Despite Brazil’s obsession with football not all the population is keen for the World Cup to be a success.
England's second test against Australia in Alice Springs could be a heated affair if the in Brisbane is anything to go by.
Two men have been charged in connection with alleged match-fixing in English football, the National Crime Agency said today.
In secret footage filmed by the Sun on Sunday, former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje claims he took a £70,000 payment for a sending off during a third-tier League One fixture in February this year.
Sodje, who was born in London but represented Nigeria at international level, played three times in the Premier League for Reading in the 2006/07 season.
The National Crime Agency said in a statement they had launched a new investigation as a result of the footage: "We can confirm that The Sun has supplied us with intelligence and an investigation is ongoing."
A Gambling Commission spokesman said:
The Gambling Commission has responded quickly in supporting this ongoing National Crime Agency investigation and continues to liaise with both the NCA and the Football Association.
In a statement, the Football Association said:
– Football Association
The FA is aware of the National Crime Agency investigation and is working closely with the NCA and other authorities. We will make no further comment at this time.
Speaking about the latest allegations on match-fixing in the Championship, English football's second tier, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said:
We treat any allegations of criminal activity in our competitions with the utmost seriousness.
Given that there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time.
Although, we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the police.
We will be giving our full assistance to the police during their investigation.
Detectives have confirmed that a new investigation is underway over match fixing.
The National Crime Agency released a statement following an investigation in The Sun on Sunday.
– National Crime Agency
We can confirm that The Sun has supplied us with intelligence and an investigation is ongoing.
An active NCA investigation is now under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.
We cannot comment further at this stage.
It is understood that two ex-Premier League stars are involved in a police match-fixing probe, according to a Sun on Sunday investigation.
The newspaper claims that one player claimed another agreed to deliberately earn a booking in a recent Championship clash in return for £30,000.
England's opening World Cup match against Italy has been brought forward by three hours.
The match had been scheduled for 02:00 BST on June 15, but it will now kick-off at 23:00 BST on the 14 June.
Fifa agreed to reschedule the clash following an appeal by British broadcasters over the late kick-off.
A scintillating performance from Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson left England on the brink of another defeat in the Ashes series.
England were all out for just 172 on day three in response to Australia's 570 for nine declared.
Mitchell Johnson once again ripped through England's line-up taking seven for 40.
With England's batsman already under pressure after a poor performance in the opening test in Brisbane, only Ian Bell and Michael Carberry emerged with any credit who both contributed half-centuries.
England will have to dig deep to avoid falling 2-0 down in the five-match series, with the hosts extending their lead to 530 after closing on 132 for three in their second innings.
For an hour the football mad country of Brazil came to a complete standstill. All eyes were on the draw to see who was playing who - and ex-pat England fans were nervous.
With six months to go it felt like the party had already started. But for fans travelling out from England, the logistics and costs may dampen the euphoria.