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Is Africa heading towards World Cup humiliation?

We present a status report for each of Africa's five Qatar-bound teams, including the key areas they need to improve.

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World Cup Stock Watch: Who's hot and who's not

Each week, we take a look at the World Cup favourites to see how they are shaping up and also check in with other nations as the finals draw near.

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FOOTBALL

Liverpool, Man United, Real Madrid? Which club suits Bellingham?

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham can basically pick his next club. His transfer may cost €120m but where should he go?

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Can Man City convince Pep Guardiola to renew his contract or will the coach move on?

Pep Guardiola didn't stay at Barcelona or Bayern Munich as long as he has been at Manchester City, but he may be ready for his next challenge.

TRANSFERS

LIVE Transfer Talk: Griezmann, Asensio, Pulisic on Juventus' wishlist

Juventus have formed a three-man shortlist amid plans to acquire a signing to bolster their attack in January. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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PAUL POGBA'S BLACKMAIL SAGA

Witchcraft central to Paul Pogba blackmail saga, but it's nothing new in French football

Many soccer stars have turned to the supernatural for help, with Pogba the latest revealed in the media. How deep does the connection go?

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NIGERIA

Nigeria fans would give their kingdom for a competent goalkeeper

Winless against Algeria's A and B sides during the international break, Nigeria's Super Eagles are still seeking a goalkeeper worth the number 1.

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FIFA WORLD CUP

Neymar nears Pele's Brazil mark, Messi leads Argentina: South America's World Cup stars shine

South America's World Cup-bound sides were in action on Monday. What did we glean from performances from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay?

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The flaws of the World Cup favorites, from France to Brazil

Depending on your perspective, the charm or bane of international soccer is that even the best teams have big issues, from defending champs France to favorites Brazil.

BARCELONA

Can Barca overcome injury crisis ahead of UCL and Clasico?

With Barcelona's injury list growing this international break, how will they deal with a difficult fixture list in LaLiga and the Champions League?

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WHERE NEXT FOR ENGLAND?

England's players still believe in Gareth Southgate as they try to sort problems pre-World Cup

England are not without their issues, but the players and coach Gareth Southgate are united in solving them together, as a draw to Germany showed.

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Why Alexander-Arnold shouldn't make England's World Cup squad

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  • Predicting every game at the World Cup

    Who will claim soccer's biggest prize in Qatar? Wonder no longer: Ryan O'Hanlon has picked every single game, from group stage to final.

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  • World Cup draw: Group-by-group previews

    Finally, the groups have been drawn and we know who's playing whom in Qatar this November. We pick favorites, games to watch and X-Factors.

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  • Upcoming fixtures

    What's ahead in the Premier League, Champions League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS and more.

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  • Latest scores

    Updates, results from Premier League, Champions League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS and more.

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