Investigations are taking place regarding Russia and their bid to host the approaching 2018 World Cup. A number of FIFA executives have already have already been arrested due to claims of corruption which ultimately even forced SeppBlatter on stepping down from his presidential role.
FIFA executives have been arrested but more investigations are being done and depending on what the FBI manages to find, it will be decided if Russia launched a clean bid to host the 2018 World Cup and even the 2022 World Cup is being investigated as well.
Belgium made a joint bid along with Netherlands to have the rights to host the 2018 World Cup but it was awarded to Russia, however, if scandals and bribes are discovered in relation to this bidding process and selection of hosts then Belgium has requested that they want compensation for their failed bid.
The Royal Belgian Football Federation (KBVB) wants compensation if Russia does not follow through as the host for the upcoming tournament and this repayment is in the region of around $5 million.
Francois De Keersmaecker is the president of the KBVB and he stated what he and his committee will do if further fraud is discovered. Continue reading →
The upcoming under 20 World Cup in New Zealand will be showcasing the best talent from around the world and African teams are being well equipped than ever to win the title according to Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh.Tetteh is in charge of the Ghana under 20 team.
A lot is expected from this team given that the national team is yet to win the Africa Cup of Nations after having seen a number of their rivals like Nigeria and Ivory Coast lift the title in recent years. The Ghana National team had a surge of young talent of two years ago with the likes of Michael Essien coming through.
However, this appears to have disappeared in recent years, as Ghana do not have a global star like they once did.Tetteh is given the responsibility of moulding a team that will be part of the senior team’s future. As expectations raise about African teams being able to win the World Cup title,Tetteh feels that a natural progression would be to lift the World Cup under 20 title for the moment and then focus on the senior title the years to come. Africa has not reached the semifinals of the World Cup in recent years. Continue reading →
Controversies and doubts are some of the elements which pops up when FIFA is being talked about as the football governing authority is consistently being related with a series of bribes which have been recently and the latest one is regarding the upcoming 2022 World Cup which is going to be held in Qatar.
When Qatar was officially selected and revealed to the public as the country where the 2022 edition of the World Cup is going to take place, a number of FIFA officials were accused of corruption and even stated that Qatar was allowed to outright buy their way into the tournament as the hosts. Continue reading →