In this report about the opening days of the World Cup in Russia, Andreas Selliaas discusses the Saudi Arabian influence in international football, Gianni Infantino’s announcement of running for a new term as FIFA president and the ghost of Sepp Blatter.
The FIFA Council has designated the United bid and Morocco as the two possible candidates to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. A decision regarding the bids will be taken this Wednesday by the 68th FIFA Congress.
In spite of a FIFA accreditation to cover the 2018 World Cup, German journalist Hajo Seppelt has been denied access to the host country, Russia. German officials are calling on both Russia and FIFA to act.