Japanese companies from NTT DoCoMo Inc. to Kirin Holdings Co. are benefiting as the national soccer team’s 2014 World Cup berth draws attention to their promotions featuring the team and its star players.
The U.S. held on to defeat second- ranked Germany 4-3 behind two goals from Clint Dempsey, while Alex Morgan had two goals as the American women’s team beat Canada 3-0 in exhibition matches to commemorate 100 years of soccer in the U.S.
The outcome of Paraguay’s election this weekend is too close to call after Horacio Cartes, a tobacco magnate and political newcomer, saw his comfortable lead in the polls ebb away in the past few weeks.
Tobacco magnate Horacio Cartes was elected president of Paraguay yesterday amid agriculture-driven economic expansion forecast to surpass 11 percent this year in one of Latin America’s poorest countries.
Ecuador, which defaulted on $3.2 billion of its foreign debt four years ago, is planning to tap global credit markets this year as demand for higher-yielding assets drives down borrowing costs, Standard & Poor’s said.
Nicolas Leoz resigned from the FIFA executive committee and as president of the South American Football Confederation for health and personal reasons, world soccer governing body FIFA said in a statement.