May 31 – Despite safety fears over the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, England’s friendly with Brazil on Sunday goes ahead… Fans suffer long waits to buy tickets at newly opened sales centres in the six Confeds Cup cities. Philip de Wit reports from Rio de Janeiro.
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.
May 8 – FIFA president, Turkish PM talk U-20 World Cup … UEFA president meets with France 2016 steering group … Rio cancels next week’s test event … More inside this Newsdesk …
April 10 – At least two of Brazil’s six stadiums for the 2013 Confederations Cup will miss FIFA’s April 15 delivery deadline … Anti-hooliganism bill passes lower house of Russia’s parliament … More inside this Newsdesk …
March 27 – Rio de Janeiro’s mayor announces the temporary closure of the city’s main football venue, Joao Havelange stadium, due to structural roof problems. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Feb. 19 – Renovation of the Maracana stops as workers threaten strike … Talks underway for new Russian league … Shanghai club sanctioned for match-fixing … Rival football factions in Indonesia to meet … More inside this Newsdesk …
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.
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.
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.