Category Archives: Football

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

FIFA says it will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament. President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan – for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 –

Africa ‘unanimously’ backs Sheikh Salman for FIFA presidency

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain as its candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world body FIFA. “The executive committee decided that CAF will give full

Sheikh Salman says FIFA race is duel with Infantino

FIFA presidential frontrunner Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa told AFP on Sunday that only he or Europe’s Gianni Infantino can win the race to become leader of world football. The Asian Football Confederation president also said any candidate who does

Zidane pledges to restore Madrid’s attacking prowess

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane promised Tuesday to make up for his lack of coaching experience by inspiring Real Madrid to play with the same attacking flair he displayed during his playing career. “Football with a personal touch, with attacking play, is what

Redemption looms for Scolari in Asia

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Just over a year after Brazil’s calamitous appearance at the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari can prove he’s a winner once again when he leads Guangzhou Evergrande into the AFC Champions League finals on Saturday. The ebullient Brazilian has proved

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