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Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in Egypt

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates defeating Congo during the 2018 World Cup group E qualifying soccer match in Alexandria, Egypt. A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Aboutrika to come out of retirement - and exile - to join Egypts World Cup squad in Russia has stirred a storm in a country where politics and football often mix. The hugely popular Aboutrika already said no to a comeback, but pro-government media, seething over the show of love for the retired player, continues to vilify him over alleged ties to an outlawed Islamist group. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in Egypt

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, Al-Ahly SC's Mohamed Aboutrika celebrates after scoring a goal against Sanfrecce Hiroshima during their quarterfinal at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Toyota, Japan. A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Aboutrika to come out of retirement - and exile - to join Egypts World Cup squad in Russia has stirred a storm in a country where politics and football often mix. The hugely popular Aboutrika already said no to a comeback, but pro-government media, seething over the show of love for the retired player, continues to vilify him over alleged ties to an outlawed Islamist group. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in Egypt

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2008, file photo, Egypt's Mohamed Aboutreika celebrates after scoring against Cameroon during their Africa Cup of Nations championship soccer match at Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana. A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Aboutrika to come out of retirement - and exile - to join Egypts World Cup squad in Russia has stirred a storm in a country where politics and football often mix. The hugely popular Aboutrika already said no to a comeback, but pro-government media, seething over the show of love for the retired player, continues to vilify him over alleged ties to an outlawed Islamist group. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Soccer Football - Sevilla training - UEFA Champions League

Soccer Football - Sevilla training - UEFA Champions League - Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia - October 16, 2017. Sevilla's players train ahead of the match against Spartak Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League - Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia - October 16, 2017. Sevilla's Nolito attends a news conference ahead of the match against Spartak Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League - Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia - October 16, 2017. Sevilla's Nolito attends a news conference ahead of the match against Spartak Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League

Soccer Football - Sevilla news conference - UEFA Champions League - Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia - October 16, 2017. Sevilla's coach Eduardo Berizzo attends a news conference ahead of the match against Spartak Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Teams, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Croatia and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

The Covert Agent: FFA fight to keep Ante Milicic from Western Sydney Wanderers

EXCLUSIVE: Goal's resident spy reveals the governing body doesn’t want to lose another vital part of the national team set-up ahead of Russia

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Only Sacachispas' goalkeeper showed his face in a team photo that served to thank Leo for getting the Albiceleste into the Russia finals

Italian luxury villa seized in FIFA, World Cup bribery case

A view of a villa in Porto Cervo on the Italian Sardinia island seized by the Italian Police. The villa, valued at seven million euros ($8.3 million) , was allegedly how a Qatari television executive bribed a top FIFA official. Italian police said Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 they seized the luxury property in Sardinia they claim Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, made available to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of FIFA and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar. (Guardia di Finanza via AP)

Italian luxury villa seized in FIFA, World Cup bribery case

This frame taken from a video shows a villa in Porto Cervo on the Italian Sardinia island seized by the Italian Police. The villa, valued at seven million euros ($8.3 million) , was allegedly how a Qatari television executive bribed a top FIFA official. Italian police said Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 they seized the luxury property in Sardinia they claim Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, made available to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of FIFA and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar. (Guardia di Finanza via AP)

Bruce Arena, pictured here, resigned as United States men's national team head coach after the Americans failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia

Bruce Arena, pictured here, resigned as United States men's national team head coach after the Americans failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia (AFP Photo/Mike Lawrie)

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke attends a news conference in Samara

Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks as he attends a news conference during his visit to the southern city of Samara, one of the 2018 World Cup host cities, Russia, file. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Roman Torres among MLS players booking World Cup spots

Panama's coach Hernan Dario Gomez, from Colombia, celebrates with his player Roman Torres who scored his team's second goal, after a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Roman Torres among MLS players booking World Cup spots

Panama's Roman Torres celebrates his goal against Costa Rica and his team's 2-1 victory at a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Mohamed Salah is the ‘King of Egypt!’ - Liverpool’s Can

The Germany international has hailed the role played by the 25-year-old as helped the Pharaohs seal qualification for next year's showpiece in Russia

USA legend Lalas rues World Cup elimination: 'We have nobody to blame but ourselves'

The former U.S. national team defender has called the Americans' failure to qualify for Russia 2018 an "incredible failure"

FIFA Secretary General Valcke presents the World Cup Trophy during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg

FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke presents the World Cup Trophy during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

FIFA secretary general Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara

FILE PHOTO: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara, one of the 2018 World Cup host cities, Russia, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File Photo

FIFA secretary general Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara

FILE PHOTO: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara, one of the 2018 World Cup host cities, Russia, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File Photo

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

Goal Users back Brazil & Germany for World Cup - What YOU think ahead of Russia 2018

Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans - 60 users from 6 key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018

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