A national team born: the rise of Kosovo

One of the great criticisms aimed at football’s governing bodies, in particular UEFA, is the Association’s willingness to expand their number of member teams and lengthen competitions. As part of its growth in recent years, UEFA has added five news teams as association members, and each new entry has been met with a mixture of…

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The meteoric rise of Guam

It is the smallest member of the Asian Football Confederation; just 165,000 inhabitants scattered across a tropical island in the north Pacific. Owing to the fact that it is indeed an American territory, like the relatively nearby Federated States of Micronesia – although the little island retains its traditional Chamorro culture – the influence of America is…

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The story of the 1930 World Cup

WHEN FIFA WAS FORMED IN 1904 its membership was comprised of only seven teams, all from Europe. Over the next two decades more and more national sides joined FIFA, and the 1924 Olympic football tournament was the first one to involve non-European teams with Uruguay, the United States, Turkey and Egypt all taking part. Uruguay won…

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