The true bane of an organisation is a lack of engagement and job satisfaction among its employees. World Cup mania could actually help.
The tournament featured teams from Tibet, North Cyprus, the Isle of Man and many more.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.
Video Assistant Referees at the World Cup finals in Russia might help African teams to do better than they have done so far.
For FIFA, the tournament is a commercial and technological opportunity.
New research suggests that a football team's rendition of its national anthem says a lot about its level of togetherness.
All the cyber threats that fans and footballers face at the World Cup...and tips for remaining safe.
The Chinese president dreams of World Cup glory. His best first step is to win the right to stage the finals.
Italy failed to make it to this year's tournament – but we should applaud their notion of 'fiero'.
After a series of debacles, many metropolitan areas no longer want their leaders to vie for these opportunities.
As Hitler showed in 1936, there's nothing like a massive sporting spectacle to promote your regime.
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.
Russian officials will be hoping that excitement about one of the world's biggest sporting events generates some goodwill for the country.
Scotland faces another exit at the World Cup qualifiers stage. Time for radical thinking.
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?
After years of being dogged by scandal, football's governing body has the chance to demonstrate it is serious about reform.
Reform of FIFA is clearly needed, but it must accommodate dissent of the anglo-centric world view.
Russia sees last week's FIFA arrests as politically motivated mischief-making by the US. A UEFA boycott would add to this paranoia.
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.
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.