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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals in Russia next year

Final grid for 2018 World Cup Russia
With 32 teams having qualified, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is set.

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is over with the final 32 teams now known. The seeded draw pots can be seen in full here.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.


 By John Duerden

Bert van Marwijk turns down Saudi Arabia return for World Cup

2010 World Cup finalist Bert Van Marwijk has rejected what would have been a dramatic return to Saudi Arabia just two months after leaving his post as head coach of the national team.

The Dutchman, appointed in Sept. 2015, guided the Green Falcons through qualification for the 2018 World Cup in September, but within days had been released by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF).

He was immediately replaced by Edgardo Bauza of Argentina. After Bauza was fired on Wednesday following poor performances...

 By Paul Murphy

Tom Rogic to face ex-Celtic teammate in Socceroos' World Cup playoff

When Celtic's Australian international Tom Rogic ran at a tiring Aberdeen defence before slotting home the winner in May's Scottish Cup final, a loyal club servant was not on the pitch, having played his final game for the Bhoys just 10 days earlier.

Honduras international left-back Emilio Izaguirre had spent seven years with the Scottish champions, racking up six league championship winning medals, along with three domestic cups.

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But the emergence of teenage full-back Kieran Tierney saw the 31-year-old...


FIFA's yellow card ruling boosts Australia's mood - Milos Degenek

Ahead of the biggest matches of his life, Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has hailed the mental boost from FIFA's disciplinary ruling.

Degenek is one of eight Socceroos to have a yellow card cleared from their name for the World Cup qualifying playoff with Honduras, freeing them from the threat of missing the second leg with a caution in San Pedro Sula.

"I was excited and I think the other seven or eight players would be excited about it as well," he said.

Given Degenek's last performance in an...


Fringe Socceroos can 'fill the void' left by Cahill, Milligan, Kruse, Leckie

As the Socceroos assemble in San Pedro Sula it increasingly seems an experience gulf will pose a greater challenge in their World Cup playoff with Honduras than the so-called hostile local environment.

Coach Ange Postecoglou led the first group of players into the central American republic on Sunday ahead of Saturday's away match in the two-legged affair.

A-League players and Asian-based pair Trent Sainsbury and Milos Degenek were among the first to land, with most European stars arriving on Monday.