For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the games global reach now spans everywhere from South Korea to Ghana, from Qatar to Belgium and FIFA has responded by taking the competition to new territories.
It seems that the ramifications of the FIFA vote in December 2010 to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar are still being felt across the football world. Whilst there was no denying it was a left field decision by the executive committee, it wasn't as if the Middle East had never held a sporting event previously.
So, after the obligatory hoo-haa in Moscow, the powers-that-be in FIFA revealed the emblem for the 2018 World Cup, and very, very red it is too. Indeed, to me it looks like a very shy duck, but it's still quite cool!
And while we're at it, here's a look back at the all the previous World Cup emblems which is quite nice!
It wasn't an empty threat. And it certainly wasn't a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year's Women's World Cup.
FIFA can no longer ignore the campaign of Abby Wambach and other women's players from across the soccer landscape, as the group filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Ontario tribunal court against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).
A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern saying, "In its present form, the product is not usable in Germany and the European Union.
FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.
Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.
Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.
FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.
A member of FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) has gone on record as saying he doesn't believe the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar as scheduled.
German ExCo representativeTheo Zwanziger has stuck his head above the parapet and told Sport Bild that he believes that Qatar's fearsome 40°c summer temperatures will see the tournament nixed and shifted elsewhere on medical grounds.
Sepp Blatter: Mistake to give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup's Golden Ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yes, you read that headline right. I mean, I still don't know how to react to it. Ok, let me relay the story first. The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that it was a mistake to give Argentine superstar Lionel Messi the 'Golden Ball' award in the 2014 World Cup, and that Germany goal keeper Manuel Neuer should have got the award instead.
Why Iker Casillas Should Not Longer Be Spain's Number 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Real Madrid sidesince the turn of the milleniumhas seen multiple changes. Big-name managers and players have come and gone, and the glory days have vacillated too. The same can be said for the Spanish national side as well.
Less than an hour from now, the USWNT will kick off against Mexico for a berth in Women's World Cup 2015. Even with Alex Morgan out injured, it is not quite the line-up one might expect. - Greg Seltzer
ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.
It's every Englishman's dream to be the person who leads their country to World Cup success from the pitfalls of despair to the tears of joy and open-top bus parade around Central London. If you aren't one of the managers of the big boys this dream will also be an impossible reality. However for Mike Bassett, this becomes his reality.
Dietmar Hamann had a good World Cup for Germany in the summer of 1998 in France, and he was signed by Newcastle for £5.5M in that summer by then manager Kenny Dalglish, but he stayed only for one season before joining Liverpool during the following summer for £8M. Didi Hamann while at Newcastle And the [.
This past weekend, the Brazilian national team beat Argentina 2-0 in a friendly in Beijing. With players based in Europe and South America, why on Earth did they travel so far to play one another? After all, the two countries are neighbors on the same continent. The simple answer is, of course, money.
FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.
After decades of darkness, soccer has grabbed a solid foothold in the US. In recent times, more and more fans have grown enamored of the beautiful game. However, many have only seen the game on TV. They have questions about what to do and what not to do when going to games. Some harbor preconceived stereotypes and prejudices.
You shall once again find my writing far from home the lovely soccer TV show Soccer Gods (Mondays at 10 on the Fusion channel) has a corresponding site which has graciously agreed to host my slightly edited brainfarts on Mexican soccer. This is a regular thing. No, we're not married but we're very canny about our Facebook relationship status.
Since Landon Donovan's final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it's time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the Aral Sea, examining Landon's legacy is important. Whether he is the best player to ever represent the Stars and Stripes is debatable.
Andreas Brehme was an intrinsic part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1990 having scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina, though it would appear that life for the former Bayern Munich left-back is far less salubrious these days.
According to reports in the German press, Brehme got himself into considerable debt after retiring from active duty last working in football during a short, ill-fated stint asGiovanni Trapattoni's assistant at VfB Stuttgart in 2005.
As you may well recall, Christoph Kramer got himself well and truly knocked into the middle of next week during the World Cup Final after a brutal collision with Argentina'sEzequiel Garay.
Kramer was knocked unconscious for several moments after colliding head-first with Garay's shoulder, though was eventually allowed to play on after being assessed by the medics on duty until being taken off in the 31st minute after his teammates noticed theBorussia Mönchengladbach man was visibly doolally.
The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has condemned Qatar after an investigation conducted by Channel 4 News found that they may have used extremely suspect PR chicanery in their attempts to quell the tidal wave of criticism that has been directed at the country since they were handed the 2022 World Cup hosting duties by FIFA.
Every now and then, we like to give you, the reader, an esoteric South American soccer update. In today's news, we looked closely at happenings in Paraguay, your favorite loser from the "War of the Triple Betrayal" err "Alliance." Some pretty hysterical legal happenings have caught the headlines, but a more sobering fact got buried.
With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.
FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.