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  • FIFA Congress preview | FIFA World Cup qualifying latest | Smoke-free stadiums | New health signings | Halfway point for African centres | Boateng on board | FIFA Confederations Cup special preview: tournament history, team profi les, Scolari interview

    May/June 2013

    Clash of championsBrazil set for FIFA Confederations Cup

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    This years FIFA Congress has particular

    signifi cance as we look

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    Confidence in FIFA and BrazilDear friends of football,

    The next two months promise to be extremely important ones for FIFA, with just two weeks separating the 63rd FIFA Congress in Mauritius at the end of May from the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 in Brazil on 15 June.

    The Congress is always a major event for FIFA, bringing together all 209 of our member associations from around the world, but this years gathering has particular signifi cance, as we look to complete the far-reaching governance reform process which was launched at the 2011 Congress in Zurich.

    Two years ago, my pledge to restore FIFAs credibility and good name received the strong backing of the Congress delegates, and I was extremely pleased when we were already able to realise our fi rst set of reforms at last years meeting in Budapest. Back then, however, I also reminded our members that we had only reached the halfway point and that a lot of work still lay ahead.

    I am happy to be able to report that this work is now close to completion, thanks to the combined efforts of the people who have served on our Task Forces, on our working groups and on the Independent Governance Committee, which has advised us and provided us with external, independent expertise every step of the way. The vital last step will only be taken, of course, if we receive the approval of the Congress. Based on the overwhelming mandate that I received from the Congress itself two years ago, however, and given the unity with which the FIFA Executive Committee has approached the remaining reform proposals, I am confi dent that we will fi nally reach our goal at the end of May.

    When it comes to the FIFA Confederations Cup, we can already look forward to a competition of the highest calibre, with no fewer than four current or former FIFA World Cup winners among the eight contenders. What happens on the pitch at this event is always only half the story, however, with the tournament also serving as an important test for the main event one year later.

    Just as was the case with FIFAs reform process when we reached that halfway point 12 months ago, there will clearly be a lot of work still ahead for us all in Brazil as we move into the fi nal stage of preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But with FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and the Brazilian authorities working hard together, I am certain that we can look forward to a truly magnifi cent competition next year in one of the worlds most passionate footballing nations.

    For the Game. For the World.

    Joseph S. Blatter


    Treble joy for MonterreyMexican giants CF Monterrey became the fi rst side to qualify for this years FIFA Club World Cup after clinching their third successive CONCACAF Champions League title in May. Taking on Santos Laguna in an all-Mexican fi nal, Monterrey were two goals down with just half an hour remaining but fought back with four goals of their own, including three in the ties last seven minutes. After being behind 2-0 against a great team like Santos, you cant imagine rallying like this, said Aldo de Nigris, who scored twice. Now we are a team who have proven ourselves and made some history. This years Club World Cup line-up will take further shape in the coming weeks, with the champions of Oceania set to be crowned at the OFC Champions League fi nal in Auckland on 19 May. Six days later, all eyes will be on Londons Wembley Stadium, as Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head in an all-German UEFA European Champions League fi nal on 25 May.

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    from 11,481 in 2011 but that overall spending fell from USD 2.82 billion to USD 2.53 billion. Despite the overall drop, clubs spent more on fees to intermediaries, with club-employed agents receiving USD 163 million, an increase of 28 per cent compared to 2011. For more details on the report, see page 26.

    New leadersThe Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have both appointed new leaders in recent weeks. Bahrains Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (pictured) won a resounding election in Malaysia on 1 May to serve as the new President of the AFC for the 2013-2015 term. Former Uruguayan Football Association President Eugenio Figueredo was meanwhile named as the new head of CONMEBOL, following the resignation of its long-standing President Nicols Leoz. The confederation said that Figueredo would serve as its President until at least May 2015, when the position comes up for election.

    Brazil in sightThe identities of the fi rst qualifi ers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will also soon be known, with at least four teams set to book their tickets in June for next years extravaganza in Brazil. The completion of Asias fourth qualifying round will determine which four Asian sides go through automatically to the 2014 fi nals with the third-placed teams in each group progressing to a fi fth-round play-off for the right to play the fi fth-best team in South American qualifying. South American leaders Argentina are, meanwhile, also on the brink of automatic qualifi cation after taking four points from their latest qualifying matches against Venezuela and Bolivia in March. Alejandro Sabellas side can now make sure of their place by winning their upcoming games against Colombia and Ecuador. For more on the race to Brazil, see our latest qualifi ers wrap-up starting on page 18.

    International transfers downFootball clubs spent ten per cent less on international transfers in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to the latest Global Transfer Market report published by FIFA Transfer Matching System in April. The report showed that 11,552 cross-border transfers took place last year up slightly

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    12FIFA Congress previewReform process set for completion

    16Counting down the daysFinal preparations for FIFA Confederations Cup

    18Who will qualify?Crunch time approaches in race for Brazil 2014

    31A healthy bunchNew stars join FIFA 11 for Health campaign

    44FIFA Confederations Cup 2013Champions gather for Brazil showdown

    48From Riyadh to the worldRecapping the past eight editions

    52Scolaris viewExclusive interview with Brazils returning coach

    56Meet the contendersTeam profi les, star players and key statistics

    74AssociationsDismissals in Africa and Peruvian high-fl iers

    76Mens rankingHighs for Croatia and Ecuador

    78Womens rankingUSA celebrate fi ve years on top

    80Anniversary bluesLooking back on 75 years of Blue Stars


    Inside this issue

    6Paris, Tokyo, Manchester, ThunStriking images from the world of football




    Floating passFrance midfi elder Mathieu Valbuena seems to master the art of levitation during his countrys FIFA World Cup qualifi er at home to Spain in March. It was the Spanish who ended the night on a high, however, after securing a 1-0 win that lifted them back on top of European Group I. For more on the qualifi ers, see our round-up starting on page 18.


    Fancy footwork

    A solid gold 25-kilogram cast of Lionel Messis left foot has been put on sale by a Japanese

    jeweller, at an asking price of USD 5 million. The piece was produced with the blessing of the FC Barcelona and Argentina star, with part of the

    proceeds going via the Leo Messi Foundation to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that

    hit Japan in 2011.


    Tangled webWigan Athletic players Maynor Figueroa and James McArthur come out on top in a three-way tussle with Manchester Citys Scott Sinclair during an English Premier League clash in April.


    Biting backFC Zurichs Loris Benito got more than he bargained for after

    attempting to tackle a furry pitch invader during his sides trip to Swiss Super League rivals FC Thun.


    Letters to FIFAA selection of comments from the FIFA World and mailbags

    March/April issue

    Brazil stadium openings | Tournament ambassadors unveiled | | | South African legacy | Youth surprises in South America |

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    March/April 2013

    Brazil boundAfrican champions Nigeria completeFIFA Confederations Cup line-up

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