Friday, September 6th 2013 - 01:42 UTC

Debt-struck Madrid believes its modest budget will end hosting the 2020 Olympics

Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco: “we have the citizens’ support”

Debt-struck Madrid is betting its penny-pinching bid to host the Olympics in 2020 will reap rich economic dividends for recession-hit Spain. The Spanish capital is banking on a low-cost 5 billion dollars Olympic bid that relies heavily on existing stadiums to surprise Tokyo and Istanbul when Olympic chiefs make their decision in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Thursday, September 5th 2013 - 02:25 UTC

Brazil’s protests will affect IOC future decisions; Madrid favourite for 2020

President Rogge: convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said his organization and future games hosts must overcome the challenge of convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event.

Friday, August 30th 2013 - 00:42 UTC

Malvinas veteran named coach of one of Argentina’s five most popular soccer teams

De Felippe at the press conference when he was official presented

Malvinas veteran Omar de Felippe who was part of the defence ring organized by the invading Argentine military to defend occupied Port Stanley in 1982, has been named coach of Independiente, the ‘red devils’ one of the five most popular soccer teams in Argentina, which after a streak of losing games was condemned to a lower league.

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 - 23:56 UTC

Over a million World Cup ticket requests on opening day: most from Brazil and Argentina

The 2014 World Cup banner

Over one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public sale, soccer's world governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. Most demand for tickets came from Brazil, Argentina, United States, Chile and England.

Friday, August 16th 2013 - 17:42 UTC

World Cup 2014 exposes Brazil’s lack of non-commercial aircraft infrastructure

“Brazilians are last-minute sprinters. It is part of our culture” says Eduardo Marson, chairman of ABAG.

Non-commercial aircraft are expected to carry as many as one in nine international visitors to the World Cup in Brazil next year by some estimates, but industry leaders say the country is unprepared for the oncoming swarm.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 19:41 UTC

Brazil now admits construction pace of five stadiums for World Cup 2014 ‘must be accelerated’

Sports minister Aldo Rebelo: ‘instead of paying 10 workers during two months, pay 20 to work 30 days’

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said he is worried about delays at five stadiums still being built for next year's football World Cup. Rebelo said the pace of construction must be accelerated if the venues are to be ready by this December.

Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - 14:31 UTC

Falklands footballers win Bronze Medal at Islands Games in Bermuda

The Falkland Island Football Team

Despite a tiring 32 hours flight and encountering extremely hot and humid conditions the Falklands football team, playing in their 5th International Island Games competition, took home a bronze medal after defeating the small Norwegian Island of Froya by a 6-0 score line.

Saturday, July 20th 2013 - 22:24 UTC

Tickets for the 2014 World Cup final will range from 440 to 990 dollars

Maracana, the country’s largest and most state of the art stadium.

FIFA has released the price list for tickets to the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil. Fans have until 10 October to apply and a ballot will decide which of the applications are successful.

Friday, July 19th 2013 - 06:12 UTC

Falklands’ shooters suffer consequences of record high temperatures in the UK

Ken Aldridge and  Gareth Goodwin and are competing at the Bisley shooting range

While the Falklands team struggles in Bermuda high temperatures the Falkland Islands Rifle Association is also dealing with a heat wave at Bisley shooting range in the UK, reports competitor Gareth Goodwin.

Friday, July 19th 2013 - 06:03 UTC

Blatter joins Brazilian protestors, tells politicians “need to take responsibility”

FIFA is concerned about a repeat of June demonstrations during the 2014 World Cup (Pic: AFP)

Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, has placed heavy pressure on World Cup 2014 organisers Brazil, after witnessing the social unrest that accompanied the Confederations Cup during June.

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