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World Cup


Should the World Cup be auctioned on eBay?

The Football Association has decided that it cannot support either of the candidates for the presidency of Fifa, the current incumbent Sepp Blatter and his rival Mohamed Bin Hammam.  Blatter has failed to tackle the serious governance problems at Fifa and there are doubts about whether the Qatari candidate would either.

Brazil behind schedule for World Cup

Brazil is behind schedule with its preparations for the 2014 World Cup.   The 12 host cities have among them nine airport developments which are well behind schedule.   Sao Paulo has not even started to build the new stadium that is supposed to stage the opening match.  The contract for Natal's proposed arena was signed only on April 15th.

Brazil lags on World Cup preparations

Brazil is lagging behind with preparations for the 2014 World Cup.   The country is spending $13.3bn on preparations in 12 cities for the tournament.   

 However, most of the projects are behind schedule and construction of some of the stadiums has not begun.   This is the case at Sao Paulo's Corinthians club which is to be the venue for the opening match.   Preparations at Sao Paulo are already at least 12 months behind an ideal schedule.

Fifa backtracks on winter World Cup

Under pressure from European clubs, Fifa is backtracking on the idea of staging the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter.   It has put the ball in Qatar's court, stating that any decision would require an application from their national association to the Fifa executive.   It is likely that Qatar will shelve a final decision until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Fifa is a fashion victim

In the latest example of how well run it is, Fifa's venture into the world of fashion has ended in disaster.   The business that was given exclusive rights to create a Fifa clothing brand has collapsed.

Singapore-based Global Brands Group won a seven-year exclusive deal in 2007 and permission to operate Fifa's stores.   It has now gone bankrupt with debts estimated at not far short of £100m.   It is thought that Fifa is owed tens of millions of euros.

Winter World Cup for 2022?

Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter is the latest idea to come from Fifa's daft ideas department presided over by chief clown Sepp Blatter.   Well, I suppose it's not quite so daft when you consider that the temperature in Qatar in the summer is around 50 degrees centigrade.   The official evaluation report referred to health risks associated with staging the tournament there in the summer, but they were blithely ignored by the Fifa executive committee.

Supermarket chain could sue Fifa

Supermarket chain Morrisons is considering sueing Fifa over England's failed to bid to host the 2018 World Cup.   They were official grocers for the England bid so they do have 'locus standi' and they have asked lawyers in Switzerland to advise them.   They allege that Fifa did not act in good faith in its decision-making processes to handle the bid.   If the action was brought and was successful, the compensation would take the form of a £1m payment to football charities.

Power shifts and the World Cup

This article offers an interesting and relatively original interpretation of the decisions taken on the location of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.  It argues that they may reflect changing geopolitical realities in the world.  

South Africa made big loss on World Cup

Perhaps it's just as well England did not win the right to stage the 2018 World Cup.  South Africa invested £3bn in this year's tournament and got a paltry return of £373m or around 10 per cent, much less than expected.

The perils of leaving Fifa

Many in Australia think that the English press has over reacted to the country's failure to win the World Cup.   In Australia the need is now to concentrate on boosting the A-League which has faced many fiinancial challenges in recent months.

Australia was expelled from Fifa in the early 1960s for signing £10 poms (and immigrants from other countries) who had played in the UK and elsewhere and not paying any transfer fees.   They soon found that they lost out through not being a member.