Wednesday, January 15th 2014 - 19:33 UTC

Second Brazilian airline promises to cap fares for the coming World Cup

An estimated 500.000/600.000 fans are expected to visit Brazil during the month long competition

Avianca Brasil has joined Azul in becoming the second Brazilian airline to promise to cap prices for the upcoming football World Cup, which opens June 12 in Sao Paulo. Avianca said it would match Azul and limit one-way fares to a maximum of 999 Reais (425 dollars).

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 19:37 UTC

Beckham to play for Argentina's River Plate for six months: 'why not?'

The 38-year-old retired in the summer following a glittering career in Europe and the US

The great English player David Beckham could come out of retirement and sign a short term deal for Argentine giants River Plate, reports Argentine website Diario Veloz.

Friday, January 3rd 2014 - 23:21 UTC

Brazil wants no surprises: creates elite force to support police during the World Cup

“We’ve have been concerned with this (security during the World Cup) before the protests that took place earlier this year, because we don’t wait around for things to happen,” he told the G1 Internet

Brazil has created a special riot force to help police control demonstrations expected during the World Cup later this year. Colonel Alexandre Augusto Aragon, who heads the elite National Security Force, was quoted in local news on Friday as saying that 10,000 riot troops selected from state police forces throughout Brazil will be deployed in the 12 cities hosting World Cup games June 12-July 13.

Friday, January 3rd 2014 - 06:07 UTC

FIFA takes no risks: Aggreko will provide power solutions in all World Cup stadiums

“This will safeguard the match coverage from all venues of football’s flagship event for fans across the world”

FIFA announced the appointment of Aggreko as a Branded Licensee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. As part of this agreement Aggreko will provide temporary broadcast power solutions for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the stadiums in all twelve Host Cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:07 UTC

World Cup 2014: Brazil most expensive stadium has a leaking roof

The 500m dollars stadium comes with a five-year guarantee

Reports from stadium operators in Brazil have revealed that the most expensive of the 12 stadiums built or renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has a leaking roof, less than eight months after it was finished.

Thursday, December 26th 2013 - 07:37 UTC

FIFA calls on Brazil to work flat-out in the months ahead of World Cup June 12 kick-off

Valcke: ”The finishing touches are crucial, and they need to be added in a number of areas.”

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says there is a huge amount still to do in preparations for the World Cup. In his end-of-year statement on FIFA.com, the Frenchman urges Brazil 2014 organizers to work flat out in the months before the June 12 kick-off in Sao Paulo to deliver on their promises.

Monday, December 16th 2013 - 17:01 UTC

Following another death, Brazilian labor court orders partial stop in Amazon stadium

The Arena Amazonia is scheduled to host several World Cup matches

A Brazilian labor court ordered a partial stop to construction on the Arena Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus after the death of a worker who fell off the stadium's roof again raised safety concerns ahead of the 2014 soccer World Cup.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 00:00 UTC

World and FIFA shocked by violent incidents at a Brazilian championship match

“I can assure you the lamentable scenes we saw yesterday will not be seen at the World Cup,” said Rodrigues

Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts next year's World Cup, FIFA and Brazilian government officials have declared.

Friday, December 6th 2013 - 06:57 UTC

FIFA announces 358m dollars of prize money for the 2014 Cup

The Cup winner will pocket 35m dollars and the runner up, 25m said Valcke

The 32 teams at next year's World Cup finals will share a total fund of 576 million dollars, including a prize-money pot of 358m with the winners taking home 35m, FIFA said on Thursday. The amount of money made available to the countries taking part has increased 37% from the 420m on offer at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Friday, December 6th 2013 - 06:45 UTC

Brazilian authorities admit to have learnt from Confederations Cup protests

“The criminals also watch soccer: they don't have time for crime during the World Cup.”

Brazilian authorities say they've learned from demonstrations during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get too close to stadiums at the upcoming World Cup. Andrei Augusto Rodrigues, security head for major events at Brazil's justice ministry, acknowledged that police misjudged the threat to public safety at Rio de Janeiro in June at the final of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up.


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