A tour to play Chile and Uruguay three years ago helped Northern Ireland to shed their small-time mentality, reach Euro 2016, and earn this week’s two-leg World Cup play-off against Switzerland.
Kasper Schmeichel is aiming to live out yet another fairytale by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while De Rød-Hvide boss says that Christian Eriksen will hold the key to their success.
Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura says a World Cup without Italy does not even bear thinking about and remains convinced that the nation will book their place in Russia over the next week.
Thirty-one years have passed since Northern Ireland last graced a World Cup finals but, for Nigel Worthington, one image remains seared into his memory.
Northern Ireland v Switzerland, Croatia v Greece, Sweden v Italy, and Denmark v Republic of Ireland, this is what you need to know as these eight teams battle it out for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
With the 2018 World Cup playoffs fast approaching, FIFA.com looked at some of the players who could prove decisive in the upcoming playoffs.
The Egypt and Al-Taawoun keeper will become the oldest player ever to feature in a World Cup next summer at the ripe age of 45.
Former international Seyi Olofinjana believes Nigeria should target the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup.
Whether your country has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia yet or not, you need to register with FIFA by Wednesday, October 12, 2017, to be able to buy tickets. The Panenka provides a guide to buying tickets for the tournament.