World football body FIFA is set to increase the number of participating teams in the World Cup from 32 to 48 after the body voted in that regard during a meeting in Zurich.

The change is expected to start taking effect during from the 2026 tournament.

At the moment, the number of games is about 64 games but it is set to rise to 80 when the expansion plans kicks in. however, eventual winners of the tourney play same seven games only. Also, the whole affair would be within 32 days in a bid to appease the concerns of those who opposed it – mainly European clubs. Continue reading WORLD CUP TEAMS TO EXPAND TO 48

Victor Montagliani says that the next World Cups will clean up football

In recent times, FIFA has been undergoing a string of scandals, briberies and things of this nature which has led to a number of FIFA executives either deciding to resign from their position in the football governing authority.

It’s even believed that some countries have been able to host the worldwide competition for the simple reason that they paid certain officials in order to get enough votes to make it happen, even if this nation does not have enough technological resources or top stadiums to host an event of this magnitude, it has been discovered that it does not matter as long as the nation paid for their bids and votes.

However, there still is hope as the former FIFA vice-president Victor Montagliani believes that the upcoming editions of the World Cup will clean up everything that has recently been going on and will help in trying to restore the image of the sport which has been tainted by all of these defamations. Continue reading Victor Montagliani says that the next World Cups will clean up football

Scotland Happy with Underdog Status, Says Russell Martin

Russell Martin believes that Scotland are better off with an underdog status when it comes to the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. Scotland were one of the home nations to miss out on the Euro 2016 final tournament.

Despite having a top manager like Gordon Strachan, the team was unable to make it through whereas the likes of Wales and Northern Ireland featured in this major tournament. As a result, there is a lot of pressure on Scotland to qualify for the World Cup 2018. The more number of teams taking part in this tournament does give them a great chance, but Martin says that Scotland should approach games with an underdog feeling.

Strachan’s team are in the group containing England and Slovakia. Both these teams are expected to be the favourite when it comes to fighting for qualification. Only the top two teams will be able to qualify for the World Cup. In fact, even the runners up in the group will have to go through a play-off in order to determine their participation in the final. England are the overwhelming favourites to top the group despite undergoing a managerial change. Scotland, though, will be relishing their underdog status according to Martin, who saw the team secure an impressive 5-1 win over minnows Malta in the opening group match. Continue reading Scotland Happy with Underdog Status, Says Russell Martin

There are a number of obstacles lying ahead for the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup is on the horizon and national teams are preparing themselves in order to qualify for this approaching competition.

There are however, various issues that need to be solved before this event can take place and kick-off in full force.

One of the problems that has recently popped up is in relation to a stadium dispute that is going on which has halted construction of a stadium that is going to be playing a key role in the 2018 edition of the World Cup.

A few days ago, the Sports Minister of Russia VitalyMutko has revealed information concerning a dispute involving a contractual disagreement between local authorities and the firm that has been overseeing the construction.

This stadium is being constructed in Saint Petersburg and it’s expected to be used as host for 7 World Cup games for the 2018 edition of the competition. This is also the stadium that is going to serve as host for a number of upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup matches which are going to kick off on June of 2017.
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Ashley Williams Optimistic Enough

A semi-final outing in Euro has got Ashley Williams optimistic enough to hope that the Dragons might be the World Champions in 24 months’ time.

Making the Euro Cup finals was achievement enough for Wales and even if they had been sent packing before the knockout round of the main competition, it wouldn’t have fetched them much criticism.

But, not only did they just get to the first knockout round which was the Round of 16, but, went two steps further than that and ended up in the Round of 4. The level of expectations was crossed by some margin.

And that’s why the welcome they received back home was nothing short of what should be the welcome of the Champions. The whole of the country was over the moon.

Nobody can say there was a whole lot of luck involved in Wales’ campaign at all. They advanced to the pre quarter final as the no. 1 team of the group they were in and the victories they secured in the pre quarter final and the quarter final were the comprehensive victories, the latter was in fact against the second ranked team in the world. Continue reading Ashley Williams Optimistic Enough