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Brazil step back in time by recalling Dunga as national coach

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil, needing to make up for lost time in terms of coaching and cohesion, have taken a step back into the last century instead writes KEIR RADNEDGE. Unless Dunga [full name: Carlos Verri] has undergone a major transformation of opinion and style ...
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Qatar 2022: Nothing new under the Westminster sun

LONDON: If the members of the UK Parliament’s Common Select Committee inquiting into the Qatar 2022 World Cup award learned anything new yesterday then they had not been keeping up with the subject. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and two Sunday Times investigative reporters gave ...
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Pressure on Cech in Mourinho’s Courtois guessing game

LONDON: For the first time in his distinguished decade with Chelsea, Petr Cech is under pressure. Thibaut Courtois’s long-inevitable return from three years on loan at Atletico de Madrid has signaled an imminent changing of the guard between the posts at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea signed ...
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Drogba appears on brink of return to Stamford Bridge

LONDON: Didier Drogba is heading back to Chelsea with a one-year playing contract on the agenda and then a role on the coaching staff. The Ivory Coast international left Stamford Bridge in 2012 after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against FC ...
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A fistful of tickets . . . or a fistful of dollars?

WORLD CUP TICKETS: The one issue at Brazil 2014 which has run beyond even extra time and penalties

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Only one headache lingers as the World Cup party begins to fade into the sepia of sporting memory. The football was outstanding, the stadia were ready, Brazil was a generous host and even the disciplinary judgment on Luis Suarez was spot-on. ...
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Kafala will soon be history, says Qatari Labour Minister

DOHA: The Qatari government has approved some measures to improve conditions for foreign workers after widespread criticism of the Gulf state’s treatment of some of those working in construction ahead of the 2022 World Cup. It has also promised a legislation revision to replace the ...
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Sport at work: Federations, organisers, sponsors, partners, bidders, officials . . .

World Baseball Softball Confederation – Jul 21: iSportconnect . . . Major Events International . . . Leaders Sport Business Summit . . . Turkish Olympic Committee . . . ASO . . . World Squash Federation . . . North American Soccer League . ...
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FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS: Price-less loophole within hospitality access to the finals

LONDON: When FIFA, in November 2011, extended its contracts with Byrom/Match to the next two World Cups, it did so because of confidence in the companies’ policing expertise writes KEIR RADNEDGE. However loopholes exist –  although chairman Jaime Byrom, speaking in London, expressed full confidence ...
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FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS: Match company titles all about branding, insists Byrom

LONDON: Match Services was created to operate local ticketing activities at the World Cup finals and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Byrom group based out of Cheadle, south of Manchester. Another subsidiary, in which Byrom owns a majority shareholding, is Match Hospitality. This is ...
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FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS: How one trail led Rio police to Grondona & Son

LONDON: In the closing stages of the World Cup, as Argentina’s footballers headed towards the final, one of the sons of FIFA’s senior vice-president Julio Grondona ‘outed’ himself for passing on match tickets. As Rio police pressed on withOperacao Jules Rimet so Humberto Grondona said in an ...
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