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New FIFA Needs New Direction

fifa hq From internal scandals to human rights abuses in World Cup hosting countries, the new FIFA is facing critical issues. In interviews with the former General Secretary M. Zen Ruffinen and journalist Jamil Chade, FanVox, a social enterprise empowering fans, asks how willing and able are the new men in charge to improve the tarnished image of global football’s bosses? Continue reading →

When East Beat West

east germany 2 October 3rd is celebrated in Germany as Unity Day. When Joachim Loew’s football side triumphed in Brazil, it marked their first global title as a unified state. East and West only ever met in one World Cup, at the 1974 edition held in West Germany. Of course, East Germany were drawn in the same group as the tournament hosts. In their first and only appearance at the finals, the East shocked the watching world by beating the reigning European champions. Continue reading →

When East Beat West

east germany 2 At the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, East Germany were drawn in the same group as the tournament hosts. In their first and only appearance at the finals, the East shocked the watching world by beating the defending European champions. Continue reading →

F#ck FIFA, Brazil’s Graffiti Messages

FuckFiFa3 We’re unlikely to see marches on the same scale as last year’s Confederations Cup though violent demonstrations have been increasing in Brazil in recent weeks. But a more peaceful form of protest is still as noticeable – and perhaps just as powerful – throughout the World Cup host nation brought about by Brazil’s graffiti artists. Continue reading →

Brazil Host City in Race Against Time

curitiba The city of Curitiba, a host venue for this summer’s World Cup, had a deadline of February 18th to speed up construction of its stadium or it faces exclusion by FIFA. The Arena da Baixada, where Spain will begin their title defence, is 90% complete but FIFA officials have described the construction timeline as “an emergency.” Continue reading →

The Crying Game: Ronaldo, Pelé Awarded Ballon d’Or

ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo, who grew up in poverty in Madeira, gave an emotional speech as he accepted the FIFA Ballon d’Or, crowning him as the world’s best player for a second time. There were tears too for Brazilian legend Pelé, who was awarded an honorary trophy. Meanwhile Zlatan Ibrahimovic took the Puskas award for the best goal of 2013 for his outrageous bicycle kick against England. Continue reading →

FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014

fifa14 Could your FIFA 14 skills lead you all the way to the World Cup in Brazil? The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 has officially kicked off, marking the beginning of an epic 6-month journey that will see millions of virtual footballers from all over the world battle for a qualification seat at the FIWC 2014 Grand Final in Rio De Janeiro. Continue reading →

From Russia With Love

FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia (1) Events at the World Athletics Championships have shone the spotlight on Russian law and the merits of the country hosting major sporting competitions. Actor Stephen Fry’s recent open letter called for them to be stripped of the Winter Olympics because of draconian homophobic laws just passed in the state. All this raises yet more questions about FIFA’s criteria for World Cup host nations as Robbie Duggan writes. Continue reading →