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Phil Masinga, former South Africa and Leeds United star, dies at 49

South African legend Phil Masinga has passed away from "a cancer related disease," the nation's football association has announced.

South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said he was "gutted" to lose "a loyal servant" of the game in the country.

"We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football," Jordan said on the SAFA website. "I am really gutted. I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar and although he was not feeling well, he was...

France World Cup heroes to be recognised with French Legion of Honour

France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year.

The Legion d'honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, but exceptions have been made in the past for the 1998 World Cup-winning squad, as well as Michel Platini.

In an official communication on Tuesday, it was confirmed that "this special promotion distinguishes the French national team players, football World Cup winners in 2018, as well as their...

Infantino: Qatar neighbours could help host World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed they could expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams which would allow neighbouring nations to help host the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed football's global governing body is exploring the possibility of some of Qatar's Gulf neighbours hosting matches at the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai, Infantino also confirmed FIFA was looking into a possible expansion of the tournament to 48 teams, but said diplomatic tension in the area could be a problem countries would have to overcome.

"If we can accommodate some of the neighbouring countries in the Gulf region which are...

World Cup was watched by more than 3.5 billion people - FIFA report

FIFA have said more than 3.5 billion people -- more than half of the global population aged four and over -- watched some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12bn watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing said the final's television audience was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of "global average in-home audience," while 309.7m more watched on digital devices and out-of-home screenings in public spaces, bars and...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino: Most federations favour 48-team World Cup in 2022

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A decision on the expansion of the 2022 World Cup will be made by March, says Gianni Infantino.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a majority of national football federations were in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

Infantino said a decision would be made by March, although it was still not clear whether an enlarged tournament would be feasible as it would be "difficult" to stage in Qatar alone.

Qatar has been locked in a bitter dispute with Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain that has complicated the prospect of...