The Arena Corinthians will host the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images)

Road to the World Cup

Bloomberg’s Tariq Panja discusses ticket sales for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Tickets are being advertised for “more than $40,000 on the secondary market” by holders ignoring a threat from FIFA to “void those not resold via the tournament organizer.”

The Washington Post’s Marissa Payne reports on World Cup ticket prices “soaring” to $20,000. Payne, like Bloomberg, says FIFA officials are threatening to “crack down on the exorbitant prices being offered on the secondary market by nullifying their sales.” 

The Guardian investigates pressure being put on Qatar to protect 2022 World Cup workers as the death toll in the Gulf state continues to rise.

The Telegraph features one of the 50 greatest World Cup moments–when Italy’s Paolo Rossi “laid waste” to Brazil during the 1982 World Cup.

Barcelona in the News

ESPN Catalan columnist Francesc Tomas takes a closer look at Barcelona’s “never-ending roller coaster” and every detail both on and off the pitch that “has the potential to tip the fine balance between failure and success.”

Mirror reporter Darren Lewis says the “banana eating craze” launched after Barcelona’s Dani Alves ate a banana thrown at him during the team’s match against Villarreal served to “do nothing but gain hits and generate retweets.” Lewis adds, “Fans are crazy if they think the Twitter campaign will change racism in football.”

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League record this week. (Getty Images)

CNN’s James Masters discusses Real Madrid’s “crushing” victory over Bayern Munich to make the final round in the Champions League.

New York Times reporter Sam Borden explores the Champions League record set by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the team’s match against Bayern Munich.

The Guardian’s James Riach says Bayern Munich “stylist” Pep Guardiola must “ride out the storm” following Real Madrid’s resounding victory.

World soccer writer Gabriele Marcotti says “tiki-taka is not to blame” for Bayern’s loss against Real Madrid.

In Other News

Guardian writer Marina Hyde analyzes the current state of Manchester United and explores why some are saying the club’s interim manager Ryan Giggs “wears the club suit like it was made for him.”

Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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