The question of whether or not Russia should host the 2018 World Cup still remains in the air after recent stories of corruption from Sepp Blatter and FIFA have risen. Should plans for the next World Cup stay the same, more issues besides corruption will come to light during the summer tournament.
Celia Sasic, one of the most pivotal German women to put on her country’s shirt, has announced her retirement from football at the age of 27. Her efforts during the 2015 Women’s World Cup has earned her the title of top scorer in the competition. Her match against the Ivory Coast during the group stages was enough to convince anyone that they would have won the whole competition had the USA not burst their dream.
The congratulations keep coming in for the USWNT as they continue to celebrate their World Cup victory.
One particular video caught the eye of the ladies when New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski decided to drop this:
Long after the stadium lights have dimmed, the interviews have ended and the traveling has stopped, the battle for equal pay continues for female soccer players.
Even though the USWNT just won the Women's World Cup, the team will only receive $2 million, compared to $35 million for the German men’s team last year. Individually, the USWNT players will each get about $300,000, which is roughly comparable to what the Germans got.
On average, more than 25.4 million viewers tuned in to see the USWNT defeat Japan on Fox, per the New York Times. But with the addition of Spanish channels, the average viewership reached 26.7 million. The total viewership for all or part of the match exceeded 40 million people.
Hand-wringing was an appropriate response to how the U.S. Women’s National Team began their World Cup run.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has come and gone. It’s been more than a year since Germany took home the championship and since Mexico suffered a controversial exit at the hands of the Netherlands.
Mexico had fought tooth and nail against some of the tournament’s favorites. A Guillermo Ochoa-inspired Mexico kept a clean sheet against host Brazil, the second time in a row that Mexico had to face a host nation (South Africa in 2010).
The 1990 World Cup in Italy was one of the least beautiful in history. In fact, there are those who consider it the worst of all.
However, it is remembered for the presence of every country to ever win the World Cup until then, and because many of its games were defined by the excitement of shooting from the penalty spot.
The FIFA Ethics Committee has handed a seven-year ban from all national and international soccer activity to Harold Mayne-Nicholls, former chairman of the Chilean FA and the bid evaluation group for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Mayne-Nicholls was tasked by FIFA to look into the suitability of the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but it is believed his report was largely ignored.
Russia has unveiled the 10 candidates for the 2018 World Cup mascot and they are, um, interesting.