(WFI) Germany, Brazil and Spain have problems in their World Cup openers; Neymar suffers more fouls than any player since 1998; Cristiano Ronaldo shines, Messi doesn’t.
(WFI) Also: Germany cancels public appearances; bugs before the England-Tunisia match.
June 7 – The WFI Podcast returns with some discussion on Lionel Messi, Hope Solo and the 2026 race and Leroy Sane’s absence from the World Cup.
(WFI) Neymar is expected to return from injury before the World Cup begins.
(WFI) The German coach replaces Unai Emery at the French champions.
(WFI) Bayern Munich confirms that Niko Kovac will take over as the club’s new manager in July.
May 20 – FIFA investigators recommend two-year ban for the former German FA chief over the 2006 World Cup scandal.
March 4 – A law firm suggests there is no evidence of Germany buying votes from FIFA members to stage the 2006 World Cup but can’t prove it. Kevin Nutley reports.
Nov. 17 – Federal authorities say they had “concrete evidence” of a plot to set off a bomb at a football stadium in Hannover, Germany.
Sept. 16 – IOC president Thomas Bach says he has no objection to Germany potentially hosting both the European football championships and Olympics in summer 2024. Mark Bisson reports.