July 13 – FIFA confirms the names of the 504 footballers – 288 men and 216 women – who will compete in the London Olympics football tournaments that begin on July 25, the first action of the Games. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 9 – Neymar says Brazil are going all out to win their first Olympic gold at the London Games… Liverpool striker Luis Suarez confirmed for Uruguay… Man Utd star Ryan Giggs to captain Team GB. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 3 – With around 1.2 million tickets to sell in just three weeks for the Olympic football tournaments, London 2012 organisers today stepped up their promotion of the competitions to boost slow sales… Stuart Pearce explains omission of David Beckham from Team GB football squad. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.
June 28 – London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton tells World Football INSIDER he’s “relaxed” about the challenging task of selling 1.2 million tickets for the Olympic football competitions in just four weeks… David Beckham “very disappointed” after not being selected for Team GB squad. Mark Bisson reports.
June 26 – Team GB women’s Olympic football squad was announced at Wembley Stadium today, with coach Hope Powell defending her decision not to select any players from Wales or Northern Ireland. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 12 – FIFA has again delayed the appointment of the prosecutor and judge for its new two-chamber ethics committee… Confederation berths confirmed for Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup… Japan’s Women’s World Cup players back Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 18 – David Beckham underlines what it would mean to be part of Stuart Pearce’s British football team at the Olympics. The former England captain also believes England can exceed expectations at Euro 2012 and says Gary Neville is a great addition to Roy Hodgson’s England management team. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Athens.
May 17 – Sebastian Coe says he is putting no pressure on Team GB’s men’s football coach to pick David Beckham for the Olympics, claiming he should be picked on merit alone – even though his selection is guaranteed to help shift some of the 1.4 million tickets on sale for the football tournaments. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Athens.
April 24 – London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe tells World Football INSIDER he is confident of filling football venues at this summer’s Games – even though there are still 1.5 million tickets still to sell. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Wembley Stadium.
April 16 – UN special adviser on sport Wilfried Lemke tells World Football INSIDER that Sepp Blatter’s FIFA reforms aimed at overhauling the governance of the corruption-tainted governing body can’t happen quickly enough. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Moscow.