World Cup 2018

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ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

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.

World Cup TV schedule FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV coverage

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For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips.

World Cup TV coverage FAQ:

Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States?

World Cup TV schedule FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV coverage

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For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips.

World Cup TV coverage FAQ:

Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States?

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

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Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers.

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

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Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers.

From Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Tyler Adams… 14 international football new boys – rated

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FIFA World Cup Draw to air live on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on December 1

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The official draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be televised live in the United States on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on Friday, December 1. With the coverage beginning at 9:30am ET, soccer fans in the United States will finally learn which nations will be matched with other countries and what the schedule will look like for the first two weeks of the competition.

FIFA World Cup Draw to air live on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on December 1

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The official draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be televised live in the United States on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on Friday, December 1. With the coverage beginning at 9:30am ET, soccer fans in the United States will finally learn which nations will be matched with other countries and what the schedule will look like for the first two weeks of the competition.

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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Qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia is over. FIFA's football showpiece is supposed to be a showcase for the best of the best, but with Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the United States...

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World Cup 2018 heartbreak: What went wrong for Italy and Ventura?

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It's arguably the big story of the whole World Cup 2018 qualification process. Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 (which was also the last time Bolton...

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Australia advances to fourth straight World Cup with win over Honduras

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The 31st World Cup berth was handed out early Wednesday morning as CONCACAF saw its playoff representative fall.

Australia knocked off Honduras, 3-1, in the intercontinental playoff between Asia and North America. Mile Jedinak notched a hat-trick for the Socceroos in the second half to send the crowd in Sydney into a day-long celebration.

The England Uncapped XI: Could they make the 2018 World Cup?

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World Cup qualifiers: Preview of final games to determine who will be in World Cup

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In a week’s time, the field for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be set. All that’s left to settle are four playoff ties in Europe, two pitting teams from across continental divides, and three groups in Africa.

Drama is guaranteed. The tournament, as we approach the new year, lies just around the corner.

TV schedule for World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies: November 9-15

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The final World Cup qualifiers take place during the current international break, which will determine the final countries that will make up the 32 teams competing in next summer’s World Cup.

Plus there are several enticing friendlies that’ll be played around the world.

So far, here are the countries who have qualified for World Cup 2018: Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Panama.

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

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In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing.

We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas.

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

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In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing.

We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas.

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

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The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place.

The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

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The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place.

The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 80 broadcasts in six days (October 5-10)

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Over the next week, nearly twenty teams from around the globe will punch their tickets to Russia as 2018 World Cup qualifying builds to a grand finale some three years in the making.

Here’s what to watch for in the coming days, broken down by region.

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: Despite being held to a 0-0 draw Luxembourg in Toulouse in their last qualifier, France controls its destiny – needing only to beat Bulgaria and Belarus to clinch the group.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 80 broadcasts in six days (October 5-10)

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Over the next week, nearly twenty teams from around the globe will punch their tickets to Russia as 2018 World Cup qualifying builds to a grand finale some three years in the making.

Here’s what to watch for in the coming days, broken down by region.

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: Despite being held to a 0-0 draw Luxembourg in Toulouse in their last qualifier, France controls its destiny – needing only to beat Bulgaria and Belarus to clinch the group.

Newcastle United

Aleksandar Mitrovic Starts Making The Case To Leave Newcastle

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Christian Atsu Picks Up Injury Training With Ghana

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Latest Injury Update For Newcastle

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This Is One Player Rafa Is Improving All The Time

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RafaBenitezhas already improved a lot of players at Newcastle, and an excellent example of one of them is 24-year-old American International DeAndre Yedlin. We rememberwatching Yedlin in the World Cup when he [...]

DeAndre Yedlin Talks About Rafa Benitez And Newcastle In America

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World Cup qualifying

All look at the final field for the 2018 World Cup

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World Cup Qualifying officially ended Wednesday night when Peru knocked off New Zealand, 2-0, to seal the final open place in Russia.

All 32 qualified teams have been broken up into four pots for the group stage draw, which takes place at The Kremlin on Dec. 1. The first pot features Russia, as the host nation, and the top seven teams in the tournament based on their FIFA ranking.

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in after this international window

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The field for the 2018 World Cup is almost complete. We know 23 of the 32 teams that will be competing in Russia next summer, but there are still nine spots left to be filled.

Here's the rundown of how each confederation stands after this latest round of qualifiers:

CONCACAF

Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

Playoffs: Honduras will play a home and home series with Australia.

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.

Video: Mohamed Salah sends Egypt to first World Cup since 1990 with late penalty kick

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Impossible not to get chills listening to the commentary of Mohamed Salah's game-winning penalty that sent Egypt to the 2018 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/YFquwbgCpB

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U.S. National Team

Blame Sunil Gulati for USA’s failure, not the players nor Bruce Arena

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An era of arrogance and excess at US Soccer has yielded what in hindsight was a predictable result. The United States have missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

Despite the good fortune the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) received with the weakness of CONCACAF opposition – Honduras is going through a rebuilding phase and Panama’s aging “Golden Generation” seemed to have missed their best shot at qualifying for the World Cup or winning continental silverware in the last cycle – the USMNT still managed to miss qualification.

Blame Sunil Gulati for USA’s failure, not the players nor Bruce Arena

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An era of arrogance and excess at US Soccer has yielded what in hindsight was a predictable result. The United States have missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

Despite the good fortune the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) received with the weakness of CONCACAF opposition – Honduras is going through a rebuilding phase and Panama’s aging “Golden Generation” seemed to have missed their best shot at qualifying for the World Cup or winning continental silverware in the last cycle – the USMNT still managed to miss qualification.

The Rest

Gareth Southgate to keep England job irrespective of Russia 2018 performance

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In an overwhelming display of support, FA chief executive Martin Glenn has told Gareth Southgate that he will keep his England managerial job irrespective of England’s Russia 2018 World Cup result and even if the three lions lose all the group stage matches.

“Gareth has a long-term contract,” said Glenn.

Your USMNT Line-up v. Trinidad & Tobago

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The answer to your first question? Yes, Christian Pulisic is fit to start. The answer to your second question? No changes from the XI that schooled Panama the other night. The answer to your third question? Sure, I suppose I'm alright with this set-up... for tonight. I still don't believe we should get married to it.