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Sochi Olympics 2014 Headlines

Italy administrator caught up in racism row

Carlo Tavecchio, the favorite to become the next Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, has been caught up in a racism storm after referring to African players as "banana eaters". The influx of foreign players has been a hot topic since the national team crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage and 71-year-old Tavecchio suggested Italy should replicate England's stringent requirements for non-EU players.

Pinto quits Costa Rica after "sleeping with enemy"

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica because they refused to allow him to choose his backroom staff. "I realized I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work," the 61-year-old Colombian said on his personal website (www.jorgeluispinto.com) on Thursday.

Pinto quits Costa Rica after "sleeping with enemy"

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica because they refused to allow him to choose his backroom staff. "I realized I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work," the 61-year-old Colombian said on his personal website (www.jorgeluispinto.com) on Thursday.

World Cup will inspire Rio Olympics: IOC's Bach

Rio de Janeiro will host a successful Olympic Games in 2016 after the World Cup showed Brazil can cope with staging the biggest sporting events, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Dunga names former team mates as Brazil assistants

New Brazil coach Dunga has named Andrey Lopes as his assistant manager and given former World Cup winners Taffarel and Mauro Silva places on his backroom team, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Wednesday.

Fernandez heads list of possible Ivory Coast coaches

Four Frenchmen, including former international Luis Fernandez, have been named on a shortlist of five prospective candidates to take over as national coach of the Ivory Coast, the country's soccer federation said.

South Korea in no rush to appoint new coach

The South Korea Football Association hope to appoint a new technical chief this week, the first step in a overhaul that will end with a new head coach after their disappointing World Cup showing in Brazil.

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