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Fans vote for wolf named Zabivaka as 2018 World Cup mascot

Russia 2018 World Cup mascot
More than 1 million Russians voted to determine that Zabivaka would be the mascot for the 2018 World Cup.

MOSCOW -- Russia has chosen a cocky wolf wearing sporty goggles as the mascot for the 2018 football World Cup.

The wolf was chosen in online voting over two other mascot candidates -- a cat and a tiger wearing a space suit.

The announcement was made early Saturday at the end of an hour-long broadcast on state Channel One television. More...

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin not yet behind World Cup expansion idea

FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has yet to give his backing to FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal of boosting the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.

In his first FIFA Council meeting last week since becoming one of the governing body's vice presidents, Ceferin heard of Infantino's idea to expand the international tournament.

"We didn't want to vote on it as it was too early," Ceferin said. "We simply didn't get any information about it. Nothing. Just shall we expand or not. We said we cannot...

Italy, Russia to play two friendlies before 2018 World Cup

After trailing by a goal late, Ciro Immobile scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to lift Italy over Macedonia.
Andrea Belotti celebrates after scoring the opener for Italy against Macedonia.
Italy will play Russia in two friendlies to get ready for the World Cup.

ROME -- Italy and Russia will play two friendlies before the 2018 World Cup following a new partnership between the federations.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) said after a meeting in Moscow between its president Carlo Tavecchio and Vitaly Mutko, sports minister and president of the Football Union of Russia, that the matches will be in 2017 and 2018.

Russia are hosting the 2018 World Cup. In five previous meetings with Russia, Italy have won three matches, drawn one, and lost one.

FIFA blocks stadium rock concerts ahead of 2018 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition.
The ESPN FC crew discuss some of the potential pitfalls of an expanded FIFA World Cup.

FIFA has blocked rock concerts from being staged in World Cup stadiums in the weeks before the 2018 tournament kicks off in Russia.

FIFA passed a rule ''to ensure that the field of play is of the highest quality, it shall not be used for a non-football event'' for two months before a stadium's first match.

In updated 2018 World Cup regulations published Monday, FIFA requires ''explicit prior approval'' for exemptions.

FIFA has also introduced disciplinary records -- a points system adding up red...

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Howard Webb 'gutted' to miss Nigel de Jong red card in 2010 World Cup final

Nigel De Jong kicking Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso is caught in the chest by the boot of Nigel de Jong.

Howard Webb has described how he was "gutted beyond belief" to miss the flying kick by Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong when he refereed the 2010 World Cup final.

De Jong had crashed a high boot into the chest of Spain's Xabi Alonso midway through the first half, but Webb chose to only produce a yellow card for the then-Manchester City player when he should have shown a red.

"Xabi Alonso headed the ball forward to David Villa but, as he did so, Nigel de Jong crashed into him," Webb wrote in...