North Korean cheerleaders holding the unified Korea flag during the Summer Universiade 2003 in South Korea.
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A delicate truce between North and South Korea has been reached in the run up to the Winter Olympics. It's a high profile win for an event which is struggling to remain relevant.
Will the World Cup give Brand Russia a boost?
Russian officials will be hoping that excitement about one of the world's biggest sporting events generates some goodwill for the country.
Lining up at Argentina 1978.
Scotland faces another exit at the World Cup qualifiers stage. Time for radical thinking.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has won a 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to the country.
A week of extreme emotions in Colombia ends with a Nobel Peace Prize for its president. But will it help the country avoid descending back into civil war?
New FIFA president, Gianni Infantino is tasked with reforming football’s governing body.
After years of being dogged by scandal, football's governing body has the chance to demonstrate it is serious about reform.
Jack Warner: under arrest.
Reform of FIFA is clearly needed, but it must accommodate dissent of the anglo-centric world view.
Still a beautiful game?
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Russia sees last week's FIFA arrests as politically motivated mischief-making by the US. A UEFA boycott would add to this paranoia.
No really, don’t get up.
Blatter's re-election reflects the powerful rejoinder he's made to the Eurocentric view of football. But he'll be hard pressed to outlive the latest crisis.
Product placement looming large.
There is a growing business risk for sponsors from being associated with FIFA and they are better placed than UEFA even to push for reform.
It was a victorious year for the German football team.
It was a massive year for sport – a winter Olympics, a summer World Cup, the FIFA World Cup scandal that won’t die, and reforms afoot at the International Olympic Committee. Here are some of my highlights…
Qatar and Russia have been cleared of corruption in their successful World Cup bids.
FIFA appears to have cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing in their successful bids to host the 2018 and 2022 world cups. Its report recognises that mistakes were made but downplays the level of improper…
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As the BRICS Summit meets hot on the heels of the FIFA World Cup, also in Brazil, a remarkable trend is apparent. Most of the major global sports events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games are…