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FIFA lifts ban on public endorsements of 2026 World Cup bids

Published: February 23, 2018

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LONDON — A ban on voters publicly endorsing any 2026 World Cup bid has been lifted by FIFA in the face of criticism from football officials. The governing body last month ordered officials not to openly discuss the merits of either the joint Northern American bid, featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico, or the rival bid from Morocco. It led to Confederation of African Football President Ahmad to express frustration at being restricted from backing his continent’s bid


Hosting 2026 World Cup could bring $5 billion to North America

Published: February 9, 2018

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Hosting the 2026 World Cup could bring more than $5 billion in economic activity to North America, the committee hoping to win the tournament’s rights says. The United Bid Committee — made up of the soccer federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada — said a study from the Boston Consulting Group found that the countries will earn $3-4 billion after factoring in the costs of hosting the tournament


Plague of locusts could disrupt Russia’s World Cup games

Published: January 31, 2018

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Could locusts swarm the World Cup? As Biblical plagues go, a horde of locusts isn’t quite in the same league as, say, rivers running red with blood or three-day darkness, but the locusts could pose quite a problem for this summer’s World Cup matches in Russia. According to officials with the nation’s agriculture ministry, and reported by the Associated Press, locusts feed on crops in southern Russia, and might well decide to munch on some of the verdant green pitches that will dot the country


NAmerica Touts ‘Risk Averse’ World Cup Bid Amid Trump Issues

Published: January 24, 2018

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With barely four months until FIFA votes on the 2026 World Cup host, Morocco got round to launching its bid on Tuesday. There’s now a campaign logo and social presence but still few details of how the North African nation will stage the first World Cup after the leap from 32 to 48 teams. Far more active is the rival joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, which was staging a simultaneous event in London on the latest leg of a nine-month-old campaign


Global perception of Trump-led U.S. could harm 2026 World Cup bid, says Gulati

Published: January 20, 2018

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Sunil Gulati referred to some of President Trump’s foreign policy decisions as factors that were out of the 2026 North American bid committee’s control. The United States, Canada and Mexico are heavy favorites to jointly host the 2026 World Cup


Agent says former World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired

Published: January 17, 2018

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Ronaldinho, ”the ever-smiling magician” of Barcelona, as described by his former club, has ended his professional career.


Christian Pulisic: The hurt won’t go away until I’m in a World Cup with U.S.

Published: January 10, 2018

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MARBELLA, Spain — Christian Pulisic has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview at Borussia Dortmund’s winter training camp in Marbella that


Wishes for 2018: Peaceful World Cup, transparency over PSG spending

Published: January 3, 2018

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It’s that time of year when I look forward to what I’d like to see in 2018. Some of it is pie-in-the-sky, some of it less so and some of


Top stories of 2017: Neymar to PSG, Ronaldo beats Messi, World Cup shocks

Published: December 30, 2017

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At the end of another year of big-money transfers, historic triumphs, tragedy and scandal, ESPN FC brings you the top stories of


2018 World Cup chief Mutko quits; still involved in planning

Published: December 28, 2017

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Vitaly Mutko bowed to mounting pressure and stepped down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee on Wednesday after being dogged by investigations that highlighted his role in a state-backed doping program. Alexei Sorokin, the chief executive of the committee, will also assume the chairmanship vacated by Mutko.


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