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  • Asian fringe ready for World Cup expansion

    FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will be a catalyst to soccer's growth in countries hovering on the fringe of the showpiece tournament, according to Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kozo Tashima.

  • Asia chief predicts positive impact of World Cup expansion

    FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will address Asia's long-standing demand for greater representation in the showpiece tournament, Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday.

  • Malaysia elated at Subri's win

    Malaysian football fans were elated Tuesday to wake up to the news that their countryman had won FIFA's goal of the year award for his extraordinary swerving free-kick.

  • FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams

    FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy.

  • Malaysia delights in Mohd Faiz's goal of the year award

    Malaysian soccer fans heaped praise on Mohd Faiz Subri on Tuesday after the Penang FA player received the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016 at a FIFA ceremony in Zurich.

  • Deep division as FIFA decides on expanded World Cup

    FIFA's governing council is set to decide on Tuesday whether to expand the World Cup, a controversial idea that has created deep divisions among global football's most powerful camps.

  • All-America qualifiers mulled

    FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup, a leading official from the region said in a newspaper interview.

  • 48-team WC to boost revenue

    Increasing the World Cup from 32 teams to 48, as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, would generate an additional $640 million (605 million euros), according to a confidential FIFA report seen by AFP on Friday.

  • Bangladesh football team

    Booters drop two places

    The Bangladesh football team dropped down two places in the latest FIFA rankings, published Thursday.

  • Argentina end year on top

    Lionel Messi's beaten Copa America finalists Argentina end the year top of FIFA's world rankings while France were named 'mover of the year'.

  • Barca withdraw appeal over fines for pro-Catalan flags

    Barcelona have agreed to withdraw an appeal against fines imposed by UEFA last year after their supporters waved pro-Catalan independence flags at two matches, European soccer's governing body said on Monday.

  • Infantino wants video refs at 2018 WC

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- if its teething problems have been fixed in time.

  • European elite oppose WC expansion

    The powerful body representing Europe's top clubs on Thursday said it opposed the proposed enlargement of the World Cup, saying leading players were already under too much strain.

  • Argentine firm agrees to $112.8 mn settlement

    Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A. agreed Tuesday to pay $112.8 million to settle charges in the United States stemming from a massive FIFA corruption scandal, authorities said.

  • Sepp Blatter

    'Disrespectful Infantino won't answer my calls'

    Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says successor Gianni Infantino has showed him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

  • ‘Asia backs 48-team World Cup’

    FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Thursday said Asian countries backed his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams -- and added that up to three countries should be allowed to co-host the tournament.

  • FIFA boss urges zero tolerance for child abuse

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for "zero tolerance" of child abuse in football and promised to look into ways the global governing body can do more to prevent it in the wake of the scandal sweeping the game in England.

  • FIFA loses the man who led fight against match-fixing

    The man who was leading FIFA's fight against match-fixing has left his post, soccer's world governing body said on Monday.

  • Blatter loses CAS appeal

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday that Sepp Blatter breached FIFA's ethics codes as it firmly rejected his appeal against a six year ban for making a $2 million payment to ousted UEFA chief Michel Platini.

  • Scandinavian scorpion kick goal shortlisted

    A goal scored with a scorpion kick in the Swedish league was included on the shortlist for FIFA's goal of the year award on Monday along with efforts from Lionel Messi and Neymar.

  • When they hit us hard we struggled: Messi

    Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza was unbowed after a 3-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Brazil and a fourth game without a win on Thursday..

  • Brazil host Argentina in 'Titanic' Belo Horizonte

    A resurgent Brazil return to the scene of the most humiliating defeat in their history on Thursday when they face Argentina in a titanic 2018 World Cup qualifier.

  • Malaysia calls for proof after match-fixing claim

    Malaysian football authorities on Wednesday called on a former FIFA official to provide evidence after he claimed the country had become the hub for match-fixing in Southeast Asia.

  • Ex-Venezuela football official to plead guilty in US bribe case

    The former president of Venezuela's football federation is expected to plead guilty to U.S. charges stemming from a bribery investigation involving FIFA, the sport's world governing body, according to court records filed on Tuesday.

  • Japan on high alert for Saudi 'provocateurs'

    Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday warned his players against Saudi Arabia's "specialists in provocation" in a home World Cup qualifier this month that could potentially decide his own future.

  • AFC fines BFF US$20,000

    The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has been fined 20,000 US dollars for withdrawing the national team from the inaugural

  • FIFA delegate due today

    A FIFA delegation will come to Dhaka today to have a look at tailor-made projects prepared by Bangladesh Football Federation under the FIFA Forward Programme which a football development programme approved in the FIFA congress in May.

  • Infantino proposes 48-team World Cup

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a

  • Obama says Olympic host decisions a little 'cooked'

    President Barack Obama has suggested that decisions on who hosts the Olympics are corrupt, in a wide-ranging interview that touched on Chicago's failed 2016 bid.

  • Infantino floats 48-team World Cup idea

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a one-match playoff at the tournament's start.

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