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FIFA boosts China's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup

Herculez Gomez delves into the 2026 World Cup hopes of the United States after Bruce Arena's recent comments.
ESPN's Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

ZURICH -- China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA.

The governing body proposes a new legal text giving its ruling council power to decide "if circumstances so require" that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again.

It would let China bid to host the 2030 World Cup only eight years after Qatar.

FIFA imposed the two-tournament block last October, barring European members from 2026 World Cup bidding because Russia is hosting in 2018. That favoured the...

 By Paul Murphy

Alain Perrin interviewed by Thailand, wants to tighten up defence

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Alain Perrin says tightening up Thailand's leaking defence would be his priority if appointed national coach.

Former China boss Alain Perrin is hoping it will be a case of "last but not least" after being the final candidate to be interviewed for the position of Thailand's head coach.

The Frenchman met Thai officials on Monday, three days after last Friday's deadline, due to the efforts of one of his former players. Benoit Croissant, who Perrin managed at Troyes in Ligue 1, is a former S.League player based in Singapore who helped set up the meeting with the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).

And Perrin,...

China coach Marcello Lippi accepts Iran were better in World Cup qualifier

Marcello Lippi lauded Carlos Queiroz's Iran team as he conceded China still have a lot of improvements to make after seeing his side's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup diminish further with a 1-0 defeat,

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game at a packed Azadi Stadium as Iran notched up their fifth win in seven qualifiers to stand on the verge of qualifying for a second successive World Cup while China's chances of appearing in Russia slipped further.

Lippi's team remain on five points...

China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap the big wins for Japan, South Korea and Iran in AFC World Cup qualifying.

Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China at the Azadi Stadium, leaving Carlos Queiroz's side on the verge of next year's finals.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game against a China side buoyed by their victory over South Korea last week, but who now are on the verge of missing out on the finals of the World Cup once again.

China remain in fifth place in the group...