil in the opening game of the World Cup. Surprisingly the stands at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo are almost entirely empty…
The reality is that Fifa and Qatar cannot predict what a court might rule…
An England line-up with no Manchester United players. When did that last happen?
Sponsors and rival tournaments could be in line for compensation, while holding the Qatar tournament in the summer poses other costly problems.
On Monday, I joined thousands on the streets of São Paulo to protest against the brutality used by Brazil’s military police as they confronted students demonstrating against rising bus fares. Thousands joined us across the world in support – 2,000 marched in Dublin, 600 in Berlin, as well as many more in other cities.
With apologies to Donna Summer, this time we know it’s (almost) for real. At least for Brazil.
And so it goes. Brazilian football management proves once more that it is no country for level headed, if slightly ponderous, middle-aged men.
Didier Deschamps’s men travel to Madrid tonight to face Euro 2012 winners, Spain, in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Britons tend to return disappointed from World Cups; the tradition is to skulk off amid bitter recriminations just as the real meat of the competition is getting started…but that’s not how it always goes. There are exceptions. One such came at the World Beer Cup – yes, even beer now has a world cup – in San Diego this month.
Award winning film-maker Victor Buhler talks to Christian Adofo about his new film, “The Beautiful Game”, football in Africa and his hopes for the continent’s future.
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