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Report: FIFA mull Oman, Kuwait if '22 World Cup expands to 48 teams

FIFA is considering Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches at the 2022 World Cup if the tournament, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 teams, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026 but FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing forward the enlarged format to 2022.

World soccer's ruling body did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A decision is expected in June, although FIFA has already warned it...

Pim Verbeek quits Oman, calls time on managerial career

Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and South Korea boss calling time on a managerial career spanning almost 40 years.

The 62-year-old took charge of the Oman national team in 2016 and guided them to a Gulf Cup triumph the following year and to the last 16 of the Asian Cup for the first time last month.

Oman FA chief Salem bin Saeed Al Wahaibi called an emergency board meeting on Wednesday and accepted Verbeek's resignation even though his contract...

Australia thrash Oman in AFC Asian Cup warmup match

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Australia captain Mark Milligan is happy his side is getting "into the habit of scoring goals" after the defending champions thrashed world No. 82 Oman 5-0 in an Asian Cup warm-up.

The Socceroos got off to a lively start with goals to Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis in the first 13 minutes, with former Adelaide United striker Awer Nabil adding a third on 23 minutes at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Sunday.

The procession continued after the break with centre half Milos Degenek scoring...

Former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek appointed Oman head coach

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Pim Verbeek has been appointed by Oman as their new head coach.

Former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek has been confirmed as the new coach of the Oman national team.

The Dutchman -- who steered Australia at the 2010 World Cup -- succeeds Spaniard Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who quit last month, and will be officially unveiled to media later on Tuesday in Muscat.

Verbeek, 60, arrived in Oman at the weekend to finalise the deal, flying in from Sydney, where his daughter lives.

It marks a return to Asian football for Verbeek, who previously coached South Korea and was an...