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#World Cup 2018

# world-cup-2018 - Monday 1 January, 2018

Revenge for Brazil and your ridiculously early 2018 World Cup predictions

We peer into the crystal ball and come up with three things that are likely to happen at the 2018 World Cup.

Open thread: What are you most looking forward to in the 2018 sporting year?

There’s so much on the horizon including a Winter Olympics, a World Cup and a Ryder Cup.

# world-cup-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.

# world-cup-2018 - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

'Absolutely clueless. It hurt me watching that:' Keith Andrews slams Ireland's performance

Ireland’s World Cup hopes came to a crashing halt on Tuesday night.

'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.

# world-cup-2018 - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Italy's World Cup flop could cost their economy €1 billion

No pressure on our lads tonight, so.

Poll: One last hurdle - how do you think tonight's World Cup play-off will go? Crystal Ball Gazing This post contains a poll

Poll: One last hurdle - how do you think tonight's World Cup play-off will go?

Ireland’s campaign started over 14 months ago and draws to a close tonight.

Honduras boss accuses Australia of spying on them ahead of World Cup play-off

Honduras and Australia meet in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

# world-cup-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.

# world-cup-2018 - Saturday 11 November, 2017

Murphy or Long, Christian belief and more Copenhagen talking points

Denmark stand between Ireland and a place at the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

Poll: How do you think Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark will go tonight? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How do you think Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark will go tonight?

The first leg kicks off at 7.45pm tonight.

# world-cup-2018 - Thursday 9 November, 2017

9 places in next summer's World Cup still up for grabs - here are the teams in the running

It’s a big week for a lot of countries.

# world-cup-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.

# world-cup-2018 - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Quiz: Before they face Ireland, how well do you remember these Danish footballers?

The countdown is on to the first leg in Copenhagen next Saturday.

# world-cup-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.

# world-cup-2018 - Friday 13 October, 2017

After humiliating World Cup failure, Bruce Arena is out as USA boss but who will replace him?

The team does not have a competitive fixture until 2019 so there’s no need to rush things.

# world-cup-2018 - Thursday 12 October, 2017

Ex-Concacaf chief Jack Warner revels in 'laughing stock' US failing to reach World Cup

‘As far as I am concerned this is the beginning of the end for U.S. football.’

# world-cup-2018 - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

'It's football and we play to win' - Peru player denies making World Cup pact with Colombia

With the scores at 1-1, Colombia were set to qualify automatically while Peru were heading for a play-off against New Zealand.

Alexis Sanchez won't be at the World Cup after Arsenal team-mate's bizarre blunder Oh Dear This post contains videos

Alexis Sanchez won't be at the World Cup after Arsenal team-mate's bizarre blunder

Colombia’s David Ospina parried an indirect set-piece into his own net, which earned a point for Peru.

'Belgium played Bosnia on a cow pasture' - former player has no time for US excuses

The United States will not play at the 2018 World Cup.

# world-cup-2018 - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

U2 delay concert in Argentina to allow fans watch crucial World Cup qualifier

Argentina need a win against Ecuador to have a chance of securing one of the four automatic qualification spots for the tournament in Russia.

# world-cup-2018 - Monday 9 October, 2017

'I knew what I was doing' - Harry Arter explains his role in Ireland's golden goal

The Bournemouth midfielder had a hand in James McClean’s winner against Wales in Cardiff.

McClean fires Ireland to World Cup play-off with vital victory in Cardiff

The West Brom winger struck in the second half to keep Ireland on track to make it to Russia.

Ireland fans have taken over Cardiff ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier The Green Party This post contains videos

Ireland fans have taken over Cardiff ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier

Many have travelled to the Welsh capital without tickets for the crucial Group D fixture.

'It'll definitely be a night for cool heads. Play the game, not the occasion'

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph says composure will be key in tonight’s massive World Cup qualifier.

The Long wait, Welsh World Cup woe and more big match talking points

Can Ireland keep their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on track tonight in Cardiff?

# world-cup-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.

O'Neill calls on Ireland to channel spirit of Lille in crunch Cardiff clash Italian Job This post contains videos

O'Neill calls on Ireland to channel spirit of Lille in crunch Cardiff clash

“It’s not that far back in the memory that the players shouldn’t consider it when we are approaching this game.”

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.

Wales want to give their fans 'something to be proud of' after 60-year wait

“When we have an atmosphere like we know they can create, it’s a really tough place to come.”

# world-cup-2018 - Friday 6 October, 2017

A World Cup without Messi? Argentina's qualifying bid is in danger after Peru stalemate

They werre held to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires last night.

# world-cup-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.

# world-cup-2018 - Friday 29 September, 2017

Another headache for Martin O'Neill as Harry Arter emerges as Ireland injury doubt

The Bournemouth midfielder hasn’t trained all week and will miss the clash with Leicester tomorrow.

# world-cup-2018 - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Xavi: 'I got the feeling that Messi and Mascherano did not enjoy playing with their national team'

Xavi believes Argentina will reach the World Cup in spite of fundamental problems on and off the field.

# world-cup-2018 - Tuesday 12 September, 2017

# world-cup-2018 - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

'Conversation should be about state of Irish football, not O'Neill and Keane'

Richie Sadlier says there’s bigger issues than Weso’s selection.

# world-cup-2018 - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

No bitterness from Cork City as Maguire finally receives Ireland recognition

The Preston North End striker has been included in Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad.

# world-cup-2018 - Sunday 25 June, 2017

'When you know what he went through to get the green jersey, words can't describe the emotions'

The summer of 2017 is one the Longs won’t forget in a hurry.

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