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 By Mark Gleeson

Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria placed in same group for World Cup qualifiers

Yacine Brahimi and Algeria will be out to carry their World Cup form into the African Nations' Cup.
Algeria were a bright spot at the 2014 World Cup, advancing to the knockout stage behind Belgium in Group H.

Friday saw the 20 countries left in the African preliminaries for the 2018 World Cup in Russia divided into five groups of four, from which only the winner of each will progress to Russia in exactly two years' time. A banquet room was a somewhat unsophisticated venue for a World Cup draw, and the palace turned hotel on the banks of the Nile River turned into something of a house of horrors for a few of the continents' heavyweight contenders.

Recent FIFA rankings determined the four pots and delivered...

 By Chris Jones

Next up for Ronaldo & Co.: Croatia, the team to beat in Euro's weaker half

The Exploding Heads use an unusual method of naming celebrities to decide their picks of the first match day to progress from the round of 16.

LENS, France -- It's rare that a round-of-16 game, particularly one in this expanded Euro (and even more particularly between a group winner and a third-place team),would not have a clear favorite. But on Friday, both Croatia's and Portugal's managers agreed: When they meet here on Saturday, there will be no underdog.

"It's really difficult to say who's the better team," Croatia manager Ante Cacic said. He began comparing the two out loud.

Portugal is the only team that survived the group stage...

Darijo Srna mourns father in his own way as Croatia compete at Euro 2016

Darijo Srna is fulfilling his late father's wish of competing at Euro 2016 for Croatia.

LILLE, France -- The Srna brothers have mourned their father these past two weeks in their own ways. On Saturday, Darijo will take the field once again as the captain of the Croatian team, his 133rd time to represent his country, and his older brother, Renato, will be in the stadium cheering him on against Portugal.

Friday afternoon, Renato drove into Lille, a 1,200-mile road trip from Croatia heading west across Europe. The brothers are close, a bond they learned watching their father and uncle,...

 By Chris Jones

Brexit vote mirrors the power of football to unite -- or divide

As the dust settles on Britain's vote to leave the EU, Gab Marcotti assesses how the decision could affect football in Europe.

PARIS -- When England played Wales in their group-stage match in Lens, I had an encounter that bothered me for some time after. I let it bother me until this morning, in fact. I was at the far end of the press section; only an aisle separated me from a bank of stands filled with English supporters. They were drunk but mostly festive. There was only a crackle of tension. "F--- off, you Welsh bastards," one English guy began shouting, which seemed a bit strong. Who hates the Welsh that much? Then...

 By John Duerden

Asian football can take heart from European Championship expansion

Northern Ireland and many other countries have benefited from expanding the European Championship.

Before Euro 2016, Asian football fans were, like everyone else, looking forward to watching the likes of Italy, England, Spain, Germany and Portugal. After all, such sides and their stars are familiar.

Teams such as Iceland, Hungary, Wales, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Republic of Ireland were little-known in the East. But they have since become noticed and feted. 

The celebrations that greeted these six nations -- four of them debuting at the tournament -- sealing spots in the round of 16...

 By Simon Kuper

Postcard from Paris: Euro 2016 so far dullest tournament in recent memory

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Paul Mariner have differing opinions on the success of the group stage expanded format at Euro 2016.

PARIS -- It feels as if Euro 2016 is finally about to kick off. I live in Paris, and on Sunday the kids and I are going over to a friend's place to watch France-Ireland with a bunch of people from the neighborhood. The first round was mostly a waste of time. Now, with the knockout rounds, things should get much better, and we're already sure to have one surprise finalist.

The main lesson from the first round must be: never again. I have been to seven World Cups and seven European Championships,...