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Dunga may remove Neymar as captain


Duarte: Reasons to cheer, jeer Brazil


2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.


13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

Neymar should not captain Brazil under new boss Tite - Carlos Alberto

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Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto says new Selecao coach Tite should take the national captaincy away from Neymar.

Neymar was made Brazil captain when Dunga returned as coach in 2014, after a World Cup on home soil in which the Barcelona star had impressed but then watched injured as the team were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals.

The Copa America 2015 saw Neymar lead the team until he was sent off in a group game against Colombia and then missed the rest of the tournament...

 By Tim Vickery

CONCACAF presenting challenge to CONMEBOL on eve of Copa

Before Brazil's warm up friendly against Panama, Brazilian TVs pundits, former stars Junior and Casagrande, agreed that Dunga's team took the field with the obligation of winning by a big margin. A second minute goal hinted that this might be the case. But Brazil had to be satisfied with a 2-0 goal victory in a pleasing match which whetted the appetite for the Copa America Centenario.

The match in Denver ended up being of interest for two reasons:

One is the way in which Brazil approached the game....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA fines Mexico for 'homophobic chants' from fans

FIFA has sanctioned Mexico for offensive chants from fans in the stands during matches.

The Mexican Football Federation has lost its appeal before FIFA of the fine and warning it received for what the organisation deemed "homophobic chants from supporters."

FIFA also fined Croatia and ordered them to play two World Cup qualifying matches in empty stadiums for repeated cases of fans chanting fascist slogans.

In January, Mexico appealed the sanction for fans' actions during El Tri's 3-0 victory over El Salvador in World Cup qualifying in Estadio Azteca on Nov. 13 last year. Argentina,...

Copa America may have more quality than 'diluted' Euro field - Klinsmann

The ESPN FC crew respond to Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that the Copa America Centenario has more quality than the 'diluted' Euro 2016 field.
ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol discuss Jurgen Klinsmann's comments about the Euro 2016 field being diluted.

DALLAS - U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that next month's Copa America Centenario will be every bit as competitive, and perhaps even better, than the expanded European Championship.

"If you compare this Copa America with these 16 nations, compared to the 24 going into the Euros, then I almost think you have more quality in this Copa America than you have in this diluted, 24-team version of the European Championship," Klinsmann said on Tuesday.

The coach and his team are in Dallas, where...