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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo will collide when Sweden take on Portugal in the World Cup play-offs

World Cup play-offs: Sweden to face Portugal in pick of the ties as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to clash

France are handed a testing encounter against Ukraine while Greece face Romania and Croatia take on Iceland

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

World Cup Qualifiers: Scotland v Croatia Match Preview

A look ahead to this week’s 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group A fixture at Hampden Park

Leighton Baines faces the media

England v Poland: Everton left-back Leighton Baines is a man on a mission to oust Ashley Cole from England permanently

Leighton Baines has played second fiddle to Ashley Cole for four years. But now Everton’s left-back is a man on a mission

Lothar Matthaus pictured at the Bundesliga fixture between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus: 'I'm not dead!'

German authorities classed the most capped player in Germany's history as 'deceased' after they couldn't get hold of him

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day

Fifa announce decision to seed European play-off matches for the World Cup

England could find themselves forced into a two-legged tie if results over the next seven days do not go as planned

Fifa president Sepp Blatter listens to questions in Zurich

Robin Scott-Elliot: Sepp Blatter - Biggest beast of all marks out extended territory

Blatter dominates events amid hints he will stand again in 2015

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

The Fifa Executive Committee meeting explained: From the 2022 Qatar World Cup to last week's Beach Soccer tournament

The brief look at the events Fifa will discuss in today's meeting in Zurich

The Qatar University stadium is pictured in this artists impression

World Cup organisers 'appalled' at investigation which claims those working on the Qatar 2022 tournament face 'modern-day slavery' conditions

The Guardian has produced a report and video making serious allegations

Kenya shopping mall attack: Uganda steps up security after Nairobi attack

Uganda, which like Kenya has sent troops to fight Islamist militants in Somalia, said on Monday it had stepped up security after the raid in Nairobi.

Argentinos Junior midfielder Gaspar Iniguez takes a boot to the face by Boca Juniors Christian Erbes

Video: A boot to the face, three broken teeth and a yellow card for midfielder who showed 'impressive bravery' by diving head-first into an opponents boot

Argentinos Junior midfielder Gaspar Iniguez made the peculiar decision to use his head - literally - to try and prevent the opposition's counter attack

The moment Fifa president Sepp Blatter revealed Qatar as winners of the 2022 World Cup bid

Fifa dismiss calls from Australia for compensation if World Cup is moved

The Qatar tournament looks likely to be moved to the winter

Your move: Michel Platini is being urged to switch the Under-21 venue

Michel Platini reveals Fifa presidency plans

Uefa president will make decision 'during or after the World Cup'

<b>Martin O'Neill</b><br/> The 61-year-old is the bookies favourite with odds as short as 5-6, and is available after being sacked by Sunderland in March after a disastrous run of eight matches without victory. Reports that he was contacted by the FAI before Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Austria have been dismissed.

Indyplus gallery: Who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni?

We take a look at the contenders to fill the hotseat at the Republic of Ireland

Czech Republic coach resigns following defeat to Italy

Michal Bilek quits with qualification for World Cup unlikely

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has caused controversy with his comments about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

European clubs 'open' to winter World Cup - but urge patience over decision to move Qatar tournament

Heats in the summer make the usual scheduling for the tournament impossible

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