Grupo SBF’s Centauro unit, Latin America’s largest sporting goods retailer, said it will spend more than $50 million on marketing for next year’s soccer World Cup after becoming the tournament’s final commercial partner.
The Rio de Janeiro stadium that will host next year’s soccer World Cup final is at the center of a dispute between a group of spectators who hold lifetime seats and the city that promised to give the sport’s governing body complete control over the facility.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke today confirmed he sent an e-mail to another official with soccer’s governing body in which he said Qatar “bought” its surprise selection for the 2022 soccer World Cup.
Brazil’s Senate canceled a meeting with FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, reigniting a spat with soccer’s ruling body a month after the South American country tried to remove him as the lead representative for the planning of the 2014 World Cup.
England’s Premier League will oppose any plans to shift the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after senior soccer officials said high temperatures in the desert state mean the event should be held in the winter.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked to meet with Brazil’s head of state Dilma Rousseff “as soon as possible” as the relationship soured between soccer’s governing body and the host of the 2014 World Cup.