Tag Archives: Fifa World Cup

Ronaldinho: Brazilian football legend retires from football


Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, although he has not played a game since 2015. Ronaldinho, 37, was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and won the Balon d’Or in 2005. His brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the retirement on Tuesday and announced a series ...

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World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

Fifa president Gianni Infantino (Image credit: Getty Images)

The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, Fifa has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament. The sport’s world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change at a meeting in Zurich ...

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World Cup: Fifa set to vote on Gianni Infantino’s 48-team plan

Germany were the best of 32 sides at Brazil 2014, but will there be 48 teams from the 2026 World Cup? (Image credit: Getty Images)

Fifa will vote on Tuesday on plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, in line with the vision of president Gianni Infantino. The Swiss, who claims to have “overwhelming” support for the expansion plan, favours 16 groups of three countries, with the top two progressing to the knockout rounds. If successful, it would lead to the ...

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Current allocation of FIFA World Cup™ confederation slots maintained


Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee held its first meeting in its new composition today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. In his opening remarks, FIFA President Blatter welcomed the new members of the FIFA Executive Committee. He reminded all those present that he was “the President of all member associations of FIFA”. He underlined again ...

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Appiah sees tough opening match against USA

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah believes his team’s opening match against the United States at the World Cup will be difficult and key to success at the competition. The two sides are facing each other for the third time in the competition with Ghana winning on both occasions but Appiah recognises that the Americans will still be worthy opponents with ...

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