(WFI) World Football INSIDER looks ahead to the key events in the global football business.
Dyke Meets Blatter
English FA chairman Greg Dyke will meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich today. It’s Dyke’s first official meeting with the Swiss since he succeeded David Bernstein at the helm of English football in July. FA vice chairman David Gill and FA general secretary Alex Horne will meet Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke at FIFA headquarters.
SPORTEL Kicks Off
SPORTEL Monaco gets underway today. The three-day event includes a session on Monday titled FIFA World Cup TV and Multimedia – Getting Ready for the Greatest Show on Earth. FIFA director of TV Niclas Ericson and its tournament host broadcasting services provider HBS will present an update on their preparations for Brazil 2014, including next generation technologies such as 4K Ultra HD. On Wednesday, a session on monetizing social media features the heads of digital of Manchester United and A. S. Roma.
World Cup Qualifiers
In European qualifying, the last four automatic spots and eight play-off berths for Brazil 2014 will be decided on Tuesday. Bosnia-Herzegovina, England, Russia and Spain are among the countries poised to book their places at the World Cup. The eight best runners-up will get a second chance to qualify via the play-offs. For the second-placed sides in groups A to H, results against the bottom team will not be counted in the calculation, as Group I contains one country fewer than the rest.
FIFA U-17 World Cup
The United Arab Emirates stages the U-17 World Cup which begins on Thursday and ends on November 8. The host cities’ venue organizing committees today announced that all remaining tickets will be made available free to football fans in each emirate. Tickets are available on first come first served basis at all six host venues on match days.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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