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Finland forward Riku Riski refuses to play match in Qatar for ‘ethical reasons’

Riski turns down call-up for friendly with Sweden in Doha‘I was pretty clear; I didn’t want to go’ says HJK forwardFinland face neighbours Sweden in an international football friendly in Qatar on Tuesday – but it has been revealed that one Finnish play…

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Dragoslav Šekularac obituary

Brilliant Serbian footballer who played for Red Star Belgrade and won 41 caps representing the former YugoslaviaThe sumptuous playmaking skills of the Serbian footballer Dragoslav Šekularac were so eye-catching during the early 1960s that Pelé once ask…

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2018 in football tactics: France and Real Madrid did it their way | Jonathan Wilson

Press and possess is the method of many leading teams but Didier Deschamps’ side in Russia and Real Madrid before them picked up the biggest prizes playing in their own mannerThe same basics everywhere: it would be easy to believe that football in 2018…

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Former Fifa executive says he was offered large bribe for 2018 World Cup vote

Rafael Salguero’s claims revealed in unsealed documentsSays unnamed bid offered him ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’A former Fifa executive said he was offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for his vote for the 2018 World Cup, newly rele…

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Conmebol asks Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years

• South American federation make proposal to Fifa• ‘Players could play four World Cups with a two-year cycle’Conmebol is lobbying Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years rather than every four, president Alejandro Domínguez confirmed on Friday.Havi…

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Germany in 2018: from World Cup holders to Nations League relegation

Germany began the year among the favourites to win the World Cup. They end it in the second tier of the Nations League By Jason Humphreys for Englische WocheThere was a sense of inevitability when Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a last-minute equaliser o…

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Dress codes, empty seats and Xavi: football in Qatar – in pictures

With four years to go until the 2022 World Cup, our photographer Tom Jenkins has been to check out the preparations and take in a Qatar Stars League gameWorld Cup 2022: special report | The workers’ story | Xavi on Qatar Continue reading…

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‘It’s an honour to be here’: Xavi on a mission to give Qatar a team to be proud of

The Spain legend is seen as central to emirate’s efforts to improve the national side in time for the 2022 World CupThe gulf between Qatar’s rank in the global football hierarchy and its vaulting, nation-building project to host the World Cup in 2022, …

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‘Football makes miracles’: Infantino still hopes Qatar will share 2022 World Cup

Fifa president persists with 48-team plan for 2022Expanded tournament would involve neighbouring countriesThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, is pressing ahead with the proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 teams to 48, which would mean match…

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Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums

Workers from some of the world’s poorest countries are being paid a pittance to deliver the football dream of the world’s wealthiest per capita stateThe men employed on building the 40,000-seat al-Rayyan football stadium were having their lunch, in the…

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‘How can I raise my daughter?’ Widow of Qatar World Cup worker fears for future – video

Renuka Chaudhary has said she is fearful for her young daughter’s future after her husband died while helping to construct a stadium for the World Cup 2022.Tej Narayan Tharu died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al Wakrah st…

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Four years to go: Qatar on course for its improbable World Cup

Super-rich state determined to defy doubters as it presses on with preparations for 2022 but being in Doha for a few days prompts scepticismIt began almost a decade ago as the most unfeasible bid ever to host a World Cup: an outlandish proposal for “ai…

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The day England created their own history in shoot-out against Colombia | Barney Ronay

In an extract from his new book on Russia 2018, the Guardian’s senior sports writer relives how Eric Dier’s penalty helped fashion ‘a triumph of personality, spirit and good sense’Mateus Uribe just needs to score and they’re almost there. One more kick…

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The day England created their own history in shoot-out against Colombia | Barney Ronay

In an extract from his new book on Russia 2018, the Guardian’s senior sports writer relives how Eric Dier’s penalty helped fashion ‘a triumph of personality, spirit and good sense’Mateus Uribe just needs to score and they’re almost there. One more kick…

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World Cup expansion to 48 teams could happen at Qatar 2022, says Fifa

• Gianni Infantino says expansion could be brought forward• Qatar looking into feasibility of sharing hosting dutiesThe Fifa president Gianni Infantino has said that he hopes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be expanded to 48 teams, saying such an expa…

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Xherdan Shaqiri insists he can handle reception with Liverpool in Serbia

• The Switzerland international was fined for his celebration• Shaqiri will visit Serbia for the Red Star Belgrade matchXherdan Shaqiri maintains he can handle the hostile reception that awaits him in Belgrade next month when he visits Serbia for the f…

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A hundred days later, has Russia’s $14bn World Cup investment paid off? | Andrew Roth

The emergence of an unlikely hero and impressive stadiums have bolstered football’s popularity, but there is still work to be done to make the new venues pay for themselvesRussia is not a footballing country, the former trainer for the national side Le…

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Hugo Lloris is not given the credit he deserves for France’s success

Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove in Russia and David de Gea was picked in Fifa’s team of the year. What about Lloris?By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIndividual acclaim for a goalkeeper is rare. No goalkeeper has won the Ba…

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UK Sport targets 2030 World Cup in ambitious bid to host array of events

• New plan to bring up to 60 major sports events to UK• Ryder Cup and cycling grand tours also on wish listUK Sport says hosting the 2030 football World Cup in Britain would be the “crowning achievement” of audacious new plans to hold between 40 and 60…

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …