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 England manager Gareth Southgate: ‘The World Cup is very special. It’s the pinnacle. It’s still the ultimate prize.’ Photograph: The FA via Getty Images

Just off the Corniche, the waterfront drag that runs along Doha’s bay to the city, stands the countdown clock, a digital hour glass that lets everybod(...)

Norway FA president Lise Klaveness took aim at Qatar and Fifa in her address to  the  Fifa Congress at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, Doha. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Dispute over the legacy of staging the men’s World Cup in Qatar broke out on the floor of the Fifa Congress on Thursday, with the president of the No(...)

Fifa World Cup trophy on display during the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

When and where is the draw taking place? On Friday in Doha, Qatar, at 7pm local time (5pm BST). It will be broadcast live on and RTÉ 2.(...)

International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it will open disciplinary proceedings against Russian artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak for his ‘shocking behaviour’. Photograph: iStock

Gymnastics’ governing body has condemned the “shocking behaviour” of the Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who now faces a lengthy ban for wearing a symbol(...)

There are active calls to boycott the 2024 World Cup in Qatar after the litany of mistreatments suffered by migrant workers on its tournament infrastructure. Photograph: Getty Images

On June 21st, 1978, a bomb exploded in the home of Juan Alemann, Argentina’s finance minister. Nobody paid much attention: the nation was gripped by t(...)

Gianni Infantino and Thomas Bach, heads of Fifa and the IOC respectively. Their bodies have been part of the sporting governance rush to unite over Ukraine. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Irony has died for me a thousand times. That’s not a thousand little cuts. That’s a thousand roundhouse kicks. One of the better deaths was in 2010 wh(...)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino with   Russian President Vladimir Putin in  Sochi. Russia was growing and bolstering itself throughout the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014 and during the Fifa World Cup in 2018. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

Imagine Gianni Infantino going for a stroll down some fancy promenade by an expensive beach in Doha. He gets the phone call he’s dreaded for some tim(...)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves after attending a national event at the Turkish Pavilion of Expo 2020, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on Tuesday. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday wound up his first visit to the United Arab Emirates to end a decade of estrangement with a tour of(...)

Ciara Mageean: ‘I love being from the North! I think we are a great bunch of people. I always think the friendliest people you can meet are in Belfast.’ Photograph:   Maja Hitij/Getty Images

She will turn 30 in March and has run races all over the planet without ever once losing the sense that Portaferry, postcard pretty on Strangford Loug(...)

The luxury over  water villas, reached by a wooden walkway, at the Kuramathi resort in the Maldives.

“Would madam care for a glass of Champagne?” the charming flight attendant asks. Would I what? After nearly two years of working at home in a cramped (...)

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