Turks open inquest into lowest ever crowd turn out for U20 World Cup

Empty Turkish stadia

By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
June 16 – What was supposed to be a summer of optimism and celebration for Turkish football has turned into a summer to forget. As well as the highly publicised UEFA bans on Fenerbahce and Besiktas over match fixing allegations, the Turkish authorities struggled to get it right when it came to staging the under-20 World Cup, known alternatively as the World Youth Cup.

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Latest FIFA Rankings – Good for Football Business


By Mark Baber
The new FIFA/Coca Cola world rankings, whilst delivering their usual set of surprises and statistical quirks, will be welcomed across the world of football for returning Brazil – still the world’s most charismatic team – to the top ten, following their victory in the Confederations Cup.

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FIFA members miss Olympic vote

olympic rings2

By David Owen at the Beaulieu conference centre in Lausanne
July 3 – Neither Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, nor Issa Hayatou, the African football leader who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, are to attend this week’s extraordinary Session of the body behind the Olympic Games in Lausanne.

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