May 14 – FIFA secretary general pleased with construction progress at Natal’s 2014 World Cup stadium… Maracana’s privatisation is going ahead after legal battle… More than 622,613 tickets sold for Confederations Cup… Selection dilemma for Brazil national team. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

Aug. 28 – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valke begins his latest inspection of Brazil 2014 preparations amid ongoing concerns over delays in stadia and infrastructure projects… Police investigation centre to handle incidents of fan violence. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

Aug. 21 – Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes tells World Football INSIDER that the FIFA family “will not be treated as well as the IOC family” in Brazil because pushy officials are testing World Cup organisers, paving the way for a smoother delivery of Rio 2016. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

Oct. 20 – FIFA awards Sao Paulo the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, ending months of speculation that South America’s largest city would be overlooked to stage the prestigious game… FIFA ditches venue cluster concept, raising the costs of travel for fans heading to the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.