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World Cup 2026 To Feature 48 Teams Instead of Usual 32 — FIFA

FIFA, the football governing body has expanded the 2026 men’s World Cup in North America to 12 groups of four teams.
This is a change from the original 8 groups of 4 teams.
FIFA announced this on Tuesday, March 14.
The next World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be the first to feature 48 teams, a sharp increase from the 32 sides at last year’s tournament in Qatar.
“The revised format mitigates the risk of collusion and ensures that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams,” FIFA said on its website.
It means that there will be 104 matches, a huge rise compared to the 64 games played in the 2022 tournament and an increase even on the original plan that the 2026 World Cup would feature 80 matches.
FIFA’s initial plan for 2026 was for 16 groups of three teams, from which the top two countries would advance to the last 32.
The new decided format means the top two in each group will go through to the knockout round along with the eight best third-placed sides.
As a result, the finalists, and the teams finishing third and fourth, will play a total of eight games instead of the current seven.
The decision comes after an entertaining group stage at Qatar 2022 convinced FIFA that a rethink to its original 2026 blueprint was needed.
Tuesday’s decision was announced following a FIFA Council meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali, at which it confirmed the next men’s World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 19, 2026.
FIFA said that the total number of days between when clubs must stop playing and release players for international duty, and the final, would be 56, identical to the previous three tournaments.
Nevertheless the World Cup itself may be played over a longer period, after Qatar 2022 was held over just 29 days.
Infantino could get another four year term as FIFA president as he stands unopposed for re-election at Thursday’s FIFA Congress
Expanding the World Cup had been a priority for Infantino following his election in 2016, when he took over from Sepp Blatter at the head of world football.
The number of venues for the 2026 finals will double, from eight stadiums in Qatar last year to 16.
Eleven venues will be in the USA, with three in Mexico and two in Canada.
FIFA also projected a huge increase in revenues in the four-year cycle leading up to 2026, up to $11 billion from $7.5 billion in the four years up to 2022.
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Diplo, Calvin Harris, Kizz Daniel, and Others to Headline 2022 FIFA Fan Festival

Fans may now enjoy musical acts as they show their love of football at the FIFA Fan Festival.

The 2022 FIFA Fan Festival in Qatar has a lineup that includes superstars including American DJ Diplo and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, as well as Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel.

The festival, which is slated to take place at Doha’s Al Bidda Park, will also feature headliners like Nora Fatehi and Trinidad Cardona as well as up to 20 additional renowned entertainers from around the world.

Nigeria’s Kizz Daniel is scheduled to perform on November 23rd, riding the success of his international hit “Buga.”

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Prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022, here is a list of injured players.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar in November of that year, will be remembered for not having the majority of the typical suspects accessible.

Most footballers always hope to play in at least one World Cup before giving up on their playing days. However, some of these athletes won’t be able to participate in the inaugural World Cup, which will be held over the winter, due to injuries, which are a common occurrence in sports.

The greatest number of players from England who had injuries while playing for their clubs will miss the competition, which has hurt them the most. Reece James of Chelsea, Kyle Walker of Manchester City, and Kalvin Philips are all ineligible for the World Cup.

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Raphael Varane (France) – Leg injury

N’Golo Kante (France) – Hamstring injury.

Richarlison (Brazil) – Calf injury

Reece James (England) – Knee Injury

Diogo Jota (Portugal) – Calf Injury

Jesus Corona (Mexico) – Ankle Injury

Alexander Isak (Sweden) – Thigh injury

Paulo Dybala (Argentina) – Thigh muscle injury

Boubacar Kamara (France) – Knee ligament injury

Pedro Neto (Portugal) – Ankle injury

Arthur Melo (Brazil) – Muscle injury

Kyle Walker (England) – Groin surgery

Kalvin Phillips (England) – Shoulder problem

Paul Pogba (France) – Surgery on damaged meniscus

Ronald Araujo (Uruguay) – Thigh surgery

Angel di Maria (Argentina) – Hamstring injury

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – Hamstring injury

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Brazil drop Jesus and Coutinho from squad for friendlies.

Both Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho were left out of Brazil’s squad for Friday’s friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia as Tite’s side prepares for the World Cup. 

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The five-time world champions face Ghana on September 23 in the French city of Le Havre before facing Tunisia four days later at the Parc des Princes. 

Jesus, who joined Premier League leaders Arsenal from Manchester City this season, appeared 11 times for Brazil in World Cup qualifying without scoring. The tournament begins on November 20 in Qatar.

Coutinho, who has 21 international goals to his name, has had a slow start to the season with Steven Gerrard’s struggling Aston Villa.

Unsurprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is included in the squad and could play in Tunisia alongside PSG teammate Marquinhos. 

Brazil will begin their bid for a sixth World Cup against Serbia on November 24 in Lusail, followed by games against Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Brazil’s team:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Weverton (Palmeiras). 

Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Alex Telles (Sevilla/ESP), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG), Bremer (Juventus/ITA), Roger Ibanez (Roma, ITA). 

Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United/ENG), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle/ENG), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham/ENG), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo). 

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Neymar (PSG/FRA), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona/ESP), Richarlison (Tottenham/ENG), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/ESP), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid/ESP). 

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Salah,Ronaldo among 6 premier league players on 11 man Best FIFA men’s player of the year shortlist

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne are among the 11 players that have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year award. Also Chelsea duo Jorginho and N’Golo Kante complete the Premier League contingent on the list for the accolade, which will be awarded on January 17 next year.

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Full list ; Lionel Messi,Cristiano Ronaldo,Mohammed Salah,Ngolo Kante,Kylian Mbappe,Jorginho,Kevin de Bruyne,Robert Lewandowski,Erling Haaland,Neymar,Karim Benzema.

Best Coach ; Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel,Antonio Conte,Roberto Mancini,Hans Fickl,Lionel Scaloni, Diego Simeone.

Best Goalkepper ; Alisson, Kasper Schmeichel,Edouard Mendy,Manuel Neuer,Gianluigi Donnarumma.