In continuation of FIFA’s unprecedented skid, on Wednesday, Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for two former officials and four executives with charges of racketeering and corruption.
While the winter transfer window provides annual relief for clubs chasing titles or battling relegation, every four years it also comes charged with extra significance for players. Without fail, the season leading up to a FIFA World Cup™ becomes a race against time for footballers around the globe, with their target a coveted squad place at the main event.
Brazil 2014 is no exception and, five months ahead of the big kick-off, players everywhere are desperate to maximise their time on the pitch or raise their profile in the eyes of their national coaches. That desire has been the driving force behind many of the early moves this year, while a number of players have also returned to familiar terrain. FIFA.com recaps the major deals so far.