Gold Cup 2019
June 20 – Mexico proved why they were the favourites for the Gold Cup with an imperious performance over Canada, brushing them aside and sweeping into the knockout rounds with a 3-1 win.
By Osasu Obayiuwana
June 20 – The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in what is an unprecedented act in the global game, passed a motion on Wednesday to ask FIFA, the world governing body, to directly participate in the running of its day-to-day financial and administrative affairs.
By Abdelaziz Abuhamar in Cairo, Egypt
June 19 – Media were kept waiting and wondering for 40 minutes in Egypt for the pre-AFCON 2019 press conference in Cairo Stadium. CAF Assistant General Secretary for Football development Anthony Baffoe eventually showed up to get the press show on the road.
June 19 – Just as PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi was announcing a crackdown on the cult of the playboy personality at his club, it was announced that men’s skincare brand, Bulk Homme, had signed a sponsorship deal driven by the club’s now biggest star Kylian Mbappé.
June 19 – Scotland’s World Cup campaign in France might be on a knife edge, but Ian Maxwell, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) has said a full-time professional women’s league could be created in Scotland following the impact of the Women’s World Cup.
June 19 – Former UEFA chief Michel Platini was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned by French anti-corruption authorities over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
June 19 – FIFA has admitted it was wrong that two fans were ejected from a Women’s World Cup match for wearing T-shirts calling for Iranian women to be let into stadiums.
By Samindra Kunti in Rio de Janeiro
June 19 – Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel criticised the organization of the Copa America on Tuesday after his team’s impressive 0-0 draw with hosts Brazil in Salvador.
June 19 – PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi (pictured) has said that his club needs an “electroshock” to get back on track after a disappointing season marked by problems in the dressing room.
June 18 – The Swiss investigation into FIFA corruption looks to be collapsing following a ruling by the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona which declared Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber’s secret meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino give the appearance of bias.
June 18 – After the shambles surrounding the use of VAR at CAF’s Champions League final the confederation has chosen Mediapro as the provider responsible for VAR at the African Cup of Nations that runs June 21 to July 19.
June 18 – The United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT), in dispute with their national federation (USSF) over equal pay and conditions, generated more revenue than the men’s side in the three years after their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup win according to analysis of US Soccer’s audited accounts for the past three years.
June 18 – Former UEFA president and French football legend Michel Platini has been detained for questioning on suspicion of corruption over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to reports.
By Samindra Kunti in Rio de Janeiro
June 18 – Seemingly dispensable at his club PSG, out of the Copa America and accused of rape, the career of Neymar is sliding rapidly and on Monday the Brazil star was faced with even more legal entanglements as local justices in froze 36 of his properties for alleged tax evasion.
June 18 – Three games, three wins. Long way to go of course but as 100 percent starts go, host nation France have laid down a marker in the women’s World Cup in their bid to snatch the trophy away from the United States.