Sepp Blatter lashes out at critics during a meeting in São Paulo
FIFA president Blatter told members of the Asian Football Confederation they needed to maintain unity in order to protect his organization from detractors bent on destroying the governing body. If those folks – and Blatter pointed his comments at The Sunday Times after an exposé on the Qatar bidding process – are coming, they’d better come with a checkbook: FIFA expects to make $4.5 billion on this tournament, according to Blatter.
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Conflicts continue between police and striking subway workers in São Paulo
The two parties clashed in Sao Paulo’s primary commuter station on Monday as the subway strike raged onward. The subway system itself operated at reduced capacity with most of the workers away from their posts. The work stoppage threatens to impact the commute for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday.
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USA trains in São Paulo ... without Jürgen Klinsmann
Klinsmann led a U.S. delegation in Miami to scout Ghana’s 4-0 thrashing of Korea Republic in Miami on Monday night as his players settled into their new surroundings. The first training session in Brazil went a bit more smoothly as the U.S. players practiced for the first time at São Paulo FC during the afternoon. Leander Schaerlaeckens filed this report from the scene.
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Mexico bus breaks down on the way to training
The leaks in the Mexico camp usually surround the starting XI, but the holes apparently now involve the team’s transport, too. Mexican players piled into taxis on Monday after their designated bus broke down on the way to practice in Santos.
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Neymar thwarts training invader … and then takes a few pictures with him
The Brazilian star wrangled the eight-year-old child who eluded security and stormed out onto the field during the Selecao’s training session in Teresopolis on Monday. He then gathered a few of his teammates and took a few pictures with the daring interloper before ushering him off the field.