Akolo dares to dream

Akolo dares to dream

When Chadrac Akolo left FC Corbeau, the club he played for as a youngster in Lembe on the outskirts of Kinshasa, he had no idea that he would be back several years later to don the national team jersey.

Brazil shrug off 2014 disappointment

Brazil shrug off 2014 disappointment

Little more than a year has gone by since Tite took over as coach of a Brazil side still reeling from embarrassing exits in the World Cup and Copa America but in that short time he has transformed the team into favourites for Russia 2018.

Cape Verde continue to dream

Cape Verde continue to dream

It would far-fetched to refer to Cape Verde as one of the footballing powers in Africa, let alone the world. The tiny island nation only joined FIFA in 1986 and first attempted to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2000.

Argentina - top stars, poor team

Argentina - top stars, poor team

Argentina have reached three major finals in three years but the team who came so close to winning the 2014 World Cup face crunch games against Peru and Ecuador that will determine if they miss out on the global showpiece event for the first time since 1970.

Ben Youssef wants another World Cup

Ben Youssef wants another World Cup

In just a few days, Tunisia could potentially etch their name onto the list of qualified teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Renard relishing Moroccan challenge

Renard relishing Moroccan challenge

Twenty years have passed since Morocco last appeared at the FIFA World Cup, when Mustapha Hadji, Youssef Chippo and Salaheddine Bassir wowed the fans at France 1998.

Veteran El Hadary's Russian quest

Veteran El Hadary's Russian quest

At 44 years old, Essam El Hadary’s appetite and passion for the game have not waned. Indeed, the evergreen goalkeeper is currently eyeing history with an Egypt side that is close to making it to the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in almost three decades.

Russia without Messi? It's a possibility

Russia without Messi? It's a possibility

Argentina's poor run of results in the South American qualifiers has left everyone contemplating the unthinkable: a World Cup next summer without Lionel Messi.

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