GIANNI INFANTINO (FIFA PRESIDENT) “We are convinced of the power of our game.” A short phrase by Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, from his closing press conference at this winter’s World Cup. Compared with his opening speech some four weeks previously, a wild-eyed address that went viral in a manner unusual for sports administrators, it appears harmless … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Buildup to the final, plus Croatia vs Morocco news
FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino gets approval to extend tenure until 2031
Gianni Infantino has secured backing from the FIFA Council to potentially extend his presidency until 2031 - beyond the 12-year limit envisaged in reforms of the scandal-plagued football body he helped to draw up. The job running world football pays around $3m (£2.46m) annually and he is unopposed to be re-elected in March. The FIFA … Continue reading FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino gets approval to extend tenure until 2031
Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Citing human rights abuses, campaigns to stop Germany, Denmark and Norway from participating in the contest are gaining steam. But is Qatar being unfairly singled out? Campaigners are pressuring Germany, Denmark and Norway to boycott the 2022 FIFA World Cup in protest against human rights conditions in the host country, Qatar. They amount to the … Continue reading Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?
What you should know about Ferenc Puskas, the legend behind FIFA’s Puskas Awards
A physical alien among Adonises trundled, panting, into his new club’s dressing room one morning in 1958. A light session of fitness drills, in which he had only semi-partaken, had caused the sweat-saturated jersey of the man described by former England manager Ron Greenwood as 'a roly-poly little fellow who looked as if he did … Continue reading What you should know about Ferenc Puskas, the legend behind FIFA’s Puskas Awards
Football legends unite against racism, violence and discrimination
A combination of 40 FIFA Legends and current professional footballers, each sporting a black jersey, have taken their message of #StopRacism, #StopViolence and #StopDiscrimination to social media during the past week, a spontaneous plea that has to date reached over 44 million fans worldwide. “It’s reassuring to see that every day a growing number of FIFA Legends … Continue reading Football legends unite against racism, violence and discrimination
Why FIFA is approving 5 substitutions per match
The forthcoming changes to football have been well discussed, from the transfer market right through to changes in the structure of training sessions, yet even more differences to the game are coming, with FIFA set to agree to a move which will permit five substitutions per match. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed football, perhaps forever, and … Continue reading Why FIFA is approving 5 substitutions per match
FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day. WHO recommends all … Continue reading FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Qatar 2022: FIFA President applauds the level of infrastructure development
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised Qatar’s infrastructure progress and described the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ as a unique opportunity for football fans to experience a new culture and region during a whistle-stop tour of the country. Infantino visited the 40,000-capacity Al Wakrah Stadium before taking a helicopter ride to view the other seven proposed … Continue reading Qatar 2022: FIFA President applauds the level of infrastructure development
FIFA bans Manchester City for alleged deals with minors
FIFA's disciplinary committee has punished Manchester City for international transfers of underage players, but the English side have escaped being hit with a transfer ban. The sanction is a financial one, with City fined 370,000 Swiss Francs - around 339,000 euros. "The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned English club Manchester Cityfor breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of … Continue reading FIFA bans Manchester City for alleged deals with minors
Guardiola angry with FIFA
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has expressed strong disapproval at FIFA's snub of several of his players from the 10-man shortlist for The Best award. Guardiola's team won a domestic treble last season, which included the defence of their Premier League crown, but none of his players were recognized this week. Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Harry Kane were the … Continue reading Guardiola angry with FIFA
2022 World Cup: Should FIFA cancel Qatar’s hosting rights?
Last week, the United States won the 2019 Women’s World Cup championship. The tournament, Franklin Foer wrote, was “an exhibition of excellence, a noble step in the struggle for gender equity.” In contrast, he argued, the 2022 Men’s World Cup, set to take place in Qatar, “will be an authoritarian regime’s vulgar vanity project, allegedly made … Continue reading 2022 World Cup: Should FIFA cancel Qatar’s hosting rights?
Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini released from custody
The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has been released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Image: Michel Platini The French soccer legend denied wrongdoing and a statement from his representatives said the facts of the case … Continue reading Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini released from custody
Martha now Highest Goal Scorer at the World Cup, man or woman
Martha scored Brazil’s lone goal against a highly-disciplined Italian team to become the South American nation’s leading goal scorer at the World Cup—male and female. Martha scored from a spot-kick in the 74th minute on Tuesday afternoon. https://twitter.com/YahooSports/status/1141082742022520832 https://twitter.com/espnW/status/1141082113745346560 https://twitter.com/FIFAWWC/status/1141108297879212032 With her total World Cup goals now at 17, Martha looks forward to setting the … Continue reading Martha now Highest Goal Scorer at the World Cup, man or woman
MODRIC-SAGA: Inter Milan explain rift with Real Madrid
Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez is offended by an alleged plot from Inter Milan to “unlawfully” woo Luka Modric over to Italy. Perez opted to sue the Serie A Champions for making contact with Modric without first seeking permission from Madrid, and the La Liga giants say this unauthorized approach must be punished. According to … Continue reading MODRIC-SAGA: Inter Milan explain rift with Real Madrid
Why Neymar was omitted from the 2018 Best FIFA Football Awards
Neymar was omitted among a 10-man list for the 2018 FIFA Best Footballer Award and his absence, though a huge surprise to many adoring fans, has been overshadowed by new additions to the big names. Portugal international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his Argentine rival Lionel Messi are largely familiar names on the list, including Kylian … Continue reading Why Neymar was omitted from the 2018 Best FIFA Football Awards
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