Russia’s winless run extended to five games as they were defeated 3-1 by France in an international friendly in Moscow.…
Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his options at left-back for Manchester United with the signing of Tottenham’s Danny Rose, according to The Daily Mirror. Danny Rose made his first Premier League appearance since February earlier this month after recovering from an ACL injury. The 27-year-old was left out of Spurs’ squad for a pivotal North
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has begun to take shape with the confirmation of all four Draw Pots ahead of the December 1st World Cup Draw. In a change of format, all pots will be determined by each national team’s most recent FIFA World Ranking. Pot 1 will contain the eight highest-ranked teams, Pot 2
All 32 participants have been decided for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The agony and the ecstasy of World Cup Qualifying was on full display; Panama and Iceland made history by qualifying for their first-ever World Cup Finals, while there were scenes of heartbreak in Milan when Italy failed to secure a World
Italy have parted ways with Giampiero Ventura after failing to secure World Cup qualification, as reported by the BBC. The Azzurri lost 1-0 to Sweden in the playoffs, excluding them from a World Cup for the first time since 1958. However, the 69-year-old absolved himself of any blame in the fallout of the disappointment, pointing
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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will retire from international football with France following the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 32-year-old has made 49 appearances for Les Blues since debuting in 2011. “Yes, I think (to retire from France),” Koscielny told French outlet L’Equipe when asked on his retirement plans. “I have six months left to
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Switzerland were one of the best teams during World Cup Qualifying, winning nine games and losing just once, but that one defeat to Portugal has left them needing a Playoff victory over Northern Ireland to book a spot for Russia next year. Vladimir Petkovic’s side epitomised the importance of having a balanced squad during qualifying,
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Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has been cleared to turn out for Croatia in their crucial World Cup Playoff against Greece. The 31-year-old survived an injury scare from Juventus’ home victory against Benevento on the weekend, suffering a minor thigh problem despite only coming on for the final 12 minutes. Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj hasn’t been
Everton midfielder James McCarthy is one of seven players who will miss Ireland’s World Cup Playoff against Denmark after Martin O’Neil reduced his preliminary squad down to 27 players. Derby County defender Richard Keogh and Preston North End striker Sean Maguire miss out through injury, while the quartet of David McGoldrick, Alan Browne, Daryl Hogan
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Greece boss Michael Skibbe is sweating over the fitness of Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos amidst a minor defensive crisis in his World Cup Playoff squad. Sokratis lasted just 42 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich on the weekend, casting a cloud of doubt over his availability for the first leg of
Giampiero Ventura has named a 27-man squad for Italy’s two-leg FIFA World Cup Playoff against Sweden. The Azzurri visit Stockholm for the first leg on November 10 before returning to Italy for November 13’s decider, which will be played at the San Siro. Napoli midfielder Jorginho is the surprise inclusion after having been publicly denied
Sweden have named their 25-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Playoff against Italy. Al Ain FC striker Marcus Berg, who finished as their top-scorer in qualifying with eight goals from nine appearances, is included alongside RB Leipzig dangerman Emil Forsberg. The experienced trio of Hull City midfielder Sebastian Larsson, Krasnodar defender Andreas Granqvist
Christian Eriksen will lead the way in Denmark’s efforts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia when they take on Ireland in the playoff. Age Hareide’s men finished 2nd in Group E to Poland, seeing off competition from Montenegro for the coveted play-off spot after it became apparent that direct qualification was out
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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has selected his 25-man squad for the Socceroos’ final hurdle ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The former Brisbane Roar manager has come under heavy scrutiny for team selections, tactics and results during Australia’s qualifying campaign, with many calling for him to resign as a result of failing to qualify
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Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced his plans for retirement in an interview with Sky Italia. The 39-year-old plans on seeing out the rest of the season with Juventus and playing in Italy’s World Cup campaign next year before calling it a day. However, there is one scenario where the World Cup-winner would
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Sam Allardyce could be making a return to international management by taking up the vacant United States National Team spot, according to France Football Magazine. Bruce Arena, who had taken over from German manager Jurgen Klinsmann in December 2016, walked away from the position last week after failing to qualify the US for the 2018
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Eight hopeful European sides have discovered what will be required of them to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Tuesday’s Playoff Draw in Zurich, Switzerland. Northern Ireland were the first nation drawn at random, with Michael O’Neill’s troops having to deal with the highest FIFA ranked side in the playoff pool: Switzerland. Croatia
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his interest in one day managing the England national team. In an extract taken from his new book, Brave New World (not to be confused with Aldous Huxley’s dystopian science-fiction classic of the same title), the Spurs boss picked England as the one international side he would consider. “If
FIFA have released their final World Rankings update ahead of the 2018 World Cup play-off draw in Zurich at 14:00 CET on Tuesday. These rankings hold more significance than usual, as they will determine the pots for the December 1st draw for the 2018 World Cup Finals. With Pot 1 confirmed, Spain (ranked 8th), England
FIFA will use its updated October World Rankings to seed all four pots for the 2018 World Cup draw, with the places of nations in Pot 1 confirmed. This is a new format for World Cup seeding; usually, only the top eight nations are seeded with the rest of the pots grouped by Confederation. Noticeable
The final two spots for the FIFA World Cup in Russia will be determined by two inter-confederation play-off matches. A side each from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will be represented, with the draw for
CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia provided a tense and anxious atmosphere for the likes of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Paraguay with qualification hopes hanging by a thread. Uruguay were far more relaxed on the final matchday knowing they’d most likely be qualifying for a World Cup without the pressure that
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Nine European nations have booked direct tickets to Russia for the FIFA World Cup next year following the conclusion of UEFA’s qualifying sector. That gives next year’s tournament some shape as a further 13 nations from other continents across the world have already sealed their place to compete for international football’s most prestigious trophy, while
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Eight second-best ranked teams from the nine groups of UEFA World Cup Qualifying will be placed into a Playoff Draw next Tuesday. Though the final eight are not yet confirmed with matches still to be played across Monday and Tuesday evening, we can begin to put the pieces of the puzzle that is November’s World
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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will go under the knife to remove a meniscal cyst in his right knee in November, according to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport. The Uruguayan international has played through the pain since injuring his knee in the Spanish Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in August. His dip in form seems to
Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has announced his decision to hang up the boots at the end of his contract with New York City FC. The 38-year-old is under contract with the club until December, but with playing time dwindling in the MLS, has decided to call it a day on an illustrious career. “You realise
Argentina have left their World Cup status in the balance following a 0-0 draw at home to Peru in the penultimate CONMEBOL qualifier before the 2018 finals in Russia. The two-time World Champions now sit outside the qualifying spots in 6th place with just one game to play – away to Ecuador – and cannot