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World soccer's supreme title
The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men's national football teams of the member nations of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

In the eighteen tournaments held, only seven nations have won the title. Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times. The current World Champions, Italy, follows with four titles, while Germany holds three. The other former champions are Uruguay (who won the inaugural tournament) and Argentina with two titles each, and England and France with one title each.

The most recent World Cup Finals were held in Germany, where Italy was crowned champions after beating France in the final. The next World Cup Finals will be held in South Africa, from June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010, and the 2014 Finals will be held in Brazil.
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FIFA World Cup groups Europe:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Portugal Greece Czech Republic Germany Spain
Sweden Israel Poland Russia Turkey
Denmark Switzerland Northern Ireland Finland Belgium
Hungary Moldova Slovakia Wales Bosnia Herzegovina
Albania Latvia Slovenia Azerbaijan Armenia
Malta Luxembourg San Marino Liechtenstein Estonia
Group 6 Group 7 Group 8  Group 9   
Croatia France Italy Holland  
ENGLAND Romania Bulgaria Scotland  
Ukraine Serbia Republic of Ireland Iceland  
Belarus Lithuania Cyprus Norway  
Kazahkstan Austria Georgia Macedonia  
Andorra Faroe Islands Montenegro    

World Cup Tournament News

Three standout performers for Germany

For Germany’s national team in particular, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is reminiscent of a big talent show – and a ‘recall’ to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in 12 months’ time is the grand prize. FIFA.com presents three of the country’s latest standout performers.

Preview: Chile-Australia
Chile have one foot in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, secure in the knowledge that even a one-goal defeat to Australia will see them through to the last four. The Socceroos, meanwhile, face the tall order of needing to beat the South American champions by at least two clear goals.
Osorio: We’ve been planning this for a long time

Following their dramatic win over New Zealand and on the eve of their crucial match against Russia, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio talks team selection and his side's hopes.

Preview: Germany-Cameroon

Germany will be out to earn a strong finish to the group stages, as they jostle with Chile to top Group B, while Cameroon know only a two-goal victory will see them usurp the FIFA World Cup-holders in the race for the semis.

"I feel the significance," says dancing Luis Neto

After being a resident of Saint Petersburg for four and a half years, Portugal defender Luis Neto - who caught the eye with his flamboyant celebrations following UEFA EURO 2016 success - is relishing a potential FIFA Confederations Cup bow there.

Akinfeev playing a captain's part

There are a number of reasons why Igor Akinfeev deserves a mention as the host nation's best performer against the Portuguese.

Birthday boy Teikeu in love with Russia

Adolphe Teikeu is more than just Cameroon’s defensive linchpin at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017; he is also the Indomitable Lions’ tour guide in Russia, a country he fell in love with as soon as he decided to play his club football there. 

Hudson’s youth revolution comes of age
Despite or maybe because of their young age, New Zealand's national team say they will show no fear up against Portugal on Saturday night.
Sanchez: star quality and record-breaking stats

A little while ago, Alexis Sanchez shot an advert set in the future and in which he tells his grandson that he had made “history” with Chile’s so-called “golden generation” at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

Samuel Inkoom to serve ban
Samuel Inkoom, who has represented Ghana and is currently registered for the Bulgarian club FC Vereya, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity.
Tie-breakers for Russia 2017 groups
Two rounds of group stage action are complete at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, and with just one to go, no team has secured a berth in the last four. The semi-finals will be determined over the weekend with seven of the eight teams still in the reckoning.
USA back on top, Women’s World Cup qualifiers make impact

A busy few months across the world of women’s football has seen qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ get underway across Europe and Asia.

Aussie new boys on track
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is never afraid to experiment and that was again true on Thursday, with late call-up Alex Gersbach thrown in the deep end.
All to play for in Group B as Sanchez rewrites records

Group B at Russia 2017 remains delicately poised after a day of 1-1 draws that left all four teams in exactly the same positions they held on Thursday morning. FIFA.com reviews the action.

Zambo Anguissa: Five key things

FIFA.com lays out five key points that football fans should know about the exciting young player Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was named Budweiser Man of the Match in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with the Socceroos.

Germany, Chile play out entertaining stalemate

Chile and Germany played out a lively 1-1 draw, with the point earned in front of 38,222 supporters in Kazan maintaining the pair's spots as top and second side respectively in FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group B.

 
Spoils shared in Saint Petersburg
Cameroon and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg, with a point aiding neither of their hopes of reaching the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals from Group B.
Preview: Mexico v Russia
Group A leaders Mexico and the third-placed hosts meet at the Kazan Arena on Saturday 24 June at 18.00 (local time) in a match that could make or break both sides' chances of qualifying for the semi-finals
Mexico: Five areas for improvement

Top of their section and requiring just a point from their last group match to reach the semi-finals, Mexico nevertheless need to up their game in a few areas, as FIFA.com discussed with the Tri coach and players.

Kudryashov: The fans saw us fight till the end

After facing the challenge of marking the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, Russia defender Fyodor Kudryashov thinks the FIFA Confederations Cup hosts can grow following their second-half showing against Portugal.

 

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20 Aug 08 Kazakhstan v Andorra
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6 Sep 08 Croatia v Kazakhstan
6 Sep 08 Ukraine v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Croatia v ENGLAND
10 Sep 08 Andorra v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Kazakhstan v Ukraine
11 Oct 08 ENGLAND v Kazakhstan
11 Oct 08 Ukraine v Croatia
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1 Apr 09 ENGLAND v Ukraine
1 Apr 09 Andorra v Croatia
1 Apr 09 Kazakhstan v Belarus
6 Jun 09 Kazakhstan v ENGLAND
6 Jun 09 Croatia v Ukraine
6 Jun 09 Belarus v Andorra
10 Jun 09 ENGLAND v Andorra
10 Jun 09 Ukraine v Kazakhstan
19 Aug 09 Belarus v Croatia
5 Sep 09 Ukraine v Andorra
5 Sep 09 Croatia v Belarus
9 Sep 09 ENGLAND v Croatia
9 Sep 09 Belarus v Ukraine
9 Sep 09 Andorra v Kazakhstan
10 Oct 09 Ukraine v ENGLAND
10 Oct 09 Belarus v Kazakhstan
14 Oct 09 ENGLAND v Belarus
14 Oct 09 Kazakhstan v Croatia
14 Oct 09 Andorra v Ukraine

 

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