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Jun 9, 2014

Blatter blasts some criticism of FIFA as racist

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack on those he said were “plotting to destroy” world soccer’s governing body, and branded some of the criticism of the Qatar World Cup award for 2022 as racist.

Blatter was addressing delegates of the African and Asian confederations at their extraordinary congresses ahead of FIFA’s annual congress which starts here on Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Blatter blasts some criticism of FIFA as racist

SAO PAULO, June 9 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack on those he said were “plotting to destroy” world soccer’s governing body, and branded some of the criticism of the Qatar World Cup award for 2022 as racist.

Blatter was addressing delegates of the African and Asian confederations at their extraordinary congresses ahead of FIFA’s annual congress which starts here on Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Africa supports FIFA boss Blatter, hits out at “degrading” media

SAO PAULO, June 9 (Reuters) – Africa’s soccer chiefs launched an attack on the media – “notably British” – for what it called “repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks” on the integrity of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) “and the entire African continent”.

In a resolution posted on its website following Monday’s general assembly meeting, CAF hit out at reports placing the region’s soccer administrators at the centre of allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar.

Jun 7, 2014

History of the World Cup from 2002-2014

LONDON (Reuters) – This is the fifth and final part of a brief history of the World Cup finals covering the tournaments from 2002 through to the preparations for 2014:

Part Five: The tournaments from 2002 to 2014

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2002 SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN

Final: June 30 2002: International Stadium, Yokohama

BRAZIL 2 GERMANY 0

Attendance: 69,029

The decision to stage the first World Cup in Asia in South Korea and Japan was one of the most profound FIFA have made.

Jun 7, 2014

History of the World Cup from 1954-1966

LONDON (Reuters) – The second of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil:

Part Two: The tournaments from 1954 to 1966:

Switzerland 1954

Final: July 4 1954: Wankdorf Stadium, Berne

WEST GERMANY 3 HUNGARY 2

Attendance: 60,000

Olympic champions Hungary were the overwhelming favorites for the tournament as they came into the finals unbeaten in 30 international matches and boasting a team that included Ferenc Puskas, Jozsef Bozsik, Sandor Kocsis and Nandor Hidegkuti.

Jun 7, 2014

Bentaleb poised to complete amazing six-month rise

By Mike Collett

(Reuters) – Few players at the World Cup in Brazil will have experienced a rise quite as meteoric as that enjoyed by Algeria’s teenage midfielder Nabil Bentaleb this season.

Less than six months ago he was playing in Tottenham Hotspur’s youth development squad on windswept playing fields and in near-empty stadiums.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer – History of the World Cup from 2002-2014

LONDON (Reuters) – This is the fifth and final part of a brief history of the World Cup finals covering the tournaments from 2002 through to the preparations for 2014:

Part Five: The tournaments from 2002 to 2014

- – -

2002 SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN

Final: June 30 2002: International Stadium, Yokohama

BRAZIL 2 GERMANY 0

Attendance: 69,029

The decision to stage the first World Cup in Asia in South Korea and Japan was one of the most profound FIFA have made.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer – History of the World Cup from 1986-1998

LONDON (Reuters) – The fourth of a five-part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil:

Part Four: The tournaments from 1986 to 1998

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1986 MEXICO

Final: June 29 1986: Azteca Stadium, Mexico City

ARGENTINA 3 WEST GERMANY 2

Attendance: 114,590

Colombia were due to host the 1986 World Cup but pulled out three years earlier saying the cost was prohibitive and their infrastructure could not support it.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-History of the World Cup from 2002-2014

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – This is the fifth and final part of a brief history of the World Cup finals covering the tournaments from 2002 through to the preparations for 2014: Part Five: The tournaments from 2002 to 2014 – - – 2002 SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN Final: June 30 2002: International Stadium, Yokohama BRAZIL 2 GERMANY 0 Attendance: 69,029 The decision to stage the first World Cup in Asia in South Korea and Japan was one of the most profound FIFA have made. Decades of animosity between the two countries had created a situation that would have resulted in national shame for whichever nation lost the vote to host the tournament.

Their shared and difficult history was something that even FIFA could not solve and, in July 1996, FIFA did the most pragmatic and sensible thing by making them joint hosts.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-History of the World Cup from 1986-1998

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – The fourth of a five-part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil: Part Four: The tournaments from 1986 to 1998 – - -

1986 MEXICO Final: June 29 1986: Azteca Stadium, Mexico City ARGENTINA 3 WEST GERMANY 2 Attendance: 114,590