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Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

FIFA president Infantino proposes 48-team World Cup

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Bogota (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a one-match playoff at the tournament's start.

Under the new format, the 16 countries that finish highest in qualifying rounds for the 2026 World Cup would automatically make the group stage of the global football showcase, Infantino said.

FIFA president Infantino proposes 48-team World Cup

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Bogota (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a one-match playoff at the tournament's start.

Under the new format, the 16 countries that finish highest in qualifying rounds for the 2026 World Cup would automatically make the group stage of the global football showcase, Infantino said.

Infantino impressed by video replays tests

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Bari (Italy) (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday hailed video replays as "a new page in history" a day after the technology had its first test in France's 3-1 friendly win over Italy in Bari.

"It was a first at this level with national teams. We're moving forward. It was promising," said Infantino.

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Russia’s Putin to meet FIFA chief Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Friday ahead of this weekend's draw for the Confederations Cup, the Kremlin announced on Thursday.

"The head of state will meet the FIFA president in Moscow," read a brief statement from the Kremlin, with Infantino on his way to Kazan for the draw for next year's tournament.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

Report: FIFA president Infantino wants 48-team World Cup

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An expanded World Cup officially has the backing of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota's Sergio Arboleda university,has suggested expanding the World Cup finals to 48 teams from the current 32, Reuters reported Monday.

Ceferin’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

Ceferin’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

Infantino impressed by video replays tests

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Bari (Italy) (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday hailed video replays as "a new page in history" a day after the technology had its first test in France's 3-1 friendly win over Italy in Bari.

"It was a first at this level with national teams. We're moving forward. It was promising," said Infantino.

Infantino impressed as video replays tested in Italy friendly

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Bari (Italy) (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hailed as "promising" the use of video replays for the first time during France's 3-1 friendly win over Italy in Bari on Thursday.

"It was a first at this level with national teams. We're moving forward. It was promising," said Infantino.

FIFA dismiss reports of Infantino probe

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA denied on Friday reports in German media that president Gianni Infantino was under investigation for a possible ethics violation.

Die Welt newspaper reported that Infantino had improperly ordered the destruction of the minutes of a FIFA executive committee meeting held at last month's congress in Mexico city.

FIFA dismiss reports of Infantino probe

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA denied on Friday reports in German media that president Gianni Infantino was under investigation for a possible ethics violation.

Die Welt newspaper reported that Infantino had improperly ordered the destruction of the minutes of a FIFA executive committee meeting held at last month's congress in Mexico city.

Some Soccer News for May 17, 2016

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It's Day 138 of 2016.


Its a new day at FIFA, but guess what happened almost immediately? The same old things. The majority of FIFA members have no interest in changing how they have done business in the past:
  • One of new president Gianna Infantino's first orders of business was to get a rule passed that that allows the executive committee to hire and fire members of the supposed independent audit and oversight committee.

FIFA's relationship with five star lifestyle continues despite Infantino's early promises

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FIFA has become infamous for the members’ lavish or “five-star” way of life.

But after Gianni Infantino was chosen president of the sport’s governing body in February, one of his first promises was to make FIFA more unassuming and more humble.

The early signs were indeed promising and the fact that he traveled to Britain for his first official engagement by a budget airline, rather than a private plane, like his predecessor preferred.

FIFA leader Infantino aims to name deputy within months

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Tuesday he is aiming to name a secretary general within months and already has "a couple" of names in mind.

Infantino, who was elected in February to take over leadership of football's scandal-tainted world body, said that his new deputy would not be European.

FIFA leader Infantino aims to name deputy within months

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Tuesday he is aiming to name a secretary general within months and already has "a couple" of names in mind.

Infantino, who was elected in February to take over leadership of football's scandal-tainted world body, said that his new deputy would not be European.

World Cup 2018 could be first with video technology, says Infantino

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday that testing is to begin on video technology that could be ready to use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow to check on preparations for the 2018 soccer showpiece, Infantino also said the hard graft "starts now" in the crisis-hit country.

World Cup 2018 could be first with video technology, says Infantino

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday that testing is to begin on video technology that could be ready to use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow to check on preparations for the 2018 soccer showpiece, Infantino also said the hard graft "starts now" in the crisis-hit country.

New FIFA boss Infantino faces major challenges

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FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino on Saturday faced the mountainous task of reforming and uniting world football, with a pile of crises from the scandal-ridden Sepp Blatter era needing urgent action.

Infantino, an executive at European football confederation UEFA, promised an end to the dark days at FIFA following his convincing election win.

New FIFA boss Infantino faces major challenges

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FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino on Saturday faced the mountainous task of reforming and uniting world football, with a pile of crises from the scandal-ridden Sepp Blatter era needing urgent action.

Infantino, an executive at European football confederation UEFA, promised an end to the dark days at FIFA following his convincing election win.

‘Not the time for deals’ on FIFA presidency, says Infantino

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Gianni Infantino, among the favorites to take the helm of FIFA, said in an interview published Sunday there would be no deals among the candidates ahead of this week's vote for a new president.

"This is not the time for deals," the 45-year-old UEFA executive told the Le Matin Dimanche weekly.

‘Not the time for deals’ on FIFA presidency, says Infantino

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Gianni Infantino, among the favorites to take the helm of FIFA, said in an interview published Sunday there would be no deals among the candidates ahead of this week's vote for a new president.

"This is not the time for deals," the 45-year-old UEFA executive told the Le Matin Dimanche weekly.

Jose Mourinho and stars endorse Infantino’s FIFA bid

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A stellar cast of soccer figures including Jose Mourinho and Luis Figo appeared in support of Gianni Infantino's FIFA presidential bid at an event at London's Wembley Stadium on Monday.

UEFA general secretary Infantino, who is bidding to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter in the February 26 election in Zurich, was accompanied by a host of glittering names from the game as he outlined his plans for the first 90 days of his presidency.

Jose Mourinho and stars endorse Infantino’s FIFA bid

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A stellar cast of soccer figures including Jose Mourinho and Luis Figo appeared in support of Gianni Infantino's FIFA presidential bid at an event at London's Wembley Stadium on Monday.

UEFA general secretary Infantino, who is bidding to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter in the February 26 election in Zurich, was accompanied by a host of glittering names from the game as he outlined his plans for the first 90 days of his presidency.

Presidencia de la FIFA: Infantino minimiza acuerdo Asia-Africa de Salman

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El candidato a la presidencia de la FIFA Gianni Infantino, minimizó este martes el acuerdo entre las confederaciones africana y asiática, presidida por su principal rival, el jeque bahreiní Salman.

El acuerdo de cooperación entre la Confederación Asiática (AFC, con 46 votos) y la Africana (CAF, con 54 sobre 209 votantes) presagia un acuerdo electoral que dejaría casi en mayoría al jeque Salman si ambas confederaciones se unen en la votación del 26 de febrero para reemplazar a Joseph Blatter.

Presidencia de la FIFA: Infantino minimiza acuerdo Asia-Africa de Salman

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El candidato a la presidencia de la FIFA Gianni Infantino, minimizó este martes el acuerdo entre las confederaciones africana y asiática, presidida por su principal rival, el jeque bahreiní Salman.

El acuerdo de cooperación entre la Confederación Asiática (AFC, con 46 votos) y la Africana (CAF, con 54 sobre 209 votantes) presagia un acuerdo electoral que dejaría casi en mayoría al jeque Salman si ambas confederaciones se unen en la votación del 26 de febrero para reemplazar a Joseph Blatter.

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Major Link Soccer: Say it isn't so Infantino

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New FIFA president linked to corruption scandal, MLS turns 20, and goals of the week.

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Say it isn't so; the new FIFA boss is already linked to corruption. The Panama papers ensnare Gianni Infantino in a corruption scandal.

Not sure what this goalkeeper was going for, the no-look penalty kick save or the "I don't know what just hit me" save, which is all well and good because he still saved the penalty.