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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals in Russia next year

Final grid for 2018 World Cup Russia
With 32 teams having qualified, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is set.

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is over with the final 32 teams now known. The seeded draw pots can be seen in full here.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.

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Iran must allow women into stadiums - FIFA pres

FIFA has urged Iran to lift their 40-year ban on women in football stadiums.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described Iran's stadium ban for women as "unacceptable," calling on the country to lift restrictions ahead of their next home game.

Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a football stadium.

Infantino said in a statement: "Now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next...

Qatar draw showcases unafraid, risk-taking India

It is the 83rd minute of India's World Cup qualifier against reigning Asian Champions Qatar. The score is 0-0 (and stays that way). Doha is growing impatient.

Over the past year, the home fans have gotten used to seeing their side swat away opponent after opponent. Lebanon. North Korea. Saudi Arabia. Iraq. South Korea. The United Arab Emirates. Japan. Most recently, Afghanistan. High ranked or low ranked, they've all come and been dispatched with minimum fuss.

They do not like the situation developing...

Mooy and Taggart lead the way for the Socceroos

Australia commenced their World Cup qualification campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Kuwait on Tuesday.

Aaron Mooy put an emphatic punctuation mark on Mathew Leckie's first-half brace to give the Socceroos the ideal start on the road to Qatar 2022.

Positives

With the opponent and sweltering conditions in Kuwait City taken into consideration, it was an unspectacular but ultimately satisfactory performance from the Socceroos. As a starting point in this qualification phase and whatever the scenario,...

Australia down Kuwait to kick off WC qualifying

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Australia's senior stars have provided the finishing touches in a 3-0 defeat of Kuwait as the Socceroos' qualifying journey for the 2022 World Cup kicked off in style.

It was billed as a stern test for manager Graham Arnold's youthful Socceroos squad -- with 12 players who had 10 caps of less -- but stand-in captain Mathew Leckie's brace and Aaron Mooy's beautiful strike in the first half easily secured all three points at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

The hosts frantically tried to force themselves...