NEW YORK -- More than $1.62 billion of FIFA’s $5.72 billion revenue came from sponsorship during the four-year run-up to the the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Both Sony and Emirates Airlines terminated their World Cup sponsorship deals in November 2014. Now Visa is mounting pressure as other famous brands find their name and products associated with the increasingly tarnished FIFA.
ZURICH -- Founded in 1904 to oversee international competitions in the world’s most popular sport, FIFA is now bigger than the UN, with 209 national members.
DELHI -- More than 1,400 people, mostly labourers, elderly and homeless, have died in a continuing heatwave in India that has seen temperatures reaching 47C.
LOS ANGELES -- One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, Angelina Jolie is also a noted human rights activist, focusing on conservation, education, and women's rights.
TOULOUSE -- The all-electric Airbus E-Fan can cruise at 160km/h for up to an hour before changing batteries. Airbus plans a 90-seat electric regional airliner by 2050.
GLOBAL -- Events include a bid to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, G7 summit in Germany, and an EU military campaign to smash migrant smuggling networks.
BRUSSELS -- The European Union plans a year-long military operation against human trafficking networks in the Mediterranean, destroying vessels along the Libyan coast.
DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government completes one year in office on May 26. Elected by a landslide, he has struggled to meet huge expectations.
LONDON -- Opening on June 12, Jurassic World is set 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 Michael Crichton adaption, Jurassic Park.
LOS ANGELES -- Virtual reality headsets are set to become the next big product trend in gaming and communication technology at E3, the biggest video game show of the year.
BRUSSELS -- The Battle of Waterloo – one of the most decisive battles in history – took place on June 18, 1815. The French defeat drew to a close 23 years of war.
TOKYO -- Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945, V-J Day, following the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States on August 6 and 9.
CAPE CANAVERAL -- The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is sending home telemetry data following a Wednesday launch to orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.
ALGHERO -- A partly-new street stage in the southern city of Cagliari kicks off the action,while many of the later stages include roads never driven before.
SANTIAGO -- Twelve national teams will compete to wrest the crown of South American champions from Uruguay who won a 15th title in 2011.
EDMONTON -- Twenty four teams will take part in 52 matches, with host nation Canada opening the tournament against China.
TACOMA, Washington -- The Pacific Northwest welcomes the world’s best golfers to Chambers Bay – a links-style course with vast, treeless fairways built on a former sand quarry.
BAKU -- The inaugural edition of the European Games, the final continental multi-sport games to be initiated, takes place in Azerbaijan
LONDON -- The final of the world’s oldest association football competition, will be contested this year by Arsenal, bidding for a record 12th title, and Aston Villa.
MONTREAL -- Mercedes’ rivals will be hoping for a repeat of last season at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, when it witnessed the first win for a car other than the “silver arrow”.
SAN LORENZO AL MARE -- The Giro d’Italia, first of cycling’s Grand Tours, starts in San Lorenzo al Mare and will conclude in Milan three weeks – and 3,492km – later.
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