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Blatter plans to visit soccer World Cup in Russia

Blatter plans to visit soccer World Cup in Russia

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to Russia when the country hosts the soccer World Cup in 2018, he told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.

Demand pushes up sales of Qatar-themed souvenirs

Demand pushes up sales of Qatar-themed souvenirs

Demand is growing for mementos, souvenirs and other gift items bearing Qatari themes and images of major landmarks in the country.

No impact on World Cup preparations, says Qatar

No impact on World Cup preparations, says Qatar

Qatar said the rift with some fellow Gulf Arab states, which includes economic sanctions on Doha, has not affected its preparations to host the 2022 World Cup ...

Iran celebrates 2018 World Cup qualification

Iran celebrates 2018 World Cup qualification

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians celebrated until the early hours of Tuesday after their national football team qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia with two games to spare.

FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances

FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances

China's footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup.

SC signs pact to improve World Cup workers’ nutrition

SC signs pact to improve World Cup workers’ nutrition

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has signed an agreement with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar to assess and improve the health of workers involved in the construction of World Cup projects.

Qatar 'edging closer' to enacting PPP law: Meed

Qatar 'edging closer' to enacting PPP law: Meed

Qatar is “edging closer” to enacting its public-private partnership (PPP) law, which according to Meed Business Review, will help the country deeply engage with its private firms.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as they usurped great rivals Argentina.

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

FIFA announced its proposed slot allocation for the expanded 48-team World Cup on Thursday, including an automatic place for Oceania, 16 places for Europe and a six-team inter-zonal playoff tournament for two more spots.

Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

FIFA president to encourage co-hosting for 2026 Cup

FIFA president to encourage co-hosting for 2026 Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 soccer World Cup that could bring together three or four countries with four or five stadiums each.

Maradona backs 48-team World Cup ahead of crunch FIFA meeting

Maradona backs 48-team World Cup ahead of crunch FIFA meeting

Diego Maradona on Monday backed controversial plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, a day before world football's powerful governing council faces a key decision on the issue.