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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.

Qualified nations: Brazil, Iran


13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of...

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez called up by Chile for World Cup qualifiers

Arsene Wenger has said he'd rather keep Alexis Sanchez at the club and take a financial loss at the end of the Chilean's contract.
Arsene Wenger expects the injured Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal's opening two Premier League fixtures.

Alexis Sanchez has been called up for Chile's upcoming qualifiers against Paraguay and Bolivia, despite a recent injury.

Sanchez, whose future at Arsenal has been a talking point for most of the year, was ruled out of the Gunners' Premier League opener with Leicester last week due to an abdominal strain, with Arsene Wenger stating his star forward was likely to be "out for a while."

However Chile, who will re-open their qualifying campaign on Aug. 31 against Paraguay, have seen fit to include the...

Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez ruled out for at least a month

The ESPN FC panel assess how Luis Suarez's absence with affect Barcelona's formation and tactics as La Liga commences.
The guys answer your tweets on Barcelona's needs and wants and if Ernesto Valverde is merely a placeholder coach.

Barcelona have confirmed that Luis Suarez will be sidelined for the next month but hope to have Gerard Pique available for Sunday's La Liga curtain-raiser against Real Betis at Camp Nou.

Both players ended Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid with knocks, and tests at the club's training ground on Thursday confirmed the extent of Suarez's knee problem.

It was better news for Pique, who isn't expected to be out of action for too long, if at all.

"Luis Suarez will be out of action for...

Argentina players set to end their media boycott - AFA president Tapia

Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.

Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia says that national team players will end the media boycott that has been in place since November.

Lionel Messi announced following a postmatch news conference last year that he and the rest of his Argentina teammates would no longer speak to the press while on international duty as a protest against perceived media mistreatment.

According to the players, the Argentine press made numerous false allegations against them, including a report...

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Argentina drop Gonzalo Higuain from squad; restore Aguero, Pastore, Icardi

Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli says the only player guaranteed to start for the national team is Lionel Messi.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has been left off the Argentina squad as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero made his return for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli omitted Higuain in his 23-man squad, which will face Uruguay and Venezuela at the end of the month, but welcomed back Aguero and midfielder Javier Pastore.

Aguero was left out of Argentina's squad in June for friendlies against Brazil and Singapore, while Pastore has not played for Argentina since October 2015. He was named...