Where The FIFA World Cup 2026 Will Be Hosted

 

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted the 2026 World Cup could be held in North America. Goal reports.

The competition last went to the continent when the United States hosted the 1994 tournament.

The president also plans to discuss the expansion of the World Cup to 40 teams – an idea he supports – and the potential for multiple nations to share hosting duties at October’s meeting of the FIFA Council.

“There is, I would say, no limit to whatever is good for football,” Infantino said. “We will see, but it’s true that CONCACAF did not have the World Cup for a long time.

“For the moment I think everything is open. My opinion on the 40 teams has not changed.

”We have seen it again at the Euros in France with eight more teams, what kind of enthusiasm this generated in many, many countries.

 

 

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Ex-Barca Star Giuly Recalls How a 16-Year-Old Lionel Messi Would Destroy His Teammates in Training

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Leo Messi (L) and Ludovic Giuly of Barcelona during the match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna of La Liga at the Camp Nou stadium on March 31, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

Former Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly has recalled the first time he was dazzled by Argentine star Lionel Messi during a training session in Catalonia.

The 40-year-old, who currently plays for French amateur side Monts d’Or Azergues, claims that a 16-year-old Messi ‘destroyed’ Barcelona’s stars during training with his ‘incredible’ skill.

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Giuly spent three seasons at the Camp Nou, winning five trophies including the Champions League in 2006.

He then moved on to Serie A side Roma before moving back to France to join PSG, winning domestic cups at both clubs.

But it was at Barcelona where the Frenchman made a name for himself, playing alongside the likes of Messi, Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o in one of the most successful club teams of all-time.

And Messi, who was just breaking through the ranks at Barca during Giuly’s spell in Catalonia, went on to emulate his early success, winning no less than five Ballon d’Or awards in the following years.

It will come as no surprise to Giuly, who told Sport: “Messi was only 16, but he destroyed us all in a training session. They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, but he didn’t say anything.

“He just got up and kept on playing. Every play he made was dangerous. It was incredible.

“He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting centre-backs were nervous.

“They would go in hard on him, but he took it in. He was an alien. He killed us all.”

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Hulk Hogan Praises AJ Styles On Eric Bischoff’s Podcast, Says He Is Going Through “Titan Training”

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan recently appeared on Eric Bischoff‘s third part of his interview with Hulk Hogan. On the latest episode of “Bischoff On Wrestling”, Hogan discusse AJ Styles, and his “Titan Training” and more. Here are some highlights

When asked by Bischoff if he agrees that WWE is good at putting “that final polish” on a character, Hogan said, “I do. We call it ‘Titan Training.’ The weirdest thing is it’s like when my daughter used to sing and when she was doing shows all the time. She sang in front of 300 people. There was a labor of love there. All of a sudden when she got in front of 3,000 people, or in Daytona in front of 100,000 people at the raceway, it gets easier the more people you get to perform in front of. Such as guys that come from the independent scene and wind up inWWE.

“Of course, it’s more taxing with how much you have to wrestle and how much you have to be on as far as TV appearances and other stuff they have you doing outside the wrestling ring. At the end of the day with that big machine up there, the production and the buildings sold out it actually gets easier. While AJ is getting his ‘Titan Training’ right now he’s really going to be able to relax. When you’re on TV and you’re in the main event of the PPV there’s a certain amount of, ‘I have to have my act together.’ There’s a certain amount of tension. That also comes with also being able to relax a lot more. You perform better when everything is already done for you. The lighting, the entrance, the building is already sold out… you already know it’s going to be there when you get to the ring.”

 

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Hulk Hogan

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  • Birthdate: 08/11/1953 (age 63)
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Arsenal v Manchester City

Much has been made of Arsenal’s dip in form in recent weeks, with Wenger’s side coming into this tie in sixth place on the Premier League standings.

Their humbling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League comes alongside a number of league losses, although they last overcame Middlesbrough 2-1 the last time out.

The FA Cup though remains one shining light, with wins over Preston North End, Southampton, Sutton United and Lincoln City making this their third FA Cup semi-final in the past four seasons – and 11th for Wenger – that includes six final wins.

Manchester City came through a recent league blip of two draws and a loss, as well as their exit from the Champions League, to record two wins, over Hull and Southampton, and edge away from Manchester United in fifth place.

Their fallen FA Cup opponents were West Ham, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough. They have won this famous competition five times, with their last success in 2011, where they beat Stoke City in the final.

Ahead of the game, Wenger said: “Going to Wembley is always a special experience,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “When our supporters go to Wembley, I think it’s a special occasion in their life. You want them to come out there and be pleased by having a positive experience.

“On our side, we want to win the game. It’s important that you go into big games and feel you can win them. That’s something that’s vital in the players’ heads, for their careers, for their confidence and for their self-esteem. It’s something special.”

City boss Pep Guardiola added: “For all clubs, titles are so important.

“Of course, titles help to win confidence that the club is able to do great things. Winning titles gives you the self-confidence to say we’re good enough to compete. Whether we win the trophy or not, nothing will change in terms of expectations for us.

“I would like to win the FA Cup so my players realise how good they are. At the moment, they don’t realise how good they are, but winning titles helps this. When you win a title, it’s a lot of stress and pressure, and if you handle that the next time it will be a little bit easier. That’s why it’s important.”

In team news, Danny Welbeck (toe) is a doubt for Arsenal but Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) is out, along with David Ospina (back) and Lucas Perez (thigh), while Jeff Reine-Adelaide continues to recover from his long-term ankle injury.

Manchester City will be without John Stones (muscle) but Gabriel Jesus (metatarsal) is in contention.

Real Madrid Vs Barcelona

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Los Merengues should be full confidence ahead of this clash as they come off a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Spanish side beat the German outfit 4-2 after extra-time on Tuesday to clinch their spot in the last four.

Manager Zinedine Zidane’s men have not lost in their last 12 games in all competitions, and have won 10 during that unbeaten run which has seen them open a three-point lead over Barca.

“He will not play because we don’t want to take any risks,” Zidane said of star winger Gareth Bale during his weekly press conference.

“He wants to come back, he has been working hard. Hopefully he will be back for the clásico but it’s not certain yet. We will see how he progresses day by day.”

“Gareth has worked very hard to get back with the team after being out three months injured. When he returned he was very excited and happy. He has some issues which stop him being able to play. We just hope it is nothing serious.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona endured a disappointing Champions League result in midweek, drawing 0-0 at home against Juventus to lose 3-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

The Catalan side have gone through a difficult period recently, losing two of their last four games across all competitions, including a 2-0 defeat away at Malaga in La Liga.

“Barca have a team built to compete, to win trophies and to face every challenge,” said manager Luis Enrique, according to the Daily Star.

“It is clear we are very hurt to be eliminated from a competition that excites us so much, but now comes a key game against the leaders and a direct rival.

“We have to get ready to compete and I am sure we will do that.”

In team news, Real Madrid remain without centre-backs Raphaël Varane and Pepe for the clash, while winger Bale is out with a calf strain.

Barca will have to make do without star forward Neymar who serves a red card suspension, while Rafinha is unavailable due to a meniscus injury.

Klopp: I’m not worried about Coutinho to Barca

The Brazilian has been linked with a transfer to Spain as he continues to impress on Merseyside, but Klopp doesn’t see why he would leave the ambitious Reds.

“I am not concerned because I think Phil fits really well here and is comfortable here,” Klopp said. “I think it is actually positive when there is interest. It shows it’s good.

“Phil had a difficult time with injury, coming back fighting for his shape, and I would say that’s normal.

“In the last three games, you can see immediately, when he is in a little bit of shape, how big the difference is he can have in a game.

“That’s wonderful for us. But I am not concerned [about Barcelona] actually, because we give the boys enough perspective that they really want to be part of this for the next few years.”

The Reds are in Premier League action on Sunday when they face West Brom at the Hawthorns.

NBA superstar Steph Curry receives Barcelona jersey

BA superstar Steph Curry has been presented with a Barcelona jersey by club legend Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho is currently in New Orleans ahead of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, where he was already photographed with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

The point guard is known for his three-point ability, something Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are excellent at providing for Barcelona at Camp Nou.