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FIFA renews Qatar Airways deal for '26, '30 WCs

Qatar Airways has been renewed as the airline sponsor for the men's World Cup in 2026 in North America and the 2030 tournament expected to be in Europe, Africa and South America, FIFA said Wednesday.

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Mbappe 'knew' Messi would win Ballon d'Or

France's Kylian Mbappé said he knew that Lionel Messi would win the Ballon d'Or after the Argentina forward led his country to glory at the 2022 World Cup.

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Winter WC led to more severe injuries - study

The mid-season World Cup in Qatar last year led to players from Europe's top five leagues spending an average of eight days longer on the sidelines due to injury in the months after the tournament, a study has revealed.

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Saudi sole bidder to host 2034 WC, FIFA confirms

Saudi Arabia was the only football association to present a bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup before the deadline closed, soccer's global governing body FIFA confirmed on Tuesday.

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McKennie: U.S. now expects to beat world's best

The U.S. men's national team are ready to show they can beat the world's top teams, midfielder Weston McKennie said on Wednesday, as they prepare to face Germany in a home friendly.

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Deschamps questions FIFA over 2030 WC format

Didier Deschamps has criticised FIFA's plans for 2030 World Cup, with the France coach questioning the sporting and ethical elements of the tournament.