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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

Trent Sainsbury over injury nightmare as Australia chases World Cup spot

Australian head coach Ange Postecoglou says the A-League matches up with the likes of overseas leagues.
Trent Sainsbury
Trent Sainsbury, left, has made 16 appearances for Australia since making his debut in 2014.

A sprinkler ruined Trent Sainsbury's World Cup dream two years ago, and the Socceroos defender is hoping for a much smoother run to football's showpiece event this time around.

The 24-year-old has joined his fellow Socceroos in Perth before Thursday night's World Cup qualifier against Iraq at nib Stadium.

He was considered a World Cup bolter for Brazil in 2014, but then he broke his kneecap after landing on a sprinkler while making his debut for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top flight.

The injury was...

Tim Cahill 'rejuvenated' after two weeks with A-league's Melbourne City

Australian head coach Ange Postecoglou is not worried about a succession plan for replacing Tim Cahill when the time comes.

Socceroos striker Tim Cahill has been "rejuvenated" by his first fortnight with Melbourne City as he prepares to switch his efforts towards the national team.

Australia begins the next phase of World Cup qualifying in Perth on Thursday against Iraq, before travelling to the United Arab Emirates for an away qualifier five days later.

The prolific striker has been all action since arriving in Melbourne two weeks ago.

Cahill began training within hours of landing from New York, and made a debut in...

Josh Risdon called up to the Socceroos as Bailey Wright's injury replacement

Andy Keogh & Josh Risdon
Perth Glory's Josh Risdon, right, has been called into the Australia squad to face Iraq and the U.A.E.

A toe injury has forced defender Bailey Wright out of the Socceroos squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

Coach Ange Postecoglou ruled England-based Wright out on Sunday, calling in Perth Glory's Josh Risdon to replace him.

"Bailey has a minor injury that he has been nursing and although he played for Preston overnight we thought it better for him to stay in the U.K.," Postecoglou said.

"We have two tough matches in quick succession and will need everyone...

 By Chris Atkins

Crucial fortnight as Chinese football bids for wider respect

Shanghai SIPG striker Hulk
Shanghai SIPG brought in Braziilan striker Hulk for a CSL transfer record fee.

How important is continental performance to a league's standing and reputation? It's a question which has dogged the Premier League's claim to being the "greatest league in the world" over recent seasons, at the same time as English sides' Champions League performances have dropped off.

Whatever the hype and publicity a league may garner, results against sides from other divisions are the only real indication of relative strength. For the Chinese Super League, this means AFC Champions League success...