Feb. 12 Rio 2016 says Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Sao Paolo and Salvador are eligible to host matches for the 2016 Olympic football tournament.
April 14 – Despite the IOC’s best attempts to shrug off potential impacts of the World Cup on trouble-hit Rio 2016 preparations, there’s no disguising just how worried Olympic leaders are about further delays. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson spoke to IOC officials.
March 21 – Rio 2016 organisers announce that football venues for the Olympics will be spread around Brazil… FIFA secretary general heads to Rio next week for meetings about operational preparations for the World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 12 – Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro caused floods and shut down parts of the city this week but World Cup organisers tell INSIDER their preparations were not impacted. Ed Hula III reports.
August 28 – Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt today tipped Brazil to win the World Cup and said he wanted to become a legend like Pele or Maradona. His comments came at a meeting with Sepp Blatter at FIFA headquarters. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
August 5 – Jerome Valcke says FIFA will conduct a “tighter monitoring” of the six venues under construction for the World Cup, in an apparent bid to avoid a repeat of stadia delays for the Confederations Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 27 – Rio de Janeiro’s mayor announces the temporary closure of the city’s main football venue, Joao Havelange stadium, due to structural roof problems. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 11 – Brazil’s deputy sports minister says hosting the 2014 World Cup two years before the Olympics will smooth the staging of the Games… World Cup organisers claim Sao Paulo stadium, venue for the opening match, is nearly 50 percent complete and will be finished by end of next year.
March 29 – The leading international leagues have teamed up to launch the World League Association. Board members include Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, FIFA Ex-Co member and Thai football boss Worawi Makudi and MLS Commissioner Don Garber… UEFA awards Euro 2012 ceremonies contract. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson 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.