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  • Oceania winners to face South American side in playoff

    Oceania winners to face South American side in playoff

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - The winners of the Oceania World Cup qualifying group will have to play the fifth-placed South American side to reach the finals in Russia following the draw for the intercontinental playoffs made on Saturday. Uruguay have finished fifth in the last four South American World Cup qualifying competitions and taken part in an intercontinental playoff each time. More »

    Sat, Jul 25, 2015 17:58 BST
  • Cameroon face tricky start in World Cup qualifiers

    Cameroon face tricky start in World Cup qualifiers

    Cameroon will have to negotiate a tricky two-leg knockout tie against Somalia or Niger at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign following the African zone draw made in St Petersburg on Saturday. Somalia and Niger will meet in the first round and the winners play the Indomitable Lions over two legs in the second. South Sudan, who joined FIFA in 2012, will face Mauritania in their first-ever World Cup qualifier, with the opening leg at home. More »

    Sat, Jul 25, 2015 17:20 BST
  • FIFA passes resolution offering full support for holding 2018 World Cup in Russia

    FIFA passes resolution offering full support for holding 2018 World Cup in Russia

    (Reuters) - FIFA has passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I would like to inform you that the executive committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA assures the Russian Federation of its full support in carrying out the World Cup in Russia in 2018," Blatter said at the meeting in St Petersburg before the preliminary draw. More »

    Sat, Jul 25, 2015 16:27 BST
  • Blatter is a victim and a brave person - Russian chief

    Blatter is a victim and a brave person - Russian chief

    FIFA's embattled president Sepp Blatter is "a victim" and "a very brave person", the chief executive of the 2018 Russian World Cup organising committee said on Friday. Blatter is in St Petersburg for Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, his first foreign trip since football's ruling body became the subject of criminal investigations into allegations of systemic corruption. "He has always been a friend of our country," Alexei Sorokin told the BBC. More »

    Fri, Jul 24, 2015 21:51 BST
  • FIFA secretary general Valcke all but says he's leaving

    FIFA secretary general Valcke all but says he's leaving

    By Mike Collett ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Jerome Valcke, FIFA's often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed on Friday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer's governing body next February. Valcke, a 54-year-old Frenchman, has been in the job since 2007. "If I was the next president of FIFA then I would have a new secretary general, so yes, whoever becomes the next FIFA president should have a new secretary general," he told a news conference in Russia before Saturday's preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup. More »

    Fri, Jul 24, 2015 13:46 BST