Two women and a male accomplice stormed a German TV talk show today, disrupting the program and shouting "Boycott FIFA mafia" over and over again in front of the TV cameras on live TV.
The activists were protesting the working conditions in Qatar. The country has come under a lot of criticism after media reports revealed that many of the workers that are building the infrastructure for World Cup 2022 are working in slave conditions.
Riots erupted Sunday night in Sao Pablo in a match between Athletico PR and Vasco de Gama, leaving many World Cup fans concerned about the safety in the stadiums for next summer's tournament. One man was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition, while 3 others are being charged with attempted murder.
Despite football,s massive popularity in the world, the world's four largest countries by population are, for the most part, quite disinterested in the game. The Chinese prefer basketball, the Indian are obsessed with Cricket, while United States has it's Big 4 sports (Basketball, Baseball, American Football and Ice Hockey), while Indonesia loves its Badminton.
Le moment est enfin arrivé – Juste hier, le finale tirage au sort de la Coupe du Monde 2014 très attendu était annoncé. Bien sûr, comme chaque Coupe du Monde, il y avait beaucoup de conversation en regardant la probabilité de chaque pays d'avancer dans leur groupe...
C'est le 8ème consecutive finale de la Coupe du Monde pour la République de Corée, mais il n'y était pas un parcours facile d'avancer au finale tirage ce temps.
Putting managers and footballers near journalists is always done with the best of intentions, but in an era where news moves through the cosmos at an unbelievable pace, players and coaches stick to a fairly predictable script when responding to any type of question from the press.
OTF's Brian Battle is back to let the numbers do the talking...
So, while everyone is claiming their team is in the TRUE group of death, I decided to do some number crunching with ESPNFC's SPI world rankings. Nate Silver explains in detail how these rankings are more comprehensive than FIFA's rankings.
The FIFA draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifying groups was held today, and France managed to get a fairly easy group but England are in the same group as Italy and Uruguay. Yohan Cabaye in French blue should be pleased with the draw The fourth team in England's group is Costa Rica, [...]
The draw for the 2014 World Cup was not kind to the United States.
The U.S. Men's National Team was handed one of the most difficult groups in World Cup history as they were placed in Group G with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal, with matches in the north (Manaus) and northeast(Natal and Recife)of Brazil.
The day that we've all been waiting for is finally here.
In beautiful Costa do Sauipe, FIFA will draw each of the 32 nations qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil into one of eight groups (11:30am on ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision). From there, fans will begin to contemplate their team's chances for achieving World Cup glory.
Brazil are the record World Cup winners, they're playing at home and they're the bookmakers' favorites. Never mind Nostradamus, even Mystic Sally can probably envisage Thiago Silva hoisting aloft the Jules Rimet trophy next July. Despite lacking the panache of Brazilian sides of yesteryear, Luis Felipe Scolari's men have enough quality, know-how and functionality to go all the way next summer.
Wish we were home to watch this live and give the updates, but things are what they are. In case you had some far flung fantasy about how far the US was going to make a run in the WC, the odds are already 100:1 that they don't make the quarters because of the recent change in POT seating from the averaged world rankings to the newer and more recent FIFA rankings.
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we've waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team's fate next summer - we thought it was a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure.
England qualified for the World Cup, but, based on October's FIFA rankings, are unseeded. Thus, they face the very real prospect of a "Group of Death." We don't know what the future holds, but here is a close approximation, in style if not in substance, of the Three Lions' fate.
James: Hello, this is James and John again, reporting this time from Costa do Sauipe, in the lovely Southern Brazilian state of Bahia.
Below is a list of all 31 teams the United States can face in the World Cup in order of how difficult a matchup each opponent would be. The rankings account for individual matchups, style of play, the tournament's location, U.S. history against the opponent and overall quality. Blue teams are seeded teams in Pot 1.
Yep, FIFA ran a staging go-around for tomorrow's draw and here were the test results. Most in our little bubble seem to be fretting a nightmare grouping, but this one looks a tough but quite manageable fight, likely for second place.Group A: Brazil, France, Italy, AustraliaGroup B: Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, CroatiaGroup C: Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, RussiaGroup D: Switzerland, Chile, Japan,
FIFA have given themselves 12 months to study the feasibility of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to the winter.
Following the final FIFA Executive Committee meeting of 2013, FIFA president Sepp Blatter told reporters what was spoken of, including an updated timeline on a potential scheduling change for the Qatar World Cup.
Bayern Munich could be facing an injury crisis as they head into the FIFA Club World Cup later this month.
The club confirmed that winger Arjen Robben, who was stretchered off on Wednesday after a nasty collision with the Augsburg goalkeeper in Bayern's 2-0 victory, will be out for the next six weeks with a knee injury.
Three of the 12 World Cup stadiums are expected to be delivered well after the Dec. 31 deadline set by FIFA.
Following a deadly work accident last Wednesday in Sao Paulo, construction on the Arena Corinthians is back underway and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valke believes that it could be finished in three months time.
06.12.2013 - El gran Ronaldo Nazario dio una nota a FIFA.COM y tiró flores para Argentina: "Argentina could spring a surprise"("Argentina podría dar la sorpresa") fueron las palabras recortadas para titular la nota en el portal FIFA.
04.12.2013 - Tras la sesión mantenida el martes 3 de diciembre en Costa do Sauípe por la Comisión Organizadora de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, se ha aprobado el procedimiento del sorteo final que tendrá lugar el próximo día 6 en Costa do Sauípe. No se sabe si con la publicación de los bombos del sorteo la FIFA neutralizó o avivó las conjeturas y especulaciones.
FC Bayern President Uli Hoeness has publicly stated Bayern Munich will scrutinize balloting for FIFA's World Footballer of the Year award that came in after the initial November 15 deadline. Bayern's Franck Ribery, who has already been named European Footballer of the year, was thought to be the favorite for the FIFA award until balloting was extended.
Hattet Ihr bei der Auslosung der WM-Gruppenphase letzten Freitag nicht auch das Gefühl, dass das ganze eine reine Verarschung ist? Nein? Sehr gut, dann hat das Konzept der FIFA perfekt funktioniert. Wie das Konzept funktioniert fragt Ihr jetzt? Ach, das ist ganz einfach und beinhaltet genau drei Punkte.
2014 World Cup Draw Friday 13:00 local time (17:00 GMT), Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. Ah World Cup draws, those ersatz episodes when FIFA tries to do showbiz. It was not always thus. The blazers and ties of bigwigs and bureaucrats sufficed for years. Remember the Spain '82 draw when the little matadors and flamencistas took the wrong balls from the wrong urns - some groups were bigger than others.