VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.
Protests across Brazil have grown larger as inflation and economy woes mount.Though the protests were sparked by a bus fare increase, they now face the challenge of rallying behind a common goal.
The Swiss president of world soccer's governing body won the uncontested election after his only rival dropped out of the race. But FIFA, and its awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, remains under the shadow of allegations of corruption and bribery.
Russia's sports minister likened the geopolitical impact of Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.
FIFA, the world body that governs soccer, has suspended two officials from participating in selecting the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host nations. FIFA made the announcement Thursday after completing a corruption investigation.
With the World Cup final match between Netherlands and Spain tonight, South Africa confounds skeptics who predicted high crime rates and inept management of the World's largest sports event.
A funny thing happened on the way to South Africa's World Cup. Africa found its confidence and greater sense of unity. New foreign investment, more tourist dollars, and greater economic prosperity seem just around the corner.
After the French team imploded at the World Cup, the French national parliament held two secret inquiries this week into the catostrophe!