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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.

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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

With the last match of FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers played and the 32 teams headed to Russia confirmed, FIFA has also concluded that the first ever anti-discrimination monitoring system for the qualifie [read]

FIFA.com speaks to former Panama player and coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes on his country's remarkable achievement in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and the road that has led them [read]

While all 32 berths at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ have now been filled, qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ has only recently begun. FIFA.com takes a look at some of the ear [read]

Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this year’s AFC Champions League final, despite the Saudi Arabian club dominating Saturday’s contest in Riyadh. [read]

FIFA.com caught up with Spain's captain Marta Torrejon, with the Barcelona defender hoping to lead her country to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019. [read]

This week we feature reaction from around the globe following the final batch of FIFA World Cup qualifiers as the final 32 teams to participate at Russia 2018 were confirmed. [read]

After over five years in charge of the Wales national team, 47-year-old manager Chris Coleman has announced his resignation, according to a statement published by the Football Association of Wales. [read]

Jefferson Farfan, who spent 17 months out of the Peru squad before returning to become the team's play-off hero, reflects on the achievement and explains why "the future’s even brighter [read]

The high point of the launch of the official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 came when players from the host national team gathered on the stage with legendary striker Diego For [read]