Tag: World Cup
Wealthy Qatar struggles to buy happiness
The oil-rich Gulf state is the world’s wealthiest country and its citizens live in luxury. Yet, as it looks forward to hosting the World Cup, many Qataris are unhappy. What is going wrong?
Psychiatrist for ‘vain’ England footballers
To prepare for this year’s World Cup the England team will be treated by a psychiatrist, the manager has announced. Is Jose Mourinho right to complain that today’s footballers are pampered?
‘Sexist’ World Cup T-shirts anger Brazil
Adidas has been forced to stop selling two World Cup T-shirts after the Brazilian government claimed they promote sex tourism. Why does sport still have such a problem with women?
World Cup draw sets stage for thrilling contest
The draw to determine which teams will face each other in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup has taken place. England face a tough fight – but the tournament should be spectacular.
Multibillion pound stakes for football showdown
England face Poland tonight in a crunch match that could decide whether the team qualifies for Brazil 2014. The cost of failure: misery, humiliation and financial losses of £2 billion.
Qatar World Cup blighted by slavery accusations
Football fans have been dismayed by an investigation into Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup which revealed the country is using slave labour. How should we respond to the scandal?
Women’s World Cup alive and kicking
Germany is currently hosting the sixth Women's World Cup. It's attracting the crowds, but will it ever catch up with the men's game in global appeal?
World Cup bribery claim rocks football
Just when FIFA President Sepp Blatter hoped he had put the organisation's corruption problems behind him, UK officials say World Cup votes were bought.
Is England’s World Cup collapse the media’s fault?
After England’s dismal start to the World Cup, reports of mutiny in the camp are rife. But does this tell us more about journalism than it does about football?
Jabulani: The last-minute swerve… towards boredom
When goalkeepers criticised Adidas’s new World Cup ball, we expected goals galore. Is the Jabulani to blame, or just the answer to a question that no-one was asking?
The World Cup — can it be worth all the fuss?
Should the eye-watering sums spent on the planet’s biggest event – not to mention the time and effort that goes into it – be diverted to more worthwhile causes?