FIFA has cleared five men as candidates to lead the organization. The world soccer body says all five passed a thorough 'integrity check.' But all of them are also tainted by their past associations with an organization saddled by years of corruption allegations.
Almost all of the leaders of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been suspended, amid charges of corruption. The scandal is being followed closely in Africa, where FIFA has spent millions of dollars.
If the governing body of soccer wants to regain the respect of fans, it needs to move quickly after the announced resignation of its embattled president Sepp Blatter. Here are 5 steps FIFA can take right now to begin to reform itself after decades of corruption allegations.
In Colombia, World Cup celebrations turned rowdy — and deadly. Nine deaths and widespread arrests led some cities to ban alcohol while Colombia is playing, which has saved lives but devastated some businesses.
A scoreless match turned into a riot in Belgrade on Tuesday — literally. When a banner-toting drone flew over the match between political rivals Albania and Serbia, it touched off a riot between the teams and hardcore Serbian fans.
Sports writers are calling Sunday's World Cup final "Messi vs. the Machine," and Izzy says the machine can't be stopped. Our World Cup ocelot is calling a win — and a world championship — for Germany. And we've even got an extra surprise...
Soccer fans chants "Ebola, Ebola" at them; teams forfeit matches so they don't have to be near them; they're quarantined everywhere they play. That's what it's like to be on Sierra Leone's national soccer team right now.
You would think the Mexicans have a shot at World Cup glory ... that is, if you watch the Mexican boys teams. But the men typically disappoint. PRI's The World reporter Jason Margolis finds disillusioned Mexican fans have several theories why.
As many as 1,000 foreign workers have been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago. Poor pay, inhumane conditions, malnutrition and death — all are part of life for the men trying to build the new stadiums and hotels, while supporting their families.
Cricket is king in Pakistan, but one downtrodden neighborhood is mad for soccer — and the Brazilian national team. Lyari has produced some of Pakistan's biggest soccer stars, and its residents feel a special kinship with the World Cup host country.
At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches took a beating. But Brazil had a secret to beat that foot traffic and slide tackling — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada. Why wouldn't Canada have provided it to its own Women's World Cup?