Seven days ago, 21 teams had confirmed their spots in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but after a final week of qualifying that included 17 games across five continents, the field for next summer’s championship in Brazil is set. Uruguay’s Wednesday win over Jordan snatched the last spot, with Mexico having clinched their berth earlier in the day. Croatia, France, Greece, and Portugal will join Europe’s contingent as well as the Africa quintet that clinched their spots this week.
These 32 teams will now be slotted into eight, four-team groups for next summer’s tournament, with a draw in Brazil on Dec. 6 set to hand each team their assignment. As Steve Davis pointed out yesterday, one group will surely be labeled the Group of
Death Need a New Euphemism, though the depth of this year’s field ensure they’ll be no easy rides come June 13.
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Here is the full, list of nations that will take part in Brazil 2014. Teams “seeded” for next month’s draw are in bold:
Qualified nations out of AFRICA
- Ivory Coast
Qualified nations out of EUROPE
Qualified nations out of CONCACAF (North and Central America)
- Costa Rica
- United States
Qualified nations out of SOUTH AMERICA
- Brazil (hosts)
Qualified nations out of ASIA
- South Korea
NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.
If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.
The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.
Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.
Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.
Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.
Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.
Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.
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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.
Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.
The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.
Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.
The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.
In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.