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Daily Links: 86 Days to World Cup

In today's countdown: AVB's new club, Martinez spoke for Barkley's inclusion, Cassano's diet, and bribes. It's TLR's daily World Cup countdown.

Paul Thomas
AVB to manage Zenit

The Portuguese manager who didn't have the best of time in London with Chelsea or Spurs, has agreed to manage Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, who earlier this month sacked their Italian manager, Luciano Spalletti.

Martinez backs Barkley

The Everton manager has spoken that Ross Barkley should go with the England squad for this summer's World Cup, citing his unique ability.

Delph Realistic about England Chances

Fabian Delph, who scored Aston Villa's winner against Chelsea last Saturday, has played down talk of going to the World Cup with England.

No Change for Hull

The FA is set to reject the proposed name of Hull Tigers after consolation with related stakeholders. Final decision on Hull City's rebranding will be voted upon next month.

Hotels and Flights prices expected to fall

With the World Cup looming closer, Brazil's sports minister believes that prices for hotels and flights are set to fall, while expecting a small possibility of protest during the World Cup.

Another Side of World Cup in Brazil

Despite the expected construction of infrastructure in Brazil, many did not come to fruition due to poor planning.

No Qatar decision till 2015

The decision on when the World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be held is not expected until early next year, due to the complexity of the issues and stakeholders involved.

Bribes for FIFA VP

Former vice president of FIFA, Jack Warner has been accused of taking bribes before Qatar won the World Cup bid. This article shows that Jack Warner is man of checkered past.

Two banned for match fixing

Two English footballers in Australia has been banned for life for their part in match-fixing scandal.

Cassano wants Italy recall

The former AS Roma, Real Madrid, and AC Milan striker wants a recall to the national squad, citing his improved shape, having lost 10 kg by cutting focaccia from his diet.

Itaquerao Stadium held first practice

The stadium, which is set to host the opening match of the World Cup has been used for a limited practice by Brazilian side, Corinthians. Full completion is expected in mid-May.

Gervinho confident of Ivory Coast chance

The AS Roma winger believes that the African side can mix it up with the best teams in the World Cup.