There are some heavyweight clashes in European World Cup qualifying this week, including Spain against Italy in Group G. The Spanish have recalled a veteran striker whose goals helped win the World Cup in 2010: David Villa.
No African soccer team has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals. For the 2018 tournament in Russia, five strong teams could change that. But it's not going to be an easy feat.
The Liverpool forward has been rewarded for a successful year in which he led Egypt to a World Cup place. Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished third. Salah: "It's a special moment."
The nine remaining places at World Cup 2018 will be decided in the next week. A serial winner, a pair of Africa’s greatest powers and a potential first timer are among those who have it all to play for. DW takes a look.
The World Cup draw produced no obvious "group of death," but Germany certainly have it tougher than most other top seeds. No game is ever easy for the title holders, but Group F will at least keep them on their toes.
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