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Senegal’s Fatma Samoura to leave Fifa secretary general post after 7 years

After serving for seven years as Fifa’s secretary general, Senegal’s Fatma Samoura is to step down. She was appointed in 2016 but now wants to end her role to spend more time with her family. “It was the best decision of my life to join Fifa,” she said. At the time of her appointment Samoura became the first female and… Read More
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Cape Verde renames national stadium in honour of Pele

Cape Verde’s national stadium is to be renamed after Pele, the country’s prime minister has said. The 15,000-seater Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde, located just outside the capital Praia, will become the Pele Stadium. The news comes after Fifa’s president Gianna Infantino proposed – while speaking at Pele’s memorial service in Brazil – that every country should name a stadium… Read More
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How the world reacted to Argentina winning the World Cup

Argentina on Sunday became 2022 World Cup champions for the third time after beating France on penalties in the final in Qatar. Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning spot-kick to give the South Americans a 4-2 victory in the shoot-out, after a frenetic game ended 3-3 after extra time. Lionel Messi scored twice and Angel di Maria netted for the Argentines,… Read More
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Blatter and Platini found not guilty following fraud trial

– – Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini have both been found not guilty following their fraud trial in Switzerland. The pair stood trial over a payment of 2m Swiss francs (£1.6m) made by Blatter to Platini in 2011. Both men had denied wrongdoing and said the transfer was belated payment for Platini’s advisory work for Fifa.… Read More
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Ghana-Nigeria World Cup qualifier: Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to host Jollof Derby

– – The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi has been approved to host Ghana’s home leg of the 2022 World Cup final qualifying play-off match against Nigeria despite several problems with the ground. African Soccer ruling body CAF has given approval for the 40,000-capacity stadium in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi to be used for the tie but has listed… Read More

Mahabeh: Djibouti are capable of winning games in Qatar

Djibouti face Lebanon in Arab Cup qualifier Mahdi Mahabeh their most effective weapon 25-year-old is country’s all-time top scorer For many years, Djibouti had to endure the troubled waters of world football. Apart from a brief respite in 2006/07, the Shoremen of the Red Sea were never far from the bottom of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking… until 2016 that is.… Read More

Diego versus England

35 years ago today Diego Maradona inspired Argentina’s 2-1 win over England It is arguably the best individual performance in World Cup history It included the ‘Hand of God’ and ‘The Goal of the Century’ ‘Half-angel, half-devil,’ read the headline in L’Équipe. The latter referred to the ‘Hand of God’, one of the most infamous goals in football history. The… Read More

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ qualification match between Jordan and South Sudan forfeited

Following the confirmation of COVID-19 cases among the South Sudan delegation, the FIFA Bureau for Men’s Senior Tournaments has declared the match scheduled to take place this evening against Jordan as part of the FIFA Arab Cup qualifiers a forfeit with a 3-0 win to Jordan. The decision is based on article 5.6 of the competition regulations (“force majeure”) and… Read More

FIFA President discusses 2018 legacy and sustainable growth of football during visit to Russia

President Infantino met with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin Russia will host the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, kicking off on 19 August FIFA President Gianni Infantino noted the impact of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on football and its place in society during a visit to the country, where he also discussed ongoing strategies for the… Read More