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 By Nick Miller

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi and Argentina have the toughest World Cup group.

Intriguing can be a pejorative word in football, because so often it just means: "Dull, but I'm pretending to be interested on an intellectual level."

But this genuinely could be the most intriguing group of the first round. You have Lionel Messi's (probable) last attempt at international greatness, the unpredictability of a Croatia side who sacked their coach before their playoffs, the possibility that tiny Iceland could repeat their Euro 2016 heroics and a fresh and exciting Nigeria side.

There's...

Brian Idowu's journey from St Petersburg to Nigeria may end at World Cup

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Brian Idowu, right, scored in Nigeria's 4-2 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.

"I am an African with a Russian heart," Nigeria's Brian Idowu said in 2011. The story of the Russia-born defender who made his debut for the Super Eagles on Tuesday against Argentina, and could play at the 2018 World Cup in the country of his birth, is unique.

Idowu acted as a translator at Nigeria's news conference ahead of the fixture in Krasnodar earlier this week because he speaks perfect Russian. The defender then proved his worth on the pitch as well, scoring just eight minutes after...

 By Tom Adams

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi continuing to make strides for both club and country

Stewart Robson expected far more from Mesut Ozil during his time at Arsenal and does not expect him to sign a new contract.

When is an international break not an international break? When the usual dreary procession of non-events is shattered by the sight of teams actually qualifying for a World Cup -- accompanied by an outpouring of emotion and a tableau of joy. One such moment was provided by an Arsenal player.

Tears of happiness were shed in locations as disparate as Egypt, Panama and Iceland, if not exactly England. And in Nigeria, the honour of securing his country's place at the World Cup went to a mere 21-year-old:...

Benin loss undermines League stars claim to ascension

Nigeria lost to Benin in their African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier this week. To put that in perspective, consider that in 21 previous attempts - spanning 58 long years - the Squirrels had never won against the Super Eagles.

For the second international game in a row, Nigeria have fallen to a side they had never previously lost to, and adding insult to injury this week, they did it via a penalty in stoppage time.

It causes deep introspection, judging from the reaction on social media...

Cameroon's Confed failure is good news for Nigeria

Cameroon have exited the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at the bottom of their group with just one point from nine, and while the continent will be disappointed, Nigeria fans certainly won't be.

The Indomitable Lions present the single biggest obstacle in Nigeria's quest to reach the 2018 World Cup, and that campaign will be defined by two qualifying games between the sides in late August and early September.

As such, many Nigerians were invested in seeing Cameroon not get an injection of confidence...

OPINION: Emeteole and the Tragedy of the Nigeria Players' Union

Nigerians awoke on Wednesday to news of the death of former international player and coach Kelechi Emeteole.

The 66-year-old lost his long battle with throat cancer barely one year after the deaths of Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu, also former national team coaches.

Emeteole played 17 times for Nigeria over a two-year career between 1975 and 1977, scoring four goals and winning a bronze medal at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia.

Primarily a defender when he turned out for both Spartans...