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Qatar's mystery men may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they're expected to be

Akram Afif broke the deadlock with a late counterattacking run as visitors Qatar got the better of Switzerland in Lugano.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

LUGANO, Switzerland -- Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players' tunnel of Lugano's ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, had lost 1-0 to Qatar.

"It is difficult when you play a team of players you don't know," the Liverpool forward told ESPN FC. "In those kind of games, you can only lose.

"We watched them on video, but we didn't know their players at all, so it was difficult. Still,...

Uruguay 'working hard' on 2030 World Cup bid with Argentina and Paraguay - president

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

The president of Uruguay has said the country is "working hard" on a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup with Argentina and Paraguay.

The tournament will take place on the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, but the bidding process has not yet begun and is expected to start in 2020.

Asked whether hosting this month's Under-17 Women's World Cup in Montevideo this month was a first step towards 2030, president Tabare Vazquez told reporters it was "a very important time for Uruguayan...

Argentina's Lionel Messi 'still chewing over World Cup disappointment' - AFA chief Tapia

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side.
Carlos Tevez urges Lionel Messi to rest and think about his future with the Argentina national team because he's one of the nation's biggest idols.

Argentina will not rush Lionel Messi's return to the national team but will instead allow him to "finish chewing the disappointment of the World Cup."

Messi has not featured for the Albiceleste since captaining the side to the round-of-16 at last summer's tournament in Russia, where they were beaten by eventual champions France.

On Monday, Barcelona forward Messi picked up the awards for La Liga's top player and as the leading scorer of the league last season.

"We have the best in the world [Messi],...

Gianni Infantino wants word 'corruption' back to FIFA ethics code

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will request the term "corruption" is restored to the ethics code covering world soccer after criticism over its symbolic removal.

The Associated Press revealed in August that the FIFA Council had agreed to a new version of the code that changed the title of the section on "bribery and corruption" to just "bribery," an eye-catching adjustment after a wave of cases against soccer officials in recent years.

In a response to the AP's findings in August, FIFA said in...

FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in European Super League

The biggest names in football would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday.

Infantino, speaking to a small group of reporters at FIFA headquarters, said the governing body would punish players at clubs like Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich if they left the organised structure to form a privately-owned league.

"Either you are in or you are out," Infantino said, listing the World Cup, European...