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    Gianni Infantino and Fifa seem to have a new plan: to kill the World Cup | Marina Hyde How would the new Fifa president best regain some credibility for football’s ailing governing body? A root and branch reform from top to bottom, or a madcap plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams …Some movies are so bad they...

    Fifa says it’s solved racism in football – but it’s nowhere near | Archie Bland Football’s governing body obviously isn’t taking the problem of racial abuse seriously if it thinks its mission is complete. There’s a long way to goFifa has disbanded its anti-racism taskforce, because its mission has been “completely fulfilled”. This news will reverberate across football and beyond,...

    Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field | Ben Jamal There is a rising tide of pressure, including UN intervention, calling for exclusion. Any other decision would go against football’s core principle of impartialityAs a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am...

    Infantino’s jetsetting contrasts grimly with migrant worker’s Fifa case | Marina Hyde A $5,000 legal challenge over exploitation of workers building for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar pales next to the value of private flights accepted by Fifa’s presidentIn the grim scheme of things, it is the modesty of the sum that gets you. With the formal backing of...

    Fifa moves Zurich hotels to leave Baur au Lac and its memories behind • Baur au Lac used as main hotel for Fifa executive committee since 2004• It was scene of 2015 police raid prompted by US fraud investigationIts lobby was once the epicentre for a cabal that brought Fifa to its knees and became synonymous with the dramatic police...

    The rebel World Cup: on the road with Kurdistan's football team They’re denied entry to the official tournament, but can Kurdistan’s footballers take home the trophy at the alternative contest?A wall-length trophy cabinet dominates the office of Safeen Kanabi, the portly president of the Kurdistan Football Association (KFA). It is late April, far from the peak of summer, yet the...

    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...

    Welcome to Deportivo Maldonado, where the big names never actually play In part two of our investigation into the world of agents, the Guardian reveals how Jonathan Calleri and Gerónimo Rulli moved to the Premier League from the Uruguayan club this summer, despite rumours of third-party ownershipOf all the millions of pounds spent this summer by Premier League clubs, the...

    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...

    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...

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