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  1. September 8, 2014

    Sepp Blatter declares candidacy for Fifa presidency

    Sepp Blatter is primed to remain as Fifa president until 2019 after saying he would officially declare his candidacy for a...

  2. July 22, 2014

    FA chairman tackles MPs’ questions

    Many of English football’s problems – World Cup failure, manager Roy Hodgson’s ability, a dearth of homegrown players in the...

  1. The World

    June 30, 2014

    Defeat in Brussels and Brazil

    In an effort to make sense of Britain’s European predicament, I decided that I needed to put some distance between myself...

  2. June 13, 2014

    Fifa bans Beckenbauer from football for 90 days

    German former World Cup winning coach and captain Franz Beckenbauer was provisionally banned for 90 days from football for...

  3. June 12, 2014

    Michel Platini withdraws support for Sepp Blatter

    Michel Platini, head of the European football federation, Uefa, has turned his back on Sepp Blatter, announcing he would not...

  4. June 11, 2014

    Rousseff’s fate hangs on World Cup glory

    President Dilma Rousseff’s chances of re-election for a second term in October are hanging in the balance as Brazil prepares...

  5. June 11, 2014

    Rousseff relegates Brazil World Cup pessimists

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff launched an impassioned plea on television and radio on Tuesday night for a sceptical...

  6. June 10, 2014

    Garcia to report on Fifa corruption probe

    Pressure on Michael J Garcia is growing by the day. The former US attorney will on Wednesday step up to the podium to update...

  7. June 10, 2014

    FA’s Greg Dyke leads Uefa criticism of Fifa head Sepp Blatter

    Senior members of European football’s governing body Uefa launched a sustained attack on the leadership of Sepp Blatter,...

  8. June 9, 2014

    Budweiser piles pressure on Fifa over Qatar claims

    Budweiser added its name to the roll call of World Cup sponsors voicing concern about allegations swirling around the Qatar...

  9. June 8, 2014

    Big sponsors pile pressure on Fifa over Qatar World Cup

    Three of the biggest World Cup sponsors have urged Fifa to investigate claims over how Qatar won the bid to host the 2022...

  10. June 4, 2014

    Blatter eyes fifth term as Fifa’s president

    Sepp Blatter will take to the stage at next week’s pre-World Cup gathering of Fifa members in Sao Paulo and declare his...

  11. June 3, 2014

    Blow the whistle on Fifa, please

    Ten days from now, millions of people around the globe will have their eyes fixed on Brazil as the World Cup finals begin....

  12. June 2, 2014

    Fifa needs ‘serious change of culture’, says ethics adviser

    Fifa remains blighted by a culture that allowed disgraced Qatari Mohammed bin Hammam to hand out millions of dollars to...

  13. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2014

    World Cup: are Brazilians unexcited?

    When in 2007, Fifa president Sepp Blatter awarded Brazil the right to host the 2014 World Cup, Brazilians celebrated like...

  14. beyondbrics

    May 19, 2014

    Brazil and Fifa: no love lost

    Brazil’s rocky relationship with Fifa, football’s world governing body, has reached a new low. In some of his most...

  15. May 16, 2014

    Fifa chief admits choosing Qatar as World Cup host was ‘mistake’

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter reignited controversy over Qatar’s plans for hosting the World Cup after he said it was “a...

  16. March 18, 2014

    Qatar’s World Cup award hit by payments claims

    Fifa came under renewed pressure over the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after claims that nearly $2m was paid by a Qatari company...

  17. December 30, 2013

    Brazil: football and reality

    Sepp Blatter, the head of Fifa, has taken to invoking “God, Allah, whoever” in his exasperation over Brazil’s lack of...

  18. December 16, 2013

    Another death taints Brazil’s preparations for World Cup

    Brazil’s last-minute dash to prepare for the World Cup has suffered another setback after a fatal accident led a judge to...

  19. December 5, 2013

    Slow progress for Brazil’s World Cup

    An overhaul of the stadium that will host the opening of the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil will be ready less than two...

  20. October 4, 2013

    Fifa to begin ‘deep’ consultation over Qatar World Cup 2022

    Fifa will have to factor in compensation claims from sponsors, broadcasters and domestic leagues in deciding whether to move...

  21. October 3, 2013

    Fifa feels the heat over Qatar World Cup choice

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his senior colleagues meet in Zurich on Friday to discuss football’s awkward question: what...

  22. July 31, 2013

    Blatter says World Cup stadium work will run to last minute

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he did not expect Brazil to complete stadium construction work for next year’s World Cup...

  23. July 19, 2013

    Fifa’s red card

    At the age of 77 and halfway through his fourth term as president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter may feel he has earned the right to...

  24. beyondbrics

    July 18, 2013

    Sorry Fifa, protests in Brazil will go on

    Be afraid Mr Blatter, be very afraid If Fifa had wanted to make itself even more of a target in the political protest...

  25. July 18, 2013

    Fifa’s Sepp Blatter backs moving Qatar World Cup to winter

    Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, has thrown his weight behind the idea of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter,...

  26. July 18, 2013

    Fifa questions Brazil as 2014 World Cup host

    Relations between Brazil, the host of next year’s football World Cup, and Fifa, the football governing body, have never been...

  27. June 20, 2013

    Fifa’s tense relations with Brazil on show as protests rock nation

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter jetted out of Brazil on Wednesday, leaving behind officials to observe whether the football...

  28. June 18, 2013

    High prices and slowing economy sour Brazil’s World Cup fever

    Hotel receptionist Fabio Bolsanelli raised his arm in triumph. On a television screen in a packed bar a football pitch’s...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 17, 2013

    Brazil: Dilma's double whammy

    As one of the most popular presidents in Brazilian history, Dilma Rousseff must have hoped this would never happen. But at...

  30. May 31, 2013

    Reforming Fifa: off target

    Oh, they do like to be beside the seaside. Fifa, the governing body of world football, has been holding its annual congress...

  31. April 30, 2013

    Fifa clears Sepp Blatter in kickbacks case

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has escaped censure from the football governing body’s head of ethics for his role in the...

  32. The World

    April 24, 2013

    The Syrian Electronic Army - an introductory reading list

    A kind of digital shiver went across the internet on Tuesday, after the Associated Press sent out a message saying two...

  33. March 24, 2013

    Support for Russia-Ukraine football tie-up

    Plans to merge the top divisions of the Russian and Ukrainian football leagues have won further support from club owners...

  34. February 8, 2013

    Fifa ethics adviser criticises Europeans

    Fifa’s adviser on ethics and transparency accused European football governing body Uefa of trying to water down his reform...

  35. December 17, 2012

    Bin Hammam quits all football posts

    Fifa’s long-running battle with Mohamed bin Hammam over corruption allegations has ended with its former executive committee...

  36. November 2, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Sebastian Coe

    I can remember exactly where I was when Sebastian Coe won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games. It was a hotel lobby in the city...

  37. beyondbrics

    October 1, 2012

    Putin: quit smoking and drinking, watch the World Cup

    Vladimir Putin has been holding forth about what Russia will gain by investing billions of dollars in preparations for the...

  38. July 17, 2012

    Fifa opens way for graft probes

    Fifa, football’s world governing organisation, has opened the door to probes of allegations of past corruption by its...

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