Argentina and Spain drawn in World Cup group of death in mock draw

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Ahead of Friday 1st December's main event, the team at Sport360 held their own FIFA World Cup draw, to show some of the complications surrounding the draw and also see who could potentially be grouped together.

Argentina, Spain, Japan and Costa Rica were pitted together in a group of death in our mock-up while England, Portugal, South Korea and Egypt landed in another tough quartet.

Check out our full draw prediction in the video above.


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Saudi appoint Pizzi to replace former UAE coach Bauza

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The Chilean will represent Saudi Arabia at the World Cup 2018 draw.

Saudi Arabia have turned to ex-Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi as the latest man to lead them at World Cup 2018 after last week’s swift dismissal of ex-UAE supremo Edgardo Bauza.

The Saudi Football Federation last Wednesday sacked Bauza just two months and five friendlies after his shock defection from the Whites.

This followed a terminal breakdown in relations with the Netherlands’ Bert van Maarwijk, despite him ending a wait since 2006 to feature in the globe’s grandest football tournament.

Pizzi, 49, is expected to represent the country on Friday in Moscow at the draw for next year’s event.

Pizzi replaces Edgardo Bauza who was dismissed last week.

Pizzi replaces Edgardo Bauza who was dismissed last week.

The ex-Barcelona striker coached Chile to the 2016 Copa America title and also coached Valencia between 2013-14.

“We wanted Pizzi because of his achievements in the past and his ambitions for the future,” Saudi Arabian Football Federation president Abdel bin Mohammed Ezzat said in a statement. “We will do all we can to support him during preparations for the World Cup.”

Saudi Arabia, whose best World Cup effort came with a run to the last 16 on their tournament debut in 1994, booked their ticket for Russia by finishing second to Japan in Asian qualifying Group B.

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The most goals in football history - Brazil legend Pele tops all-time list with 1,281 strikes

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Legend of the game: Pele.

Quite simply, one of the best players to have ever laced up a pair of boots. That age-old debate about who is the greatest player of all time is hard to settle, but the brilliant Brazilian is considered by many as the ultimate legend of the game.

At the age of just 17, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but known the world-over as Pele, emerged to help the Yellows to World Cup success in 1958. Pace, trickery, skill, bravery, poise, temperament, flair and an eye for goal – even in his early years – it was easy to see what a special talent he was.

Pele went on to win two further World Cups, in 1962 and 1970, with his starring role in the 4-1 demolition of Italy in the ’70 final going a long way to confirm his greatness and indeed that Brazil side as being the perfect XI.

While he never played for a European club team, Pele scored an incredible 1,281 goals in 1,363 games in total, with the vast bulk of those coming for boyhood team Santos in his native Brazil before a two-year stint at New York Cosmos in the twilight of his career.

Pele embraces Brazilian goalkeeper Ado after Brazil beat Italy 4-1 to win the World Cup

Pele comfortably leads the goalscoring charts, with fellow Brazilian Romario a fair way behind him with 743 strikes to his name.

Octo Finissimo Automatic A Third World Record for Bulgari

Bulgari is once again the spotlight, proudly presenting its third successive world record.

The Octo Finissimo Automatic is the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date.

After introducing its Tourbillon in 2014 and the Minute Repeater in 2016, the Maison unveils its new creation featuring a total thickness of just 5.15mm, while its self-winding movement is just 2.23mm thick for a 40mm diameter.

The iconic Octo is once again pushing the boundaries of watchmaking feasibility.

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