March 28 – FIFA announces that its executive committee will take a more hands-on role in preparations for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, with South Africa 2010 CEO Danny Jordaan and his Russian 2018 counterpart Alexey Sorokin appointed as special advisers. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 23 – Brazilian Marco Polo del Nero replaces Ricardo Teixeira on the FIFA Executive Committee. He will take up his seat in Zurich next week. The 71-year-old is expected to work closely with secretary general Jerome Valcke to speed up Brazil 2014 preparations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 20 – FIFA tells INSIDER that Jerome Valcke will “definitely” return to Brazil to resume his aborted host city tour… Ricardo Teixeira leaves FIFA Executive Committee… Former FIFA president battling bacterial infection. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
March 13 – FIFA says the Brazilian football confederation and 2014 World Cup organising committee have now officially confirmed the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira and named his successor as 79-year-old Jose Maria Marin. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 12 – Ricardo Teixeira has quit as head of Brazil 2014 and the country’s FA but INSIDER is told that both the CBF and World Cup organising committee didn’t officially notify FIFA before making the announcement… The 64-year-old is the fourth major FIFA Ex-Co member forced out amid the wave of corruption allegations that have engulfed the crisis-hit body. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 1 – A Brazil 2014 spokesman tells World Football INSIDER that corruption-hit World Cup chief Ricardo Teixeira will remain as president of the organising committee following the appointment of football legend Ronaldo to a key leadership role today. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Nov 29 – Ricardo Teixeira, head of the 2014 World Cup organising committee, is to be replaced by former football star Ronaldo, according to Brazilian newspapers… Brazilian legend Mario Zagallo honoured. INSIDER’s Philip de Wit reports from the Soccerex Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro.
Nov. 29 – New Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo attempts to dismiss criticism of his country’s delay-hit World Cup preparations in a speech to Soccerex delegates gathered in Rio. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
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. 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.