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FIFA boosts China's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup

Herculez Gomez delves into the 2026 World Cup hopes of the United States after Bruce Arena's recent comments.
ESPN's Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

ZURICH -- China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA.

The governing body proposes a new legal text giving its ruling council power to decide "if circumstances so require" that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again.

It would let China bid to host the 2030 World Cup only eight years after Qatar.

FIFA imposed the two-tournament block last October, barring European members from 2026 World Cup bidding because Russia is hosting in 2018. That favoured the...

 By PA Sport

FIFA appeal committee overturns one-year Saoud Al Mohannadi ban

The ban on Saoud Al Mohannadi has been lifted.

A FIFA appeal panel has lifted the one-year ban imposed on Qatar Football Association (QFA) vice-president Saoud Al Mohannadi by an independent ethics committee in November.

The ban was handed down by FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert after investigators had recommended a two-and-a-half year suspension for Al Mohannadi's failure to cooperate with an inquiry into an unnamed third party in breach of the code of ethics.

But in a hearing last week, the appeal committee of world football's governing...

 By John Duerden

Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap the big wins for Japan, South Korea and Iran in AFC World Cup qualifying.

Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium.

Medhi Taremi's goal early in the second half broke stiff Chinese resistance and put Carlos Queiroz's men on 17 points from seven games in the third round of qualification with three games left to play. With the top two from Group A and B heading to Russia next summer, Iran are now within touching distance of the finals.

Zeng Cheng was a busy man in the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

China claim historic win against South Korea as Australia held by Iraq

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw China claim a 1-0 win over South Korea on Thursday that keeps alive Marcello Lippi's side's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals.

Yu headed in the winner 11 minutes before the break while Zeng made a trio of superb saves to deny Uli Stielike's side in the second half as the Chinese notched up their first win over the South Koreans in seven years, and only their second ever victory against...

FIFA World Cup inspector appeals three-year ban for Qatar case

Chief FIFA inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, right, led inspections of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders.

The FIFA official who led inspections of 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls's hearing at CAS could be the first time that evidence from former FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation into the World Cup bid contests is tested in a court outside the FIFA judicial system.

Chilean official Mayne-Nicholls told The Associated Press...