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Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, has been shortlisted by FIFA as a potential team base camp for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, despite some governments warning against travel to the North Caucusus republic.

FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have produced a catalogue containing 65 possible bases, within five geographical "clusters," for the 32 teams competing in next year's tournament.

And the Hotel Grozny City is one of 19 locations offered by FIFA and the LOC in the Southern...

5 Players Nigeria' Super Eagles need back against Cameroon

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As was to be expected, the slipstream trailing Nigeria's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying loss to South Africa continues to flow days later, and shows no signs of abating.

At least, not until the next game ...

Crisis meetings have been called by both the NFF and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung in a bid to decipher what went wrong against Bafana Bafana in Uyo on the weekend.

In the meantime, here are five players that Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr needs to have back for the 2018 World Cup qualifier...

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World Cup qualifying, one year out: Where things stand across the globe

Shaka Hislop reveals an international edition of his power rankings, listing the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.

With one year to go until the World Cup kicks off, we asked writers from around the world to summarise the state of qualifying play in their region. 

• World Cup qualifying -- How it works

EUROPE: 13 World Cup places

• European qualifying home page

Who's on track to qualify?

Most of the major nations are on course, though Euro 2016 finalists Portugal and France may require second-place playoffs to make it. France's 2-1 loss in Sweden on Jun. 9, courtesy of a...