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100 days to the World Cup: Favourites, stars, Mexico's hope

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Russia World Cup stadium in Samara behind schedule - FIFA

Construction at Samara Stadium, which will host six matches, is yet to be finished as the World Cup draws near.
The construction of the Samara World Cup stadium is behind schedule, according to FIFA.

FIFA says the World Cup stadium in the Russian city of Samara requires "a huge amount of work" to be ready on time.

With less than three months to go until the World Cup, the 45,000-seat Samara Arena is the only one of 12 stadiums which doesn't yet have a field installed. Cold weather in the Russian spring is holding up the installation.

FIFA chief competitions official Colin Smith said "obviously we would expect further progress than this," adding that "there's a huge amount of work still to be...

Morocco bid needs $16 billion for plans to host 2026 World Cup

With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated, bid organisers said on Saturday.

With less than three months to go until the FIFA vote, the north African nation presented the first significant details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already...

FIFA formally approves use of video review at World Cup

Stewart Robson, Peter Walton and Alison Bender debate the use of VAR at the upcoming World Cup, and ask if referees are suitably prepared for it in the Premier League.

FIFA formally approved video review to be used at this summer's World Cup.

The last step towards giving match officials high-tech help in Russia was agreed in Colombia on Friday by FIFA's ruling council, chaired by President Gianni Infantino.

"We need to live with the times," Infantino said at the meeting.

"We are going to have our first World Cup with VAR. It has been approved and we are extremely happy with that decision.

"It's an essential, important and historic decision, based on the meeting...

'No doubt' England should go to World Cup - Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate says he keeps preparing the squad for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the UK and the tournament hosts Russia.
Mark Ogden asks Ashley Young about his prospects with England and earning a squad place for the World Cup.

BURTON, England -- Gareth Southgate has branded the relationship between the UK and Russia as a "serious matter" but the England manager insists he is still preparing for the World Cup as normal.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the team could boycott the tournament this summer in the wake of the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, and Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response.

On Thursday, Southgate named a 27-man...

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England could have no journalists at World Cup after Russian threats to UK

U.K. foreign secretary Boris Johnson says Britain may not participate normally in the World Cup if Russia is proven to be behind the unexplained illness of a former spy.
With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

England are facing the risk of playing in this summer's World Cup without their media being present at the event after Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova threatened to expel all UK media from the country.

Zakharova was reacting to a warning from communications regulator Ofcom that it could strip broadcaster Russia Today of its UK operating license, if the UK government find Moscow was behind the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal.

 "I can tell you right now that not a single British...

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Brazil chief Marco Polo Del Nero has provisional suspension extended by FIFA

Marco Polo Del Nero had been banned for 90 days in December.

FIFA's ethics committee has extended the provisional suspension of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero by 45 days.

The 77-year-old was originally given a 90-day ban in December, but, with that sanction nearly over, FIFA's ethics investigator has asked for more time to complete their inquiry into his alleged involvement in football's corruption scandal.

A lawyer by trade, Del Nero has run Brazilian football since early 2015, despite being charged by American authorities...