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Monday June 19 2017
On This Day: Italy win second World Cup

On this day in 1938, Italy won their second World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Hungary in Paris.

The Azzurri had lifted the trophy on home soil four years previously, but were unpopular holders when they arrived in France.

The repressive regime of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini sparked anger from French fans toward the side which they saw as representing il Duce.

Their cause was not helped by the instruction to give a Roman salute before each match, with protests following the Italians around throughout the tournament.

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Wednesday January 11 2017
Lippi: ‘World Cup changes understandable’

Marcello Lippi believes “the old setup was perfect” for the World Cup but “there’s a new world which is advancing”.

It was confirmed yesterday by FIFA that the tournament will be expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 edition, a decision which sparked controversy for many players, Coaches and pundits.

“There’s a new world which is advancing,” Lippi, a World Cup-winner in 2006 and now in charge of China, told ANSA.

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Wednesday December 28 2016
Infantino pushing for 48-team World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists “the federations are all clearly in favour of a World Cup” with possibly 48 teams.

Speaking at the International Sports Conference in Dubai, Infantino also hinted that video assistant referees (VAR) could one day be used at a World Cup after its implementation at the Club World Cup earlier in December.

“VAR? The tests have been very positive and it’s going in the right direction,” he explained.

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Tuesday December 27 2016
Tavecchio in favour of bigger World Cup

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio is in favour of the World Cup potentially expanding to 48 teams.

The proposal, which would see teams placed in 16 groups of three as opposed to the traditional eight groups of four, would come into effect in time for the 2026 tournament.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to give more nations the opportunity to sample playing at world football’s showpiece event, while research has shown an expansion would generate increased profits.

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Wednesday December 7 2016
FIFA suggest 48-team World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced plans for a 48-team World Cup, split into groups of three sides each.

It is not the first time Infantino has suggested expanding the tournament, but previously it was expected to include 40 nations rather than 48.

The idea of playing groups containing only three teams compared to the traditional four is also a new concept.

Currently the World Cup has 32 teams, but Infantino wants 16 groups of three squads, the top two of each group going into the knockout matches.

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Tuesday September 6 2016
Infantino ‘open’ to 40-team World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is “open” to a 40-team World Cup played in several countries.

The 2020 European Championships will be held in 13 different countries in 13 host cities, with the final at London’s Wembley Stadium.

It has been suggest FIFA could follow UEFA’s lead, with the European governing body having already expanded Euro 2016 to 24 teams, rather than the previous 16.

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Saturday April 23 2016
Buffon: 'I want a sixth World Cup'

Gigi Buffon reveals his ambition to play a record sixth World Cup, the strikers who gave him sleepless nights and his potential heirs.

The shot-stopper turned 38 in January, yet has just set a new all-time Serie A record by going 974 minutes without conceding a goal.

“For the next two years I’d like to continue playing the way I am now,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Saturday October 3 2015
'World Cup still burns, but Balo...'

Former Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli says the World Cup is 'an open wound', while praising Mario Balotelli: 'He's matured.'

The Brazil 2014 campaign marked the second time in a row that Italy was eliminated at the group stage in the world's greatest football tournament, and many blamed Prandelli for the dire result.

“That knock-out [in the group stage] still burns, it's a wound that's always open,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport.

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Friday September 25 2015
Official: Winter World Cup in 2022

FIFA has officially confirmed the 2022 World Cup will be played across November and December.

The tournament will be held in Qatar, where temperatures in the summer regularly reach up to 50 degrees celsius in the summer, when the World Cup is traditionally held.

Having agreed to a winter World Cup in principle in March, world football’s governing body today confirmed the event will be held in the winter.

The tournament will kick-off on November 21, and will run until December 18, which is Qatar’s national day.

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Wednesday June 10 2015
2026 World Cup bidding postponed

Fifa have announced that the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup will be postponed due to ongoing investigations. 

Jerome Valcke, Secretary General of world football’s governing body, announced the postponement at a Press conference in Russia today before a statement was released.

He said it would be ‘nonsense’ to continue with the bidding process as normal, given the ongoing investigations by the FBI and Swiss authorities into alleged financial irregularities in the 2018 and 2022 bids.

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