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#Russia 2018

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

Banned for life from the Olympic Games and now stepping down as 2018 World Cup organising chief

Vitaly Mutko had suspended his role as president of the Russian Football Union two days ago.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

Peru captain cleared to play at World Cup after Fifa reduce drug ban

Paolo Guerrero tested positive for cocaine but his revised suspension will now end before this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Friday 15 December, 2017

Fifa threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup over political interference

The issue centres on the Spanish football federation presidency.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Germans would get €350,000 each for World Cup title

Germany kick off their 2018 defence against Mexico on 17 June in Moscow.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

'Of course I'm interested' - Sven throws hat into the ring for Australia job ahead of World Cup

The experienced Swedish coach is open to guiding the green-and-gold in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Friday 1 December, 2017

Lineker backs Kante and Mbappe-led France to challenge at World Cup and rules out England

The former Three Lions star believes the competition in Russia comes too soon for a blossoming England team as he picked his three favourites.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Will Zlatan be at the World Cup? Stranger things have happened in international football

Irish football can see parallels with its own greatest striker Robbie Keane and his inclusion at Euro 2016.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

'Ireland made it a little bit easier for us because they played a diamond and left a lot of space' Exploited This post contains videos

'Ireland made it a little bit easier for us because they played a diamond and left a lot of space'

Denmark boss Age Hareide was surprised by Martin O’Neill’s strategy.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Watch: Here are all the goals as Christian Eriksen's hat-trick ends Ireland's World Cup dream Down And Out This post contains videos

Watch: Here are all the goals as Christian Eriksen's hat-trick ends Ireland's World Cup dream

Denmark scored five goals without reply to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Here are 10 stars that won’t be at the World Cup in Russia next summer

It just won’t be the same without them.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Hard work done, Croatia breeze through second-leg against Greece to book World Cup place

Leading 4-1 from the first-leg, Zlatko Dalic’s men picked up a scoreless draw away from home.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 11 November, 2017

'When something's taken away from you like that... emotions are so raw at that time'

John O’Shea recalls his memories of playing in international play-offs and what it would mean to play in another World Cup.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

Spain's World Cup 2018 jersey is creating controversy and here's why

The Adidas plan to draw inspiration from the shirt worn at the 1994 tournament has backfired.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Sean Maguire has been ruled out of Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark

The player is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury earlier this week.

# russia-2018 - Monday 30 October, 2017

Serbia sack manager three weeks after qualifying for next summer's World Cup

Slavoljub Muslin had led Serbia to their first international tournament in eight years.

11 months after injury setback Paddy McNair returns to Northern Ireland squad

The 22-year-old midfielder was sidelined for 11 months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

# russia-2018 - Friday 20 October, 2017

Ireland's World Cup play-off at home to Denmark is officially sold out

Premium level tickets sold out in less than five minutes on Friday morning.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

'The feeling here is that Ireland will be tough to beat but, individually, we have the better players'

The Danes feel they have enough quality to get past the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup play-offs.

# russia-2018 - Monday 9 October, 2017

Which teams could Ireland potentially face in the World Cup play-offs?

Martin O’Neill’s outfit will be one of the four unseeded teams in the draw.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 8 October, 2017

For first time since 'that rubbish' and Dunphy controversy, Egypt will be at a World Cup Long Time Coming This post contains videos

For first time since 'that rubbish' and Dunphy controversy, Egypt will be at a World Cup

Liverpool’s Mo Salah was the hero with a crucial 95th-minute penalty.

Before a ball has even been kicked in Norway, Northern Ireland are now assured of play-off place

Michael O’Neill’s side now don’t require anything from this evening’s clash in Oslo.

Absolutely brilliant bedlam as Costa Rica qualify for World Cup after last-gasp leveller Scenes This post contains videos

Absolutely brilliant bedlam as Costa Rica qualify for World Cup after last-gasp leveller

As always, the local TV coverage is well worth a watch.

Uefa qualifying is down to the wire but things in South America are just as captivating

With one round of games remaining, six teams are still in contention for four spots.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 7 October, 2017

Wonderkid Christian Pulisic brings USA to within one game of World Cup qualification Serious Talent This post contains videos

Wonderkid Christian Pulisic brings USA to within one game of World Cup qualification

Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic scored and assisted as the United States defeated Panama 4-0 in Orlando.

'It's probably the best feeling of my life': Maguire revels in long-awaited debut

Sean Maguire made his international debut as Ireland beat Moldova 2-0 on Friday night.

# russia-2018 - Friday 6 October, 2017

As it happened: Ireland vs Moldova, World Cup 2018 qualifier

Ireland faced Moldova knowing a win is needed if they are to make a play-off place for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 3 October, 2017

All was going to plan regarding Russia's World Cup venues until this happened

The Central Stadium in Ekaterinburg will host four group-stage games.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 1 October, 2017

'We know it's a difficult game, Moldova are a good team that cause problems'

Shane Duffy says Ireland must secure a win against Moldova on Friday before a crucial meeting with Wales in Cardiff.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Hourihane's stunning free-kick the difference after Murphy pegged Villa back Irish Abroad This post contains videos

Hourihane's stunning free-kick the difference after Murphy pegged Villa back

Two Ireland internationals were on target in today’s late Championship game.

Watch: David McGoldrick scored a fine header as Ipswich fell to high-flying Leeds In Form This post contains videos

Watch: David McGoldrick scored a fine header as Ipswich fell to high-flying Leeds

McGoldrick scored his fifth goal in all competitions this season on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 12 September, 2017

# russia-2018 - Saturday 9 September, 2017

On fire! Sean Maguire just scored his first Championship goal for Preston

The striker has earned plaudits since moving to the Championship during the summer as he continues to wait for a first international appearance for Ireland.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Incredible! War-torn Syria qualify for World Cup play-offs after last-gasp equaliser What A Story This post contains videos

Incredible! War-torn Syria qualify for World Cup play-offs after last-gasp equaliser

Omar Al Soma is forever guaranteed national hero status.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 3 September, 2017

'I'm full of anger - they bring shame on our country': Löw condemns Nazi chants

A group of Germany supporters shouted Nazi-era chants during a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Georgia

Ireland’s 100% win record against Georgia came to an end with a poor performance in Tbilisi.

Watch: Shane Duffy scores first international goal for Ireland against Georgia

It was the defender’s first goal for Ireland on his 12th appearance.

# russia-2018 - Friday 1 September, 2017

All you need to know about Georgia ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier

Here is the lowdown ahead of Ireland’s important Group D World Cup qualifier in Tbilisi.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Australian team taking 'appropriate precautions' as qualifier overshadowed by North Korean missile

The Socceroos are in Japan for Thursday’s World Cup clash.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 19 August, 2017

Conor Hourihane bagged an incredible hat-trick this evening as Aston Villa downed Norwich

The 26-year-old has four goals in his last two games in the Championship.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 13 August, 2017

Timing perfect for Sean Maguire as O'Neill prepares to name squad for World Cup qualifiers

Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle made their international debuts after joining Preston — Sean Maguire will be hoping for a similar fate ahead of Monday’s squad announcement.

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