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World Cup 2018

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

The clock is tumbling down on the World Cup 2018/2022 bid process, now at less than 48 hours. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably heard every rumor imaginable, and that everyone outside of The Betherlands (a portmanteau seemingly too good to pass up – even Nelgium works – but they will) and South Korea (which will be placated by the 2018 Winter Olympics), has been tipped to receive the tournament.

However, a key piece of info has arisen:

England and the U.S. are the only countries bidding to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 that can meet… Continue reading

Welcome to our monthly edition of Let’s Talk About Montenegro.

After hovering somewhere between 64 and 75 for six months (110th in June of ‘09), they’ve just continued to rocket up the FIFA table: 73rd in August, 40th in September, with a landing spot of 26th this month. That’s right, this tiny Balkan country of 672,000, the 164th most populous country in the world, is the 26th best football team according to FIFA. Whether or not they got style points for Mirko Vucinic’s pantless celebration…well, let’s just assume they did.

Anyone looking for Cinderella’s glass slipper should head… Continue reading

These moves have been unofficial for some time with FIFA reportedly just dropping them from consideration and pushing the 2018 World Cup to Europe, but today they’ve been made official – probably with some heavy pushing from FIFA.

Nothing’s really changed but the names on the bid committee: World Cup 2018 has always been heading to Europe, while 2022 will go either Asia (including Australia) or the US.The news reads as such:

FIFA says the United States has pulled out of the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup to focus on getting hosting rights in 2022.

FIFA… Continue reading

England and Russia are two of the front-runners to host World Cup 2018, and FIFA are in England this week assessing the English bid. I’m an England fan and therefore biased, but I’m now 100% sure Russia should not be hosting the World Cup eight years from now.

I have no idea how long the above banner – in which racist Lokomotiv Moscow fans thank West Brom for buying their Nigerian-Russian striker Peter Odemwingie – was tolerated for, but the fact that is was unfurled at all suggests that the Russian football authorities still have some work to do… Continue reading

In 140 days, two bids will be given the task of assembling the world’s biggest traveling circus, one in 2018 and another in 2022. One of the greatest beneficiaries in the process is us, of course – the fans. As the movers and handshakers worry about the details, we’re being thumped on the head with futuristic playgrounds conceptualized in a architectural race for design supremacy and, hopefully, a World Cup. Perfect example: Qatar’s double bid we featured not long ago.

Russia and Dynamo Moscow have joined the race, blueprinting up an insane new stadium – a complex, really –… Continue reading

FIFA News

Karen Duggan speaks to FIFA.com about Republic of Ireland's quest to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ their first major tournament and explains why she has opted against turning profe [read]

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week we look back to 1974 and the spectacular scenes that greeted the beaten Netherlands team on [read]

With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on t [read]

Presidents and general secretaries from 21 FIFA member associations and three confederations (AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA) debated issues, including the FIFA Forward Programme and the future of youth and w [read]

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies an [read]

Trinidad and Tobago will be the setting for the ninth edition of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which begins on Thursday, with three places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup up for [read]

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 moved a step closer on Wednesday 17 January, with the announcement of the match schedule. [read]

In the hunt to win the first ever MLS Cup, New York Red Bulls have already made a new signing – two-time Grand Finalist Michael Labelle. [read]

As they chase a first FIFA Women's World Cup in the wake of humbling two-time champions Germany, Iceland are reaping the benefits of significant FIFA Forward-supported investment. FIFA.com hears [read]