CNN features an article on former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who has become the “most-high profile football figure to announce he is gay.” Hitzlsperger made the announcement in German newspaper Die Zeit.
Following Hitzlsperger’s outing, former NBA star John Amaechi says football has a “toxic” approach towards homosexuality and claims members of FIFA “are not doing enough to help gay players.”
Amaechi specifically “slammed” FIFA president Sepp Blatter claiming Blatter “couldn’t have a job anywhere else.”
World Cup News
ESPN names Ian Darke the lead “play-by-play commentator” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
CNN illustrates FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke’s vision for a “winter World Cup for Qatar.”
FIFA made moves yesterday to “play down” Valcke’s claims that the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not take place in the summer. The world football governing body has said it will announce a decision on the Qatar World Cup after Brazil 2014.
The Guardian’s Owen Gibson says a winter 2022 World Cup “was inevitable from the start.”
Manchester United Woes
Guardian writer Louise Taylor discusses David Moyes’ challenging role as manager of Manchester United: “The manager appears increasingly isolated as the specter of Old Trafford continues to follow him and his struggling players.”
Football author Musa Okwonga offers “four suggestions” for fans of Manchester United, while bearing the “mounting cackles of everyone else who’s glad that they’ve fallen from grace.”
In Other News
CNN covers Lionel Messi’s “return to action,” Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso’s new two-year deal, and Manchester City’s recent 6-0 victory over a “woeful West Ham.”
Roads and Kingdoms features an article on the comparison between Africa’s and Europe’s World Cup presence. “Though Africa has more countries and a larger population than Europe,” writer and historian Laurent Dubois says, “the continent only has five berths in the World Cup compared to Europe’s thirteen.”
Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett
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