Argentina struggling with goals currency

Argentina struggling with goals currency

Argentina came close to ending their long trophy drought by reaching the World Cup final in Brazil ago but there has been little progress since then and the burden of improvement is now firmly on the shoulders of new coach Cesar Sampaoli.

Russia hope to make history

Russia hope to make history

World Cup hosts Russia, the lowest-ranked team in next year’s tournament, hope to get past the group stage for the first time in post-Soviet history but, with a tepid attack, inconsistent goalkeeping and stiff competition, the odds are slim.

Legendary Yashin on World Cup poster

Legendary Yashin on World Cup poster

FIFA presented the official poster for next year's World Cup finals in Moscow on Tuesday, unveiling a vintage design of Soviet goalkeeping great Lev Yashin in flight.

How World Cup draw will work

How World Cup draw will work

The seedings for the 2018 World Cup finals draw can now be confirmed after Peru booked the 32nd and last place at next summer's tournament in Russia.

The top stars missing Russia

The top stars missing Russia

With Arjen Robben, Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale and Gianluigi Buffon as the stars, it is possible to build an impressive team from players who will miss the 2018 World Cup.

Playoffs have a chequered history

Playoffs have a chequered history

They invariably feature exhausting journeys with a hostile reception at the end and often produce a volatile clash of vastly differing footballing cultures.

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.

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