Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were announced as the three contenders for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday. Messi’s injury troubles and a late change to the voting system have made Ronaldo favourite to claim this year’s prize.
A brawl between rival fans at a Brazilian top-flight league match on Sunday seriously injured at least three supporters and raised concerns over fan safety ahead of Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup.
Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, on Tuesday told an audience in Kuala Lumpur that it was unfair of European media to criticise the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, "an Arab country here in Asia."
Red Bull's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel closed the season by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, becoming the first Formula One driver to win nine successive races in a season. Australian team mate Mark Webber came in second.
Celebrations in Algeria after the country qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals has left at least 12 people dead and some 240 injured, authorities said Wednesday, with at least nine of the victims killed in car accidents.