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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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.
The U.N.'s Special Adviser for Sport believes Blatter should receive recognition for the positive aspects of his tenure.

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...

 By PA Sport

Furiani victims to be honoured

Bastia holds a moment of silence for victims of the Furiani disaster.

Victims of the Furiani disaster will be honoured by French football in an annual memorial, the country's Ministry for Sport has announced.

And should May 5, the date of the tragedy on Corsica, fall on a Saturday there will be no football matches played across France.

On Saturday May 5, 1992, as Bastia hosted Marseille in a Coupe de France semifinal at the Stade Armand Cesari -- known as the Furiani...

 By Ian Holyman

LFP president Thiriez warns French FA over Ligue 1 promotion-relegation row

Alexandre Lacazette quashed rumours of a move away from Lyon, after scoring the winning goal in their club friendly against AC Milan.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc confirms his side's interest in Manchester United winger Ángel Di María and reiterates his desire to keep defensive midfielder Thiago Motta.
Frederic Thiriez is convinced that the French Football league's decision should stand.

French Football League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez has warned the French Football Federation (FFF) they "would be wrong to declare war on us" in the continuing row over next season's Ligue 1 relegation/promotion battle.

The FFF's executive committee is due to meet on Thursday and is reportedly set to annul the decision of its LFP counterparts taken earlier this month to reduce the promotion/relegation places to and from Ligue 1 to two as of next season.

A representative group of Ligue 2 presidents...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alexandre Lacazette to stay at Lyon amid PSG, Arsenal, Liverpool interest

Alexandre Lacazette quashed rumours of a move away from Lyon, after scoring the winning goal in their club friendly against AC Milan.

Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed that he is staying at Lyon next season despite reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.

Lacazette, 24, has alerted a number of top European clubs after finishing as Ligue 1's top scorer last season with 27 goals to help OL secure second place, although Lyon coach Hubert Fournier values the striker at "€50-60 million."

But despite rumours linking him with a big-money move this summer, the forward is determined to enjoy another...

 By Ian Holyman

Monaco in financial boost as French court annuls €50m tax status deal

Ajax drew with Dinamo Moscow, while Monaco lost to Hannover in this weekend's club friendly action.

Monaco have been handed a financial boost after a French court ruled they no longer have to pay to keep their privileged tax status to still play in Ligue 1.

The State Council, France's highest court for administrative matters, announced on Thursday morning that the January 2014 agreement between the French Football League (LFP) and Monaco should be annulled after declaring it illegal in June.

The deal was a consequence of a previous LFP ruling that all clubs participating within its competitions...