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Madjer takes charge of Algeria

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.

19-10-2017, 19:11

Sigurdsson: Iceland can progress to Russia 2018 knockout stages

After Iceland made history by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, 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.    

19-10-2017, 13:56

Video Vault: Simonyan's Sweden 1958 journey

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.

19-10-2017, 08:04

Barbarouses a key element in New Zealand’s new breed 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.

18-10-2017, 10:10

Europe’s eight play-off contenders in numbers

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.

17-10-2017, 15:17

Europe's play-off participants learn fate

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.


17-10-2017, 15:14

When Russia stunned England at the Luzhniki

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.

17-10-2017, 13:08

Relive the European play-off draw

On Tuesday 17 October, 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.

17-10-2017, 12:59

Inspiring story makes FIFA World Cup dreams come true for mother and son

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™.

16-10-2017, 12:11

All you need to know about Tuesday's European play-off draw

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 and FIFA's YouTube channel. 

16-10-2017, 11:07

Cahill’s best of the best

Tim Cahill's 50 international goals have been spread across three FIFA World Cups and 13 years on the international stage. takes a look at some of the milestone strikes from Australia's talisman.

16-10-2017, 08:57

How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw

The draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

15-10-2017, 07:27

Bruce Arena resigns as USA coach

Bruce Arena has stepped down from his role as USA head coach, the United States Soccer Federation has confirmed. Arena’s decision to resign as national team manager comes after the county failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

13-10-2017, 18:35

Huppenkothen and Hierro to present European play-off draw

Renowned Mexican TV presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen and former Spain captain Fernando Hierro will conduct the official draw for the European playoff matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

13-10-2017, 16:23

Rakitic: Croatia can make experience count

Ahead of Tuesday's European qualifying play-off draw for Russia 2018, Croatia and Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic speaks to about their hopes and the hard-fought victory in Ukraine that secured their place.

13-10-2017, 11:40

The Week in Numbers

Brothers in tandem, a flying finish for a flying winger and half-centuries for veterans feature in’s latest stats review, along with single-half spree and unbeaten runs.

13-10-2017, 10:44

Gelsenkirchen glory for Cambiasso and Argentina

In the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we look back to Esteban Cambiasso celebrating an Argentinian wonder goal at Germany 2006.

12-10-2017, 20:44

Russia relying on Kokorin for World Cup goals

Having missed the cut for Russia's 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad, Aleksandr Kokorin's goalscoring exploits has seen him return to the national fold. 

12-10-2017, 20:26

Panama’s road to glory

After securing an historic first qualification to the FIFA World Cup, looks back on how Panama reached Russia 2018.

12-10-2017, 17:19

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™: 3,496,204 tickets requested as the first sales period concludes

Excitement is building prior to FIFA’s flagship event and ticket requests have been high since 14 September: 3,496,204 tickets have been requested so far as the first sales period concludes today.

12-10-2017, 15:30

Syrian dream ends but heralds bright future

Their Russia 2018 adventure ended in disappointment in Sydney, but Syria achieved some momentous gains along the way. looks closer.

12-10-2017, 15:21

Future bright for five-star Iran

Iran are the only nation to have qualified for five men's tournaments in 2016 and 2017. looks at how they managed it and their impressive achievements at the global finals.

12-10-2017, 14:01

Argentina's debt to saviour Messi

After Lionel Messi's hat-trick took Argentina through to the World Cup, looks at La Albiceleste's reliance on their star man and hears his no-nonsense reaction to those final-day heroics.

12-10-2017, 09:44

USA suffer a heartbreak all too familiar to Soca faithful

The wounds of missing out on a FIFA World Cup always sting in the immediate aftermath, but USA's pain will have been very familiar to some of those watching it being inflicted, as Trinidad and Tobago have suffered the same at their opponents' hands.

11-10-2017, 20:35

2018 FIFA World Cup Tickets: first sales period to conclude on 12 October, 2 million tickets requested so far

With the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ approaching their end and more and more teams securing their places at next year’s finals, the first ticket sales period for FIFA’s flagship tournament is soon to conclude. 

11-10-2017, 16:12

The World Cup qualifiers in numbers

Barça buddies breaking a goal record, a nation outscoring all their rivals but getting no reward and some remarkable campaigns feature in’s statistical review of the Russia 2018 preliminaries.

11-10-2017, 13:05

Last-gasp drama provides joy for Panama, pain for USA

CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA World Cup has a history of going down to the wire, and so it proved once again in the campaign for Russia 2018

11-10-2017, 11:04

Night to remember for Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia secured the results they needed to qualify for Russia 2018 on a dramatic final evening of qualifying in South America on which Chile and Paraguay missed out.

11-10-2017, 10:31

Final-day drama leaves Panama smiling, USA despairing

Panama are headed to their first FIFA World Cup after a highly dramatic final day of qualifying in the CONCACAF region, which saw USA unexpectedly slip from third to fifth to suffer a shock elimination.

11-10-2017, 07:12

Trio qualify amid tense South American finale

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia shored up South America’s final three tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia amid a hugely dramatic final day of qualifying in the CONMEBOL region.

11-10-2017, 06:38

Portugal leapfrog Switzerland, France qualify

France and Portugal became the final two of nine group winners in European qualifying, while Sweden, Greece and Switzerland all finished as runners-up in their respective pools to claim a play-off spot.

11-10-2017, 02:17

France, Portugal earn Europe's last automatic Russia tickets

France and Portugal booked their places at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on the final day of Europe's group stage, with the pair earning comfortable wins to top Group A and B respectively, while the play-off line-up was finalised.

10-10-2017, 23:39

Cahill the hero as Socceroos see off Syria

Tim Cahill kept Australia’s FIFA World Cup™ dreams alive with a superb headed double as Ange Postecoglou’s side beat Syria 2-1 after extra-time.

10-10-2017, 14:58

Who can qualify from Europe on Tuesday? runs the rule over the various permutations as a host of nations joust on the final day of Russia 2018 group-stage qualifying in Europe.

10-10-2017, 11:37

A party without a hangover for jubilant Iceland

"Are you kidding! We are going to the World Cup!" looks at the reaction in Iceland after a memorable and historic night in Reykjavik ended with them becoming the smallest nation ever to reach the FIFA World Cup.

10-10-2017, 10:36

Serbians relieved, Icelanders in raptures reviews Monday's European 2018 World Cup qualifying action where Serbia and Iceland both secured qualification for Russia, while two more play-off spots were locked up.

10-10-2017, 02:45

Iceland and Serbia qualify for Russia 2018

Iceland and Serbia have added their names to their list of Russia 2018 participants after qualifying directly from Groups I and D, respectively.


10-10-2017, 00:17

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour brings Russia 2018 flavour to Saransk

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola stopped off at its first 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Host City on its tour around the country, with the people of Saransk getting to see the winners' trophy.

09-10-2017, 19:03

Intriguing finale awaits CONCACAF story

After over two years of qualifying in the CONCACAF region for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the final questions will be answered on the very final day, with USA, Panama and Honduras all in the hunt for the last automatic ticket.

09-10-2017, 18:27

Five factors behind Egypt’s successful campaign

After the Pharaohs secured a long-awaited return to the FIFA World Cup, looks at five factors that proved critical to Egypt’s successful qualification for Russia 2018.

09-10-2017, 14:00

Australia, Syria face moment of truth

Only one team will be left standing in Asia after the continent's long Russia 2018 campaign draws to a close on Tuesday as Australia and Syria battle for a ticket to the intercontinental play-off.

09-10-2017, 09:28

Xhaka: Portugal game is like a World Cup Final

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka speaks to as the Swiss prepare for their winner-takes-all meeting against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Tuesday.

09-10-2017, 07:09

Who can qualify from Europe on Monday?

On Monday 9 October, a total of nine games in Groups D, G and I will be played. Here we outline which nations can secure an automatic berth for Russia 2018 on the qualification campaign's final matchday.

09-10-2017, 06:51

Cheers for Poland, tears for Scotland reviews Sunday's European qualifying action where Robert Lewandowski set a new mark in helping Poland end their 12-year FIFA World Cup drought, while Slovakia's joy meant heartbreak for Scotland.

09-10-2017, 02:02

Last-gasp Pharaohs end World Cup exile

Egypt clinched their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia to earn their first appearance at the finals for 28 years, having had to watch from the sidelines since Italy 1990.

08-10-2017, 22:11

South America set for Shakespearean final act ​takes a closer look at the remarkable final day of South American qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, with six teams fighting for three direct qualification slots, and one play-off place.

08-10-2017, 21:46

Poland make World Cup return

Poland became the latest team to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after securing Group E’s top spot on the final day.

08-10-2017, 21:01

Who can qualify in CONCACAF?

With just 1.5 tickets remaining from CONCACAF, the final day brings about a three-horse race between USA, Panama and Honduras to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, or keep their dream alive with a play-off spot.

08-10-2017, 16:34

Who can qualify in South America?

With only top spot already secured in South America the final day's action promises to be a frantic affair as six teams chase three direct tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, with another play-off spot on offer, too.

08-10-2017, 16:23

Spain: Blending the new with the old

After Spain rubberstamped their much-awaited ticket to Russia on the penultimate matchday of European zone qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, we analyse the keys to their success. 

08-10-2017, 14:19

Nigeria qualify, Elephants in peril

While the headline-grabber was very much Nigeria's passage to Russia with victory over Zambia, a pair of North African side moved into striking distance of their own ticket ahead of the final day.

08-10-2017, 13:00