FIFA's Report On World Cup Bidding Corruption Won't Be Made Public

We all had a grand old time in Brazil, didn't we? But now FIFA has to stop ignoring the fact that many (most?) observers believe the bidding process for the forthcoming Russia and Qatar World Cups was fixed, or at least flawed. In response to the clamoring for an update, FIFA has released a statement that amounts to,… » 7/21/14 3:25pm Monday 3:25pm

Maradona Calls Messi's Golden Ball Win A "Marketing Plan"

Lionel Messi was awarded FIFA's Golden Ball, as best player of the World Cup, and it was sort of a cruel selection. Not only did it highlight that the world's undisputed best player became increasingly less visible as the tournament wore on, but it forced Messi to receive his trophy on the pitch, when he sounded like… » 7/14/14 9:31am 7/14/14 9:31am

The World Cup's Third-Place Game Is A Goddamned Disgrace To Soccer

When Spain were dealt an embarrassing group stage exit a jet was chartered to fly their players back to Madrid as soon as a flight path could be cleared. Just a matter of hours after their final game against Australia, the Spanish squad was at São Paulo International Airport, perusing the Duty Free and the Hudson News… » 7/12/14 12:48pm 7/12/14 12:48pm

Yes, Referees Are Biased Towards Brazil

Today, Brazil will face off against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, and they'll do it without their superstar Neymar, who was taken down in Brazil's game against Colombia. FIFA has decided that they won't punish Juan Camilo Zúñiga, whose knee-to-the-back tackle fractured Neymar's vertebrae. But some are arguing » 7/08/14 12:02pm 7/08/14 12:02pm

Kosovo Club Offers Luis Suárez Chance To Play During FIFA Ban

Had you heard of K.F. Hajvalia out of Kosovo? Nah? Well, now you have. The Kosovan Superleague club offered Luis Suárez a contract to play for peanuts during the four-month, worldwide ban imposed by FIFA for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. Kosovo, while part of the world, obviously, isn't fully recognized by FIFA… » 6/30/14 10:33pm 6/30/14 10:33pm

FIFA Opens Disciplinary Proceeding Against Luis Suárez, The Biter

FIFA will invite Luis Suárez to defend himself against fairly overwhelming evidence that he straight-up bit a dude during a World Cup match. Under regulations regarding player misconduct against other players and non-0fficials and/or more general rules of decorum in the disciplinary code, FIFA has given Suarez and… » 6/25/14 12:52am 6/25/14 12:52am

Qatar Soccer Head Says World Cup Bidding Was Fair

Today's Guardian publishes an op-ed by Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Football Association, in which he contends that Qatar deserved to host the 2022 World Cup. It's the sort of thing that begs you to scroll to the comments first, just to see the readers catalogue omissions and offer… » 6/20/14 2:20pm 6/20/14 2:20pm

The View From Inside A São Paulo World Cup Protest

SÃO PAULO—During the lead-in to the World Cup, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest a range of social ills highlighted—and exacerbated—by the arrival of Swiss distressed debt shop FIFA. Protesters wanted better health care and education, higher wages, lower transit costs. They wanted the rich and… » 6/16/14 11:54am 6/16/14 11:54am

Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. » 6/12/14 2:13pm 6/12/14 2:13pm

What FIFA Gets Right About Nationality

In April, Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj finally picked his country. The oddsmakers were right, and he selected Belgium over a palette of other national shirts: Albania, Serbia, and Kosovo (through his parents), Turkey (through his grandparents), and, if you asked the English, maybe even England. The… » 6/11/14 5:21pm 6/11/14 5:21pm

Sepp Blatter Says We're All Racist For Pointing Out FIFA's Corruption

While addressing FIFA's African and Asian confederations on Monday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter seized the opportunity to mount a defense against the most recent and damning allegations that Qatar bribed its way to the 2022 World Cup. He did this by accusing all of his critics of being racist. » 6/10/14 10:25am 6/10/14 10:25am

John Oliver Brilliantly Lays Out All The Reasons To Hate FIFA

We spend a lot of time talking about what a cartoonishly corrupt organization FIFA is, but sometimes it feels like there's not enough time in the day to do a proper rundown of everything there is to hate about Sepp Blatter and his goons. Thankfully, John Oliver is here to give FIFA the comprehensive takedown it… » 6/09/14 9:27am 6/09/14 9:27am