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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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03/12/14
Sao Paulo Stadium 98% Complete

Brazilian constructors said that "they have installed the giant roofing structure that collapsed after a crane failure at the stadium hosting the World Cup's opening match in three months," according to the AP. The accident late last year "killed two workers and caused significant damage to the Itaq ...

Tags: Facilities, Brazil

03/10/14
Univ. De Chile Extends Adidas Kit Deal

Chilean first division side Universidad de Chile and adidas on Friday announced a renewal of their kit deal for seven years, with the club receiving a minimum of $4.7M per year, plus potential bonuses, for a guaranteed total of $33M. The new agreement will take effect starting Jan. '15. Universidad ...

Tags: Franchises, South America

03/05/14
World Cup Marks 100-Day Countdown

In 100 days, Brazil "will kick off the World Cup against Croatia in the gleaming new Arena de São Paulo," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Assuming the stadium "is finished in time." Amid "growing excitement" at the World Cup returning to the home of La Joga Bonito, there "is ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

03/04/14
Paralympics To Be Broadcast In Brazil

A unique agreement between the Int'l Paralympic Committee, the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and broadcaster Globo will see 35 hours of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games broadcast in Brazil beginning Friday. The IPC has awarded the broadcast rights in Brazil for Sochi 2014 to the Brazilian Paralympi ...

Tags: Media, Brazil

03/04/14
River, Netshoes Ink Record Sponsorship

Argentine first division side River Plate announced a two-and-a-half year deal with "online sports goods retailer Netshoes" as its sleeve sponsor in a deal worth $3.75M, making it the "most lucrative sleeve sponsorship deal in the history" of Argentine football, according to SOCCEREX. River Plate's ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, South America

03/03/14
Brazil Stadium Delays Creating Problems

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Saturday that FIFA has been "left with a huge challenge following Brazilian delays in building stadiums for the 2014 World Cup," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Valcke said, "We are working in conditions where the cement is not even dry. ... The b ...

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03/03/14
CONMEBOL President Accused Of Fraud

A Uruguayan prosecutor on Friday asked a national court to charge CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo with "fraud and money laundering following accusations presented by eight Uruguayan clubs," according to the EFE. The clubs "requesting that charges be filed are Peñarol, Miramar Misiones, C ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, South America

02/27/14
FIFA Defends World Cup Fan Fests

FIFA "has defended the fan fests" due to take place in the 12 host cities at this year's World Cup in Brazil, saying that income raised from the events "can cover the costs of holding them," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke wrote in Wednesday's edition of t ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, South America

02/25/14
Anheuser-Busch Launches World Cup Beer

In a "unique -- and bizarre -- convergence" of beer and football, Anheuser-Busch InBev "will launch a limited edition of its popular Brahma beer" made from barley grown on the football field where Brazil's iconic World Cup teams have trained for decades, according to Laurel Wentz of AD AGE. Brahma S ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Brazil

02/24/14
Police Arrest 230 In World Cup Protests

Brazilian police "fired tear gas and arrested hundreds on Saturday as they dispersed a crowd in Sao Paulo that violently protested expenditures for the World Cup," according to the AFP. As of midnight, "military police in Sao Paulo reported 230 arrests in a Twitter message." About 1,000 protesters t ...

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