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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...

Iran's Carlos Queiroz wary of South Korea, Qatar in World Cup qualifying

Iran head coach Carlos Quieroz reacts to his team's group draw in the third round of AFC World Cup qualifying.
South Korea manager Uli Stielike assesses his side's draw in the third round of AFC World Cup Qualifying.

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz says that both South Korea and Qatar should be considered favourites, ahead of them, to progress to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

That's despite Team Melli being Asia's highest ranked nation at 42nd in the world.

The Iranians were drawn in Group A alongside the Koreans, Qatar, China, Uzbekistan and Syria, with their opening game at home to the Qataris, 2022 World Cup hosts, on Sep.. 1.

"In our group, in the front line you have, for sure, the Koreans who are in front...

 By John Duerden

Top five matchups in 2018 AFC World Cup final round qualification

South Korea manager Uli Stielike assesses his side's draw in the third round of AFC World Cup Qualifying.

Now that the draw for the 2018 AFC World Cup final qualifying round is out, it is time to take a closer look into which of the region's top players will be up against one another as the games play out.

There will be some fascinating matchups over the coming months, as the best teams on the continent fight it out over the course of 10 games.

Only four Asian nations will be guaranteed World Cup spots, with another two facing more playoffs for a chance to make it to Russia 2018.

The matches begin in...

Thailand's Zico wants good WCQ start against Saudis, wary of Japan trio

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and David Mitchell look ahead to Thailand's upcoming AFC World Cup qualifying campaign.

Thailand's head coach Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang insists his side are ready to spring a surprise despite being drawn in a tough group B for the final phase of AFC qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Thais have been placed in what looks the more difficult of the two qualifying groups, facing Asian champions Australia, regular World Cup finalists Japan and Middle Eastern heavyweights Saudi Arabia. They also have to play Iraq again -- having faced them in the previous round -- and the United...

 By Jason Dasey

Park Ji-sung names his four best Asian players, hopes for Man United miracle

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey speaks with Park Ji-sung as South Korea are set to face Iran and China in WCQ.

KUALA LUMPUR -- It's been half a dozen years since he played in his third and final World Cup, yet a lean and mean Park Ji-sung still looks like he could captain South Korea and, indeed, do a job in midfield for struggling Manchester United.

The former Red Devil, now 35, is wandering around the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Malaysian capital, happy to pose for photographs and mingle with AFC officials after Tuesday's final round draw for the 2018 World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors were handed a difficult...