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Gianni Infantino answers questions  in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

The 2026 World Cup could be split between up to four countries, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, announcing that the organisation wou(...)

Israeli youth players from the Aroni Ariel football club attend a training session at their stadium in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel. At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement -- yet they have been called one of Israel’s ‘most important’ football clubs. That’s because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community. Photo: Joe Guez/Getty Images

In the first of a new weekly series, Irish Times soccer correspondent Emmet Malone looks at some of the issues concerning the beautiful game In the y(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, poses with FIFA President Gianni Infantino after winning The Best FIFA Men’s Player award during the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 held in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP

What a surprise to find that sporticidal maniac Gianni Infantino has added yet another awards ceremony to football’s calendar. As someone who believes(...)

The ruling council of Fifa has voted unanimously to expand the World Cup 2026 to 48 teams. Photo: Bernd Weissbrod

On Tuesday morning the Fifa Council met in Zurich and voted unanimously to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 teams from 2026 onwards. While th(...)

Fifa Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards. Photo: Getty Images

The Fifa Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards. Fifa president Gianni Infantino’s revamp plan receiv(...)

After much discussion, argument and counter-argument, Fifa will decide on Tuesday whether Gianni Infantino can force through his vision of an enlarged World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Fifa has been here before. Accused of trying to fix something that is not broken, criticized for abandoning the tried and tested for the unwieldy and (...)

Diego Maradona has endorsed Fifa President Gianni Infantino’s proposals for a 48-team World Cup. Photograph: Epa/Walter Bieri

Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina’s former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interes(...)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino: His original idea was to expand from 32 to 40 teams, but since then he has decided that 48 teams would work even better. Photograph: Roman Kruchinin/AFP/Getty Images

This Tuesday the Fifa council meets in Zurich to vote on proposed changes to the format of the World Cup from 2026 onwards. Fifa president Gianni Infa(...)

Manchester United manager José Mourinho: “It’s important for critics to  understand expansion doesn’t mean more matches.”  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has come out in favour of a 48-team World Cup finals as the prospect of that substantially expanded tournament heads closer to reality. (...)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Photograph: Getty Images

Football federations are backing plans to expand the World Cup beyond 32 teams, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said in Dubai on Wednesday. The globa(...)

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