World Cup Teams Are Finalized | Weekly Soccer News Roundup - November 13-17, 2017

World Cup Teams Are Finalized; Buffon Retires; Zola back at Chelsea; Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid?


In case you missed it, here are this week's top stories from around the soccer world brought to you by your friends at the Podcast FC Show.

Who is going to the 2018 World Cup?

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The world of soccer is abuzz this week with the last of the 32 World Cup teams being completing their playoff qualifiers. It took heroics from Denmark's Christian Eriksen and Australia's Miles Jedinak to catapult their nations into the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. The tournament will be from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Did your nation make it? Read more at:

Buffon retires from international soccer

Italian legend, Gianluigi Buffon has announced his retirement following the 2-leg shock defeat at the hands of Sweden which crashed Italy out World Cup Qualifiers. This is the first time the soccer-power nation has missed a World Cup since 1958. Read more at:



Chelsea's Roman Abramovich to use Zola to repair Conte relationship

It's been well documented that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not the easiest owner to get along with. He has left a string of top managers' corpses whilst on his endeavor to make his club the most formidable club in Europe. It's not a surprise that over the last few weeks, reports have arisen that Abramovich and Conte are no longer on speaking terms. In an shrewed attempt to repair the relationship, it's been reported that Abramovich plans to recruit Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola. Read more at:

Carlo Ancelotti to take over Italy National Team

The obvious favorite to take over the reins for Italian soccer is Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian Football Federation has opened talks with the currently unemployed legendary Italian manager and its almost a guarantee that he'll be given  gig. Read more at:

Sam Allardyce pulls out of contention for Everton job

Sam Allardyce is no longer interested in the Everton job as he cites that 'he didn't feel wanted' by the Everton brass. Tiki and most Everton fans will be relieved to hear the news. Read more at:

Romelu Lukaku becomes top scorer for Belgium...FIFA disagrees

Romelu Lukaku has been prolific for the Belgian national team scoring 31 goals in 63 appearances. FIFA claims he has only scored 28 goals as they do not recognize his hat trick scored against Luxembourg. Belgium inadvertently used 7 of 6 substitutes during the friendly, forcing FIFA to nullify the contest. Read more at:

Transfer Nuggets

Here are this week's transfer nuggets brought to you by your friends at the Podcast FC Show.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid (AS)
  • Neymar linked with Real Madrid after Ronaldo turns down contract (Express)
  • Messi wants Dele Alli at Barcelona (Daily Mail)
  • Barcelona are current favorites to land Antione Griezmann (Bleacher Report)
  • Mezut Ozil to Manchester United is starting to get legs (Manchester Evening News)
  • Leon Goreztka to Liverpool? (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea to sell Willian to create funds for Lucas Moura (Bleacher Report)

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