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Messi banned for four international matches

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from the Albiceleste’s next four competitive internationals for swearing at a match official in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile The decision means the 29-y

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from the Albiceleste’s next four competitive internationals for swearing at a match official in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile The decision means the 29-y

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Holland sack coach Danny Blind

The Netherlands have sacked their coach Danny Blind less than 24 hours after the team slumped to a 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifiers.

The Netherlands have sacked their coach Danny Blind less than 24 hours after the team slumped to a 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifiers.

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Russian lawmaker proposes to legalise football hooliganism

A leading politician in Russia's legislative assembly has proposed turning behaviour which has plagued football in Europe into a sport of its own

A leading politician in Russia's legislative assembly has proposed turning behaviour which has plagued football in Europe into a sport of its own

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Former FIFA official Valcke to appeal ban from football

The Former secretary general of football’s world governing body Fifa is to appeal his ten-year ban from all football-related activities.

The Former secretary general of football’s world governing body Fifa is to appeal his ten-year ban from all football-related activities.

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How will the new World Cup work?

Fifa delegates have given the go-ahead to allow 48 teams to play in the World Cup.

Fifa delegates have given the go-ahead to allow 48 teams to play in the World Cup.

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FIFA votes to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, brushing aside concerns that enlargement could lower standards.

FIFA has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, brushing aside concerns that enlargement could lower standards.

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Southgate appointed England manager on permanent basis

Gareth Southgate has been handed the England manager’s role on a permanent basis and will lead the Three Lions through qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and the European Championship two years…

Gareth Southgate has been handed the England manager’s role on a permanent basis and will lead the Three Lions through qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and the European Championship two years…

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Klinsmann sacked as US coach

Juergen Klinsmann has been sacked as coach of the US national football team.

Juergen Klinsmann has been sacked as coach of the US national football team.

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2018 World Cup qualifying: Belgium top Group H as Netherlands and Portugal also win

Manchester United’s Memphis Depay came off the bench to score twice and help the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 3-1 and move second in Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifying…

Manchester United’s Memphis Depay came off the bench to score twice and help the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 3-1 and move second in Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifying…

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Unbeaten Republic of Ireland inch closer to 2018 World Cup with win over Austria

The Republic of Ireland boosted their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they beat Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of qualifying Group…

The Republic of Ireland boosted their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they beat Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of qualifying Group…

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Road to Russia 2018 rolls on

This edition of "The Corner" looks at England's new manager and the national side's World Cup 2018 qualification campaign so far

This edition of "The Corner" looks at England's new manager and the national side's World Cup 2018 qualification campaign so far

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European Champions Portugal and France enjoy resounding victories in World Cup qualifiers

Kevin Gameiro scored a brace of goals while Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann hit one apiece as France beat Bulgaria 4-1 in their second Group A World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France on…

Kevin Gameiro scored a brace of goals while Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann hit one apiece as France beat Bulgaria 4-1 in their second Group A World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France on…

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Italy and Spain share the spoils in World Cup qualifier

Italy and Spain shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in their Group G World Cup qualifier at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Thursday.

Italy and Spain shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in their Group G World Cup qualifier at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Thursday.

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FIFA happy with Luzhniki refurbishment ahead of 2018 World Cup

A FIFA delegation is in Moscow to inspect the refurbishment work being carried out on the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

A FIFA delegation is in Moscow to inspect the refurbishment work being carried out on the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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Magnificent minnows in a night of World Cup action

In the World Cup qualifiers in Group A France were in Belarus and with all the talent on show failed to breakdown a stubborn home side. The Euro 2016 hosts and runners-up go home unhappy.

In the World Cup qualifiers in Group A France were in Belarus and with all the talent on show failed to breakdown a stubborn home side. The Euro 2016 hosts and runners-up go home unhappy.