Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
When we want everything to finish quickly, it's because we are afraid of losing our victory in the last moments.
There is a danger that we can all fall into - to do things only for others to admire us.
The father of the Real Madrid player refused to manage his son’s image rights in a tax haven. Christian faith is “important” to the family.
Communicating the idea that Christians somehow deserve more of God’s protection would be untrue and would actually collide with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Two football players and the stewardess who survived the tragedy are evangelical Christians: “The situation is complicated, difficult”. Fans gathered to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
In France, some football players not only fight to lift the tournament trophy for their national teams but also bear testimony of their faith in Jesus.
If what we give value to is something temporary, we will never learn to fly.
In the middle of celebrations of his team, FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué said: “Thanks Kevin Roldan, it all started with you.” These words provoked major controversy in the Spanish sporting media. Why?
The FIFA erased the Brazilian football player's reference to the Christian faith in a video introducing the finalist.
God's entire plan was put into the hands of eleven very ordinary men, without human power, fearful, and doubting - eleven men waiting for supernatural power.
Spiritual counsellor of several football stars Jaime Fernández gives his perspective on the FIFA scandals.
At least 10 players participated in worship services promoted by Kaka and David Luiz and officiated by an evangelical pastor.
In the 60s, a conflict between Honduras and El Salvador started with a football match! Violence can multiply until the whole situation gets completely out of control.
“I have no problem in admitting that I believe that my faith gives me strength”, the young Croatian player explained. He often wears a shirt that reads “I belong to Jesus”.
It is our responsibility to speak to others about the Lord, so that they can find him and live. Are you going to make the decision to live as an evangelist? Don't forget that the lives of those around you could depend on you.
Everyone has within them the image of their creator, and everyone around us can recognise God's love when they see it reflected in our actions.
Writer Jaime Fernandez believes that "the majority of sportsmen love what they do".
The striker scored twice for Sevilla FC, helping the team to win its fourth title. As other Colombian football players, he has a Christian faith.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused nine FIFA officials of “corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and in the United States.”
“How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank you for loving me so much and taking care of me!”, wrote Paris Saint-Germain football star David Luiz.
The Bible says that when our heart is happy it makes the face cheerful. And those around us will see that our happiness is rooted in God.
Andrianik Teymourian is one of the best players in the country, the only Christian in the team. He is has now become Iran's captain.
Some years ago an incredible thing happened in a football match. Pelé was playing for Santos de Brazil, in Colombia, and he was sent off. The crowd was so furious that the situation escalated into almost a riot. In the end the ref had to be substituted and Pele was allowed back on the field. And this was only a friendly!