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Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success

Increasingly under the international spotlight after earning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to become a sporting super-power.

Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success
Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup

Foreign and Brazilian tourists are expected to spend $10.4 billion during next year's World Cup, more than the public funds invested for staging the event, the Brazilian tourism board said Friday.

Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup
Alexey Poltoranin. Photo courtesy of zimbio.com
Skiing: Poltoranin wins silver at World Cup stage in Norway

Kazakhstan skier Alexey Poltoranin has won the 2nd place at the World Cup stage in Norway.

Skiing: Poltoranin wins silver at World Cup stage in Norway
Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices

Eyeing a massive boost to tourism and prestige, Brazil hoped it had won the jackpot in earning the right to host the next World Cup and summer Olympics.

Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices
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Speedskating: Kazakhstan's skaters gain 11 licenses for Sochi Olympics

Speed skaters of Kazakhstan have guaranteed themselves 11 spots in the Sochi Olympics 2014.

Speedskating: Kazakhstan's skaters gain 11 licenses for Sochi Olympics
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Football: Australia concern at World Cup security

Australian football officials on Tuesday expressed concern at the security situation in World Cup host nation Brazil, admitting that dealing with the issue was going to be a challenge.

Football: Australia concern at World Cup security
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Brazil chases FIFA over World Cup structures

Brazilian state prosecutors are seeking to recover almost $100m from football's global governing body FIFA which was spent on temporary structures at venues for next year's World Cup.

Brazil chases FIFA over World Cup structures
Dmitry Shomko. ©Vesti.kz
Football: Kazakhstan loses to Ireland in last World Cup 2014 qualifier

The national football team of Kazakhstan has lost to Ireland in its last qualifying match of the World Cup 2014.

Football: Kazakhstan loses to Ireland in last World Cup 2014 qualifier
Football: McGeady and Robbie Keane enter Ireland national team's squad against Kazakhstan

The preliminary squad of the Irish team for the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan has been unveiled.

Football: McGeady and Robbie Keane enter Ireland national team's squad against Kazakhstan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. ©Marat Abilov
Football: Kazakhstan looses to Sweden; Ibrahimovic and Svensson set records

After the match against Kazakhstan the leader of the Swedish national team Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he wanted to score more goals.

Football: Kazakhstan looses to Sweden; Ibrahimovic and Svensson set records
Zlatan Ibrahimović. Photo courtesy of eurosport.ru
Football: Ibrahimovic warns team against mistakes in match against Kazakhstan

The forward of the Swedish national team and French Paris Saint-Germain FC Zlatan Ibrahimovic shared his opinion about the coming match against the Kazakhstan national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Football: Ibrahimovic warns team against mistakes in match against Kazakhstan
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Football: one million World Cup tickets go on sale

FIFA on Tuesday put more than one million tickets on sale via the internet for next year's World Cup in Brazil, as some Brazilian fans complained about the high prices.

Football: one million World Cup tickets go on sale
Brazil unrest could flare anew during papal visit

Brazil's social turmoil over poor public services and endemic political corruption appears to have abated but could flare again during Pope Francis' visit later this month.

Brazil unrest could flare anew during papal visit
Brazil leader pushes for reform as FIFA hails Confed Cup

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday raced to build support for reforms in response to nationwide protests as the head of world football hailed the Brazil-hosted Confederations Cup as the "best ever."

Brazil leader pushes for reform as FIFA hails Confed Cup
More protests as Brazilian street speaks

A new wave of street protests swept Brazil on Sunday amid mounting popular support for demands for wide-ranging institutional reform and investment in crumbling public services.

More protests as Brazilian street speaks
Rousseff says Brazil can do better, slams violence

Embattled president Dilma Rousseff admitted in a televised address that Brazil can do better and pledged to do more to fight corruption.

Rousseff says Brazil can do better, slams violence
One million march in Brazil's escalating protests

At least one million people rallied across Brazil on Thursday in escalating mass demonstrations over the quality of public services and the high cost of staging the World Cup.

One million march in Brazil's escalating protests
Brazil fare hikes rolled back in victory for protests

Brazil's two biggest cities on Wednesday rolled back transit fare hikes that had triggered massive protests as demonstrators clashed with police outside a Confederations Cup match.

Brazil fare hikes rolled back in victory for protests
Rousseff vows to listen to Brazil's protesting youths

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff tried to get ahead of a wave of popular protest Tuesday, vowing to listen to the complaints of youths angered by the cost of staging the World Cup.

Rousseff vows to listen to Brazil's protesting youths
World Cup visitors: beware of Brazil's sky-high prices

Tourists planning to flock to Brazil for the World Cup a year from now should brace for some of the world's highest housing, restaurant and transport prices.

World Cup visitors: beware of Brazil's sky-high prices