Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova starts a kiss-a-thon with Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke on stage during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images.

“And Djibouti play Swaziland.” (Silence.) No more than ourselves, George Hamilton tuned in to the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw a bit early, like whe(...)

The preliminary draw for  the World Cup qualifiers will take place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Spare a thought for Zimbabwe as you tune into Saturday afternoon’s draw for the next World Cup’s qualifying stages: thrown out of a Fifa tournament(...)

The draw for the 2018 World Cup groups will take place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Q: When is the draw? A: It’s due to start at 4pm on Saturday and is taking place at the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, with Russia the host count(...)

Jerome Valcke will step down as Fifa secretary general when Sepp Blatter leaves as president in February. Photograph: Getty

Jerome Valcke has disclosed he will step down as Fifa secretary general in February when Sepp Blatter hands over the presidency. Valcke, who also said(...)

Fifa will meet on Monday to set a date for voting on Sepp Blatter’s replacement. Photograph: Getty Images

The Fifa presidential election to choose Sepp Blatter’s successor will be held on February 26th next year. The decision was taken by Fifa’s executive (...)

 “Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round – but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport,” Sepp Blatter told a Swiss newspaper.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

In what is becoming a regular pattern, Fifa has been forced to insist hurriedly that Sepp Blatter will not stand again for the presidency and will “l(...)

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said investigators were examining “nine terabytes” of information seized from Fifa’s Zurich headquarters and Swiss banks. Photograph: Reuters 1:31

Swiss investigators are looking into 53 possible cases of money laundering and 104 incidents of suspicious activity in Swiss bank accounts as part of (...)

Walter De Gregorio, Fifa’s former director communications and public affairs. Photograph: EPA/ENNIO LEANZA

Walter De Gregorio has left his post as Fifa’s head of communications days after making a joke on television about the world governing body, despite(...)

Fifa head of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio has been fired over a joke made on Swiss television.   Photograph: Epa

Fifa’s communications director Walter De Gregorio has been fired days after making a joke on Swiss television about the world governing body. De Grego(...)

Ireland’s Under 20s were beaten 25-3 by New Zealand ending their hopes of World Cup glory. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • June 11, 2015, 08:34

World Cup dream over Dreams of World Cup glory are over for Ireland’s Under 20s after they were beaten 25-3 by a very impressive New Zealand side in V(...)