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World Cup Play-Off Draw: Republic Of Ireland To Face Off Against Denmark, Northern Ireland To Play Switzerland

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup play-offs has just been completed in Zurich, with Fernando Hierro doing the honours and granting the Republic of Ireland a two-legger against Denmark.

A single goal from James McClean saw Ireland narrowly pipped Wales in their final qualifier to pinch the play-off spot in Group D, ensuring their quest to make it to Russia will roll on, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in early November.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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TheUEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switzerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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The UEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in and scenarios ahead of final stages

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With December's official 2018 World Cup draw around the corner, the road to qualification keeps narrowing for those with aspirations intact while those that have booked their ticket join hosts Russia in a state of joy.

Throughout the board, the last stages of qualification are ongoing, and sooner rather than later, all 32 sides will be known.

World Cup Qualifying: Solitary James McClean Goal Sees Rep. Of Ireland Reach Play-Offs At Wales’ Expense (Photos & Video)

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Republic of Ireland went barnstorming into the World Cup play-offs by beating Wales in Cardiff on Monday evening to thereby quash their opponents' thin hopes of making it to Russia.

The evening kicked-off with a stirringa capella rendition of the Welsh national anthem, Land of Our Fathers, which the home contingent bellowed out in bristling unison.

Sunday WCQ Rewind: England edges Lithuania, Poland clinches WCQ berth, and more

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Matchday #10 got underway on Sunday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. Groups E & F saw several teams fighting for positioning and the top spot in the group, and it came down to the wire.

England, who already clinched the top spot in the group on Thursday, defeated Lithuania 1-0 on the road.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Chile defeats Ecuador, Peru holds Argentina, and more

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Following disappointing defeats to Paraguay and Bolivia in their last two qualifiers, Chile bounced back in strong fashion by edging Ecuador, 2-1, in Santiago.

Alexis Sanchez played the hero on Thursday evening, scoring a winning goal in the 85th minute. The winner came a minute after Ecuador leveled the score at 1-1.

UEFA WCQ Preview: England hosts Slovenia, Iceland travels to Turkey, and more

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UEFA World Cup Qualifying concludes during this international break with each European team scheduled to have two final matches. Thursday sees the action begin, while Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the final day of qualifiers. Several teams are looking to lock up top spot in their respective groups, while others are looking for a late surge of points.

It’s All Too Beautiful: Commentator Breaks Down In Tears As Syria Keep World Cup Dream Alive With 93rd-Minute Equaliser Against Iran (Photo & Video)

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Syria's utterly inspirational journey toward qualifying for their first ever World Cup was kept alive in the most dramatic of circumstances on Tuesday evening.

Trailing 2-1 against rivals Iran as injury time wicked away, it looked for all the world like the dream was over.

However, Syria suddenly wrestled back possession and, on his first call-up in five years, Omar al-Soma broke clear on the break to slot a 93rd-minute equaliser through the legs of Iran 'keeperAli Beiranvand.

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.

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USA vs. Panama 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2018 World Cup qualifying online

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If the USMNT wants to qualify for Russia 2018, a win today is pretty much essential

World Cup qualifying has not gone according to the USMNT's plan. A poor start under Jurgen Klinsmann left the United States with a lot of work to do, and a misstep last month has left them in 4th place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

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World Cup: First Wave Of Tickets For Russia 2018 Put On Sale And They Really Aren’t Cheap…

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The first batch of tickets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have gone on sale today and, guess what, they're not exactly what you might call affordable.

From Thursday, fans will be able to submit an application to purchase tickets for the tournament the cheapest being a bog standard 'category 3' ticket for group stage at matches priced at £79 matches and the most expensive being a frankly extortionate 'category 1' ticket for the final.

Sensitive Issue: England Players Told Not To Use Public Wi-Fi At 2018 World Cup For Fear Of Russian Hack Attacks

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England players and staff are being advised not to use public or hotel wi-fi at the World Cup in Russia next year for fear of nefarious hack attacks.

According to the Telegraph, the FA have alerted FIFA about their concerns over sensitive information, such as team selections, tactical details and injury issues, being leaked during the tournament.

Canada, Mexico, U.S. officially form World Cup Bid Committee

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Though its creation shocks nobody, the official formation of the 2026 World Cup bid committee by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. is a significant step towards hosting the upcoming 48-team World Cup.

In an official statement, the bid committee, named United 2026, was unveiled by officials from the three confederations, who laid out its structure and operations.

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).

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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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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.

Mondiali 2018

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.