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Ernesto Valverde has deflected Argentina's request to rest Lionel Messi more in order to preserve him for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, simply insisting the Barcelona star...
Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been installed as interim head coach of his country's national team.
Real Madrid are interested in signing Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, according to Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli.
Former Argentina captain Javier Zanetti has hailed Marcelo Bielsa as “just the right person” to take the Socceroos to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Argentina can win the 2018 World Cup in Russia if Lionel Messi is at his best, according to Juan Roman Riquelme.
Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to beat Real Madrid in Saturday's (AEDT) El Clasico clash to ensure his side can enjoy a happy Christmas.
Captain Lionel Messi believes Argentina need to improve if they are to stand a chance of winning next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Lionel Messi believes he and his Argentina team-mates will "have to disappear" if they fail to take their "last chance" to win a trophy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup...
Brazil are well-placed to become world champions for a record sixth time at Russia 2018, according to Opta's World Cup Predictor.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is excited about a 'romantic' FIFA World Cup debut against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

2018 World Cup Draw in full

Germany will begin their World Cup defence against Mexico after Friday's draw in Moscow threw together Spain and Portugal in the pick of the group-stage matches...
Jorge Sampaoli was loath to mention Germany as one of the favourites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saying he does not "like the way they play".
Manchester City confirmed Sergio Aguero will return to England as planned after being cleared by doctors after a "dizzy spell" during Argentina's 4-2 defeat to...
Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria fought back from 2-0 down against an Argentina side missing Lionel Messi to secure a stunning 4-2 friendly victory in Krasnodar.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was taken to a hospital for checks after he fainted during halftime of the team's friendly match against Nigeria on Tuesday.
Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta admitted he was annoyed Lionel Messi broke his goalscoring record, but was glad it was surpassed by an "extraterrestrial".
The relationship between Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi was a highlight of Argentina's 1-0 victory over Russia for coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's game against Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT) and instead return to Barcelona.
Sergio Aguero ended his long wait for an Argentina goal in his first start under Jorge Sampaoli as the South American giants left it late to beat Russia 1-0 at...

Aguero eyes Manchester City exit

Sergio Aguero says he could leave Manchester City for a return to boyhood club Independiente when his contract expires in 2019.
Argentina's Lionel Messi has singled out Spain as the team to avoid at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Five Central and South American football associations have been fined by FIFA for homophobic chanting in 2018 World Cup qualifiers, while England have been warned...
Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Argentina's squad yet again by Jorge Sampaoli, but Roma winger Diego Perotti has been recalled from the...
The company that manages Lionel Messi's image rights says the player has donated more than 72,000 euros (A$108,802) to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders...
Jorge Sampaoli has left Gonzalo Higuain out of his Argentina squad once again but told the Juventus striker he has 'nothing to prove'.
Javier Mascherano has announced he will retire from international football with Argentina after next year's FIFA World Cup.
Final-day qualification heroics helped Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to reach the 2018 World Cup but other stars were not so fortunate.

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