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Do the Physical Demands of the Premier League Harm England's Tournament Chances?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Domestically, England has things no worse than other major European countries, while foreign Premier League players still manage to cope with the demanding schedule. Clearly, England's problems do lie at a deeper level.

Jim Murphy Urges FIFA To Put Pressure On Qatar Over Working Conditions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa and the national football associations of the UK should put pressure on Qatar to improve the "sub-human" working conditions of thousands of migra...

Fifa Feeling the Heat Over Qatar World Cup Decision?

Tony Jimenez | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

Another day, another predictable public relations disaster for FIFA. With this summer's World Cup now just a matter of months away, and Brazil's preparations still lagging alarmingly behind schedule, the governing body has hardly covered itself in glory of late.

FIFA Corruption Allegations Must Question Qatar World Cup

Damian Collins | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

FIFA seems to treat this kind of scrutiny with complete contempt. It needs to realise that it does not own world football; but is merely the governing body of the sport. It gives the impression of being full of a lot of hard faced old men who have grown rich from the game, and whose instinctive response to any crisis is to cover for each other.

Kinect Sports Rivals, More Like FIFA Than Wii-Sports

Andy Robertson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Robertson

Some people love the Xbox One's Kinect controller, while others seem intent on using it as a big stick to punish Microsoft for its insistence that every Xbox One includes it. Kinect Sports Rivals promises to change all that.

The Case Against Qatar

Sharan Burrow | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

When will the workforce behind the richest country in the world and the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup be treated as human beings with decent housing, fundamental rights and no longer live with the enslavement of kafala? Qatar is a country without a conscience.

Are Football's Governing Bodies Passing Too Many Rules and Censoring the Sport?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

In a world saturated by political correctness, absolutely everything can be perceived as 'offensive', 'inappropriate' or 'unsafe' if people deliberately choose to see things in a certain way. Most acts of celebration in football remain perfectly innocent, whilst others are just subject to unreasonable rules...

Will It Be All White This Time? England Bow To Fifa Pressure Over Kit Change

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Sport

England will wear an all-white kit at this summer's World Cup, following pressure from Fifa. Football's world governing body have urged nations to ...

Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

Why Do We Pay Our Politicians Any Salary At All?

Mark Hillary | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

I was at the anti-World Cup protest in São Paulo last weekend and one placard in particular caught my eye, asking why half of the government can't be fired and the cash saved used for better schools and hospitals? This is a universal concern.

International Tournaments, European Hostility and the 2022 Qatari World Cup

Austin Aneke | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Sport
Austin Aneke

Other nations visit Europe to compete in various world events; notwithstanding their dark grey wintry environments. How would the world produce true world champions if every major world tournament is conditioned to suit and reflect European conditions

World Cup And Olympic Protests Will 'Change Nothing' Says FIFA Boss

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport

FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims both the World Cup and the Winter Olympics in Sochi have been "misused" as a platform for political protest. Bla...

Dead Fan Walking... Brazil's Spotty Crosswalk Laws Put World Cup Tourists At Risk

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Sport
Eric Ehrmann

Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a second Balon d' Or it might be time for FIFA to award the first Golden Crosswalk to Brazil, where the answer to whether World Cup fans or vehicles have the right-of- way at an intersection in the Land of the Samba is as straight as a free kick by David Beckham.

It's A Winter World Cup! Or is it?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport

UPDATE: FIFA comments, 12.45pm, 8 January 2014 The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in the summer, according to a FIFA executive. Secret...

Xavi, Messi and 4,000 pixels

Andrew Denham | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

When the FIFA circus rolls into Rio next year, it might just change the way we watch television. The final will be produced in 4K ultra-high definition. And if the World Cup has its usual uplifting effect on high-end TV sales, this could be the moment 4K starts to go mainstream. But what is 4K TV and why should we care?

'No Country Has Been So Far Behind'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport

Brazil's failings in delivering this summer's World Cup has been highlighted by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said no previous host country has bee...

Spoilsports Are No Fun, But They do Make Good Reading

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Sport
Michael Rosenkrantz

I have to say that Coca Cola , a product that gives your body 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is 100% of the recommended daily intake, within 10 minutes of drinking this product, isn't really about promoting sports. (How coke or pepsi impacts your body). (Maybe one should take an hour to drink and then the effects won't be as bad?)

Brazil World Cup 2014: Worker Dies In Stadium Fall

The Huffington Post | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport

A construction worker died after falling off the roof of the Arena Amazonia, which will host one of England's opening games, Sky News reports. Marc...

Who Would Win the World Cup if Countries Were Competing on Democracy and Human Rights

Richard Berry | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Berry

What if the World Cup were decided not by the footballing ability of each country, but their respect for democracy and human rights?

FIFA 14 Next-Gen Review

Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Tech

FIFA 14 is EA's latest instalment in the titanic series of football simulations. It's out on Xbox One and PS4 at launch. The Pitch: "With 'Pure...

With Pressure on Qatar Mounting, Russia Is Getting Away With It

Matt Clough | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Matt Clough

Russian football is not without its problems - far from it. Racism still rains down from the terraces on a regular basis, recently being aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Touré, who promptly and with plenty of just cause called for the 2018 competition, which is to be hosted by the country, to be boycotted.

Refer-REEEEE! Crying Foul Over the Qatar World Cup and Workers Who Don't Drive Sports Cars

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

My reading habits being rather gadfly-ish (ie all over the place), the other day I picked up a book lying around at work called Fathers, Sons And Foot...

WATCH: Student Staples Testicles Together After Losing Fifa Bet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Losing a bet usually entails handing over a fiver. Not this time though; one student had his testicles stapled together after he lost a game of Fifa. ...

Is This Man Wreaking Football? Platini Wants To Expand World Cup To 40 Teams

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Sport

Uefa president Michel Platini has risked the wrath of football purists again after he called for the World Cup to be expanded from 32 to 40 teams. ...

Should Sepp Blatter Call Time on His Fifa Presidency?

Tim Hearn | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Sport
Tim Hearn

For all the "good" that he has done for the game of football, he and FIFA have never been too far away from media criticism as his tenure has been littered with ill advised comments, corruption and more recently the fiasco that is Qatar 2022.