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  • Titans meet in Yokohama
    Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph captures Ronaldo offering a helping hand to goalkeeper Oliver Kahn during the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.
  • FIFA World Cup Mascot to be unveiled live on Friday
    The Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will finally be revealed this Friday. Russian football fans have been able to vote on for which character they would like to see as the face of Russia 2018: a cat, tiger or wolf.
  • Tite: Gabriel Jesus is a horse
    Brazil coach Tite has hailed Gabriel Jesus and believes working under Pep Guardiola will be ideal for the 19-year-old’s development.
  • TV personalities become Russia 2018 Ambassadors
    Yana Churikova, Nikolai Drozdov and Sergey Belogolovtsev, major Russian TV personalities, have joined the team of Ambassadors for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after receiving their certificates from Alexey Sorokin, Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee CEO.
  • FIFA opens tender process in Finland for the media rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™

    FIFA has opened an invitation to tender (“ITT”) in Finland for the media rights to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. 

  • Butman: We'll summon up our strength and be wonderful hosts

    After being announced as a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Host City amabassador for Saransk, saxophonist Igor Butman speaks with about the relationship between jazz and football in an exclusive interview.

  • Martinez: In football, you have to be able to adapt

    In an exclusive interview with, Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez talks about his new challenge with Les Diables Rouges, including insight about his assistant coach Thierry Henry.

  • Nizhny Novgorod gearing up for World Cup

    Each month rounds up some of the most intriguing stories from around the Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. This month we visit Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Ekaterinburg and Samara.

  • Starlets, an Octopus and a King
    Historic achievements by two 20-year-olds decorate’s latest stats review, along with a supersonic goal and droughts ending for a player in Amsterdam and a country in Cordoba.
  • Brilliant Banks denies Pele header

    Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph captures Gordon Banks' wonder save to deny Brazil's Pele at Mexico 1970.

  • Mordovian cuisine: What to eat in Saransk continues its series recommending the must-try culinary delicacies in every Host City of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Today we are in Saransk, where you will encounter traditional Mordovian cuisine.
  • Future residents inspired by Samara Arena
    Players and coaches from Samara-based club Krylia Sovetov have visited the construction site of the stadium that will host matches at Russia 2018.
  • Volunteer hopefuls give unique insight
    While most international fans are well aware of what Moscow, Saint Petersburg or Sochi have to offer, potential volunteers from all over Russia and other countries explain what attracts them in less internationally known cities like Kaliningrad, Samara or Volgograd.
  • Legendary Russian footballer turns 90

    Nikita Simonyan, USSR's first captain and scorer at a FIFA World Cup, becomes the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Ambassador on his 90th birthday.

  • Brazil hit the front, Argentina slip up again
    Brazil made it four in a row, Uruguay picked up a valuable point in Colombia, while Paraguay shocked Argentina in their own back yard, with the Albiceleste now three games without a win.
  • England held, Germany push on
    Matchday Three of the European qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ drew to a close on Tuesday.
  • Strugglers bounce back as Iran, Saudi Arabia go clear takes a look back at matchday four across Asia's third round of FIFA World Cup qualifying on the road to Russia 2018, with Iran seeing off Korea Republic after Japan and Australia shared the spoils in Melbourne.

  • Jedinak: Japan sucked us into a trap
    Mile Jedinak and Ange Postecoglou have rued Australia’s first-half performance against Japan in their top-of-the-table showdown in Russia 2018 qualifying.
  • Wright: Rashford and Alli can fill Rooney’s almighty boots
    Ian Wright has hailed England youngsters Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford and backed the pair to fill the void Wayne Rooney will leave in the team.
  • Andre Silva: I’m lost for words
    Andre Silva has expressed his delight at scoring a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, while Fernando Santos has praised the teamwork of his Portugal team.
  • Coutinho adding sparkle to Seleção
    Brazilians love their playmakers. They haven’t had one to idolise for years. Philippe Coutinho’s recent performances suggest he’s ready to fill the void.
  • Benteke speeds into the record books
    Belgium’s Christian Benteke scored the quickest goal in FIFA World Cup history on Monday evening, finding the net against Gibraltar after only 8.1 seconds, eclipsing the previous fastest by a fraction of a second. 
  • A historic goal on a day of battles rounds up Monday's results in European zone 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying.
  • Belotti: We showed the great courage of Italy

    Andrea Belotti and Gigi Buffon have hailed Italy’s heart following their dramatic 3-2 victory in FYR Macedonia.

  • Titans re-unite as Asian derbies loom large previews Tuesday's round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia, headlined by two major derbies.
  • Chinese wind-chaser reflects on World Cup debut
    Ahead of China PR's crucial Russia 2018 qualifier in Uzbekistan, caught up with former national team forward Qu Bo to talk about the country's development and to look back on his fond memories from Korea/Japan 2002.
  • Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start looks back at an action-packed first match day in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
  • Headers and volleys on entertaining night
    Two thrillers and several spectacular strikes decorated a night on which Iceland, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Serbia pocketed great results. recaps the entertainment.
  • Hakeem: Syria will not give up
    Having taken up the challenging task of coaching Syria ahead of their latest round of qualifying, Ayman Hakeem suffered something of a stuttering start, but progress has been consistent as they head into a clash with Qatar.
  • Silva, earning his bread with the ball

    Coming from a family of bakers, Uruguay defender Gaston Silva knows first hand that you knead to put the work in to rise and get your dough in the football world. He reflects on his past and on new beginnings on Spain with

  • Debuts, droughts and French Gs
    Reliance on a flea, an unstoppable matador and white wolves finally falling prey feature in’s latest stats review, along with an American keeper and surprising droughts for Paraguay and Spain.
  • Mabkhout: Strikers need to be patient
    A world-record holding striker, United Arab Emirates' Ali Mabkhout has his heart set on seeing the Emerati shirt represented at a FIFA World Cup for the first time in his life, and is hoping Russia 2018 is the one.
  • Ukraine's Fedetskyi full of confidence

    Ukraine defender Artem Fedetsky talks about his ambitions of reclaiming a starting spot in the national side, the agony of missing out on a place at Brazil 2014 at the final hurdle and the tightly-contested FIFA World Cup qualifying group which is UEFA's Group I.

  • Griezmann: Gameiro and I enjoy having a laugh
    Antoine Griezmann and Didier Deschamps have saluted Kevin Gameiro following his double in France’s 4-1 defeat of Bulgaria.
  • South America takes brief stock of breathless campaign

    The South American qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has reached the halfway stage, with events merely underlining so far what the experts say about the CONMEBOL zone: that it is the toughest in the world.

  • Ron riot, Bleu relief & Swiss thrills

    The big guns bagged big wins – some swimmingly, some sweatingly. Some big-name players also delivered on an entertaining evening of UEFA Zone Russia 2018 qualifiers, while some lesser names made big impressions.

  • Kabananga: Beating Libya would be a perfect start

    With the final round of the African Russia 2018 preliminaries getting underway and Congo DR lining up in Group A, spoke to front man Junior Kabananga about their chances of fulfilling the dreams of a nation.

  • Tabarez: Uruguay are not a super team
    Oscar Tabarez has quelled expectations after another victory kept Uruguay top of the South American standings and discussed their forthcoming game in Colombia.
  • Top five break clear
    Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia all won on Matchday 9 of the South American preliminaries for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and ended the first half of the competition in the four automatic qualification places.
  • Grujic: Serbia's U-20 heroes still need help
    Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, a hero of Serbia's surprise FIFA U-20 World Cup win last year, speaks to about that magical month in New Zealand and the challenge faced by those title-winning players in helping the country's embattled senior team. 
  • Syria reignite hopes as trio clinch hard-fought wins

    Asia's titanic trio - Iran, Japan and Korea Republic - all prevailed with hard-fought victories in AFC third round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, while brave Syria salvaged a lifeline after overcoming hosts China PR 1-0.

  • Heavyweights share spoils, Iceland stage heroic comeback reviews the action from Thursday’s UEFA qualifiers, including a high-intensity stalemate between Spain and Italy.
  • Fofana: Guinea's time has come caught up with Guinea's Boubacar Fofana to talk about Syli Nationale's chances of reaching their first ever FIFA World Cup, ahead of the beginning of the final round of African qualifying.
  • Neeskens just about holds his nerve
    Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph captures Johan Neeskens scoring the fastest goal in a World Cup Final, from the penalty spot in 1974.
  • Andonian: Armenia was the obvious choice
    Armenia and Marseille defender Gael Andonian catches up with about his latest journey with the national team in Russia 2018 qualifying and the surprising reception he received upon arrival in Yerevan.
  • Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection
    Specialists from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA joined experts from the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) for a inspection of pitches which will host matches and training sessions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
  • Leckie’s broad shoulders ready to bear extra load speaks with Australia's Mathew Leckie about his increasing influence at international level and the Socceroos hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.
  • Sissoko: It’s been a tough summer for me
    Currently preparing to face Bulgaria and the Netherlands in the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Moussa Sissoko spoke to about his eventful summer.  
  • Dussuyer: First and foremost, we need to qualify had a chat with Michel Dussuyer, the new man at the helm of the Côte d’Ivoire national side, during which he shared his thoughts on the ongoing African qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.
  • Joachim and Luxembourg raising their sights
    Luxembourg captain Aurelien Joachim speaks with about the improvements his side have made in recent years and his long journey playing for several clubs across Europe, ahead of his nation's Russia 2018 qualifier with Sweden.
  • Several football associations sanctioned after discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans
    FIFA can today confirm sanctions imposed on several football associations for the discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans during recent 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches.