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  • In a clash of Brazilian soccer greats and World Cup champions, Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over what the showpiece tournament means to the country.

    In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, former soccer stars Romario, left, and Ronaldo give a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over the World Cup in Brazil, criticizing each other's conflicting comments about what the tournament means to the country's population.
    LAST UPDATE : Nov 08, 2013, 11:36 AM EST
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  • This April 11, 2013 photo shows the Olympic Park under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With financial backing for the 2106 Olympics drying up, Brazilian organizers are scrambling to raise record amounts of local sponsorship money to cover any budget shortfall and avoid a government bailout.

    With public money for the 2016 Olympics getting tougher to find, Brazilian organizers are scrambling to raise record amounts of local sponsorship revenue to cover any budget shortfall.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 07, 2013, 10:27 AM EST
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  • Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo adjusts his glasses during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Rebelo is not expecting waves of protests during the World Cup next year, saying the Brazilian people will be more worried about celebrating the tournament than complaining of its cost.

    Aldo Rebelo doesn't think Brazil will face anti-government protests similar to those that took place during the Confederations Cup this year.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT
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  • Members of the union UNIA demonstrate in front of the FIFA headquarters against the working conditions for the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They want FIFA to consult widely before agreeing to a change from the usual Ju

    FIFA leaders agreed to set up a working group to study switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the extreme summer heat.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT
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  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as President of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub (unseen) listens on, during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 7, 2013. Blatter is on a four-day-official visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel and neighboring Jordan during which he will notably launch football turf fields.

    FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 03, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT
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