“Trouble erupted in and around the stadiums in some EURO 2016 host cities. A minority of troublemakers attempted to destroy the unifying force that binds football together,” says FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “I know that football fans everywhere, especially all those who love the game, will agree with me when I say: football is a unifying force, it has a pure nature, and we will not let others ruin it for us. That is what I stand for both as the FIFA President and as an ordinary fan, along with every other devotee of the game in the world.”
ON THE PULSE OF THE GAME
Since the 1966 World Cup in England, FIFA’s Technical Study Group, with a constantly changing set of experts, has been analysing what’s been happening on the pitch. How has football changed over the past 50 years? FIFA 1904 investigates.
The U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan is nearly upon us. Before it kicks off, the qualified teams will do battle at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio.
Mental problems are stigmatised in football – but they certainly exist. FIFA is investigating the issue.
NEW FIFA MEMBERS
We introduce FIFA’s two new members, Gibraltar and Kosovo.
MEN’S WORLD RANKING
Madagascar leap 29 places to consolidate the improvement in their football fortunes.
WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING
Iceland move up four places and are back on the rise.
A lifetime devoted to football: Miroslav Blažević has successfully coached several national teams and numerous clubs. We met him in Zagreb, just months after he celebrated his 81st birthday.
North Korea stunned the footballing world at the 1966 World Cup in England.