• In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Francis is presented with a jersey reading his name during a meeting with FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter, left, at the Vatican Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. "We spoke the same language and it was language of football," Blatter said during a press conference following the meeting, ' It was really a meeting between two sportsmen and two football fans."

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter backed calls from the European Union urging Qatar to stop companies from abusing migrant workers involved in construction for the 2022 World Cup.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EST
  • In this Nov. 19, 2013 file picture Croatia's defender Josip Simunic, left, is challenged by Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason during their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match against Iceland, in Zagreb, Croatia. Croatia's World Cup qualification celebrations have been marred by apparent pro-Nazi chants by fans and defender Josip Simunic. Croatia qualified for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Iceland on Tuesday. Video footage shows Simunic taking a microphone to the field after the match and sho

    Croatia's World Cup qualification celebrations have been overshadowed by apparent pro-Nazi chants by some fans and defender Joe Simunic.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 20, 2013, 11:54 AM EST
  • In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, former soccer stars Romario, left, and Ronaldo give a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over the World Cup in Brazil, criticizing each other's conflicting comments about what the tournament means to the country's population.

    In a clash of Brazilian soccer greats and World Cup champions, Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over what the showpiece tournament means to the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 08, 2013, 11:36 AM EST
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to journalists following the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Blatter said a final decision on which months to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be delayed until 2015.

    FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia expects his investigations into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to last into next year.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 08, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
  • Members of the union UNIA demonstrate in front of the FIFA headquarters against the working conditions for the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They want FIFA to consult widely before agreeing to a change from the usual Ju

    FIFA leaders agreed to set up a working group to study switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the extreme summer heat.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT
  • This photo taken on August 10, 2013 shows Chinese fans congratulating Euller of Brazil (C) after the China and Brazil Legends game at the Olympic Stadium also known as the 'Bird's Nest in Beijing. The game won by Brazil 2-1 stars football legends from previous World Cup campaigns and the Chinese side once again be led by Serbian coach Bora Milutinovic, who took China to its only World Cup in 2002.

    FIFA has received applications for more than 4.5 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a week before the first phase of sales ends.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as President of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub (unseen) listens on, during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 7, 2013. Blatter is on a four-day-official visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel and neighboring Jordan during which he will notably launch football turf fields.

    FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 03, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT
  • Bulgaria's players pose before the start of the World Cup 2014 qualification football match between Bulgaria and Malta on March 22, 2013, at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. Top row from left: Bulgaria's midfielder Georgi Milanov, Bulgaria's defender Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria's defender Veselin Minev, Bulgaria's midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev and Bulgaria's goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov; Bottom row from left: Bulgaria's forward Emil Gargorov ,Bulgaria's defender Yordan Minev, Bulgaria's forward Ivelin Popov.

    A Bulgarian player who tested positive for banned substances after a World Cup qualifying match has been suspended by FIFA.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 26, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT