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fifa proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 world cup


zurich (ap) — fifa wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 world cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup.the final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the november before the world cup as a test event, a move that puts the confederations cup’s long-term future at risk.the idea was announced thursday as part of the fifa bureau’s proposal to award each of the six continental confederations extra places at the world cup, which will expand starting in 2026 when north america is the expected host.uefa is set to get the three extra guaranteed slots it wanted, bringing its total to 16 qualifying slots. the proposal also increases africa to nine, asia to eight, south america to six, north america to six and ocea






puyol meets volunteers, experiences moscow excitement


for the thousands hoping to volunteer at the fifa confederations cup 2017 and the 2018 fifa world cup russia™, the interview is perhaps the most nerve-wracking part of the process. this was especially true, though, for those who arrived at the volunteer centre at the moscow state institute of international relations on 28 february. after all, they found themselves being interviewed by a bona fide world champion. carles puyol, who won the 2010 fifa world cup with spain, flew into moscow in order to chat with the prospective candidates and even help out with the selection process. puyol appeared at three world cups, as well as the confederations cup in 2009, so knows first-hand how important the volunteers are to creating a festive atmosphere. “the sense of joy coming from the volunteers is






fifa proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 world cup – the denver post


zurich — fifa wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 world cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup.the final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the november before the world cup as a test event, a move that puts the confederations cup’s long-term future at risk.the idea was announced on thursday as part of the fifa bureau’s proposal to award each of the six continental confederations extra places at the world cup, which will expand starting in 2026 when north america is expected to host.if agreed in may, the playoffs would give the 2026 hosts four more games to stage, adding to an 80-game tournament that has been 64 games since 1998.uefa is set to get the three extra guaranteed slots it wanted, bringin






roberto carlos: portugal, mexico & germany are the title contenders


the fifa confederations cup trophy is on a tour of the countries that will be fighting to hoist it aloft in russia on 2 july. after visiting australia and new zealand, it made a stop in portugal, the home of the reigning european champions, before setting off for the americas. during its stay in portugal, the trophy had a very special minder in the shape of former brazil star roberto carlos. the legendary former left-back played for a season for russian club anzhi makhachkala, where he also had a short spell as coach. though he believes russia will provide a very special atmosphere for the competition, he is undecided as to who he thinks will win it.fifa.com: you played in russia. can you tell us about the fans there?roberto carlos: they love their football. they adore it. i had the opport






jozy altidore reaches 100 caps as his usmnt legend continues to grow


jozy altidore is already the united states' third greatest goalscorer of all-time. he's been the team's leading striker for nearly a decade now and he's done it all by 27 years of age. and now he's a member of the americans' hallowed 100-cap club.when the opening whistle blew for the americans' friendly against serbia on sunday, and altidore was out on the pitch to kick off the national team's 2017 paign, he had officially picked up his 100th cap. he's just the 17th american man to ever reach that mark and the second youngest.by almost any measure, altidore's u.s. career has been nothing short of extraordinary. whether it was his four goals at the 2007 u-20 world cup, scoring his first goal for the senior team against mexico at just 18 years old, setting a u.s. record as the youngest playe






world cup fans in russia will be required to have id cards


those looking to attend a world cup match in russia in 2018 will have to bring proper identification. the host nation will be issuing identification cards that will be required to enter a stadium for a world cup match in an attempt to crack down on the shenanigans going on in the stands. you can blame russia’s very own fans for that one.russia was fined and suspended by uefa after russian fans broke out in violence during last summer’s euro 2016 tournament. with russia preparing to host soccer’s largest and most notable international soccer tournament in 2018, the pressure was on to make sure nothing like this will happen again on their home soil.so the nation opted to require identification cards in a move that will, in theory, deter others from acting out in violence as it would become e






world cup fans in russia will be required to have id cards


those looking to attend a world cup match in russia in 2018 will have to bring proper identification. the host nation will be issuing identification cards that will be required to enter a stadium for a world cup match in an attempt to crack down on the shenanigans going on in the stands. you can blame russia’s very own fans for that one.russia was fined and suspended by uefa after russian fans broke out in violence during last summer’s euro 2016 tournament. with russia preparing to host soccer’s largest and most notable international soccer tournament in 2018, the pressure was on to make sure nothing like this will happen again on their home soil.so the nation opted to require identification cards in a move that will, in theory, deter others from acting out in violence as it would become e






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am968share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world cup






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am644share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world cup






why lionel messi was banned by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am2,948share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced tuesday on its website it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world cu






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am4,159share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am3,855share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am3,384share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am2,504share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am1,838share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am1,552share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






why lionel messi was suspended by fifa for four argentina soccer games | soccer


by marcus kwesi o'mard on tue, mar 28, 2017 at 11:07am1,240share this:lionel messi crossed the line last week, and argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result.fifa announced on its website tuesday it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. the penalty stems from his behavior during argentina’s 1-0 win over chile last thursday. he’ll miss all but one of argentina’s remaining 2018 fifa world cup qualifiers due to the suspension.“lionel messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the fdc for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” fifa said in a statement. “as a result, messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of chf 10,000.”messi will sit out argentina’s next four 2018 world c






russia suddenly boosted its world cup budget by $325 million with no explanation


a man fishes through an ice hole in the finnish gulf in st. petersburg, russia, wednesday, jan. 25, 2017, with the new soccer stadium on krestovsky island which will host some of confederations cup 2017 and world cup 2018 soccer matches in the background. ap p o/dmitri lovetsky russia’s government has boosted their contribution to the 2018 world cup budget by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million u.s.), but they’re not saying why. this also increases the percentage of the overall spending now coming from the government. it flies in the face of previous efforts to cut the event’s costs as well. here are more details from the ociated press:total spending rises to 638.8 billion rubles ($10.8 billion), with all of the increase coming from federal budget funds, which now make up almost 55 percent






jozy altidore reaches 100 caps as his usmnt legend continues to grow


jozy altidore is already the united states’ third greatest goalscorer of all-time. he’s been the team’s leading striker for nearly a decade now and he’s done it all by 27 years of age. and now he’s a member of the americans’ hallowed 100-cap club.when the opening whistle blew for the americans’ friendly against serbia on sunday, and altidore was out on the pitch to kick off the national team’s 2017 paign, he had officially picked up his 100th cap. he’s just the 17th american man to ever reach that mark and the second youngest.by almost any measure, altidore’s u.s. career has been nothing short of extraordinary. whether it was his four goals at the 2007 u-20 world cup, scoring his first goal for the senior team against mexico at just 18 years old, setting a u.s. record as the youngest playe






north america mulls soccer world cup bid in the trump era


geneva (ap) — when donald trump was just a presidential candidate, there was a belief in soccer that the united states, mexico and canada would be a strong choice to team up for a north american bid to host the 2026 world cup.that still holds, even now the candidate is now president trump.a widely speculated three-way hosting bid by canada, the u.s and mexico looks a good option for fifa. it might yet be the only credible bid — albeit one needing federal governments’ support to keep teams, officials and hundreds of thousands of visiting fans safe and secure.those visitors — and likely some players — will be from countries that president trump’s administration says are today not welcome.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.there is broad agreement in fifa circles that a






north america mulls soccer world cup bid in the trump era


geneva (ap) — when donald trump was just a presidential candidate, there was a belief in soccer that the united states, mexico and canada would be a strong choice to team up for a north american bid to host the 2026 world cup.that still holds, even now the candidate is now president trump.a widely speculated three-way hosting bid by canada, the u.s and mexico looks a good option for fifa. it might yet be the only credible bid — albeit one needing federal governments’ support to keep teams, officials and hundreds of thousands of visiting fans safe and secure.those visitors — and likely some players — will be from countries that president trump’s administration says are today not welcome.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.there is broad agreement in fifa circles that a