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FIFA postpones making decision on six West Bank soccer clubs - Jerusalem Post Israel News;

FIFA postpones making decision on six West Bank soccer clubs - Jerusalem Post Israel News

Jerusalem Post Israel NewsFIFA postpones making decision on six West Bank soccer clubsJerusalem Post Israel NewsPALESTINIAN KIDS protest in favor of ejecting Israel from FIFA, the soccer federation, last month. (photo credit:REUTERS). FIFA postponed a controversial decision on the fate of the six Israeli soccer clubs based in the West Bank at a meeting of the ...and more »

Pros and cons of a 48-team World Cup - Independent Online;

Pros and cons of a 48-team World Cup - Independent Online

Independent OnlinePros and cons of a 48-team World CupIndependent OnlineCAPE TOWN – Opinions have been divided across the world about the viability of Fifa's decision to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 onwards. Some, such as former Bafana Bafana captains Lucas Radebe and Neil Tovey, have been in ...and more »

David Preece: Expanded World Cup is fine if it gives us more teams like Iceland and not 'boring' England - Sunderland Echo;

David Preece: Expanded World Cup is fine if it gives us more teams like Iceland and not 'boring' England - Sunderland Echo

Sunderland EchoDavid Preece: Expanded World Cup is fine if it gives us more teams like Iceland and not 'boring' EnglandSunderland EchoThis week's football furore comes via the man in charge of swelling FIFA's coffers, Gianni Infantino. His plan to expand the World Cup by an extra 16 teams just so happens to also expand the governing authority's tournament profits by some £500 million.and more »

Football fans from 48 countries react to the new 48-team World Cup format - The Guardian;

Football fans from 48 countries react to the new 48-team World Cup format - The Guardian

The GuardianFootball fans from 48 countries react to the new 48-team World Cup formatThe GuardianThe current format needs more African teams. I think we're missing consistent development across the continent. The African nations need to keep helping grassroots football develop. Shireen Ahmed ...and more »

England urged to bid for World Cup 2030 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa - president of the Asian Football ... - talkSPORT.com;

England urged to bid for World Cup 2030 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa - president of the Asian Football ... - talkSPORT.com

talkSPORT.comEngland urged to bid for World Cup 2030 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa - president of the Asian Football ...talkSPORT.comEngland have been urged by one of world football's most powerful men to bid for the centenary World Cup in 2030. The FA felt they had their fingers burnt in their attempts to land the World Cup in 2018 which went to Russia instead. Amid allegations of ...and more »

AFC president Sheikh Salman urges England to bid for 2030 World Cup - ESPN FC;

AFC president Sheikh Salman urges England to bid for 2030 World Cup - ESPN FC

ESPN FCAFC president Sheikh Salman urges England to bid for 2030 World CupESPN FCGab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees. Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026. Shaka Hislop ...and more »

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

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

Independent OnlineA 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?Independent OnlineFifa'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 with other former ...and more »

Pinnick list gains of FIFA's 48-world cup slots - Guardian;

Pinnick list gains of FIFA's 48-world cup slots - Guardian

GuardianPinnick list gains of FIFA's 48-world cup slotsGuardianSuper Eagles players celebrate victory in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Pinnick says FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup slots to 48 teams in 2016 will be of great benefit for Africa. • Asia top football officials speak ...and more »

With 48 teams, is quality of FIFA World Cup at risk? - TODAYonline;

With 48 teams, is quality of FIFA World Cup at risk? - TODAYonline

TODAYonlineWith 48 teams, is quality of FIFA World Cup at risk?TODAYonlineBefore the first anniversary of his election win, Gianni Infantino's ruling FIFA Council rubber-stamped the FIFA president's flagship manifesto pledge on Tuesday. From 2026, 16 more teams will be invited to the World Cup party. PHOTO: REUTERS. mail ...and more »

FIFA have drawn all over the work of art that World Cup was with expanded tournament - Scottish Daily Record;

FIFA have drawn all over the work of art that World Cup was with expanded tournament - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily RecordFIFA have drawn all over the work of art that World Cup was with expanded tournamentScottish Daily RecordOur man Michael Gannon has his say on the revamp of the international competition and believes the governing body have just ruined the whole thing. Share. Michael Gannon. ByMichael Gannon. 06:00, 12 JAN 2017. SportOpinion. The World Cup will be ...and more »

48-Team World Cup Is a Bad Idea—With One Caveat - AmericanSoccerNow.com;

48-Team World Cup Is a Bad Idea—With One Caveat - AmericanSoccerNow.com

AmericanSoccerNow.com48-Team World Cup Is a Bad Idea—With One CaveatAmericanSoccerNow.comBrian Sciaretta is not a fan of FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup field to 48 teams in 2026, but if this decision leads to a combined CONCACAF - CONMEMBOL federation, the United States could benefit. BY Brian Sciaretta Posted January 11, 2017and more »

Expanded World Cup: Odegbami calls for Nigeria bid - Vanguard;

Expanded World Cup: Odegbami calls for Nigeria bid - Vanguard

VanguardExpanded World Cup: Odegbami calls for Nigeria bidVanguardFormer Nigeria international, Chief Segun Odegbami has hailed FIFA President, Gianni Infantino for backing joint bids for future World Cup tournaments following the approved expanded format for the quadrennial showpiece by the FIFA Council. Odegbami ...and more »

Thai hopes for World Cup berth rise with Fifa's expanded format - Bangkok Post;

Thai hopes for World Cup berth rise with Fifa's expanded format - Bangkok Post

Bangkok PostThai hopes for World Cup berth rise with Fifa's expanded formatBangkok PostThai players practice last month before the final of the AFC Suzuki 2016 won by Thailand. With the new World Cup format, can the Thais build on their success and reach the Finals? PATIPAT JANTHONG. - +. Thailand yesterday joined the growing list of ...and more »

Asia 'deserves' more spots in expanded World Cup - AFC president Khalifa - ESPN FC (blog);

Asia 'deserves' more spots in expanded World Cup - AFC president Khalifa - ESPN FC (blog)

ESPN FC (blog)Asia 'deserves' more spots in expanded World Cup - AFC president KhalifaESPN FC (blog)Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026. Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams. Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's ...and more »

The World Cup is expanding in 2026, but China's soccer fans still think their team has no chance - Quartz

The World Cup is expanding in 2026, but China's soccer fans still think their team has no chanceQuartzAt the 2002 World Cup, China's national soccer team suffered three straight losses at the group stage, giving up nine goals without scoring one of their own. That embarrassing performance is a cherished memory for many fans. It remains the only time ...and more »

FIFA gives Africa, Asia a surprise soccer World Cup new year gift - Financial Express;

FIFA gives Africa, Asia a surprise soccer World Cup new year gift - Financial Express

Financial ExpressFIFA gives Africa, Asia a surprise soccer World Cup new year giftFinancial ExpressFootball is considered to be the most popular sport in the world. While the Fifa World Cup is the most watched event across the world—over 3.2 billion watched the 2014 World Cup, with over a billion people logging in for the final—participation is ...and more »

Please don't fix what's not broken, FIFA - The Star Online;

Please don't fix what's not broken, FIFA - The Star Online

The Star OnlinePlease don't fix what's not broken, FIFAThe Star OnlineThe first World Cup in Uruguay had only 13 teams. Then, from 1934, 16 teams took. That increased to 24 from 1982 before FIFA added eight more teams to make it 32 from 1998 in France. The World Cup is an elite tournament for the best of the best.and more »

South America May Have Less Places Than North America And The Caribbean At 2026 World Cup - The18;

South America May Have Less Places Than North America And The Caribbean At 2026 World Cup - The18

The18South America May Have Less Places Than North America And The Caribbean At 2026 World CupThe18South America, the continent with nine World Cup titles, could have less representation than CONCACAF at the 48-team 2026 World Cup. The18 Connor Fleming Team Image. January 11, 2017 Connor Fleming. After FIFA's decision to increase the number of ...and more »

Fifa World Cup: How a 48-tournament could look - The Australian;

Fifa World Cup: How a 48-tournament could look - The Australian

The AustralianFifa World Cup: How a 48-tournament could lookThe AustralianProposals to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 were unanimously voted for by the Fifa Council yesterday with the changes coming into effect in time for the tournament in 2026. The World Cup shake-up, led by the Fifa president Gianni Infantino ...and more »

Mixed reactions to FIFA World Cup expansion - Daily Sabah;

Mixed reactions to FIFA World Cup expansion - Daily Sabah

Daily SabahMixed reactions to FIFA World Cup expansionDaily SabahFIFA's decision to expand the tournament to 48 teams from 2026 was cheered in countries from China to New Zealand. Chinese state media hailed FIFA's decision could help realize the country's "dream" of returning to the sport's grandest stage. However ...and more »