Friday, May 30th 2014 - 22:02 UTC

Brazuca ball less erratic than the Jabulani used at South Africa, say Japanese scientists

Using wind tunnels and robots, they concluded that the Brazuca had a stable flight trajectory due to its shape and having only six panels

Scientists in Japan say the Brazuca 2014 World Cup ball will be less erratic than the Jabulani used at South Africa 2010. The Brazuca is the 12th World Cup match ball designed by Adidas. The Jabulani was criticized for its light weight and unpredictability.

Thursday, May 29th 2014 - 22:06 UTC

Rousseff sends the Army to safeguard airports and hotels hosting national teams

The decision follows the hounding of the Brazilian national team bus by striking teachers

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff ordered the Army, which already occupies several of the favelas (shanty towns) in Rio do Janeiro to move in and take responsibility for airports and hotels that will be hosting the 32 national teams competing for the World Cup.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:24 UTC

State of emergency because of floods in Manaus, where England plays Italy

Manaus spokesperson Jacira Oliveira said the 180-day emergency is 'preventive'

Brazilian World Cup host city Manaus has declared a state of emergency as the waters of an Amazon River tributary swell, although officials say they do not expect it to flood.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 00:15 UTC

FBI helps train Sao Paulo police officers in crowd control strategies and use of force

Governor Alckmin satisfied with the FBI training ahead of the World Cup

Fifty police officers from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo were recently trained in crowd control strategies, the use of force, and more by the FBI. The upcoming FIFA World Cup was the driving force behind organizing the five-day workshop. Other topics addressed include decision making, interacting with media, and use of intelligence in identifying acts of vandalism.

Tuesday, May 27th 2014 - 09:14 UTC

Brazilian protests extend to the national team as it left Rio airport

Protestors managed to hold up the team's convoy long enough to plant anti-World Cup stickers on their bus

Brazil's World Cup squad were forced to avoid a group of 200 striking teachers on Monday as they headed for their tournament base camp against a backdrop of public anger over the cost of staging the event.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 06:33 UTC

Brazil: Furious Dilma fires back at World Cup criticism from soccer star Ronaldo

“It`s a shame. I am embarrassed, this is my country and I love it and we shouldn`t be transmitting this image abroad” said Ronaldo

President Dilma Rousseff hit back over the weekend at criticism voiced by former soccer star Ronaldo over mishandled preparations for the World Cup. In an interview with Reuters Ronaldo lamented that many infrastructure projects promised for the tournament were significantly delayed, scaled-down, or canceled, while some stadiums remain unfinished just over two weeks from kick-off.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 07:39 UTC

FIFA warns about buying World Cup tickets from unauthorized sellers

The Stubhub website was offering tickets made available by buyers priced from 2,300 dollars for the opening Brazil-Croatia game

FIFA has told fans buying World Cup tickets from unauthorized sellers that they could be barred from stadiums. Three weeks from the opening match, FIFA said yesterday that it “cancels tickets discovered as illegally sold or re-sold with the bearers risking not being permitted entry.” FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said some fans have already been affected.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

British fans travelling to the Cup in Brazil warned about 'Argentine gangs'

The Argentine 'barrabravas' or hooligans don't have the best of reputations

If the recent protests and demonstrations across Brazil prior to the World Cup are any indication of the domestic and public violence that is expected to happen, fans, of all nationalities must be cautious, as the Brazilian military police has warned.

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 23:59 UTC

Strikes and protests in chaotic Sao Paulo move to the suburbs

Suburban bus drivers are demanding a similar salary increase to their city counterparts

Brazil faced new protests and strikes Friday as bus drivers continued their walkout in Sao Paulo's suburbs and Rio de Janeiro braced for demonstrations 20 days from the World Cup.

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 10:11 UTC

Suarez resting at home expects to begin exercises next week

The striker at home with his family replying all the support messages

Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is resting at home following a Thursday early morning arthroscopy, and should be back with recuperation exercises as early as next week, according to the latest sanitary report from the Uruguayan Football Association medical team.

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