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Thursday, July 31st 2014 - 07:01 UTC

Argentine football decrees 7-day mourn for Grondona's death; Blatter expected for the funeral

A controversial but flamboyant character, Grondona was undisputed boss of Argentina football for 35 years

The head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and second-in-command of the FIFA international football governing body passed away at the Sanatorio Mitre private medical center where he had been hospitalized for a cardiac failure earlier on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 26th 2014 - 05:45 UTC

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis

“History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems.”

Amid mounting criticism of Russia over the MH17 plane tragedy and conflict with Ukraine, FIFA rejects calls for the country to be stripped of 2018 World Cup hosting rights and says a boycott is no solution to the crisis.

Friday, July 25th 2014 - 21:22 UTC

“Malvinas banner” display costs Argentina 30.000 Swiss francs fine

'Las Malvinas son Argentinas', before kick-off in a friendly against Slovenia in La Plata on June 7.

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association 30,000 Swiss francs (£19,540) as punishment for the displaying of a provocative banner relating to the Falkland Islands.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 19:54 UTC

Falklands' largest ever squad competing at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Badminton squad: Sonia Arkhipkina, Laura Minto, coach Rebecca Pantaney, Doug Clark, physio Nat Hill, Chris Eynon, Anna Luxton, Dominic Jaffray, Louise Williams, Ross Stewart and Michael Brownlee

Commonwealth Games take off in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday with the Falklands squad the largest the Islands have ever sent to the Games. Falklands will be competing in Badminton, Lawn Bowls and Shooting. The Games are estimated to have a global audience of 1.5 billion during the lavish opening ceremony.

Saturday, July 19th 2014 - 07:15 UTC

FIFA's calendar of world cups: US in 2026 and Uruguay/Argentina 2030?

The Centenario stadium where the first world Cup was played and won by Uruguay 4-2 against Argentina

Two strong favourites have emerged to host the 2026 and 2030 World Cups. The UK is hopeful that they can follow Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 and bring the cup to the country for the first time since 1966.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:55 UTC

Alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales chief surrenders to judge in Brazil

Ray Whelan is director of Match which held the rights to sell hospitality tickets for the World Cup.

The British boss of a FIFA partner firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has surrendered to a judge in Brazil. Police had tried to arrest Ray Whelan four days ago but he was not at his exclusive Rio de Janeiro hotel. Mr. Whelan, director of Match Hospitality, denies any wrongdoing.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 03:10 UTC

Blatter praises Brazil's “very special World Cup” and leaves Rio 'a happy man'

Blatter admitted to being “a little bit surprised” by the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has praised a “very special World Cup” in Brazil on Monday and gave the hosts a mark of 9.25 out of 10, slightly better that the 9 he had given South Africa four years ago.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 05:07 UTC

Brazilians join Germans in celebrating the World Cup and Argentina's defeat

Brazilians painted the German flags on their cheeks or even wore the European team's jersey.

Brazilians bitter about their team's disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina's defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 04:58 UTC

“Show the world you are better than Messi”, Löw told Götze

The German team celebrating the score

“Show the world you are better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup”, German coach Joachim Löw told Mario Götze before sending him to the field, and effectively scoring the only goal of the match that gave Germany its fourth Cup.

Saturday, July 12th 2014 - 10:24 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will miss the Maracana final; ten leaders are expected to attend

Dilma together with Putin and Zuma will be handing the World Cup to the winner. Putin since Russia hosts the next Cup in 2018 and Zuma because in 2010 it was played South Africa

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will not be attending the Brazil World Cup final in Maracana stadium on Sunday when Argentina clashes with Germany, but will be present for the BRICS-Unasur-Mercosur summit scheduled for next week.

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