23/11/2010 Joao Havelange gives his views on the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race, praises Sepp Blatter’s management of FIFA and backs Brazilian football chief Ricardo Teixeira for FIFA presidency… Plenty of 1970 World Cup stars in attendance but Pele too expensive… Ruud Gullit extols the virtues of Holland-Belgium 2018 bid. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Rio.

22/11/2010 David Dein, president of England 2018, claims his bid team is working flat out to bring the World Cup back to the country for the first time since 1966. “We are in it to win it,” he says. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from the Soccerex Global Convention in Rio.

16/11/2010 Qatar’s World Cup bid chief Hassan Al Thawadi speaks of the benefits for FIFA of exploiting the “vast untapped football market” of the Middle East if football’s governing body awards the 2022 tournament to the Gulf state. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

10/11/2010 IMG Worldwide teams up with Brazilian conglomerate EBX Group founded by the world’s eighth richest man… Chelsea FC covets Asian sponsorship dollars… United Arab Emirates Football Association partners with Volkswagen… Vodacom develops its support of South African football.

2/11/2010 FIFA president Sepp Blatter congratulates Brazil’s newly elected president Dilma Rousseff and says the 2014 World Cup can trigger major long-term benefits for the country under her leadership… Soccerex expands broadcast schedule… More inside.

BRASÍLIA (July 28, 2010) – Brazil will invest US$ 18.7 billion in infrastructure to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to Brazilian Minister of Sports Orlando Silva Jr. Speaking on a teleconference today, the Minister stated that these resources will fund 50 projects in 12 Brazilian host cities. Nearly 78 percent of funding will 

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