Wednesday, December 4th 2013 - 03:03 UTC

Fifa admits delays in three stadiums but is confident all will be ready by June

”I am an optimist. But remember optimists live better and longer. So we go on with optimism in the future” said Blatter

Fifa has admitted that not all of the stadiums for the Brazil World Cup will be ready in time for its original deadline of January. But Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, said he was confident all 12 stadiums would be ready when the tournament kicks off in June following a meeting with the local organizing committee.

Saturday, November 30th 2013 - 07:09 UTC

Brazil’s troubles and Qatar human rights record on FIFA's ExCo agenda next week

Ongoing delays at several of Brazil's six stadiums still to be completed and safety concerns will be addressed by Blatter

The troubled state of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup preparations and Qatar 2022 concerns are expected to be the main talking points at next week’s FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Salvador de Bahia.

Saturday, November 30th 2013 - 06:37 UTC

World Cup stadium tragedy: union says soil was 'too soft' for the heavy crane

The Globo video shows the giant crane falter and tumble heavily to the ground

A safety engineer at the World Cup stadium where a giant crane collapse killed two workers allegedly warned his supervisor of possible problems with the operation, only to have his concerns brushed aside, a labor union leader charged on Thursday, as sniping over the accident heated up.

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 10:41 UTC

Crane collapse in stadium for opening match of 2014 World Cup kills two workers

The accident could have been much more deadly had it not happened during a lunch break, when most of the 1,600 workers were off site.

Two people died in an accident at Sao Paulo's stadium, which is due to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup finals, police say. A senior local fire official said crews were called Wednesday midday to the Arena Corinthians after reports of a collapsed crane. It fell on top of a metal structure, destroying part of a facade.

Wednesday, November 27th 2013 - 10:12 UTC

UK 'unreserved' support for Gibraltar's international sports: first football, now rugby

The Gibraltar football team managed a very encouraging draw 0-0 with Slovakia

Britain’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, has pledged her ‘unreserved’ support Gibraltar’s international sporting ambitions. The backing for Gibraltar comes as the Gibraltar Rugby Football Union (GRFU) goes through the process of FIRA/AER (European Rugby Federation) membership after being previously rejected and blocked by Spain last July despite meeting the necessary criteria.

Saturday, November 23rd 2013 - 06:46 UTC

Singapore group pays 8.24bn to operate Rio's Galeao airport on 25-year concession

Galeao airport is Brazil's second busiest

Airport operators from Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil on Friday won rights to run airports in Rio and Belo Horizonte, two host cities of the 2014 World Cup. One consortium including engineering firm Odebrecht and Singapore airport operator Changi paid 19 billion Reais (8.24 billion dollars) for a 25-year concession to run Rio's Galeao airport at an auction held at the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

Monday, November 18th 2013 - 22:15 UTC

Brazil has a new Miss Bum Bum: Dai Macedo and her 107 cm behind

Miss Macedo making ostentation of her qualities

The Miss Bum Bum 2013 winner is 25-year-old Dai Macedo of Brazil. Dai Macedo, who was the representative for the state of Goias in central Brazil, was one of fifteen finalists that participated in the competition in Sao Paolo last week.

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 - 00:25 UTC

For the third time in five years, Miss Venezuela takes the Miss Universe crown

In the excitement just after the announcement, the tiara fell off Isler's head as she was being crowned and she caught it laughing

For the third time in five years, Miss Venezuela has taken the Miss Universe crown. Gabriela Isler became the 62nd Miss Universe last weekend beating out 85 other hopefuls in the 2013 pageant held at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall in Russia.

Saturday, November 9th 2013 - 12:51 UTC

Falklands 'Falkstock' festival organized by Polar Latitudes and Sulivan Shipping

Stanley will host on 7 March 7 a night of live bands, highlighting local talent

Working in conjunction with Sulivan Shipping expedition cruise company Polar Latitudes has announced plans for the First Annual Falkland Islands Music Festival (Falkstock) to be held in March as a celebration of the end of season.

Thursday, November 7th 2013 - 21:51 UTC

Fears of 2014 World Cup disruptions resurface as major football conference is called off by Rio authorities

The specter of violent street protests, as during the Confederation Cup is haunting World Cup organizers

Fears about disruption to next year's World Cup have been raised after the key global football conference Soccerex was cancelled for disputed reasons. Soccerex organizers said Rio de Janeiro's state government had called off next month's event due to concerns about “ongoing civil unrest” in Brazil.

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