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Archives: World Cup

Concerns about switching World Cup 2022 to winter are overblown

Posted on by Steve Davis
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I don’t like the idea of a World Cup in Qatar any more than … well, any more than about 99 percent of the globe’s soccer fans, as far as I can tell. This apparent shift to a winter event … Continue reading

World Cup 2022 in Qatar edges closer to November and December

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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World Cup 2022 in Qatar has taken a step closer to being held in late November and late December after a FIFA task force recommended shifting the global event from summertime to winter. The task force’s recommendations will be taken … Continue reading

Luis Figo proposes expanding the World Cup to as many as 48 teams

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Former Ballon d’Or winner Luis Figo released his manifesto at a Wembley press conference today as he prepares to challenge Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Michael van Pragg and incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. During his press conference, the … Continue reading

ESPN and Univision confirm FIFA excluded them from World Cup 2026 bidding

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN and Univision have officially confirmed what World Soccer Talk revealed earlier today that neither TV network had been notified that the FIFA TV rights for 2023-2026 (including FIFA World Cup 2026) were being handed to FOX Sports and Telemundo instead … Continue reading

FIFA sentences USA to 4 more years of FOX World Cup coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Eleven years. Let that sink in for a second. Eleven long years of FIFA coverage from FOX Sports. It’s as if a dark cloud has swept across the United States with the knowledge that for the next 11 years, FOX … Continue reading

FOX Sports and Telemundo acquire FIFA World Cup 2026 TV rights

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FIFA has decided to extend the TV rights to FOX Sports and Telemundo through until the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Both FOX and Telemundo already had the TV rights to the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, but FIFA … Continue reading

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men’s National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he … Continue reading

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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“I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport”.  FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp … Continue reading

10 Biggest Soccer Stories of 2014

Posted on by Chris Moore
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The year 2014 included many major soccer stories, talking points and controversies. Here’s a list of 10 of the biggest stories to come out of the beautiful game during the past 12 months. 1. Germany Wins Fourth World Cup The … Continue reading

Netherlands Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on ‘That’ Substitution And More

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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You’re your country’s number one goalkeeper and it’s the 121st minute of a World Cup quarter-final. The match is scoreless and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out seems inevitable. You’re mentally preparing for what’s about to happen next when you glance … Continue reading

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

Posted on by Abe Asher
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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding … Continue reading

Telemundo Announces Broadcast Plans Ahead of 2018 World Cup

Posted on by Chris Moore
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Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not … Continue reading

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the … Continue reading

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Since Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it’s time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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It wasn’t an empty threat. And it certainly wasn’t a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year’s Women’s … Continue reading

German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

Posted on by Chris Moore
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A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern … Continue reading

Would a Winter Break Benefit the Premier League?

Posted on by Chris Moore
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Former FA and Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein has called on the Barclays Premier League to implement a winter break halfway through its season. Dein also suggested at the Soccerex Global Convention this week that the Premier League should enforce … Continue reading

CONCACAF President Speaks Out Against FIFA And Racism At Soccerex

Posted on by Aadesh Chordia
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At the Soccerex Global Convention held Tuesday September 9th, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb spoke out against FIFA and racism, calling for a complete overhaul of FIFA’s governing bodies. Following several controversies after the announcement of Russia and Qatar being selected … Continue reading