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Eight Legends Set to Make World Cup Draw

With the eagerly awaited Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow approaching, FIFA has revealed the high-profile draw assistants who will be lending a helping hand on 1 December. 

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Postecoglou Quits as Socceroos Continue to Do Things the Hard Way

Despite losing only one game in a demanding 22-game journey to qualify for Russia 2018, Australia continue to do things the hard way.

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US Soccer Exploring Possibility of Pre-World Cup “Losers” Tournament

The U.S. Soccer Federation is looking into the possibility of hosting a pre-World Cup international tournament involving the likes of the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana, and Chile.

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Paulinho’s Renaissance: Once Ridiculed, Now Idolized

Written off and mocked, the Brazilian midfielder is enjoying a new lease of life with Barcelona – paving the way for a shot at the 2018 World Cup.

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English Officials Snubbed as FIFA Releases List of Referees for 2018 World Cup

FIFA have released a 36-man list of referees that will officiate matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Pots Announced for 2018 World Cup Draw

After Peru booked the 32nd and final place at the 2018 World Cup, the seedings for next summers tournament can now be confirmed.

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Italy Facing World Cup Humiliation as Pressure Mounts on Ventura

The Azzurri were undeniably unlucky in their 1-0 loss to Sweden but their coach’s failings were once again exposed at the highest level, according to

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How Michael O’Neill Raised Northern Ireland’s Game

A tour to play Chile and Uruguay three years ago helped Northern Ireland to shed their small-time mentality, reach Euro 2016, and earn this week’s two-leg World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

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Denmark’s Schmeichel Aims to Realize World Cup Dream, Coach Pins Hopes on Eriksen

Kasper Schmeichel is aiming to live out yet another fairytale by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while De Rød-Hvide boss says that Christian Eriksen will hold the key to their success.

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Ventura “Convinced” Italy Will Reach 2018 World Cup

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura says a World Cup without Italy does not even bear thinking about and remains convinced that the nation will book their place in Russia over the next week.

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