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FIFA's 48-team World Cup proposal gets backing at federations meeting

The ESPN FC crew critique Gianni Infantino's proposal for a World Cup with 16 groups of three teams.
Steve Nicol feels a 48-team World Cup wouldn't do any good, and instead further dilute the competition.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a proposal to expand the World Cup to 48 nations, with 16 groups of three teams, received enthusiastic backing at a meeting of national federations on Thursday.

That model, along with an alternative 48-team format and a 40-team event, were three proposals put forward for discussion this week by FIFA as it considers expansion of the World Cup from 2026 onward.

A select meeting of national federations from Asia, Europe and Oceania met with Infantino in Singapore...

Brazil construction companies rigged World Cup bids, antitrust body says

The Brazil stadium in Manaus has been little-used since the World Cup.

Brazil's antitrust body says several construction companies rigged their bids for 2014 World Cup stadiums, driving up costs by overcharging for the work.

"So far, there are indications that at least five bids related to World Cup stadiums were the subject of the cartel," the antitrust body CADE said in a statement.

Included in the five bids is Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana, where Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final.

Two other stadiums named on Monday in the statement were in...