Qatar has been hit with fresh allegations of corruption over its controversial 2022 World Cup bid, as a new book claims its state TV company agreed a secret $100 million deal with FIFA if they won the vote.
La Liga president Javier Tebas reassured fans that Spain is in not in danger of missing out on the World Cup despite suspended Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar claiming otherwise.
The seedings did their job. Amid the slew of negativity surrounding Russia 2018 – from struggles to find sponsors to a Russian FA president having to spend the day before the draw denying allegations of systematic doping – this was perhaps the biggest takeaway: We will see a World Cup like no other with balanced groups and, more than ever before, clear favorites to advance.
Following the approval of the draw procedures for the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in September 2017, the confirmation of the pots, and the announcement of the conductors and assistants, the scene is set for all 32 participating member associations to learn their paths to possible glory on December 1 in Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.
Australia will be Asia’s representative in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Inter-Continental Playoff after Tim Cahill scored an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory over Syria at Stadium Australia on Tuesday that saw the Socceroos through with 3-2 on aggregate.
Argentine coaches working in South America have done their national team a few bad turns over the past two years and Jorge Celico could deny the twice champion and 2014 runner-up a place at the World Cup in Russia next year.