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  1. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich to win the 2013 Fifa Ballon d'Or.The Portugal captain, 28, was named as the world player of the year for the first time since 2008 by national coaches, captains and journalists. Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won the women's world player of the year.Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes picked up the coach of the year accolade. Ronaldo claimed the award with a total of 1,365 points, ahead of Messi (1,205) and Ribery (1,127), with the votes cast by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media. Messi, 26, had won the award for the last four years, however Ronaldo had been viewed as the frontrunner this time after scoring 66 goals in 56 games in 2013 for club and country. They included a sensational hat-trick for Portugal against Sweden in their World Cup qualifying play-off second leg, which sealed a place in the finals in Brazil. "First of all, I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team," Ronaldo said as he cried during his speech. "Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award. "Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level, I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved." Women's player of the year Angerer, 35, saved two penalties in Germany's 1-0 win over Norway in the 2013 European Championship final and was named player of the match. "I have to say that I'm a little surprised, but very thankful," the Brisbane Roar goalkeeper said. "You never get a success like this on your own. I have to thank my team-mates and my goalkeeping coach who raised me to a level that I never thought I'd get to." German national manager Silvia Neid won the women's coach award, while Heynckes, who retired at the end of the last season after guiding Bayern Munich to a historic treble , said: "Maybe 10 years ago, I wouldn't even have dreamt of this. I am humbled and happy to be standing here."The Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur was awarded to Brazil legend and three-time World Cup winner Pele . "I promised to my family that I would not cry but I am emotional," he said. "I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous of all of those guys who got the Ballon d'Or, which I couldn't get because I didn't play in Europe. Now I thank God that I can complete my trophies at home." The Puskas Award for goal of the year went to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his 30-yard overhead strike for Sweden, his fourth goal of the game, against England in November 2012. Former president of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge won the Fifa presidential award, while the Afghanistan Football Federation won the fair play accolade for the strides they have made advancing the game in the war-torn country. It emerged afterwards that neither Ronaldo or Messi voted for the other in their top three. The Portuguese selected Radamel Falcao for first place, followed by Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, while the the Argentine opted for Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar. England manager Roy Hodgson chose Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Robin van Persie as his top three, while captain Steven Gerrard picked Ronaldo, Messi and Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. Fifa world team of the year Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)Dani Alves (Barcelona)Thiago Silva (PSG)Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)Xavi (Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Fifa awardsBallon d'Or: Cristiano RonaldoWomen's world player: Nadine AngererMale coach: Jupp HeynckesFemale coach: Silvia NeidBallon d'Or Prix d'Honneur: PelePuskas goal award: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v England)Fifa Presidential Award: Jacques RoggeFair Play Award: Afghanistan Football Federation Source
  2. With the World Cup, Football’s most revered and decorated tournament of them all, taking place in Brazil next summer, we’re going to be seeing a dramatic rise in the number of products related to the sport being released. The general interface, whilst pretty unspectacular, is clean and flat – a move many app makers have subscribed to since Apple introduced the ironed-out iOS 7. The Android iteration of the app appears to have been dealt many of the same characteristics, although since Google’s OS has been free of skeuomorphism for a long while now, the clean and minimal appearance looks good on Android as well. It covers all of the major leagues, including the States’ very own Major League, so no matter where you are, you can stay in sync with the goals, decisions and controversies around the clock. -|download links|- Google Play Store Apple iTunes Store Source
  3. Electronic Arts has announced a new FIFA game just in time for 2014′s World Cup in Brazil. The game, appropriately enough titled 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, will appear on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 15. The news isn’t surprising, as EA has released World Cup game every four years since 1998. Before that, three other World Cup games were released under different publishers. The game will be a standalone title set to coincide with the event in Brazil. It won’t interfere with the release of FIFA 15 though, although EA Sports’ annual soccer game has yet to be officially announced yet. Assuming the publisher follows does what it’s done in past years, the annual offering should be released in September or October, just as the previous dozen were. The World Cup game will feature “203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil.” It also features the new “Road to Rio de Janeiro” mode, that takes players across 14 stadiums throughout Brazil. Regular tournament updates will also be delivered to the player via 50 hours of recorded content. Along with the other modes, the game will feature a standard “Road to the FIFA World Cup” mode, as well as the “Captain Your Country” mode where you “work your way through the squad list and lead your country through qualifying and to FIFA World Cup glory.” There are more than 60 real scenarios taken from real-world World Cup qualifiers as well. In short, it is everything you would expect of a World Cup soccer game. And if the use of the word “soccer” there rather than “football” irked you, then 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is probably a game for you. No word yet on price, but we should have that soon. Source
  4. By Brian Winter CUIABA, Brazil Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:53pm EST Aerial view of the Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba, November 18, 2013. (Reuters) - An October fire at a Brazilian World Cup stadium caused far more damage than previously reported, according to a report by local prosecutors obtained by Reuters, raising questions about whether the stadium will be ready for the competition and why government officials have insisted the blaze was minor. State officials overseeing construction of the still-unfinished Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiabá, which is among 12 Brazilian cities scheduled to host games, have long said the October 25 fire wasn't a major cause for concern. However, an 18-page report prepared in December by the Mato Grosso state Public Ministry, an independent judicial body similar to the district attorney's office in the United States, warned that the blaze caused "structural damage" that "could compromise the overall stability of the construction." The report was delivered in December to the state agency overseeing the stadium's construction, the Extraordinary Secretariat for the World Cup, or Secopa. State prosecutors provided Reuters with access to the document, whose content has not been previously disclosed to the public. It is unclear whether the damage described in the report has since been fixed. Prosecutors are scheduled to conduct a follow-up inspection of the fire site next Thursday, and they said they hoped the disclosure of the report's contents would lead local officials to be more cooperative and transparent than they have until now. Mato Grosso state government officials continue to say that the fire did not cause structural damage. "It has been impossible to get good information to this point," said Clovis de Almeida, a prosecutor at the Public Ministry. "We will make sure that no games occur (at the stadium) until the safety is completely guaranteed." Under Brazil's complex legal system, the Public Ministry has a preventive role in addition to its prosecutorial mandate. Almeida is part of a special unit of prosecutors charged with monitoring the state government's actions as it prepares for the Cup. World soccer body FIFA, which organizes the World Cup, said it was "unaware" of any structural damage caused by the fire, although it said its own recent inspections had indicated no major consequences. FIFA will "double-check" based on any allegations made in the report, Zurich-based spokeswoman Delia Fischer told Reuters by telephone on Saturday. The Mato Grosso office of the Federal Public Ministry announced on Thursday that it is opening its own investigation into the fire, based on the state body's report. The fire, and the conflicting reports over its fallout, raise new doubts about whether Brazil will be ready to receive roughly 600,000 foreign visitors expected to attend the World Cup from June 12 to July 13. Several stadiums have been plagued by repeated construction delays and a rash of accidents that have killed six workers. Mendes Junior, the company building the stadium, referred all media enquiries to Secopa. That entity's chief, Mauricio Guimarães, said in an interview on Thursday that "of the reports we have, all of them say there was no structural damage." OFFICIALS SAY ALL REPAIRS WERE MADE The blaze, which police say may have resulted from arson, occurred in the basement level of one of the stadium's two main grandstands, which will hold roughly 10,000 people. On Saturday, in response to Reuters' specific questions about the Public Ministry's report, Secopa sent a statement reiterating that it had received reports "guaranteeing that there was no structural damage to the Arena Pantanal, and that all the necessary repairs to the area caused by the fire have already been (made.)" The Public Ministry report includes photos of cracks in concrete pillars that, it says, are part of the stadium's core structure. "It is emphasized that the loss of resistance of these elements could compromise the overall stability of the construction," said the report, which was based on an inspection by an independent local civil engineer, Jonathan Almeida Nery. According to the report, other photos show "complete decomposition" of concrete on the ceiling above where the fire occurred, as well as "less severe ... but important" damage to the stadium's steel frame. The study concludes with Nery's "strong recommendation that the real damage suffered by the structure be verified, by means of tests." It is unclear whether builders have conducted such tests since the fire occurred. Reached by telephone on Saturday, Nery confirmed the report's contents and said he was "relieved" its findings were being made public. Asked why local officials still say the fire didn't cause structural damage, he said: "I don't know. Even the engineers at the site told me there was." Nery added that he believed the problems at the stadium were "fixable" if addressed properly. The Arena Pantanal is one of five Brazilian stadiums running behind schedule, having missed a December deadline for completion. FIFA has warned that unfinished facilities may be excluded from the tournament, with the most worrisome delays occurring in the southern city of Curitiba. Any such exclusion would cost cities millions of dollars and be a major embarrassment for local politicians and World Cup organizers. ARSON SUSPECTED Fischer, the FIFA spokeswoman, said via email that the soccer body was aware only of "insulation material, piping, electrical cabling, pathways and switchboards, etc, (being) damaged as a result of the fire." The first pre-World Cup test scheduled for the facility is a game between Brazilian soccer teams set for early April. FIFA's secretary general, Jerome Valcke, visited the construction site last month. A Reuters reporter took a guided media tour of the Arena Pantanal early Thursday, accompanied by a spokesman for Secopa and a representative of Mendes Junior. The builder did not allow the reporter access to the area affected by the fire because it was "under construction," according to the spokesman. The cause of the fire remains a mystery. Investigators believe the fire started with styrofoam and that it was "criminal" in nature, involving either negligence or arson, said Luciene Oliveira, an official at the Mato Grosso state judicial civil police. Mendes Junior executives believe the fire was lit by a disgruntled construction worker who has since left the site, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. Oliveira declined comment on that possibility, but said police were looking for a witness who, they believed, has fled to the interior of the state. The stadium is not the only aspect of Cuiabá's preparations that has experienced problems. A new $700 million light rail system that was supposed to be ready for the World Cup now isn't scheduled to be finished until December, five months after the tournament ends, Guimarães said. A new airport terminal has also suffered delays, with work still continuing on the external structure. Guimarães said the existing airport could handle demand during the Cup if the new structure isn't finished on time. The World Cup matches scheduled for Cuiabá are June 13, between Chile and Australia; June 17, between Russia and South Korea; June 21, between Nigeria and Bosnia, and June 24, between Japan and Colombia. (Editing by Todd Benson, Martin Howell and Bernard Orr) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/15/us-brazil-worldcup-stadium-idUSBREA1E11520140215
  5. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in its traditional June/July slot, FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke has confirmed. FIFA president Sepp Blatter last year said it would be impractical to hold the 2022 finals during a Middle East summer - a statement at odds with his initial insistence the tournament would remain in its traditional slot. And now Blatter's right-hand man Jerome Valcke has gone a step further, suggesting in an interview with Radio France the finals will be played between mid-November and mid-January. He said: "The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June-July. To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest. "If you play between November 15 and the end of December that's the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees. That would be perfect for playing football." Valcke's claims come as a surprise just three months after Blatter said any decision on Qatar would be delayed until after this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Blatter promised to consult with "all the participants in the World Cup and stakeholders including players, clubs, leagues and national associations" before reaching a verdict. And reacting to Valcke's interview, FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce told Sky Sports News he did not expect an official decision until "at the very earliest, the end of 2014". He said: "This has to be a decision that's made by the executive committee of FIFA. I'm totally surprised by what I've heard this morning. "The situation as I'm aware was that at the FIFA executive committee would await a report set up by all the stakeholders involved...and there would be no further discussions before the December executive meeting. "Whether Jerome was expressing a personal opinion, I don't know, but this has not been discussed by the executive committee." The decision to award Qatar the tournament was widely criticized at the time of the 2010 vote, and the apparent inevitability of a winter tournament will have a huge knock-on effect on club football. Source
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    90 minutes to go in Africa

    For the ten countries remaining in Africa's FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, the journey will come to an end this week with five sides holding tickets to Brazil 2014. Each of the five ties features a side that reached South Africa 2010, so depending on the results from the second leg of the home-and-away play-offs, the continent might have a repeat of the qualifiers from four years ago. The big gameAlgeria - Burkina Faso, 19 November, Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, 19:15 (local time)Last time around, Algeria were the only African country that qualified via a play-off after finishing equal on all levels with Egypt, whom they edged out with a 1-0 victory. They are looking to emulate that success against Burkina Faso, who travel to North Africa with a 3-2 advantage from the home leg. The Stallions, who are looking for a first-ever appearance at the World Cup finals, will be able to call on the previously injured Aristide Bance, who scored the decisive third goal from the spot in the first leg after having earlier missed a penalty. Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic has called up a string of European-based players, including the Inter Milan duo of Saphir Taider and Ishak Belfodil and will be confident in overturning the first-leg deficit with two away goals. ElsewhereAlthough Ethiopian coach Sewnet Bishew is cautiously optimistic that his team can turn around a 2-1 first-leg home defeat against African champions Nigeria on Saturday in Calabar, anything but a Nigerian victory would be a major surprise. The coach welcomes back South African-based striker Getaneh Kebede, who has recovered from a knee injury that forced him out of the first leg. “[Getaneh's] presence will be an added advantage for my attacking options," the coach said. Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, meanwhile, has once again opted for his strategy of complimenting international stars with locally-based players, and he has also called up American-born Toronto FC striker Bright Dike as a late replacement for Uche Nwofor. Also on Saturday, Senegal face Côte d'Ivoire in neutral Morocco as the Lions of Teranga are still barred from playing at home. Senegalese coach Alain Giresse has once again omitted explosive striker Demba Ba because he has failed to find regular playing time with Chelsea this season. It is a controversial decision since Giresse's team are down 3-1 from the first-leg and in need of goals. He has, though, changed things up by bringing in three new players: defender Zarco Toure, midfielder Pape Diop as well as former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf. As one of the continent's most experienced sides, and with players like Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba available, the Ivorians are favoured to protect their advantage and reach their third finals on the trot. The only match on Sunday sees Tunisia travel to Cameroon with the tie all-square after the two played to a goalless draw in the first leg. Cameroon coach Volker Finke has made a plea for team spirit ahead of the game saying: "We don’t need more quarrels and confusion within the national team. We need unity and peace in order to overcome the hurdle of Tunisia, which is in the interest of the entire nation,” he said. Tunisian coach Ruud Krol made several changes to his squad for the return leg, bringing in Fabien Camus and Stefan Nater, who are based in Belgium and Switzerland respectively, while leaving out former national team captain Karim Haggui and Wahbi Khazri. Next week's other match sees Egypt trying to keep their dream alive of a first finals since 1990, but a 6-1 thumping in the first leg has all-but the most die-hard fans admitted the task is probably impossible, even with a full stadium in Cairo expected. Pharaohs' coach Bob Bradley, who says they will have a "different approach" in the return leg, has opted to retain most of the squad, giving the players an opportunity to redeem themselves. He has picked 11 players from new African champions Al Ahly, and Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has is taking no chances by selecting his strongest squad for the game, including the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre. Did you know?Burkina Faso will have their work cut out for them if they want to prevail in Algeria, as the Fennec Foxes have never lost a match in Blida, winning all but four of the 21 games they have played in the city at the base of the Tell Atlas. However, one of the four teams that escaped with a draw were the Stallions, who managed a 2-2 draw in 2004 in a friendly. Algeria's record in World Cup qualifiers in the city is even more impressive, having won all nine games with a goal difference of 22-5. Player to watchAlthough the Black Stars have all-but qualified, Ghana's players will be eager to show that they are worthy of being included in the World Cup squad. Germany-born Kevin-Prince Boateng has had a mixed relationship with the national team, but since returning to the Bundesliga from AC Milan at the start of the season, the midfielder has been on song for Schalke 04, and he'll no doubt be looking to cement a spot in the team with a strong performance. What they said"I think [an African team] may have a stronger chance [to win the World Cup next year] than any of the European teams, to be perfectly honest, because of the climate. There are many African players out there of excellent quality who play in the top European leagues and that makes the African nations very strong," England manager Roy Hodgson. Source
  7. Hoping to limit the availability of pirated World Cup matches, FIFA has sent advance warnings to the owners of several sites that host or link to unauthorized live streams of sports events. The football organization warns site owners that they face criminal liability, and demands unprecedented takedown powers during the World Cup. In a few hours the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, an event that will be seen by hundreds of millions of people from all over the world. While most people watch the matches through licensed broadcasters, there is also a large group of people who resort to unauthorized sources. These so-called “pirate” streams are available through dozens of sites, including Firstrow and Rojadirecta, which generate millions of views during popular sporting events. These broadcasts are a thorn in the side of world football association FIFA who have contacted several owners of streaming-related sites over the past few days. TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the letter from a site owner who asked to remain anonymous. In the letter, signed by Director of Legal Affairs Marco Villiger and his colleague Jörg Vollmüller, FIFA asks the site operators to do all they can to take these streams offline. Those who refuse to do so could face criminal liability. “Due to the nature of your service, we anticipate that a large number of users will continually use your website to create, distribute and/or link to live streams via the Internet of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM. We want to ensure that all infringing streams can be promptly identified and removed, regardless of whether they can be viewed openly or through private areas of your site,” FIFA writes. The letter then goes on to emphasize that the site owners bear full responsibility for all unauthorized live streams, or links to live streams. FIFA strongly recommends that site operators immediately block access to unauthorized broadcasts when these are pointed out to them. To facilitate this process the football association has included a link to the tournament schedule, further demanding that the websites in question have people available during the matches, to ensure rapid takedowns. “As you have been provided with the specific dates and times of all matches, we thereby expect a member of your website team to be present and available to promptly perform this duty during and throughout ALL matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM,” FIFA writes. In addition, FIFA requests a special takedown tool so their monitoring and enforcement company NetResult can remove streams whenever needed. “Provide a service or tool whereby NetResult, FIFA’s service provider for online monitoring, will have the ability to immediately take down and remove ANY and ALL unauthorized streams of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM found on your website,” FIFA demands. While the site owner we spoke with only received the letter two days ago, the deadline to comply with the demands ends today. Toward the end of the letter FIFA points out that those who fail to comply will face civil and criminal liability. “Should you fail to implement either of the above by the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM on June 12, your failure to comply will expose you to civil and criminal liability,” the letter states. The FIFA letter is unique in its kind, as copyright holders generally don’t take these types of proactive measures. As far as we know this is the first time that FIFA has sent an advance warning to site owners. While most site operators are happy to comply with takedown notices, FIFA’s demands go above and beyond the common takedown procedure. Whether this will have the desired effect has yet to be seen. FIFA letter obtained by TorrentFreak Source: TorrentFreak
  8. This week an anti-piracy company reportedly working for Sony has tried to put an end to all the World Cup fun. In a wild series of complaints to Google, dozens of legitimate companies including ESPN, EA Sports, The BBC, Business Insider, Symantec and even FIFA itself have been accused of infringing copyright. Soccer fever has been spreading across the globe this week, with dozens of millions tuning in to watch the World Cup via regular TV and an abundance of online services. While England basked in its somewhat traditional World Cup disappointment Thursday, viewing records were being broken, but amazingly while Brazil sizzles, some want to pour cold water on the excitement. Allow us to introduce MarkScan, a self-described “consulting boutique dedicated to your IP requirements”. The anti-piracy company is based in India and boasts a wide range of clients including the BBC, HBO, Nokia, and other prestigious brands. Just recently MarkScan has been doing some work for Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd, a Sony Entertainment Television subsidiary in India. In June, Multi Screen Media launched LIV Sports, a digital sports entertainment site that was chosen by FIFA to be the official mobile and Internet broadcaster for the 2014 World Cup. This week, MarkScan set off on an inevitable DMCA takedown spree to protect its clients’ and FIFA’s rights. What a disaster it’s been. Much like FIFA, MarkScan began by sending its first batch of copyright complaints to Google several days before a ball had even been kicked. The notice, which covered 46 domains allegedly streaming the World Cup, was 100% rejected by Google. One of the complaints targeted a great article by GigaOM which helpfully offered “Where to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup live online, and how to stream it without cable.” The article listed all legal sources, including ESPN, across several countries. Several subsequent takedown notices targeting more than 700 other URLs saw between 90% and 100% of URLs rejected by Google. One of them was nothing short of a disaster. The notice, sent on behalf of Sony’s Liv Sports via Multi Screen Media, targeted 610 URLs, all of which were rejected by Google. All were claimed to be infringing on Liv Sports’ and FIFA’s rights, yet what the notice actually did was target some of the web’s most respectable news sites and resources. In the article titled “World Cup 2014: How to watch across BBC TV, radio and online”, the BBC attempted to inform its millions of readers how to legitimately access the World Cup. However, as can be seen from the image below, MarkScan had other ideas. Sadly, this attempted takedown of a purely informational and entirely legal article wasn’t the only casualty of this notice. An article published by Variety informing its readership that ESPN would be streaming all 64 matches was deemed to be copyright-infringing too, as was a similar attempt by Canada’s CBC.ca. Other catastrophes would be amusing if they weren’t so awful, such as the attempt to censor this article on Bleacher Report which advised how to watch Uruguay versus Germany – a match from FIFA World Cup 2010 four years ago. Also targeted was this 2013 article from Hollywood Reporter which detailed plans by Sony (ironically) and FIFA to broadcast the World Cup 2014 in Ultra HD. FoxSports’ interactive World Cup Schedule was also marked as infringing. Both are shown below. Even legitimate traditional broadcasters couldn’t get the word out unhindered. Communications company Cox wanted to let its residential customers know they could “Watch the World’s Biggest Soccer Games. Any Way You Want” but MarkScan told Google the page was illegal. The whole notice, which can be read here, has many more examples than those listed above, including the attempted censorship of EA Sports’ Twitter account and FIFA’s very own site – for FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012. Brilliant. But, in its own unique way, one takedown is more disappointing than most. In a post dated June 9, before the World Cup had even begun, Symantec tried to inform its readers on how to avoid various World Cup related scams. We don’t need to tell you what happened to it. TorrentFreak contacted MarkScan whose Internet Enforcement Team told us they take care to avoid mistakes. “We want to assure you that we deploy technology, in addition to best efforts of our teams, to ensure that we do not impact legal content on yours, or any other website,” they explained. We suspect someone could be seeing at least a yellow card, possibly worse, in the days to come. Source: TorrentFreak
  9. With the beginning of FIFA World Cup tournaments in Brazil, Football fever is going viral across the world. Soccer or Football is the most popular sport in the world with billions of fans who don’t even miss a single tournament. Now, this is the most awaited and rejoicing atmosphere for Football fans as well as cybercriminals right now. For bad actors, the World Cup is a perfect opportunities to scam people online. While you are busy figuring out websites where you can stream live Fifa Matches on your PCs without missing a single moment of the world cup tournament, cyber criminals are also busy to launch phishing attacks in form of scams and malwares in order to victimize the system by several Trojans and viruses. This isn't surprising as cyber criminals have become smart enough to gain from every possible eventuality they get and their prior/common target is every time the users’ interest based major news and current events. The most popular threat this World Cup targets users in the form of phishing attacks. You may see links in messages over emails and social networking sites serving attractive contents of this World Cup such as Free Tickets, merchandise, news and footage of highlights, online streaming videos of footballers behaving badly and many more. But once clicked, the victims are redirected to the malicious websites that trick users into revealing their private information or installing malicious softwares in order to put their computer systems at risk of malwares and viruses infection or identity theft. Researchers at the security software maker firm, Symantec, have identified several email scams and in coming days, they also expects to see these scam attempts targeting Soccer fans on social networks as well. #1 FREE TICKETS TO WORLD CUP The most common scam is Free Tickets to World Cup 2014. In this Football fevered atmosphere, everyone is seeking to get a free pass or a ticket to the tournament in Brazil and What if you won an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil? It’s really like a dream comes true for any Soccer fan. The security firm has identified several emails that contain a malicious zip file and inside it is an executable file. Once executed, it will allow your computer to be taken over by Trojans and remote administration tools. #2 NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF WORLD CUP TEAMS AND PLAYERS Apart from free tickets, news and highlights about different World Cup teams and players can also be used to thwart users into opening up malicious attachments or clicking malicious links. Researchers have discovered emails that are currently circulating about Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, a young star player with the Brazilian national team. The email have a malicious word document that could exploit a known vulnerability in the victims’ Microsoft Word. #3 FREE ONLINE STREAMS OF FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES Once the FIFA World Cup begins, cyber criminals starts targeting users by emails and social networks’ scams that claim to provide free live stream of various matches. Before you can unlock access to the live stream, it first ask you to fill out a survey or download and install software in order to fetch money from your pockets. HOW TO PROTECT FROM WORLD CUP SCAMS If you are served any link for free tickets to World Cup, consider it as a scam because free stuffs are never free.If you have to watch live World Cup match, check your local service providers to see where and when you can catch World Cup games online.Avoid unknown sources to know happenings of your favorite teams and players; visit only official news websites.If any site ask you for password or credit card information, double check it before proceeding.Beware of links that either lead you to any application or external Website.Make sure you have installed an updated Anti-virus solution to avoid latest threats. Source
  10. Legal action taken against hundreds of torrent, streaming and other file-sharing sites has far exceeded its stated aims. After blacking out the sites across several ISPs, FIFA affiliates hoped that piracy of the World Cup would be reduced. But weeks after the tournament ended the sites remain blocked with no sign of a retraction. While news of site blockades breaks every month (oftentimes more frequently) reports that sites have been unblocked are far less regular events. In fact, it’s becoming apparent that aside from isolated instances, once websites get put on national blocklists in the UK or Italy, for example, it is unlikely that they will become readily available again. Since no one in power is lobbying for blocked sites to be removed from censorship filters, sites such as The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents will probably remain blocked indefinitely. There are no immediately obvious time-out events attached to these injunctions and there’s certainly no one prepared to go to court to argue over the details. Such sunset clauses are important though, as India is finding out. Back in July a TV network owned by Sony went to court in India to have hundreds of sites blocked at the ISP level after they allegedly made World Cup matches available online without permission. The 472 sites requested was reduced to 219 after an appeal by ISPs, but the injunction was still one of the broadest to date anywhere in the world. Whether it reduced piracy or placed money in Sony’s back pocket is anyone’s guess, but now – long after the World Cup ended – the blockades are still in place. Medianama says it has carried out tests and discovered that The Pirate Bay, Mega.co.nz, TorrentHound, LimeTorrents and TorrentFunk among dozens of others are still inaccessible through local ISPs. The news outlet also contacted Multi Screen Media, the Sony company behind the blocks, asking whether the company had asked for the blocks to be removed and why Dotcom’s Mega was targeted. The company did not respond. While some will argue that having sites blocked is a legitimate response to online piracy, it is difficult to maintain that stance long after any infringements cited in court cases have ended. That said, ex parte hearings are by their nature one-side, so it’s unlikely anyone will be looking out for the rights of their rivals anytime soon. Source: TorrentFreak
  11. A video has appeared online apparently showing North Korea’s state controlled media telling their football fans that the national team have reached the World Cup final in Brazil… We’ve known for a long time now that supreme leader Kim Jong-un controls the flow of information to his people, with the television channels only reporting positive stuff about the country. But in a brilliant spoof report posted on YouTube, the media appears to be caught broadcasting that North Korea are on course to win the biggest prize in football, despite not actually qualifying for the World Cup. Kim Jong-un soaks up the applause in Brazil… apparently (Picture: YouTube) The report says North Korea’s brave side crushed Japan 7-0, USA 4-0 and China 2-0 in the group stages, before going on to reach the final… against Portugal. Of course, the real final, which takes place this Sunday, is between Germany and Argentina. Included in the coverage are ‘highlights’ from the matches, with the team shown scoring goals and cheering – although the clips look pretty old.. Source
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