June 18 – Also: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is maintaining his neutrality through the FIFA World Cup.
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.
March 12 – Also: the United Arab Emirates has a strong bid for the 2019 Asian Cup.
Jan. 21 – Two days after holding crisis talks in Brasilia with the IOC president about Rio 2016, Dilma Rousseff will head to FIFA headquarters to update president Sepp Blatter on World Cup preparations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Jan. 7 – Sepp Blatter backtracks on comments slamming Brazil’s World Cup progress after president Dilma Rousseff responds to his initial outburst that the country is the worst prepared host in his nearly 40 years at FIFA. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Jan. 6 – Preparations for the Brazil World Cup inform INSIDER’s Ten To Watch in 2014 series. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is ranked No.1.
Jan. 3 – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is under intense pressure to step up World Cup preparations and deliver a successful tournament in what could be the defining year of her career. By Mark Bisson.
Dec. 21 – Brazil opens second World Cup stadium of the week … President announces program to improve airports ahead of FIFA tournaments, 2016 Olympics … More inside this Newsdesk …
July 29 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has sparked fresh speculation about the pace of Brazil 2014 preparations after claiming “some cities are still marked in red”. INSIDER’s Bob Mackin reports.
June 7 – Inspectors from the International Olympic Committee echo FIFA concerns over 2014 World Cup works… Beer to be on tap in Brazil stadia. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.