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    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...

    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...

    Asian football officials deliver snub to Fifa by blocking elections • Congress closed less than 30 minutes after opening• Delegates overwhelmingly rejected meeting agendaAsia’s top football officials delivered a major snub to Fifa on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of an election for three spots on the world body’s new governing council in a row over the disqualification of a Qatari...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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”...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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