Football

Barcelona won’t break bank to keep Messi

Barcelona won’t break bank to keep Messi

BARCELONA — Barcelona won’t put their financial future at risk in negotiating a new contract for Lionel Messi, the club warned on Wednesday (Jan 11), in comments that will...

Expanded World Cup a
      positive for Asian hopefuls

Expanded World Cup a positive for Asian hopefuls

ZURICH — Fifa’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will address Asia’s long-standing demand for greater representation in the showpiece tournament, Asian Football...

China dares to dream with expanded World Cup

China dares to dream with expanded World Cup

SHANGHAI - China's football chief and state media hailed FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, saying it could help realise the country's "dream" of...

Messi statue ‘decapitated’ in Argentina

Messi statue ‘decapitated’ in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — Vandals in Buenos Aires destroyed a statue of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, leaving the sculpture of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner without its head or...

Evolution of FIFA's World Cup format since 1930

Evolution of FIFA's World Cup format since 1930

ZURICH - Following FIFA's ruling council's unanimous approval Tuesday (Jan 10) of an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, we look at the evolution of the world's...

Malaysia joy at FIFA goal of the year award

Malaysia joy at FIFA goal of the year award

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian football fans were elated Tuesday (Jan 10) to wake up to the news that their countryman had won FIFA’s goal of the year award for his extraordinary...