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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, June 12, 2014
UEFA President Michel Platini told L'Equipe on Thursday that he will no longer support Sepp Blatter after the Swiss went back on his word that he would step down as FIFA President at the end of his current term, which expires next year. Blatter is now saying that he will ... Read the whole story
The Guardian reports that Luis Suarez is doing triple shifts during training with Uruguay in order to regain full fitness ahead of Uruguay's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14. The 27-year-old is recovering from keyhole surgery to his left knee, which he underwent on May 22. While ... Read the whole story
Chelsea on Thursday completed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal. According to Sky Sports News, the 27-year-old had been told following the end of last season that he was no longer wanted at the Camp Nou, leading to speculation that he would return to the ... Read the whole story
The groundskeeper for the field in Manaus, where the USA plays Portugal on June 22, on Wednesday admitted that the playing surface was in "bad shape" and would not improve much before the Arena Amazonas officially opens its doors for England's Group D clash against Italy on June 14. Photographs ... Read the whole story
Galatasaray on Wednesday fired Roberto Mancini after the Turkish club failed to win its domestic league, finishing second to rival Fenerbahce. Mancini, a former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach, was hired last fall after the Turkish giant fired Fatih Terim for a poor start to the 2013-14 season. In ... Read the whole story
Workers at Rio de Janeiro's two airports went on partial strike at midnight on Wednesday, on the eve of the opening game of the World Cup in Brazil. Rio's Galeao international airport is expected to be one of the country's busiest during the month-long tournament. The walkout also affects Santos ... Read the whole story
Lionel Messi burst into laughter on Wednesday when he was approached by a fan who he thought was his former Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho. Argentina held an open training session and some fans managed to evade security and gain access to the field and to Messi. The fan, whose name is ... Read the whole story
Stoke City on Thursday completed a double swoop for former Hannover and Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, as well as 21-year-old defender Dionatan Teixeira from Slovakian side Banska Bystrica. Diouf, a Senegal international, joined German club Hannover in 2012, scoring 25 goals in 57 appearances in the Bundesliga. Read the whole story


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