Jan. 20 – Despite Russia’s economic woes, FIFA and UEFA presidents say they have no major concerns about 2018 World Cup preparations… Sepp Blatter secures assurances from Russian president Vladimir Putin.
March 29 – No word yet whether state energy firm will extend sponsorship of Russian Football Union … Allstate partners with Major League Soccer talent search … More inside this edition of The Football Sponsorship Column …
July 18 – Russian FA confirms talks are ongoing but denies deal with Fabio Capello has been reached… Bayern Munich boss says Sepp Blatter’s credibility is running low… UEFA operations director Martin Kallen cites “outstanding tournament” and “great party”. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
June 27 – FIFPro chief Theo van Seggelen suggests state influence in Sergei Fursenko’s resignation… FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein “appalled” by attacks that killed nine young footballers in Iraq… Russia, Spain charged by UEFA over alleged racist chants. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports
Nov. 25 – Russian Football Union president wants a nationwide ban on beer ads in football stadia to be scrapped … Middle East airline renews sponsorship of Bundesliga club… Targobank will sponsor German club competition for the next four seasons. More inside.
Sept. 9 – The Russian Football Union introduces new strict rules to clamp down on bad behaviour among Russian football fans leading up to – and during – the 2018 FIFA World Cup. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
20/1/2011 FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Russian football chiefs will sign the 2018 World Cup host country agreement in Saint-Petersburg on Sunday, as the organising committee takes shape… FIFA attempts to cool talk of Qatar winter World Cup but piles pressure on Gulf state’s football leaders. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
5/3/2010 EPL clubs, including Man Utd, reject a proposal to introduce a play-off for England’s fourth Champions League place… Sergei Fursenko holds talks with UEFA president… Financial fair play concept on agenda for UEFA meetings.
11/12/09 Russia’s sports minister tells WFI that Putin “will do anything that is necessary” for the bid; says fellow FIFA Executive Committee members are looking for “development and legacy” and his country fits the bill. WFI’s James Corbett reports.
29/9/09 Mexico pulls out of bidding for the right to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The Mexico Football Federation cited financial concerns and lack of existing stadia infrastructure as the reasons.