World Cup bids begin move to conclusion

World Cup bids begin move to conclusion

Opening up the vote for FIFA’s 2026 World Cup to every country’s federation has brought a new type of campaigning but geo-political realities and promises of profits remain a strong influence on the process.

China still have World Cup play

China still have World Cup play

President Xi Jinping’s dream of China hosting and ultimately winning the World Cup may be as far away as ever but that does not mean the country will have no involvement when soccer’s elite meets in Russia later this year.

History lessons caution Brazil hopes

History lessons caution Brazil hopes

Brazil’s 1-0 win over world champions Germany gave the South Americans a modicum of revenge for their 7-1 semi-final humiliation four years ago but the confidence boost comes with a caveat for the five-times World Cup winners.

Argentina so Messi dependent

Argentina so Messi dependent

Argentina's Lionel Messi looked on from the stands for as long as he could, but with 10 minutes remaining he had seen enough.

Tunisia step up hunt for players

Tunisia step up hunt for players

As Tunisia prepared this week for a pair of World Cup warm-up games, coach Nabil Maaloul had to juggle languages as he issued instructions on the training field, reflecting how wide the north Africa nation have cast their net.

Boussoufa will lean on Russian experience

Boussoufa will lean on Russian experience

2017 was quite a year for Mbark Boussoufa.

Elmo's long road to Russia

Elmo's long road to Russia

“To be honest, it was the most difficult five minutes in my career.”

World Cup group analysis

World Cup group analysis

Analysis of the eight World Cup groups:

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