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Qatar’s slave laborers complete first air-conditioned World Cup stadium

One down, seven to go “Yep, this is 100% unethically made” (Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy) Thanks to their shameful reliance on forced migrant labor, Qatar has completed one of the stadiums to be used at the 2022 World Cup. Unlike Qatar’s other stadiums, The Khalifa International Stadium already existed and was just expanded and upgraded …

When Jules Rimet became FIFA president

This day in football history On 1 March 1921, Jules Rimet became FIFA’s third president and remains their longest-serving one, holding the office for 33 years. A French attorney, Rimet was involved in FIFA’s founding in 1904, but the presidency first went to his countryman, Robert Guérin. Guérin served for only two years and was succeeded …

How to fix the 48-team World Cup

FIFA announced a new 48-team World Cup is coming in 2026, but what’s the best format for it? Change is good, or so they tell us. Change is coming to the World Cup, whether we like it or not. Recently FIFA announced it would be expanding the World Cup to 48 finalists beginning in 2026, up …

When Sepp Blatter provided fashion advice to women’s football

This day in football history (Alvar Sirlin) On 16 January 2004, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter drew criticism for suggesting that female footballers could increase their appeal by wearing, among other things, tighter shorts. During a discussion on ways to improve the popularity of women’s football, Blatter said “Let the women play in more feminine clothes …