By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 12 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's attempts to forge a lasting agreement between Palestine and Israel, one of his most pressing priorities, had to be put on the backburner today when there was insufficient goodwill to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that would have sent out a strong message that progress had been made.
By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 12 - World Cup, what World Cup? Usually on the eve of the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet, colourful bunting is everywhere to be seen, flags fly proudly, there are welcoming smiles and horns blast away patriotically.
June 11 - "Today, I am certain that the information I received from a European source [football official] was a fabrication," says Michel Zen-Ruffinen in an exclusive interview with INSIDEWorldFootball.com, referring to the rumours of vote collusion in the race for the 2018 and 2020 World Cup hosting rights
By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 11 - Sepp Blatter opened the formal part of the FIFA Congress today by tellingly pledging the organisation would continue to "lead by example" despite persistent allegations of corruption that came to head 24 hours earlier when he was asked to step down by European members.
By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 11 - Sepp Blatter's declared intention to run for FIFA president for the fifth time crashed against a rock of European hostility and indignation today as UEFA took a united stand by telling the 78-year-old Swiss to his face it was time to step down as a result of the organisation's tarnished image.
By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 11 - CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb pledged to never to return to the confederation's corruption-tainted past. In a dignified yet passionate address to the region's 41 member nations at the CONCACAF congress here, Webb told delegates there would be no letup in maintaining the transparency showed in his two years in charge.
By Mark Baber June 11 - Thailand's Supreme Administrative Court, this morning, ruled in favour of RS Plc, a pay tv broadcast rights holder for the tournament, in a legal dispute with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
By Alexander Krassimirov June 11 - Portugal's Sporting Lisbon is poised to file a legal claim against Bulgaria's Levski Sofia for the amount of €31 million. The dispute centres around the Portuguese claim that Levski have illegally signed Bulgarian striker Valeri Bojinov.
June 11 - The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) website has launched a live transfer-window countdown for all of its member leagues. Each league has its own countdown bar, detailing the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the window ceremoniously slams shut.
By Paul Nicholson June 10 - Former FIFA general secretary Michel Zen Ruffinen (right) who was caught in a newspaper sting in 2010 talking about rumours of vote collusion between the Spain/Portugal, Russia and Qatar world cup bids, now believes that the rumours circulating were fabricated, most probably by a rival bidding committee.
By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 10 - The youngest and most reformist member of FIFA's inner sanctum, Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan (pictured right), was dramatically shunted out of office as Asia's FIFA vice-president today when the region took what could prove a totally misguided decision to merge his position with that of AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (pictured left) in 2015, thereby giving the Bahraini total control of an organisation he only inherited a year ago.