FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 10 : 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. Soccer’s governing body said on its Twitter feed that the FIFA Council, […]

FIFA will continue to put pressure on Qatar over human rights – President

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, Dec 28 : FIFA will continue to “put pressure” on Qatar about the treatment of migrant labourers building World Cup stadiums in the Gulf Arab country for the 2022 tournament, its President said today. The world football governing body in the past admitted it was slow to act over concerns about […]

US-Canada-Mexico 2026 World Cup bid a possibility – CONCACAF President

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, Dec 28 : Football officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are likely to meet next year to discuss a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said today. FIFA confirmed on October 14 that co-hosting would be allowed at the 2026 tournament and that there […]

Ex-sports marketing executive pleads guilty in FIFA bribe case

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Oct 20 : A former sports marketing executive arrested last year during a UScorruption probe involving soccer’s global governing body FIFA pleaded guilty today to participating in schemes to pay bribes to a top official. Aaron Davidson, former president of the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate Traffic Group, […]

FIFA says Russia’s Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

By Brian Homewood Zurich, Jul 18 : FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as the first of up to 20 regional World Cup sponsors today. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would “activate sponsorship initiatives” around the 2018 […]

FIFA says Russia’a Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

By Brian Homewood Zurich, Jul 18 : FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor today. The global soccer — said Alfa Bank would “activate sponsorship initiatives” around the 2018 World Cup, which is […]