Monday, June 16th 2014 - 06:37 UTC

Tear gas and pepper spray against World Cup demonstrators in Rio do Janeiro

“Hey FIFA, return to Switzerland” chanted the demonstrators

Brazilian police used tear gas and pepper spray to prevent some 200 protestors from getting near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium Sunday during the Argentina-Bosnia World Cup game.

Saturday, June 14th 2014 - 09:20 UTC

Rousseff will attend no more Cup games, because of the barrage of insults received

 The Brazilian president will not even attend the Germany match where she was expected to meet Chancellor Merkel

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff will not be attending any more matches of the World Cup following on the insults and verbal aggressions she received on Thursday during the opening ceremony and the Croatia-Brazil game, reported the Sao Paulo media.

Saturday, June 14th 2014 - 09:13 UTC

“Malvinas son Argentinas” sparks FIFA disciplinary proceedings

The controversial banner previous to the Eslovenia-Argentina match

FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Argentina Football Association (AFA) relating to an incident that occurred at the friendly match between Argentina and Slovenia on 7 June in La Plata, Argentina.

Friday, June 13th 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Croatian coach warned World Cup could become a 'circus'

“If that’s a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore. Let’s play basketball instead”, said Kovac

Croatian coach Niko Kovac warned on Thursday the World Cup could become a “circus” after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a soft 71st-minute penalty to hosts Brazil in the opening game of the tournament.

Thursday, June 12th 2014 - 06:25 UTC

Blatter is king of FIFA: age and term of office limits proposals, rejected

“We don't speak any longer about age limits in FIFA,” said Blatter who has always labeled age limits as “discriminatory”.

FIFA's 209 member federations have overwhelmingly rejected proposals for age limits and term of office limits. Delegates at the FIFA Congress meeting in Sao Paulo booted out the plan that formed part of the recommendations to revamp FIFA's governance.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:20 UTC

Brazil ready for an 'open arms' welcome like Christ the Redeemer statue pledges Rousseff

“The pessimists... have been defeated by the hard work and determination of the Brazilian people, who never give up,” said Dilma

President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday her country was ready to host the World Cup in two days, rejecting criticism of delays, overspending and chaos in the tournament's preparations. However organizing the cup was tough, but she insisted that the 12 stadiums were ready and told foreign fans that Brazil would welcome them with “open arms” like Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

Jennifer Lopez will perform on Thursday at the Sao Paulo opening ceremony

The singer will perform ”We Are One (Ole Ola)” together with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte

Days after reports that US/Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez had canceled her performance with Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte at Thursday opening ceremony in Brazil, her representative retracted and said that she will be there, People magazine reported.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 08:48 UTC

Two more World Cup sponsors demand FIFA deals with corruption allegations

FIFA and Sepp Blatter have been mentioned in fresh allegations made by The Sunday Times

Two World Cup sponsors, Coca Cola and Budweiser launched activation events in Brazil on Monday and joined Adidas, Sony and Visa in demanding FIFA deal effectively with the corruption allegations swirling around Qatar’s World Cup bid.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 08:07 UTC

At least twenty world leaders will attend the World Cup; eleven the opening match in Sao Paulo

Dilma next to Ban Ki-moon and eleven other world leaders will be on Thursday at the opening ceremony

At least eleven heads of state and government have confirmed their attendance at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, next Thursday (12th), in São Paulo, and a total of 20 leaders will be watching World Cup matches.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 07:57 UTC

Relief: Sao Paulo subway workers reach a tentative deal and suspend the strike

The deal hinges on retaking striking workers that had been sacked earlier in the week

Subway workers have suspended a strike that crippled traffic in Brazil's biggest city, but warned they could resume their walkout on Thursday, when Sao Paulo hosts the first game of the soccer World Cup.


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