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Confusion for me between Dominica and Dominican Republic. I thought it was the same country. Yes, not in Toronto. I realised that just affer I posted my message. The game in Toronto will be next thu

Europe's Group A is brutal. Also, still really disappointed in how dependent on luck Europe's and Africa's qualification systems are.

When you are bragging about beating Guatamala, it might as well be over. We suck.

Group A

France 4-1 Bulgaria

Luxembourg 0-1 Sweden

Netherlands 4-1 Belarus


1- Netherlands 4 pts

2- France 4

3- Sweden 4

4- Bulgaria 3

5- Belarus 1

6- Luxembourg 0



Group H

Greece 2-0 Cyprus

Belgium 4-0 Bosnia Herzegovina

Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar


1- Belgium 6 pts

2- Greece 6

3- Bosnia Herzegovina 3

4- Estonia 3

5- Cyprus 0

6- Gibraltar 0

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Group C

Germany 3-0 Czech rep

Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway

Northern Ireland 4-0 San Marino


1- Germany 6 pts

2- Azerbaijan 6

3- Northern Ireland 4

4- Czech Republic 1

5- Norway 0

6- San Marino 0


Group E

Armenia 0-5 Romania

Montenegro 5-0 Kazakhstan

Poland 3-2 Denmark


1- Montenegro 4

2- Romania 4

3- Poland 4

4- Denmark 3

5- Kazakhstan 1

6- Armenia 0


Group F

England 2-0 Malta

Scotland 1-1 Lithuania

Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia


1- England 6 pts

2- Scotland 4

3- Slovenia 4

4- Lithuania 2

5- Slovakia 0

6- Malta 0


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Russia loses a friendly to Costa Rica 3-4. They did not play that badly, and Costa Rica are a decent enough team. But Tsar Putin may be regretting his World Cup bid. Unless they can bribe a few referees I think Russia will be eliminated in the group stages.

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Group A

Belarus 1-1 Luxembourg

Netherlands 0-1 France

Sweden 3-0 Bulgaria



Group B

Andorra 1-2 Switzerland

Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal

Latvia 0-2 Hungary



Group H

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Cyprus

Estonia 0-2 Greece

Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium


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Group A

Uzbekistan 2-0 China

Iran 1-0 South Korea

Qatar 1-0 Syria


1- Iran 10 pts

2- Uzbekistan 9

3- South Korea 7

4- Syria 4

5- Qatar 3

6- China 1


Group B

Australia 1-1 Japan

Iraq 4-0 Thailand

Saudi Arabia 3-0 UAE


1- Saudi Arabia 10 pts

2- Australia 8

3- Japan 7

4- United Arab Emirates 6

5- Iraq 3

6- Thailand 0

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Bolivia docked four World Cup qualifying points over ineligible Nelson Cabrera


Bolivia have been stripped of the four World Cup qualifying points they gained from a 2-0 victory over Peru and a goalless draw with Chile as punishment for fielding an ineligible player.

FIFA has awarded Peru and Chile 3-0 victories in the matches last month after 33-year-old defender Nelson Cabrera played for Bolivia despite being ineligible having previously represented Paraguay.

Cabrera featured as a late substitute in both matches, against Bolivia in La Paz on September 1, and five days later against Chile in Santiago, although he was not included in the squad for the 5-0 defeat in Brazil on October 6.


Bolivia, who were also fined 12,000 Swiss francs (£10,000), remain second-last in the 10-team South American qualifying standings.

It is unclear if Bolivia failed to apply properly for Cabrera's transfer of allegiance, or if he was never eligible for his second national team.

The top four qualify automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the fifth-placed team go into a play-off.

FIFA's ruling sees Argentina slip to sixth place in the table with 16 points after 10 matches, although they are level on points with fifth-placed Chile and just a point behind Ecuador and Colombia.

Brazil are top of the standings with 21 points, a point ahead of Uruguay. 




1- Brazil 21 pts

2- Uruguay 20

3- Ecuador 17

4- Colombia 17

5- Chile 16

6- Argentina 16

7- Paraguay 15

8- Peru 11

9- Bolivia 4

10- Venezuela 2

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England, Scotland to face FIFA sanctions over poppies


LONDON –  England will face FIFA sanctions after insisting they will feature embroidered poppies honoring Britain's war dead on their soccer jerseys for a match against Scotland.

England and Scotland will meet for a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, Britain's Remembrance Day, when British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I are honored.

Both associations asked FIFA to let their players wear the commemorative poppies somewhere on their jerseys, but that would breach rules banning political, religious, personal or commercial messages on official uniforms and equipment. Granting an exemption for England and Scotland would create a political minefield, according to soccer's governing body.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Wednesday that she had already been approached by other member associations asking for "similar exceptions" and the "response has been the same: We have to apply uniformly and across the 211 member associations the laws of the game."

"You could make many exceptions," Samoura, a Senegalese, added on the BBC. "Britain is not the only country that has been suffering from the result of war. Syria is an example. My own continent has been torn by war for years. And the only question is why are we doing exceptions for just one country and not the rest of the world?"

The English FA insisted that the "poppy is an important symbol of remembrance and we do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message, nor does it relate to any one historical event."

After talks with FIFA, the English Football Association confirmed it intends to "pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the England team wear black armbands bearing poppies in our fixture on Armistice Day." The Scottish FA was yet to say whether its players would wear similar armbands.

A FIFA compromise in 2011 allowed England players to wear the poppy on black armbands for a friendly game against Spain. Since then, the FIFA leadership has completely changed.

England and Scotland are unlikely to face a points deduction in their World Cup qualifying group, with a fine more probable.

"It is not really my ambition to punish anybody," Samoura said at Wembley ahead of a meeting of the International Football Association Board, which features the English and Scottish FAs. "They just have to recognize themselves that they are part of the rules of the game and they should be ready to face any kind of sanctions or measures against. They know better than me because they made the law."

The dispute spread to the House of Commons on Wednesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May condemning FIFA's ban as "utterly outrageous."

"Our football players want to recognize and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security," May said. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so."




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Another World Cup qualifying campaign. Another World Cup with NO CANADA! :( This time it's so heartbreaking close as it's been in ages for the Canadians with winning over El Salvador in Vancouver's BC Place to get the second CONCACAF group spot behind Mexico. Mexico should've beaten The H. But this illustrates the recent World Cup pedigree Honduras (and certainly Mexico) now has it built up over the likes of Canada, which hasn't been in one in over 30 years now (only appearance in 1986 when the US was still in the international dark ages with a ragtag team that punched above its weight and held their own yet didn't score a goal). Do I honestly think Canada could make it to Russia? No, not with Mexico, the USA, and Costa Rica ahead of them (not to mention the 5th place South American team) but it would be nice to see. Frankly, unless the WC qualifying tournament gets remade somewhat with the expanded field when it happens with CONCACAF gets another spot or two, we would have to await for a highly-regarded Canadian golden generation to emerge. Maybe the MLS' and NASL/USL's impact within Canada will have to take more time.

Meanwhile, go Toronto FC!  

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