Top European football clubs are set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in May, according to reports.
The European Club Association, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 214 teams from the continent, is a powerful voice in the ongoing negotiations around when the tournament will be scheduled.
And the group, which counts 10 English clubs among its number, is reported to favour May -- a stance it will be able to present to the sport's world governing body FIFA at...
Germany remain top of the FIFA World Ranking for October despite a difficult month, while Belgium have climbed into the top four after swapping places with Netherlands and England have dropped to 20th.
Joachim Low's side have struggled since winning the World Cup in July, having slipped up in a friendly to Argentina and just squeezing past Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last month.
MOSCOW -- Russia has no particular problem with racism in football as it prepares to host the 2018 World Cup -- despite a series of recent incidents, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.
Russian champion CSKA Moscow have been forced to play all of their Champions League home group games this season behind closed doors as punishment for repeated racist incidents involving their fans, and there have been further cases in the Russian league.
"I don't see that we should especially stand out...