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  • Europes World Cup qualifi ers under way | Brazil 2014 mascot revealed | Volunteers set new record | Mexico and USA strike Olympic gold | Englands future focus | Game on in Madrid | Policing the game with INTERPOL | Ethics chiefs appointed | Kicking out discrimination

    October 2012

    Hall to play for!FIFA Futsal World Cup time

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    As well as being successful as a sport in

    its own right, futsal is

    increasingly popular as

    a way of teaching skill

    and technique in the

    11-a-side game.

    The great indoorsDear friends of football,

    The game of football has grown tremendously since its early days as a sport played only by men on the grass fi elds of a few European countries, and FIFAs willingness over the years to introduce new codes and competitions from youth and womens football to futsal and beach soccer has certainly helped accelerate that growth.

    As we now look ahead to the latest edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, I still remember clearly the fi rst game of futsal that I ever saw and the impression that was made on me by the close ball skills of the players and the noisy passion of the crowd as their cheers bounced around the arena walls. Convinced that the indoor version had much to complement the more traditional outdoor game, I was soon working together with then FIFA President Joo Havelange to bring this sporting product of South America to a wider audience.

    Within just a few years we were able to hold the fi rst FIFA Futsal World Cup in 1989 in the Netherlands, one of the fi rst European countries to embrace this version of the game. Since then we have staged a further fi ve tournaments on four different continents only returning to the games South American birthplace when Brazil hosted the most recent edition in 2008. As we head back to Asia for Thailands staging of the seventh edition, further growth is already guaranteed, with the record fi eld of 20 participating teams that took part in Brazil 2008 now set to increase once more to 24.

    Having started with 16 established futsal-playing nations back in 1989, we have now welcomed a total of 43 teams to the seven fi nal tournaments including 2012 newcomers Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Morocco, Kuwait and Serbia. As well as being successful as a sport in its own right, futsals growth in recent years certainly owes much to its increasing popularity among players and coaches in the traditional 11-a-side game, who are also catching on to the usefulness of futsals emphasis on skill and technique.

    Perhaps the best proof of the games growing appeal around the world would be in seeing new champions crowned in Thailand this year. Brazil and Spain, the only two countries to have triumphed at the FIFA Futsal World Cup to date, will of course have something to say about that, but the tournaments other contenders can certainly take inspiration from Russias surprise victory at last years FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which ended Brazils dominant run of four straight titles in that code.

    I would like to wish the very best of luck to all the participating teams and invite all football fans who have yet to witness the excitement of futsal to follow the action as the latest indoor fi reworks begin.

    Joseph S. Blatter


    victory at the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup in Japan. In a high-calibre final between two countries who had each won the tournament on two previous occasions, the Americans beat Germany by a single goal to become the events fi rst three-time winners. Hosts Japan enjoyed their best-ever run at the event fi nishing in third place after a 2-1 win over fellow semi-fi nalists Nigeria. For more details, turn to page 48.

    Mourning MahmoudEgyptian football lost one of its most successful coaches in September, following the death of Mahmoud El-Gohary at the age of 74. The only man to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach, El-Gohary was top scorer for the Pharaohs when they won their fi rst continental title in 1959, later coaching the team to victory at the 1998 fi nals in Burkina Faso. He also steered Egypt to the 1990 FIFA World Cup and enjoyed continental club success with both Al-Ahly and arch-rivals Zamalek, coaching them to African Champions Cup titles in 1982 and 1993 respectively.

    Winning startWorld champions Spain got their qualifying campaign for the next FIFA World Cup off to a winning start in September, as Europes teams fi nally entered the race for Brazil 2014. Vicente del Bosques men found the going far from easy in their opening fi xture away to Georgia, however, eventually winning 1-0 thanks to an 86th-minute strike from Roberto Soldado. Former World Cup winners Germany and France and three-time runners-up the Netherlands also made perfect starts, each playing and winning two qualifying matches in September. For more on the latest qualifi ers, see our round-up starting on page 12.

    Neighbours strike goldMexicos men and the USA womens team took top honours at the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournaments in August the fi rst time that one confederation had won the gold medal at both the mens and womens events. Reaching the podium at all was a further fi rst for the Mexicans, who had never won an Olympic football medal in the 104-year-history of football at the Games, but saw off heavy favourites Brazil 2-1 in the mens fi nal to secure the gold. Their US neighbours were no such strangers to Olympic glory in the womens

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    competition, with their own 2-1 win over Japan ensuring that the Americans have now won four of the fi ve Womens Olympic Football Tournaments held to date. A full review of the Olympic Football Tournaments can be found starting on page 40.

    Tokyo triumphThe USA were soon celebrating another triumph in womens football, with the senior teams Wembley heroics being followed almost exactly a month later by

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    6London, Barranquilla, MlagaStriking images from the world of football

    12Under wayEuropean teams join World Cup qualifying race

    16Hard-shell heroMeet the face of Brazil 2014

    22Tackling the fi xersINTERPOL and FIFA launch anti-corruption workshops

    25Anti-discriminationKicking out intolerance in the game

    30Thai fi ghtersBangkok welcomes futsals fi nest

    40New World gold rushMexico and USA take Olympic honours

    48Tokyo triumphRecord third title for Americas U-20 women

    58AssociationsChelsea stumble and The Moustache returns

    60Mens rankingCalm before the storm

    62Womens rankingUS golden girls hold top spot

    64ArchiveA historic traffi c jam


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    Golden pathBrazils Jeferson da Conceio Gonalves weaves his way through the French defence during Septembers fi ve-a-side gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The Brazilians won the encounter 2-0 to clinch their third successive Paralympic title in the event which is contested by blind or partially sighted players and uses a noise-emitting ball.


    Olympic tributeAn earlier form of football took centre stage during

    the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, as performers re-enacted the sports early days.



    UpliftingA Colombia fan celebrates his countrys 4-0 victory over South American rivals Uruguay during Septembers FIFA World Cup qualifi ers (left), while Mlaga captain Duda and vice-captain Weligton do some serious weight-lifting (above) after beating English Premier League side Everton in a pre-season friendly.


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

    August/September issue

    Let us hear your views, either on what you have read in FIFA World, or in regard to anything else in the world of international football. You can contact us via e-mail at feedback-fi faworld@fi fa.org or by writing to FIFA World, FIFA-Strasse 20, P.O. Box, CH-8044, Zurich, Switzerland.

    Tech talkI am so pleased that goal-line technology will now be used in football. It is a very important issue as goals are what football is all about.

    FIFA.com user (Pakistan)

    At long last. All we want as viewers is a fair contest. Now I hope FIFA can do something about the diving cheats, whereby their actions are reviewed after the game and the guilty parties suspended.

    Luisa (South Africa)

    I am completely against goal-line technology. It should be up to the referee without the support of technology to decide if a goal has been scored or not. Wrong decisions make the game more exciting, compared to having some machine watching every metre of the pitch.

    FIFA.com user (Germany)

    We should not use goal-line technology because it will further remove the game from the sport that is played by the masses. The normal retort to this statement is that it is more important that decisions are correct at the higher level, because so much rests on the j