Spain gifts football kit to ailing Nelson Mandela

Confederations Cup finalists Spain and Brazil are gifting autographed commemorative shirts to ailing South African former president Nelson Mandela, FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed recently.

Spain gifts football kit to ailing Nelson Mandela
Books on former South African President Nelson Mandela displayed in Johannesburg. Mandela has been in hospital for three weeks. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

"To Mandela, a gift from Brazilian national team and wish you a good recover (sic)", read the inscription on the Brazil shirt which Blatter, flanked by Brazilian Football Confederation president Jose Maria Marin and Spanish counterpart Angel Maria Villar Llona, held aloft.

Nobel peace laureate Mandela, who played a major role in the 2010 World Cup coming to South Africa – the first time the competition has been held on the African continent — is in critical condition in Pretoria where he was hospitalized on June 8th with a recurring lung infection.

Read how Brazil thrashed Spain in the Confederations Cup final.

Earlier, Blatter, who presented the shirts to Tokyo Sexwale, representing the Nelson Mandela Foundation, issued a short tribute to the ailing former leader.

"The strength of the world's most popular game which you love so much, football, reaches out to you.

"With this gesture, the football world wants to tell you how much we are thinking about you."

Sexwale will present the shirts to Mandela on his return from Brazil.

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Telefonica scores 4G licence for Brazil

Spain's telco giant Telefonica is one of three companies awarded new national broadcast licenses for 4G cell phone services in Brazil, that country's regulatory authority has said.

Telefonica scores 4G licence for Brazil
The Spanish Telefonica/Vivo picked up its license for $1.928 reais ($780 million), right at the minimum price. Photo: Juan Antonio F. Segal/Flickr

The National Telecommunications Agency had offered six licenses to operate on the 700 MHz frequency for the fourth generation service, with a total minimum price tag of 7.7 billion reais ($3.14 billion, or €2.5 billion at current exchange rates).

Claro, operated by Mexico's America Movil, won the first license with a bid of 1.947 billion reais ($794 million), one percent above the minimum price.

TIM, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia, won the second tender, for the same price.

The Spanish Telefonica/Vivo got the third license, for $1.928 reais ($780 million), right at the minimum price.

A fourth license, with a limited regional scope, was awarded to Brazil's Algar, for 29 million reais ($11.8 million).

Two of the licenses were not allocated due to lack of interest.

Brazil auctioned off its first 4G licenses in 2012, but at the 2.5 Ghz frequency, which is narrower than the 700 Mhz offered in the new licenses.