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#World Cup

# world-cup - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

Ireland valiantly push Argentina all the way in bid to reach World Cup dreamland

Ireland now go into the playoffs with a place in next summer’s tournament at stake.

# world-cup - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Fifa discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

The decision comes after German publication Bild obtained what it said was a leaked copy of the findings.

# world-cup - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Messi at 30: From the Champions League to the World Cup - 10 of his best goals

As Lionel Messi celebrates his 30th birthday, we look back at the best goals of the Barcelona and Argentina superstar’s career.

# world-cup - Thursday 22 June, 2017

World Cup in Russia will be safe vows sports minister

The man in charge of sport for Russia’s Tatarstan region says there is no sign that the 2018 World Cup will be met with major problems.

# world-cup - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Löw unhappy with German fans for jeering their own player over diving controversy

“There was a dive once, he made a mistake, and he admitted he was wrong.”

# world-cup - Friday 9 June, 2017

Saudi Arabia apologise after not observing minute's silence for London victims

“The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset…”

# world-cup - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Chelsea's Eden Hazard fractures ankle on international duty

Meanwhile, the Belgian star has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid.

# world-cup - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Italy boss unhappy with Manchester United over 'bizarre' Darmian decision

United have refused to release the player for international duty until 5 June, Giampiero Ventura says.

# world-cup - Monday 29 May, 2017

Gold for Ireland at modern pentathlon World Cup event

Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe claimed the top prize in Poland today.

# world-cup - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

'We know they will be tough': All Blacks coach on drawing Springboks at Rugby World Cup

Steve Hansen expects South Africa and Italy to provide stern tests, but was “okay” with the draw.

# world-cup - Sunday 7 May, 2017

Gold and silver for Ireland but O'Donovan brothers fall short in World Cup final

Skibbereen clubmates Mark O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll and Denise Walsh stole the limelight from Gary and Paul O’Donovan in Belgrade.

# world-cup - Friday 5 May, 2017

Argentina World Cup hopes boosted as Messi gets four-game ban quashed

Fifa have decided to keep the game’s biggest star in with a chance of playing in their biggest tournament.

# world-cup - Monday 17 April, 2017

Wallabies and Toulon wing Drew Mitchell announces his decision to retire

Only two players have scored more Rugby World Cup tries than Australia’s Mitchell, who is set to end his illustrious career.

# world-cup - Monday 10 April, 2017

# world-cup - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Will Ireland follow suit? No strike action as US women's soccer team reach landmark agreement

US Soccer President Sunil Gulati described the deal as “an important step”.

# world-cup - Friday 31 March, 2017

Schweinsteiger 'World Cup' journalist offers apology

Derek Henkle, the man who infamously asked Bastian Schweinsteiger about winning the World Cup with Chicago Fire, has explained his error.

# world-cup - Thursday 30 March, 2017

Europe to get three extra spots in 48-team World Cup under Fifa proposal

The tournament is due to expand in 2026.

# world-cup - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Barcelona issue statement expressing 'outrage' at Messi ban

The Argentina superstar has been banned for four international matches after an alleged outburst at a linesman.

Brazil becomes first country to qualify for World Cup

The Selecao reached Russia 2018 with four games to spare after a 13-match unbeaten run.

# world-cup - Sunday 26 March, 2017

What can you say? This is a nightmare - Robben blasts Netherlands defeat

The Dutch side were abject in their loss to Bulgaria their star man was scathing, though he refused to single out debutant Matthijs de Ligt.

# world-cup - Friday 24 March, 2017

Former Tottenham flop grabs unlikely hat-trick as Brazil thump Uruguay in qualifier

Midfielder Paulinho was the hero while Neymar also got on the scoresheet.

# world-cup - Thursday 23 March, 2017

State of Play: Four down, six to go - Ireland in good shape in quest to reach Russia

A win on Friday could eliminate one direct rival in the race for automatic qualification.

# world-cup - Monday 6 February, 2017

South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies aged 45 RIP

South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies aged 45

The World Cup-winning Springbok scrum-half had been battling motor neurone disease since 2011.

# world-cup - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Big chance for GAA to upgrade stadia if Ireland's RWC 2023 bid is successful

There are 8 GAA stadiums currently on the long list.

# world-cup - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Who will win the Premier League? Can Ireland qualify? Our writers' 2017 football predictions

Plus, who will get PFA Player and Young Player of the Year?

# world-cup - Thursday 12 January, 2017

The Six Nations beats NFL and World Cup as the best attended sporting event on the planet

Figures from Uefa show that European rugby is in rude health.

# world-cup - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Will the new 48-team World Cup be a good idea or ruin the tournament? Poll This post contains a poll

Will the new 48-team World Cup be a good idea or ruin the tournament?

Whether you think it’s good, bad or you don’t care, the 48-team format will be introduced in 2026.

Fifa Council unanimously approve 48-team World Cup proposal

The new format will be introduced in 2026.

# world-cup - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Fifa president claims all federations are in favour of an expanded World Cup

Gianni Infantino is confident that proposals to include as many as 48 teams will be implemented.

# world-cup - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

The new Fifa president wants a 48-team World Cup with 16 groups

Fifa President Gianni Infantino backs proposal, which will face vote in January 2017.

# world-cup - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

The World Cup's all-time top goalscorer finally calls it a day

German striker Miroslav Klose has announced that he’s hanging up his boots at the age of 38.

# world-cup - Monday 31 October, 2016

Germany boss targeting defence of World Cup after signing another contract extension

Joachim Loew has been in charge of the national team since 2006.

# world-cup - Saturday 22 October, 2016

Legendary Italian Marcello Lippi comes out of retirement to manage China

The World Cup-winning 68-year-old had two spells in charge of the Italian national team.

# world-cup - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Gerard Pique: I nearly quit football in 2014

The defender insists he will retire from Spain duty in 2018, and says he nearly walked away two years ago.

# world-cup - Tuesday 4 October, 2016

New Fifa boss Infantino proposes 48-team World Cup

Sepp Blatter’s successor has put forward the idea at a Colombian university.

# world-cup - Monday 12 September, 2016

Good news on Robbie Brady's injury ahead of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers next month

Brady suffered a quad injury while playing for Norwich City on Saturday.

# world-cup - Tuesday 6 September, 2016

Euro 2016 winners Portugal lost their opening World Cup qualifier tonight Wrap This post contains videos

Euro 2016 winners Portugal lost their opening World Cup qualifier tonight

Meanwhile, Holland and Sweden drew 1-1, while Faroe Islands also earned a point.

# world-cup - Tuesday 30 August, 2016

'I'll be proud to break Beckham's record' - says Rooney after confirming England retirement date

The Manchester United attacker confirmed that he will finish his international career after the 2018 World Cup.

# world-cup - Sunday 28 August, 2016

West Ham's Michail Antonio the only new name as Sam Allardyce names his first England squad

Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkely fail to make the 23-man selection.

# world-cup - Friday 22 July, 2016

Solve the Rooney puzzle and 5 problems to resolve for Sam Allardyce's England

From Raheem Sterling’s dwindling confidence and a threadbare defence, England have issues to solve.

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