Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Jun 10, 2014

Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Soccer fans in Chiba Prefecture have raised more than ¥2.5 million in donations to send four children from Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula to watch the Japan play in the World Cup in Brazil. The supporters launched the fundraising drive in April as a treat for ...

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 ...