FIFA World Cup

Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

16/04/2019

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June’s congress in Paris. ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022. The draw for the first phase of Asia’s qualifying […]

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FIFA president Infantino World Cup 2022 with 48 teams is ’50/50′

10/04/2019

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June’s congress in Paris. The chances of FIFA increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 is 50/50, the president of world football’s governing body Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday. […]

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2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup daily schedule

10/04/2019

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7 when hosts France take on South Korea. The final takes place in Lyon on July 7. Group stage: June 7-20 June 7 Group A: France vs. South Korea (Paris; 3 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CET) June 8 B: Germany vs. China (Rennes; 9 a.m. ET […]

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Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection

03/04/2019

Football great Pele was hospitalised in Paris on Wednesday because of a urinary infection following a meeting with Kylian Mbappe in the French capital, his spokesman said. Pepito Fornos told The Associated Press the three-time World Cup champion will be in hospital for up to two days. “He was a little shaky and they detected […]

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Mexico’s Javier Hernandez urges calm after Gerardo Martino’s perfect start continues

27/03/2019

Mexico’s Carlos Vela, Jonathan Dos Santos and Marco Fabian continue to take Major League Soccer by storm. SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Mexico defeated Paraguay 4-2 on Tuesday to make it two victories from Gerardo Martino’s first two games in charge of El Tri, but goalscorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez isn’t getting carried away. The West Ham […]

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UEFA unveil Euro 2020 mascot Skillzy: Is it among 5 best or worst of past tournaments?

25/03/2019

Skillzy is a ‘larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture’. With qualification for the tournament now well and truly underway, UEFA has revealed the official mascot for the 2020 European Championship. Skillzy was unveiled in front of 55,000 fans on the pitch at the Amsterdam Arena ahead of Sunday night’s qualifier between Netherlands […]

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Chile joins Argentina Uruguay Paraguay in bid for 2030 World Cup

20/03/2019

ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022. With the prospect of the 2022 World Cup now involving 48 teams becoming increasingly likely, Craig Burley thinks it will ‘dilute’ the quality of the tournament. Chile has joined a […]

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FIFA to make final decision on expanding 2022 World Cup in June

15/03/2019

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. The FIFA Council has approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. FIFA President Gianni Infantino […]

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FIFA to make decision on expanding 2022 World Cup in June

15/03/2019

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. MIAMI — FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is “feasible” to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in […]

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What to expect from Friday’s FIFA Council 48-team 2022 World Cup Global Nations League and more

13/03/2019

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be pushing for an expanded 2022 World Cup, among other things, when the council convenes on Friday. The FIFA Council is the 37-member assembly that replaced the Executive Committee following the election of Gianni Infantino as the president of the game’s governing body back in 2016. It includes representatives from […]

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Qatar could share World Cup 2022 with expansion to 48 teams – FIFA

12/03/2019

A FIFA┬ástudy concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams. A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbours as an additional host, and found there is a a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar […]

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Brazil World Cup winner Coutinho dies age 75

11/03/2019

Coutinho, right, made 15 appearances for Brazil. Brazilian striker Coutinho, a 1962 World Cup winner who Pele considered his favorite attacking partner at Santos FC, has died. He was 75. Santos announced Coutinho’s death in a statement on Twitter on Monday. The club said he died at home and his funeral will be at Santos’ […]

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Report: FIFA mull Oman Kuwait if ’22 World Cup expands to 48 teams

06/03/2019

FIFA is considering Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches at the 2022 World Cup if the tournament, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 teams, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026 but FIFA president Gianni […]

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FIFA reserves soar to record $2.7bn revenue at $6.4bn

05/03/2019

FIFA’s cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion. FIFA’s cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4bn in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup. The financial results suggest FIFA has weathered the deepest crisis in its history, which erupted in 2015 when a United States-led criminal investigation […]

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Chile join Argentina Uruguay and Paraguay in 2030 World Cup bid

14/02/2019

Chile joined three neighboring South American countries in a bid to host the 2030 soccer World Cup, according to a joint statement from their governments released on Thursday. The bid, which previously included only Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, is up against bids from England, and another bid from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The 2030 World […]

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino to serve four more years unopposed at elections

06/02/2019

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar. Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football’s world governing body needs to restore […]

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Phil Masinga, former South Africa and Leeds United star, dies at 49

13/01/2019

South African legend Phil Masinga has passed away from “a cancer related disease,” the nation’s football association has announced. South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said he was “gutted” to lose “a loyal servant” of the game in the country. “We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day […]

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France World Cup heroes to be recognised with French Legion of Honour

02/01/2019

France’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year. The Legion d’honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, but exceptions have been made in the past for the 1998 World Cup-winning squad, as well as Michel Platini. ESPN+ is America’s […]

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Infantino Qatar neighbours could help host 2022 World Cup

02/01/2019

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed football’s global governing body is exploring the possibility of some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours hosting matches at the 2022 World Cup. Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai, Infantino also confirmed FIFA was looking into a possible expansion of the tournament to 48 teams, but said diplomatic tension in […]

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It’s the Toe Poke review of 2018 Salah statue Ronaldo’s reflection England ride unicorns and more

28/12/2018

The Exploding Heads look back on Boxing Day where Liverpool are still atop the league, Arsenal’s return to mediocrity and Jose Mourinho’s new role at Man City. The end of 2018 is almost upon us, and that means it’s nearly time to bid farewell to another 12 months of ridiculousness in the world of football. […]

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