FIFA World Cup

2010 World Cup opening ceremony

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. (wiki)

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Jonny Evans points Northern Ireland towards World Cup play-off

Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland celebrates with team mates after scoring during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Czech Republic at Windsor Park on September 4,...

Northern Ireland’s transformation deserves greater recognition, according to Michael O’Neill, but the magnitude of their achievements is not lost on their public. Windsor Park provided a raucous, bouncing and again triumphant stage as O’Neill’s team secured second place plus a probable World Cup play-off berth with a superb defeat of the Czech Republic.

Scotland stay in World Cup play-off hunt with comfortable victory over Malta

Scott Brown of Scotland and Bjorn Kristensen of Malta battle for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Malta at Hampden Park on September 4, 2017 in...

There was a time in the not-so distant past when even the visit of Malta would have been met with an element of Scottish trepidation. It is a sign of growing confidence and improved form, to the point where a World Cup play-off berth is possible, that Gordon Strachan’s team were fully expected to see off this international football also-ran. They duly did without much fuss at all. Scotland’s Group F destiny is under their own control.

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Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland celebrates with team mates after scoring during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Czech Republic at Windsor Park on September 4,...

Jonny Evans points Northern Ireland towards World Cup play-off

Northern Ireland’s transformation deserves greater recognition, according to Michael O’Neill, but the magnitude of their achievements is not lost on their public. Windsor Park provided a raucous, bouncing and again triumphant stage as O’Neill’s team secured second place plus a probable World Cup play-off berth with a superb defeat of the Czech Republic.

Scott Brown of Scotland and Bjorn Kristensen of Malta battle for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Malta at Hampden Park on September 4, 2017 in...

Scotland stay in World Cup play-off hunt with comfortable victory over Malta

There was a time in the not-so distant past when even the visit of Malta would have been met with an element of Scottish trepidation. It is a sign of growing confidence and improved form, to the point where a World Cup play-off berth is possible, that Gordon Strachan’s team were fully expected to see off this international football also-ran. They duly did without much fuss at all. Scotland’s Group F destiny is under their own control.