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    Football insiders claim world game is ‘endemically corrupt’ in player transfers In the first of a two-part series looking into alleged corruption in football, the Guardian talks to agents, lawyers and academics close to the biggest dealsA starlet at a Premier League club is to be promoted to the first team. His agent has represented him since the age of...

    North America emerges as leading favorite to host 2026 World Cup Fifa rules out Uefa and Asian member bids for 2026 World CupEurope can host in 2026 only if no other bids fulfill requirementsUSA is expected to bid, either by itself or with Canada or MexicoNorth America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after...

    World Cup could expand to 48 teams, Fifa’s Gianni Infantino suggests • Fifa Council to rule on possible expansion in new year• Plan would see 16 teams go home after one gameNot content with expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has suggested going even further and opening up the competition to 48 countries from...

    Gianni Infantino unveils plans to increase World Cup to 40 or 48 teams • Fifa president is adamant more teams will not dilute the tournament• Infantino said there was a positive feeling at Fifa towards expansionThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has defended his derided World Cup expansion plan and backed the idea of more than one country co-hosting the tournament...

    New Fifa Council will no longer stay at luxurious Baur au Lac hotel • Park Hyatt selected as new accommodation for 36-strong council • Baur au Lac was site of dawn raids in May 2015The lobby of Zurich’s luxurious Baur au Lac hotel was once the epicentre for a cabal that brought Fifa to its knees and became synonymous with...

    GB Olympic football team no threat to separate status, says Infantino • Fifa’s Gianni Infantino says teams would not jeopardise ‘150 years of history’• One-off GB teams competed at London 2012 but no sides in RioA Team GB Olympics football side would not endanger the four home nations’ independent status in the eyes of the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino.The head...

    Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan would be funny if it was not so serious New Fifa president is taking a leaf straight out of Sepp Blatter’s book with his proposal to expand the competition and the way he is going about itNot for the first time when it comes to global football’s discredited overlords, the closing lines of Won’t Get...

    Fifa 17 review – new story mode and on-pitch tweaks keep veteran in the game The EA Sports stalwart is facing strong competition from Pro Evolution Soccer, but has come out fighting with plenty of style and just enough substanceWhat do you give the sports simulation that has everything? In Fifa 17’s case, the answer is a 15-20 hour, Mass...

    As long as greed governs global sport, corruption will be endemic | Simon Jenkins Everyone in football knew what Sam Allardyce was talking about. His biggest crime was to embarrass the FAWhere there’s brass there’s muck, and where there’s muck there is usually a rake. The Daily Telegraph’s exposure of England’s football boss, Sam Allardyce, was just about fair within...

    UN sets out position on Israeli settlement football clubs in letter to Fifa Warning over validity comes before meeting this week to discuss issue of Israeli teams playing in West BankA senior United Nations official has written to Fifa to reiterate that the UN regards Israeli settlements – and by extension Israeli football teams that play in them – to...

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