Many Brazilians oppose the huge amounts of money being earmarked for next year's World Cup soccer tournament. The government has asked FIFA to provide more funding.
The former Barcelona playmaker won multiple club trophies and was a key part of the Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup. The 37-year-old is planning a series of farewell matches after this year's World Cup.
Former FIFA official Mohamed bin Hammam has admitted he received a payment from a World Cup organizing committee account after the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. However, he denied the money was a bribe.
Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow has been accused of racism after a tweet which appeared to refer to its black players as "chocolates." Authorities have said they will crack down on racism ahead of the World Cup.
One of Wales' greatest ever players has become their coach, after Ryan Giggs was appointed on Monday. The Welshman spent his entire playing career at Manchester United and has landed his first permament coaching job.
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