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Russia hooligans issue warning: 'Festival of violence' awaits England fans at World Cup 2018

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England fans have been issued a warning – they are “100% guaranteed” to be the target for Russian hooligans at the 2018 World Cup. They have also said that the tournament will be “a festival of violence” for some locals.

Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Video: Gareth Southgate and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson talk ahead of England vs Scotland

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England manager Gareth Southgate and midfielder Jordan Henderson faced reporters today to hold a pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow...

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England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA

FIFA boss not worried about hooligans at Russia World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he did not fear hooligan troubles at the World Cup in Russia next year despite reported threats against foreign fans.

“I am not concerned about trouble in 2018, I have full confidence in the Russian authorities,” Infantino told AFP and a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Next Most Logical Rules Change for MLS

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The soccer world seems a little shaken up after last week's declaration by FIFA's Marco Van Basten, head of the Technical Development department, who said he is overseeing possible rules changes for offsides, amount of playing time, substitutions, how fouls are handled and deciding tie games.

Expanded World Cup ‘more competitive’ says Portugal coach

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Lisbon (AFP) FIFA's expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 will make football's showpiece tournament "more competitive", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Thursday.

"We must avoid being too dramatic," Santos said. "If this expansion meant an increase in the number of games (played during the tournament) things would be more complicated, but as it's not the case, I'm clearly in favour of it.

A 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?

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Paris (AFP) FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament prompted one major question: who can host the global showpiece in its revamped format?

North America is the favourite and in pole position with other former candidates relegated to outsiders.

Expanding soccer

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Will we be seeing a bigger Gold Cup in light of the World Cup expansion? It's likely with world soccer in growth mode.

World Cup will suffer for FIFA’s misguided expansion

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When the small Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago qualified for its first World Cup in November of 2005, the nation's Prime Minister Patrick Manning declared a national holiday.

That same year, when the African country of Cote d'Ivoire qualified for its first finals, the country's Civil War ground to a halt as its President agreed to open peace talks.

Back from travels

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Now that we are back from the lady's first tour of America (and have had a few days to just sleep), I am back on patrol here. I'll drop a few stray opinions on recent soccer happenings now and then kick off a short series of non-soccer top five lists related to food and activities enjoyed during our cross-country jaunt (the already promised L.

FIFA makes World Cup expansion official

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The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament.

The World Cup expansion plot thickens

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It's not just the World Cup that might be changing for 2026 with reports linking FIFA with a move to merge CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifying.

The Confederations Cup predicts nothing

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FIFA prepares to draw the match-ups for this summer's Confederations Cup in the soccer news, a tournament still in search of an audience.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

Mexico

What happens to USMNT vs Mexico?

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FIFA's World Cup expansion dilutes qualifying, likely bringing an end to the two biggest games on the CONCACAF calendar.

Klinsmann wants angry US after World Cup blow

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for his team to harness a sense of anger as they attempt to bounce back from a shattering World Cup defeat to Mexico against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Klinsmann's men suffered an agonizing last-gasp loss to Mexico in Columbus on Friday, when Rafa Marquez's 89th-minute header secured a dramatic 2-1 win for 'El Tri' at the Mapfre Stadium.

Klinsmann wants angry US after World Cup blow

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for his team to harness a sense of anger as they attempt to bounce back from a shattering World Cup defeat to Mexico against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Klinsmann's men suffered an agonizing last-gasp loss to Mexico in Columbus on Friday, when Rafa Marquez's 89th-minute header secured a dramatic 2-1 win for 'El Tri' at the Mapfre Stadium.

USMNT ready to battle Mexico as rivalry resumes to open Hexagonal

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Michael Bradley says he can feel the tension from the moment he steps off the plane. Mexico week is one unlike any other. There's an aura of anticipation, a feeling of nervousness and, perhaps most of all, a deep sensation of excitement.

Friday's clash between the U.

Costa Rica

Where to find Costa Rica vs. USA on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Costa Rica vs. USA, you've come to the right place.

After losing to Mexico on Friday night in Columbus, the United States will want to bounce back against Costa Rica in order to keep their chances alive of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Where to find Costa Rica vs. USA on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Costa Rica vs. USA, you've come to the right place.

After losing to Mexico on Friday night in Columbus, the United States will want to bounce back against Costa Rica in order to keep their chances alive of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Brazil

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Betting tips

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Brazil, the five-times World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Predictions

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Brazil, the five-time World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Predictions

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Brazil, the five-time World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

The Rest

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

Despite spending $500m-a-week, 2022 Qatar World Cup won’t be most expensive ever

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Qatar’s finance minister has said that the 2022 World Cup won’t be the most expensive World Cup ever, despite his country spending $500m per week on infrastructure.

According to Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Qatar is spending half a million dollars per week in a bid to get itself ready for the gala event five years down the line.

A North American World Cup bid

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CONCACAF appears to be lining up behind a joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada for the 2026 World Cup in the soccer news.

Wednesday Kickoff: Chinese Super League, World Cup, Alonso and more

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Another forward is bound for the Chinese Super League, while an American-based change could be coming to the World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement to sell forward Adrian Ramos toChinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan. (REPORT)

Marco Van Basten says FIFA is considering using NASL-style shootout penalty kicks in group stage matches of expanded World Cups.

House searches in Switzerland over 2006 World Cup

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday that houses had been searched last week as part of a broadening investigation into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

The investigation targetting members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, has been expanded to include Urs Linsi, the former General Secretary of world football's governing body FIFA, the office of Switzerland's Attorney General said in a statement.

Saying goodbye to the Klinsmann era

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As the USMNT transitions to a new coach, it's worth asking what they need to carry forward from the Klinsmann era of US soccer.