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FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali promises to expand World Cup to 36

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses the possibility of FIFA Presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein defeating Sepp Blatter.

The sole remaining challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency has promised to increase the number of World Cup finals places from 32 to 36 countries in time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia if he wins next week's election.

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein of Jordan also pledged every association will receive at least one million U.S. dollars (£640,000 on current exchange rates) a year -- both his promises can be seen as a direct attempt to target Blatter's biggest area of support in Asia and...

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Poland FA chief Zbigniew Boniek wants 2018 World Cup moved

UK Member of Parliament Damian Collins has called for more pressure to be put on FIFA's corporate sponsors, in an attempt to force a change in workers' rights in Qatar.

Zbigniew Boniek, the former Poland international who is now chairman of the Polish Football Association, has called for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup because of its involvement in the Ukraine civil war.

Boniek, who played at Juventus alongside UEFA president Michel Platini, said he will make his position clear at FIFA's Congress in Zurich next week.

His is the first association to call for such action by FIFA, though politicians including Britain's new sports minister Tracey Crouch...

Luis Figo joins Michael van Praag in withdrawing from FIFA president race

Michael van Praag has withdrawn from the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter explains that football can function as an agent for peace, at the Israel Football Federation meeting in Jerusalem.

LISBON, Portugal -- Luis Figo dropped out of the FIFA presidential election on Thursday, calling football's governing body a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter.

The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed "for the delivery of absolute power to one man" -- indicating Blatter, the current FIFA president.

Figo's announcement came hours after another candidate, Dutch football...

German FA will not support Sepp Blatter at FIFA presidential elections

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb discusses the improvements FIFA has made under Sepp Blatter, FIFA's contribution to CONCACAF and believes FIFA would benefit from being more transparent.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter discusses the delicate relationship between Palestine and Israel during a visit to the region.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter explains that football can function as an agent for peace, at the Israel Football Federation meeting in Jerusalem.

The German FA (DFB) will not vote for Sepp Blatter at the FIFA presidential elections this month, its president has said.

Blatter, 79, is seeking his fifth term as FIFA president when the votes are cast in Zurich on May 29, and the Swiss is strong favourite to be re-elected.

However, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach told Bild: "The DFB chairmanship continues to take the view that a change at the FIFA top would be in order."

He added that he has little hope for change, though, saying: "It would be...