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German FA opposes World Cup expansion

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 By Tom Marshall

Chivas boss Matias Almeyda: 'Mexico has a team to win the World Cup'

LA Galaxy and Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos reflects on his return to El Tri and discusses his goals for club and country.
Matias Almeyda came out in praise of Mexican players on Wednesday.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Chivas coach Matias Almeyda believes Mexico can win a World Cup, but that Liga MX clubs need to believe more in the Mexican player.

"I've had the chance to get to know the Mexican player, their idiosyncrasies and I'd go to the World Cup [with Mexico] to win it," said Almeyda in a press conference on Wednesday. "Mexico has a team to win the World Cup."

Chivas only plays with Mexican players as per the club's policy, but the former Argentine international stressed that he wasn't...

German Football League CEO Christian Seifert: Leagues must not be neglected

Christian Seifert has said the work done by leagues cannot be replaced.

German Football League (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert has urged FIFA and UEFA not to neglect national leagues because of a focus on expanded international competitions.

Speaking at the DFL's New Year reception on Tuesday, Seifert warned that plans for an augmented World Cup, alongside the enlarged European Championship, could lead to a power struggle between international and domestic competitions.

"The interests of the leagues are not taken seriously any more," he said.

"It is completely illogical...

FIFA mulls NASL-style shootouts for 2026 World Cup group stage

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Marco van Basten's idea to have NASL-style penalties at the World Cup.
Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

Marco van Basten has said FIFA is considering using shootouts in group-stage games at the 2026 World Cup and may revive the old NASL-style penalties for the tournament.

Former Netherlands star Van Basten, who became FIFA's chief officer for technical development in September, is responsible for all technical areas from football technology innovation to refereeing.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has already received the green light for his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, with...

2018 World Cup in Russia will be the best ever - Yura Movsisyan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Real Salt Lake and Armenia international forward Yura Movsisyan insists that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be "the best World Cup this world has ever seen," and that fans need not worry about their safety.

With the tournament now less than 18 months away, worries over terrorism, the country's infrastructure, hooliganism, and racism from the host country's fans are significant. The fact that the security effort for the 2014 Winter Olympics proved to be successful hasn't...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

AFC president Sheikh Salman urges England to bid for 2030 World Cup

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has urged England to bid for the 2030 World Cup.

England lost out in the bidding for the 2006 World Cup to Germany and 2018 World Cup to Russia, and the then FA chairman Greg Dyke said in 2014 that the nation would not seek to host the tournament again while Sepp Blatter remained FIFA president amid corruption allegations over the process.

Dyke, who was replaced as FA chairman by Greg Clarke in August, said after Blatter was banned from football...