Reporter's Notebook

Russia 2018: A group-by-group analysis

The draw for the 2018 football World Cup has taken place at the Kremlin.

Russia World Cup 2018: A group-by-group analysis

Reporter's Notebook

Russia 2018: Hosts try to cast off shadow

The draw for the football World Cup takes place on December 1 but on-field issues remain a worry for the hosts.

Reporter's Notebook

Countdown to World Cup 2022: Five points

Despite blockade, the man in charge has no regrets about bringing the football tournament to the Middle East for the first time.

World Cup

'Shock': Italy out of World Cup for 1st time since 1958

Sweden holds firm to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win in a hard-fought play-off.

World Cup

Argentina risks World Cup disqualification after poor performance

The prospect of a World Cup without the Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his country's national football team could become a reality later as South America’s 2018 qualification battle reaches an end.

World Cup

Dutch football team may miss World Cup for first time in 16 years

The Netherlands need a near miracle later if they are to qualify for Russia 2018. Despite finishing third at the last World Cup, the Oranje need to beat Sweden by seven goals to reach the play-offs.

FIFA

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

President Gianni Infantino's plan was unanimously approved on Tuesday by the FIFA Council.

Sport

Tax authorities raid German football federation

House of DFB president also searched in investigation linked to alleged 2006 World Cup payments for hosting rights.

Tax authorities raid German football federation

Sport

Nomads Syria, Iraq march on in World Cup qualifiers

Forced to play away from home, Syria thrash Cambodia while Iraq draw with Thailand.

Sport

FIFA confirms Qatar 2022 World Cup final on December 18

Football world governing body says final to be played on Qatar's national day, with start date to be decided on Friday.

FIFA confirms Qatar 2022 World Cup final on December 18

Talk to Al Jazeera

Hassan al-Thawadi: 'A clear bias' against Qatar

The man in charge of Qatar World Cup 2022 discusses allegations of FIFA bidding corruption and poor labour conditions.

Sport

In Pictures: Faces of the World Cup

World Cup fans from around the world came to Brazil to show their colours and team passion.

In Pictures: Faces of the World Cup

Sport

Infographic: Route to the World Cup final

Al Jazeera looks at the history between Germany and Argentina as they face off in the 2014 World Cup final.

Infographic: Route to the World Cup final

Sport

In Pictures: Brazil-Argentina rivalry

As Argentinian football fans arrive in Brazil to support their team, the long-standing rivalry with the host team grows.

In Pictures: Brazil-Argentina rivalry

The Listening Post

An alternative angle on the World Cup

News outlets get a red card from demonstrators unhappy with the way the protests were covered.