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Was there any point to the Garcia Report?

The 2014 Garcia report into World Cup bidding corruption was leaked to Bild, then released by FIFA this week. Yet, its confirmation serves little purpose.

News flash. The bidding for the 2018 and ’22 World Cups was rife with corruption. The 2014 Garcia Report, which FIFA refused to release in full until it was leaked to German news outlet Bild on Monday, confirms it. With the cat out of the bag, FIFA officially released the full document a day later. As Garcia’s investigation was an ... Read More »

Guerrero is on fire – Can Peru qualify for Russia 2018?

Paolo Guerrero celebrates with Peru

The veteran striker is well known for his time spent in Germany with both Bayern Munich and Hamburg SV, but now he is ripping up the South American streets for Peru. They are five points off from going to Russia with four games to go. Can Captain Guerrero and his rich form take Peru to their first World Cup since ... Read More »

Harry Kane, the leader England needed

Gareth Southgate called for leaders and Harry Kane stepped up. The Tottenham forward salvaged a point at the death to save English blushes; handed the armband, Kane delivered. Is he now the man to lead England to success? Read More »

Andorra aiming for more glory after famous Hungarian victory

Andorra national team celebrate

During Euro 2016, Hungary participated in one the best games of the competition when sharing six goals in their final group match against eventual winners Portugal. The Hungarians were then beaten 4-0 by an impressive Belgian team in the knock-out phase, but just 12 months later, a shock 1-0 defeat in Andorra has cast into doubt their ability to qualify ... Read More »

Six Strikers to Watch in the Confederations Cup

Absent other major trophies' prestige and viewed as a tune up for the World Cup, the Confederations Cup may offer a peek at some exciting young goalscorers. Lars Stindl is one.

Russia 2018 looms ever closer. Yet, prior to that, we have its preparation tournament, aka the Confederations Cup. Eight nations, some of which treat it a lot more seriously than others, contest a fortnight’s worth of football for a lesser known piece of silverware. Here are six forwards who can make an impact with their collective goal threats. Read More »

CONCACAF’s Multinational World Cup Bid Ridiculous

The Canada/US/Mexico multinational World Cup bid will give fans first-hand experience with Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days.

There should always be more than one way to do something. What’s more, people, if not cats, should remain open to alternative methods. I mention this because FIFA, through new president Gianni Infantino has expressed its desire to favor multinational World Cup bids in the future. In what would have seemed an extremely ridiculous response before Donald Trump was elected US President, ... Read More »

Nations League Bad Idea For CONCACAF

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is a proponent of suspension of belief as he tries to sell his constituencly on its own Nations League.

Suspension of disbelief is a powerful psychological concept usually applied to fiction. To be entertained, people are willing to believe there can be superheroes with incredible strength, ability to fly, control magic, or take on arachnoid characteristics after being bitten by a radioactive spider. They’ll also accept predators and prey can live together in a Zootopia without wondering what the lions ... Read More »

FIFA Announce Regional Allocations for 48-Nation World Cup in 2026

FIFA will profit from 48 regional allocations for the 2026 World Cup

The BBC’s Richard Conway broke the news on Thursday. FIFA and the six continental federations have agreed on regional allocations for the expanded forty-eight nation World Cup in 2026. Here is a breakdown for each continent’s allotment with thoughts on possible implications. Number of nations which will compete from each federation are in parentheses. Read More »

Wales need to try something new

Wales

Wales’ goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland last Friday night was its fourth during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Four draws in five matches is not the return many Welsh fans hoped for after their side’s remarkable success in the Euros. But, it is this very success that has blemished the Dragons’ World Cup campaign. The 5-3-2 system that wrought so much ... Read More »

The resurgence of Brazil under Tite

The Brazil we used know is the Brazil that wallops opponents 3-nil and 4-nil in games; but recently, the Brazil we see, is a Brazil that gets thrashed 7-1 in a World Cup semi-final; a Brazil that simply cannot navigate the Copa America group stage. All that has changed since the coming of Tite! Read More »

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