Germany has decided to suspend its noise pollution laws during the World Cup to allow late-night public viewing. The government made the decision due to the time difference with Brazil, the host of the tournament.
Ahead of hosting the World Cup, excitement among football fans in Russia is growing with all eyes on Friday's draw. Moscow has been spruced up for the draw and next year's tournament.
World football's governing body FIFA is to increase prize money at next year's World Cup despite stalled sponsorship sales. FIFA has also elected not to intervene in a standoff between Israel and Palestine.
The German FA has said it will fight an order to pay millions of euros in back taxes. The case is related to the scandal surrounding Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
The scandal around Franz Beckenbauer and allegations that Germany may have paid bribes for the right to host the 2006 World Cup has been going on for almost 11 months. Here is how it unfolded.
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