World Cup

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Moelgg prevails in Zagreb slalom after rivals falter

Italian Manfred Moellg kept his nerve to win the men's Alpine skiing World Cup slalom in Zagreb on Thursday after an array of challengers slipped up.

Stuhec keeps up perfect downhill season start with another win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec was unstoppable again on Saturday as she maintained her 100 per cent season record in World Cup downhill races with a victory in France.

Slovenia's Stuhec wins combined event for third ski season win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec stormed to her third ski season victory on Friday in a combined event which overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish.

Ronaldo double boosts Portugal; Belgium hit eight in WC qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 in Faro to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Depay lifts Dutch 3-1 past Luxembourg; Swiss remain perfect

Substitute Memphis Depay spared the Netherlands blushes on Sunday with a second-half brace for a 3-1 win in World Cup qualifying at minnows Luxembourg.

Italy and Spain win, joy for Ireland but Wales held in WC qualifiers

Italy, Spain and Israel all won to stay in the running in their tight World Cup qualifying group while Ireland also enjoyed an important win but Wales were held by Serbia in Saturday's European...

Germany, England, France continue down road to World Cup

Germany, England, France continued their progress towards the 2018 World Cup finals on Friday, with wins against San Marino, Scotland and Sweden respectively.

Worker dies at World Cup stadium in Qatar

A worker has died in a "work-related" incident at a stadium in Qatar, local organizers for the 2022 World Cup said late Saturday.

Malta football chief: evidence of suspicious betting in WC qualifier

Malta's football chief says there is "overwhelming evidence" of suspicious betting around a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania last week which Malta lost 2-0.

Hart's heroics preserve England's 0-0 draw in Slovenia

Joe Hart's heroics preserved England's 0-0 draw against Slovenia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

France deal Dutch World Cup blow as Benteke races to fastest goal

France dealt the Netherlands a major blow in their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Dutch in Amsterdam on Monday.

Spain go top with impressive 2-0 win in Albania

Spain cruised to the top of World Cup qualifying Group G on Sunday with an authoritative 2-0 win in Albania on second-half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito.

Italy leave it late for 3-2 win at Macedonia

Ciro Immobile struck twice to lead Italy's rally in a 3-2 win at Macedonia Sunday to keep the Azzurri level on points with leaders Spain in their World Cup qualification group.

Portugal, France score their first wins in World Cup qualifying

Euro 2016 finalists Portugal and France scored their first wins in qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup on Friday, at the expense of Bulgaria and Andorra.