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Leningrad Region Presents 2018 FIFA World Cup Training Center Concept

The training center at Roshchino will be a modern facility seating 500 spectators. Tentatively estimated at 400 million rubles, the design will be unveiled three or four months from now.

No Evidence: FIFA Corruption Probe Unlikely to Affect Russian World Cup

US and Swiss-led criminal investigations looking into possible FIFA corruption are unlikely to pose any threat to Russia’s hosting rights for the 2018 football World Cup due to no evidence of wrongdoing, insiders have said.

“Eternal friend”: Diego Maradona posts about re-uniting with England-Argentina referee [Facebook]

Now aged 72, former Tunisian referee Ali Bennaceur made one of the most infamous mistakes in World Cup history, allowing Diego Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ goal to stand against England. He never officiated a FIFA World Cup match again after 1986 tournament but has an “eternal friend” in legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona. Show More Summary

FIFA Names François Carrard to Lead Reform Committee

Carrard, a former International Olympic Committee leader, will lead a team of 12 officials picked by the six soccer continental confederations, plus two chosen by World Cup sponsors.

China to host 2019 basketball World Cup

China outbids Philippines for right to host 2019 event, which has been delayed a year to not coincide with FIFA title.

FIFA World Rankings 2015: Belgium Move Ahead of Germany in Latest Standings

Belgium have climbed above World Cup winners Germany into second place in the latest FIFA world rankings, while Argentina retain their position in the top spot. The Netherlands have dropped out of the top 10 completely after a poor run of form—they are down to 12th—while England and Wales have both moved up a spot into eight and ninth respectively. Show More Summary

Watch Portland Thorns Vs. Boston Breakers Live Online: National Women’s Soccer League, Streaming

Did the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup spark a surge of interest in professional women’s soccer? Find out Wednesday when the Portland Thorns face the Boston Breakers in a match available to watch live online only — a contest that could be be crucial in deciding who will make the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs Watch Portland Thorns Vs. Show More Summary

Russia Announces Additional Cuts to FIFA World Cup 2018 Expenses

The Russian government announced additional cuts to the cost of the 2018 FIFA World Cup of some 150 million rubles ($2.4 million), according to the decree published on Wednesday on a governmental Internet portal for legal informatio...

'Xbox players love their fut' and crappy FIFA deals

That is FIFA Ultimate Team, the thing EA uses to somehow make more money than just releasing a new FIFA every year (two when it's a World Cup year). "FUT fans this is a deal for you." Xbox One folks get FIFA 16 one week early with EA Access, like with Hardline. Show More Summary

FIFA World Cup: 5/1 To Expand To 40 Teams If Platini Elected President

With Michel Platini, French footballing legend and boss of UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), hotly priced at 8/13 by online bookmaker Betway Group to become the next President of FIFA, the sports global governing body, the sports betting firm currently has odds of 5/1 that the World Cup will [...]

2022 Becomes a Crucial Test of Human Rights and Sport

With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, and now Beijing the Winter Olympics, 2022 is shaping up to be a defining test of international sport's commitment to human rights. La Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and...Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: The First FIFA World Cup Final

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85 years ago today, the first edition of the most important match in world football was played in Uruguay.

American World Cup Hero Carli Lloyd Scores a Wonderful Goal for Houston Dash

Carli Lloyd became a household name in the United States for her hat-trick in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final. The momentum from the American captain's heroics isn't slowing down. Now wearing the kit of the Houston Dash in theShow More Summary

Putin: FIFA Chief Deserves a Nobel Prize

Scandal-plagued FIFA chief Sepp Blatter is not only innocent, he's worthy of a Nobel Prize, according to Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader—who joined Blatter for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in St. Petersburg on Saturday—says Blatter and other heads of major sporting federations "deserve special recognition," Reuters...

Leningrad Region to Build Training Base for 2018 World Cup

A training base for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be built in Roshchino, Leningrad Region, as reported by the regional government’s press service.

Vladimir Putin says Sepp Blatter ‘deserves the Nobel Prize’

For some reason, FIFA president Sepp Blatter could not find a way to make it over from Switzerland to Canada for the Women’s World Cup, even though he had handed the trophy to the winners of every previous tournament since attaining his position in 1998. But nothing was going to keep him from sharing a […]

PUTIN: Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize

At the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in St. Petersburg, outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter received a strong endorsement from Russian president Vladimir Putin. Speaking on a Swiss TV station, Putin said he not only believes the soon-to-be...Show More Summary

John Oliver Lays into FIFA as Sepp Blatter Meets Vladimir Putin

Never afraid to stick the boot into FIFA, John Oliver has laid into the under-fire organisation once again. Talking on his show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the presenter focused on the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw, where FIFA...Show More Summary

Comedian John Oliver mocks FIFA and Sepp Blatter in fantastic new rant (Video)

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was in Russia this week ahead of their 2018 World Cup, describing the country who will almost definitely not be a fantastic host as a “fantastic host”. British comedian John Oliver loves to take aim at FIFA...Show More Summary

Russia is gearing up for the 2018 World Cup launch

The starting gun for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be fired on Saturday as 141 national sides await their fate in the qualifying draw in Saint Petersburg. Draws will be conducted for the qualifying process in five of FIFA's six confederations, excluding Asia where qualifying has already began. Show More Summary

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