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# World Cup

Last year
# Road to Qatar
Australia beat UAE to claim place in World Cup playoff against Peru
Australia are trying to qualify for a fifth straight finals.
# Play-off
Bale wants World Cup for Wales as Ukrainian sympathy is set aside
Wales are one win away from reaching their first World Cup since 1958.
# the jocks
Toughest 10 days of my career – Andy Robertson rues play-off heartbreak
The Scotland captain also came up just short in the Premier League and Champions League with Liverpool.
# Despair
World Cup heartbreak for Scotland as Ukraine set up showdown with Wales
Ukraine will now face Wales on Sunday, with a spot at Qatar 2022 up for grabs.
# belief
England can win the World Cup in Qatar - Pickford
The 28-year-old heads into the upcoming international break on the back of helping to keep Everton in the Premier League.
# ambitions
Can rugby finally crack the US by bringing the World Cup there in 2031?
The Americans plan to use NFL stadiums and sell more than 3 million tickets.
# Seeking Help
Ex-USA international Hope Solo begins alcohol treatment
The 40-year-old helped her country win 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals and the 2015 Women’s World Cup title.
Rejuvenated Wolves star has sights set on World Cup with Spain
Jonny suffered two serious knee injuries in eight months and feared his career was over.
# Troubles
England World Cup winner Steve Thompson put on suicide watch
The 43-year-old was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in November 2020.
# illness
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reveals he has prostate cancer
The 70-year-old told RTL television on Sunday that the players ‘don’t know it’.
# rebuttal
Qatar 2022 chief warns Southgate to 'pick his words carefully'
The England boss had previously voiced concerns over the country’s suitability as World Cup hosts.
# State of Play
Who’s going to Qatar? Five places still up for grabs at this year’s World Cup
27 teams have now qualified for the tournament.
# Arsene knows?
Opponents bury Fifa's biennial World Cup campaign
An idea to enlarge Europe’s Nations League to take in South American countries has also been mooted.
# Qatar Bound
Fernandes stars for Portugal and Lewandowski strikes for Poland as World Cup spots booked
North Macedonia and Sweden bowed out.
# Africa
Mane scores and Salah misses in penalty shootout as Senegal beat Egypt to reach World Cup
Partey strikes as Ghana upset Nigeria to reach World Cup
# War of Words
Qatar hits back at 'ridiculous' attack by Louis van Gaal
In a rare outburst, Hassan al-Thawadi, chief executive of the World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, tore into the Dutch coach.
# Qualifiers
Salah sets up win for Egypt over Senegal, Slimani stuns Cameroon
The eagerly awaited clash was a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final last month.
# pain
'I am responsible' - Mancini takes blame for Italy's World Cup humiliation
It was a former Palermo player in Aleksandar Trajkovski who stunned the European champions.
# Roundup
Sweden go extra mile while League of Ireland referee Hennessy frustrates Scots
Robin Quaison’s goal set up a clash between the Swedes and Poland in a World Cup qualifying play-off final
# Upset
Incredible scenes as North Macedonia end European champions Italy's World Cup dream
Roberto Mancini’s side will not be going to Qatar later this year.
# Progress
Liverpool star Jota on target as Portugal advance to World Cup qualifying playoff final
Turkey missed a late penalty amid a dramatic climax.
# goals
Sexton's mission for World Cup redemption with Ireland will be riveting
The Leinster out-half will play on until the age of 38 in his bid for further glory.
# grow the game
'You've got to look at rugby and ask, 'Where do we want the sport to be in 10 years' time?''
Ex-England boss Andy Robinson is now the head coach of Romania in the Rugby Europe Championship.
# Qualifying
Ukraine ask for World Cup play-off against Scotland to be postponed
The two nations were due to meet in Glasgow on 24 March,
# Challenge
Russian Football Union to appeal against ban imposed by Fifa and Uefa
The ban means Russia will not participate in the upcoming men’s World Cup qualifying play-offs or UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 this summer.
# Qualifier
IRFU finally close to publishing controversial Ireland Women report
The report was initially set to be released in January.
# Crime and Punishment
Russia expelled from World Cup, clubs banned from international competitions
The men’s team had been due to play in qualifying play-offs in March for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
# Honour
Dublin-born Eoin Morgan ‘immensely proud’ to receive Freedom of the City of London
The England captain lifted the men’s 50-over World Cup at Lord’s in 2019.
# like a fine wine
Former Man United and Barcelona star Sanchez key as Chile revive World Cup hopes
The 33-year-old inspired his country to a 3-2 win away against Bolivia.
# Legend
World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos set to line out for Sunday League team
The raffle also saw East Sussex team Pevensey and Westham land the services of former England forward Eni Aluko for one fixture.
# World Cup
Robert Page to lead Wales play-off campaign after Ryan Giggs court case delayed
The former Manchester United star has been on leave from his role since November 2020.
All time
# like a fine wine
Ex-Japan international 'King Kazu' eager to play on at 54
Kazuyoshi Miura said he ‘still has the passion’ to continue his career
# Wave Goodbye
After 200 caps and a World Cup silver, Ireland star Daly retires
The 33-year-old has earned 200 caps since making her debut in 2010.
# Qatar 2022
Play-off draw ensures that at least one of Portugal or Italy will miss the World Cup
The European heavyweights are on the same side of the draw.
# euro news
Dutch reach World Cup, Turkey and Ukraine into play-offs
Late goals from Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay sealed a 2-0 win for the Netherlands.
# Dragon Roar
Wales earn home World Cup play-off with battling draw against Belgium
Kieffer Moore’s eighth goal for Wales secured second spot in their qualifying group.
# All Square
Italy in World Cup qualifying play-offs after draw at brilliant Northern Ireland
Conor Washington was unable to take a last-minute chance to snatch a famous victory.
# Super Scots
Scotland beat Denmark to improve hopes of qualifying for World Cup
Steve Clarke’s side will be seeded and at home for the first play-off game next March
# improvement
'New era' as Germany end on World Cup high
The team have hit form since Hansi Flick took over from Joachim Loew.
# Closing In
Di Maria goal puts Argentina on verge of World Cup qualification as Messi starts on bench
Argentina will qualify if they beat Brazil and any one of Colombia, Chile or Uruguay fail to win.