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Rugby 18 Nov 2013 | 11:17 PM

Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country's sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

Football 09 Nov 2013 | 4:12 AM

Blatter rules out January World Cup in Qatar

(Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said on Friday November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament.

Football 07 Nov 2013 | 9:57 PM

Astro ready for World Cup

PETALING JAYA: Stadium Astro kicks off the countdown celebrations towards the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Football 28 Oct 2013 | 9:02 PM

Flares land Scotland and Croatia in trouble with FIFA

(Reuters) - FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish and Croatian FAs after Croatian fans set off a flare and smoke bombs during this month's World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Football 26 Oct 2013 | 4:02 AM

Blatter wants more African and Asian teams at World Cup

(Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes there should be more places at the football World Cup for African and Asian countries.

Football 25 Oct 2013 | 7:32 PM

FIFA marks English FA milestone with disciplinary charge

LONDON (Reuters) - One day before the English FA celebrates its 150th anniversary, FIFA sent them an unwanted birthday present on Friday - news they were facing disciplinary proceedings because Polish fans lit flares at Wembley last week.

Football 12 Oct 2013 | 8:52 AM

Australia sack Osieck after France humiliation

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia sacked Socceroos coach Holger Osieck after his team were beaten 6-0 by France in an international friendly in Paris on Friday, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Saturday.

Football 09 Oct 2013 | 5:07 AM

Protesters disrupt FIFA World Cup visit

Sao Paulo (Reuters) - A small group of protesters demanding more spending on health and education disrupted a visit by FIFA officials to the 2014 World Cup stadium under construction in Cuiaba on Tuesday.

Football 03 Oct 2013 | 1:42 AM

Qatar happy to accommodate change in World Cup dates

(Reuters) - Host nation Qatar is happy to accommodate a change in the dates for the 2022 World Cup, while insisting it can still stage the tournament in summer.

Football 01 Oct 2013 | 11:22 PM

FIFA's chief investigator escalates World Cup inquiry

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA's chief investigator is escalating his inquiry into the voting procedures for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups which have been dogged by controversy.