March 4 – Despite the race against time to complete World Cup stadiums, FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists that Brazil 2014’s problems are “under control” at the 100 days to go milestone. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Feb. 18 – Cuiaba officials dismiss suggestions they are struggling to get Pantanal Arena ready… Decision today on whether Curitiba will be dropped as a host city… Financing challenges in Porto Alegre… FIFA’s Valcke praises Amazonia Arena. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Feb. 5 – Mexico face Brazil in one of the most exciting groups in the World Cup, with fans believing El Tri have a strong chance of advancing to the second round.
May 31 – FIFA confirms the venues and match schedule of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil that is a dry run for the World Cup… Official slogan for Brazil 2014 is “All in one rhythm”… Deals done with two more sponsors. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 13 – FIFA says the Brazilian football confederation and 2014 World Cup organising committee have now officially confirmed the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira and named his successor as 79-year-old Jose Maria Marin. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 6 – FIFA confirms to INSIDER that Jerome Valcke will travel to Brazil next week for a check-up on 2014 World Cup progress after making an extraordinary apology to Dilma Rousseff’s government for saying tournament organisers needed a “kick up the backside” to accelerate preparations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 1 – A Brazil 2014 spokesman tells World Football INSIDER that corruption-hit World Cup chief Ricardo Teixeira will remain as president of the organising committee following the appointment of football legend Ronaldo to a key leadership role today. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 28 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is set to meet Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff next week for crisis talks about Brazil’s trouble-hit World Cup preparations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 31 – Dilma Rousseff says work on nine of the stadiums for the World Cup will be completed next year, as Sao Paulo’s senior 2014 coordinator hits back at Sepp Blatter’s call for the opening match to be held in Rio. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 18 – Brazil are on course to win their fifth U-20 World Cup title, while Portugal are hoping to break records in Saturday’s final… Workers revamping Rio’s Maracana stadium for the 2014 World Cup have gone on strike… Poland and Ukraine are set to simplify the visa regime between the two countries for Euro 2012. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.