June 10 – With anti-World Cup protests possible ahead of kick-off, FIFA tries to deflect attention away from the cost of preparations and the massive profits it will pocket… Blatter praises tournament organisers, saying it will be a “great event”. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Sao Paulo.

October 22 – Former Nigerian administrator can return to football having served FIFA ban … Platini says Qatar’s problems are bigger than the timing of the World Cup … Brazil sports minister reconsiders decision to leave. INSIDER’s Nick Devlin reports.

October 11 – FIFA No.2 Jerome Valcke wraps up four-day Brazil visit by expressing confidence in security plans, despite concerns over more violent protests… More than 6m apply for tickets… GoalControl announced as goal-line technology provider. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

August 2 – Five months until completion deadline for six more World Cup stadia but new images show several are unlikely to be finished on time… Airport projects also delayed… Rio’s official countdown clock is stuck on 365 days! INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.