Category 2014 World Cup

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter ask how they ever got here.

As FIFA implodes, more questions for Blatter and Platini. Oh, and some for Peter Hargitay and SBS TV’s Les Murray, too. Thanks.

There are not enough times you can write “criminal proceedings initiated against Sepp Blatter”. Of course there are questions about Blatter’s relationship with Platini and what the payment was actually for. Rule number one: follow the money. Rule number two: cross check the dates. Platini received the payment when he decided not to run against Blatter for FIFA president and instead endorsed Blatter’s reelection.

Luis Suarez realizes almost the entire world has just seen him bite Giorgio Chiellini on the shouder.

If You Read One Story About Luis Suarez and Football In Uruguay Make Sure It Is This One

An investigative reporter broke the news about Spillman threatening Larranaga. Less than a month later, a hit man shot the reporter at the door of his house. The hit man had been paid $500. The assassination failed, and Nelson Spillman and his brother, Daniel, who reportedly drove the getaway car, went to jail for the botched hit.

All together: "Qatar knows how to party."

Why Stripping Qatar of the 2022 World Cup Is A Very Complicated Concept

Qatar’s simple defence if allegations against Bin Hammam are proven true is that he was a “rogue agent” acting beyond his role. Qatar has already distanced itself from Bin Hammam and the former AFC President is no longer part of FIFA. So what jurisdiction handles a corruption enquiry against him as an individual?

Kids play football in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. Football is a 'mother'.

In a Syrian refugee camp, where football plays the role of the “mother”

“Football is the most popular sport; it plays the role of the mother. It’s the only outlet that children have. It’s a very difficult life here in the refugee camp and football alleviates their suffering.”

How to deal with a polka dot bag in Rio? Pepper spray. Credit: AP Photp via TheAtlantic.Com

Brazil’s Least Wanted: The 2014 World Cup

It is official. Jogo Bonito – and every other cliché tied to Brazil and its futebol – is dead. Who would have thought that of all countries, it would be the people of Brazil who would take to the streets of their cities to tell their government and FIFA – oh, FIFA – that they […]