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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE: 13 places

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Qualifying for 2018...

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Neymar says Lionel Messi better as teammate than rival

Brazil striker Neymar said he prefers to be lined up alongside Lionel Messi rather than against him.

Brazil striker Neymar said he prefers to be lined up alongside Lionel Messi rather than against him, but "will do everything it takes to win" when the two meet as Brazil and Argentina face off in the third CONMEBOL 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture.

Five-time champions Brazil will open their World Cup qualifying campaign away against Copa America holders Chile, followed...

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Brazil to open World Cup qualifying campaign at Chile

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno break down the CONCACAF and UEFA World Cup qualifying draws.

Five-time champions Brazil will open their World Cup qualifying campaign away against Copa America holders Chile.

The World Cup qualifying draws were revealed in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday with the Selecao being forced to confront the freshly crowned South America champs in the opener.

Chile, coming off their first-ever continental triumph, will welcome Brazil back to the site of their most recent international failure.

SPI simulations for 2018 World Cup qualifying

Avg. Finish
Avg. Pct
Playoff. Pct
Argentina
2.67
84.6%
7.5%
Brazil
2.95
80.8%
9.4%
Colombia
3.23
76.5%
10.0%
Chile
3.99
62.8%
13.8%
Uruguay
4.87
43.6%
18.1%
Ecuador
5.97
25.6%
15.7%
Peru
6.83
14.4%
11.2%
Paraguay
7.74
5.7%
6.8%
Venezuela
7.77
4.8%
5.7%
Bolivia
8.99
1.2%
1.9%

Missing the services of star player Neymar, Brazil crashed out against...

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World Cup qualifying draw: Spain land Italy in group stages

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno break down the CONCACAF and UEFA World Cup qualifying draws.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol break down Scotland's World Cup qualifying group, where they'll meet an old frenemy in England.
Sepp Blatter has arrived in Russia ahead of the preliminary 2018 World Cup draw.
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The draw for the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup has been taken with France taking on Netherlands, Spain and Italy drawn in the same group and England finding themselves placed with Scotland.

Germany will start defending their World Cup title in a six-team UEFA pool where the Czech Republic seems the biggest barrier to advancing as group winners.

"I'm happy that we won't play against France or Italy," said former German international and current team official Oliver Bierhoff.

Italy, the...

CONMEBOL hopes to play scandal-hit Copa America Centenario

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Sepp Blatter's news conference was supposed to be about his plan's for reform, however he was forced to clean up a mess of a different kind.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- CONMEBOL member countries still want to play the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States despite an ongoing bribery investigation, their president Juan Angel Napout said Friday.

The tournament was jeopardized when American prosecutors alleged massive bribery in international football, including a scheme linked to a $112.5 million broadcasting deal for the one-off event to celebrate CONMEBOL's 100th birthday.

"We wish that of course we can have the Copa Centenario...