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RUSSIA WORLD CUP COSTS INCREASE CONSIDERABLY

World Cup 2018 hosts Russia are spending more than initial estimates in a bid to put all in place when they host the rest of the world for the prestigious tournament.


They increased their spending by £260 million, according to Russian news agency TASS.
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WALES FA BOSS SHOCKED OVER WCQ TICKETS

The chairman of Wales football fan group is quite shocked to hear that they will receive about 3,300 tickets for the World Cup qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March 24.


Vince Alm expected an allocation of 10% of the Aviva Stadium’s 51,700 capacity, but the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is offering just 6.5%. Wales’ home venue, Cardiff City Stadium, has a capacity of 33,280 and Republic of Ireland fans have been given 10% of the tickets for their visit.
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Russia can host World Cup

Former Brazil and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista said that Russia has the potential to host a fantastic World Cup.


He was speaking after the Confederations Cup draw that was held in Russia. He said that the Confederation Cup would be a great rehearsal for the World Cup and this can give you an idea of the talent and skills of Russians when it comes to organizing a big tournament.
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Canada has once again failed to qualify for a World Cup

Throughout the entire history of the Canadian national football team, they have consistently struggled to qualify for the World Cup.


As each year passes by, Canada just can’t seem to snatch a qualification spot that would allow them to compete in the worldwide competition.
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NEW COACH OF SUPER EAGLES PROMISE 2018 WORLD CUP

The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr says he would take the three time African champions to the World Cup despite the tight qualification rope and even excel at the tournament.


The German tactician was announced this week by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), after the coach agreed to a two year deal to lead the side.
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DEL BOSQUE WANTS SPAIN TO LEARN FROM THEIR WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE IN BRAZIL

The coach of Spain, Vicente del Bosque, wants the team to learn from their World Cup experience in Brazil as they attempt a third successive campaign at the Euro 2016 in France.


After the team lifted the Euro 2008 and 2012, also winning their first ever World Cup in South Africa 2010, they could not cope with the very high pressure of being the favourites to lift the trophy for a second successive time. They were surprisingly knocked out from the tournament in the first round.
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Alexi Lalas backs US to host 2026 WC

The United States is the best candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, according to former international defender Alexi Lalas.

FIFA is looking for a fresh start after being involved in several corruption scandals and undergoing new presidential elections, which saw Gianni Infantino take over from Sepp Blatter. The organisation recently announced new rules for countries wishing to host the World Cup. The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups have already been concluded and they have been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Interested parties will have to undergo rigorous consultation, campaigning, and evaluation processes.

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Alexi Lalas considers US to be Best Candidate for 2026 WC

The United States is the best candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, according to former international defender Alexi Lalas.

FIFA is looking for a fresh start after being involved in several corruption scandals and undergoing new presidential elections, which saw Gianni Infantino take over from Sepp Blatter. The organisation recently announced new rules for countries wishing to host the World Cup. The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups have already been concluded and they have been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Interested parties will have to undergo rigorous consultation, campaigning, and evaluation processes.

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The United States might miss the next World Cup

The United States football team might miss the 2018 World Cup if they fail to beat Guatemala. The United States has not missed a World Cup since 1990 and would want to give everything on the field to qualify.

They are currently third in their qualifying group with 4 points from 3 games. Trinidad and Tobago lead the group with 7 points and Guatemala is second with 6 points. The other team in the group is St.Vincent.
The United States, who has been previously unbeaten during 21 games against Guatemala, lost their first match on Friday 2-0. Their last defeat against Guatemala was way back in 1988. A repeat of this performance will be disastrous for the States, and they will have to watch the next World Cup on television. Even a draw may not be enough since they will then have to hope that Trinidad and Tobago win their fixture against Guatemala in September.

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The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players

The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players in the world giving their one last go.

A number of legendary names like Zinedine Zidane have announced their retirement just after the World Cup. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to join in this list after announcing his decision to hang up his gloves after the tournament comes to a close in Russia. There were several doubts about Russia being able to host this tournament, but it now looks set to go ahead despite issues of racism, war, and deflation.

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