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World Cup qualifying

USMNT feeling confident, but not comfortable, after draw against Mexico

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Upon the departure of Jurgen Klinsmann, things seemed very bleak for the U.S. Men's National Team's hopes of a successful qualification campaign.

After qualifying for the Hex, Klinsmann's squad opened with a very tough pair of matches against Mexico in Columbus and on the road against Costa Rica.

Saturday WCQ Rewind: England salvages point at Scotland, Germany cruises, and more

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In the must-watch match of the day in UEFA World Cup Qualifying, England used a 93rd-minute equalizer from Harry Kane to salvage a point at Scotland.

Gareth Southgate's side saw a second-half lead slip in a matter of minutes thanks to a three-minute brace from Scottish striker Leigh Griffiths.

Friday WCQ Rewind: Sweden shocks France, Belgium eases past Estonia, and more

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The sixth round of UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off with a bang on Friday as two favorites to win Group A squared off in Stockholm.

Sweden used a late blunder by French keeper Hugo Lloris, to defeat the visitors 2-1 at Friends Arena. A poorclearance by the Tottenham keeper allowed Ola Toivonen to score the game winner from 35+ yards out in stoppage time.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico eases past Honduras, Costa Rica shares points with Panama

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Mexico remains on cruise control heading into Sunday's match with the U.S. Men's National team.

El Tri continued the team's unbeaten run in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying by easing past Honduras, 3-0, on Thursday evening. In preparation to face the rival USMNT at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday night, Juan Carlos Osorio's side were looking for a positive result to stay on top of the group.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Iceland hosts Croatia, England travels to Scotland, and more

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UEFA World Cup Qualifying resumes this weekend with several nations looking for important results in their fight to stay alive.Two matches this weekend will feature the current group leaders against the second-place side, while rivalries will renew elsewhere.

Group I leaders Croatia faces a sneaky road match on Sunday at second-place Iceland in Reykjavik.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Bolivia shocks Argentina, Brazil seals WC berth and more

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After a 1-0 victory over Chile last Thursday, Argentina slumped to a disappointing road defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday. Edgardo Barza's side came into the match without star forward Lionel Messi, who was serving the first of a four-match suspension.

The Barcelona star was handed the ban by FIFA on Tuesday morning after negative comments made about Thursday's refereeing crew.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico remains unbeaten, Honduras, Costa Rica share points

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Following their 2-0 home win on Friday against Costa Rica, Mexico remained unbeaten in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying thanks to a 1-0 road win at Trinidad & Tobagoon Tuesday.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side got a 58th-minute game-winner from midfielder Diego Reyes to earn all three points at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Colombia visits Ecuador, Peru hosts Uruguay, and more

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After several teams earned crucial victories just five days ago, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying returns on Tuesday with all ten South American sides looking for points to close March'sinternational break.

The premier showdown on Matchday 14 takes place between Colombia and Ecuador, in a battle of fourth vs.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico ease past Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago shock Panama

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The U.S. Men's National Team may have garnered all the headlines on Matchday 3 of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but it was their biggest rival who rose to the top of the table by Friday's end.

Mexicomoved up to top spot in the Hex after a 2-0 victory at Estadio Azteca against Costa Rica.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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World Cup qualifying takes centerstage this weekend as teams all over Europe and North America look to make their push towards Russia 2018.

In European action, several heavy-hitters take the field throughout the weekend as the qualifying campaign continues.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Belgium hosts Greece, Wales face Ireland, and more.

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Matchday 5of UEFA World Cup Qualifying takes place Friday through Sunday, and should provide some intriguingmatches featuring some top competition.

Group D leader, the Republic of Ireland, will hostEuro 2016 surprise side Wales at Aviva Stadium on Friday. Martin O'Neill's side is coming off three consecutive victories in World Cup qualifying and would like to take another step towards winning its group.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Italy takes on Spain, France faces the Netherlands, and more

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The second and third match days of UEFA World Cup Qualifying are underway this international break, headlined by a clash of Group G titans.

Italy and Spain will meet in the biggest match of the round. Each team won their first games, Spainby a score of 8-0 against Leichtenstein while Italy roppledIsrael by a final of 3-1.

Russia 2018: CONCACAF Qualifying – USMNT vs. Guatemala – Review

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March Group C Qualifierscame to an end, not without controversy. OTF's Joe Maskivish sums up the two matches against Guatemala...

Well that wasn't easy. Staring down a chance to put this round's qualification in the rear-view mirror, the United States instead flirted with disaster, while at the same time leaving supporters with spinning heads.

Russia 2018: CONCACAF Qualifying – USMNT vs. Guatemala – Review

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March Group C Qualifierscame to an end, not without controversy. OTF's Joe Maskivish sums up the two matches against Guatemala...

Well that wasn't easy. Staring down a chance to put this round's qualification in the rear-view mirror, the United States instead flirted with disaster, while at the same time leaving supporters with spinning heads.

Spanish Football

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL | SPAIN FULL SQUAD OF 25 PLAYERS

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SPAIN 8 - LIECHTENSTEIN 0 | WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP RESULT

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Australia

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Australia’s manager says Tim Cahill could make it to Russia 2018

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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said evergreen striker Tim Cahill could play all the way to the next World Cup as the goals keep coming for the 35-year-old. The newly crowned Asian coach of the year said retirement was not on the cards for Australia's record scorer, who struck three this month against Bangladesh to reach 45 international goals.

Australia’s manager says Tim Cahill could make it to Russia 2018

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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said evergreen striker Tim Cahill could play all the way to the next World Cup as the goals keep coming for the 35-year-old. The newly crowned Asian coach of the year said retirement was not on the cards for Australia's record scorer, who struck three this month against Bangladesh to reach 45 international goals.

Italia

Italia in campo contro l’Olanda in amichevole. Donnarumma pronto all’esordio

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Reduce dalla vittoria contro l'Albania per 2 a 0, l'Italia di Ventura torna in campo, questa sera alle 20 e 45, nel test match amichevole contro l'Olanda, altro appuntamento importante sulla strada che porta a Russia 2018. Azzurri pronti a confermarsi vincenti, con il loro spregiudicato 4-2-4, olandesi talentuosi ma in crisi e che arrivano [.

Italia e Germania a reti bianche. Gol annullato ai tedeschi, palo di Belotti

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Finisce a reti bianche la supersfida Italia Germania, amichevole di lusso che è andata in scena ieri sera nel tempio milanese di San Siro. Annullata una rete ai tedeschi (a Volland al 61′), dominatori come possesso palla nel primo tempo ma poco incisivi in avanti, azzurri meglio nella ripresa e vicini al successo nel finale (palo [.

Poker italiano a Vaduz. Prima doppietta in azzurro per Belotti

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L'Italia cala il poker, a Vaduz (prima doppietta in azzurro per il "gallo" Belotti, a segno Immobile e Candreva), contro il Liechtenstein, nel 4^ appuntamento delle qualificazioni a Russia 2018, ma il sorriso è a met come la gara degli azzurri, bella nel primo tempo, meno produttiva, in fatto di reti, nella ripresa nella quale [.

Italia-Spagna allo Stadium. Giovedì super match di qualificazione a Russia 2018

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Match importante e delicato in arrivo per l'Italia di Ventura, nel cammino di qualificazione a Russia 2018. Giovedì 6 Ottobre, alle 20 e 45, gli azzurri sfideranno la Spagna di Del Bosque allo Juventus Stadium, in un match che promette grandi emozioni. Domenica, invece, trasferta a Skopje per affrontare la Macedonia.

Russia 2018: L’Italia di Conte pesca la Spagna. Nel Girone anche l’Albania di De Biasi

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Sar la titolata Spagna la grande avversaria dell'Italia di Conte nel Girone G di qualificazione ai Mondiali di Russia 2018. Questo l'esito del sorteggio che si è svolto a Strasburgo e che ha regalato agli azzurri le Furie Rosse ma anche il derby italiano con Gianni De Biasi e la sua Albania. Nel raggruppamento l'insidioso [.

World Cup

Krasnodar Test Out Brilliant 360° LED Video Wall At Their New Stadium (Video)

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Inspired by the Colloseum in Rome, Russian side FC Krasnodar have recently completed the process of building themselves a flashy new stadium.

The ground has already staged its first match (Russia's recent friendly against Costa Rica)thoughstrangely it won't be utilised at the upcoming 2018 World Cup.

FIFA Disband Anti-Racism Taskforce After Declaring Its Mission To Be ‘Completely Fulfilled’

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FIFA have disbanded their anti-racism taskforce after declaringthe mission a complete success.

The taskforce was established by Sepp Blatter in 2013 and in just three short years has totally ended the blight of racism in football.

In a message written to members serving on the force, FIFA proudly announced that the grouphas"completely fulfilled its temporary mission" and as such "is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.

FIFA Ask Russian Fans To Vote For 2018 World Cup Mascot From Three Equally Uninspiring Options

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FIFA have opened the onlineballotfor the 2018 World Cup mascot, with the good people of Russia now able to vote which anthropomorphic animal they want to represent their home tournament.

The field is hardly what you might call diverse, with fans able to vote for, A) a cutesy cartoon tiger, B) a cutesy cartoon cat, or,C) a cutesy cartoon wolf.

FIFA Proudly Announce The Cheapest Ticket For 2018 World Cup Will Cost A Mere £80

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As part oftheir ongoing commitment to keepfootball accessible to all, FIFA have proudly announced that the cheapest match ticket at the 2018 World Cup in Russia will cost a mere $105 (roughly £80).

FIFA have rolled out their pricing structure for the 2018 tournament today, with the following ticket prices applying to overseas fans.

The beauty of South American Qualifiers

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Two days after the end of another South-American world cup qualifying week we can see why South American world cup qualifiers are known by many people as the "toughest qualifiers on earth". As of right now, there is a difference of 3 points between the first place team (Uruguay) and the 5th place team (Colombia).

Sepp Blatter Admits FIFA Planned To Award Russia The 2018 World Cup Before Vote Took Place

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Astonishing we know, but Sepp Blatter has let slip the revelation today that FIFA may be just the teeny, tiniest bit dodgy.

The organisation's suspended president has admitted that FIFA had an under-the-table agreement in place to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia before the vote had even taken place.

The South American qualifiers

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As Europe is entering the last phase of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, other places are quietly starting their qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Not so quietly perhaps in South America, where the first round of qualifiers came with a number of results that may be a prelude to what could be one of the most interesting World Cup qualifications ever: Chile defeated Brazil 2-0: As winners of the Copa

Fútbol Concacaf

Clint Dempsey juega los 90 minutos en derrota de Estados Unidos ante Guatemala

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En el primero de dos partidos de eliminatoria entre hoy y martes hacia el Mundial Rusia 2018, Clint DEMPSEY jugó todo el encuentro en el Mateo Flores junto al ex Sounders DeAndre YEDLIN en una de las peores actuaciones recientes de la selección de Estados Unidos, que se entregó torpemente a su similar de Guatemala en tan solo los primeros 15 minutos del partido al ceder dos goles producto de errores y desconcentración defensiva.

Clint Dempsey juega los 90 minutos en derrota de Estados Unidos ante Guatemala

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En el primero de dos partidos de eliminatoria entre hoy y martes hacia el Mundial Rusia 2018, Clint DEMPSEY jugó todo el encuentro en el Mateo Flores junto al ex Sounders DeAndre YEDLIN en una de las peores actuaciones recientes de la selección de Estados Unidos, que se entregó torpemente a su similar de Guatemala en tan solo los primeros 15 minutos del partido al ceder dos goles producto de errores y desconcentración defensiva.

United States Men's National Team

International Friendly Review: USMNT 1-1 Honduras

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Draws are very un-American (demotix.com)

OTF's Joe Maskivish takes a look back at the USMNT's draw against CONCACAF foe Honduras...

For the second time in less than a week the United States disappointed. One can only hope this is a short-lived trend, but having yet again blown a second half lead at home, to a perceived inferior team, optimism after the World Cup has come back down to earth.

International Friendly Review: USMNT 1-0 Czech Republic

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The U.S. is 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup cycle (ussoccer.com)

OTF's Joe Maskivish takes a look back at USMNT's first step toward Russia 2018, a step taken inPrague...

Youth was indeed served Wednesday in the Czech capital. With a mostly green roster of youngsters, the United States took down a Czech Republic team preparing to start qualifying forEuro 2016.

International Friendly Preview: USMNT vs. Czech Republic

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Jurgen Klinsmann's squad is back in action (topnews.in)

The United States begins its long march to Russia 2018. OTF's Joe Maskivish takes a look at the upcoming friendly in Prague...

The unofficial beginning of the 2018 World Cup cycle begins for the United States on September 3rd in Prague.

USMNT Roundtable: The Bradley Question

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MLS Calling (photo: thedenimkit.com)

The USMNT roundtable kicks off 2014 with consideration of Michael Bradley's move to MLS and what it all means for the Nats ...

It's official: Michael Bradley is back in MLS. The coach's son who quit the league for European pastures has shaken off both his hair and the whispers of nepotism which dogged the early stages of his career.

USMNT Roundtable: Four More Years

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What has two thumbs and a new contract? (photo: rantsports.com)

The last USMNT roundtable of 2013 considers whether Jurgen Klinsmann's contract extension is an early gift or a lump of coal...

'Twas the night fortnight before Christmas, when all were at parties,

'Cept at US Soccer, where Sunil Gulati

Dictated an email for the media's top tier,

With news that St.

The Rest

2018 World Cup logo revealed

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It was midnight in Moscow as three Russian astronauts from the international space station revealed the emblem of the next World Cup finals. The image was then projected onto the facade of the famous Bolshoi Ballet.
As World Cup logos go it is pretty inoffensive, if not rather conservative, as perhaps befitting of the Russian Republic, but it is undeniably elegant at the same time and given the litany of dodgy sporting emblems, we can hardly complain.