A triumphant Serbia brought the curtain down on the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2015 with a 2-1 final victory over Brazil in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday (20.06.15). The jubilant team beat the tournament favourites to hold aloft the trophy for the first time as an independent nation. [Read more…]
Emma Jackson (AUS) stormed to victory to defend her 2013 title at the 2014 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup. The Australian held on her own on the bike, before a final fight for the line secured… [Read more…]
Johannesburg – South Africans braved freezing weather to join in the ceremony to officially mark the start of the Unite behind the Springboks 2011 Campaign on Wednesday.
Today is exactly 100 days before the kick-off of the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand, and South Africans this morning showed their love for the reigning champs by gathering at a celebration event at the Soweto Towers. [Read more…]
FIFA made a profit of US$631 million over the last four years, with world football’s governing body revealing on Thursday that 87% of its $4.19 billion turnover was generated by the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
FIFA’s financial report confirmed that expenditure was $3.56 billion, $105 million over budget due of additional investments in football development and a $31 million overspend on the 2010 World Cup. FIFA’s annual profits have grown steadily from $49 million in 2007 to $202 million in 2010, while the ruling body’s reserves have reached $1.28 billion.
“FIFA is financially strong and dependent on the World Cup,” said director of finance Markus Kattner. “This illustrates the necessity for FIFA to build up and have sufficient reserves to decrease its dependency on the World Cup.”
FIFA also announced on Thursday that the berths for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will remain the same as in 2010. Under that format, Europe is guaranteed 13 spots, Africa will have five, Asia will have four and Central and North America will have three.
South America – in addition to Brazil qualifying automatically as host – will have four spots. South America, Asia, Central and North America and Oceania were also given a half-berth, meaning one country from each region will qualify for a two-legged playoff series for an opportunity to advance as one of the final two qualifiers. The play-off series will be decided by an open draw in future, rather than pre-arranged pairings.
The FIFA Executive Committee also confirmed on Thursday during its meeting that the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be staged by Canada, the 2013 Under-20 World Cup will be hosted by Turkey and the 2015 Under-20 World Cup will take place in New Zealand. It was also decided that the 2013 Under-17 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, the 2015 Under-17 World Cup will take place in Chile, the 2012 Women’s Under-20 World Cup will be staged in Uzbekistan and the 2014 Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by Costa Rica.