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    FIFA blocks stadium rock concerts ahead of 2018 World Cup FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition. The ESPN FC crew discuss some of the potential pitfalls of an expanded FIFA World Cup. FIFA has blocked rock concerts from being staged in World Cup stadiums in the weeks before the 2018 tournament...

    Christian Benteke nets fastest international goal in 8.1 seconds Christian Benteke's goal against Gibraltar is the fastest goal scored in World Cup history, both in qualifying and the final. Alison Bender runs you through which players can compete with Christian Benteke's seventh-scond strike against Gibraltar.. Roberto Martinez has praised the intensity levels of his Belgium side, which saw off Gibraltar...

    FIFA to study expanding 2026 World Cup to 40 or 48 teams FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed an expansion to a 48-team format in the World cup, FC's Gab Marcotti breaks it down. FIFA is to take a closer look at the options for...

    USMNT Russia Board: Youth takeover gaining momentum Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore could be a lethal combination for the USMNT in the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. national team has already turned the page following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against New Zealand. Next month's high-stakes World Cup qualifiers are now the singular focus for Jurgen Klinsmann and his squad. The battle...

    Plan for 48-team World Cup 'complete insanity' - BVB's Hans-Joachim Watzke Raphael Honigstein joins the FC crew to break down the proposed changes to the World Cup by FIFA president Gianni Infantino. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed an expansion to a 48-team format in the World cup, FC's Gab Marcotti breaks it down. FIFA president Gianni Infantino is expecting...

    Scotland assistant Mark McGhee backs plan for 48-team World Cup ESPN FC's Craig Burley starts steaming up after learning that FIFA has plans to possibly expand the World Cup to 48 teams. Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee feels the Euro 2016 contribution made by the likes of Wales and Iceland proves that expanding the World Cup could be a good...

    Belgium's Christian Benteke sets World Cup goal record in 7 seconds Christian Benteke's goal against Gibraltar is the fastest goal scored in World Cup history, both in qualifying and the final. Belgium's Christian Benteke set a record for the fastest goal in a World Cup match -- either qualifying or the finals -- when he scored after seven seconds against...

    Italy, Russia to play two friendlies before 2018 World Cup After trailing by a goal late, Ciro Immobile scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to lift Italy over Macedonia. Italy will play Russia in two friendlies to get ready for the World Cup. ROME -- Italy and Russia will play two friendlies before the 2018 World Cup following a...

    Police feared England fans were set to die after 'barbaric' Euro 2016 violence ESPN FC's Steve Nicol isn't too concerned with England's poor play given they secured an important point in World Cup qualifying. A senior British police officer has revealed there were fears that five England fans would die after being attacked by Russian hooligans during "barbaric" scenes in...

    Humility needed from English-speaking world to end corruption - FIFA VP FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed an expansion to a 48-team format in the World cup, FC's Gab Marcotti breaks it down. LONDON -- Officials in the English-speaking world should try to be humble rather than pompous when they talk about ethics and ending corruption in football, a FIFA...

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