Hard-fought victories and surprises defined matchday 6 as fans were treated to a wonderful night of football on Thursday across Asia. Notably, Group A leaders Iran cemented their place at the top by overcoming hosts Qatar 1-0, while second-placed Korea Republic were dealt a solitary-goal stunner in China PR. Syria, for their part, produced a 

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Top dogs Mexico and Costa Rica face off this Friday on the third matchday of CONCACAF’s final Hexagonal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. And while bragging rights are on the line at the top of the table, struggling giants USA, and their new coach Bruce Arena, will be fighting for 

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While 23 places were up for grabs at UEFA EURO 2016 in France, only 13 spots are available to European teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. This means that even the continent’s heavyweights will need to tread carefully to secure direct qualification. World champions Germany are one team on the right track, leading 

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Kelechi IHEANACHO of Nigeria and Rais MBOLHI of Algeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix by Graeme Jackson Thursday Mar 23, 2017. 10:00 Nigeria will hold their final training session in London this afternoon ahead of tonight’s friendly international 

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“It was a long time ago,” Bruce Arena told FIFA.com, in a trademark deadpan, about his one and only cap for the US national team. “It was against Israel, in Beer-Sheva. I think we drew, but I can’t remember for sure. What I do remember is that our coach, Gordon Bradley, who was 40 at 

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by Graeme Jackson Wednesday Mar 22, 2017. 13:00 Ivory Coast have appointed Belgian Marc Wilmots as their new coach, as confirmed by the country’s football authorities on Tuesday. The Elephants have been without a permanent coach since sacking Michel Dussuyer in February. The Frenchman was dismissed after Ivory Coast’s failure to progress beyond the group 

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2016 was a breakthrough year for football in Papua New Guinea. The largest nation in Oceania hosted their first FIFA tournament – the U-20 Women’s World Cup – and the PNG men’s national team won through to their first-ever OFC Nations Cup final. Indeed, only a penalty shoot-out stood before them and improbable qualification for 

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Marc Wilmots has been appointed the new coach of Côte d’Ivoire. The former Belgium coach takes charge of the Elephants after signing a two-year deal with the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on Tuesday. He succeeds Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, who resigned from the role following Côte d’Ivoire’s exit at the group stage of the CAF Africa 

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“I don’t think the table will carry on being as tight as it has been up to now,” said Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza in a recent interview with FIFA.com, making an assessment that could very well prove to be correct. The upcoming double header in the South American qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ 

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A practical seminar was held in Moscow on 21 February to draw conclusions from the first year of monitoring working conditions at stadiums being built or reconstructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The seminar was attended by representatives from FIFA, the International Labour Organisation, international and Russian trade unions, the construction firms at 

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Hanging on the wall at the entrance of the complex where Argentina’s coaching staff go about their everyday duties are two large photographs that are impossible to ignore, one of Cesar Luis Menotti and the other of Carlos Salvador Bilardo. “Ever since I walked in here I’ve pictured my photo hanging there too,” current Albiceleste 

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As FIFA World Cup™ fever swept Chile in 1962, the excitement in the South American nation was not just limited to the four stadiums staging the matches. Host nation fans were desperate to catch a glimpse of their heroes however, whenever they could, travelling near and far to see national treasures such as Leonel Sanchez, 

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It has been a long road to football stardom for Thailand’s Charyl Chappuis. The 25-year-old lifted the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with Switzerland, before turning down an offer from Juventus and seeing a potential move to Hamburg in the German Bundesliga collapse. It was an inauspicious start, but nowadays Chappuis is an icon 

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