FIFA World Cup

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 FC crew are in agreement: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been the Premier League’s top player in 2018-19. The end of 2018 is almost upon us, and […]

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World Cup was watched by more than 3 billion people – FIFA report

21/12/2018

FIFA have said more than 3.5 billion peopleĀ — more than half of the global population aged four and over — watched some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12bn watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing said the final’s television audience was […]

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino: Most federations favour 48-team World Cup in 2022

13/12/2018

A decision on the expansion of the 2022 World Cup will be made by March, says Gianni Infantino. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a majority of national football federations were in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams. Infantino said a decision would be made by March, […]

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Manchester City get biggest payout for 2018 World Cup participants

04/12/2018

English champions Manchester City are the biggest beneficiaries from the $209 million handed out by FIFA to clubs who released players for the 2018 World Cup, the global football body said on Tuesday. City will receive $5 million, ahead of Real Madrid ($4.81m), Tottenham Hotspur ($4.38m), Barcelona ($4.14m) and Paris St Germain ($3.89m), FIFA said. […]

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If the 2022 World Cup started today

21/11/2018

ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow. Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. Watch E:60’s eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar. The […]

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Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie lead key men for USA now and at 2022 World Cup

21/11/2018

After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low. If the World Cup began today — and the U.S. had qualified — how would they line up? As Jeff Carlisle writes, there are some obvious choices, as well as others […]

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Spain FA chief thanks country’s president for World Cup plan backing

20/11/2018

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has thanked the country’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for his backing of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. On Monday, Sanchez announced plans for a bid to be made alongside Portugal and Morocco. “In these cases, you have the football side and that […]

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Spain Portugal Morocco considering joint 2030 World Cup bid

19/11/2018

Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday. Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world […]

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Manchester United’s David De Gea receives backing from Spain boss Luis Enrique

19/11/2018

Spain boss Luis Enrique has come out in support of goalkeeper David De Gea following recent criticism. The Manchester United No. 1, who has conceded six goals in the previous two games, was rested on Sunday with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga instead starting against Bosnia and Herzegovina. De Gea has faced continuous criticism since committing […]

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Qatar’s unknown players may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they’re expected to be

15/11/2018

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. LUGANO, Switzerland — Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players’ tunnel of Lugano’s ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, […]

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Uruguay ‘working hard’ on 2030 World Cup bid with Argentina and Paraguay – president

15/11/2018

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. The president of Uruguay has said the country is “working hard” on a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup with Argentina and Paraguay. The tournament will take place on the 100th anniversary of the first […]

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