World Cup Qualifying

World Cup Qualifying slideshow

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)

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio looks on during a press conference after he resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, on November 20, 2017

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio looks on during a press conference after he resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, on November 20, 2017

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio looks on during a press conference after he resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, on November 20, 2017

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio looks on during a press conference after he resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, on November 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)

Middlesbrough condemn racist attacks on Cyrus Christie as police in Ireland launch investigation

Middlesbrough have condemned the racist attacks launched on defender Cyrus Christie in the aftermath of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark, as police in Ireland launch an investigation. Christie decided to speak publicly about the vile abuse he received on social media this week and has been backed by his club in his desire to highlight the issue, particularly as it was not the first time he has been racially abused. Police in Ireland have been given the details of those who abused the full-back on Twitter and Boro believe the 25-year-old should be praised for having the courage to speak about the attacks, FA Ireland and the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) issued a joint statement, condemning the abuse and referencing a tweet which they claim “urged him to go to Jamaica and boasted about wanting to lynch him”. “I’d like to say I am extremely proud to represent my country, the Republic of Ireland, and I give everything I can each time I put on the green shirt,” Christie said in his statement. “I genuinely believe our fans are some of the best in the world. “However, there have been a number of racist comments which have been brought to my attention during the World Cup qualifying campaign over the last couple of months and, most recently, last week. Football's British and Irish Lions “These comments are not representative of our fans or our sport. We were all deeply upset to not reach the World Cup finals and are hurting just as much as everyone else. It is deeply saddening that racism is still part of the game we all enjoy and love. I strongly believe we need to stand up against these individuals who do not belong in football or any other sport.” That was followed by a statement from Middlesbrough on Tuesday, something manager Garry Monk urged them to do, which praised Christie for standing up to his abusers. “Middlesbrough Football Club condemns the disgusting abuse aimed at Cyrus Christie following the Republic of Ireland’s defeat to Denmark in Dublin last week,” the statement said. “Our player has been subjected to racial abuse and threats via social media, the type of which there is no place for in today’s society. “MFC takes a strong stance against this type of behaviour and believes Cyrus deserves great credit for speaking out. “We hope that the authorities involved in the investigation will find the culprits, bring them to justice, and send out a clear message that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. As a club, we are offering Cyrus our full support.”

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years

Italy's World Cup fallout deepens as Tavecchio resigns

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is comforted by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, right, 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. Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades. A football federation statement says Ventura is "no longer coach of the national team." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio resigned as Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is comforted by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, right, 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. Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades. A football federation statement says Ventura is "no longer coach of the national team." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is comforted by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, right, 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. Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades. A football federation statement says Ventura is "no longer coach of the national team." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Elias Syrja of Finland performs during the men's snowboard freestyle World Cup qualifying session in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

FIFA leaves playoff controversy referee off World Cup list

Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan speaks to Switzerland's Granit Xhaka during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg soccer match between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday Nov. 9, 2017. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan speaks to Switzerland's Granit Xhaka during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg soccer match between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday Nov. 9, 2017. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 A banner in the colors of the Peruvian flag and a sign reading "I love you Peru" hangs outside a house after Peru qualified for the World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 A banner in the colors of the Peruvian flag and a sign reading "I love you Peru" hangs outside a house after Peru qualified for the World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 Peru's soccer coach Ricardo Gareca, Peruvian Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and the soccer team meet after Peru qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 Peruvian Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and Defense Minister Jorge Nieto meet with the soccer players after they qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 People observe the arrival of Peru's soccer team to meet Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after they qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 People observe the arrival of Peru's soccer team to meet Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after Peru qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 People observe the arrival of Peru's soccer team to meet Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after they qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 Peru's soccer coach Ricardo Gareca and the players leave the Government Palace after a meeting with Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Lima, Peru - November 17, 2017 Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski meets with Peru's soccer team after they qualified for the 2018 World Cup. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

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