Latest FIFA Rankings – Good for Football Business


By Mark Baber
The new FIFA/Coca Cola world rankings, whilst delivering their usual set of surprises and statistical quirks, will be welcomed across the world of football for returning Brazil – still the world’s most charismatic team – to the top ten, following their victory in the Confederations Cup.

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FIFA members miss Olympic vote

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By David Owen at the Beaulieu conference centre in Lausanne
July 3 – Neither Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, nor Issa Hayatou, the African football leader who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, are to attend this week’s extraordinary Session of the body behind the Olympic Games in Lausanne.

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TV audiences build for Confederations Cup early rounds

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June 24 – Worldwide television audiences for the Confederations Cup continue to grow despite the adverse publicity generated by the widespread protests in Brazil. In the second round of matches, markets including Japan, Spain, Germany and the UK – the last two of which don’t have a team in the competition – all witnessed increases in viewing figures.

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Blatter calls on Brazilians to stop using football to make their demands

Brazilian protest

By Andrew Warshaw
June 20 – As a wave of social unrest continues to sweep through Brazil, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has urged the public to stop using football as a means of expressing their anger and says they can only benefit from the tournament returning to the country next year for the first time in over half a century. The protests,  timed to co-incide with the ongoing Confederations Cup, has cast a shadow over the World Cup dry run event that has produced several exhilarating games in full stadia.

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More hints Blatter may stand again, this time from Valcke


By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
June 19 – FIFA President Sepp Blatter may still not have confirmed publicly whether he intends to remain in the job when his current four-year mandate expires in 2015 but his number two has added to growing indications that the veteran Swiss may yet try to carry on into a fifth term.

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Women footballers had higher London 2012 injury rate than men

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By David Owen
June 8 – An in-depth study of injuries across all sports at the London 2012 Olympics has found that women footballers faced a substantially greater risk of getting hurt than their male counterparts. The International Olympic Committee study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, recorded 99 injuries among the 220 women who participated – a rate of 45%.

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