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Gaza Protestors Attack Israeli Premier League Side Maccabi Haifa In Austria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 14

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players "at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end," according to Georgina Prodhan of REUTERS. Salzburg police said on Thursday that around 20 people with flags and p...

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08/22/13
Brazil Asks FIFA To Lower Hotels

Brazil's tourism board said that "it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. The request came just days after a study showed that room rates will be up to 500% more expensive during the World Cup ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

08/21/13
2014 World Cup Tickets Go On Sale

Tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro went on sale on Tuesday, with fans "able to apply" on FIFA's website, according to the BBC. FIFA "is expecting a similar demand" to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when there "were about seven applicants for every ticket of the 64-match tournament." Ar ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

08/21/13
Brazil Concerned About Hotel Price Hikes

The Brazilian government "is concerned" that some hotels listed on FIFA's website for the 2014 World Cup "plan steep price hikes during the tournament and is reportedly considering investigating the FIFA-appointed agency in charge of accommodation," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. Brazil's tour ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

08/21/13
MotoGP To Make Return To Brazil

Dorna Sports on Tuesday announced that MotoGP "will return to Brazil for the first time in a decade next year subject to an upgrade to the Nelson Piquet track in Brasilia," according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. Grand Prix motorcycling "last took place in the country" in Rio de Janeiro in '04 and i ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

08/21/13
Rio Cleans Up Before World Cup, Olympics

Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics "have so far mostly focused on efforts to sweep crime off the streets," but now the city "has opened up a new front in its clean-up campaign: a draconian clampdown on litterbugs," according to Jonathan Watts of the London GUARDIA ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil

08/16/13
Colombia Welcomes Quintana Home

Colombian cyclist NAIRO QUINTANA , who recently finished second in the Tour de France, "is already a hero in Colombia, a national star and the country's No. 1 athlete." Quintana, 23, "brought the streets of Bogotá to a standstill upon his return" and had a meeting with Colombian President J ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, South America

08/16/13
World Cup Hotel Prices To Average $460

Brazilian officials said that a Rio hotel will cost on average $460 during next year's World Cup, double the price in Johannesburg and 50% more than in Berlin, "which hosted finals at the last two previous tournaments," according to the AFP. According to a report by the state tourism agency Embratur ...

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08/16/13
Estadão: Brazil Team Diverted Funds

Part of the money paid to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) by "worldwide national teams to play against Brazil in friendlies was deposited in U.S. bank accounts registered to Barcelona President Sandro Rosell," according to Fernando Kallás of AS. The accusation "comes from Brazilian ...

Tags: Brazil, Finance

08/15/13
Brazil Stadiums May Miss FIFA Deadline

Concerns over Brazil's readiness to host next summer's World Cup "have been upgraded after the country's sports minister admitted he was worried about delays to the construction of new stadiums," according to Simon Rice of the London INDEPENDENT. Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo warned that the venues "w ...

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08/15/13
Rio '16 Exec Quits Ahead Of IOC Visit

Olympic Public Authority President (APO) Marcio Fortes, one of "the most senior figures involved" in planning the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, resigned, "adding to uncertainty over the city's ability to deliver on promises made during its bid," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Fortes, ...

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