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    Qatar and Russia World Cups ‘the best thing that happened in football’ – Fifa vice-president • Victor Montagliani: ‘If England and the US had got the World Cup, maybe we would’ve had status quo’• Infantino ally suggests World Cup will expand from 32 teamsThe Fifa vice-president Victor Montagliani has suggested it may be “the best thing that happened in football”...

    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...

    Said & Done: Karl Oyston, Fifa 2.0, and the Golden Bin awards Also featuring: Captain Fiasco, the pride of Costa Rica, and the pope’s special soldier Blackpool owner Karl Oyston - banned last year for calling a fan “a massive retard, thick twat, special needs fuctard” - still looking to sue 10 of 150 fans who invaded the pitch to...

    Said & Done: Fifa 2.0; peddling migrant lies; and dive of the week Also featuring: Aleksander Ceferin, Massimo Ferrero’s intentions, and Ronaldinho’s new lifeFifa 2.0 – restoring “the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa” with a focus on ethics and human rights. Week one’s highlight: confirmation that 2017’s congress will be held in Bahrain. Gianni Infantino: “It’s not...

    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...

    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...

    Said & Done: Karren Brady, Wayne Rooney, and basic witchcraft Also featuring: @Dr_TonyXia; Diego Maradona; and how racism works Sun columnist Karren Brady on the game’s greed culture: “Allardyce lost his credibility… And for what? A greedy top-up and a help-yourself bonus that reveals a staggering sense of entitlement. I guess this is what they call chickens coming home to...

    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...

    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...

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