Oct. 20. FIFA president Sepp Blatter must deliver on his promised “radical” anti-corruption measures on Friday or face the wrath of the international media. They will be compared to the IOC’s far-reaching reforms following the Salt Lake City bribery scandal – and will define the legacy he leaves in 2015. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 28 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is set to meet Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff next week for crisis talks about Brazil’s trouble-hit World Cup preparations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 18 – Brazil are on course to win their fifth U-20 World Cup title, while Portugal are hoping to break records in Saturday’s final… Workers revamping Rio’s Maracana stadium for the 2014 World Cup have gone on strike… Poland and Ukraine are set to simplify the visa regime between the two countries for Euro 2012. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 5 – Sepp Blatter warns that anyone found guilty of match-fixing in the ‘Asiagate’ scandal will receive life bans from football… The Swiss hold talks with Zimbabwe dictator before travelling to Durban for IOC vote on 2018 Olympics… Brasilia may replace Sao Paulo as venue for opening match of 2014 World Cup. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.
14/12/10 Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou will learn within months if he is to face any IOC sanctions following the Olympic body’s probe triggered by BBC allegations of corruption at FIFA… Pressure on Brazil’s ‘big build’ for 2014 World Cup.
10/11/2010 FIFA officials will travel to Brazil next week to seek assurances from 2014 World Cup organisers that a new Sao Paulo stadium plan can secure the necessary financial backing to ensure South America’s largest city is part of the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports
2/11/2010 FIFA president Sepp Blatter congratulates Brazil’s newly elected president Dilma Rousseff and says the 2014 World Cup can trigger major long-term benefits for the country under her leadership… Soccerex expands broadcast schedule… More inside.
16/6/2010 Orlando Silva says he is “worried” about the pace of preparations for the 2014 World Cup, as an exhibition called “Sensational Brazil” is unveiled at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg showcasing plans for the tournament.
5/5/2010 Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira gives the 12 host cities a month to show progress on plans to build or renovate stadia, warning that those who do not accelerate preparations will be replaced by other cities.