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FIFA charges Argentina over World Cup final celebrations

FIFA opened a disciplinary case against the Argentine Football Association on Friday for alleged offensive player misconduct and violations of fair play at the World Cup final. FIFA cited its media and marketing regulations for prosecuting the case, which appears to relate to a boisterous celebration by players running through the interview zone after the game on Dec. 18. Argentina beat France in a penalty shootout after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lusail Stadium in Qatar. About three hours later, players led by captain Lionel Messi ran and sang through the official interview area and damaged flimsy partition walls without stopping to speak to international broadcast and print media. The disciplinary charges that include “offensive behavior and violations of the principles of fair play” did...
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Messi and Mbappe among nominees for FIFA Best award | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Fresh from their brilliant performances at the World Cup, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are among the nominees for FIFA's The Best award for last year, world football's governing body announced on Thursday.Messi, who has won the prize once before, captained Argentina to victory in Qatar, a career-defining triumph that has boosted his chances of winning an eighth Ballon d'Or but may also make him favourite for this prize.As well as Mbappe, who netted a hat-trick in the World Cup final, another two Paris Saint-Germain players are nominated in Neymar and Achraf Hakimi.Karim Benzema, who won last year's Ballon d'Or for his performances with Real Madrid, is also nominated, as is Robert Lewandowski, winner of the FIFA prize in the last two years.The list of nominees is completed by Ma...
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Arsene Wenger to help with Indian football’s grassroots programmes | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Arsenal manager and world governing body FIFA's current chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger will play a role in Indian football's grassroots programmes and talent development.During the World Cup in Doha, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey had held deliberations with Wenger and other senior officials of the FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) regarding youth development projects in India."We have had extensive discussions with FIFA development team. Arsene Wenger is head of FIFA Task Force and they will help us in grassroots programme. Coaches from Wenger's team would come," Chaubey said after unveiling its 'Vision 2047' roadmap."About football budget cut, we have got lot of help from government and ministry and we hav...
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FIFA boss Infantino in Pele wake selfie row | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: FIFA chief Gianni Infantino insisted Wednesday he would never be disrespectful to Pele as he came under fire over a photo call at the Brazilian legend's wake.Infantino took a selfie with some of Pele's old teammates on Monday right beside the open coffin of the three-time World Cup winner.The Swiss said he took the photo as Pele's friends seemed unable to operate their mobile phones."I took the phone of one of them and took the photo of all of us for him," Infantino insisted."If being helpful to a teammate of Pele creates criticism I'm happy to take it and will continue to be helpful wherever I can to those having contributed to write legendary pages of football."I have so much respect and admiration for Pele and for that ceremony yesterday that I would never do anything that wou...
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Pele’s death, glory for Messi and an unprecedented FIFA ban for India sum up the year in football | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pele's demise just two days before the world prepared to welcome the new year and Lionel Messi-led Argentina lifting the World Cup trophy were undoubtedly the two epochal moments, which will be remembered for decades to come even as Indian football made more noise for its administrative mess than the on-field achievements in 2022.If Messi worked his magic to guide Argentina to its third World Cup triumph on December 18, Pele's legion of fans kept praying as he battled cancer in a Sao Paulo hospital before he departed the world on December 29.Fans in India shed tears of joy when Messi lifted the World Cup trophy, and cried inconsolably when Pele left, given their connect with the 'Beautiful Game'.However, on the home front, things are far from hunky-dory even though global foo...
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FIFA probe celebrity chef Salt Bae’s ‘undue access’ at World Cup final | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: FIFA are investigating how celebrity chef Salt Bae gained "undue access" to the pitch after the World Cup final where he enthusiastically posed for photos with surprised Argentina players, including a bemused and irritated Lionel Messi.Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, was pictured holding and kissing the trophy after Argentina beat France in Sunday's final in Qatar.The Turkish entrepreneur was widely criticised for twice grabbing the arm of Messi, who tried to sidestep the unwanted attention.Messi ignoring Salt Bae is golden 🤣🤣 https://t.co/SfCiz1wzXA— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) 1671454736000He was also photographed with Angel di Maria, Lisandro Martinez and even seen sinking his teeth into another player's medal.FIFA rules state the World Cup trophy can only be held by ...
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French minister wants FIFA probe as team targeted by insults at home and abroad

The distasteful taunting of France striker Kylian Mbappe by some Argentina fans amid celebrations in Buenos Aires to welcome back the World Cup winners should be investigated by soccer’s world governing body FIFA, a senior French cabinet minister said. During Argentina’s jubilant homecoming a group of fans set alight a makeshift coffin lid adorned with a cross and picture of Mbappe. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also clutched a toy baby with Mbappe’s face on during an open-top bus parade through the capital. Images of both went viral on social media. Meanwhile, France’s soccer federation and an anti-racism charity will file legal complaints against individuals who hurled racist insults at Mbappe and his team mates on social media following the World Cup final defeat on penalties. Asked f...
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All the slips between the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the lips | Football News – Times of India

The unusual winter World Cup threw up its share of unexpected results, symbolised as much by Argentina's run to the trophy after a sputtering start as Morocco's progress to the semifinals. The surprises are not confined to the headline moments but also reflected in the match records and the minutes of the meetings.TOI brings you a digest of the numbers that stood out after the sumptuous Qatar 2022:If heavyweights flattered to deceive, some of the minnows made jaws drop in disbelief in Qatar. But while only the faithful may claim they knew all along how it would play out, the devil actually lies in the data. Analysis by pundits using advanced tools shows where the top teams fell short and how some of the unfancied sides outperformed expectations.One such metric is 'expected goals' or xG,...
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World Cup needs risk-takers, says Jurgen Klinsmann | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Former World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann said the tournament in Qatar has shown the need for risk-taking players such as Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. Mbappe and Messi, the leading scorers with five goals apiece, will go up against each other at Lusail Stadium on Sunday when defending champions France meet Argentina. Klinsmann, who won the trophy with West Germany in 1990, said it was vital to have players who could unlock defences. "You need to have players capable of going one against one, players who can get past defenders," Klinsmann, a member of FIFA's technical study group, said on Saturday. "Be risky, be courageous, because the middle of the field is so well-organised." The trend of teams crowding central areas has led to a sizeable uptick in the number of goals scored fr...
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Whatever the ending, FIFA World Cup in Qatar duly delivered | Football News – Times of India

A FIFA World Cup that has defied all expectations reaches its climax on Sunday when Lionel Messi could join Diego Maradona in Argentine immortality by taking the south Americans to the title or France could become the first nation to retain it since 1962. Both scenarios would be an appropriate final act to the first World Cup staged in an Arab country. But whatever happens, a tournament ridiculed in the build-up and which began a little awkwardly delivered an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that even the cynics leapt on board. Millions of words were written criticising the choice of Qatar as host to the world's second-largest sports event and the debate will continue long after the last ball is kicked. But for a month the so-called beautiful game did, in the words of FIFA president Gian...
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World Cup going from compact to super-sized in 2026 | Football News – Times of India

TORONTO: With the most compact World Cup ever reaching a climax on Sunday in Qatar, the baton will be passed to 2026 co-hosts the United States, Mexico and Canada for what will be a super-sized global soccer showcase with more games and travel - and much more beer. After controversially awarding 2022 host duties to Qatar, a country smaller than the state of Connecticut, soccer's governing body FIFA is going big in 2026, increasing the number of teams from 32 to 48 with games over three nations and as many time zones. The last time Mexico (1986) and the United States (1994) hosted a World Cup there were 24 teams. With 16 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico staging matches, the logistics will be mind-boggling even before adding in 48 team training bases. The 2026 tournament...
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FIFA to ‘revisit’ plan to scrap four-team groups: Infantino | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: FIFA looks set to revise plans to introduce three-team groups for the 2026 World Cup, world football chief Gianni Infantino said on Friday. FIFA had previously indicated that the 2026 finals, which will expand to 48 teams from 32, would see countries divided into 16 groups of three during the first round. Under that format, the top two teams in each group would advance to a 32-team knockout tournament. However, FIFA president Infantino said the thrilling success of the existing first-round format at the Qatar World Cup -- where teams were divided into traditional groups of four -- had prompted a rethink. Several groups in Qatar went down to the wire, with qualification hanging in the balance until the final whistle. "The groups of four have been absolutely incredible until the las...
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Real Madrid agree deal to sign Brazilian 16-year-old prodigy Endrick | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign Brazilian teenager Endrick from Palmeiras, the teams announced on Thursday, beating a host of leading European clubs linked to the prodigy. The 16-year-old striker will join the European and LaLiga champions in July 2024, due to world soccer governing body FIFA's rules prohibiting underage players from playing abroad. Real have reportedly trumped several top clubs, including Paris St-Germain, Chelsea, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, who were chasing the young prospect. Palmeiras and Real did not provide any details of the deal but Brazilian media group Globo said the transfer would be worth 70 million euros ($74.88 million), the second biggest in the history of the Brazilian championship only behind the r...
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FIFA to re-think 2026 format as they face spoiling winning recipe

Having just delivered the most exciting group stage ever seen at a World Cup, with a tried and tested format that keeps hundreds of millions of fans enthralled, FIFA now faces the prospect of ripping it all up. Instead, they risk a turgid fortnight of drab games and dead rubbers, plus the possibility of unwanted controversy, as they try to accommodate 48 teams at the 2026 edition in North America. It means world football’s governing body are re-thinking the format for the next World Cup as their original plans to have 16 groups of three teams in the first phase, with two from each advancing to the next stage, now look dangerously dull, as well as potentially courting unsporting behavior. As things stand now for 2026, when Canada, Mexico and the U.S. jointly host the World Cup, there is ...
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Morocco talks of a new world order through their football | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: The idea of ‘blue blood’, that once mostly ready and deluded symbol of racial superiority, was born when pale-skinned Spanish nobility would compare their veins to the darker-skinned Moors, nomadic invaders from north Africa. Something on similar lines is playing out at the World Cup in Qatar here. Only this time, that notion will be turned on its head, promise football’s latest outliers. When Morocco’s manager Walid Regragui speaks to us of his country and his land, Africa’s fervent desire, he is speaking for ages of inequality, on the football field and off it. He is talking of respect, of belonging and wanting to be accepted. “Tomorrow, we will run, there won’t be any fatigue. We have a huge chance. I don’t want to waste it and wait another 40 years to discuss an African team a...
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Pele’s health improving but no forecast for hospital discharge, doctors say | Football News – Times of India

SAO PAULO: The health of Brazilian soccer great Pele was improving but there was still no forecast for when he could be discharged from hospital after being admitted there late last month, according to a medical report released on Monday. Pele, 82, has been battling colon cancer since September 2021 and was hospitalized on Nov. 29 for doctors to reevaluate his treatment. He is also being treated for a respiratory infection diagnosed following his hospitalization. "The patient continues to show improvement in the clinical status, in particular the respiratory infection. He remains in a regular room, is conscious and with stable vital signs," medical staff at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital said. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps ...
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Croatia in the way of Argentina’s dream of a FIFA World Cup final spot | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Argentina, led by superstar Lionel Messi, came into the World Cup as one of the favourites but they face a big roadblock in the semi-final on Tuesday with 2018 runners-up Croatia, who proved too much for the other title contenders, Brazil. The Croats stunned the tournament favourites in the quarter-finals with a vintage performance, after going a goal down in extra-time but digging deep to bounce back and force a penalty shootout that they ended up winning. While their elimination of the five-time world champions was largely unexpected given Brazil's form, it was still a classic Croatian achievement. With a never-say-die attitude, even when the odds were stacked heavily against them, disciplined Croatia are now deservedly in their second straight World Cup semi-final, and underest...
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FIFA opens probe after fiery Argentina-Netherlands World Cup game | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: FIFA on Saturday announced it had opened disciplinary procedures against Argentina and the Netherlands after a series of ugly incidents marred their bad-tempered World Cup quarter-final. A World Cup record 18 yellow cards were shown as Argentina defeated the Dutch 4-3 on penalties Friday after a 2-2 draw at Lusail Stadium. The game featured multiple mass confrontations and heated exchanges as the Dutch came back from two goals down to force extra time. The charges against the Argentina football federation relate to player and staff misconduct and "order and security at matches", FIFA said in a statement. The Dutch also face an investigation into the team's behaviour. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; co...
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What next for Stadium 974, the World Cup’s first ‘fully-demountable’ arena? | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Iconic World Cup stadiums have long lived in the memory of those who played in and attend the tournament, often standing as a beacon in the backdrop of the host city, but Stadium 974 which held seven games in Doha will soon cease to exist. Expensive World Cup stadiums have often proven to be white elephants for the host country but the temporary arena that is Stadium 974, unveiled in November last year, has done its job and its prefabricated pieces will soon be dismantled. Seats from a number of arenas in Qatar will be removed and given to football projects overseas but the fate of the modular elements at Stadium 974 - which organisers say reduced costs and waste generated - is still unclear. Media reports suggested the containers and other parts that make up the stadium would be ...
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France focused on England, not politics, says Didier Deschamps

France are preparing for their World Cup quarter-final with England and the players cannot be expected to resolve issues outside football, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday following the death of a migrant worker in Qatar. Hosts Qatar launched a work safety investigation into the death of a Filipino on Thursday after reports that the man died while working at a training site during the soccer World Cup. Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers has come under enormous scrutiny during the build-up to the tournament but Deschamps chose not to wade into the topic even as he expressed his “sincere condolences” to the family. When asked about the migrant worker’s death during the tournament, Deschamps said: “It’s always a sensitive topic, it’s not something I want to talk about at length. I’v...