Quote of the Day

"Frankly, Manaus is in bad shape."
-- Head Groundsman Carlos Botella, on the poor condition of the grass on the pitch at the stadium where England will play its World Cup opener on Saturday against Italy. (London TELEGRAPH, 6/11)
Thursday June 12, 2014 Vol. 2 — No. 255 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Europeans Fight Back

    UEFA President Michel Platini attends the 64th FIFA Congress on Wednesday.

    UEFA President Michel Platini "gave his backing to a European revolt" against FIFA President Sepp Blatter as the pressure on Blatter intensified on the eve of the World Cup finals, according to James Ducker of the LONDON TIMES. FA Chair Greg Dyke "was at the forefront of the co-ordinated attack over Blatter’s U-turn on his promise to stand down" in '15. He branded as "offensive" and "totally unacceptable" Blatter’s claims that the allegations of corruption surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid were driven by the "racism and discrimination" of the British media.

  • The Big Picture

    FIFA inspector asks Times for evidence, but says he's seen most of it already.

  • Second Look

    Blatter pulls U-turn, proposes video replay to allow managers to challenge calls.

  • Share The Wealth

    FIFA to pay national members, confederations $200M from Cup revenues.

  • Return To Glory

    Brazilian tycoons unite to revive Flamengo on and off pitch.

  • New Frontier

    Japanese ministry chips in to fund J.League's push into SE Asia.

  • Thinking Big

    Netball administrators consider bigger stadiums as attendance booms.

  • Express Pass

    Russian ministry wants to bypass inspections on World Cup projects.

  • Sweeten The Pot

    Hong Kong Jockey Club increases stake money 7% for '14-15 to record $124M.

  • Numbers Are Up

    Germany's women's Bundesliga sets new attendance record in '13-14 season.

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