China want to win the World Cup by 2050. This year, its team didn't even qualify for the tournament. China has money, power and a dream – but that doesn't add up to soccer brilliance.
Sporting success depends on strong squad bonds.
Sporting diplomacy could warm Britain's relations with Russia during the World Cup once more.
It's easy to get caught up in World Cup fever. But if watching the beautiful game inspires you to get out and play, injury prevention is vital.
Made up almost entirely of West Germans, the roster of Germany's national soccer team reflects divisions that remain almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sports fans are of two types: purists and partisans. The attitudes of both can affect the game. An expert explains which one you are and what that means.
FIFA has never been free of political interference and controversies since its inception in 1904.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.
All the cyber threats that fans and footballers face at the World Cup...and tips for remaining safe.
Italy failed to make it to this year's tournament – but we should applaud their notion of 'fiero'.
After a series of debacles, many metropolitan areas no longer want their leaders to vie for these opportunities.
Fan parks will be a key tool at Russia's World Cup next year.
When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
From 2026 there will be more teams, more matches - and more tickets sold.
Investing in staging sport is ultimately a matter of turning the entire host environment into a stage.
Since the 1970s, several Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have strongly increased their influence in the Olympic movement.
The main objections raised to FIFA"s planned expansion of the World Cup are that the decision has been made on financial and/or political rather than footballing grounds.
Sam Allardyce may not have the immediate appeal of Ferguson, Mourinho or Guardiola, but his approach has serious value for execs.
Many clubs sign players as young children and make them agree to not play anything else. The evidence suggests they're making a big mistake.