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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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Costa Rica coach resigns, citing boredom

Herculez Gomez and Shaka Hislop weigh the pros and cons of CONCACAF's qualifying format for the 2022 World Cup, which emphasizes the FIFA rankings.

Gustavo Matosas has stepped down as manager of the Costa Rica national team after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent downtime between games that made him feel unproductive.

"I realized that in the national side I feel unproductive even though I kill myself watching videos," Matosas said at a news conference Wednesday.

"It's not what I like to be doing.

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"It's tough not having players in the day-to-day to train them. I only have the...

U.S., Mexico straight to Hex in new CONCACAF format

Brian McBride reflects on the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and examines the tournament's impact on the U.S. and Mexico.
ESPN's Taylor Twellman explains where things went wrong for the USMNT in their 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final.

The United States and Mexico are almost certain to go straight to the six-team Hexagonal round of qualifying for Qatar 2022, with CONCACAF announcing new rules for the next World Cup.

The top six-ranked teams in the FIFA rankings after the June 2020 international window will automatically be included in the home-and-away Hexagonal. The top three will qualify for Qatar 2022.

Gold Cup winner Mexico is currently a long way ahead of those outside the top six, meaning it's virtually inconceivable that...

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Ex-U.S. coach Bruce Arena: Panama's penalties never called in CONCACAF qualifying

Former United States coach Bruce Arena believes the two penalties that England earned in their 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama on Sunday would not have been given in CONCACAF qualifying.

Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha awarded England a pair of penalties when Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres knocked over Jesse Lingard, and when Anibal Godoy wrestled Harry Kane to the ground. That led to two successful spot kicks by Kane as England built a 5-0 lead.

But Arena, who took over midway through the U.S.'s World...

Hope Solo says Athlete Council 'failed many' in U.S. Soccer election

ORLANDO -- In the wake of Carlos Cordeiro's election as U.S. Soccer Federation president, Hope Solo has said she is "very disappointed" in the Athlete Council that helped propel him to victory, adding that the group failed many of its constituents in America.

Cordeiro survived an election with seven other candidates and three ballots to finally accumulate 68.6 percent of the vote in the final round.

The Athlete Council, which comprised 20 percent of the overall vote, was instrumental in getting...