• I can battle the  “forces that don’t want change”, after decades of corruption- FIFA President

    I can battle the “forces that don’t want change”, after decades of corruption- FIFA President

    Swiss-Italian Gianni Infantino who took over from Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s top official in February is confident soccer’s world governing body has “turned a page” and will overcome the “forces that don’t want change.” as the last five years have seen the world’s governing soccer body engulfed in accusations of bribery and corruption.

    FIFA made $5.7 billion in revenue in the four years leading up to the 2014 World Cup, while Infantino himself was recently implicated in the Panama Papers scandal […]

  • FIFA’s Gianni Infantino saddened by allegations of corruption in England

    FIFA’s Gianni Infantino saddened by allegations of corruption in England

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed shock and sadness at the series of allegations regarding corruption in English football that were made in The Daily Telegraph last week.

    The national newspaper published a series of revelations, one of which led to England manager Sam Allardyce’s exit after he was filmed suggesting third-party ownership rules could be circumvented.

    Speaking at the refurbished Windsor Park in Belfast, where he is a guest of honour for Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino, Infantino […]

  • Infantino ‘sad, surprised’ at Allardyce exit

    Infantino ‘sad, surprised’ at Allardyce exit

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has admitted to being “extremely surprised” and “very sad” at the affair that ended Sam Allardyce’s brief reign as England manager.

    “Of course I am extremely surprised. I am also very, very sad about what has happened, about what we are reading, that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that there might be other issues coming and other stories coming out,” Infantino said in an exclusive interview with AFP.

    “It is sad, it is sad […]

  • FIFA chief Gianni Infantino suggests 48-team World Cup

    FIFA chief Gianni Infantino suggests 48-team World Cup

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup finals to 40 countries, on Monday proposed an even larger tournament involving 48 teams.

    However, he suggested that 16 of those teams would go home after just one knockout match, and the remainder of the tournament would be played, as now, with a 32-team group stage, followed by a knockout phase.

    Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota’s Sergio Arboleda university, said a final decision would be taken by the […]

  • FIFA’s Gianni Infantino open to 40-team World Cup and co-hosting

    FIFA’s Gianni Infantino open to 40-team World Cup and co-hosting

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, with several countries serving as co-hosts.

    With key World Cup talks due next month, Infantino’s comments on Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    The North American neighbours have long been expected bidders for 2026, even competing against each other, because the CONCACAF region is favoured to host for the first time since 1994. Then, 24 teams played in the U.S.

    In his […]

  • Nigerians rent generators to watch football – Buhari tells FIFA President, Infantino

    Nigerians rent generators to watch football – Buhari tells FIFA President, Infantino

    Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday acknowledged that “majority of Nigerians are married to football”, to the extent of “renting small generators, popularly known as ‘I better-pass-my neighbour’” when matches fall into periods of power outage.

    He therefore challenged football administrators to fashion out strategic programmes to develop the game. Buhari was speaking when he hosted Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, and Fatma Samoura, FIFA secretary-general.

    “Majority of Nigerians are married to football,” he said. “In the rural areas, when there is no electricity and […]

  • FIFA President unveils Yobo as NPFL Ambassador

    FIFA President unveils Yobo as NPFL Ambassador

    Nigeria’s former captain, Joseph Yobo, has been unveiled as the ambassador of the Nigerian Football League by the President of the World’s football governing body, FIFA, Mr. Gianni Infantino, who is on a two-working days visit to Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

    Joseph Yobo, who announced to his fans via his Twitter handle, said, “Honored to be unveiled @LMCNPFL Ambassador by @FIFA President Gianni Infantino. We must develop our Local League.”

    The League Management Company is tapping the experience and networks of […]

  • FIFA boss wants 2 more World Cup slots for Africa

    FIFA boss wants 2 more World Cup slots for Africa

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said he hopes he could press for Africa to get two more spots at the World Cup should his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams go through.

    There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.

    “I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should have 40 teams and out of the additional eight teams we should have at least two more African teams,” Infantino said at […]

  • Pinnick is the elected president of NFF – FIFA president,

    Pinnick is the elected president of NFF – FIFA president,

     

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said that there is no leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) because the federation has a president, who was elected two years ago.

    Infantino stated this on Monday while answering questions from State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    “I don’t think there is leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation. There is an elected President who was elected two years ago.

    “The situation in a […]

  • President Buhari receives FIFA President Gianni Infantino … See photos

    President Buhari receives FIFA President Gianni Infantino … See photos

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Secretary General Fatima Samoura and Youth Sports Minister Solomon

  • Infantino‎ pledges support to Nigeria on football devt

    Infantino‎ pledges support to Nigeria on football devt

    FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has given the assurance that he will work with Nigeria to achieve football development.

     

    Infantino said in Abuja that Nigeria already has a framework that can be worked upon for long term success.

    The FIFA President affirmed that he will use his visit to establish a productive working relationship with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that will be geared towards sustainable development.

    Infantino also believes it is about time African football leaders get fully involved in international football politics.

    The […]