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FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup dates, but size still undecided

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between Nov. 21 through December 18, FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Friday, though the number of participating teams is still unconfirmed.

The next edition of the tournament will switch to the winter months because of the summer climate in Qatar, and Infantino announced the exact dates.

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World Cup 2018 Report: France 4 Croatia 2 - Pogba and Mbappe seal thrilling World Cup triumph


Didier Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach as Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe sealed glory for France




France's array of superstars came out to shine as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia.

Following a tournament packed with thrills and drama, the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium lived up to what preceded it from the moment Les Bleus hit the front through an 18th-minute own goal by Mario Mandzukic – a cruel role reversal for Croatia's extra-time hero in the semi-final win over England.

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World Cup 2018: Fifa warns broadcasters about focusing on women

Broadcasters have been criticised on social media for focusing on female fans at games



Broadcasters have been ordered to stop their cameras zooming in on "hot women" in the crowd at football matches, Fifa's diversity boss says.

Federico Addiechi said football's world governing body needed to help tackle sexism at the World Cup.

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Eden Hazard: 'I prefer to lose with Belgium than win with France'


Belgium's Eden Hazard Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images



Eden Hazard criticised France's playing style after Belgium's 1-0 defeat in a World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, saying he would rather lose with Belgium than win with France.

Belgium entered the semifinal as the tournament's leading scorers, but Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were muted by France, who clinched their third World Cup final appearance in the last 20 years thanks to Samuel Umtiti's second-half header.

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World Cup 2018: FA fined £50k for England players' unauthorised socks

Eric Dier was one of three England players to wear the socks, which have white dots around the ankles




The FA has been fined 70,000 Swiss francs (£50,000) after Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling wore "unauthorised" socks at the World Cup.

The players wore branded ankle support socks over official Nike socks, ignoring a Fifa warning to stop.

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