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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.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 21:10 UTC

Clashes in Sao Paulo between striking subway workers and riot police

Demonstrators chanted “There won't be a Cup, there will be a strike!”

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas Monday to disperse protesters supporting a subway strike that has unleashed transport chaos three days before the Brazilian mega-city hosts the World Cup kick-off.

Sunday, June 8th 2014 - 09:22 UTC

Argentina's stars inflame Falklands row on eve of World Cup

Argentina's footballers inflamed their country's rivalry with England on the eve of the World Cup on Saturday, unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands before defeating Slovenia 2-0.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Argentina will have free national transmission of 64 World Cup matches

Argentina's team is considered among the favorite of the Cup because of the players and 'half-host'

Argentina confirmed on Thursday World Cup nationwide transmission free service both on television and radio. Channel 7, DeporTV and Radio Nacional will be responsible for delivering the service, thus fulfilling President Cristina Fernandez government’s promise of the ”World Cup for the whole country”.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 08:08 UTC

World Cup tickets sold out, disappointing hundreds who queued for hours

Tickets for the June 12 opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo were sold out in about an hour

The remaining tickets for the most important World Cup matches were sold out fast on Wednesday, disappointing hundreds of fans who waited in line across Brazil.

Thursday, June 5th 2014 - 07:15 UTC

Dilma claims FIFA had pledged that stadiums would be built with private funds

The president said she would advise future host countries to “be very careful about the 'responsibility matrix'” they sign with FIFA

As Brazil rushes to finish stadiums and deal with a wave of protests ahead of the June 12 kick-off, president Dilma Rousseff partly blamed FIFA for the spiraling World Cup bill but said the money spent would leave a positive legacy.

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