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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# FIFA World Cup

All time
# United 2026
USA, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup
The vote was made this morning.
# Young Guns
The next big thing: 6 young players to watch out for at the 2018 World Cup
All of these young stars can potentially make a name for themselves on the world stage in Russia this summer.
# snap unhappy
Merkel comes to Germany duo's defence as photo row overshadows World Cup preparation
Philipp Lahm has also spoken out in defence of Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil.
# hitting form
Lukaku stars with two goals and an assist as Belgium cruise to pre-World Cup friendly win
Belgium fought back from a goal down in Brussels as Romelu Lukaku inspired a resounding victory over Costa Rica.
# decisions decisions
Tomorrow Fifa will choose between North America and Morocco to host 2026 World Cup
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, 207 Fifa member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body.
# Qatar 2022
Talks for 48-team World Cup put on hold - Infantino
Plans for the 2022 Qatar tournament to feature 48 teams have been shelved according to the Fifa president.
# Octagon control
Neymar accuses opponents of 'UFC' tactics after surviving first start since February
The PSG star netted a stunning goal against Austria in Brazil’s final pre-World Cup friendly.
# Russia 2018
Ex-Arsenal skipper Adams believes Spurs contingent could cost England
“I’m really worried about these Tottenham players, I don’t think they know how to win.”
# looking good
Neymar, Coutinho and Jesus secure win as World Cup favourites Brazil head for Russia
The Selecao put three unanswered goals past Austria at the Ernst-Happel-Stadium this evening.
# Suir thing
The inadvertent World Cup hero who went from Matt Busby's Manchester United to Waterford
Ed McIlvenny turned up in the League of Ireland after a remarkable and inexplicable few years.
# Advice
Guardiola available to call or text '24 hours a day' during World Cup for Stones
The Manchester City defender will be given the chance to seek advice from his club boss in Russia.
# The Egyptian King
Salah laughs off Ramos injection claims: Maybe he can tell me if I'll make the World Cup!
The Liverpool star reflected on his emotional injury sustained in last month’s meeting with Real Madrid following a clash with the Spanish defender.
# Blame Game
Zlatan Ibrahimovic slams Swedish media over World Cup snub
Sweden coach Janne Andersson previously shut the door on the star player making a return to the squad.
# Fingers crossed
'The golden generation in England won nothing. I think all of Belgium just wants to win something'
Chelsea star Eden Hazard thinks England’s underachievement serves as a warning to Belgium.
# promise
PSG youngster eclipses Ronaldo on star's 150th outing
Goncalo Guedes was the star of the show as Portugal eased past Algeria.
# Ola
Quiz: How well do you remember the 2014 World Cup?
When Samba football got beat.
# getting better
Hazard hones World Cup form as Belgium outclass Egypt
Roberto Martinez’s side’s array of star names turned in a dazzling first-half display in Brussels.
# Dark Horses
5 World Cup teams that may surprise a few in Russia
Long shots but packed with talent.
# The World is Your Oyster
'Andres is an idol for everyone... He can do anything he wants' - Alonso backs star's Japan move
Spain and Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta is preparing for a new challenge in Japan after the World Cup.
# La Roja
Quiz: How well do you remember the 2010 World Cup?
# all the way
Leicester can be England's inspiration for World Cup glory - Henderson
‘No disrespect but look at when Leicester won the Premier League. Not a lot of people would have said they could have done that’
# Three Lions
'It is very emotional for them': England stars struggle tactically, says World Cup-winning boss
Former Spain manager Vicente del Bosque believes England’s players might let their heart rule their head.
# Shock
Sane exclusion puts Low 'under massive pressure' – German legend Ballack
Joachim Low’s decision to leave Leroy Sane out of his Germany squad surprised Michael Ballack.
# Transfer News
Brazil midfielder quiet amid reports of €50 million Man United move
Fred is giving no clues to his future ahead of a rumoured switch to Old Trafford.
# wir fahren nach berlin
Quiz: How well do you remember the 2006 World Cup?
*Hums Seven Nation Army*
# rare occurrence
De Gea makes rare goalkeeping error as Spain are held in pre-World Cup friendly
Spain’s two-year unbeaten run under coach Julen Lopetegui continued with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Villarreal on Sunday.
# Lord
Injury denies Bendtner a place in Denmark's World Cup squad
Head coach Age Hareide has named his squad after Denmark booked their place in Russia at the expense of Ireland.
# Ones to watch
Salah and Neymar will shine in Russia — Coutinho
Mohamed Salah and Neymar could elevate themselves to the top of the game during the World Cup, according to Philippe Coutinho.
# Injury Scare
Worry for Belgium as Vincent Kompany limps off in dull pre-World Cup friendly
An injury scare for Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday’s goalless draw with Portugal.
# Guess who's back
Neuer makes long-awaited comeback in surprise Germany defeat to Austria
A returning Manuel Neuer was unable to prevent Germany falling to an unlikely defeat to Austria at a sodden Worthersee Stadion.
# Review
Impressive England go 9 games unbeaten with World Cup warm-up win
Goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane saw the Three Lions earn a victory over Nigeria.
# Long Live the King
'Every medical report says he will make it' - manager confident Egypt will have Salah at World Cup
The Liverpool forward is nursing his way back from an untimely shoulder injury, but he is expected to play some part in Russia this summer.
# World Cup warm-up
Deschamps defends Pogba as fans whistle star during impressive win over Italy
The Manchester United man was out-shone by Les Bleus’ brilliant front three of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele.
# Tension
'I've discovered your true face' - Benzema hits back over World Cup omission
Noel Le Graet’s support for head coach Didier Deschamps’ decision to leave the Real Madrid man out has angered the forward.
# All Square
Northern Ireland held by England's World Cup opponents
Michael O’Neill handed three debuts out during last night’s draw with Panama.
# all too easy
Messi warms up for Argentina's World Cup challenge with hat-trick at La Bombonera
Jorge Sampaoli’s side hammered Caribbean minnows Haiti in Buenos Aires, with their talisman scoring three.
# sympathies
'What he went through was brutal... We'll have to see how he handles the situation'
Loris Karius received a message of support from Germany’s coaching staff following his nightmare Champions League final.
# Argument
'He's made a huge mistake!' - Deschamps criticises PSG star for France snub
Adrien Rabiot has refused to take his place among France’s standbys for the World Cup and could yet be left out of further squads
# omission
Nainggolan left out of Belgium's provisional World Cup squad, Januzaj called up
Roberto Martinez has named his 28-man provisional panel, with the Roma midfielder a notable absentee.
# Ready To Rumble
'I've trained 13 years for these moments' - Alexander-Arnold not overwhelmed facing Ronaldo
Liverpool’s young defender said he is not intimidated playing against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final on Saturday.