By David Owen July 21 - The President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is hoping that next year's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Presidential election will usher in a period of much-needed harmony in the region's football affairs. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the former OPEC chairman who has become one of world sport's foremost power brokers, said he thought the 2015 election "will found the unity of Asia".
By Paul Nicholson July 21 – Interpol are claiming a major success in the battle against illegal betting rings in Asia with a six-week World Cup operation carrying out more than 1,000 raids, 1,400 arrests and the seizure of $12 million.
By Andrew Warshaw July 21 - Qatar's authorities have approved key measures to improve the treatment of foreign workers amid pressure to comply with international standards in the buildup to the 2022 World Cup.
The Noam Chomsky quote appears to apply to all sorts of societies, businesses and people. One is tempted to add a variation of the theme and say: "For the hypocrites, crimes are those that others commit". Far too many Brits have been claiming rather jingoistically, and for many years, that Britain could never compete with the massive corruption scandals that "those awful aliens" seem to specialise in.
By Paul Nicholson July 21 – The Ukrainian national championship is still scheduled to start this week (July 25), despite fears over national security following the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 and the loss of 295 lives. Several international players have refused to return to the Ukraine with their clubs.
By Andrew Warshaw July 21 - Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga looks set to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil's national coach following the World Cup host nation's 7-1 semi-final humiliation against eventual winners Germany.
July 21 - BMW Northern California has become the official automobile partner of San Jose Earthquakes, in time for the opening game of at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. BMW will be the presenting sponsor for the match against Seattle Sounders on August 2.
July 21 – Chinese telecommunications specialist Huawei has unveiled its first Arsenal smartphone as part of a multi-million pound sponsorship deal that was signed in January and will see the brand as the Official Smartphone Partner of the north London club until the end of season 2015/16.
By Andrew Warshaw July 18 - The increasingly dangerous military conflict in the Middle East has had an immediate impact on football with UEFA barring Israeli teams from playing European matches at home while the fighting between Israel and Hamas continues.
By Mark Baber July 19 - UEFA has taken the decision to keep teams from Russia and Ukraine apart in European competition but are allowing the Ukrainian teams to play home games despite fears over the security situation in the country.
July 18 - Costa Rican fans living in the US will have the opportunity to see their World Cup heroes back in competitive action this September when the Copa Centroamericana kicks off in Washington with the Los Ticos taking on Nicaragua in the opening match.