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Residents Wonder How New Stadiums Will Benefit After Cup

Posted: July 10, 2014 at 12:25 am   /   Brasil, The Biz, World Cup

NATAL, Brazil — From her crumbling house with the leaky roof, across a new highway from a new World Cup stadium, Maria Ivanilde Oliveira heard everything. Notes of the national anthems floated through the humid air into her living room, where her black vinyl couch was losing its stuffing and a metal bookshelf was secured […]

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The Business of the World Cup

Posted: June 6, 2014 at 12:16 am   /   The Biz, World Cup

How big of a business is soccer’s quadrennial tournament for FIFA (International Association of Federation Football), the sport’s international governing body? World Cup Brazil will generate $4 billion in total revenue for FIFA, or 66% more than the previous tournament in South Africa in 2010. The vast majority of the money will come from the […]

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Learning from the Ghanaian model of Football

Posted: August 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm   /   Africa

Great article… The US might want to take a few pointers.. Following England’s limp exit from the World Cup much has been made of the relatively high average age (28.1) of Fabio Capello’s squad, with questions being asked as to the structure and effectiveness of youth football in this country and the manner in which […]

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Nate Robinson will wear No. 10 with the Nuggets to honor Lionel Messi

Posted: August 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm   /   The Buzz

Throughout Nate Robinson’s career, he has opted for single digits, using Nos. 2, 3, and 4 at his various stops. With his preferred No. 2 retired for Alex English, Robinson has decided to go in a different direction. He will wear No. 10, in honor of one of the best athletes in the world, Lionel Messi.

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FIFA sets 2014 World Cup ticket prices in Brazil

Posted: July 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm   /   Brasil, The Buzz, World Cup

The long-awaited sale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets will start on 20 August 2013 at 12.00 CET (07.00 BRT) via For international football fans, ticket prices start at USD 90 for the group-stage matches in category 3 (apart from the opening match, which costs USD 220). For Brazilian residents, the cheapest tickets priced […]

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The Art of Protest in Brazil

Posted: June 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm   /   Art

Rows of soccer balls representing a cemetery are laid out in Rio’s Copacabana beach, the latest in a protest movement that has swept Brazil.

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Confederations Cup: Tahiti

Posted: June 17, 2013 at 10:00 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

Location: In the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia Capital: Papeete Population: 274,512 Official Language: French Ethnic Groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4% FIFA Ranking #138. Players to Watch: Steevy Chung Hue, Marima Vahiura 

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Confederations Cup Preview

Posted: June 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm   /   UrbanStreetSoccer

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 15th as a warmup to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil, the defending champions and host will be joined by Japan, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, Tahiti, Nigeria and Mexico. Team breakdown Brazil — FIFA Ranking #22 . Host and defending Confederations Cup winners in 2009 and […]

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Fifa Elects First Woman to Executive Committee

Posted: June 13, 2013 at 10:52 am   /   The Buzz

FIFA welcomed three female members on to its Executive Committee following a historic election at the FIFA Congress in Mauritius. Lydia Nsekera earns her place on the committee after receiving the most votes (95) in the first-ever election for a female candidate and is elected for four years, while Moya Dodd (70 votes) and Sonia Bien-Aime (38 votes), […]

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