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World Cup Qualifying

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Australia face logistical challenge from 2018 WCQ draw - coach Postecoglou

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess the positives from Australia's performance against Germany.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has described their 2018 World Cup qualifying draw as a logistical "challenge" with the Socceroos facing long journeys across Asia.

The 2015 Asian Cup champions avoided Japan, South Korea and Asia's top-ranked FIFA side Iran as they were drawn against Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh in the first stage of qualifiers through the Asian Football Confederation.

The qualifiers for the 2018 tournament in Russia also double as qualifiers for the next...

Latest FIFA world ranking sees Belgium climb to third place

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest FIFA World Rankings, and are surprised by some of the selections.

ZURICH -- Belgium rose to their highest-ever spot at No. 3 in the latest FIFA monthly rankings, which are still led by World Cup winner Germany.

Argentina are second while Belgium traded places with Colombia, who now sit fourth.

Brazil, who beat France in a friendly last month, rose to No. 5 and swapped places with Netherlands at No. 6.

Morocco African Nations Cup bans in 2017, 2019 to lifted by CAF

The likes of Nordin Amrabat and other Moroccan players will not be seen at the 2015 African Nations' Cup.
Morocco will be permitted to participate in upcoming African Nations Cup tournaments.

CAIRO -- The Confederation of African Football will respect a decision by sport's highest court and lift its ban on Morocco participating in the 2017 and 2019 African Nations Cups.

CAF said Sunday it would comply despite what it called "contradictions" in the ruling by the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAF banned Morocco from the next two African Cups and fined it $1 million for withdrawing as host of this year's tournament.

Morocco cited fears over the spread of the deadly Ebola...

 By PA Sport

World Cup 2018, 2022 compensation payments to clubs to be increased

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.

FIFA will increase payments to clubs for the next two World Cups to almost three times the amount world football's governing body paid out for last year's tournament, it has been announced.

Clubs will share a pot of $209 million (£141.6 million) for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The pot was $70 million for Brazil and only $40 million in South Africa in 2010.

The European Clubs' Association -- which had been demanding compensation for moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter...

 By John Duerden

Bhutan hoping to parlay World Cup qualifying success into lasting stability

Bhutan, the lowest ranked national team on the planet, according to FIFA, pulled off a shock upset of Sri Lanka in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Bhutan may be officially the worst team in the world, according to FIFA rankings, but after the defeat of Sri Lanka in the first round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup, it is not a title that will be held for much longer. Suddenly, after making history, the future is looking a lot brighter for the mountainous South Asian kingdom.

A first leg 1-0 win on March 12, a first ever victory in qualification (and only the fourth win in the country's history) for the biggest sporting tournament...