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FIFA World Cup™ holders Germany have unveiled their preliminary squad for Russia 2018, with Joachim Low naming a 27-man selection, as well as announcing he has signed a contract that will run until Qatar 2022.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was included, even though he has not featured since September, while the man who scored the winner at Brazil 2014 – Mario Gotze – missed out having slipped down the pecking order over the last 18 months. Low will be able to call on FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 adidas Golden Boot and Golden Ball winners Timo Werner and Julian Draxler, though.

Bayern Munich’s Sandro Wagner failed to make the cut despite having also been part of that Confederation’s Cup squad, but Freibrug’s Nils Petersen, who is yet to win a cap, got the call having netted 15 goals in the German Bundesliga this season.

Low, who has been leading the four-time World Cup winners since 2006, having acted as assistant at Germany 2006, will lead Die Mannschaft into his third global finals this year. His new contract, which expires at the end of the next World Cup in Qatar, would see him surpass the likes of Helmut Schon and Sepp Herberger as their all-time longest-serving coach.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Germany squad

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Spain), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain, France);

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule and Joshua Kimmich (all Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea, England), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen);

Midfielders/forwards: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Mario Gomez (Vfb Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane (Manchester City, England), Sami Khedira (Juventus, Italy), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Spain), Thomas Muller and Sebastien Rudy (both Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, England), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos has submitted a 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

There are 11 names in the 35 who made the final squad for Brazil 2014, including The Best FIFA Men’s Player Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Alves, Nani and William. 19 of the 35 were also named in the final 23 for last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Two of the preliminary list – Eder and Manuel Fernandes – play their club football in Russia at Lokomotiv Moscow. If the pair make the final squad, they will likely feel right at home when Portugal head to the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia’s capital on 20 June for their second Group B game against Morocco.

A Seleção das Quinas will also face Spain (15 June, in Sochi) and Iran (25 June, in Saransk) in their Russia 2018 pool.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais/France), Beto (Goztepe SK/Turkey), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe/Spain), Bruno Alves (Rangers/Scotland), Cedric (Southampton/England), Joao Cancelo (Internazionale/Italy), Jose Fonte (Dalian Aerbin/China PR), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce/Turkey), Mario Rui (Napoli/Italy), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/Spain), Pepe (Besiktas/Turkey), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Ricardo (Porto), Rolando (Marseille/France), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester City/England), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/Spain), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/England), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United/England), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/France), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Rony Lopes (Monaco), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers/England), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan/Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Spain), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/Spain), Nani (Lazio/Italy), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/Turkey)

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  • ​Russia 2018 set to see serve up group games with an added narrative
  • Japan, Mexico and Nigeria all out to avenge recent defeats
  • Croatia and Iceland set to rekindle their recent rivalry

We’re less than a month from kick off at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, with expectations beginning to simmer. While 64 games presents a mouth-watering array of possibilities for any fan to ponder, a few meetings will have something of a fresh narrative to continue when the sides come together.

Be it fresh scars from Brazil 2014, sparring on the road to the finals themselves or recent tussles on Russian soil, some of the upcoming group games will have a bit of added spark to them. We take a closer look at four which will certainly have a feeling of unfinished business when the two teams line up in the tunnel.

Germany-Mexico

Group F​

17 June, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Following the opening-day jamboree three days earlier, the Luzhniki will see Mexico stepping out with payback on their mind. While El Tri will be a 20-hour drive north of Sochi, less than a year since a chastening 4-1 defeat ended their FIFA Confederation Cup Russia 2017 hopes in the semi-final that night in the Fisht Stadium will likely feel close to home.

“We didn’t achieve our objective of winning the competition, but I think we learned a lot for the World Cup,” explained Marco Fabian, whose 89th minute consolation screamer was voted Goal of the Tournament. “We switched off a couple of times and got knocked out as a result.”

Brazil are the only reigning champions to win their opening game at a World Cup in the last 20 years, so can Mexico take what they learned and serve another rude welcome for the title holders?

Japan-Colombia

Group H

19 June, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

While many will remember James Rodriguez’s ferocious volley against Uruguay as the standout strike of Brazil 2014, the man himself remembers differently. “Personally, I preferred the one against Japan.”

His dinked finish was the elegant nail in Japan’s World Cup coffin, with the clash in Cuiaba their final action on South American soil. A win that day would have taken them into the knockout stages. “I cannot face the fact that we lost with a score of 4-1,” a dejected Shinji Okazaki said at full time.

No doubt that defeat will be in the minds of Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and captain Makoto Hasebe when they kick off in just over a month’s time.

Nigeria-Argentina

Group D

26 June, Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg

There was a collective groan from Super Eagles fans when they saw their name paired with South American big shots Argentina. Their meeting will mark a fifth crossing of paths in six trips to the finals for Nigeria since making their debut in 1994.

So far those encounters haven’t brought so much as a point for the west Africans, though they ended their Brazil 2014 trip four years ago with a thrilling 3-2 defeat which saw them run Lionel Messi et al close. It contained lessons they will look to execute in the hope of making it fifth time lucky.

“What cannot kill you makes you stronger,” reflected Ogenyi Onazi. “The true Argentina is one of the best in the world and it’s not going to be easy. We’ve learned from our mistakes in Brazil and now it’s time for us to correct them.”

Croatia-Iceland

Group D

26 June, Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don

The final day of Group D action is going to be laced with plenty of subtext. At the same time as Nigeria look to end their Argentinian hoodoo, Croatia and Iceland will renew their recent rivalry.

Four years ago, Iceland were denied earning their title of the World Cup’s smallest ever nation by Croatia in their European qualifying play-off, with the islanders suffering a 2-0 defeat in Zagreb to put their dreams on hold.

“Probably looking back, [losing in the World Cup play-offs] was very important for us,” Gylfi Sigurdsson reflected, “because we knew how bad that felt and how disappointed you are when you’re so close and you miss out on it.”

It will have no doubt been particularly sweet for them to get their revenge on the road to Russia, topping their group after two dropped points in Finland sent Croatia into the play-offs. Now they will get to see who has the last laugh.

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Australia coach Bert van Marwick has culled six players from his preliminary 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ squad.

The six names culled from the squad announced last week are striker Apostolos Giannou, goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak, defender Aleksandar Susnjar, as well as three players who featured at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia – Bailey Wright, Jamie Maclaren and Alex Gersbach.

Among the headline names in the squad are Tim Cahill, who is looking to become the first Australian to play in four World Cups, and Brazil 2014 captain Mile Jedinak.

Australia will gather for a training camp in Turkey before international matches against Czech Republic (1 June) and Hungary (9 June).

Australia have been drawn in Group C at Russia 2018 alongside France, Denmark and Peru.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Australia squad  

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Brighton/England), Danny Vukovic (Genk/Belgium), Brad Jones (Feyenoord/Netherlands)

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos/Japan), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings/Korea Republic), James Meredith (Millwall/England), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers Zurich/Switzerland), Fran Karacic (Lokomotiva Zagreb/Croatia)

Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa/England), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli/Saudi Arabia), Robbie Kruse (Bochum/Germany), Jackson Irvine (Hull City/England), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/England), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield/England), Tom Rogic (Celtic/Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Millwall/England), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern/Switzerland), Matthew Leckie (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds/Japan), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa/Israel), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City).

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Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday.

The 53-year-old takes charge of Gli Azzurri after leaving his previous post as manager of Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. He formally succeeds Giampiero Ventura, who left the role last November after Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Russia™.

Capped 36 times by Italy during his playing career, the former striker enters the international coaching ranks after successful spells in club management at Inter Milan, where he won three Italian Serie A titles, and Manchester City, whom he led to the English Premier League crown in 2011/12.

Ranked 20th in the latest FIFA World Ranking, Italy will look to return to the big stage of international football by securing qualification for UEFA EURO 2020.

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  • Brazil coach Tite has unveiled a 23-man provisional squad
  • Argentina and Mexico also announced preliminary squads for Russia 2018
  • Final 23-man squad lists will be published by FIFA on 4 June

Five-time world champions Brazil have named a provisional 23-player squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Tite’s list includes Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, as well as Manchester City defender Danilo, who replaces the injured Dani Alves. Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison also made the preliminary squad for the South American giants.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma, Italy), Ederson (Manchester City, England), Cassio (Corinthians);

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan, Italy), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Spain), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Fagner (Corinthians), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Danilo (Manchester City, England);

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid, Spain), Fernandinho (Manchester City, England), Paulinho (Barcelona, Spain), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan, China PR), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona, Spain), Willian (Chelsea, England), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine);

Forwards: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, England), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, England), Douglas Costa (Juventus, Italy), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, France);


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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli named a 35-man preliminary squad for Russia 2018, with captain Lionel Messi, as well as strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero among the notable names on his list.

Forwards Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi are also included for consideration, despite some fears that the Italian-based pair might be overlooked for the world finals.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United, England), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL, Mexico), Willy Caballero (Chelsea, England), Franco Armani (River Plate);

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain), Federico Fazio (Roma, Italy), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City, England), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla, Spain), German Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica, Portugal), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United, England), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton, England), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax, the Netherlands), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP, Portugal), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino, Italy);

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla, Spain), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan, Italy), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United, England), Ricardo Centurion (Racing Club), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Guido Pizarro (Sevilla, Spain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporing CP, Portugal), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors);

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan, Italy), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England), Diego Perotti (Roma, Italy), Lautaro Martinez (Racing), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus, Italy);


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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has included veteran Rafa Marquez in a 28-man preliminary for Russia 2018.

Should the 39-year-old make the final 23-man list, he would become only the third player in history to feature at five world finals.

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege, Belgium), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul);

Defenders: Diego Reyes (Porto, Portugal), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad, Spain), Oswaldo Alanis (Getafe, Spain), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Miguel Layun (Sevilla, Spain), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Edson Alvarez (Club America);

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal), Andres Guardado (Real Betis, Spain), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy, USA), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy, USA);

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Jesus Corona (Porto, Portugal), Raul Jimenez (Benfica, Portugal), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United, England), Carlos Vela (LAFC, USA), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Jurgen Damm (Tigres UANL);

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Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has outlined his squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, naming a 29-man preliminary squad.

The most glaring omission is that of attacking talisman Youssef Msakni, who suffered a serious knee in April, with Rennes’ Wahbi Khazri the only player to have scored double figures for the national team in the selection.

They will face Portugal and Turkey prior to slimming their squad down to the final 23, before meeting Spain on 9 June in their final warm-up match.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Goalkeepers: Mathlouthi Aymen (Al Batin, Saudi Arabia), Ben Cherifia Moez (ES Tunis), Ben Mustapha Farouk (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (LB Chateauroux, France)

Defenders: Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Rami Bedoui (ES Setif), Yohan Ben Olouane (Leicester City, England), Siyam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United, Scotland), Khalil Chammam (ES Tunis), Oussama Haddai (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt);

Midfielders: Elyess Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chalali (ES Tunis), Karim Laaribi (Cesena, Italy), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Khlil (Club Africain), Seifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Mohamed Wael Arbi (Tours, France);

Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Anice Badri (ES Tunis), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France), Ahmed Akaichi (Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Sabeur Khlifa (Club Africain).

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With just one month until the eyes of the world turn to Russia for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the first milestone of FIFA’s digital offering for the globe’s biggest football extravaganza is here: the launch of our Team Reporters’ Twitter accounts.

These 32 experts will offer behind-the-scenes content – across all our digital platforms – that you will not see anywhere else, utilising their exclusive access to the squads as they document the teams’ World Cup journey around Russia. What is more, there will be 16 languages used across the 32 Twitter accounts, allowing fans from across the globe to follow the action in their native tongue – bringing supporters around the world even closer to the action.

​Languages to be used by the 32 Team Reporters

Arabic, Croatian, Danish, English, French, Farsi, German, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish

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