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Dealing with F.O.M.O. and a USMNT-less World Cup draw

Published: December 2, 2017

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When the various legends of past tournaments begin pulling plastic balls filled with tiny pieces of paper from glass bowls on Friday, every American soccer fan will feel that familiar gut punch — again, and again, and again — as 32 nations learn their fates during the 2018 World Cup draw.


France need to win the World Cup and I want to be part of it – Zouma

Published: December 2, 2017

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Kurt Zouma has no hesitation in saying that France have qualified for the World Cup to win it and he believes his side fear no one ahead of Russia 2018. On Friday France learned they will face Peru, Denmark and Australia at the tournament in Russia and Zouma hopes to be there as he has recently made Didier Deschamps’ selection after a long spell out with a knee injury.


Southgate urges Kane to show he can be one of the best at World Cup

Published: December 2, 2017

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Gareth Southgate hopes Harry Kane will seize the opportunity to show he is one of the best strikers around at next year’s World Cup.


You should root for Mexico at the World Cup

Published: December 1, 2017

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Yes, you. Even if you’re a USMNT fan


Russia 2018 World Cup draw — Live!

Published: December 1, 2017

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After almost three years of qualifying, 868 matches and 2454 goals, it has all come down to this.


Diego Maradona’s World Cup 2018 draw appearance stole the show

Published: December 1, 2017

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Diego Maradona’s booking as one of the football greats to assist with the 2018 World Cup draw drew headlines when it was announced, and he didn’t disappoint when the event at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow went ahead. Maradona’s gold bowtie was the big style talking point on the red carpet when he arrived with partner Rocio Oliva. But even his neckwear couldn’t compete with the outfit worn by his companion as he entered the stage for the draw.


World Cup 2018 draw pots, seedings and how it works

Published: December 1, 2017

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All 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will discover their group-stage opponents later this week when the draw takes place on Friday. The four World Cup pots have been filled depending on each team’s Fifa world ranking as of October this year.


Germany trolls American reporter who thought Chicago Fire could win World Cup

Published: December 1, 2017

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When Bastian Schweinsteiger was introduced by the Chicago Fire this past winter, the biggest news wasn’t that a former German World Cup winner had signed with an MLS Club. It was a question Schweinsteiger got at his introductory press conference.


Ranking the World Cup groups by difficulty

Published: December 1, 2017

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Luis Suarez and Uruguay are partying in the streets over their draw. Those in Groups D and F, however, weren’t so fortunate


Russia signals rainbow flags tolerated at World Cup

Published: December 1, 2017

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Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup, Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer indicated on Thursday. Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union official and a World Cup ambassador, said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting ”propaganda” of homosexuality to minors


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