FIFA chief Blatter accuses English of sour grapes

FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused the English of sour grapes over their lost bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

FA to hold independent review of David Triesman`s claim

The FA will hold an independent review into claims from former FA chairman David Triesman that four FIFA executive committee members sought favours to vote for England`s 2018 World Cup campaign.

World Cup fans can go far, Urals city says

Free travel on new high-speed trains should allay fans` fears about the long journey to the most far-flung city on Russia`s list of proposed sites for the 2018 World Cup, officials say.

Arshavin promises ‘perfect’ World Cup in Russia

Russia international Arshavin said he understood the disappointment of English fans, for whom football is a “religion”, at losing out to his homeland in the race to stage the 2018 global showpiece.

AIFF XI aims first I-League points

After starting their campaign with a loss, AIFF XI would look to bounce back and gain their first points with a win against ONGC in an all-debutant I-League second round match here on Wednesday.

England`s Football Association Chairman quits over 2018 World Cup bid row

The acting Football Association (FA) Chairman Roger Burden has said that he will quit as he no longer trusts FIFA members after the failure of England`s 2018 World Cup bid.

England bid chief: No point bidding until system changes

There is no point in countries like England, Australia or the United States bidding to host World Cup finals in the future until FIFA changes its voting system, England’s bid chief Andy Anson said on Friday.

Russia beats its chest after 2018 World Cup victory

Russia met victory in securing the 2018 World Cup with a mix of chest beating and joy on Friday as media proclaimed the Russian bear triumphant over its Western European rivals.

FIFA set to take sport`s biggest decision

Bidding teams for the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals took sharply.

BBC documentary will not harm England bid, says Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron believes the BBC’s probe into FIFA’s affairs will not affect England’s 2018 World Cup bid although he said he was frustrated at the timing of the Panorama documentary.

FIFA says England World Cup could clash with Wimbledon

England’s bid to stage football’s World Cup in 2018 may suffer from a possible clash with the historic Wimbledon tennis tournament in June to July, according to FIFA’s technical evaluation.

FIFA to announce World Cup bid probe outcome

FIFA is due to announce on Thursday the outcome of its probe into corruption and collusion allegations that have marred bidding for football`s 2018 and 2022 World
Cups just two weeks before the hosts are chosen.

Russia needs World Cup more than rivals - Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko believes his country needs the 2018 World Cup more than any of its rivals to become a real football country.

England 2018 bid distances itself from media allegations

The leaders of England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup have written to FIFA’s executive committee distancing themselves from media allegations of corruption within world soccer’s governing body.

Cameron to push England 2018 World Cup bid

Prime Minister David Cameron plans to attend the FIFA vote next month when world soccer’s governing body decides the fate of England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Portugal denies alleged collusion in World Cup bid

Portugal’s soccer chief rejected media allegations his country’s joint bid with Spain to host the 2018 World Cup had been conducted in collusion with Qatar’s bid for the 2022 finals in breach of FIFA rules.

Passion the key to 2018 World Cup bid, says US head

The United States bid for the 2018 World Cup could hinge on whether the country`s passion for the sport is fully appreciated by the rest of the world, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said.

Brad Pitt`s `secret weapon` to land 2018 World Cup for US

In a bid to land the 2018 World Cup for America, Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt has plans to unleash a secret weapon against David Beckham and England.

FIFA begins inspection for 2018-2022 World Cups

A FIFA inspection committee has started a visit to the 12 countries vying to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

Australia World Cup infrastructure to cost Oz dollars 2.8 billion

Australia will spend 2.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, national soccer governing body Football Federation Australia (FFA) said.