Oct. 14 – FIFA’s longtime marketing director leaves amid restructure of world football’s governing body.
Dec.9 – FIFA signs its first sponsorship deal since the corruption scandal engulfed world football’s governing body.
Jan. 23 – FIFA denies that its battle with a series of corruption scandals led to three sponsors deserting the federation. Mark Bisson reports.
July 19 – Cheapest Brazil 2014 tickets for international fans will cost $90; $15 for Brazilian residents… World Cup organisers “very comfortable” final six stadia will be delivered in December… Deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes responds to Blatter outburst. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 7 – FIFA says more than 588,178 tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup… Organisers still have 238,450 of the available tickets to shift before the tournament kicks off… Seat allocations well behind schedule. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 8 – A full six cities will stage the 2013 Confederations Cup, confirm FIFA and Brazil 2014. INSIDER‘s Matthew Grayson reports.
March 20 – Vitaly Mutko dismisses concerns over the football racism that has blighted Russia’s global image in the past week, insisting the problem is no worse than in other nations including England… Russia 2018 launches interim 2018 logo… FIFA praise for World Cup preparations… Mutko says ban on beer sales will be removed for tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 5 – Brazilian insurance company Liberty Seguros was today unveiled as a 2014 World Cup partner, the latest in a string of sponsorships for the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.