Honduras to host regional U17s, as women set for World Cup qualifiers

CONCACAF logoJuly 31 – Honduras is to host the CONCACAF U17 boys championship in February next year. Meanwhile the confederation has announce that the crucial 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the regional qualifier for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada next year will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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Barca post a record €500m+ performance despite a poor on-field season

FCB entranceBy Andrew Warshaw
July 31 - Barcelona may have had one of their worst seasons in recent years by their own high standards - having not won a single trophy - but the Catalan giants have still managed to post record revenues and their second highest profit ever.

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Qatar responds to breaches of migrant worker laws and promises action

Qatar construction 4By Andrew Warshaw
July 31 - Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been quick to respond to the latest wave of criticism over the mistreatment of construction workers saying they are "actively looking into" the latest reports and are "heavily dismayed" at some of the claims.

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High Court pulls plug on Arsenal's stadium concert business

Arsenal concertsBy Mark Baber
July 31 - The High Court has rejected Arsenal's appeal against a planning inspector's decision against their proposal to increase the number of concerts held at the Emirates Stadium from three to six per year, rejecting Arsenal's contention the inspector had not properly taking into account the benefits of the proposal and its overall accordance with the local area's development plan.

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Capello pledges to build Russian staff as he commits through to 2018

Fabio CapelloBy Paul Nicholson
July 31 – Fabio Capello committed his future to the Russian team through to the 2018 World Cup yesterday. There had been criticism internally of Russia's failure to make it through the group stages of the Brazil World Cup, as well as of Capello's reported $12 million salary.

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NYC FC staffs up on and off pitch in readiness for MLS debut

NYC FC welcomes David VillaJuly 31 - New York City FC has announced that Hays, a British company providing recruitment and human resources services, will be its official recruitment partner for at least the next three years. According to NYC FC, Hays will help "recruit the off-pitch talent [NYC FC] need".

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Vanishing spray to make its European league debut in England

vanishing sprayJuly 31 - Vanishing spray, introduced by FIFA for the World Cup in Brazil to mark out the defensive wall at freekicks just outside the penalty area, is to be used in the English Premier League this coming season.

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Argentine football supremo Julio Grondona dies, aged 82

Julio GrondonaJuly 31 - Julio Grondona, FIFA's senior vice-president and arguably the second most powerful man in world football, has died aged 82 after running Argentine football for the past 35 years.

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LFP shows leniency with sanctions on players caught betting on matches

football bettingBy Mark Baber
July 30 - The Disciplinary Committee of the French Professional League (LFP) last Thursday imposed sanctions on some of the 87 first and second division players who were caught out after the files of the LFP were compared to lists of those betting on league games. The low-key announcement saw the toughest penalties imposed being three match suspended suspensions and fines of €1,500.

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