World Cup 2014

RAMIRES WANTS TO WIN

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he is extremely desperate to win the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be held in Brazil. The nation will be staging the most prestigious tournament in world football in just over the year's time.

Even though the team have not been at their best in recent years, there is the belief that the home advantage will help the team win the record sixth World Cup title. Ramires is expected to be part of the Brazilian team at this World Cup, and the midfielder is keen to win the competition on home soil.

AL JAZEERA RIGHTS EXTENDED

The World cup 2014 / 2018 / 2022 has been extended for Al Jazeera. The rights deal covering television, internet and mobile transmissions in 23 countries or territories was the first to be signed for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, world football's governing body said in a statement.

The value of the deal was not revealed.

FIFA awarded Russia and Qatar respectively the right to host the event less than two months ago.

VAUXHALL SPONSOR ENGLAND

The Football Association has confirmed that Vauxhall Motors will become the England national team’s lead sponsor.

The three-and-a-half-year agreement will cover the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, should England qualify.

The car marque replaces Nationwide, which ended its 11-year backing in July in the wake of England’s exit from the World Cup in South Africa.

AL-JAZEERA NET TV RIGHTS

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal with the satellite broadcaster to air the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

The move represents the first transmission rights package be settled by FIFA for the two events – to be hosted in Russia and Qatar respectively. Al Jazeera will also transmit live matches from the next World Cup finals, to be held in 2014 in Brazil, through an existing agreement.

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