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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘Neymar to be Messi's heir’

    Brazil legend Ronaldo believes Neymar has what it takes to match Lionel Messi and become the Argentine's heir at Barcelona.

  • Messi on Ronaldo: Envy is an ugly word

    The Barcelona star Lionel Messi denies there is any jealousy between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, and praises the Real Madrid player's talents.

  • 'Neymar is better than Messi and Ronaldo'

    Roberto Carlos, the former Brazil left-back, has no doubts in placing his compatriot Neymar above both his Barcelona team-mate Messi and the Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Messi is the best player of last decade: Pele

    Brazilian football legend Pele has named Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of the last decade, as he also paid tribute to Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Ronaldo equals Raul's Real Madrid scoring record

    Cristiano Ronaldo equals Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when he nets both goals in a 2-0 win at Swedish side Malmo in Champions League Group A.