Clock ticks and anxiety mounts as Brazil pushes deadlines to the edge

Jerome Vacke answers questionsBy Andrew Warshaw
April 23 - On his latest four-day inspection visit to Brazil's World Cup host cities, an anxious FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has made it abundantly clear yet again that time is running out to complete the necessary construction work - not least at the Sao Paolo venue where the tournament begins.

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More unrest in Bulgaria as Levski fans strip players of their shirts

levski ultras vs CSKABy Alexander Krassimirov
April 23 – There was yet more chaos in Bulgarian top tier football after the shocking scenes of violence that caused the abandonment of the Plovdiv derby at the weekend. This time it was the extreme Ultras of Levski Sofia who took action into their own hands amid fears that the top level of the game is getting out of control in the country.

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Sportlobster raises new cash to expand its social media pitch

SportlobsterApril 23 – Sportlobster, a social network for sports fans, has raised £2.2 million for a minority stake in the business from MBM Capital Partners and Wychwood Capital. The new money into the year old company will be used to update the website and app.

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Qatar 2022 stadium build could be cut from 12 to 8

Qatar 2022By Andrew Warshaw
April 22 - Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers are reported to have agreed to radically scale back the number of stadiums being built for the tournament, possibly by up to one third. 

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Man Utd break tradition and cut Moyes loose early, Giggs takes over in interim

David MoyesBy Andrew Warshaw
April 22 - David Moyes, the man personally recommended by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him as manager of Manchester United, has been sacked after only 10 months in the job - the third shortest reign of any manager in the club's illustrious history.

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Legia Warsaw considers public share offering on Warsaw Stock Exchange

Legia Warsaw fansBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
April 22 - Legia Warsaw could launch an initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) in the few next years, according to Dariusz Mioduski, the majority shareholder of the Warsaw-based club.

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Violent protests force abandonment of Bulgarian top tier match

loko plovdiv 03By Alexander Krassimirov
April 21 - Ferocious scenes terminated Bulgarian derby between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Botev Plovdiv. The match, which in Bulgaria has become known as the Battle of Plovdiv, was stopped in the 41st minute after the home crowd started to throw missiles, stones and flares towards the ground in protest against club owner Konstantin Dinev.

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Brazilian chaos as judiciary orders Portuguesa players off the pitch at season opener

PortuguesaApril 21- Embroiled in constant negative headlines about the World Cup, Brazilian football has now been rocked by a shambolic domestic dispute when relegated Portuguesa abandoned their opening game of the new league season after just 17 minutes after a court order ruled they had a right to remain in the top division.

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Matildas sack coach on eve of AFC Women's Asian Cup

MatildasBy Andrew Warshaw
April 20 - Australia's national women's team coach Hesterine de Reus has been sacked less than a month before the country's defence of the AFC Women's' Asian Cup. Football Federation Australia announced the decision following an internal review into the Dutch woman's methods.

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