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 By Reuters

FIFA accuses BeoutQ of illegally broadcasting World Cup matches

MOSCOW -- Football's governing body FIFA on Friday accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.

Following FIFA's announcement, officials from Qatar -- where a TV station holds the regional rights to air the tournament -- traded barbed comments online with allies of Saudi Arabia in the latest episode of a long-running feud.

FIFA said in a statement that it was "exploring all options to stop the infringement...

 By Reuters

Morocco will bid to host 2030 World Cup after missing out on 2026 edition

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Despite having Spain and Portugal in their group, Ed Dove highlights some of the key reasons Morocco could surprise a few people at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

RABAT -- Morocco will bid to host the 2030 World Cup, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after the kingdom missed out on the 2026 tournament to a joint North American bid.

"Upon royal instructions, Morocco will prepare its bid to host the 2030 tournament," spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi told a press briefing.

He also said Morocco would implement the projects included in its 2026 bid, despite losing to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The North American bid received...

 By Reuters

Morocco: Failure to unite African countries cost 2026 World Cup hopes

ESPN's Sam Borden joins Bob Ley to discuss what the 2026 tournament will look like and what kind of an impact it will have on the host nations.

Morocco's hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup foundered on the failure to secure a united African vote as the country lost in its fifth attempt to stage the global event, the north African country's bid team said on Wednesday.

Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, who will host the 2026 finals after a 134 to 65 vote triumph in a poll of FIFA member associations at the Congress of world soccer's governing body.

"We were very hopeful but, at...

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Donald Trump hurt U.S.-led World Cup bid more than helped - Germany chief

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not worried about political interference from United States president Donald Trump.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks about the 2026 World Cup coming to North America and what it means for soccer in the United States.
USSF president Carlos Cordeiro feels that hosting the 2026 World Cup will have a positive impact that can help the United States team challenge for the World Cup.

The policies and comments of United States President Donald Trump "hurt" the U.S.-led bid to host the 2026 World Cup but were ultimately not enough to sway FIFA voters, Germany federation president Richard Grindel said after Wednesday's vote.

The joint bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico ended up winning by more than double Morocco's tally -- 134 to 65 -- in a decision that was not as close as the vote appeared to be in recent months.

There had been some concern that outside political factors...

 By Reuters

FIFA president Gianni Infantino to run for re-election in 2019

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
ESPN's Sam Borden explains why United 2026 are cautiously optimistic ahead of Wednesday's vote and identifies key votes they will need to win.
Sam Borden caught up with former USSF president Sunil Gulati after the 'United 2026' bid was selected to host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday he will run for re-election.

Speaking at the FIFA Congress in Moscow one day before the start of the World Cup, Infantino said he would present his candidacy for elections taking place in Paris in June 2019.

Infantino was elected to the post in February 2016.

"I want another four years of it because I believe in what I do," Infantino said. "I believe in what I can do for FIFA and for football."

Infantino said his tenure had seen a significant improvement...

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FIFA Congress as-it-happened: United Bid to host 2026 World Cup

Episode 1 of Project Russia where we look behind the scenes as the Brazil squad arrive, Ramos squirts water and Salah is put through his paces.

The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us, but FIFA has been deciding who will host the 2026 event, and it's the United bid of U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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