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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...

New AFA chief plans Lionel Messi talks and promises swift coach appointment

Max Bretos joins SVP to share his thoughts on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentina forward has gotten too comfortable and feels that the international game simply isn't for him.

The Argentine FA (AFA)'s acting head Armando Perez plans to ask Lionel Messi to reconsider his international retirement and said a new national coach will be appointed soon.

Messi, 29, announced he would not play for his country again after he missed a penalty during a shootout defeat to Chile in last month's Copa America Centenario defeat, in what was a third consecutive loss in a major international final.

The situation was complicated by chaos at the AFA, amid ongoing investigations into financial...

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Argentina coach Tata Martino quits post over federation chaos

The ESPN FC panel breakdown Gerardo Martino's resignation from the Argentina national team and where the blame truly lies.
Max Bretos joins SVP to share his thoughts on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentina forward has gotten too comfortable and feels that the international game simply isn't for him.
With Argentina's Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international game, we all can't quite help but ask, what if?
Argentina World Cup winner Mario Kempes joins SportsCenter to discuss Lionel Messi's decision to retire from international football.
Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.
ESPN's Kevin Negandhi reports on the news of Lionel Messi's announcement of his retirement from international football.

Gerardo "Tata" Martino resigned as head coach of Argentina on Tuesday, less than two weeks after their Copa America final defeat on penalties to Chile and days before the nation's Olympic team was to begin training.

Martino took over the Albiceleste in 2014 after their loss to Germany at the World Cup and finished with a record of 19 wins, three losses and seven draws. Under his direction, the team lost to Chile at two straight Copa America competitions, both times in a shootout.

He previously...

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Sergio Aguero's dad: 'Kun' may follow Leo Messi out of Argentina team

Max Bretos joins SVP to share his thoughts on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentina forward has gotten too comfortable and feels that the international game simply isn't for him.
With Argentina's Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international game, we all can't quite help but ask, what if?
Argentina World Cup winner Mario Kempes joins SportsCenter to discuss Lionel Messi's decision to retire from international football.
Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.

The father of Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio "Kun" Aguero has said that his son will leave the Albiceleste if Lionel Messi insists upon his decision to also call it quits internationally.

Messi publicly announced his decision to retire from international duty after missing the first penalty in Argentina's Copa America final shootout defeat to Chile.

On Monday, Argentina coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino also surprisingly announced his resignation from the team amid reports that the federation...

Luis Suarez expects Lionel Messi to change mind on Argentina retirement

With Argentina's Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international game, we all can't quite help but ask, what if?

Luis Suarez is confident his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi will reconsider his early retirement from Argentina duty.

Messi, 29, unexpectedly announced that he was planning to end his international career after the Copa America Centenario defeat to Chile, which represented a third consecutive loss in three years in a major final for Argentina. 

Uruguay star Suarez, though, said he was hopeful that Messi, who had served as Argentina's captain, would reconsider.

"Knowing Leo, for sure he will...