Russia 2018
The qualifying groups for the FIFA World Cup will be drawn in St Petersburg on 25 July, marking the start of a long adventure that will culminate in Moscow in July 2018. The FIFA Weekly reports on the Preliminary Draw at Konstantin Palace and the 32 World Cup spots up for grabs, features previous mascots and includes a map showing the tournament’s host cities.

Sepp Blatter
“We live in turbulent times,” says the FIFA President in his weekly column, “but we are staying on course even in rough seas. FIFA works.”

Alcides Ghiggia 
In 1950 his strike from a tight angle made Uruguay the surprise world champions. Sixty-five years to the day since scoring his winning goal, Alcides Ghiggia has died, and the FIFA Weekly reflects on the passing of a national hero.

Portugal triumphed on home sand at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, ten years after losing in the final. “I still can’t tell you how I feel,” said captain Madjer after his team’s victory. “My emotions are still sky high.”