Thursday, May 8, 2014

When in Doubt, Blame Brazil

World Cup 2014: Brazil putting FIFA ‘through hell,’ official says

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup only five weeks away, one might expect soccer’s global governing organization to be in a festive mood. But that isn’t stopping high-level FIFA officials from complaining about the tournament’s host country.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s general secretary, said on Tuesday that FIFA is supporting Brazil to ensure the success of its premier event — the World Cup — but that the road leading up to the World Cup has been rocky, according to an AFP report. ...

See the whole story here, from SI Wire.

Kicking Back Comments: Aside from the whining, the funniest part of the article was Valcke stating that Russia will not be granted such leniency.

That's pretty funny. Russia will take what it wants from FIFA and they will like it.

Another part that struck me was the assertion (with conviction) that 2022 was going to be played in the winter. Did I miss a vote somewhere? How about an announcement from some TV sponsor about how this was going to work?

It continues to amaze me how much FIFA believes their own BS.

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