December 30 – The South African public must show more enthusiasm for the 2010 World Cup in their country, chief executive Danny Jordaan said today.
December 30 – Wroclaw, one of four Polish cities due to host the 2012 European Championships, today scrapped a stadium construction deal with Mostostal Warszawa, Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz said.
December 29 – Fenerbahce today hit out at the exclusion of its Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium from Turkey’s bid to host the 2016 European Championships.
December 29 – Real Madrid has denied that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (pictured) made a €1 billion (£902 million) offer to buy the Spanish club.
By Duncan Mackay
December 29 – Indonesia may be forced to withdraw its bid to host the 2022 World Cup unless it can persuade the Government to back it, the chairman of the country’s Football Association has admitted.
December 29 – Alcides Ghiggia (pictured), whose goal for Uruguay stunned spectators at the Maracana Stadium in the 1950 World Cup against Brazil, has been immortalised at the stadium’s sidewalk of fame.
December 29 – Ticket sales for the 2010 African Nations Cup are running late due to logistical problems, an official said today, less than two weeks before the tournament starts in Angola.
By Duncan Mackay
December 29 – Crisis talks have been held between Diego Maradona (pictured) and Carlos Bilardo to try to prevent a damaging split between Argentina’s team management before next year’s World Cup in South Africa.
December 29 – Two of the four stadiums hosting the 2010 African Cup of Nations, due to open in less than two weeks, have been officially opened.
December 29 – A solution to the employment row threatening to overshadow next season’s Major League Soccer (MLS) season can be reached, Jimmy Conrad (pictured), a leading player involved in negotiations has claimed.
December 29 – Staff at the South African Football Association (SAFA) have been warned that many of them could lose their jobs in the New Year following a staff audit undertaken by new President Kirsten Nematandani (pictured).
December 28 – Ajax Cape Town will play Santos next month in a friendly to mark the official opening of Cape Town’s new Green Point Stadium, where England are due to play Algeria in next year’s World Cup.
Roberto Mancini’s arrival at Manchester City and Mark Hughes’ departure have produced very predictable responses of outrage that Mancini should have been headhunted in this way.
December 28 – The annual Joburg Carnival, which will see in the New Year, will be a celebration of the World Cup heading for South Africa in 2010.