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Fox has hired Kate Abdo, but hasn’t officially announced it

On one level, Fox’s hiring of Kate Abdo as a soccer studio host seems like a relatively big deal. Abdo did a solid job as a guest host during the network’s FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage in 2015, and she’s well-known for her work with Sky Sports, Sky Deutschland and CNN. Show More Summary

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million.        

Expanded World Cup ‘more competitive’ says Portugal coach

3 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Lisbon (AFP) – FIFA’s expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 will make football’s showpiece tournament “more competitive”, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Thursday. “We must avoid being too dramatic,” Santos said. “If this...Show More Summary

FIFA Expands World Cup to 48 Teams in 2026

The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, Fifa has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament. The sport's world governing body voted unanimously in favor of the change at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday. Show More Summary

A 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?

4 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Paris (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament prompted one major question: who can host the global showpiece in its revamped format?  North America is the favourite and in pole position...Show More Summary

No, FIFA did not ruin the World Cup by expanding it to 48 teams

It’s expanded before. It will expand again. It’ll just be more inclusive this time. FIFA has voted to expand the Word Cup to 48 teams in 2026. The proposal was one of the pivotal aspects of Gianni Infantino's election campaign when he ran for Presidency last year, and true to his word, he has done what he promised. Show More Summary

World Cup will suffer for FIFA’s misguided expansion

4 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

When the small Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago qualified for its first World Cup in November of 2005, the nation’s Prime Minister Patrick Manning declared a national holiday. That same year, when the African country of CoteShow More Summary

Expanded football World Cup has China daring to dream

5 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football chief and state media hailed FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, saying it could help realise the country’s “dream” of returning to the sport’s grandest stage. Chinese Football...Show More Summary

We deserve more World Cup slots, says Asian boss

5 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Asia’s football chief said the region “deserves more slots” at the World Cup, as FIFA’s decision to expand the tournament to 48 teams from 2026 was cheered in countries from China to New Zealand. Sheikh Salman bin...Show More Summary

After Euro and World Cup, expansion in sight for Africa Cup?

FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, received mixed reactions on Tuesday. Opponents have labelled the expansion "a money grab and power grab." It's nonetheless set the stage for serious discussion about expanding Africa's biggest soccer tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

5 days agoNews : NY Daily News

FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament that is likely to be held in North America.

In getting more teams in its World Cup party, FIFA waters down its punch

The World Cup is growing by 50 percent, but will it be half as good? FIFA decided Tuesday to fiddle with the planet’s most popular sports competition, increasing the number of teams to 48 from 32 in time for the 2026 tournament. It’s the first expansion since 1998, when soccer’s governing body added eight slots. […]

'A football decision, not a money grab' - Infantino defends 48-team World Cup

Fifa president Gianni Infantino defends the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams, saying the change is based on "sporting merit" not money.

FIFA Expands World Cup Format To 48 Teams

5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

In a decade, soccer's biggest tournament is set to become even bigger. FIFA, the game's governing body, unanimously voted to expand the tournament from 32 teams starting in 2026.

World Cup to expand to 48 teams: World Cup's weirdest format changes

BBC Sport looks back at some of Fifa's more unusual format changes following Fifa's decision to expand the tournament to 48 teams.

FIFA voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and a lot of people are angry

Get ready for an extremely sleepy group stage and a lot of bad teams. Want Backheel Breakfast in your inbox? Sign up for the email version here. The 48-team World Cup idea that's been floated around for the last year is about to become a reality. Show More Summary

A 48-team World Cup is set for 2026. The battle over who gets those slots starts now.

  The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to back President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 nations for the 2026 edition. Regardless of how critics may react, the politics of soccer have already moved on to the new reality: The horse-trading starts now. The impact of this change goes […]

World Cup: Fifa president Gianni Infantino on new 48-team format

Fifa President Gianni Infantino tells BBC Sport expanding the World Cup to 48 teams will make it a 21st century competition.

Anti-doping leaders say FIFA World Cup should be pulled from Russia

Leaders say Russia needs to be compliant with world anti-doping code before hosting events        

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