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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

The impact of changing World Cup dates

January 9th, 2014
06:44 PM ET

How much of an impact would a possible change of date have on the Qatar World Cup? Sports lawyer Mel Goldberg explains.

Text: FIFA official Jerome Valcke envisions winter World Cup for Qatar


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Sport • Video

Was Portugal's Eusebio the best ever?

January 7th, 2014
06:58 PM ET

Becky speaks to football expert Begona Perez about whether or not Portuguese legend Eusebio was the best who ever lived.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Sport • Video

Doctor: Helmet may have saved Schumacher

December 31st, 2013
02:08 PM ET

Former Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered a serious head injury in a skiing accident, is showing a "slight improvement" in his condition, doctors in France said Tuesday.

On Monday night, doctors carried out a surgical intervention on Schumacher that allowed for some pressure to be relieved on his brain in a way that was "gradual and effective," said Jean-Francois Payen, head of anesthesiology at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble.

The surgery, which took about two hours, involved the removal of a large hematoma, he said. Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma.

Yesterday  his condition was still unclear.

In case you missed it, Doctors treating Michael Schumacher said they were unwilling to make predictions about his prognosis.

Amanda Davies reports.

Football's founding father

December 20th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Many of the graves are completely hidden by undergrowth, ivy snaking its way around the crumbling headstones. An abandoned cemetery in south west London is an unlikely location for a gathering of football insiders early on a cold December morning. They’ve gathered to pay tribute to the man they call the founding father of modern football.

One hundred and fifty years ago Ebenezer Morley and a group of football enthusiasts created the Football Association, the body that would oversee the game in England until this day and would set a precedent for the global professional sport. After a series of rowdy meetings, Morley led his first FA committee to agree on the thirteen “Laws of the Game”: common rules for all teams to abide by.

These laws included many of the rules we recognise today: the definition of a goal, outlawing handball and banning tripping. But others give an idea of the chaos of nineteenth century football: “No player shall wear projecting nails … on the soles or heels of his boots”.

The first match under these new rules was played in London on December 19th 1863 between Morley’s Barnes team and neighbouring Richmond. It was an unspectacular event that ended in a goalless draw, but it set the way for the rise of the game that is now the most played and watched in the world. The original laws still form the basis for football around the globe. The parks, streets and fields where, on FIFA’s last estimate, 265 million people around the world regularly play.

Becky went to find out more about Ebenezer Morley – the man who revolutionized the game of football – and to see the very book in which he first penned the rules of the “beautiful game”.

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Filed under:  History • Sport • Video

Quest: Why should sports clubs be exempt?

November 4th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

It's said nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes.

For French football clubs it's a new punitive tax law that's worrying them to death. They fear one of Europe top leagues, newly resurgent following significant investment from mega wealthy Qataris and Russians, could be irreparably damaged by the tax.

On Thursday, French president Francois Hollande told a delegation of professional French football club leaders he wouldn't abandon the government's plan for a 75% tax on salaries reaching more than a $1.35 million.

French football clubs have been lobbying hard against the tax, arguing it endangers their future. It's estimated the tax could increase their costs by up to 30%.

And they feel so strongly over the matter that they plan to go on strike.

Read: Soccer clubs to strike over tax hike

So if you're a French football fan don't expect to be watching the likes Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Monaco forward Falcao in action between 29 November and 2 December.

If it goes ahead it would France's first football "strike" since 1972.

Richard Quest explains why he thinks fixing France's economy is more important than keeping soccer clubs happy.

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