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World Cup reaction Nov 20, 2013

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Oct 8, 2014

Reinhard Rauball: Extra World Cup berth for Africa is 'unreasonable'

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has revealed that Europe are set to lose a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball has warned that providing the African confederation (CAF) with an extra World Cup berth could be unreasonable.

On Tuesday, FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger revealed that UEFA could lose one of its places at the 2018 finals, and that CAF could profit from it as they are under-represented under the current formula.

The 56 CAF associations have a total of five starting berths at the World Cup, while the 54 UEFA members, so far, have a guaranteed...

Oct 7, 2014

Theo Zwanziger: Europe could lose World Cup berth to Africa

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has revealed that Europe are set to lose a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Europe are set to lose a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has revealed.

According to the former German Football Association [DFB] president, Africa could profit from Europe's loss as the confederation is believed to be unfairly represented on football's most elite stage.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 13 European nations and five African nations competed for the biggest title in world football. The Asian confederation [AFC] was awarded 4.5 starting...

Aug 28, 2014

Europe should get extra World Cup spot, says UEFA chief Michel Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini will not stand against Sepp Blatter in next year's FIFA Presidency elections but will back a candidate who will offer something new to football.

MONACO -- Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup, UEFA president Michel Platini said Thursday.

Platini won't challenge Blatter in FIFA elections

Platini pledged to ask FIFA for the extra spot because Germany's World Cup victory in Brazil made it three straight titles for Europe. Italy won in 2006 and Spain four years ago.

"European football proved it's the leader in the world," Platini said. UEFA had 13 of 32 teams in Brazil, and Platini wants 14 qualifying places in 2018. Host Russia...

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Nov 20, 2013

Zlatan: World Cup nothing without me

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the World Cup will be "nothing" in his absence as Sweden's hopes were dashed by Cristiano Ronaldo's four goals in two games as Portugal qualified for next year's World Cup.

• Brassell: Magic Moutinho paves the way for Ronaldo
• Tyler: Three Things: Sweden vs. Portugal
• Poll: Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in the world?

The Swede scored twice for his nation in the second leg, but was overshadowed by Ronaldo's hat trick.


Nov 20, 2013

Magical France secure historic win

France boss Didier Deschamps believes Les Bleus has enjoyed the “magic of football” as they created history by securing their place at next year’s World Cup.

Didier Deschamps is thrown into the air after masterminding France's comeback against Ukraine.
Didier Deschamps said France had enjoyed the "magic of football" after securing a spot in the World Cup.

• Holyman: True test awaits

France became the first European nation to overcome a two-goal first-leg deficit when...