World Cup Brazil 2014
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- Third Place Match July 12
- Netherlands 3, Brazil 0
- World Cup Final July 13
- Argentina 0 Germany 1 (overtime)
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- Germany wins Cup for the 1st time, 4th if you count West German titles
- Shakira has now played at more World Cups (3) than Gerard Piqué (2)
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FIFA has stated that Friday's presidential election would go ahead as planned despite the investigation,but the powerful Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) called for the postponement of the elections and threatened to boycott the body’s congress.
Without a professional soccer team in the northeastern Brazilian city, the Arena das Dunas – along with a host of the other 12 World Cup stadiums built or revamped for a total of $3.4 billion – has become what many critics of the soccer tournament predicted: a white elephant that has become too costly for the state to maintain and one that serves little purpose now that the World Cup has left the South American nation.
This was the World Cup and the Bite of Brazil — a mouthwatering, open-jawed, succulent chomp on an unsuspecting victim that would have done proud any vampire worth his cape.
Some venues in Brazil have proved profitable to their owners, improving attendance and benefiting local clubs, but others clearly run the risk of becoming the dreaded white elephants that critics warned about long before the competition started.
Sepp Blatter also says the executive committee agreed unanimously to publish ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's report into the bidding that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.
The former U.S. Attorney, Michael Garcia, had objected to ethics judge Joachim Eckert's summary of the World Cup bid investigation, claiming "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations" of his work.
FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.
In an apparent move to avert criticism of the organization, Sepp Blatter acted on a request by FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, whose summary last week of an investigation by American prosecutor Michael Garcia was widely denounced as a "whitewash" of Russia, Qatar and FIFA officials.
It's a difficult position to be in, chief investigator for an organization with global reach committed to maintaining its internal operations as secret as possible.
In what appears to be an open act of conflict within FIFA, prosecutor Michael Garcia criticized ethics judge Joachim Eckert's 42-page report clearing the 2018 and 2022 hosts.