Marcello Lippi has been appointed manager of China, per the Associated Press (h/t the Guardian). T he Chinese Football Association confirmed the 68-year-old's new position on Saturday. Lippi, who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy,...Show More Summary
Mexico and the U.S. both fell two spots in the current FIFA world soccer rankings, dropping to 17th and 24th respectively, as they prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins next month with the two nations meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Argentina retained its spot atop the monthly rankings,...
Russia’s national football team has slumped to a record low in the world ranking after a disastrous showing at the European Championship and ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2018. The Russian national side fell to 53rd place in the latest ranking by the world football governing body FIFA. Show More Summary
Croatia and Kosovo both face Fifa disciplinary hearings over anti-Serbian chanting by fans during their 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Barcelona’s star defender Gerard Pique has revealed how he came close to quitting football following Spain’s elimination from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After winning the competition in 2010, La Roja were eliminated in the group stages four years later in Brazil, losing 2-0 to Chile and 5-1 to the Netherlands. Show More Summary
The World Cup qualifying match between Iran and South Korea coincided with the Tasoua religious holiday in Iran, prompting some religious and military factions to demand the match be canceled. Four years ago FIFA had turned down Iran’s request to change the match date. With great popular support, the match went ahead despite efforts by […]
Infantino realized that although the World Cup Finals is perfectly balanced at 32 countries from a sport perspective, politics and expediency will always win out. With FIFA comprising over 200 countries every four years nearly 85% of...Show More Summary
FIFA, soccer Shireen Ahmed Soccer player Tasneem Abu-Rob, as seen in a promotional video for the Under-17 Women's World Cup. During the inaugural match of the 2016 Under-17 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Jordan on September 30, an event...Show More Summary
The governing body of soccer voted on Friday to bar Europe and Asia from bidding because those regions are hosting the next two World Cups.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino outlines his plan to expand the World Cup to as many as 48 teams after a council meeting in Zurich, but not everybody is convinced by the idea.
FIFA is keeping its rotational policy. Want Backheel Breakfast in your inbox? Sign up for the email version here. If you're hoping the United States gets to host the 2026 World Cup, we've got some good news. FIFA will continue its rotation policy, making European and Asian countries ineligible to bid for the 2026 edition of the World Cup. Show More Summary
Zurich (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January. Growing the...Show More Summary
The United States’ hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup — possibly in conjunction with Mexico and Canada — were galvanized Friday after the FIFA Council ruled that countries from the European and Asian soccer confederations would not be allowed to stage the tournament because they will have hosted the preceding two tournaments: Russia in […]
European countries will not be able to host the 2026 World Cup because of Fifa's rotational policy.
Neymar has insisted he will not change the way he plays despite being elbowed in the head by Bolivia's Yasmani Duk while playing for Brazil last week. During the Selecao's 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Natal,...Show More Summary
FIFA World Cup trophy By Dov Rawson Friday, October 14th, 2016 11:09 New FIFA president on World Cup’s new format The FIFA World Cup is the most iconic competition in world football and could be set for some major changes in January, according to its new president Gianni Infantino. Speaking at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, […]
FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, has pushed to expand the field to as many as 48 nations from its current size of 32.
Zurich (AFP) – FIFA executives will make a final decision on World Cup reform in January after weighing up three proposals on Thursday, as president Gianni Infantino pushes plans to grow the lucrative tournament. Infantino said it was...Show More Summary
Paris (AFP) – Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier is under investigation by FIFA after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier last weekend. Ivory Coast international Aurier celebrated a goal against Mali by turning to the crowd and dragging his finger across his throat. Show More Summary
Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the World Cup faces a key test from Thursday at a meeting of world football’s top executives. Infantina wants to expand the tournament to 48 teams, a contentious moveShow More Summary