INTERNATIONAL Federation of Association Football (Fifa) president Gianni Infantino believes it's only a matter of time before the Philippines has a real shot at realizing a dream of participating in the World Cup.Football's most powerful man, who was in ...
Oct 23, 2019
LONDON - FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned.The robust financial results suggest FIFA has ...
Mar 6, 2019
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election.The Oceania group says its executive committee - comprising 11-member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands - voted unanimously to ...
Nov 23, 2018
MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption.By ...
Dec 1, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Video review is making FIFA President Gianni Infantino "extremely happy" after being used five times and causing moments of confusion in the first round of Confederations Cup games."We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make ...
Jun 20, 2017
GENEVA - FIFA has found a difficult opponent to President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.A group of 220 of Europe's top clubs called on Infantino on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) not to ...
Dec 16, 2016
NYON, Switzerland - Uefa is not happy about the way Fifa is pushing through plans to expand the 2026 World Cup.Amid Fifa floating different scenarios in the media, Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin aimed a barb at football's governing body on Friday." ...
Dec 10, 2016
GENEVA - World Cup expansion plans got even bigger Monday, and the 2026 tournament could have 48 teams playing instead of 32.Fifa President Gianni Infantino outlined the idea that would see 16 teams go home after playing just one game in a ...
Oct 4, 2016
GOA, India - Asian soccer leaders rebelled against Fifa on Tuesday, calling off their extraordinary congress and postponing the election of three representatives to the new Fifa Council.The Asian Football Confederation said the congress lasted only 27 minutes after member countries voted ...
Sep 28, 2016
ZURICH - Fifa President Gianni Infantino hit out on Friday at attempts to "undermine" the World Cup in Russia, saying he will not judge the country on the investigation which documented a state-sponsored doping program that included soccer.Infantino told The Associated ...
Sep 17, 2016
GENEVA - After declaring FIFA's image crisis over four months ago, questions are being raised about Gianni Infantino as he heads to world soccer's next big election.The FIFA president will be a guest in Athens on Wednesday as ...
Sep 13, 2016
BANGKOK - FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the headquarters of Leicester's ownership company on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) and said the club's Premier League title run shows that fairytales are still possible.Infantino, visiting Thailand for the centenary of ...
Apr 29, 2016
MOSCOW - Video replays could be used at the 2018 World Cup, new Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).The International Football Association Board, which sets soccer's rules, approved trials of video assistance last month.Calling the ...
Apr 20, 2016
ZURICH - Whether it's World Cup holder Germany or tiny island nations like Tonga, every country has the same power when it comes to choosing a FIFA president.FIFA is an institution with more members than the United Nations and its ...
Feb 26, 2016
LONDON - The World Cup could be expanded by eight teams to 40 if Gianni Infantino is elected Fifa president.Infantino, the face of European competition draws as Uefa's general secretary, discussed his first plans to transform FIFA in an interview ...
Nov 10, 2015
GENEVA - Deadline day to enter the Fifa presidential election saw surprise entries and a potential eight-man lineup on Monday.Among late tactical changes, two unexpected additions were Gianni Infantino - the right-hand man of suspended Uefa President Michel Platini, whose own ...
Oct 27, 2015
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