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# World Cup

This week
28th May 2023 - 2nd June 2023
# Closer Look
How has the club season gone for Vera Pauw's World Cup hopefuls?
13 Irish internationals featured in the 2022/23 WSL campaign, which wrapped up over the weekend.
# The 42
Farrell sticks with Ireland plans despite Munster's flurry of form
Some excellent players are unlucky to miss out on Ireland’s World Cup training squad.
Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# Final Preparations
Ireland to face Colombia in Brisbane in final World Cup warm-up game
The sides will play behind closed doors six days before Ireland make their major tournament debut against co-hosts Australia.
This year
# One to Watch
Documentary about Ireland women's team to air ahead of World Cup
The 42 understands it will tell the story of qualification.
# Up In The Air
Ireland's World Cup preparations could be thrown into disarray amidst club v country row
Some clubs may not release their players until 10 days before the tournament after a call from the European Club Association.
# class is permanent
Munster man Earls returns as time runs down in bid for World Cup places
The 35-year-old has had an injury-ravaged season but is now back fit.
# women's champions league
Injury worries for Ireland star Katie McCabe ahead of World Cup in July
McCabe was pictured on crutches and wearing a protective boot after the game.
# Analysis
Connacht's Blade pushing hard to break up Ireland's pecking order
The 28-year-old Monivea man showed his qualities once again in Galway last weekend.
# road to glory
It's a lopsided World Cup but Farrell's Ireland won't fear anyone
The draws means the top five-ranked teams in the world are on one side of the tournament.
# World Cup
Andy Farrell: 'We're a good side that has nowhere near reached its potential'
Ireland will celebrate the Grand Slam but the World Cup is already in view.
# World Cup
'We're a good side that has nowhere near reached its potential' - Farrell
Ireland will celebrate the Grand Slam but the World Cup is already in view.
# more more more
2026 World Cup set to include a new last-32 stage in extended tournament
The PA news agency understands qualifiers are set to be split into 12 groups of four rather than 16 groups of three.
# sob
'Do I think Ireland will get past a World Cup quarter-final? Yes, I do'
Seán O’Brien feels there is still change ahead in Andy Farrell’s squad.
# Class Act
'He is a world-class player. He’s important, he is a giver' - Munster's Snyman hailed
Graham Rowntree says the return of the World Cup winner after his injury nightmare is the perfect boost
# recognition
Messi beats Mbappe to Fifa Best prize, Putellas claims women's award
The award is voted for by national team coaches and captains, journalists, and also fans
# accusation
French prosecutors open rape investigation into PSG's Achraf Hakimi
The club, contacted by AFP, declined to comment.
# not leaving
Boost for Argentina as the man who masterminded World Cup triumph commits
Lionel Scaloni took over the job in 2018.
# honours even
All square in Spain as Ireland begin World Cup year with friendly against China
Aoife Mannion was among the brightest sparks for Ireland on her debut.
# Australia
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
# exit door
Fiji head coach Cotter quits seven months before Rugby World Cup
The 61-year-old took charge of Fiji in 2020.
# depth chart
Which players have played the most for Ireland under Andy Farrell?
The Ireland boss has handed out 30 debuts since his tenure began in 2020.
# Trouble
Everton woes worsened by Southampton comeback win at under-threat Goodison
Nottingham Forest boost survival hopes with victory over Leicester, and Wolves beat relegation rivals West Ham.
Last year
# Goat
Pep Guardiola hails Messi as greatest footballer ever
City manager describes World Cup win as ‘final achievement of an incredible career’ for Messi.
# world cup champs
Argentina forced to swap bus for helicopters as fans swarm streets during homecoming parade
Players and staff had to abandon their open-top bus parade.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the World Cup final?
Argentina will take on reigning champions France in the final today.
# Eva Kaili
Greek MEP at centre of Qatar-linked corruption scandal faces key court ruling
Eva Kaili was arrested last week during a series of police raids across homes and offices in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
# World Cup
US journalist Grant Wahl died of aortic aneurysm in Qatar, his wife confirms
Céline Gounder expressed her gratitude for the ‘outpouring of support, love, and sympathy from around the world’ following her husband’s death.
# Eva Kaili
EU parliament sacks vice president amid Qatar corruption probe
The assembly’s MEPs voted 625 to one to strip Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili of her vice presidential role.
# All to do
Varane insists France must avoid Morocco ‘trap’ to earn place in World Cup final
The defending champions are just two victories away from becoming the first side to retain the World Cup trophy since Brazil in 1962.
# World Cup
French sports minister wore rainbow-sleeved jumper during quarter final game in Qatar last night
The rights of the LGBTQ+ community has been a recurrent point of discussion at the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
# Your Say
Poll: Who will win this year's World Cup?
After England’s woes last night, the semi-finals have been confirmed.
# On the up
Ireland reach all-time high in Fifa rankings ahead of World Cup in Australia
The rise continues for Vera Pauw’s side.
# Poll
Poll: Are you watching the World Cup?
We’re asking if you are tuning into the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar.
# New Era
World Cup winner White warns 'naive' South Africans ahead of Champions Cup debut
White’s Bulls team face Lyon and Exeter this month.
# possibility
Raheem Sterling considering return to England's World Cup squad
The 27-year-old travelled back to the UK to check on his family’s well-being following a break-in.
# Time to go
Belgium’s Eden Hazard retires from international football
Hazard won 126 caps for his country.
Qatar World Cup chief: Migrant worker death toll 'between 400 and 500'
Hassan Al-Thawadi gave the figures during an interview on TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored.
# Qatar 2022 News
Man with rainbow flag invades pitch during World Cup game
The man was on the field for about 30 seconds during the second half.
# Not happy
Iran complain to Fifa over removal of Islamic Republic symbol in US social media posts
The US infuriated their opponents by posting altered images of Iran’s flag.
# Ugly scenes
Riots erupt in Brussels after Morocco stun Belgium at World Cup
Police used water cannon and teargas after coming under attack from football supporters.