World Cup 2018: Who needs what to qualify for Russia next year?

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England are nearly there but a World Cup place for the other home nations hangs in the balance before the final group qualifying matches. Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland all have the chance to finish second in their group, which may well seal a place in the play-offs for Russia 2018. But coming second and staying in contention are not necessarily the same thing. Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Iceland face a battle to go through, while Argentina are in trouble and Syria are in a play-off to keep their unlikely World Cup dream alive. Here, we analyse the scenarios to establish who needs what from the final two rounds of qualifiers.


Nations League: Wales beaten to spot in league A by Netherlands

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Wales have missed out on a place in the top tier of Uefa's new Nations League tournament after losing their final World Cup qualifier. The Nations League sees the 55 European national teams divided into four pots dependant on their rankings, with the top 12 going into League A. The Republic of Ireland, who beat Wales to get into the World Cup play-off, are also in League B with Northern Ireland. England are in League A with Scotland in League C. Netherlands' 2-0 win over Sweden in their final game in World Cup qualifying Group D means they move above Wales, into 12th place in Uefa's co-efficient rankings, taking the final place in League A.


Guide to the venues

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This month's European Championship finals will be the biggest ever, with 51 games staged at 10 locations, including new stadiums in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice. Building the new venues and renovating historic grounds such as Marseille's Stade Velodrome has cost 1.6bn euros ( 1.2bn) - modernisation which was necessary, organisers say, because France did not fully capitalise on hosting the 1998 World Cup. BBC Sport presents its venue-by-venue guide to the grounds that England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will be playing in, featuring such varied delights as vibrating stands, floating roofs and adjacent slag heaps. Created by the architects behind Munich's Allianz Arena and Beijing's'Bird Nest' Olympic stadium, the 42,000-capacity Stade de Bourdeaux has steep stands, with upper tiers at a 35 angle - the maximum allowed in France. The 184m euro ( 130m) stadium's stanchions are designed to resemble pine trees in the nearby Landes forest - claimed to be the biggest planted forest in Europe, and marshland until the 19th century.


World Cup 2018: No British referee chosen for tournament

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There will be no British referee at the World Cup this summer for the first time since 1938. Fifa has chosen 36 officials for the tournament in Russia but none from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Mark Clattenburg was the only Briton on Fifa's long list of officials, collated in summer 2016, from which it would choose the final selection for Russia. But he left his job with the Premier League and forfeited his place. Clattenburg, who took charge of the Euro 2016 final when Portugal overcame hosts France, quit his job as a top-flight official in February 2017 to become Saudi Arabia's new head of referees.


Back To School Phishing Attack: Students Targeted By Email Scam

International Business Times

As students return to school, they'll have to keep as close an eye on their inbox as they do on their GPA, as law enforcement has warned of a new wave of phishing scams targeting students in an attempt to steal their personal information. The attack highlighted by Action Fraud--the United Kingdom's fraud and cybercrime reporting center--as well as by the City of London Police, who are advising new and returning students at universities to be aware of the email-based scams. The phishing emails directed at university goers purport to be from the Student Loans Company, a government-owned non-profit that provides student loans to those attending school in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The messages are relatively straightforward and not personalized, but deliver a message that may be enough to cause alarm for students and trick them into engaging with the email, especially during the busy first days of a new semester. Newsweek is hosting a Structure Security Event in San Francisco, Sept. 26-27.