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 By PA Sport
10 hours ago

European Club Association 'wants 2022 World Cup in May'

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives his views on the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and suggests that Michael Garcia's report could determine the fate of their world cup bid.

Top European football clubs are set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in May, according to reports.

The European Club Association, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 214 teams from the continent, is a powerful voice in the ongoing negotiations around when the tournament will be scheduled.

And the group, which counts 10 English clubs among its number, is reported to favour May -- a stance it will be able to present to the sport's world governing body FIFA at...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Germany top of World Ranking despite poor form, Belgium up to fourth

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes that a lengthy qualification process will benefit Germany and their current complacency in European qualification.

Germany remain top of the FIFA World Ranking for October despite a difficult month, while Belgium have climbed into the top four after swapping places with Netherlands and England have dropped to 20th.

Joachim Low's side have struggled since winning the World Cup in July, having slipped up in a friendly to Argentina and just squeezing past Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last month.

And their patchy form continued in October with a first-ever defeat to Poland and a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland...

2 days ago

Russia has no major racism problem, says minister Vitaly Mutko

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, blamed a lack of concentration for his side's 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

MOSCOW -- Russia has no particular problem with racism in football as it prepares to host the 2018 World Cup -- despite a series of recent incidents, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

Russian champion CSKA Moscow have been forced to play all of their Champions League home group games this season behind closed doors as punishment for repeated racist incidents involving their fans, and there have been further cases in the Russian league.

"I don't see that we should especially stand out...

By ESPN Staff
3 days ago

FIFA happy with Russia 2018 progress

From the sun and sand of Rio de Janeiro, to the metropolis of Moscow, the 2018 World Cup in Russia is likely to provide plenty of contrasts from the most recent tournament in Brazil.

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3 days ago

UEFA president Michel Platini won't support Sepp Blatter in FIFA election

Michel Platini, right, says UEFA will not support Sepp Blatter as he tries to be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term.

UEFA president Michel Platini says he will not support Sepp Blatter in his bid for a fifth term as FIFA president.

Platini tells Italian state TV, "I wish him well but four years ago he asked for our support by telling us that it would be his last candidacy. Now he's again asked for our support and I told him we won't anymore, we need some fresh air."

The 78-year-old Blatter announced last month he would run for another four-year term, shortly after Platini said he would not run.

The vote is scheduled...