Switzerland squad for World Cup Playoff vs. Northern Ireland

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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Croatia squad for World Cup Playoff vs. Greece

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

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Inter-Confederation Play-off matches revealed

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

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Every qualified South American nation for the 2018 World Cup

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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Every qualified European nation for the 2018 World Cup

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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How will seeding for UEFA’s World Cup Playoff Draw be determined?

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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Luis Suarez set for knee surgery in November

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

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World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings: Argentina

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

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Last chance for struggling Holland in World Cup Qualifying

Dutch manager Dick Advocaat faces an uphill battle to send Holland to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, needing victories over Belarus and Sweden to keep the possibility of a second-place finish alive. Holland are third in Group A, three points behind second-placed Sweden and four points behind first-placed France. Assuming Sweden see off the

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Argentina squad named for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Jorge Sampaoli has selected his Argentina squad for the final two matches of World Cup qualifying ahead of the 2018 finals in Russia. Argentina, 5th, battle it out with 4th-placed Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5 before travelling to the high-altitude country of Ecuador on October 11 in the final game of CONMEBOL qualifying.

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Gareth Southgate frustrated with latest England squad

Gareth Southgate has selected 26 players for England’s World Cup Qualifying matches against Slovenia and Lithuania in October. Several England regulars miss out due to injury, such as Adam Lallana, Danny Rose, Nathaniel Clyne, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck, leaving Southgate frustrated heading into the last two games of qualifying. “If you were to say,

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Ousmane Dembele out until the new year with hamstring injury

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will miss up to four months of action after injuring his hamstring. The Frenchman was forced off after just 29 minutes of his full league debut for Barcelona, who went on to secure a 2-1 victory over Getafe thanks to Paulinho’s late effort. Barcelona released a statement on their official website,

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