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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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.

Qualified nations: Brazil, Iran

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of...

5 Players Nigeria' Super Eagles need back against Cameroon

Vincent Enyeama
Vincent Enyeama

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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...

Ghana slip four places in latest FIFA Rankings

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Ghana celebrate

Ghana have slipped a massive four places in the latest FIFA rankings, while there were positive gains for the likes of Nigeria and FIFA Confederations Cup-bound Cameroon.

The Black Stars are down to 49th spot, ninth in CAF, while West African neighbours Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria all moved in the opposite direction. Senegal are up three places to 27th (second in Africa), followed by Cameroon (32nd) and the Super Eagles (38th). 

Another West African nation, Burkina Faso, slipped six places...

Ghana bosses plot Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah return

The Ghana Football Association are hoping they can lure Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah back to the Black Stars after his three-year absence from the team.

GFA vice-president George Afriyie says the body will use the upcoming holidays to impress upon the player the need to return, and follow that up with a trip to Italy later.

Asamoah has not played for Ghana since the 2014 World Cup defeat to Portugal. He has battled with injuries since then but has returned for Juventus, where he has been used...