USA 94 25 years on: footballs evolution captivates the world

Italys heartbreak and Brazils mastery are memorable moments of an event that proved a catalyst for the games global expansion A quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to watch the World Cup semi-finals. Both games were played on the same day. First up Italy v Bulgaria at the Giants Stadium, New Jersey. Roberto Baggio was one of those players blessed with a style and personality that always felt singular. He arrived at USA 94 as the reigning World Player of the Year, was at the peak of his powers, and had elevated himself from an underwhelming group stage to inspire his nation through the knockouts …

How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her teams fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the years Rose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, the game-sealing goal with a marvelous effort. She meandered down the pitch and, with two Dutch defenders closing in, thumped the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal.

Fifa facing urgent calls to investigate Qatar World Cup bid claims

The MP Damian Collins says an investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (307m) three weeks before Fifa awarded the desert state the 2022 World Cup Fifa is facing calls to launch an urgent investigation into a secret $100m TV deal offered by Qatars state-run broadcaster al-Jazeera three weeks before the Sunday Times said it had also seen documents showing executives from al-Jazeera had signed a TV contract that included an unprecedented success fee of $100m which would be paid to Fifa only if Qatar won the World Cup ballot in 2010. The documents allegedly state : In the event that the 2022 competition is awarded to the state of Qatar, al-Jazeera shall, in addition to …