Men's World Cup

David Luiz Once Again Ignored In Brazil’s Latest World Cup Qualifying Squad

Brazil will travel to Montevideo, Uruguay for a clash between the top two sides in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying without David Luiz, the Chelsea center half and captain of Brazil’s 7-1 capitulation to Germany once again omitted from Tite’s latest squad announcement.

Luiz has been in great form for club this season, helping Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table with a defense that’s allowed only 19 goals in 26 matches. However, Luiz hasn’t appeared for Brazil since last March, and Tite has ignored him since being placed in charge of the Seleção last June.

2022 World Cup Preparation Is Costing Qatar $500 Million Per Week

Qatar, the small country on the Arabian Peninsula with a population less than that of Nevada, is spending almost half a billion dollars per week in preparation for the 2022 World Cup according to the country’s finance minister.

As reported by World Soccer’s Jamie Rainbow, this will amount to more than $200 billion by the time the tournament rolls around. 

Bruce Arena's USMNT Return Begins With Friendly Against Serbia On Sunday

USMNT head coach Bruce Arena named the 23-man roster for the team’s friendly against Serbia on Sunday. An initial player pool of 32 has been trimmed following January camp, which took place between January 10 and 27 at the National Training Center in Carson, California. It served as Bruce Arena's first look at his domestic-based players since returning to the USMNT helm.

South America May Have Less Places Than North America And The Caribbean At 2026 World Cup

After FIFA’s decision to increase the number of participants at the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, a lot of questions arose with regards to the qualifying process for that particular tournament. How would the 16 extra places be rationed? Which federations would benefit most? How would this impact the quality of the qualifiers themselves and, ultimately, teams preparations for the finals?

FIFA Unanimously Approves 48-Team World Cup Expansion

The FIFA World Cup is set to undergo its first expansion since the current format of 32 teams was employed at the 1998 World Cup in France. The 2026 World Cup, as unanimously approved by members of the FIFA Council on Tuesday, will feature 48 teams.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will stick to the 32-team format, meaning that the expanded tournament will likely make its debut in the CONCACAF region come 2026.

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