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FIFA Approves 48-Team World Cup Slots, Play-Off In Host Nation

Asia will have eight slots at the 48-team World Cup from 2026 onwards, and the five other confederations of the FIFA will also see increases, the FIFA council decided on Tuesday.

Iran Fails To Reach Final Of FIFA Beach Football World Cup

Iran lost to Tahiti on penalty shootout and failed to book a place in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

BREAKING: Lionel Messi’s Four-Match International Ban Overturned On Appeal

The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi.

Iran-Montenegro Set To Collide In World Cup Warmup International Friendly

Iran will play a friendly match against Montenegro in preparation for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan.

FIFA Confirms South America Will Have 6.5 Spots At World Cup 2026

FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed Wednesday in Santiago that the Conmebol will have 6.5 spots in the 2026 World Cup.

Graft Ballooned Price Tag Of Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums

Costliest stadium was Brasilia's, which was projected to entail 238 million dollars but consumed 447 million dollars of taxpayers' money.

FIFA Grants Permission To CONMEBOL To Try Video Assistant Referee System

The technology is likely to be tested in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana in the second half of the year.

Chinese Electronics Giant Hisense Becomes Official Sponsor Of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Hisense will be able to associate its logo with the forthcoming major FIFA events, as well as numerous other rights.

Brazil Takes Over Top Spot From Argentina In New FIFA Rankings For The First...

Five-Time World Cup winners Brazil have regained their place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years.

“No Need To Put Too Much Pressure On The Team, Its A Long Road...

Ronaldinho said, "During the World Cup, it's going to be even more difficult. We have to support the team and not put pressure on them."

FIFA Announce Allocation For New 48-Team World Cup Format In 2026

The Bureau of the FIFA Council on Thursday agreed on a proposed slot allocation among the six confederations for the World Cup 2026.

Europe Gets Three Extra Spots As World Cup Expands To 48 Teams

Europe proposed new format to be introduced in 2026 that includes six-nation playoff to decide last two places in the quadrennial competition

I Abused The Air: Messi Says He Did Not Rant At Linesman Which Saw...

Lionel Messi has denied using abusive language at a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile.

UAE No Match For Australia As Socceroos Ease To 2-0 Win

At times Australia looked very vulnerable, as the UAE found space out wide against Australia's newly formed 3-4-3 formation.

The Future Is Here! Spain Beat France Thanks To Video Assistant Referee

Video arbitration benefitted Spain twice in a 2-0 road victory over France in an international football friendly here on Tuesday.French forward Antoine Griezmann's header early in the second half was ruled offside by video...

Messy! Argentina Drowned By Bolivia In A Humiliating Defeat

Bolivia's football team took home an unexpected but well-deserved 2-0 victory against Argentina on Tuesday here in La Paz as part of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.This defeat complicates matters for the Argentinean team...

Neymar’s Brazil Is The First Country To Qualify For 2018 World Cup

Brazil became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, as the Selecao's win and Uruguay's loss cinched a berth.

F*** OFF YOUR MOTHER’S A C***: Messi Could Face FIFA Ban After Allegedly Insulting...

FIFA have now set up an investigation into Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward was accused of insulting officials.

5 Things We Learned – Jermain Defoe Enjoys Fairy Tale England Return In Comfortable...

Foottheball now brings to you – FIVE things that we have learnt from England’s crucial win over Lithuania on Sunday.

Loew Wants Germany To Qualify With Perfect Record With Ozil Under Spotlight

German head coach Joachim Loew is determined to continue his side's 100 percent record in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

Mbappe Becomes Youngest France Star For Over 60 Year As Ronaldo Drowns Hungary

Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe's stock continues to rise, and on Saturday he became the youngest France international since 1955.

We’ll Be Benched For Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann Warns Dimitri Payet

Kylian Mbappe has been terrorising defences all season long but it seems his superb form has now given his France international team-mates.

Loew Wants Germany To Improve Attack To Defend World Cup

Loew is hoping to find someone to provide the same kind of pace to Germany that super stars Ronaldo and Messi give their teams.

Miguel Trauco Confident That Peru Can Turn Things Around In World Cup Qualifiers

Peru left-back Miguel Trauco said on Tuesday that victories against Venezuela and Uruguay in the next week will revive the team's chances.

Neymar Wants Rest Before International Duty Comes Calling

Barcelona forward Neymar said on Tuesday he is looking forward to a rest before preparing for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.Neymar, Juventus defender Dani Alves and Roma goalkeeper Alisson were...

Brazil Star Paulinho Calls For Mental Strength Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers

Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho said on Monday that Brazil will be content with a draw in their World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

Paulo Dybala Set To Miss Argentina’s World Cup Qualifiers Due To Injury

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is in doubt for Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia due to a leg injury.The 23-year-old did not train with Argentina's squad in Buenos Aires on Tuesday...

Falcao Out.. Zapata In! Colombia’s World Cup Qualifier Squad Is Full Of Surprises

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has called up uncapped Udinese forward Duvan Zapata for the team's World Cup qualifiers.

Harry Kane Set To Be New England Skipper As Gareth Southgate Praises His ‘Leadership...

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has dropped a big hint that Harry Kane, is the man he wants to lead the next generation.
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Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani Named In Uruguay’s 26-Man Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has named uncapped winger Jonathan Urretaviscaya in his squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.As expected, Barcelona forward Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani...

Russian Supermodel Victoria Lopyreva Leads Campaign To Erase Growing Fear Of Trouble At World...

Former Miss Russia Victoria Lopyreva is a big football fan and is determined to show that fears of violence and trouble are unfounded.
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Uruguay Receive Major Boost As Luis Suarez And Diego Godin Are Named In World...

Uruguay have included star striker Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid defender Deigo Godin in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

FIFA President Infantino Encourages Co-Hosting For 2026 World Cup Between ‘Three Or Four Countries’

FIFA President Gianni Infantino revealed on Thursday that he supports the idea of co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup.

Meet Kheleo: The Official Mascot For Upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup In India

Indian Football Federation have announced Kheleo (a clouded leopard) to be the official mascot for the upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Indian PM Modi Calls Football Catalyst Of Change Ahead Of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thrown light on the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup, what should be the nation's biggest tournament.

Lippi Hails FIFA’s Decision To Expand 2026 World Cup

Marcello Lippi praised FIFA's decision to expand 2026 World Cup to 48 teams as it will provide chances for more teams to compete.

Chile Hit With Massive Fine And Two-Match Stadium Ban For Homophobic Chanting

Six Latin American national football associations including Chile have been penalized for homophobic chants by fans.

FIFA President Infantino Suggests For A 48 Team World Cup With 16 Groups

FIFA president Infantino said on Saturday that there was "no downside" of expanding World Cup finalists from 32 to 40 or 48.

India To Train Qatari Police For FIFA World Cup 2022

India looks forward to prepare Qatar police for handling the security during the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Southgate Confirms Rooney As England Captain But Warns The Man Utd Ace He Is...

New England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed that Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney will remain the Three Lions captain.

Gareth Southgate Appointed England Manager On Four-Year Contract

The Football Association of England announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Gareth Southgate as England manager.

Poppies Are A Political Symbol – Both On And Off The Football Pitch

When Canadian military doctor John McCrae sat down to write a poem on the edge of a battlefield in May 1915, he could have had no idea how far the echoes of his words...

Brazil Leap Germany To Claim Second Place In FIFA Rankings

Brazil rose to second place as they closed the gap on leaders Argentina in the latest FIFA rankings published on Thursday.

Southgate Set To Sign Three And A Half Year Deal With England

Gareth Southgate is reportedly being offered a three and a half year deal to seal permanent job as England manager.

Jurgen Klinsmann Sacked By USA After Disastrous Start To World Cup Qualifying Campaign

United States Soccer Federation have sacked Jurgen Klinsmann who was appointed their head coach in the year 2011.

Benevolent Messi Covers Unpaid AFA Security Staff Wages

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has stepped up to cover unpaid wages of Argentina's security staff team prior to Brazil match.

Bolivia Appeal Against World Cup Qualifying Points Deduction

Bolivia have appealed against a FIFA decision to deduct points from their World Cup qualifying campaign for fielding an ineligible player.FIFA ruled earlier this month that Bolivia breached its rules when Nelson Cabrera played...

Ronaldo Friendship Harming James, Claims Colombian Legend Asprilla

Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla believes that James Rodriguez has picked up ill habits from Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suarez Lands Himself In Trouble Again After Offensive Gesture Towards Chile Fans

Barcelona super attacker, Luis Suarez lost his temper during the 3-1 defeat to Chile by sticking the middle finger towards the home support.

Southgate Insists He Deserves The England Job And Is Toe-To-Toe With Mourinho, Wenger &...

Southgate has claimed that he has proved his mettle as a manager and believes that he is at par with Mourinho, Wenger & Benitez.