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USA clinch World Cup place in Qatar

It was not quite spring break, but the United States men’s soccer team traveled to Costa Rica this week carrying all the stress and psychological burden of second-semester college seniors.

There is still hope for Peru

Italy might not be going to the World Cup, but an Italian is doing his best to help Peru make it to Qatar.

Lionel Messi and Argentina

What's more likely for Messi: a first World Cup or a fifth Champions League trophy before he hangs it up? At least for this year -- and for probably the first time ever -- you'd have to go with the former.

The finest in Africa will miss the World Cup

Africa's World Cup qualifying concluded on Tuesday evening with a pulsating series of second legs, leaving Nigeria and Egypt fans bereft of their teams' exits.

World Cup to miss some big stars

Cristiano Ronaldo is heading to Qatar, but Mohamed Salah isn't and neither is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose dream of becoming the first outfield player to bridge a 16-year gap between appearances at the World Cup fizzled out in a late, fruitless substitute rescue act for Sweden in Poland.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022: Peru will play in the Intercontinental play-off, Chile and...

The Peruvian men's national team secured fifth place in the Conmebol qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 victory over Paraguay on Wednesday at the National Stadium in the capital Lima.

Mane in, Salah out

Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shootout after dominating a thrilling, end-to-end match on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar as their two-legged CAF playoff finished 1-1 on aggregate.

Portugal are flying to Qatar

It was a nervous occasion on Tuesday but Portugal dominated and avoided any surprises from the underdogs, who did not have a shot on target.

Poland will feature in Qatar

Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski fired in second-half goals as Poland booked their place at the World Cup finals in Qatar with a 2-0 win over Sweden in an electrifying playoff tie.

Can North Macedonia stun Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo?

They sent shockwaves around the world of football last week by dumping Italy out of World Cup qualifying and now, Portugal are in North Macedonia's sights. https://twitter.com/FIFAWorldCup/status/1508775989152690177?s=20&t=iGIILnCFbo5Z8mMCN-u-2w The two sides meet at Lisbon's Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday night with the...

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers need fixing

We're almost there. So far, 20 countries have qualified for the World Cup, with 12 slots left. We've played 838 games and there are 17 left to go, including the two inter-confederation playoffs: the winner of Oceania vs. fourth place in CONCACAF, and fifth place in Asia versus fifth place in South America.

Italy only have themselves to blame

The Azzurri only have themselves to blame for failing to beat North Macedonia and being held back by an entire system in dire need of an overhaul

The Italian catastrophe

With a swipe of his right boot, Aleksandar Trajkovski sent Italy back in time: to November 2017, their lowest moment, a nightmare that a nation has spent four and a half years trying to escape. Back then, the head of the Italian Football Federation, Carlo Tavecchio, described missing out on a World Cup as an “apocalypse”. What word could describe a repeat of the end of all things?

Salah gets the better of Mane

Mohamed Salah got the better of his clubmate, Sadio Mane, as Egypt edged Senegal 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Friday to take a slender lead to Dakar for Tuesday's return.

Argentina thrash Venezuela

Argentina scored twice in three minutes late in the second half, including a curiously mis-hit effort from Lionel Messi, to help cement a 3-0 win over Venezuela in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022: Brazil thrash Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador book a place...

With one day to go before the end of the World Cup qualifiers in the CONMEBOL zone and awaiting the outcome of the match between Argentina and Venezuela this Friday, Brazil extended its sweeping pace, while two other countries...

Italy will not feature in Qatar

Italy will miss out on the World Cup for the second successive tournament after the Euro 2020 winners were stunned by a stoppage-time winner from North Macedonia in Thursday's playoff semifinal in Palermo.

Portugal stay alive

Portugal fought off a dogged Turkey side en route to a 3-1 win in their UEFA World Cup playoff semifinal to stay alive in their quest to reach the showpiece event in Qatar at the end of the year.

Are Portugal and Manchester United benefiting from Cristiano Ronaldo?

It used to be pretty simple: put Cristiano Ronaldo in the lineup, win a lot of soccer games. From 2012 through 2018, Ronaldo's teams won two LaLiga titles, four Champions League trophies, and a European Championship. That's one major trophy per year -- in the age of Lionel Messi's Barcelona, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich, Vicente Del Bosque's Spain, Jogi Low's Germany and Didier Deschamps's France.

On the high voltage FIFA World Cup Play-Offs

Can you imagine a FIFA World Cup in Qatar without Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo or Egypt's Mohamed Salah? Or a tournament in which European champions Italy or African champions Senegal fail to qualify?


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

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