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Jan 30, 2014

Soccer-Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA

ZURICH, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

“FIFA expects to receive information on the specific steps that Qatar has taken since president Sepp Blatter’s last trip to Doha in November 2013 to improve the welfare and living conditions of migrant workers,” world soccer’s ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

Jan 29, 2014

Foreign clubs show insatiable appetite for Brazilians

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign clubs are still showing an insatiable appetite for Brazilian players while Argentines appear to be going out of fashion, according to a FIFA report on the global transfer market published on Wednesday

The report said that of 12,309 international transfers registered worldwide last year, 13 percent, or 1,558, involved Brazilian players, either leaving their country, returning home or moving between other nations.

Jan 29, 2014

English clubs help boost 2013 global transfer spending

LONDON (Reuters) – English clubs led the way as worldwide spending on international transfers shot up by 41 percent last year to reach $3.7 billion, FIFA said in a report published on Wednesday.

English clubs spent $913 million on international transfers in 2013, an increase of 51 percent over the previous year.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-Foreign clubs show insatiable appetite for Brazilians

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Foreign clubs are still showing an insatiable appetite for Brazilian players while Argentines appear to be going out of fashion, according to a FIFA report on the global transfer market published on Wednesday

The report said that of 12,309 international transfers registered worldwide last year, 13 percent, or 1,558, involved Brazilian players, either leaving their country, returning home or moving between other nations.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-English clubs help boost 2013 global transfer spending

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – English clubs led the way as worldwide spending on international transfers shot up by 41 percent last year to reach $3.7 billion, FIFA said in a report published on Wednesday.

English clubs spent $913 million on international transfers in 2013, an increase of 51 percent over the previous year.

Jan 23, 2014

Blatter, Rousseff brush off World Cup problems

ZURICH (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff brushed off concerns about their troubled World Cup preparations after meeting FIFA’s Sepp Blatter on Thursday, reiterating that her country would stage the “Cup of Cups”.

Blatter, president of world soccer’s governing body, also dismissed worries over Brazil’s problems, saying all that was needed were “a few touch ups”.

Jan 23, 2014

Soccer-Blatter, Rousseff brush off World Cup problems

ZURICH, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff brushed off their troubled World Cup preparations after meeting FIFA’s Sepp Blatter on Thursday, reiterating that her country would stage the “Cup of Cups”.

Blatter, president of world soccer’s governing body, also dismissed worries over Brazil’s problems, saying all that was needed were “a few touch ups”.

Jan 22, 2014

World Cup not exempt from match-fixing attempts

ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Cup finals are not exempt from attempts to rig games and FIFA is leaving nothing to chance, the head of security at soccer’s governing body told Reuters in an interview.

Ralf Mutschke said FIFA could even postpone a match if there were indications it had been targeted for manipulation by criminal gangs, although he stressed such a measure would be a last resort.

Jan 22, 2014

Soccer-World Cup not exempt from match-fixing attempts

ZURICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The World Cup finals are not exempt from attempts to rig games and FIFA is leaving nothing to chance, the head of security at soccer’s governing body told Reuters in an interview.

Ralf Mutschke said FIFA could even postpone a match if there were indications it had been targeted for manipulation by criminal gangs, although he stressed such a measure would be a last resort.

Jan 21, 2014

Governments must do more to fight fixing, say FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Footballers who take part in match-manipulation risk losing their careers if caught but those who induce the players and set up the fix do so at almost no risk to themselves, according to FIFA’s head of security Ralf Mutschke.

In the last few years, dozens of players have been banned, many for life, for trying to manipulate matches, often driven to do so in desperation after months of not being paid at all by cash-strapped clubs.