7/6/2010 Current world champions Italy and World Cup overachievers Paraguay are the latest countries profiled in our 32-team guide to the World Cup.
28/5/2010 UEFA springs no surprise by awarding the 2016 European Championships to favourites France following a vote by the executive committee today. Turkey and Italy miss out. Pictured: UEFA president Michel Platini congratulates French president president Nicolas Sarkozy.
28/5/2010 French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Turkish President Abdullah Gul address members of the UEFA Executive Committee in Geneva in support of their Euro 2016 bids. Lobbying for Italy is state secretary of sport Rocco Crimi. A UEFA source tells World Football Insider the result of the vote due at 13.00 CET is too close to call.
18/5/2010 France emerges as the frontrunner to host the 2016 European Championship following the publication of UEFA’s evaluation report on the three bids for the tournament. Italy and Turkey presented more risks in the assessment.
17/3/2010 Inter Milan’s Champions League victory over Chelsea provides a boost to the whole Italian game when its standing has never stood so low. But with heavily indebted clubs, sparse crowds, grim stadia and a deeply unpopular ID scheme in the offing, things may get worse before they get better. WFI’s James Corbett reports.
16/2/2010 French football chief says country has learnt lessons from failed 2012 Olympic campaign in its bid to secure Euro 2016 hosting rights… Delegations from France, Italy and Turkey hand over their bid books to UEFA at a ceremony in Nyon.
10/12/09 Norway-Sweden bid collapses because the nations’ governments refuse to pledge necessary financial guarantees, leaving France and Italy as favourites to land Euro 2016 championships. WFI’s Mark Bisson reports.
Iraq beat Palestine 4-0 last night in its first international match in Baghdad since the 2003 US-led invasion.
South Africa 2010 World Cup chief Danny Jordaan and deputy police minister Fikile Mbalula say security efforts for the Confederations Cup have been outstanding. They insist a string of isolated incidents should not be taken out of context.