LEIPZIG, Germany -- They were loud and they were present. Three hours before kick-off, they gathered at the Richard-Wagner-Platz in Leipzig's city centre. Some were drinking beer while others waited in anticipation of things to come.
This was their night, this was their match and this was their club: RB Salzburg. But it wasn't their city, and not even their name. In Europe, they go by the name of FC Salzburg as UEFA don't allow sponsor names. (Their opponents, RB Leipzig, maintain plausible deniability...
France and Belgium have become the first-ever joint ranked leaders in the FIFA rankings.
The latest published rankings show the two European nations exactly level on 1,729 points, something that has not in its 25-year history. Since winning the World Cup, France picked up a draw and win against Germany and Netherlands respectively in the UEFA Nations League, while Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 and Iceland -- though the former was a friendly.
Brazil remain third, ahead of World Cup finalists Croatia,...
The Republic of Ireland will join England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in exploring a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup.
The English Football Association had already announced plans to assess a bid with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Football Association Ireland said in statement released Wednesday that it would join the feasibility study "following recent positive discussions."
England, who hosted the 1966 World Cup, failed in bids to host the event in 2006 and 2018.