Football Notes: Spanish National Team Makes Curitiba Its 2014 World Cup Headquarters
The Spanish national team has chosen Curitiba as its headquarters during the 2014 World Cup. La Roja will use facilities owned by Brasileiro club Atlético Paranaense. The facility includes "eight fields, a well-regarded medical center and a five-star hotel with a capacity of 180" (EFE, 12/14). ... Chennai-based Nethaji Football Club, one of the oldest teams in the city league, "has got a new owner for the season beginning next year." Rohit Ramesh bought the club from Founder T.R. Govindarajan. Ramesh will become the president and Vikram Murali the Secretary. Govindarajan said that "he was finding it difficult to run the club with limited resources." Govindarajan: "Sponsorship was hard to come by and we found it tough to assemble players. We did our best, but couldn't continue. I am now happy that the club is in the right hands" (THE HINDU, 12/14). ... The Asian Football Confederation "has placed an order with Zoll Medical Corporation" for a number of its automated external defibrillator Plus devices in a move designed to aid its players in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The AFC intends to distribute the devices across its 47 member associations and their presence "will be compulsory at all matches" that are sanctioned by FIFA (SOCCEREX, 12/11).