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10/23/2017   Soccernet
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10/23/2017   BBC Football
Liverpool prepared to let Coutinho go to Barcelona in January, Real Madrid target Pochettino as Zidane successor, plus more.
10/23/2017   Soccernet
The FC crew discuss Dejan Lovren and Liverpool's dire defending. It wasn't a major surprise when Liverpool lost 4-1 to Tottenham on Sunday. The excellent run against the best sides under Jurgen Klopp always had something of the mystical about it. Dropping points to Manchester City and Manchester United was a sign of things to come. It would be nice to say the defensive debacle against a rampant Harry Kane was a shock. The sad truth is it wasn't. Not in the slightest. Even after somehow dragging their way back into it, a decisive third goal right on half time...
10/23/2017   Soccernet
After their 5-2 win at Goodison Park against Everton, ESPN's Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss why Arsenal can always perform consistently.
10/23/2017   Soccernet
After Man United's loss at Huddersfield, Alejandro Moreno blasts Jose Mourinho's constant changes to his system. Juan Mata has promised Manchester United will learn from the mistakes that led to their 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield. The United players were accused of lacking the right "attitude" by manager Jose Mourinho after Saturday's loss at the John Smith's Stadium -- their first Premier League defeat of the season. Both Mata and Victor Lindelof were guilty of individual errors that led to Huddersfield's goals, but Mourinho insisted afterwards that everyone was to blame for what he described as the worst performance...
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Patrice Carteron admits the team was out of shape when he arrived at Phoenix Rising FC.
10/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has seemingly acknowledged that his club will not be able to sign youngster Josh Onomah on a permanent basis. Since joining the Villains from Tottenham during the summer, Onomah has impressed and delivered a man of the match performance during the clubs 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday. The youngster […]
10/23/2017   Soccernet
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10/23/2017   Soccernet
Patrice Carteron tells KweséESPN about his decision to coach in Saudi Arabia instead of South Africa.
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Gary Cahill has said the title race is "open" after Chelsea came back from 2-1 down to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Patrice Carteron tells KweséESPN that he's looking to add more Africans to his squad.
10/23/2017   BBC Football
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is expected to be in charge for Wednesday's Carabao Cup trip to Chelsea.
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Patrice Carteron says it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach Didier Drogba.
10/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has been ruled out for about three weeks with a torn muscle in his right thigh
      
 
 
10/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Read Juan Mata’s thoughts on the upcoming matches against Swansea and Tottenham. The post Mata: We must keep moving forward appeared first on TheSoccerDaily.com.
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Neymar says he did not lose his cool after being shown the first red card of his Paris Saint-Germain career during the feisty <a
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Roma claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win at Torino on Sunday, courtesy of Aleksandar Kolarov's free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov strengthened his case as signing of the season as his crunching free kick gave Roma a 1-0 win from a hard-fought clash at Torino that saw the Giallorossi equal Inter Milan's record of 11 straight away Serie A victories. The Serb brought his sensational form from the 3-3 draw at Chelsea in midweek to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and bagged Roma's winner with their first shot on target, 69 minutes into a tense battle at a ground where they hadn't won for four seasons. Eusebio...
10/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed that he thinks that Tottenham star Harry Kane is not as yet a World class player. Kane is now considered to be one of the most feared strikers in World football after finishing as the top scorer in the Premier League during the past two seasons. The 24 year […]
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Arsene Wenger has said the Arsenal attack has room for improvement despite Sunday's 5-2 demolition of Everton at Goodison
10/23/2017   Soccernet
If his social media output is anything to go by, Lukas Podolski is loving life out in the Japan at the moment. The striker joined J-League side Vissel Kobe over the summer and has since hit the ground running, scoring five goals in his first 12 appearances. The former German international is also enjoying himself off the pitch as well, spending his free time taking in all the sights and sounds that his new home has to offer. Machine meets Machine, Poldi meets Hakuho =ª<û<Æ=¯ My first visit to a Sumo match,Incredible! =L<û<ï<õ #Yokozuna #Poldi #Power pic.twitter.com/CBc8ULURgs&mdash; Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) October 23, 2017 Indeed, Podolski took in his very first sumo match over the weekend, even...
10/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has said that Harry Kane should give Christian Eriksen “the elbow” and demand to take free-kick for Tottenham. The Denmark international Eriksen appears to be Spurs first choice free-kick taker when they get set-pieces within scoring range. He also has a decent conversion rate having scored six times from free-kicks during […]
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Eibar left-back Jose Angel has criticised Casemiro's "tough-guy attitude," saying the Real Madrid midfielder's behaviour at the Santiago
10/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Authorities are investigating a hooligan riot which seriously injured three people and forced Brugge police to detain 120 following the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp
      
 
 
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has told ESPN Brasil that the four goals his side conceded to Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday "could
10/23/2017   Soccernet
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Mario Mandzukic's red card in the 6-2 win over Udinese on Sunday helped galvanise his team and also
10/23/2017   BBC Football
Fifa shows it does not care about the women's game by naming a little-known striker on its player-of-the-year shortlist, Megan Rapinoe says.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
With the Major League Soccer playoff field set, it’s time to see how each club stacks up in pursuit of MLS Cup glory.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Meet Deyna Castellanos - Venezuela's 18-year-old college kid gatecrashing Fifa's Best awards.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
A look at Major League Soccer's postseason schedule and TV times.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
With the regular season in the books, Major League Soccer now heads into the playoffs.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
After an exciting Decision Day 2017 that saw all MLS teams combine for a whopping 46 goals, it's now time to get ready for one of the most wildly underrated events on the North American sports calendar: the MLS Playoffs.Even though MLS has long since given up trying to "Americanize" the game on the pitch, the rules are still very much in line with what you see with other sports here, which means that even though Toronto FC would have been crowned league champions in almost any other league in the world, the Canadian powerhouse will have to prove it in the playoffs if they want to win this league.Before we get into talking about what you should keep an eye on as the playoffs start, it's definitely worth taking a look back at the relevant action that took place on Decision Day, as there was a lot to watch on what was a fun (if nerve-wracking) day for plenty of teams around the league. For starters, David Villa continued to wreak havoc on any defense that he faces. The NYCFC talisman scored both of their goals a
10/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The Colorado Rapids closed the 2017 regular season with a 3-0 defeat against the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The Rapids found themselves trailing just nine minutes into the match, as forward Will Bruin tapped in his 11th goal of the year following a lovely ball across the face of goal by Kelvin Leerdam. Six minutes later, Bruin came close to bagging the brace. A poor giveaway by Mohammed Saeid in the middle of the park quickly turned into a Sounders FC breakaway. Clint Dempsey played Bruin in on goal, but the forward’s shot luckily bounced off the upright. Colorado would catch another break in the 24th minute as Dempsey was sent off for an elbow to the face of defender Mike da Fonte. After an initial no-call, referee Christopher Penso turned to Video Review before giving Dempsey the straight red. The Rapids’ best chance of the first half came with five minutes left to play. Saeid’s in-swinging cross found Stefan Aigner all alone in the box. With no defenders near him, Aigner
10/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Having already clinched the Supporters’ Shield and a first-round playoff bye, the Reds (20-5-9) reached 69 points on the final day of the regular season to edge the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy’s mark of 68.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
The defending MLS Cup champions avoided this week's knockout round.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Atlanta United set a pair of MLS attendance records, but failed to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Darren Mattocks scored early in the second half to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
MLS Capsules
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Gonzalo Veron and Michael Murillo scored minutes apart and the New York Red Bulls beat rival D.C. United 2-1 for the Atlantic Cup in the final MLS game at RFK Stadium
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
David Villa scored two goals in a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew.
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
After Neymar was sent off, it was Edinson Cavani who rescued league leader Paris Saint-Germain with an injury-time free kick in a 2-2 draw at rival Marseille
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas scored in the second half to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 in their regular-season finale
      
 
 
10/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Toronto FC essentially had nothing to play for in Sunday’s match against Atlanta United, as they had already locked up a Supporters’ Shield win. But that didn’t seem to affect striker Jozy Altidore, who scored a sweet goal to level Sunday’s game at 1-1.Altidore wasn’t exactly showered with praise from the visiting fans afterward — in fact, it was quite the opposite. One of the fans threw a cup of beer at him, which didn’t seem to affect Altidore all that much, as he attempted to head it away. The best part about it, however, is that teammate Sebastian Giovinco picked the cup up and appeared to drink from it. Toronto FC will be fun to watch in the playoffs, that’s for sure.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Luis Silva scored in the opening minutes and Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in their regular-season finale
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time and the San Jose Earthquakes secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United in their regular-season finale
      
 
 
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Ian Wright and Martin Keown pick the Everton team they believe manager Ronald Koeman should select to end their poor run of form.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Kelyn Rowe scored in stoppage time to give the New England Revolution a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact in their regular-season finale
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Roland Lamah scored twice, Mauro Diaz had a goal and two assists, and FC Dallas beat the 10-man Los Angeles Galaxy 5-1
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
C.J. Sapong had two goals and set Philadelphia's single-season goals record and Fabrice-Jean Picault and Ilson Pereira also scored twice to help the Union beat Orlando City 6-1 in a season-ending game with no playoff implications
      
 
 
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
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10/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Nicolas Lodeiro scored twice in the second half as the Sounders won 3-0 and clinched second place in the Western Conference.
10/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Marco Asensio scored and helped force an own goal by a defender to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win at home over Eibar in the Spanish league on Sunday
      
 
 
10/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
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10/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

10/22/2017   BBC Football
Liverpool are out of the Premier League title race after losing at Wembley, but Spurs are just getting better, says MOTD2 pundit Martin Keown.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Edinson Cavani scores a 93rd-minute free-kick to salvage a draw for Paris St-Germain against Marseille after Neymar is sent off.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
A combined five Huddersfield and Brighton players make Garth Crooks' team, plus who is tempting him to have a flutter on Manchester City to win the Champions League?
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his team are starting to feel at home at Wembley after their emphatic 4-1 victory over Liverpool.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be given more time by the club's owners to improve results after they dropped into the relegation zone.
10/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Sounders midfielder Victor Rodriguez, one of the more dynamic offensive players for the team in recent weeks, is out for Sunday's season finale with a pulled quad muscle.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Harry Redknapp says becoming Scotland boss would be 'a fantastic job' - but does not believe he is a realistic candidate.
10/22/2017   Soccernet
If Liverpool are to compete again, they need to get themselves back on track. When it comes to player development, smarter transfers and a coherent plan for the whole club to follow, Tottenham are the gold standard. Mark Ogden &#187;
10/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Follow here for live updates and analysis as the Sounders wrap up their regular season slate vs. Colorado, with a first-round playoff bye on the line.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Pedro Caixinha admits he may have made his Rangers players anxious before their Scottish League Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Sami Khedira scores the first hat-trick of his career as 10-man Juventus beat Udinese in a high-scoring Serie A game.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino reflects on a "fantastic performance" and thanks his players for the 4-1 victory over Liverpool.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Spurs are a great team, but says the 4-1 defeat against them was "100% our responsibility".
10/22/2017   Soccernet
Tottenham broke the 10-year-old Premier League attendance record in Sunday's 4-1 win
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflects on a good result for the Gunners after going behind 1-0 to Everton but maintaining their calm to win the match 5-2 at Goodison.
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Everton manager Ronald Koeman says there are "no excuses in football" after his side dropped into the Premier League relegation zone with a 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal.
10/22/2017   Soccernet
With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found <a
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Could David Moyes make a sensational return to his former club and replace under-pressure Everton boss Ronald Koeman?
10/22/2017   BBC Football
Norwich extend their unbeaten league run over East Anglian rivals Ipswich to nine games with a win at Portman Road.
10/21/2017   BBC Football
Match of the Day pundit and former Manchester United defender Phil Neville says the Red Devils' defeat at Huddersfield was not a surprise.
10/21/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders' star was out with an irregular heartbeat during last season's championship run. "I’m hoping that he’s going to be seriously motivated to win another MLS Cup," coach Brian Schmetzer said.
10/20/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The Premier League season still has a long way to go, but we are a little over a fifth of the way through the 2017-18 season. With about two months in the books, we now have an idea of who the league’s elite players and teams will be this season.With that in mind, we’re putting together a Best 11 to represent the team of the season so far. Unfortunately, there are a few deserving players who will be absent — Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata just miss the cut at striker, for instance, due to the dominance of those just above them. But this is still a good look at just who’s performing well in the young season so far.Take a look, with a particular emphasis on players from three teams who have performed at the top of their games so far.GK — David De Gea, Manchester UnitedDe Gea has been the best goalkeeper in England for some time now, and he continues to offer plenty of evidence as to why. His performance against Liverpool — including an unbelievable save to deny Joel Matip from close range — was basically the o
10/20/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi's standing among the greatest players of all time. Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi's impact on Argentina's qualification for the World Cup. After Ecuador scored in the first minute, Lionel Messi took over and scored three goals to punch Argentina's World Cup ticket. Lionel Messi's leadership skills in his role as Argentina captain came as a surprise to his new international teammate, German Pezzella. Messi has been criticised in the past by some, including Argentina great Diego Maradona for lacking the required "personality to be a leader." Pezzella was called up for the first time to the Albiceleste for his national team's final World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador and although the Fiorentina defender did not feature in either game, he did get to...
10/20/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Jorge Sampaoli puts his life goal into perspective after naming his Argentina squad for a pair of November friendlies.
10/20/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes Jorge Sampaoli will employ his experience and make Argentina a force at Russia 2018. Jorge Sampaoli puts his life goal into perspective after naming his Argentina squad for a pair of November friendlies. Matias Kranevitter, Diego Perotti and Sergio Aguero were the surprise choices by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for their upcoming November friendlies, but Sampaoli once again left Gonzalo Higua&#237;n out of his team. Argentina will first face World Cup hosts Russia on Nov. 10, before playing a second friendly four days later against a opponent yet to be revealed. La Albiceleste&nbsp;booked their place in Russia next summer with a 3-1 win against Ecuador. However, going into the game they were...
10/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

With a win Sunday in their regular-season finale against Colorado, Sounders FC would finish in second place and get a bye.
10/19/2017   World Cup news

Algeria legend Rabah Madjer has been appointed as head coach of the Algerian national team following their unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

10/19/2017   World Cup news

After Iceland made history by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com hears from Gylfi Sigurdsson about what it meant to the country, avenging the heartbreak of missing Brazil 2014 at the final hurdle and his ambitions for Russia 2018.    

10/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Heading into the final weekend of regular-season play leading up to the MLS Playoffs, many questions remain as to which teams will qualify for the six positions allotted to each conference. The final standings will also determine which two teams are granted a bye next week and which four teams will play in the knock-out stage in each conference beginning next Wednesday.With all 11 matches scheduled for this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, these teams will be giving their all, not knowing where they will emerge in the playoff schedule until all the matches are completed. With the first three determinants of table position being points, total wins and goal differential, let’s take a closer look at where the contending teams stand leading up to MLS “Decision Day.”Eastern ConferenceWhile all six teams qualifying for the playoffs have been determined, only the top spot (Toronto FC) and the sixth spot (New York Red Bulls) are set. The other four teams in the playoffs (NYC FC, Chicago Fire, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew) al
10/19/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
With a playoff against Switzerland now the only thing standing between them and the 2018 World Cup, Northern Ireland have marked their amazing achievement in fitting fashion. Taking a hefty slice of inspiration from Nintendo's classic Super Mario franchise, Northern Ireland have produced a brilliant little retro-tinged video showing them "levelling up" by seeing off the likes of the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan in the group stage. =y Replay our @FIFAWorldCup Qualifying journey so far. Can we level up against Switzerland? <®<™ #DareToDream #GAWA =š pic.twitter.com/YagMAnJtVX&mdash; Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 17, 2017 The Green and White Army now face a two-legged confrontation with...
10/18/2017   World Cup news
In the latest instalment of the FIFA World Cup Video Vault series, Nikita Simonyan shares his Sweden 1958 memories – from donning the captain's armband in his country's first World Cup game to coming up against a 17-year-old Pele.
10/18/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Gabriel Jesus and Brazil ended Chile's World Cup hopes with a convincing 3-0 win in Sao Paulo. Kyle Walker tweets a tribute to teammate Gabriel Jesus, a fan smuggles a pig into a match in Brazil and more in the Sweeper. The FC crew examine the World Cup playoff draw in Europe and Italy's chances of qualifying for Russia. Brazil will play Russia in March in a pre-World Cup friendly in Moscow. The Brazilian soccer confederation says its Russian counterpart hasn't yet chosen a stadium for the March 23, 2018 match. Brazil was the first team to qualify for the tournament in Russia. The five-time World Cup champions finished at the top of the CONMEBOL table and have yet to lose an official match under coach Tite, who took over last September. Brazil will also play Japan, England and Germany in their preparations.
10/18/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Sebastian Giovinco has not played for Italy since Gian Piero Ventura was appointed. Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco says he has not yet given up hope of earning a recall to the Italy squad and has defended the competitiveness of Major League Soccer. Giovinco has not been considered for selection by Gian Piero Ventura since he took over from Antonio Conte as Italy coach back in 2016. Conte had also stopped calling up the former Juventus forward, claiming that he was not being tested enough in North America. Giovinco, who has scored 15 goals in 24 MLS appearances this season,...
10/18/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Marco Fabian could be back for Frankfurt by the end of the year. Marco Fabian has said he is "very happy" with his progress following back surgery and has not given up on his dream of playing at the World Cup. Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Fabian, 28, underwent surgery in August after missing parts of the 2016-2017 season with lower back problems. Having returned to Germany for the next phase of his rehab programme after 20 days in his native Mexico, Fabian told reporters he was hopeful of rejoining the Frankfurt squad before the end of the year. "I'm doing...
10/18/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com hears from New Zealand’s Kosta Barbarouses about his relationship with star striker Chris Wood and the All Whites upcoming date with destiny in the intercontinental World Cup play-off against Peru.
10/17/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Hey Premier League fans, welcome back! Did you miss me? Well buckle up, because throughout the Premier League season—that’s right, 38 grueling weeks baby—I’ll be bringing you every thought I can muster.You want predictions? Maybe! Reactions? Sure! Awards? Perhaps! Hot takes? Well… how about I just agree to try my best? So let’s get to it, shall we? As always, suggestions are welcome but not always well taken. Anger is encouraged if you direct it somewhere else—I recommend a mirror, for starters. Plaudits are appreciated, just make sure they’re deserved. Comeback of the Week: Watford FC My oh my, Marco Silva is the Manager of the Year.**Until Watford lose six of seven or something and everyone turns on him.But seriously, how can you not love what he is doing with Watford? After eight matches, Watford sit on 15 points—with four wins, three draws and a loss. That loss, by the way? 0-6 to Manchester City, who is simply scoring goals for fun at this point. Since, Silva’s men have responded with a win over Swansea
10/17/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Well, who would’ve seen this coming?From the group draw, Tottenham were up against it—having both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid drawn into a group with them. Yet here we are, with Spurs on seven (7) points—same as Real—through three matches. So how’d they do it?A little luck, and plenty of resilient defending: To be fair to Raphaël Varane, there isn’t much he can do there. If he’s not in that spot, of course, Harry Kane taps it in. Sort of a "damned if you do, damned if you don’t" situation. And Tottenham’s not going to argue with the result.Yet it was Madrid who—for about the first 20 minutes of the opening half—was creating most of the pressure. Eventually, right on the edge of halftime, it paid off. Serge Aurier would foul Toni Kroos in the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t missing from there.But that’s—maybe extraordinarily, even—how this match would finish: 1-1. Spurs will surely take the point, which keeps them level with Madrid at seven (7) apiece. Meanwhile Dortmund could only draw in Cyprus again
10/17/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes preview and predict the playoff fixtures of World Cup qualifying. With the playoff teams set in Europe, the FC crew assess which unseeded side has the best chance of reaching the World Cup. Martin O'Neill hopes his Ireland players remain injury free over the next few weeks ahead of their playoff versus Denmark. From Argentina's celebration to Panama's broadcasting jubilation, here's the best of the WCQ final matchday in the Sweeper. The group phase of World Cup qualification may be over, but there is still space for four more European teams at next summer's finals in Russia. Tuesday's playoff draw denied us the prospect of Italy facing Republic of Ireland -- who famously defeated the four-time world champions at the 1994 World Cup and also beat the Azzurri to qualify for the knockout phase of Euro 2016 -- and a "derby" that would have pitted Denmark against Nordic neighbours Sweden. But the four ties -- each to be played over...
10/17/2017   World Cup news

Eight teams discovered their opponents who stand in their way of a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, but how do they fair in the European play-offs themselves? We analyse the eight teams and how they have fared in the past.

10/17/2017   World Cup news

The match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.

 
10/17/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The FC crew examine the World Cup playoff draw in Europe and Italy's chances of qualifying for Russia. Martin O'Neill hopes his Ireland players remain injury free over the next few weeks ahead of their playoff versus Denmark. With the playoff teams set in Europe, the FC crew assess which unseeded side has the best chance of reaching the World Cup. Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while the Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark. Elsewhere in the draw for next summer's tournament in Russia, Northern Ireland will face Switzerland and Croatia will play Greece. Italy finished second in their qualifying group behind Spain to reach the playoffs, with Sweden narrowly beating the Netherlands to a place in the draw. France topped that pool. Italy, who have not missed a World Cup since 1958, had been...
10/17/2017   World Cup news

As the Luzhniki Stadium gears up for being a pivotal part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia extravaganza, we look back ten years to one of the host nation's most notable wins in recent memory with the game's hero: Roman Pavlyuchenko.

10/17/2017   World Cup news
On Tuesday 17 October, FIFA.com streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.
10/16/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes Jorge Sampaoli will employ his experience and make Argentina a force at Russia 2018. Herculez Gomez assesses which of the qualified CONCACAF teams can make the deepest run at the World Cup. FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining hosts Russia as the top-seeded teams in the World Cup draw. France rise one place to seventh to edge out Spain as defending champions Germany head an unchanged top six. After a busy qualifying programme last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the Dec. 1 draw in Moscow. FIFA uses its October World Ranking&nbsp;to decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup lineup still...
10/16/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The FC panel caution Australia not to underestimate a gritty Honduras side in the intercontinental playoff. The Socceroos have jumped seven places in FIFA's world rankings to 43rd after their World Cup qualification victory over Syria. And it has laid the platform for an unprecedented third seeding at the 2018 tournament -- should Australia beat Honduras in their playoff next month to reach Russia. Australia recorded 1-1 and 2-1 results over the 77th-ranked Syrians this month, setting up another two-leg play off against the Central American nation. It's the highest ranking for Ange Postecoglou's men in...
10/16/2017   World Cup news
An inspirational mother and son from India are the first winners of FIFA’s ‘Bring Someone Special’ campaign, which will take them through an exciting journey to the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
10/16/2017   World Cup news

The draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday 17 October at 14:00 (local time) and will be live streamed on FIFA.com and FIFA's YouTube channel.