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World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

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The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

This is a remarkably weak group.

World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

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The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

This is a remarkably weak group.

World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

Football Art: New Official World Cup Poster For Russia 2018 Is Really Rather прекрасная (Photo)

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With just three days to go until the final group stage draw for the 2018 World Cup is made in Moscow, FIFA have unfurled the official poster that will accompany the tournament in Russia next year.

Produced by artist Igor Gurovich, the poster features legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin front and centre, clawing a giant football out of the sky in front of a delightfully geometric, Soviet-ish background.

Apparently This Is The New Nike Kit England Will Wear For Their Disappointing Second Round Exit At 2018 World Cup (Leaked Photos)

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'Tis the season of the international kit release and, while England's new strip has yet to be formally unveiled, a couple of leaked images purport to show just how the Three Lions will be togged up come the 2018 World Cup.

Because this is Nike we're talking about here, they'll be none of the individually themed retro-tinged goodness we witnessed with the recent batch of Adidas World Cup efforts.

‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

Adidas Telstar 18: FIFA Formally Introduce Us To The Official 2018 World Cup Match Ball (Photo)

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It's official. FIFA have confirmed that the Adidas Telstar 18 is the ball to be used in Russia next summer and as such, it will join it's spherical brethren in the grand pantheon of World Cup matchballs.

Here it is, in all it's classically-hewn, white-and-black glory.

World Cup qualifying play-offs: Eight European teams desperate for a place in Russia

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International football is back in focus over the next fortnight, with an array of friendlies to be played across the globe.

However, competitive action is also on the menu, as World Cup qualifying playoffs will take place to determine which teams will complete the line-up in Russia next summer.

World Cup qualifying play-offs: Eight European teams desperate for a place in Russia

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International football is back in focus over the next fortnight, with an array of friendlies to be played across the globe.

However, competitive action is also on the menu, as World Cup qualifying playoffs will take place to determine which teams will complete the line-up in Russia next summer.

Colombia Steal The Show As Adidas Stage Mass Unveiling Of 2018 World Cup Kits For Spain, Belgium, Japan, Argentina, Germany And Mexico (Photos)

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Speaking as folk who absolutely adored Colombia's retro-tinged 2014 World Cup offering, Pies are happy to announce that their 2018 uniform is, arguably, even more handsome.

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Would you just look at that? The alluring washed out yellow? The hints of classic trefoil on the flanks?

Russia 2018 World Cup adidas Home Kit

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adidas Football has officially revealed the home kit that 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia will wear in the lead up to and at next summer's soccer world championship. The new shirt will be available atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer,Subside SportsandKitbag.

Adidas Telstar 18: First Purported Look At Official Russia 2018 World Cup Match Ball (Leaked Photo)

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Should you be interested, purported images of the official Adidas match ball of the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been leaked all over social media.

According to the unfalteringly reliable moles over at Footy Headlines, the 2018 ball is a retro-tinged throwback to the classic Adidas World Cup balls of the early 1970s, namely the Telstar, which was used at the 1970 and 1974 tournaments before being replaced by the Tango in 1978.

Russia 2018: Exiled Ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter Will Attend World Cup As ‘Old Friend’ Of Vladimir Putin

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"Sorry Sepp, but you've not made it through to the judges' houses..."

Thanks to an assist from the Kremlin, Cinderella that is to say Sepp Blatter will go to the ball in Russia next year after all.

Despite serving a six-year ban from all football-related activities after being found guilty of corruption during his time in office, the deposed ex-FIFA president will still be attending the 2018 World Cup after receiving a personal invite from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

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Russia breathe sigh of relief after drawing ‘ideal’ World Cup group

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia breathed a collective sigh of relief on Friday after avoiding Spain and looking like favourites to make it out of their group in their first home World Cup.

“The ideal group,” the government-run R-Sport news agency shouted in a banner headline on its website after the State Kremlin Palace draw saw them paired with Saudi Arabia and Egypt for next year’s finals.

Russia coach happy to dodge Spain in World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov expressed his relief at avoiding 2010 champions Spain in Friday’s draw for next year’s World Cup.

Hosts Russia, the lowest ranked nation in the 32-team tournament, were placed alongside Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

Russia coach happy to dodge Spain in World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov expressed his relief at avoiding 2010 champions Spain in Friday’s draw for next year’s World Cup.

Hosts Russia, the lowest ranked nation in the 32-team tournament, were placed alongside Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

Doping not a big problem in the sport, says Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday sought to distance football from any suspicions of the widespread doping in other sports that has cast a cloud over World Cup hosts Russia.

Russia have been stripped of a third of the medals they won as hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and last week a ban on the country taking part in international athletics was upheld by the sport’s governing body the IAAF.

Doping not a big problem in the sport, says Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday sought to distance football from any suspicions of the widespread doping in other sports that has cast a cloud over World Cup hosts Russia.

Russia have been stripped of a third of the medals they won as hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and last week a ban on the country taking part in international athletics was upheld by the sport’s governing body the IAAF.

Russia ready for World Cup draw with Spain the team to avoid

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Moscow (AFP) – The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins on Friday as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.

Russia ready for World Cup draw with Spain the team to avoid

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Moscow (AFP) – The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins on Friday as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.

Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia - and it’s not all just about Neymar.

Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders.

Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia - and it’s not all just about Neymar.

Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders.

Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria.

The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine.

Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria.

The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine.

FIFA boss vows racism crackdown at Russia’s World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed on Monday to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

“This is a very high priority and we will make sure no incidents will happen,” Infantino said in a video statement.

“It is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that, so we can expect fair play in Russia.

FIFA boss vows racism crackdown at Russia’s World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed on Monday to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

“This is a very high priority and we will make sure no incidents will happen,” Infantino said in a video statement.

“It is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that, so we can expect fair play in Russia.

World Cup stadium rises from ashes of Battle of Stalingrad

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Volgograd (Russia) (AFP) – First they dug up the bones and defused the bombs.

Then Russia erected a light-as-air stadium for the 2018 World Cup that rises from the ground around which two million people died over 200 days in the Battle of Stalingrad - the tragic turning point of World War II.

Say hello to Telstar 18, the 2018 World Cup ball

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Moscow (AFP) – What on Earth is Telstar 18?

Several heads were left being scratched on Thursday after Russia used some hardcore techno beats in a dark auditorium decked out to look like an underground dance club to present the official 2018 World Cup ball.

The orb in the spotlight followed the edgy motif of the presentation by being adorned with black-and-grey checkered rectangles that could have featured in one of Hollywood’s latest sci-fi thrillers.

Say hello to Telstar 18, the 2018 World Cup ball

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Moscow (AFP) – What on Earth is Telstar 18?

Several heads were left being scratched on Thursday after Russia used some hardcore techno beats in a dark auditorium decked out to look like an underground dance club to present the official 2018 World Cup ball.

The orb in the spotlight followed the edgy motif of the presentation by being adorned with black-and-grey checkered rectangles that could have featured in one of Hollywood’s latest sci-fi thrillers.

FIFA human rights panel warns over migrant workers

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s human rights advisors on Thursday criticised a lack of transparency over the condition of workers on World Cup projects in Russia, highlighting the plight of North Koreans reportedly building facilities.

In its first report, FIFA’s newly-branded Human Rights Advisory Board issued a warning over “significant risks to workers’ rights in the final phases of the construction in Russia”.

FIFA human rights panel warns over migrant workers

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s human rights advisors on Thursday criticised a lack of transparency over the condition of workers on World Cup projects in Russia, highlighting the plight of North Koreans reportedly building facilities.

In its first report, FIFA’s newly-branded Human Rights Advisory Board issued a warning over “significant risks to workers’ rights in the final phases of the construction in Russia”.

Russia faces ‘very real’ threat of attack at World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia says it will take extraordinary measures to combat any terrorist threat when it hosts the World Cup next year, as its military campaign in Syria makes the country a prime target for jihadists.

A bombing on the metro in Saint Petersburg in April that left 15 people dead was among the recent high-profile terror attacks on Russian soil.

Russia faces ‘very real’ threat of attack at World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia says it will take extraordinary measures to combat any terrorist threat when it hosts the World Cup next year, as its military campaign in Syria makes the country a prime target for jihadists.

A bombing on the metro in Saint Petersburg in April that left 15 people dead was among the recent high-profile terror attacks on Russian soil.

Argentina call up Boca Juniors duo for Russia clash

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Boca Juniors strikers Dario Benedetto and Cristian Pavon were called into the Argentina squad on Thursday for the November 11 friendly international against World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.

They join the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad who will also face Nigeria in Krasnador four days later.

Spain to play Russia in friendly: Spanish football federation

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain will play 2018 World Cup hosts Russia on November 14 as part of their build-up for next summer’s finals, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced Friday.

The RFEF said they had also organised a game against 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica on November 11 in Malaga.

Spain to play Russia in friendly: Spanish football federation

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain will play 2018 World Cup hosts Russia on November 14 as part of their build-up for next summer’s finals, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced Friday.

The RFEF said they had also organised a game against 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica on November 11 in Malaga.

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Some Soccer News for Dec 1, 2017

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It's Day 335 of 2017.


WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE DRAW

First game: Thu Jun 14 - Russia v Saudi Arabia

The lowest ranked team in the tournament is the host - Russia. And they are in the easiest group BY A MILE!

Group A - 43.75 Avg FIFA Rank
  • 1 Russia - 65
  • 2 Saudi Arabia - 63
  • 3 Egypt - 30
  • 4 Uruguay - 17
Group B - 23.

Huzzah: CSKA Moscow Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev Keeps First Champions League Clean Sheet In 11 Years

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Last night, something utterly remarkable happened in the Champions League.

No, we're not talking about Celtic managing to restrict PSG to a mere seven goals, but the banishment of a dreadful record that had extended to over a decade.

In successfully keeping Benfica at bay to help ensure a 2-0 win for CSKA Moscow, erstwhile goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev managed to register his first Champions League clean sheet in 11 years.

RUSSIA 3 - SPAIN 3 | INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY GAME RESULT

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