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.
Doctors treating Pyotr Verzilov in Berlin said it was likely he was poisoned, adding there was no other explanation for his symptoms. He drew international attention with his protest during the FIFA World Cup.
Germany return to action following their World Cup humiliation with their Nations League debut against world champions France. They'll be out to show that sticking with coach Joachim Löw was the right decision.
Germany coach Joachim Löw has conceded that mistakes that he made were partially responsible for the national team's failure at the World Cup. He said it had been "almost arrogant" of him to refuse to change tactics.
Diego Maradona has taken up his duties as coach of a Mexican second-division outfit. The World Cup winner as a player has had little success in coaching, and some see his appointment as a publicity stunt.
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