FIFA's long-serving president stepped down today amid growing revelations about rampant corruption in soccer's governing body. But many key questions remain unanswered, including what this means for World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
Here are five key takeaways from the allegations that US prosecutors hope will send some of the world's most powerful and wealthy soccer officials to jail.
From the inauguration of a politically charged favela cable car to the sacking of top newspaper O Globo's Rio editor, July was more than just soccer in Brazil.
When Brazil decided to host the World Cup there was hope that both rich and poor citizens could see games live on their home turf. That hasn't been the case.
The extremist Somalis have killed soccer fans and bombed stadiums. But it seems their jihadis love the beautiful game and have their own 'halal' team. A score requires an 'Alahu Akbar!'
Determined but impecunious enthusiasts have braved lawless borders, overcrowded minibuses, and perilous river crossings to keep costs down en route to Manaus, Brazil.
Soccer has become the latest target for Venezuela's beleaguered political opposition as it tries to use the World Cup craze to keep pressure on embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
Mexico soccer fans regularly chant a homophobic slur during opposition goal kicks. Fans of El Tri – along with Brazil, Croatia, and Russia – are now under investigation by FIFA.