Putin critical of Russia’s soccer team ahead of World Cup

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of this summer’s European Championship without winning a game. Despite all this, the team has been set a target of reaching the semifinals in 2018.

FIFA, Twitter ‘In Panic’ as English Team May Boycott 2018 World Cup

 “I don’t think the idea of pulling the team, or encouraging the FA to pull the team out of the World Cup on its own is seriously being considered at the moment, but times change of course,” publication The Week reported Davies as saying.

Ecuador boss Alfaro setting sights on Qatar 2022

“We are already working hard to achieve our goal of going to Qatar. It’s a challenge that affects all of Ecuador. We know it’s not going to be easy and we’re focused on giving everything we’ve got.”

Swiss court puts Qatari on trial in soccer case next week

He is charged with bribery — allegedly taking three kickbacks totaling 1.25 million euros ($1.48 million) to steer World Cup rights toward favored broadcasters in Italy and Greece — and falsification of documents, for booking payments to his private company as loans.