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World Cup: FIFA drops plan to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino.
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FIFA: Qatar World Cup to be played with 32 teams

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played with 32 teams after a proposed expansion of the tournament to 48 sides was scrapped, FIFA announced on Wednesday.
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President Buhari receives Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of India, Kuwait and Namibia in State House on 18th April 2019 6

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FIFA to explore, expand 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams

FIFA’s council has approved working with hosts Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Gulf to host football matches.

FA boss tells FIFA human rights must be protected if 2022 World Cup is...

FA chairman Greg Clarke has urged world football's governing body FIFA to ensure human rights will be respected if the World Cup in 2022 is expanded beyond Qatar's borders.
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FIFA to discuss Gianni Infantino’s 2022 World Cup plan

The FIFA Council will meet in Miami on Friday to discuss Gianni Infantino's plans to expand the 2022 World Cup.
President of The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the elective assembly of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 at the Hilton hotel of Rome's Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

FIFA: Final decision on 48-team 2022 World Cup set for June

FIFA chiefs will decide on Friday whether to back an expansion of the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams but a final decision will only be taken at a meeting in Paris in June, sources said Thursday.

FIFA urged to consider human rights in 2022 World Cup expansion plan

A coalition of human rights groups, football fans, players and trade unions has urged FIFA president Gianni Infantino to confirm that any country chosen to share World Cup 2022 games with Qatar will meet world football's new ethical standards.
President of The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the elective assembly of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 at the Hilton hotel of Rome's Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

FIFA: Qatar could share World Cup 2022 with expansion to 48 teams

A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbours as an additional host, and found there is a a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated.

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Russian foreign minister to hold talks in Qatar

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Oil prices hit $65 amid OPEC cuts

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Pope Francis heads to UAE for historic trip

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