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World Cup 2018 Preliminary Draw Results: Qualifying Groups, Fixtures and More

FIFA has set the stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Saturday's release of the preliminary draw. There were a total of 208 countries that signed up to participate in the worldwide event, including all national teams, though it has since been whittled down to 141.<p>Host Russia gets an …

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2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw: UEFA Winners and Losers

The 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw is complete; the fate of every team on every continent vying for a spot at the world's biggest prestigious sporting event has been decided.<p>Here, B/R takes a forensic look at the European section of the draw, picking winners and losers based on how the …

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World Cup 2018: Blatter and Putin put on united front at draw

<b>(CNN) —</b> FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Russian leader Vladimir Putin took center stage as the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup was made Saturday in St. Petersburg.<p>Blatter shrugged off the corruption scandal engulfing football's world governing body to pledge his "total support" for the …

Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Aaron Ramsey and Dani Ceballos Rumours

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has admitted to being "flattered" by reports Barcelona are interested in him. Yet crucially, the Welsh star has still committed himself to a Gunners squad he believes can win major trophies this season.<p>Ramsey made those claims during an interview with the <i>Guardian's</i> …

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World Cup 2018: England face football's "fiercest rivalry" against Scotland, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson last night warned England face football’s “fiercest rivalry” after getting Scotland in the World Cup draw.<p>Hodgson’s men will face the old …

Liverpool transfer rumours and news: 'Mario Balotelli offered way out of Anfield... by third division Italian club'

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Liverpool FC in 2015. ASD Lupa Castelli to offer troubled striker Mario Balotelli a career lifeline<p><b>Liverpool transfer news and rumours</b><p><b>Mario Balotelli</b> could be offered a way out of Anfield following a difficult 12 months on Merseyside after Italian …

Barcelona Transfer News: Latest Big-Name Rumours Linked to European Champions

Arsenal star midfielder Aaron Ramsey has admitted he is flattered by Barcelona's reported interest in his signature but says he is happy to stay in England for now.<p>However, the player admitted he would one day like to follow in the footsteps of Wales team-mate Gareth Bale and find his way to …

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FIFA 16 Release Date for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC: Lionel Messi and Women’s Soccer Christine Sinclair

According to Engadget, FIFA 16 is the first sports game that will feature female athletes on the cover. This actually wasn't a real secret, as it was …

When USA won the inaugural Gold Cup: 'Soccer was a lot different back then'

The US national team’s foray into the inaugural Gold Cup in 1991 started with an earthquake. That was before the Americans made some earth-shattering news of their own.<p>The American soccer boys were in the midst of becoming men. The maturing process started in 1989, when the USA, after 40 years in …

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Pele made Cosmos debut 40 years ago, molded U.S. soccer as we know it

Forty years ago this week, Pele made his official debut for the New York Cosmos. They lined up against the Dallas Tornado and the best-known American …

Saudi cleric's fatwa: Women only watch soccer to look at men's thighs

“A woman seeing a foreign man is sinful, so what about seeing his thighs and tight kit?"<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Wales’ Gareth Bale celebrates scoring a goal against …