The Arena das Dunas stadium was “symbolically delivered” on New Years Eve. (Getty Images)

Road to Brazil 2014

The Guardian’s Barney Ronay discusses controversy surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ronay describes preparations for Brazil 2014 as a “kind of skyscraper-scale tuning fork transmitting the wider notes of sporting hysteria, social unrest, and global brand Armageddon.”

According to Ronay, the World Cup is “perhaps too large and too politically alluring ever” to be anything but “clogged and confusing” these days. He adds that it is important to remember the World Cup remains a “beautifully pure sporting occasion beyond all the corporate flummery.”

Los Angeles Times reporter Vincent Bevins says problems in the lead up to Brazil 2014, such as the crane collapse at the Sao Paulo stadium, “threaten the legacy of the country as well as the soccer tournament.”

The Associated Press reports that Brazil has started the New Year “without six of the 12 World Cup stadiums ready even though FIFA had set the end of 2013 as the final deadline.” The Arena das Dunas stadium was “symbolically delivered” on New Year’s Eve, but the stadium will not “be fully ready until the end of the month.”

The Financial Times explores whether events like the World Cup “damage or burnish” a country’s reputation. (Getty Images)

A Financial Times editorial says the upcoming Sochi Olympics and Brazil 2014 “may demonstrate that hosting such an event is now as likely to damage a country’s reputation as to burnish it.”

Midseason Transfer Window and Other News


Guardian reporter John Duerden offers Malaysian football’s perspective on Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. While those in the United Kingdom may portray Tan as the “bad guy,” Malaysian experts say he is “not a pantomime villain.”

ESPN FC discusses whether Juan Mata could be on his way out of Chelsea. (Getty Images)

ESPN FC staffers analyze day two of the January transfer window and explore whether Juan Mata could be “on his way out” of Chelsea.

SB Nation’s David Roth publishes the first installment in his five-part series, the “Qatar Chronicles.”

The Independent features FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s “tough” comments on diving. Blatter reportedly said players who dive are “failing as role models and has called on referees to use the full force of the law to punish simulation.”

The Associated Press reports on a Jewish group’s request for FIFA to “strengthen their fight against racism in the wake of Nicolas Anelka’s controversial goal celebration in a Premier League match.”

ESPN FC writer Christopher Atkins discusses the midseason transfer window, and the expected “frenzy of transfer activity as clubs seek to find the additional quality that will see them meet their aims for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.”

Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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