2014 World Cup
FIFA has warned Brazil that there would be “no compromise” over the delivery of stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. The BBC’s Wyre Davies visited the Arena Amazonia in the city of Manaus “to see how much more work needs to be done.”
“It seemed like a perfect day at the beach in Rio de Janeiro,” Associated Press reporter Jenny Barchfield writes. However on November 20, a seemingly tranquil day at Arpoador beach was interrupted by “dozens of marauding youths” who snatched up bags and wallets from beachgoers. Incidents like this were “once a hair-raisingly frequent occurrence,” and raise concerns for a city set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
FIFA is investigating the “scale of damage” caused by a collapse at a stadium set to host the 2014 World Cup opener.
Qatar and Russia Under Scrutiny
The Atlantic’s Jake Simpson discusses human rights violations in both Qatar and Russia ahead of the 2022 and 2018 World Cups and February’s 2014 Sochi Olympics. Simpson says “it’s up to consumers, players, and sponsors to police FIFA and the Olympics Committee.”
French footballer Zahir Belounis appears to have secured an exit visa after “suffering two years of limbo in the country.”
The Independent explores “Belounis’ plight” and his journey to ultimately reunite with his “wider family” in Paris.
RIA Novosti reports that Russian police hope to limit their “traditionally hardline approach to football fans in favor of a more collaborative approach” at the 2018 World Cup.
In Other News
According to Pablo Zabaleta, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi “often asks him about life at Manchester City.” Messi’s future with Barcelona is often a “subject of speculation.”
Although some may mock Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner, Guardian reporter Paul Doyle says no one can “deny his team spirit.”
ESPN commentator Ian Darke discusses why Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was “lucky not to see red” during United’s match Cardiff City last Sunday. Rooney avoided a penalty after he kneed Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch from behind.
Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett
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