Jan. 14 – Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, with German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, Pele and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among others honoured last night in Zurich. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Jan. 10. Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger becomes the “most-high profile football figure” to announce he is gay… NBA star John Amaechi says football has a “toxic” approach towards homosexuality… Pressure grows on Man Utd boss David Moyes.
Dec. 30 – Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are ranked in 10th place in INSIDER’s assessment of the most influential figures in the global football business in 2014. By Mark Bisson.
Dec. 9 – Rush for World Cup tickets as second sales phase opens… Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery fight it out for FIFA Ballon d’Or… Seven teams compete for Club World Cup trophy
Dec. 6 – Media weighs in on topics such as David Moyes’ reputation at Manchester United and Manchester City’s narrow victory over West Bromwich Albion… Bad news for the United States ahead of the 2014 World Cup draw.
Nov. 29 – FIFA warning for Brazil 2014 organisers… More scrutiny of human rights violations in World Cup host nations Qatar and Russia. More inside…
Nov. 22 – FIFA and Qatar World Cup stays in the headlines following Amnesty report… Steven Gerrard on England’s World Cup chances… Brazil 2014 concerns… Focus on Lionel Messi’s injury.
November 15 – The media weighs in on Lionel Messi’s most recent injury… Qatar’s reputation comes under scrutiny after Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola receive a written plea to help French footballer Zahir Belounis escape the country.
November 8 – Manchester City’s Champions League success generates discussion about the team’s progress… Man Utd’s Ashley Young comes under scrutiny for diving… Brazil, Russia and Qatar face “threats to their reputations in international sport”.
Dec. 6 – Documents believed to link FIFA officials to the infamous ISL marketing scandal will stay under wraps a bit longer than expected … Messi, Marta nominated yet again … Ex-Co agenda revealed. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.