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    Howard Webb 'gutted' to miss Nigel de Jong red card in 2010 World Cup final Xabi Alonso is caught in the chest by the boot of Nigel de Jong. Howard Webb has described how he was "gutted beyond belief" to miss the flying kick by Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong when he refereed the 2010 World Cup final. De Jong had crashed...

    World Cup expansion increases CONCACAF's hopes of hosting in 2026 FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed an expansion to a 48-team format in the World cup, FC's Gab Marcotti breaks it down. Expanding the World Cup to 48 teams will enhance North America's credentials in the 2026 bidding contest, CONCACAF hopes. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has unveiled plans to increase the number...

    Fans vote for wolf named Zabivaka as 2018 World Cup mascot More than 1 million Russians voted to determine that Zabivaka would be the mascot for the 2018 World Cup. MOSCOW -- Russia has chosen a cocky wolf wearing sporty goggles as the mascot for the 2018 football World Cup. The wolf was chosen in online voting over two other mascot candidates...

    Dutch union FNV threatens FIFA with legal action over World Cup in Qatar Mustafa Qadri from Amnesty International joins Bob Ley to discuss a new report that suggests working conditions in Qatar have hardly changed. ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for...

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin not yet behind World Cup expansion idea FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has yet to give his backing to FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal of boosting the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. In his first FIFA Council meeting last week since...

    Germany won't build base for 2018 World Cup in Russia - Oliver Bierhoff Joachim Low praises his side's quick goals against Northern Ireland, which allowed them to slow play down for an easy win. Germany are to examine options for a base camp at the 2018 World Cup, but general manager Oliver Bierhoff has told kicker they will not build...

    DFB president Reinhard Grindel cools 2018 World Cup boycott talk Reinhard Grindel is a former member of the German parliament. German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has played down talk of a 2018 World Cup boycott, amid ongoing frictions between Russia and the western world over the conflict in Syria. Tensions have risen over the past week after the United States...

    North America emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 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. The FC panel discuss one change they would each make on a global scale in football. ZURICH --...

    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...

    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...

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