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FIFA World Cup

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Garcia's findings will be released

The ESPN FC team react to Michael Garcia's 430-page report which will be released, but Craig Burley cannot help but crack a few jokes about Sepp Blatter's comments on 'bringing back FIFA.'

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA sets Russia World Cup dates from June 14-July 15, 2018

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that FIFA will release Michael Garcia's report but that the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15.

Confirming the tournament dates on Friday, the FIFA executive committee agreed that the opening match will be played on a Thursday, June 14.

Meanwhile, FIFA also agreed on Friday that a final decision on the timing of the 2022 World Cup will be taken in March of next year. The November-December 2022 time-frame remains the most likely time in order to avoid the extreme heat of the summer.

The 2018 World Cup...

 By Tony Mabert

Thierry Henry quits, Qatar eyes Prem club, FIFA to publish World Cup report

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

This week's biggest news stories of the week saw a true great of the modern game bow out, Manchester United step closer to another big-money deal and FIFA and Qatar do yet more wonders for their respective reputations.

TOP 5 STORIES

1. Henry deserves a big hand (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

Thierry Henry calling time on his playing career was widely expected, and that allowed him the time to stage-manage his announcement perfectly. The striker picked what could be predicted as a quiet news day to make...

FIFA promises $300K bonuses from World Cup income

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that FIFA will release Michael Garcia's report but that the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- FIFA plans to give a further $300,000 bonus to each of its 209 member federations from 2014 World Cup revenues.

FIFA says the payments will help cover "the costs of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup."

The payments follow FIFA president Sepp Blatter's promise in June that each member will get a $750,000 bonus.

FIFA banked more than $4 billion from commercial deals linked to the tournament.

The bonuses would be paid equally to South American nations playing 18 qualifying...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Blatter: 2018 and 2022 won't be revisited

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that FIFA will release Michael Garcia's report but that the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

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