Oct. 27 – FIFA chief Jerome Valcke says he’s confident Brazil’s new sports minister Aldo Rebelo, replacement for Orlando Silva who quit over corruption allegations, can put World Cup preparations back on track… British investigative journalist urges Brazil’s government to force corruption-hit FIFA officials out. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Oct. 26 – Orlando Silva is now under formal investigation over allegations he took more than $20 million from public money intended for social programmes related to the 2014 World Cup… FIFA relents to half-price admission for World Cup, but only for Brazilians over 65. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Oct. 24 – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke predicts the sacking of Orlando Silva, Brazil’s minister in charge of the 2014 World Cup. INSIDER’s Ed Hula III reports.
Aug. 31 – Dilma Rousseff says work on nine of the stadiums for the World Cup will be completed next year, as Sao Paulo’s senior 2014 coordinator hits back at Sepp Blatter’s call for the opening match to be held in Rio. 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.
June 30 – Lawmakers in Brazil are trying to limit the influence of FIFA and the IOC over construction for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics… UK Trade and Investment is hosting an industry briefing setting out opportunities for UK companies to work on Brazilian airports projects linked to the tournament. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson and Mark Bisson report.
3/1/2011 UEFA’s Michel Platini takes 3rd position in World Football INSIDER’s ’10 to Watch in 2011′ series. Brazil 2014 World Cup president Ricardo Teixeira and CONMEBOL chief Nicolas Leoz are in 4th spot in the ranking of those people expected to have the biggest influence in the global football business this coming year.
21/12/10 Brazil’s sports minister Orlando Silva will continue to play a leading role in 2014 World Cup preparations as part of Dilma Rousseff’s new government… Sepp Blatter could be only candidate for FIFA presidential elections… Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o is the African Footballer of the Year. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Brazilian Sports Minister Orlando Silva hits back at criticisms of his country’s preparations to host the 2014 World Cup, and speaks of the huge financial commitment its government is making towards hosting the finals.
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.