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FIFA to help settling Qatar crisis

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that he does not believe that the diplomatic crisis which has embroiled 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar will threaten its staging of the tournament. Infantino said that FIFA was …

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Russia ranked 63 by FIFA for Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup host Russia dropped two places to No. 63 team in the new FIFA rankings. As the automatically qualified World Cup host, Russia's ranking has fallen while playing only lower-ranked friendlies in recent months. …

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Putin to meet with FIFA chief in Krasnodar

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting of the Council for developing physical culture and sports today in Russia’s Krasnodar, the Kremlin press service said. The meeting will focus on measures aimed …

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Russia's Mutko fails eligibility check of FIFA

Russian Football Union head Vitaly Mutko has been barred from seeking re-election to FIFA’s Council after failing an eligibility check, people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. …

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FIFA to give Africa more World Cup slots

FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised to come good on a promise to hike Africa's World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week. According to …

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FIFA to expand competition to 48 teams

The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, as FIFA voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, with the changes set to be introduced at the 2026 tournament after being approved at a FIFA Council …

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CAS upholds FIFA ban on Blatter

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it had dismissed Joseph Blatter's appeal and that his six-year ban from all football-related activities remained in force, as from October 8, 2015.  It also said …

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Russia sinks to record low spot in FIFA rating

The Russian national football team has sunk from the 53rd to the 55th place in the FIFA rating, according to the updated rankings posted on the world football body’s website on Thursday. Now the Russian national football team has …

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Putin to meet FIFA chief Infantino

Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Friday ahead of this weekend’s draw for the Confederations Cup, the Kremlin announced on Thursday, World Soccer Talk …

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FIFA pays $500 for copyright of Wolf mascot

FIFA paid Ekaterina Bocharova, the author of the Wolf logo, selected as the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, $500 for the copyright of the Wolf design. Bocharova’s wolf, named Zabivaka …

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Russia plunges to 53rd place in FIFA’s ranking list

The Russian national football team dropped from its previous 38th position to the 53rd in the new FIFA monthly ranking list of national teams published on Thursday. This is the lowest place Russia ever held in FIFA’s ranking …

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Putin to meet FIFA President

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will pay an official visit to Russia on October 21 and hopes to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said. …

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FIFA may expand number of World Cup teams

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has suggested opening up the competition to 48 countries from 2026. The proposal to expand the competition to 40 teams was part of Infantino’s manifesto when he was elected to …

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