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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.



Ex-U.S. coach Bruce Arena: Panama's penalties never called in CONCACAF qualifying

Former United States coach Bruce Arena believes the two penalties that England earned in their 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama on Sunday would not have been given in CONCACAF qualifying.

Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha awarded England a pair of penalties when Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres knocked over Jesse Lingard, and when Anibal Godoy wrestled Harry Kane to the ground. That led to two successful spot kicks by Kane as England built a 5-0 lead.

But Arena, who took over midway through the U.S.'s World...

Hope Solo says Athlete Council 'failed many' in U.S. Soccer election

ORLANDO -- In the wake of Carlos Cordeiro's election as U.S. Soccer Federation president, Hope Solo has said she is "very disappointed" in the Athlete Council that helped propel him to victory, adding that the group failed many of its constituents in America.

Cordeiro survived an election with seven other candidates and three ballots to finally accumulate 68.6 percent of the vote in the final round.

The Athlete Council, which comprised 20 percent of the overall vote, was instrumental in getting...

Tim Howard rejects idea U.S. Soccer has 'systematic problems'

Tim Howard sits down with ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle to discuss the United States' absence from the World Cup, the team's next coach, Jonathan Gonzalez and much more.
Born in Uruguay and raised in the United States, New England midfielder Diego Fagundez shares his thoughts on national team representation.

UNIVERSAL CITY, California -- Goalkeeper Tim Howard says he doesn't think problems with the United States national team run deep, while adding that he thought former manager Bruce Arena did "a great job" in weeding out players not dedicated to the cause.

Howard was speaking at the annual MLS media tour in the Los Angeles area, and touched on a variety of topics. But in the wake of the U.S. team's failure to qualify for the World Cup due in part to a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the state of...


U.S. Soccer rejects Kyle Martino's stadium selection claim

U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino joins ESPN FC to discuss the highlights of his platform ahead of February's vote.

The U.S. Soccer Federation on Monday rejected as "categorically false" a claim from U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino that the federation allowed its marketing partner to select the site of a World Cup qualifier.

Martino, a former U.S. international and an analyst for NBC Sports, made the allegation in response to a survey question from the USSF's Athlete Council, which has 20 percent of the vote in next month's election.

He claimed the decision to play September's World Cup qualifying...