Dec. 5 – FIFA says it is monitoring the explosive allegations of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport, as preparations ramp up for the Russia 2018 World Cup. Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 11 – FIFA has hit back at claims in Der Spiegel newspaper suggesting president Sepp Blatter told Norwegian football officials that Qatar will lose 2022 World Cup hosting rights. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 16 – Days before the World Summit on Ethics in Sports, host FIFA calls for its top executives to hand over designer watches dished out as gifts during the World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
August 5 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Major League Soccer will adopt the FIFA calendar … A group of female football stars voice gender discrimination concerns ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
July 18 – “Excessive spending” on Russia 2018 preparations put Volgograd, Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg in danger of being axed by FIFA… Ghana risks FIFA sanctions… FIFA forces Formula One driver to change helmet design.
July 15 – The media weigh in on Germany’s World Cup title and the road ahead for Russia as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2018. Compiled by Nicole Bennett.
July 13 – Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win a thrilling World Cup final… Heavy police presence ahead of the final, with VIPs including Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff and IOC chief Thomas Bach in attendance. Christian Radnedge reports from Rio.
June 26 – New Zealand’s football association has joined the English FA in withdrawing their bid to host the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 25 – Alexey Sorokin tells INSIDER he’s confident FIFA’s chief investigator will clear Russia of any ethics violations in the corruption-tainted World Cup bidding process. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 16 – IOC chief Thomas Bach tells INSIDER he’s hopeful for Germany… Thomas Mueller gets first hat-trick of tournament… FIFA president Sepp Blatter sat alongside Michel Platini, the UEFA president who no longer supports him… Traffic congestion but a packed house. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Salvador.