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Mbappé in Miami? Pulisic in Philly? Which US cities will host the 2026 World Cup?

Mexico and Canada’s hosts are already set for the tournament. But 17 US cities are still battling for the right to host fans from around the worldThe US men’s team kicks off a busy summer of games on home soil with a Concacaf Nations League tie against…

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Migrant guards in Qatar ‘still paid under £1 an hour’ ahead of World Cup

Promises of better working conditions ring hollow for tens of thousands of security guards, who say they still work long hours for low payEvery day at 5pm, Samuel boards the company bus that takes him to his night shift as a guard at a luxury high-rise…

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Fifa to look at the possibility of staging World Cups every two years

Men’s and women’s tournaments could become biennialGianni Infantino says study will be made with open mindFifa is to explore the possibility of staging the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years after it was raised at the governing body’s annual …

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Free croissants and Iran’s dissidents: the joys of covering France 98

In an extract from a new book, reflections on a manic World Cup schedule that included the famous Iran v USA encounterUSA v Iran, World Cup, Lyon, 21 June 1998Every so often, when searching for something in the attic, I come across a grey box file with…

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Fifa to bring in concussion spotters for Qatar World Cup

Spotters will be at a football World Cup for first timeFifa medical director: ‘It will make things a lot safer’Concussion spotters, whose job is to identify from the stands possible brain injuries, are to be introduced at the World Cup next year.Spotte…

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Gareth Southgate is not a risk-taker but he is ideal for this England team | Barney Ronay

Southgate has proven to be a master of managing expectation and criticism of his methods evokes memories of Alf RamseyWe. Want. Goals. It is easy to forget that when England won their only international trophy they did so against an early chorus of une…

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Southgate praises John Stones’ recovery to help England win after costly error

England manager says focus has been on eradicating mistakes‘The pleasing thing was John regained his composure quickly’Gareth Southgate praised John Stones for showing resilience after the centre-back recovered from a costly error and helped England to…

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Raheem Sterling shows his value to deliver spark in sluggish team display | Barney Ronay

Forward was England’s sole figure running with real purpose against Poland– but his game is still a little misunderstoodWith 58 minutes gone at Wembley, the score 1-0, and all sense of attacking pep drained from England’s fuel cells, an important life …

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Could a Norway boycott of the Qatar World Cup change the future of football? | Håvard Melnæs

Football fans are asking leaders of the game difficult questions, and it all started with a club north of the Arctic Circle“Tromsø IL thinks it is time for football to stop and take a few steps back. We should think about the purpose of football and wh…

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San Marino need support, not derision from fans with delusions of grandeur | Barry Glendenning

Playing in a pre-qualifying league with fellow minnows would help them to improve and also benefit more established teamsBy no means the first football grandee to assert that playing international cannon fodder such as San Marino ought to be beneath th…

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Southgate should ignore England critics and stay pragmatic | Jacob Steinberg

Picking a side that is solid in the middle of the field is common sense rather than negativity – this is not fantasy footballIn games such as these it can be hard to resist the urge to bemoan Gareth Southgate’s reluctance to play a freewheeling 1-0-9 f…

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Albania 0-2 England: player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s team

Harry Kane took his chance when it mattered while Declan Rice did his best to raise the tempo in a comfortable England winNick Pope Untroubled and will cherish a sixth clean sheet in six, but a couple of iffy moments with the ball at his feet. 6Kyle Wa…

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Whatever the truth of Poland’s Wembley trauma, the lessons of 1973 still resound | Jonathan Wilson

Sir Alf Ramsey’s side were in decline and England missed out on two World Cups, but Poland drawing at Wembley gave birth to an enduring myth that they were a bogey teamVersion one: England played really well at Wembley, had 36 shots to Poland’s two, co…

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Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Serbia v Portugal: World Cup qualifying – live!

Goals, action and reaction on Saturday’s Qatar 2022 qualifiersEuro 2020 power rankings: breaking down the final 24 teamsAny comments? You can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.02pm GMT “Hoping for a draw between Czech Republic and Belgium,” says Matt D…

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Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Serbia v Portugal: World Cup qualifying – live!

Goals, action and reaction on Saturday’s Qatar 2022 qualifiersEuro 2020 power rankings: breaking down the final 24 teamsAny comments? You can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.02pm GMT “Hoping for a draw between Czech Republic and Belgium,” says Matt D…

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Roque Júnior: ‘I won everything I wanted and more’

The former Brazil centre-back won the Copa Libertadores, the World Cup and the Champions League. What was his secret?By Eryck Gomes for Yellow and Green FootballRoque Júnior won just about everything he could in football: a Copa Libertadores title with…

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Germany players add support over human rights before Qatar World Cup

Joachim Löw backs team’s message before qualifying winFifa said it would not take action after initial Norway protestGermany’s players had made an important statement by displaying support for migrant workers building 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar o…

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Norway players protest Qatar human rights abuses before World Cup qualifier – video

Norway’s players took a stand against human rights violations in Qatar before their World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar, lining up with T-shirts which read: ‘Human rights – on and off the pitch’. There has been debate within Norway about whether the …

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Fifa takes no action over Norway protest as FA voices Qatar concerns

Norway players championed human rights in QatarFA sees ‘much more to be done’ over migrant workersNorway’s players will not be penalised by Fifa for championing human rights in Qatar. Confirmation emerged as the English Football Association indicated a…

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When it comes to the Qatar World Cup, look north to find a moral compass | Barry Glendenning

Norwegian clubs and players have taken a stand for migrant workers, but who is prepared to follow them? While we should expect no better from the ghouls at Fifa, it remains an enduring ignominy that over a decade after their decision to grant World Cup…