March 16 – Despite FIFA concerns about using Amazon capital Manaus for Rio 2016, it was on Monday named as one of six Olympic football cities. Mark Bisson reports.
March 5 – Asian sports powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad is among seven candidates vying for three of the region’s seats on the FIFA Executive Committee, the Asian Football Confederation confirms.
Feb. 12 Rio 2016 says Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Sao Paolo and Salvador are eligible to host matches for the 2016 Olympic football tournament.
Dec. 8 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter backed out of opposing the IOC age limit again today, insisting he’s now a “team player”. Mark Bisson reports from Monaco
Dec. 5 – FIFA says it is monitoring the explosive allegations of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport, as preparations ramp up for the Russia 2018 World Cup. Mark Bisson reports.
Oct. 24 – The European Club Association tells INSIDER it will recommend April-May as a “possible option” for the Qatar World Cup after its preferred January-February proposal was blocked by the IOC. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Oct. 24 – UEFA awards Serbia a 3-0 win against Albania but deducted the three points and ordered its football federation to play the next two Euro 2016 qualifiers behind closed doors after the violence that forced last week’s match to be abandoned.
Sept. 18 – In rare public remarks about Qatar’s human rights problems, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani admits that “errors and problems” highlighted by the Gulf state’s troubled World Cup preparations must be addressed. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 11 – Despite FIFA exploring the possibility of holding the 2022 World Cup at the start of the year, Thomas Bach tells INSIDER he has no reason to fear a scheduling conflict between the Qatar tournament and the Winter Olympics. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 25 – Football writer and author James Corbett travelled to Brazil to gauge the state of preparations for this summer’s FIFA showpiece. Here’s part 2 of his special report for INSIDER, in which he assesses the potential for protests and looks at some of the challenges World Cup visitors will face.