Blatter essentially announced his candidacy with the remarks he made on Wednesday. He also floated the idea of allowing limited, on-field challenges to referee decisions and watched his FIFA colleagues reject an attempt to implement age and term limits.
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Brazil and Croatia prepare to open the World Cup
The home nation will expect to romp to victory against a Mario Mandzukic-less Croatia on Thursday. Leander Schaerlaeckens filed this preview on the curtain raiser from Sao Paulo.
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Planes, trains and automobiles all at risk of gridlock
Sao Paulo subway workers narrowly averted a threatened strike before the sacred opening match on Thursday afternoon. Airport workers in Rio de Janeiro walked off the job, though. And the cars? Well, they aren’t going anywhere quickly, either. Jamie Trecker offers his take on the turmoil ahead.
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USA-Belgium bounce match canceled
The pervasive transportation issues have already claimed one fixture at this World Cup. Belgium manager Marc Wilmots cited the lengthy ride as one of the reasons why he scrapped the closed-doors exhibition slated for Thursday. “I don't want to sit in a bus for five hours,” Wilmots said
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Are the fields ready?
Several players across the country expressed concerns about the state of the grass inside the stadiums, too. The problems are most acute in Manaus: “For the moment all we know is that the pitch is brown,'” Italian football federation vice president Demetrio Albertini said.