Should a referee become a celebrity? What are his key responsibilities? And how should he deal with pressure during his career? Seven weeks before the start of the World Cup, we spoke with the man who revolutionised the role of referee: Italy’s Pierluigi Collina.
“We should celebrate home-grown talent,” says the FIFA President in response to the debate over foreign player quotas in football teams. “It’s not too late to seriously revisit the idea of the 6+5 rule.”
The Champions League in Oceania is highly regarded as it holds the key to qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup in December. The FIFA Weekly reports on the latest developments from the Fiji Islands.
The World Cup ticket
The colourful, informative and simple tickets giving entry to the World Cup stadiums in Brazil have now been printed. We give an overview of everything this summer’s visitors need to know about their tickets.
In 1979, Jean-Paul Brigger put his career on the line by going on honeymoon. On returning to the club, the striker was told: “You can turn around and go straight back there,” and disaster was only averted after a lengthy discussion.
The battle for survival in Germany’s Bundesliga is drawing to a close as four former champions – Stuttgart, Hamburg, Nurnberg and Braunschweig – fight to retain their top-flight status.
Croatia’s new coach believes his side have an opportunity to take points from the World Cup’s Opening Match against Brazil. “Nothing is impossible on 12 June,” the 42-year-old said in this week’s Interview.