Tags: International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

A Chance for Putin to Woo the World, Thanks to Soccer and Trump

“That is the main consideration for the Kremlin: The ability to handle an international event here is almost like winning a small war,” Mr. Pavlovsky said. “For the Kremlin group, scale is very important. The greater the scale of an event, the more powerful the authorities seem to be.” There is also, inevitably, a bread…

World Cup 2026 Is Awarded to United States, Canada and Mexico

After months of meetings and arm-twisting, a campaign that began last August when Morocco jumped into the race on the final day that countries could announce their intention to bid, ended in an instant: with electronic vote totals suddenly flashing onto a giant screen. The victory spared U.S. Soccer a second stunning defeat in less…

FIFA Set to Make $6.1 Billion From World Cup

MOSCOW — China’s men’s national team has played in just one World Cup, in which it finished 31st out of 32 teams. But the nation is playing an essential role in righting the financial ship of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer that has struggled to regain the trust of Western companies in recent…