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World Cup Draw: Group-by-Group Analysis

The 2018 World Cup draw took place Friday at the Kremlin, which seemed as good a place as any to unveil valuable information of vital global interest. Here’s our live coverage and analysis from...

April 28, 2017
April 28, 2017

French prosecutors investigating 2018, 2022 World Cup awards

French prosecutors are investigating the decision by global soccer body FIFA to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said on...

April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017

FIFA changes means no rival yet for North American World Cup bid

The bidding process has yet to begin but the joint proposal from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup is already the heavy favourite to win.

April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017

Argentina sack coach Bauza

Argentina's football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year's World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

March 31, 2017
March 31, 2017

NZ’s World Cup hero Elliott quits internationals

Grant Elliott, who smashed a six off South Africa paceman Dale Steyn to put New Zealand into their maiden World Cup final in 2015, has confirmed his retirement from international cricket after...

March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017

Japan's Halilhodzic delighted with Kubo decision

Japan winger Yuyo Kubo's goalscoring form has vindicated the decision to select him over Keisuke Honda, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said after a 4-0 victory over Thailand in a World Cup qualifier...

March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017

US keep World Cup hopes alive

The United States remain in contention for a spot at next year's World Cup after Bruce Arena's side battled to a scrappy 1-1 away draw against Panama in CONCACAF qualifying on Tuesday.

March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017

Bauza laments Messi absence, remains defiant

Edgardo Bauza bemoaned the timing of Lionel Messi's suspension after Argentina's woes were compounded in a stunning loss to Bolivia as the head coach remained defiant.

March 26, 2017
March 26, 2017

Germany aim to extend run

Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to "ruthlessly" secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

March 24, 2017
March 24, 2017

Yoshida 'buzzing' after Japan win

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said he was "buzzing" after leading his side to a 2-0 victory in Thursday's World Cup qualifier against United Arab Emirates in place of injured skipper...

March 23, 2017
March 23, 2017

Bale seeks World Cup lift-off against Ireland

Gareth Bale's Wales hope to recapture the spirit of Euro 2016 when they attempt to revive their flagging World Cup qualifying campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Friday.