Bowing out at the top
The Perfectionist: Philipp Lahm has announced his retirement from international football at the pinnacle of his career. The decision required both courage and maturity. We spoke to the 30-year-old World Cup winner and examine Lahm’s qualities in our profile.
San Marino: Steadfast in the face of adversity
We visited the diminutive state of San Marino to report on the national team, currently last in the FIFA Ranking but determined to fight on despite the near-impossibility of winning.
Interview with Carles Puyol: The former Barcelona and Spain centre-back discusses the Spanish debacle at the World Cup, whether a golden era has really come to an end, and calling time on his playing career.
The FIFA President explains why the world governing body is right to keep the World Cup as a 32-team tournament: “Thirty-two teams is the golden number. It guarantees high standards and relative competitiveness.“
Ireland and Guatemala
Consistency has proved elusive for Sligo Rovers in the new season. A surprise league defeat was followed by an unexpected victory away to Trondheim in Norway. In Guatemala the Liga Nacional has received a boost from the return of Carlos Ruiz.
Willi Lemke’s Turning Point
The UN Special Advisor fell in love with football in Hamburg. “Uwe Seeler played on our small school playing field. I was inspired by that.”
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The FIFA Weekly question on this occasion is: History tells us that the Opening Match is not usually a high-scoring encounter. Why should this year be any different?