World Cup Qualifying

World Cup Qualifying slideshow

Shaky starts for Greece, Russia in World Cup qualifying

Shaky starts for Greece, Russia in World Cup qualifying

Shaky starts for Greece, Russia in World Cup qualifying

Shaky starts for Greece, Russia in World Cup qualifying

Shaky starts for Greece, Russia in World Cup qualifying

The lack of NBA and Euroleague talent saw mixed results for European powers as they started their FIBA World Cup qualification phase.

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Head coach of Spain Sergio Scariolo (L) reacts during the FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Head coach of Montenegro Zvezdan Mitrovic gestures during the FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- A supporter of Montenegro flashes the Catalan flag "Estelada" during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Players of Spain pose for a team photo after wining the FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball game against Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Jaime Fernandez (C) of Spain in action against Javonte Green (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Oriol Pauli (R) of Spain in action against Nemanja Djurisic (L) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Albert Oliver (R) of Spain in action against Javonte Green (L) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Quim Colom (R) of Spain in action against Nikola Ivanovic (L) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Quim Colom (C) of Spain in action against Nikola Ivanovic (L) and Nikola Pavlicevic (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Oriol Pauli (L) of Spain in action against Javonte Green (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

Sergi Vidal (L) of Spain in action against Nemanja Radovic (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro. EFE

Sebas Saiz (L) of Spain in action against Nemanja Djurisic (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro. EFE

Fran Vasquez (C) of Spain in action against Nemanja Radovic (L) and Javonte Green (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro. EFE

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Ignacio LLovet (R) of Spain in action against Nikola Ivanovic (L) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Sergi Vidal (L) of Spain in action against Nemanja Radovic (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Fran Vasquez (C) of Spain in action against Nemanja Radovic (L) and Javonte Green (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Sebas Saiz (L) of Spain in action against Nemanja Djurisic (R) of Montenegro during FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

ADC01. Podgorica (Montenegro), 24/11/2017.- Sebas Saiz (R) of Spain in action against Blagota Sekulic (L) and Nemanja Radovic (C) of Montenegro during the FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifying basketball match between Montenegro and Spain in Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2017. (España, Baloncesto) EFE/EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

England Women 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: Chelsea's Fran Kirby nets penalty in World Cup qualifying win

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

Peru World Cup Uncertainty Has Italy Fans Praying Azzurri Might Still Have a Chance to Go to Russia

​Italy's elimination from World Cup qualifying earlier this month made headlines all over the planet as it meant the four-time former champions will not be at the tournament for the first time since 1958. Sweden earned a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win in a two-legged playoff, bringing down an early curtain to the international careers of Daniel de Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon and denying the veteran quartet a potentially magical summer farewell. But media and...

USA claim World Cup qualifying win

Jameel Warney and Reggie Hearn helped the United States to a FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying win.

USA claim World Cup qualifying win

USA claim World Cup qualifying win

USA claim World Cup qualifying win

USA claim World Cup qualifying win

World Cup draw is without 10 of top 32 in new FIFA rankings

Italian players react to their elimination at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

World Cup draw is without 10 of top 32 in new FIFA rankings

United States' Christian Pulisic, right, is comforted by a member of the team staff after the U.S. lost to Trinidad and Tobago in their World Cup qualifying match, at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Serbia v Wales - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group D

Football Soccer - Serbia v Wales - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group D - Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia - June 11, 2017 Serbia’s Branislav Ivanovic Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra

Soccer Football - Peru v New Zealand - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - Peru v New Zealand - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs- National Stadium, Lima, Peru - November 15, 2017. Peru's coach Ricardo Gareca looks on. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Buffon thanks Rakitic for World Cup offer

FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 13, 2017, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 13, 2017, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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