World Cup

Solomon Islands Is Closer To Qualifying For The World Cup Than You Think

Solomon Islands has 900 islands, about half a million people and was home to one of the more famous battles in World War II in the South Pacific. And it’s a couple wins away from actually making it to the World Cup. 

Solomon Islands faces New Zealand in a two-legged affair Friday (3:35 a.m. EST) and Tuesday. The winner of the home-and-home series wins Oceania’s half of a World Cup bid and the right to face the fifth-place team from South America for one of the final World Cup berths. 

Qatar Eliminated From World Cup Contention, Confirm Status As Worst Host Nation Ever

Syria’s 3-1 victory over Qatar in World Cup qualifying on Thursday was remarkable for two reasons: 1.) Syria are now in third place in Group A heading into the final matchday, a finish that would see them improbably qualify for the fourth round playoff. 2.) Defeat for Qatar means that they’ve been mathematically eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, so they’ll be the first nation since Italy in 1934 to host the tournament without having ever taken part.

Paraguay Capture A Chilean Spy Filming Their Tactical Training Session

It’s do or die time in South American World Cup qualifying, and Thursday features some all-important matches between Uruguay-Argentina, Brazil-Ecuador and Chile-Paraguay. For Chile and Paraguay, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Paraguay’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread with only four matchdays remaining. Defeat at the Estadio Monumental in the Chilean capital of Santiago would essentially put an end to any hopes of participating in Russia, but Los Guaranies can take heart from the fact that they defeated La Roja 2-1 in their last encounter.

Here’s How The U.S. And Mexico Can Both Qualify For The World Cup By Tuesday

With four match days left in the final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round, Mexico and the United States are on the brink of ensuring their inclusion in Russia next summer. Both could start booking accommodations by Tuesday if things fall their way. 

Mexico leads the group with 14 points and it would take a massive collapse for El Tri to fail to qualify. The U.S., in third with eight points, three back of Costa Rica and one ahead of Panama. The top three automatically qualify for the World Cup while the fourth-place team must play an Asian country in a playoff to reach Russia. 

With Goals Like These, Italy Must Bring Back Sebastian Giovinco

Major League Soccer may be a retirement home for some, but David Villa affirmed last week you can still factor into one of the best national teams in the world while plying your trade in MLS.

So why can’t Sebastian Giovinco get a recall from Italy?

Villa earned a spot on the Spanish roster for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers after starting the season with 19 league goals for New York City FC. These aren’t throw-away qualifiers either; Spain faces Italy for first place in UEFA Group G on Saturday. 

Hackers Reveal Young Footballers Like To Party, Pwn World Anti-Doping Agency

Russian hackers Fancy Bears dropped a complete non-story this week regarding the use of banned substances in soccer. You see, the typical SHOCKING TRUTHS UNCOVERED AND REVEALED that we’ve come to associate with hacking were nonexistent in this information dump, which is insane given football’s history of being corrupt to the core.

Gorilla Wins FIFA Interactive World Cup Despite Curious Controller Controversy

Spencer Ealing, AKA Gorilla, won $200,000 and received a trophy from Ruud Gullit followed by a shower of confetti. Gorilla won the FIFA Interactive World Cup on Friday in London with a dominating performance throughout the week, but not a victory without controversy. 

In the two-legged, cross-console final showdown between the Xbox One winner (Gorilla) and the PlayStation 4 champion (Deto), Gorilla was allowed to use an Xbox controller for the PS4 first leg, essentially destroying Deto’s home-console advantage. 

Americans Are Better Than The Brits So Far At The FIFA Interactive World Cup

The FIFA World Cup began on Wednesday. Let me rephrase that. The FIFA Interactive World Cup, the FIFA 17 video game form of the world’s greatest sporting competition, began on Wednesday. 

After months of qualifying and a mere month until the next game is released, the FIFA 17 championships got underway in London. Starting with 32 players, the field was whittled down to 16 after 112 matches on Wednesday, setting the stage for the final two days of competition on Thursday and Friday.