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Rio Chiefs Meet To Discuss Hovercrafts For World Cup Tourist Transportation

04 / 17 / 14

Rio de Janeiro "is eyeing a new way to bring World Cup tourists to the city from the airport: hovercraft," according to David Biller of BLOOMBERG. Rio state’s Tourism Secretary Claudio Magnavita met with Transport Secretary Tatiana Vaz Carius on April 13 "and discussed the idea." The state "wo...

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11/21/13
Testing Failure Leaves FIFA Few Options

FIFA Medical Committee Chair Michel D'Hooghe has warned that "anti-doping measures at next year's World Cup could be seriously compromised as a result of having to transport samples halfway round the world for testing," according to Andrew Warshaw of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. FIFA last week announ ...

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11/20/13
Colón Players Protest Delayed Pay

Argentine first division side Colón's players "decided not to play in a game scheduled for Monday against Atletico Rafaela," according to LA NACION. The players "were bothered by the fact that the club owes them seven months' pay." The confusion "was greater because no one officially communic ...

Tags: Franchises, South America

11/15/13
Sao Paulo Cup Venue 94% Complete

Sao Paulo's Itaquerao World Cup Stadium is 94% complete, "easing fears the venue could miss the December construction deadline" set by FIFA, according to XINHUA. Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which is "responsible for the project," said that the "roof's steel structure has already been moun ...

Tags: Brazil, Facilities

11/14/13
Brazilian Football, Itau Extend Deal

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has "further strengthened its commercial portfolio ahead of the country’s staging of the 2014 FIFA World Cup" by agreeing to an eight-year extension to its sponsorship deal with banking group Itau, according to SOCCEREX. Itau will back the Brazilian n ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Brazil

11/12/13
Brazil Hotels Must Explain Price Hike

Brazil's justice ministry "is asking the main hotel chains in the country to explain the high prices being charged for rooms during the 2014 World Cup," according to the AP. The request comes after several complaints from consumer advocates and a study by the country's tourism board "which showed th ...

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11/08/13
American Football On The Rise In Brazil

In Brazil, "American football has been enjoying a surge in popularity, from amateur beach games to the creation of a semi-professional national league," according to Powell & Sherman of the RIO TIMES. Since the late '90s, new "men and women’s teams have been appearing all over the country, ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Brazil

11/08/13
Argentine Side All Boys Back To Work

Argentine first division side All Boys players decided on Wednesday morning not to "participate in practice due to the club owing players payments from August, September and October," according to CLARIN. The "delay in payment ranged from three to six months, depending on when players joined the clu ...

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11/07/13
Rio Olympics Aim For Record Sponsorship

With public money for the 2016 Rio Olympics "getting tougher to find," Brazilian organizers are "scrambling to raise record amounts of local sponsorship revenue to cover any budget shortfall and avoid a government handout," according to Stephen Wade of the AP. Rio Olympics CCO Renato Ciuchini said t ...

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11/06/13
Soccereex Conference In Brazil Called Off

Fears about disruption to the 2014 World Cup "have been raised after the key global football conference Soccerex was cancelled because of continuing civil unrest," according to the BBC. It "was due to start" in just three weeks time at the Macarana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The organizers and Rio's ...

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11/06/13
FIFA Distributes 889,000 World Cup Tickets

A total of 889,305 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup were allocated to people from 188 countries during the random selection draw for the first phase of ticket sales. Brazilian residents purchased 71.5% of the tickets, while 28.5% went to fans from other countries. Out of all tickets made availabl ...

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