Nov. 9 – David Cameron blasts FIFA for banning British teams from wearing embroidered poppies to mark Remembrance Day… FIFA’s Jerome Valcke urges Brazil to speed up 2014 preparations… Blatter to revive FIFA’s strategic committee in reforms process… UEFA concerns about airports and hotels for Euro 2012. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
10/1/2011 World Football INSIDER rounds up the 10 things you need to know about the global football business today.
9/12/10 FIFA president Sepp Blatter accuses England of being “bad losers” after bid leaders’ angry reaction to losing out in the race for the 2018 World Cup… He also dismisses as “nonsense” allegations of systematic corruption in FIFA.
2/12/10 England 2018’s slick presentation to FIFA featuring David Beckham wins praise from Sepp Blatter… Russia’s pitch touting plans to take the World Cup to eastern Europe for the first time fails to inspire. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett report from Zurich.
1/12/10 The momentum behind England’s World Cup bid has grown inexorably following the decision of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin not to attend the final round of bid presentations tomorrow… David Beckham speaks of “turning” mood. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Zurich.
30/11/10 FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou responds to BBC Panorama allegations… Vladimir Putin’s likely none-appearance in Zurich deals a blow to Russia’s bid chances… David Beckham and British PM David Cameron busy lobbying for England 2018… Holland-Belgium bid chief Ruud Gullit dances with Oranje fans and a brass band in Zurich.
26/11/10 British Prime Minister David Cameron has played down fears that England’s 2018 World Cup bid could suffer because of a BBC Panorama probe… England 2018 CEO Andy Anson claims British media tactics are “illegal” compared to some other countries.
26/11/10 England manager Fabio Capello says that FIFA has a duty to reward its historic heartlands as well as seeking new territory when deciding on who hosts the World Cup… England 2018 unveil final Zurich delegation.
19/11/10 FIFA vice president Jack Warner says that England and Russia are frontrunners to host the 2018 World Cup finals and that neither bid have much to worry about from the Spain-Portugal or Holland-Belgium bids… British Prime Minister David Cameron leads England 2018’s charm offensive with Trinidadian.
11/11/2010 David Cameron meets Korea’s FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon and jokes that he is spending more time lobbying for England 2018 than on G20 issues… Revelations over note-passing incident by FIFA Ex-co members sparks further controversy over voting collusion… Rugby’s dual bidding pioneer says his sport had a positive experience