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World Cup qualifying draw is now taking place

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Featuring the dynamic duo of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin to start things off. It can only get better, right?

Photo from this morning's match--Baptistao with the ball
Photo from this morning's match--Baptistao with the ball
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The World Cup qualifying draw is now taking place--in the USA you can watch it on Fox Sports 1 and other channels as well.

So far we know that the intercontinental playoffs will feature CONCACAF vs Asia, and Oceania vs South America.  Should be a pretty easy match for the 5th placed South American team, then, now that Australia isn't in the Oceania federation any more.

The Guardian is also blogging the "event", and anyone who writes this paragraph:

"Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s seminal novel Crime and Punishment is set amid an unseasonal heatwave in St. Petersburg, Russia. The protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov, slowly loses his grip on reality as the law closes in, against the backdrop of a morally bankrupt city, where artificial opulence sits uncomfortably alongside dreadful poverty. Coincidentally, St. Petersburg is also the venue for today’s FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying draw"

is a friend of mine!

Minor Villarreal content as ex-amarillo Diego Forlan is one of the poor sods...er, honored players...who gets to share a stage with Messrs. Putin and Blatter for a bit.