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Dunga may remove Neymar as captain


Duarte: Reasons to cheer, jeer Brazil


2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.


13 places

• European qualifying home page

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Luis Suarez expects Lionel Messi to change mind on Argentina retirement

A statue to Lionel Messi is unveiled in Buenos Aires.

Luis Suarez is confident his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi will reconsider his early retirement from Argentina duty.

Messi, 29, unexpectedly announced that he was planning to end his international career after the Copa America Centenario defeat to Chile, which represented a third consecutive loss in three years in a major final for Argentina. 

Uruguay star Suarez, though, said he was hopeful that Messi, who had served as Argentina's captain, would reconsider.

"Knowing Leo, for sure he will...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Argentina president asks Lionel Messi to reconsider national team exit

The FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi's international retirement harms his chances of being called the greatest ever.
Juan Pablo Sorin says Lionel Messi's retirement from international football is a disaster for the game.
With Argentina's Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international game, we all can't quite help but ask, what if?
Argentinian fans express sadness following Lionel Messi's retirement from international football.
Former Argentina International and 1986 World Cup winner Oscar Ruggeri says his country cannot afford to lose Lionel Messi to retirement.
Max Bretos joins SVP to share his thoughts on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentina forward has gotten too comfortable and feels that the international game simply isn't for him.
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany believes Lionel Messi is not done with Argentina.
Roberto Martinez talks about Lionel Messi's comments about leaving national team after a loss in the Copa America final.
Argentina World Cup winner Mario Kempes joins SportsCenter to discuss Lionel Messi's decision to retire from international football.

Argentina President Mauricio Macri told reporters on Tuesday that he spoke with Lionel Messi over the phone on Monday night to try to convince the Barcelona star to reconsider his decision to quit the national team after their Copa America Centenario defeat. 

Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium, and an emotional Messi said after the match that his career with the national team is over.

Macri told reporters on Tuesday that he told the striker "not...

Neymar should not captain Brazil under new boss Tite - Carlos Alberto

Pele backs Tite as Brazil's new coach but expresses sympathy for the sacked Dunga.
ESPN FC's Brazil correspondent Gustavo Hofman discusses the challenges ahead for new Brazil head coach, Tite.
Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as "Tite", has been named the new coach of Brazil's national team, according to his club.
ESPN FC's Roberto Martinez and Steve McManaman react to Brazil's recent sacking of Dunga.

Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto says new Selecao coach Tite should take the national captaincy away from Neymar.

Neymar was made Brazil captain when Dunga returned as coach in 2014, after a World Cup on home soil in which the Barcelona star had impressed but then watched injured as the team were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals.

The Copa America 2015 saw Neymar lead the team until he was sent off in a group game against Colombia and then missed the rest of the tournament...

 By Tim Vickery

CONCACAF presenting challenge to CONMEBOL on eve of Copa

Before Brazil's warm up friendly against Panama, Brazilian TVs pundits, former stars Junior and Casagrande, agreed that Dunga's team took the field with the obligation of winning by a big margin. A second minute goal hinted that this might be the case. But Brazil had to be satisfied with a 2-0 goal victory in a pleasing match which whetted the appetite for the Copa America Centenario.

The match in Denver ended up being of interest for two reasons:

One is the way in which Brazil approached the game....