BRAZIL READY FOR CRIME

Brazil’s sport minister has stated that the nation is facing a problem with crime rather than terrorism during the upcoming World Cup 2014. This is one of the prestigious events that will be held in Brazil over the next few years.

This country is also set to hold the upcoming Olympics as well. The precursor for the World Cup 2014 – Confederations cup – did not go too well since it was marked by large protests against the government for spending huge amounts of money on stadiums rather than developing the infrastructure.

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BRAZIL IS READY

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has stated that the country is prepared to use various forces in order to ensure that the security of visiting fans is maintained. Brazil will be hosting the World Cup 2014, which is expected to pull together more than 1 million visitors in June.

There will be more visitors to the stadiums, while many more are also expected to watch the matches from open telecast zones. Due to the recent history of the country, fans are concerned about the security ahead of the visit.

ROGIC MAY FEATURE

The 21-year-old Tom Rogic is someone who is seen as a future star for the Australian national team. After signing for Scottish club Celtic in January 2013, he finally made the move to European football.

However, he did not get regular game time in his spell at Celtic, which led to the loan move back to Australia's A-league. He has returned with Melbourne Victory in the hope of playing regularly and impress national team manager Ange Postecoglou. The upcoming World Cup 2014 is seen as a major chance for Rogic to show his full potential.

SQUAD PLAYERS

Roy Hodgson has revealed that he will be using some of the squad players for the match against Denmark, which will be England's final competitive encounter before they play at the 2014 World Cup.

He has said that since this is the final competitive match, he will be resting some of the players who are 100% certain to play in the matches at World Cup. This will certainly include players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. It is expected that the likes of Andros Townsend, who are still establishing themselves in the first-team, will be utilised against Denmark.

ENGLAND CAN'T WIN

New English FA chairman Greg Dyke suggested that the prospect of winning the World Cup 2014 looked extremely unlikely, but manager Roy Hodgson does not share the same opinion.

He thinks that England can not only qualify for the World Cup automatically, but they can also win the competition as well. England have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, and it was also primarily attributed to the home support. Since then, they have exited major competitions at quarter-final stage itself.

ABIDAL STILL HOPES

French defender Eric Abidal has said that he is still hopeful of making an appearance for the French national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The former Barcelona defender recently completed a free transfer to Monaco, who are one of the big spending clubs in Europe at the moment.

However, the possibility of the French international playing football again looked seriously doubt after suffering numerous complications in the last few years. He has even undergone a liver transplant in the last few years, but he is now fit and ready.

Football slots game

The summer can be a drag for football fans – especially when there is no World Cup or European Championships – and this is where the football themed slots games being offered at online casino sites have proven to be such a welcome alternative. However there are ever-increasing numbers of these games hitting the market, and it means that the games really have to make the grade – both in football and slots terms – if they are to capture the hearts, minds (and wallets) of football and casino fans. One of these games is the five reel football video slot Soccer Safari, but is it a super-safari or a bungle in the jungle?

RAMIRES WANTS TO WIN

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he is extremely desperate to win the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be held in Brazil. The nation will be staging the most prestigious tournament in world football in just over the year's time.

Even though the team have not been at their best in recent years, there is the belief that the home advantage will help the team win the record sixth World Cup title. Ramires is expected to be part of the Brazilian team at this World Cup, and the midfielder is keen to win the competition on home soil.

TURKEY TO START U-20 WORLD CUP 2013

Turkey will be hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 after it was decided in Zürich.

Turkey has reached the hosting rights of the championship to outstrip the other candidates which are Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Turkey has documented in its bid dossier book that 10 cities which are Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Bursa, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Manisa, Rize, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and 13 stadiums will host the tournament that will secure Turkey’s position in the world football scene. The host cities of the championship will be determined finally, after the site visits of FIFA officials.

AL JAZEERA RIGHTS EXTENDED

The World cup 2014 / 2018 / 2022 has been extended for Al Jazeera. The rights deal covering television, internet and mobile transmissions in 23 countries or territories was the first to be signed for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, world football's governing body said in a statement.

The value of the deal was not revealed.

FIFA awarded Russia and Qatar respectively the right to host the event less than two months ago.