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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals in Russia next year

Final grid for 2018 World Cup Russia
With 32 teams having qualified, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is set.

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is over with the final 32 teams now known. The seeded draw pots can be seen in full here.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.

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Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

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ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

Fabio Cannavaro in no hurry to decide his role as China crisis deepens

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro's mixed coaching record has amplified concerns over his suitability for the China job.

With just six months until the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup, two defeats in five days under Fabio Cannavaro have only deepened the long-standing pessimism surrounding China's national team.

Back-to-back 1-0 reversals in Nanning against Asian opposition -- Thailand last Thursday and Uzbekistan on Monday -- underlined the difficulties China face in their quest to end their long absence from the World Cup.

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Hakeem al-Araibi, Professional Footballers Australia condemn FFA's support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

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ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

Football Federation Australia on Monday issued...

Japan's Tatsuma Yoshida in line to succeed Fandi Ahmad as Singapore boss - sources

Tatsuma Yoshida
Tatsuma Yoshida was most recently in charge of J-League side Ventforet Kofu.

Former J-League manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in line to be appointed as next coach of the Singapore national team, sources have told ESPN.

The Lions have been without a boss since they were eliminated from the group stage of the AFF Cup in November. Despite calls for caretaker coach Fandi Ahmad to be given the job on a permanent basis, the former striker was never in the running.

Lim Kia Tong, president of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), made it clear from December that he was looking...