Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Jun 8, 2014

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Sony Corp. became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved true. ...

Brazil says it cannot guarantee readiness for World Cup

Jun 6, 2014

Brazil says it cannot guarantee readiness for World Cup

On a day when a transport workers’s strike brought part of Brazil’s biggest city to a halt, Brazil’s Sports Minister said it was impossible to promise his country would be ready for next week’s opening match of the World Cup. “When you are dealing ...

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

It was not a baaad performance for Colombia’s wooly warriors. To celebrate the country’s return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence, artisans in the high Andean town of Nobsa put on what they billed as the first soccer match played by sheep ...

Soccer fans at risk from World Cup mania

May 31, 2014

Soccer fans at risk from World Cup mania

If the television commercials piggybacking on the World Cup are to be believed, watching a soccer match is fun, healthy and sociable. Slim young men and women spring up from the sofa like gazelles to celebrate a goal. If they lose, they commiserate peacefully ...