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  • Messi’s influence on Argentina’s World Cup qualification

    How much did Lionel Messi influence Argentina's qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

  • Italy seeded for World Cup play-off draw

    Italy will be one of the four seeded teams in the draw for the European play-offs for next year's World Cup, FIFA's latest world rankings reveal.

  • Mascherano to quit Argentina after World Cup

    Veteran Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano says he will step down from international duty after the 2018 World Cup.

  • Diego Maradona

    Maradona congratulates Argentina

    Argentina’s former number 10 Diego Maradona expresses pride after Argentina’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

  • Neymar is happy for Messi

    Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is delighted to see his friend and former teammate Lionel Messi make it to the World Cup.

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    Messi takes Argentina to the World Cup

    Lionel Messi scores a hattrick to ensure Argentina’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

  • Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup Battle 2018

    Moment of truth as Argentina seek World Cup berth

    The once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday as South America's thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax.

  • Argentine hopes on the line in crucial Peru clash

    Argentina's stumbling 2018 World Cup qualification campaign faces another awkward hurdle as the misfiring South American giants take on in-form Peru in Buenos Aires.

  • Argentina in danger, Syria target World Cup joy

    As qualifying for the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax, Lionel Messi's Argentina find themselves in trouble, Syria face a play-off to keep their remarkable dream alive and European champions Portugal have work to do.

  • Messi’s beautiful gesture to a young fan

    Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi’s kind gesture brightens up the day for a young fan, who was initially barred from approaching the Argentine by the security men.

  • Icardi in, Aguero out

    Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina's attack against arch-rivals Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

  • Demichelis announces retirement

    Former Argentina, Bayern Munich and Manchester City centre-back Martin Demichelis has announced his retirement from professional football.

  • Lavezzi denies racism as 'wacky' pose causes storm

    Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has issued an apology through his Chinese club after publicity photos that showed him making a slant-eyed pose caused outrage on social media.

  • Copa America set to increase to 16-team tournament

    The Copa America is likely to be expanded to 16 teams when it next takes place in Brazil in 2019, South American soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

  • Fan in coma after violence at Argentine soccer match

    An Argentine soccer fan was in a coma and two men arrested for attempted murder after a scuffle among supporters in the derby between Belgrano and Talleres in Cordoba, local media reported on Sunday.

  • Argentina sack coach Bauza

    Argentina's football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year's World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

  • Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time in seven years

    Five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years.

  • New AFA president vows to get Messi ban reduced

    The Argentine FA, lacking proper leadership since 2015 and fearful its national team might not reach the World Cup finals without banned captain Lionel Messi, elected a third-tier club chairman and former roadsweeper as its president on Wednesday.

  • Bauza laments Messi absence, remains defiant

    Edgardo Bauza bemoaned the timing of Lionel Messi's suspension after Argentina's woes were compounded in a stunning loss to Bolivia as the head coach remained defiant.

  • Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths

    Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.

  • Make or break for Argentina

    The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.

  • Argentina face Chile test

    The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.

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    Argentina players continue to shun reporters

    Argentina’s players, who have been arriving in Buenos Aires for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia, are sticking to a decision dating back to November not to talk to the media.

  • Messi, Aguero lead squad

    Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will lead Argentina's bid to resurrect their flagging World Cup campaign in crucial qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia later this month.

  • Rojo's United form earns him Argentina recall

    Argentina defender Marcos Rojo's form for Manchester United has earned him a recall to a 26-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia later this month.

  • Argentine games suspended as players strike

    Footballers in Argentina pushed ahead with a strike on Friday over unpaid wages, forcing the year's first league games to be suspended despite a $22 million government payout, officials said.

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    WC fans will need special identity cards for matches

    Fans at next year's World Cup and this year's Confederations Cup in Russia will need special identity cards before they can watch matches, soccer's governing body said Thursday.

  • Raonic downs del Potro to book title clash with Sock

    Top-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic held off Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) on Saturday to book a title clash with Jack Sock at the ATP Delray Beach Open.

  • Australia to face Brazil in Melbourne friendly

    Five times World Cup winners Brazil will play Australia in a friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 13, giving the Socceroos the toughest of warm-ups for the Confederations Cup later that month.

  • Messi is happy at Barca: Bauza

    Lionel Messi could not be happier than at Barcelona, and can crown his status as an all time great by winning the World Cup with Argentina, national coach Edgardo Bauza told AFP on Wednesday.

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