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Daniel Agger keeps Denmark alive in 2014 World Cup qualifiers

Daniel Lane Daniel Agger kept Denmark in the race for next year's World Cup in Brazil from the penalty spot as the Danes defeated a 10-man Armenia 1-0 in Yerevan.

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Netherlands, Italy qualify for World Cup

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The Netherlands became the first European nation to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.

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England on track for World Cup after draw with Ukraine

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Tom Williams England inched closer to qualifying for next year's World Cup after surviving a number of scares to record a potentially crucial 0-0 draw against Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday.

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Europe ponders 2022 World Cup position

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Leading clubs expect UEFA to decide next week on European football’s position in the debate about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to a different time of year.

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Messi spot-on as Argentina reach World Cup

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Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina booked their place at the World Cup with a 5-2 thrashing of Paraguay on Tuesday.

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England's soft centre may yet melt World Cup hopes

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Alan Hansen Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is the biggest danger to England's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday as he is so well equipped to exploit the weak heart of the English defence.

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USA, Costa Rica clinch World Cup spots

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The USA and Costa Rica punched their tickets to the World Cup with a victory and a draw in CONCACAF regional qualifying on Tuesday.

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Frank Lowy demands FIFA to compensate for 2022 World Cup time shift

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Michael Lynch FFA chief Frank Lowy has demanded that FIFA pay back the $43 million worth of Australian taxpayer dollars wasted in the futile World Cup bid.

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SBS awaits decision on timing of World Cup

David Sygall Australia's World Cup broadcast rights holder, SBS, says it has not yet held negotiations with FIFA over possible compensation if the schedule for the 2022 tournament is changed.

Socceroos back on track for World Cup as late goals sink Iraq

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Sebastian Hassett in Doha A pair of late goals to Tim Cahill and Archie Thompson have put Australia on course to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as the Socceroos claimed a dramatic 2-1 win over Iraq in Doha this morning.

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Corinthians defeat Chelsea to take Club World Cup title

Corinthians' goalkeeper Cassio and teammate Chicao (centre) scramble to stop a shot from Chelsea's Gary Cahill of Britain's Chelsea (second left).

Paolo Guerrero gets the only goal of final as Brazil team records second win in competition.

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Beach Socceroos aim to make World Cup waves

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Sebastian Hassett It started out for David Zdrilic as a “social kick-about” on Bondi Beach – but he's now on the verge of captaining Australia in its first Beach Soccer World Cup attempt.

Qatar a 'slave state' for World Cup workers, says unionist

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Scores of migrant labourers facing 'slavery' conditions will likely die to build Qatar's stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, a prominent trade unionist warned Sunday.

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Live: World Cup qualifier, Socceroos v Oman

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Justin Ballis Australia host Oman in a crucial World Cup qualifier at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. The Socceroos are second in Group B and have played a game less than their rivals, but must make home games count.

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Cahill and co. back on board as Socceroos feel World Cup qualifying heat

Laine Clark The cavalry may have arrived for Holger Osieck but the Socceroos coach does not feel like a man under fire ahead of Australia's crunch World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

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World Cup push stifled by reluctance to let go of old guard, says Bleiberg

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Peter Hanlon Australia's World Cup campaign is suffering from tardiness in bringing on the next wave of players, says veteran coach Miron Bleiberg, and even if the Socceroos qualify for Brazil, whatever they...

Penalty 'made up' for red card at World Cup

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Dominic Bossi It's been nearly seven years since Fabio Grosso became Australia's public enemy No.1 but former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro believes the controversial penalty that knocked the Socceroos out of the...

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Surprise recall keeps veteran's World Cup hopes alive

Back in the fold: Sasa Ognenovski

Sebastian Hassett After being repeatedly overlooked recently, Sasa Ognenovski thought he would never play for the Socceroos again and that his World Cup dream was over.

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No time for losers with a World Cup spot on the line

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Michael Lynch So how did it come to this? Australia could, by Tuesday night, be all but out of World Cup calculations.

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Brazil readiness for World Cup, Olympics to be tested

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Simon Haydon RIO DE JANEIRO: The first test of Brazil's ability to host the World Cup and Olympic Games in the next three years is now under way, as the eight-nation Confederations Cup tournament kicks off.