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Spain and Portugal to assess 2030 World Cup bid

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Spain and Portugal will undertake 'an in-depth analysis' of a possible joint bid.

Spain and Portugal will start an analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, the countries' football federations said on Saturday.

They did not make any mention of Morocco, who were previously also said to have been involved.

"After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup," a joint statement said.

"Both federations would like...

1,264 days until Qatar: WC qualifying begins

With the prospect of the 2022 World Cup now involving 48 teams becoming increasingly likely, Craig Burley thinks it will 'dilute' the quality of the tournament.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris.

It has not even been 11 months since France won the World Cup in Russia but qualifying is already underway for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Qualifying began as Mongolia beat Brunei 2-0 in the first round of matches from the Asian confederation.

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Four further games were scheduled in which Cambodia take on Pakistan, Laos play Bangladesh, Macau face Sri Lanka and Bhutam host Guam.

With 1,264 days until the tournament starts proper on Nov. 21, 2022 there...

FIFA Congress Q&A: Gianni Infantino was reelected as president. What's next for Club World Cup, pay equality?

Infantino will continue as FIFA president after running unopposed in 2019, but he has a long list of things to address over the next four years.

PARIS -- Gianni Infantino will serve another term as president after being reelected by acclamation on Wednesday at the FIFA Congress. He addressed a number of topics, from women's football to FIFA finances to the revamped Club World Cup in 2021, both in front of the 211 nations present and in a media conference afterward.

Here's a Q&A to make sense of it all.

Q: He was elected "by acclamation"? What does that mean? Folks just clapped, and he got reelected?

A: Pretty much. He was the only guy running,...

Messi unsure if he'll play at 2022 World Cup

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he is unsure whether he will represent his country at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Messi has played at four World Cups with Argentina and was named the tournament's best player in 2014, but the 31-year-old said he did not know if he would be fit enough for the rigours of a fifth tournament in three years time.

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2022 World Cup: How qualifying works around the world

Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup began on June 6, 2019, when minor nations from the Asian confederation played their first round of matches. Mongolia's Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal scored the very first goal in qualifying as Mongolia beat Brunei Darussalam 2-0.

For the 2018 World Cup, FIFA held a gala for the preliminary round draw of all confederations. However, this will not happen for the 2022 tournament. 

A FIFA spoksperson told ESPN: "Given the fact that the FIFA World Cup 2022...