Feb 17. INSIDER understands Sheikh Salman’s fierce rival Gianni Infantino is in Kuala Lumpur lobbying hard on the Asian football chief’s turf. But the AFC boss was not present at Wednesday’s meeting. Mark Bisson reports.
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.
Dec. 3 – FIFA’s official app is now available, with more than 70m downloads expected in the next few months… Pele will have a role at the World Cup draw… Adidas launches ‘brazuca’ World Cup match ball today. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
August 1 – World Football INSIDER rounds up the latest football business news.
June 12 – Brazil 2014 organisers unveil the Hublot Countdown Clock as part of year-to-go celebrations attended by FIFA leaders and football legend Pele. Philip de Wit reports for INSIDER from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Oct. 31 – FIFA says the four task forces created as part of anti-corruption reforms have concluded their business… But Pele’s contribution to the Brazil 2014 panel was zero as he missed all the meetings. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 16 – Question marks surround Jerome Valcke’s role in overseeing Brazil’s World Cup progress following his stinging criticism of preparations. INSIDER has learned that the FIFA secretary general is not set to resume his scheduled tour of 2014 host cities next week as planned. Could Blatter now appoint Franz Beckenbauer to monitor World Cup progress? INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 16 – Danny Jordaan, CEO of the South Africa 2010 organising committee, tells INSIDER that Brazil must “accelerate” its plans to host the World Cup if the football-mad nation is to deliver a successful tournament. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Doha.
Feb. 20 – Pele will not attend the FIFA Football Task Force 2014 meeting on Wednesday – the third no-show for the panel’s deputy chairman. The Brazilian legend’s absence raises serious questions about the 71-year-old’s commitment to ensuring the success of his home nation’s World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
For the first time in 40 years, sponsors, brand managers and others seeking access to world soccer legend Pelé will be able to do so through a single agency. The newly incorporated Legends 10 LLC (“Legends 10”) will be the exclusive agency empowered to represent Pelé globally with respect to all new branding, endorsement and