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Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Nigeria have been docked two points for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria but their place at next year’s finals in Russia has not been affected, FIFA said on Tuesday. Nigeria, already qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 but FIFA awarded the match to Algeria …

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Diego Maradona unveils statue of himself in India

Diego Maradona unveiled a 12-feet statue of himself holding the 1986 World Cup trophy in Kolkata, India on Monday. “I am not god of football but a simple footballer. I’m happy to be here in Kolkata again,” the 57-year-old former Argentina international said through his interpreter, added, ”It’s amazing to …

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Messi’s statue hacked down again

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is used to being hacked down by desperate defenders but his statue in Buenos Aires has suffered even rougher treatment for the second time this year. The FC Barcelona forward’s bronze sculpture on Paseo de la Gloria was vandalised on Monday, chopped off at the ankles with …

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Putin welcomes soccer world to Kremlin for World Cup draw

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption. By staging the ceremony for the 32 World Cup finalists …

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Italy miss World Cup for first time since 1958

Sweden’s players jumped for joy at the final whistle in Milan after Jan Andersson’s side hung on for a famous 0-0 draw against four-times champions Italy on Monday that secured a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. Jakob Johansson’s deflected strike in Stockholm was the only goal …

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World Cup: Controversy as Switzerland beats Northern Ireland 1-0

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) – A penalty awarded for a disputed hand ball gave Switzerland a controversial 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Thursday. A volley by Xherdan Shakiri struck Corey Evans’ shoulder as the Northern Ireland midfielder attempted to block …

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Croatia eyes World Cup spot with 4-1 win over Greece

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Croatia took a decisive step toward World Cup qualification Thursday, overwhelming Greece for a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their playoff. Captain Luka Modric shook off concerns of poor form by opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, before leaping …

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