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As ironies go, this one’s pretty good given the full spectrum of their acronym, and all, even if it’s no longer surprising.

Everyone knows that the BBC’s decision to broadcast their Panorama expose just two days before the vote hurt their chances. It was likely directly responsible for their exit in the first round of voting, even, though it’s unlikely they were getting the tournament anyway (FIFA’s lost its taste for vanilla, it seems).

But one of the voters has explained just how badly it burned. And that it was racist, which, let’s be honest, isn’t going to earn many… Continue reading

If you were to ask Diego Maradona which club he dreams of coaching most, the answer would be succinct:

All of them.

The man may say Boca this week and Napoli next, but there will be a club after that…and a national team after that…and then another one. Suffice it to say, the man just wants to coach someone, anyone, and if he does, it’ll be a dream.

The most unlikely yet delicious of marriages is hitting the rumor pages. If it goes through, the tabloids: Maradona to Iran.Very, very speculative at this point, but we dare to… Continue reading

The viral itself is quite nice, almost as though Guus Hiddink is a child dreaming of the life he’ll lead, rather than remembering things in the past.

Quite nice, save for one large bit of confusion: What the hell’s it all about? At first it seemed like it may be an international hotel chain, then dental hygiene, and finally something involving air travel, waiting for Bill Shatner to pop up. But a quick Google search says Together For Great Goals is, or was, the slogan for Betherlands 2018.

Which sort of explains why they didn’t land the World Cup.

[Spotted on 101gg]

The reigning African Player of the Year, Didier Drogba, has a chance to add a 3rd to his 2009 and 2006 titles.

The shortlist of nominees for Africa’s Footballer of the Year were released today, naming five players up for the 2010 award. A few months ago, a longer list was leaked – and denounced – that included 17 players being considered for the award. As always, the award will be given to the player who best represented the continent at the club and national level of the game.

And the nominees are…

Didier Drogba (Côte D’Ivoire/Chelsea… Continue reading

This video may have been floating around the internet for ages, with persistent rumors of its existence spliced into clips, but for those of us new to the Zizou and friends doing karaoke in a Turkish steam bath…well, this should either make or break your day.

Being sure the scene for this little clip is set properly, it includes…

– Some men nude, some in towels. – Steam. – A shower. – Laurent Blanc’s blurred-out man parts. – White boy dancing. – At least one world class mustache.

Do you suppose nude dancing, steam bathes and mustaches was the missing… Continue reading

And yes, the BBC is on the list, possibly ranked one through three.

Ghosting around the internet today is like stumbling through a scorched earth, and anything with a superfluous u runs the gamut from rage to sorrow to bewilderment to magnanimousness, having been forcibly removed of their inalienable right to win the bid. Because they’re England, or something.

Hopefully this video can bring a sense of understanding and closure to the grand old tournament which will be World Cup 2018: Not England, allowing an entire nation to move on and maybe, just maybe, admit that if David Cameron… Continue reading

FIFA News

The first step on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was taken on Tuesday when the Local Organising Committee unveiled the tournament’s Official Emblem and Slogan in Paris. [read]

There are just three days left until we reveal the final nominees for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards, with a vast number of players and coaches eagerly awaiting the trimming of the initial sh [read]

When Cristian Ramirez signed for Russian side FC Krasnodar towards the end of 2016, he already had the 2018 FIFA World Cup on his mind. [read]

Germany and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer will be sidelined until January after undergoing surgery on a foot injury. [read]

Jonathan Joubert, the Luxembourg goalkeeper who shut out France in the recent 0-0 draw in World Cup qualifying, speaks to FIFA.com about that historic result and the Roud Léiwen's rise on the FIF [read]

FIFA.com hears from Australia's first-ever The Best nominee Sam Kerr about her stellar rise, learning from Carli Lloyd and sharing the red carpet with Cristiano Ronaldo. [read]

The Official Emblem and Slogan of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was launched in Paris on Tuesday, the next step in the countdown to the tournament. [read]

Ahead of the reveal of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 emblem and slogan, USA's Carli Lloyd looks at the past, present and future of women's football with FIFA.com. [read]

We look back at the Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 when Carli Lloyd's wonder goal from the halfway line secured a third title for USA. [read]