Russia have been placed in a World Cup qualifying group with Croatia – who beat them in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2018 edition of the tournament – as the draw was made for Qatar 2022 .
Supporters and clubs have spoken of their shock after Papa Bouba Diop, the defender and midfielder nicknamed "The Wardrobe" for his towering presence, was announced to have died at the age of 42 following a lengthy illness.
Lionel Messi could not believe his bad luck as Argentina drew with Paraguay in a World Cup Qualifier, watching referee Raphael Claus rule out his goal for a contentious foul and only book a back-breaking foul on a teammate.
Critics have accused Qatar of waiting until much of the huge building drive for the 2022 World Cup was completed before introducing important rights for the workforce, 34 of whom have died since the project began six years ago.
Premier League star David Luiz has reportedly won a court case against a construction firm who used a photo of him crying after Brazil's stunning 7-1 loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, calling the advertisement "sensational".
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has revealed that he refused to answer when teammate Sergio Batista immediately asked the striker if he had handled the ball when he scored his infamous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.
Legendary Brazil boss 'Big Phil' Scolari could have reached an agreement with his players to allow them to receive pornographic magazines during their World Cup win in 2002, a new report on the controversy has suggested.