Pressing Issues: A 48-team World Cup is no cause for unbridled jubilation in Africa

2017-01-15 06:09

Africa should restrain their jubilation with the announcement of a 48-team Fifa World Cup because, sadly, Africa will still go to the tournament merely make up the numbers, writes S'Busiso Mseleku

FIFA risks quality of World Cup with expansion

2017-01-12 12:12

During a 17-year FIFA presidency packed with madcap ideas and policy, not even Sepp Blatter ultimately tinkered with the World Cup format.

Critics round on 'political' World Cup expansion

2017-01-10 22:07

Critics of FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams were quick to blast it as a politically and money-driven ploy.

Infantino not a 'dictator' on SWC expansion

2016-12-28 19:30

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he will not be a "dictator" in discussions over his proposal to expand the World Cup finals from 32 to 48 teams.

FIFA are not world doping police - Infantino

2016-12-19 13:00

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has ruled out taking the 2018 World Cup from Russia in the wake of the latest findings of the McLaren report.

FIFA president backs 48-team World Cup

2016-12-08 06:55

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams featuring 16 groups of three.

Infantino kicks off talks on SWC expansion

2016-11-23 18:37

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has wrapped up the first of 11 SWC expansion meetings with federation representatives.

Bigger World Cup insane - Watzke

2016-10-13 15:13

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal for a bigger SWC is complete insanity, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said.

FIFA chief promises clean 2026 SWC bid

2016-10-06 18:15

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has vowed that the 2026 SWC bidding process will be free of controversy.

Infantino 'sad, surprised' at Allardyce exit

2016-10-06 11:41

FIFA president Gianni Infantino admits that he was "extremely surprised" at the way Sam Allardyce's brief reign as England manager ended.


Expanded World Cup has China daring to dream

2017-01-12 15:17

China's football chief hailed FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, saying it could help realise the country's "dream".

A 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?

2017-01-12 11:06

FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams prompted one major question: who can host the global showpiece in its revamped format?

More nations can 'dream' of making World Cup - Infantino

2017-01-10 17:53

FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026 will allow more countries to "dream" of qualifying for the globe's top sporting event.

Irish FA seeks 'urgent' FIFA meeting over fine

2016-12-22 08:28

The Irish FA sought an "urgent" meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to protest over a 15,000 Swiss franc fine imposed for Northern Ireland's tribute to Britain's war dead.

FIFA boss wants video refs at 2018 SWC

2016-12-17 12:17

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia - if its teething problems have been fixed in time.

FIFA chief to attend Brazil plane crash funerals

2016-12-02 07:43

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has postponed a trip to Australia so he can attend funeral services for the footballers killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

FIFA chief wants video refs for next SWC

2016-11-22 22:23

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

48-team SWC faces test at FIFA meet

2016-10-13 07:07

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the SWC faces a key test from Thursday at a meeting of world football's top executives.

FIFA chief backs 'more open' 48-team SWC

2016-10-06 13:10

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed in an exclusive interview that he backs expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.

FIFA head Infantino suggests 48-team SWC

2016-10-04 07:25

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the SWC could have 48 teams playing at the 2026 tournament instead of 32.

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