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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (R) inspects the Arena da Baixada stadium on April 22, 2014 in Curitiba, southern Brazil, where several of the FIFA WC Brazil 2014 matches will be played

FIFA's Valcke satisfied with Cuiaba

AFP News - 11 hours ago Visiting FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday he was "satisfied" over preparations at the World Cup venue of Cuiaba in central Brazil, despite 15,000 seats still having to be fitted. "I am certain Cuiaba will be ready. I am satisfied," added Valcke, adding as long as the seats are installed on the due date he would be happy with that. With only 50 days to …

  • Manchester United's midfielder Adnan Januzaj celebrates after scoring at St James' Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, northeast England on April 5, 2014
    Talented teenager Januzaj opts for Belgium AFP News - 14 hours ago

    Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level, national coach Marc Wilmots … More »Talented teenager Januzaj opts for Belgium

    Manchester United's midfielder Adnan Januzaj celebrates after scoring at St James' Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, northeast England on April 5, 2014

    Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level, national coach Marc Wilmots revealed on Wednesday. The 19-year-old -- who has been at United since he was 16 and has made several eye-catching performances this season -- could have …

  • Carlos Alberto, former captain of the Brazilian 1970's football team, holds the World Cup which has just arrived in the country, at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 22, 2014
    Ex-star Carlos Alberto sees Brazil "in transition" AFP News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Carlos Alberto, Brazil's skipper in their 1970 World Cup-winning side, on Tuesday described this year's hosts of the global football showpiece event Brazil as being "in … More »Ex-star Carlos Alberto sees Brazil "in transition"

    Carlos Alberto, former captain of the Brazilian 1970's football team, holds the World Cup which has just arrived in the country, at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 22, 2014

    Carlos Alberto, Brazil's skipper in their 1970 World Cup-winning side, on Tuesday described this year's hosts of the global football showpiece event Brazil as being "in transition." However, the 69-year-old still believed that his compatriots are live contenders to lift the trophy in July with holders Spain, Argentina and …

  • Villarreal's Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche celebrates after secoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs UD Almeria at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on January 19, 2014
    Nigeria striker Uche waits on World Cup fate AFP News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria's World Cup squad. National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of … More »Nigeria striker Uche waits on World Cup fate

    Villarreal's Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche celebrates after secoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs UD Almeria at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on January 19, 2014

    Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria's World Cup squad. National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of being "tactically indisciplined" and has snubbed him since last year’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. The 30-year-old Uche has been one of …

  • Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes (left) outpaces Italy's Domenico Criscito during a friendly on November 15, 2013 at the San Siro stadium in Milan
    German unions seek later shifts during World Cup AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Two German labour unions asked Tuesday that workers in the football-mad country be granted a sleep-in during Brazil World Cup matches that will be screened overnight … More »German unions seek later shifts during World Cup

    Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes (left) outpaces Italy's Domenico Criscito during a friendly on November 15, 2013 at the San Siro stadium in Milan

    Two German labour unions asked Tuesday that workers in the football-mad country be granted a sleep-in during Brazil World Cup matches that will be screened overnight in Europe. "Employers and works councils should discuss amending working hours, if possible, so that employees can watch the World Cup games," said Michael …

  • Fabio Capello prepares to watch a friendly between Russia and Armenia in Krasnodar on March 5, 2014
    Capello maps out Russia's path to World Cup AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Russia manager Fabio Capello has lined up World Cup warm-ups against Slovakia, Norway and Morocco in a bid to expose his team to contrasting playing styles ahead of Brazil. … More »Capello maps out Russia's path to World Cup

    Fabio Capello prepares to watch a friendly between Russia and Armenia in Krasnodar on March 5, 2014

    Russia manager Fabio Capello has lined up World Cup warm-ups against Slovakia, Norway and Morocco in a bid to expose his team to contrasting playing styles ahead of Brazil. Russia, making their first appearance at a World Cup finals since 2002, are in Group H with Belgium, South Korea and Algeria. Capello, who was in …

  • Ryan Giggs (left) closes in on Olympiakos' Greek defender Jose Holebas during the Champions League game against Olympiakos at Old Trafford on March 18, 2014
    Giggs named interim Man Utd manager AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was on Tuesday appointed interim manager of Manchester United, shortly after the club announced the sacking of David Moyes. "Following … More »Giggs named interim Man Utd manager

    Ryan Giggs (left) closes in on Olympiakos' Greek defender Jose Holebas during the Champions League game against Olympiakos at Old Trafford on March 18, 2014

    Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was on Tuesday appointed interim manager of Manchester United, shortly after the club announced the sacking of David Moyes. "Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated player, will assume responsibility for …

  • Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Marcello Lippi, pictured during a training session in Yokohama, Japan, on March 11, 2014
    Guangzhou Evergrande FC on the brink in Asian title defence AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande face a tense evening in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday with their Asian title defence on the line in the final round of group … More »Guangzhou Evergrande FC on the brink in Asian title defence

    Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Marcello Lippi, pictured during a training session in Yokohama, Japan, on March 11, 2014

    Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande face a tense evening in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday with their Asian title defence on the line in the final round of group games. The Chinese champions and league-leaders now need a home win against Japan's Yokohama F Marinos to guarantee that they progress to the last 16 and …

  • Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli, pictured during a press conference at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on March 4, 2014
    Italy coach shows softer side in ethics clampdown AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A hasty punch may have cost Mattia Destro his place in Italy's World Cup squad under coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics campaign. He was suspended for three matches … More »Italy coach shows softer side in ethics clampdown

    Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli, pictured during a press conference at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on March 4, 2014

    A hasty punch may have cost Mattia Destro his place in Italy's World Cup squad under coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics campaign. He was suspended for three matches and missed Prandelli's fitness tests for 42 players last week. "Even in the last month of the season, whoever slips up stays at home because it means …

  • Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez (C) has an unsuccessful shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich on April 20, 2014
    'Pigheaded' Suarez thrives in adversity - Tabarez AFP News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is pigheaded but used that trait to overcome an error-ridden start to his career and become the great striker he is today, claimed … More »'Pigheaded' Suarez thrives in adversity - Tabarez

    Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez (C) has an unsuccessful shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich on April 20, 2014

    Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is pigheaded but used that trait to overcome an error-ridden start to his career and become the great striker he is today, claimed national coach Oscar Tabarez on Sunday. The 27-year-old, who on Sunday became the first Liverpool player to score 30 league goals in a season since …

  • Torino's midfielder Giuseppe Vives congratulates Ciro Immobile (R) after his goal during an Italian Serie A football match against Lazio on April 19, 2014 at the Olympic stadium in Rome
    Immobile moves closer to Italy World Cup spot AFP News - Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Torino striker Ciro Immobile enhanced his claim for a place in Italy's World Cup squad with his 20th goal of the season on Saturday. The point left Torino eighth, still … More »Immobile moves closer to Italy World Cup spot

    Torino's midfielder Giuseppe Vives congratulates Ciro Immobile (R) after his goal during an Italian Serie A football match against Lazio on April 19, 2014 at the Olympic stadium in Rome

    Torino striker Ciro Immobile enhanced his claim for a place in Italy's World Cup squad with his 20th goal of the season on Saturday. The point left Torino eighth, still in contention for a Europa League spot, but two behind AC Milan, who eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Livorno. Torino's local rivals, league leaders …

  • Barcelona's Neymar sits with his left boot off at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final against Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 16, 2014
    Neymar says injury won't keep him from World Cup play AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Brazilian football star Neymar said he would be well enough to play in the World Cup in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season. … More »Neymar says injury won't keep him from World Cup play

    Barcelona's Neymar sits with his left boot off at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final against Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 16, 2014

    Brazilian football star Neymar said he would be well enough to play in the World Cup in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season. The 22-year-old Barcelona player injured his left foot Wednesday during a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Spain's Copa del Rey final. FC Barcelona said …

  • Philippe Troussier, former head coach of the Japanese national football team, speaks at press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo, on June 16, 2006
    Troussier wants to end career with Japan at home Olympics AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier wants to end his career in the dugout by coaching the home country's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he told AFP. The 59-year-old … More »Troussier wants to end career with Japan at home Olympics

    Philippe Troussier, former head coach of the Japanese national football team, speaks at press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo, on June 16, 2006

    Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier wants to end his career in the dugout by coaching the home country's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he told AFP. The 59-year-old Frenchman, currently on a shortlist of candidates for the Morocco national job after three years in China, said it would be a perfect way to sign off after …

  • West Ham United fans celebrate in Birmingham, April 23, 2006
    West Ham youngster dies of cancer AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    West Ham's Australian striker Dylan Tombides died on Friday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. West Ham confirmed the news of Tombides' death in a … More »West Ham youngster dies of cancer

    West Ham United fans celebrate in Birmingham, April 23, 2006

    West Ham's Australian striker Dylan Tombides died on Friday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. West Ham confirmed the news of Tombides' death in a statement on their website. Tombides was first diagnosed with cancer while representing Australia during the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. "West Ham …

  • Colombian football player Radamel Falcao gives the thumbs up before a World Cup friendly football match at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella, near Barcelona, on March 5, 2014
    Falcao gets cautious World Cup green light AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will go to the World Cup but risks not being 100 percent fit, the surgeon who operated on the Monaco star's ruptured knee ligaments said … More »Falcao gets cautious World Cup green light

    Colombian football player Radamel Falcao gives the thumbs up before a World Cup friendly football match at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella, near Barcelona, on March 5, 2014

    Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will go to the World Cup but risks not being 100 percent fit, the surgeon who operated on the Monaco star's ruptured knee ligaments said Friday. But at the highest level, at the start of the competition, Falcao will not be 100 percent," Jose Carlos Noronha told the Lusa news agency. Falcao, …

  • A football fan collects his FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tickets after the designated ticketing pick-up centres opened in 12 host cities on April 18, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    World Cup ticketing centers open AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them. … More »World Cup ticketing centers open

    A football fan collects his FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tickets after the designated ticketing pick-up centres opened in 12 host cities on April 18, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them. Joao Bosco, 67, and Vanderson Balbino, 27, were both in place by 9 a.m to ensure they were first in line. "I've already spent double 8,000 reais ($3,000 …

  • Supporters cheer for their team next to a policeman at "La Bombonera" stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 5, 2013
    Argentina hooligans can go to Brazil World Cup: court AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Notorious Argentine "barras bravas" football hooligans can travel to the World Cup without intelligence being passed on beforehand to hosts Brazil, a court has ruled. … More »Argentina hooligans can go to Brazil World Cup: court

    Supporters cheer for their team next to a policeman at "La Bombonera" stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 5, 2013

    Notorious Argentine "barras bravas" football hooligans can travel to the World Cup without intelligence being passed on beforehand to hosts Brazil, a court has ruled. The court in Buenos Aires said that the Argentine government is not allowed to tell another country personal information about its citizens, a lawyer for …

  • A handout photo released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism shows an aerial view of Fontenova stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, taken on September 11, 2013
    Looting as police strike in Brazil World Cup city AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year's World Cup in Brazil, as police went on strike for a second day Wednesday. Radio reported … More »Looting as police strike in Brazil World Cup city

    A handout photo released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism shows an aerial view of Fontenova stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, taken on September 11, 2013

    Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year's World Cup in Brazil, as police went on strike for a second day Wednesday. Radio reported that a supermarket and bank were pillaged overnight in the absence of local police, who walked out late Tuesday in Brazil's third-largest city, located …

  • The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Jose Maria Marin (L) and vice president Marco Polo Del Nero inaugurate the new Granja Comary training center on March 25, 2014
    Brazil confederation votes new head unopposed AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Brazilian football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday voted for 73-year-old lawyer Marco Polo Del Nero as their 19th president, to succeed incumbent Jose Maria Marin … More »Brazil confederation votes new head unopposed

    The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Jose Maria Marin (L) and vice president Marco Polo Del Nero inaugurate the new Granja Comary training center on March 25, 2014

    The Brazilian football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday voted for 73-year-old lawyer Marco Polo Del Nero as their 19th president, to succeed incumbent Jose Maria Marin from next year. Del Nero, the son of a former Palmeiras player, was chosen unopposed by the chairmen of the 20 first division clubs and 27 regional federation …

  • Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz waves at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013
    Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World … More »Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup

    Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz waves at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013

    The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup. UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, …