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FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

Jun 10, 2015

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

FIFA announced Wednesday that it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the uproar surrounding corruption probes at the organization. “It was decided to place the administrative process on hold for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding due to ...

FIFA may strip Qatar, Russia of World Cup

Jun 8, 2015

FIFA may strip Qatar, Russia of World Cup

Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official was quoted as saying on Sunday. The comments by the head of FIFA’s auditing and compliance ...

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA gave Ireland $5 mil. after debacle

In the midst of an escalating financial scandal, FIFA admitted Thursday to giving Ireland $5 million in compensation for missing a place at the 2010 World Cup after Thierry Henry’s handball set up France’s winning goal. FIFA disclosed the payment after the money was ...

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Jun 1, 2015

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Red-hot Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami was among 25 players named by manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly versus Iraq. Japan launches its World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to play Afghanistan in Iran, Syria in Oman

Japan will play its away 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the fall against Afghanistan in Iran and against Syria in Oman, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. The second-round qualifier versus Afghanistan will be on Sept. 8 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. ...

May 1, 2015

Japan's revised World Cup qualifying schedule released

Japan will open its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Singapore on June 16 and not away as originally scheduled, the Japan Football Association announced on Friday. The change was made because Singapore could not secure a stadium with the mandated capacity ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan gets Group E draw for World Cup second-round qualifiers

Japan was handed a kind draw for the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Tuesday when the former Asian champion was placed in Group E against Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, and Cambodia. None of Japan’s opponents qualified for ...

Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie

When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome. “The people here want Japan because most of the youth ...