June 18 – As Chile knock defending champions Spain out of the tournament with a stunning victory in Rio, military police arrest 85 ticketless Chilean fans who went on the rampage at the Maracana media centre. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 14 – No FIFA explanation about empty seats at Spain-Holland… Brazil 2014 officials deny Manaus pitch in “bad shape” for England v Italy… FIFA warns fans about political banners.. Ban won’t affect Franz Beckenbauer TV role. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Salvador
June 13 – Alexandre Gallo, a close confidante of Brazil boss Luis Felipe Scolari, tells INSIDER the World Cup hosts can play better as he prepares for a crucial scouting role at today’s Spain v Holland match. Mark Bisson reports from Salvador
The Spanish delegation arrived this Sunday evening in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The defending champions are aiming to win their fourth major title in a row, after winning the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. On Saturday, Vicente Del Bosque’s squad had beaten
Jan. 21 – Barcelona officials have elected to renovate Camp Nou rather than build a new venue … Construction on a 2018 World Cup stadium will soon begin.
Dec. 31 – The most expensive 2014 World Cup stadium has a leak in its roof … Spain’s coach says recent success could go to players’ heads … Rio hotel rooms will be more expensive for World Cup than Olympics
Dec. 6 – Defending World Cup champions Spain will play 2010 finalists the Netherlands in the so-called Group of Death… England also face a tough route to the second round of the World Cup… Brazil will be happy with their draw. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 28 – Jesus Navas’ spot-kick in the seventh round of a penalty shoot-out saw Spain beat Italy 7-6 to book their place in the Confederations Cup final. INSIDER’s Jeff Scannella reports.
June 24 – Two goals from Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba propelled Spain into a semi-final match-up with Italy… Abel Hernandez bagged four goals as Uruguay beat Tahiti 8-0, booking them a semi with Brazil in Belo Horizonte. INSIDER’s Jeff Scannella reports.
June 21 – Fernando Torres scored four goals and David Villa three as Spain thrashed Tahiti 10-0 in the Confederations Cup. It was the biggest margin of victory at a senior level FIFA tournament. INSIDER’s Jeff Scannella reports.