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Category: World Cup

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USA 94 – 25 years on: football’s evolution captivates the world

Italy’s heartbreak and Brazil’s mastery are memorable moments of an event that proved a catalyst for the game’s global expansionA quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to w…

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How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her team’s fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the yearsRose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, watched the last Women’s World Cup final in a pizza shop. On Sunday she scored one …

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Australia considers joint bid with Indonesia to host 2034 World Cup

FFA confirms it has held talks with Asian nationAustralia is bidding to host 2023 Women’s World CupAustralia and Indonesia are exploring the possibility of a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup after officials from FFA and their Indonesian counterpart…

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Michel Platini was ‘hurt’ by detention and Qatar World Cup questioning

‘It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I’ve done’Platini released and lawyer says his client is innocent The former Uefa president, Michel Platini, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding…

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A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022

Why was Michel Platini detained by French investigators? What are they looking for? And could Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?France’s Parquet National Financier, which investigates serious financial crime, has since 2017 been looking into possible Frenc…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Gianni Infantino trumpets ‘new’ Fifa’s vast wealth at unopposed re-election | David Conn

Congress hears recitations of body’s eye-watering revenue and how ‘we have turned things round’ since corruption scandalsThe last time football’s world governing body held a one-candidate election for president was eight years ago when the winner, Sepp…

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The Englishman looking to make football bigger than cricket in Bangladesh | Ben Fisher

Jamie Day, a former Arsenal trainee, goes into World Cup qualifiers aiming high as manager of BangladeshSouth Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia and then Thailand, for a training camp. The past 12 months read like a backpacker’s paradise but, for Jamie Day, th…

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The Englishman looking to make football bigger than cricket in Bangladesh | Ben Fisher

Jamie Day, a former Arsenal trainee, goes into World Cup qualifiers aiming high as manager of BangladeshSouth Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia and then Thailand, for a training camp. The past 12 months read like a backpacker’s paradise but, for Jamie Day, th…

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2022 World Cup in Qatar to remain as a 32-team tournament, Fifa announce

• World governing body considered expanding it to 48 teams• Feasibility study shows increasing size of event is not practicalEfforts by the president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, which he said could help heal hos…

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Ivor Broadis obituary

Footballer who was the first Englishman to score twice in a match in the World Cup finalsThe footballer Ivor Broadis, who has died aged 96, played in all three of England’s games in the World Cup finals of 1954 as they reached the last eight in Switzer…

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Brent Sancho: ‘I told Peter Crouch, in Trinidad they absolutely hate you’

Before Trinidad and Tobago face Wales their former defender recalls a ‘bodily assault’ by Crouch at the 2006 World CupA globetrotting playing career took Brent Sancho from Portland to Priestfield, Ross County to Rochester Rhinos but, speaking to the fo…

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MPs call for investigation into Qatar World Cup bid claims

• Qatar reported to have offered Fifa $400m before 2022 success• Al Jazeera alleged to have signed TV contract making the offerAn investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (£307m) only three weeks before world football’…

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Gordon Banks: England 0–1 Brazil , World Cup match report, 1970 – archive

7 June 1970 No one could fault Gordon Banks. He pushed away the swerving shots at which the Brazilians are so adept as England lose group matchGuadalajara, June 7Brazil, the masters of football technique, triumphed over England in the Jalisco Stadium h…

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Gordon Banks obituary

Supremely agile World Cup-winning England goalkeeper responsible for ‘the greatest save ever made’Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, was the best goalkeeper England have ever had and is widely regarded as one of the finest to have played for any side …

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Revealed: Lynton Crosby’s £5.5m offer to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup

Tory strategist’s pitch detailed how CTF Partners would spread negative stories and press Fifa to ‘restart bidding process’Sir Lynton Crosby offered to work on a campaign to cancel the 2022 Qatar World Cup and get it awarded to another country in retur…

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Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

The goalkeeper believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can keep the pressure on the Premier League leadersIt was the fulfilment of the ultimate footballing fantasy. Only 20 men had done it previously, each one a titan, a name to stir awe and respect. …

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Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

The goalkeeper believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can keep the pressure on the Premier League leadersIt was the fulfilment of the ultimate footballing fantasy. Only 20 men had done it previously, each one a titan, a name to stir awe and respect. …

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Qatar ready to make history in Asian Cup … but the world is not watching | Barney Ronay

The 2022 World Cup hosts are excelling on the pitch in the UAE but political turmoil in the region and poor crowds mean Fifa’s fervent interest is not matched across the globeWhen the Qatar 2022 World Cup was announced in Zurich by a sweating, slightly…

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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…