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Federation Internationale de Football Association delays talks on possible 48-team Qatar World Cup

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Kristopher Love | 11 June, 2018, 20:35

As the clock ticks down to Thursday's tournament opener in Moscow between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the five-time World Cup winners arrived in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based, just before 3am local time (0000 GMT).

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo trained with Portugal on Sunday, as the European champions held their first World Cup training session at the team's base in Kratovo, southeast of Moscow, five days ahead of their heavyweight opening clash against Spain. Diaz has already represented Panama at several youth worldwide competitions, including the Under-20 World Cup in 2015, so he could be a vital presence for a side that needs all the spark it can get from its attack.

The World Cup will be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 but the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) proposed in April that the change be introduced in 2022.

Infantino had previously suggested he was optimistic about increasing the number of participating nations in the showpiece event by 16. Without providing details of the injury, Tite said Fred's situation was "improving" but didn't hint whether the midfielder could be back for the opener.

A Brazilian fan holding on to the World Cup trophy after the country 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final.

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The North Africans are up against a joint-bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, with the host nation to be chosen at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. During qualifying, he certainly got the most out of his squad, who managed to finish above the U.S. Men's National Team.

The former French global, who was part of the team that claimed World Cup glory on home soil in 1998, also said he hopes this year's hosts can at least reach the knockout stages. Now, teams will gain or lose points from their existing points total with each result. Marwa is seen stretching out his hand and taking a bundle of bills before saying "You know, thank you for the gift, but you know, the most important is that friendship, getting to know each other".

Going by Kenya's performance in football, it has become nearly impossible for local fans to mention Kenya in the same breath as the Fifa World Cup.

Now there is a combined North American bid comprising of the United States, Canada and Mexico. But Kosovo has pulled out after the death of its president Fadil Vokkri on Saturday.