That’s a lot of teams It is indeed. The first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 comprised just 13 countries. But football has grown since then, you may have noticed, and Fifa currently claims 211 national football associations as members. Fifa’s expressed ambition for this expanded tournament is that it will allow less celebrated footballing nations – think China and India – to join “the world’s greatest party” or whatever they call it nowadays. … [Read more...] about How will a 48-team World Cup work? Fifa’s plan for 2026 explained
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We’d like to hear from football fans across the world. Do you see this as a positive move, making international football more inclusive? Or, with the 2026 competition set to feature 16 groups of three teams, are you worried that there will be too many games? Will the expansion benefit your national team’s chances of taking part in the tournament? Whether positive or negative, share your thoughts in the form below. We’ll feature a selection of your responses on the site. … [Read more...] about Is the 48-team World Cup a good idea?
Following seven wins at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards, Chernobyl, the drama based on the nuclear disaster, won two more BAFTAs, for Mini-Series and Leading Actor for Jared Harris. The End Of The F***ing World, a dark comedy drama, also received the BAFTA for Drama Series. … [Read more...] about TV BAFTAs 2020: Idris Elba thanks the Academy for ‘finally recognising’ him as he leads winners with Naomi Ackie and Mo Gilligan… while fans note ‘more diversity’ at event after film ceremony’s backlash
There’s no single reason for England’s opening-night woes in the past few years, but there are a few common threads. In most of the eight defeats they have not had their best team on the field. There are a variety of reasons for that: selection (not just Stuart Broad, twice, but also Jofra Archer in last year’s Ashes), injury and illness (Jimmy Anderson last summer, Ollie Pope in South Africa), paternity leave or a visit to Mbargo in Bristol. … [Read more...] about Next task for improving England side is to stop losing series-opening Tests
Now the drama could be more compelling. Pakistan should provide a greater challenge than West Indies and they have their characters too. England, despite their poor record in the first Test match of recent series, should start with an advantage since they are battle-hardened after three games against West Indies. However Misbah-ul-Haq, now the head coach, and a man who commands respect, has expressed satisfaction with the team’s preparations and the hospitality they have received within their bubble. … [Read more...] about Azhar Ali’s Pakistan may pose sterner Test for England than West Indies