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  • Italian Buffon eyes 2018 World Cup swansong

    Italian Buffon eyes 2018 World Cup swansong

    (Reuters) - Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is planning to retire after the 2018 World Cup, Italian media reported on Monday. Buffon has played 154 times for his country, a national record, and if he plays in the next World Cup it would be his sixth appearance in the global showpiece tournament. "If I can push myself until the 2018 World Cup, I will go on," said the Juventus skipper who turns 38 in a couple of days. More »

    Tue, Jan 26, 2016 14:55 GMT
  • Football: Gianluigi Buffon plans to play on until 2018 World Cup

    Football: Gianluigi Buffon plans to play on until 2018 World Cup

    ​Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he plans to retire and bring his glorious career to a close at the next World Cup in Russia a little under two and a half years from now. More »

    Tue, Jan 26, 2016 12:52 GMT
  • Champagne backs U.S. World Cup if Qatar bid proven corrupt

    Champagne backs U.S. World Cup if Qatar bid proven corrupt

    The 2022 World Cup should be hosted by the United States if the Qatar bid is proven to have been corrupt, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said on Tuesday. "If it had to be reconsidered, there should not be another vote but we should apply the IOC (International Olympic Committee) jurisprudence, give the gold medal to the silver medallist," the Frenchman told French radio RTL. "In that case we would go to the United States in 2022," he added, referring to FIFA's 2010 decision to award the tournament to Qatar by a 14-8 margin over the U.S. in the final round of voting. More »

    Tue, Jan 26, 2016 09:13 GMT
  • Souness welcomes 40-team World Cup concept

    Souness welcomes 40-team World Cup concept

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Former Scotland captain Graeme Souness is backing the idea of expanding the World Cup to 40 teams if it helps maintain what he describes as "a golden age" for football. The idea, first seriously mooted by banned UEFA president Michel Platini, has gained momentum recently and Souness believes it is the right time to implement it. "There are a lot of African and Asian teams where the game is building, so I think why not give them a chance?" Platini, who like Souness played in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, is suspended after being caught up in the scandals surrounding world governing body FIFA but other senior figures have championed the idea of expanding the tournament. More »

    Fri, Jan 22, 2016 11:02 GMT
  • FIFA presidential candidate suggests 40-team World Cup

    FIFA presidential candidate suggests 40-team World Cup

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino suggested expanding the World Cup to 40 teams and following the example of the European championship by spreading it across several countries to share out the "honour and benefits" of the tournament. The Swiss, general secretary of European football body UEFA, backed proposed reforms for football's scandal-plagued world governing body which included term limits for the president and leading officials and public disclosure of their remuneration. Laying out his plans for the Feb.26 election, he also proposed that FIFA should aim to distribute half of its revenues directly to its 209 member associations to be spent on the development of the sport. More »

    Tue, Jan 19, 2016 13:56 GMT