MIAMI: FIFA moved a step closer on Friday (Mar 15) to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a suitable co-host can be found.An internal feasibility study supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed by President Gianni Infantino, was given full backing by the FIFA council in Miami.A final decision will now be taken in Paris on Jun 6 after FIFA and Qatar jointly submit the names of potential co-host nations to the governing body's Congress.Infantino, who also confirmed a new Club World Cup with 24 teams will begin in 2021 to replace the Confederations Cup, told a press conference: "You have in front of you a happy FIFA president."I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions."We came to conclusion, yes it's feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met."Since we decided in January 2017 that we should increase teams in 2026, and … [Read more...] about Football: FIFA backs 48-team World Cup in 2022
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By Dan Ralph The Canadian Press Tues., Feb. 26, 2019 Reina Iizuka is Canadian university football’s best-kept secret. The five-foot-seven, 160-pound defensive back is entering her third year at the University of Manitoba, having been a redshirted player on the Bisons in 2018. Redshirted players, who practise but do not dress for games, usually aren’t in the spotlight. However, it’s a different story for the 19-year-old Iizuka, who is believed to be the first woman to appear on a U Sports football roster. The well-spoken native of Mississauga, Ont., applied to Manitoba in 2017, but wasn’t on the roster her first year, working out with the team while she recovered from a knee injury. Iizuka sees herself as a football player first, but understands how others can consider her a trailblazer and pioneer in her chosen sport. Article Continued Below “I’m someone who plays the game but I also realize with that will be … [Read more...] about Bisons’ Iizuka attempting to become first female to play U Sports football
SAO PAULO: When the former boss of Brazilian football was arrested in Zurich in a 2015 graft case that would see him sentenced to prison, his successor in the job didn't lose a minute - he got on the first plane to Rio de Janeiro and didn't look back.That was three years ago, and since then Marco Polo Del Nero has seen FIFA's top brass toppled in a scandal that has disgraced the world's biggest sport, including ex-Brazil football chief Jose Maria Marin who was sentenced in New York on Wednesday (Aug 22) to four years in prison for taking US$6.6 million in bribes.Del Nero, former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, is wanted for trial in the same case and in April received a life ban from FIFA.But in his native Brazil, Del Nero is safe from extradition, which is only permitted in narco-trafficking cases. Also sheltering here is Ricardo Teixeira, who likewise headed the Brazilian Football Confederation - in his case for 23 years - and stands accused in the same bribery … [Read more...] about Brazil’s tainted former football chiefs enjoy safe haven
Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Looking back at the last four weeks as the World Cup Final between France and Croatia takes place this Sunday (Jul 15), one can say it’s been a tournament of a few surprises.England got so much further than anyone expected. Argentina and title- holders Germany shockingly got booted out in the group stages. Yet, sadly there are still some things that unsurprisingly never change: Sexism in football fandom.This writer was watching England beat Sweden during the quarter-finals at a house party when a male acquaintance started “mansplaining” the beautiful game to me.“You know why that’s a foul? Now, they are going to take a freekick. You know who is very well known for freekicks? The very handsome David Beckham,” he said to me, and only me - the lone girl on a couch full of men.“Eh, are you a real football fan or just watching because … [Read more...] about Why are female football fans still victims of sexism in 2018?
• Dating your coworker can be a tricky prospect. • To get some perspective, we asked Business Insider readers to share their own stories of finding love in the office. • Some of these workplace romances fizzled out, while others resulted in a lasting love. Jumping into a relationship with a coworker is the ultimate mix of business and pleasure. Sometimes, the recipe results in a toxic mess – and even termination. But other times, things work out. Your deskmate might just turn out to be your soul mate. Business Insider recently asked readers to share their tales of success (and woe) about their office romances. You responded with everything from disastrous affairs to heartwarming love stories. These answers are real people’s anecdotes gathered through a Google form. They’re for fun, not advice – if you’re looking for that, check out rules for dating your coworker. Here are some of your … [Read more...] about We asked and you answered: Here are your top stories about falling in (and out) of love in the office