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Argentina World Cup winner Brown dies at 62

Jose Luis Brown
Jose Luis Brown sails above England's Terry Butcher in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal.

World Cup winner Jose Luis Brown, who scored Argentina's opening goal in the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany, has died at the age of 62, local media reported on Monday.

The country's football association confirmed the former central defender's death in a tweet, while former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta also tweeted his condolences.

Brown, affectionately referred to by his nickname "Tata," spent most of his playing career at Estudiantes, making close to 300 league appearances for...

Iran vs. Iraq, S Korea vs. N Korea in WC draw

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup.

They will play each other home and away in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.

Saudi Arabia and Yemen were also paired in Wednesday's draw that involved 40 national teams and some political sensitivities.

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Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent the federal government from providing funding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup until the United States Soccer Federation agrees to equal pay for its men's and women's national teams.

"No federal funds may be appropriated or otherwise made available to provide support for the 2026 World Cup, including support for a host city, a participating State or local agency, the United States Soccer Federation, the Confederation of North,...

Australia, Indonesia discuss joint World Cup bid

Australia has held discussions with Indonesia about making a joint bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup, Football Federation Australia said on Thursday.

"Football Federation Australia confirms it has held discussions with the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) about the possibility to jointly bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup," the FFA said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

"An Indonesia-Australia joint bid was also discussed at last week's ASEAN Football Federation Council Meeting in Laos."

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Platini detained as part of 2022 World Cup probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, was detained in Paris early on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The detention and questioning of the former French football star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and has since been confirmed to ESPN FC by judicial sources. However, he has denied any wrongdoing.

His public relations team says the former UEFA president is "absolutely confident''...