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A general view shows the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

A general view shows the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A general view shows the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

A general view shows the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A general view shows the entrance to the grounds of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

A general view shows the entrance to the grounds of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An general view shows a pond on the grounds of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An general view shows a pond on the grounds of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the hairdressing salon at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the hairdressing salon at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the spa area of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the spa area of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows a bathroom in a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows a bathroom in a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows a bathroom in a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows a bathroom in a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows a suite at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the elevator lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the elevator lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the restaurant of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the restaurant of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An interior view shows the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo

An interior view shows the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga hotel which was chosen to be the base for the French national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the village of Kostrovo, outside Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Brazil must take momentum into World Cup – Renato Augusto

The Beijing Guoan man also revealed he will be begin a specially-devised training schedule in order to ensure he arrives in Russia in peak condition

How to buy tickets to the 2018 World Cup in Russia

As the draw for the finals approaches, Goal has all the information you need to know on how to attend next summer's tournament

Miranda, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and... Felipe? Porto man eyes World Cup role

The 28-year-old Porto stopper is one of a handful of hopefuls targeting the last slot for a centre-back in Tite's squad at Russia 2018

Spain's Munir El Haddadi eyes Morocco spot at Russia 2018

The 22-year-old has already been capped by La Furia Roja but he has stated his desire to represent the Atlas Lions at next year’s showpiece

Spain's Munir El Haddadi eyes Morocco spot at Russia 2018

The 22-year-old has already been capped by La Furia Roja but he has stated his desire to represent the Atlas Lions at next year’s showpiece

Spain's Munir El Haddadi eyes Morocco spot at Russia 2018

The 22-year-old has already been capped by La Furia Roja but he has stated his desire to represent the Atlas Lions at next year’s showpiece

An interior view shows a room at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel which was chosen to be the base for the national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar

An interior view shows a room at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel which was chosen to be the base for the national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia December 4, 2017. Picture taken December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov

A picture shows an entrance to FC Krasnodar Academy which will be used by the national soccer team as its training camp during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar

A picture shows an entrance to FC Krasnodar Academy which will be used by the national soccer team as its training camp during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia December 5, 2017. Picture taken December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov

An interior view shows a room at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel which was chosen to be the base for the national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar

An interior view shows a room at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel which was chosen to be the base for the national soccer team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia December 4, 2017. Picture taken December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov

2018 FIFA World Cup Draw Press Conference

Soccer Football - 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw Press Conference - State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 1, 2017 Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko during the press conference REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Wenger won't sell players to increase their World Cup hopes

The Arsenal manager is only concerned with his team's fate, not providing more minutes to players hoping to be in Russia this summer

This file photo shows a Russian football supporter in a t-shirt depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Russia is gearing up to host the World Cup for the first time, in 2018

This file photo shows a Russian football supporter in a t-shirt depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Russia is gearing up to host the World Cup for the first time, in 2018 (AFP Photo/Olga MALTSEVA)

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

Joel Obi resurgence: Another false dawn?

The Torino man is undoubtedly everyone's favourite midfielder Nigeria never had. Could he hold together long enough to fulfil his promise in Russia?

5 Uncapped England Players Looking For A World Cup Place

Having drawn Belgium, Panama & Tunisia in next years World Cup the attention now turns to who will be joining Gareth Southgate on the flight to Russia. Here are 5 uncapped players you may want to keep an eye on....

5 Uncapped England Players Looking For A World Cup Place

Having drawn Belgium, Panama & Tunisia in next years World Cup the attention now turns to who will be joining Gareth Southgate on the flight to Russia. Here are 5 uncapped players you may want to keep an eye on....

5 Uncapped England Players Looking For A World Cup Place

Having drawn Belgium, Panama & Tunisia in next years World Cup the attention now turns to who will be joining Gareth Southgate on the flight to Russia. Here are 5 uncapped players you may want to keep an eye on....

5 Uncapped England Players Looking For A World Cup Place

Having drawn Belgium, Panama & Tunisia in next years World Cup the attention now turns to who will be joining Gareth Southgate on the flight to Russia. Here are 5 uncapped players you may want to keep an eye on....

Olympic ban for Russia's World Cup organizing chief

FILE - In this pool photo taken on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, center, as Vitaly Mutko, deputy premiership in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies, right, walks out during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 IOC imposed a lifetime Olympic ban on Mutko. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russia 2018 World Cup chair Mutko gets lifetime Olympics ban

As well as banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics, the IOC has sanctioned the country's Football Union president Vitaly Mutko

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