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The battle to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ recommences this week, with several intriguing matches on the cards across the planet. After Tahitiand Solomon Islandsget the ball rolling with their encounter on Monday, the proceedings will really be ratcheted up from Thursday, when qualifying resumes in South America, where Brazil-Argentina promises to be among the highlights.

On Friday, meanwhile, the action will be restarting in the CONCACAF, Africanand Europeanzones, where it will be continuing throughout the weekend. In all, almost 50 qualifiers are on the menu this week and as ever, FIFA.com will be going all out to enable you to keep close tabs on all the events, bringing you previews, analysis, exclusive interviews, photos, videos, social media content and statistics, including live coverage via our World Match Centre.

From Guillermo Ochoato Jurgen Klinsmann, Rubin Okotie, Seamus Colemanand Marcello Lippi. Just like every week, several leading lights from the football world will be talking shop on FIFA.com in the coming days. Another figure who definitely fits this description is Marco van Basten and you will certainly not want to miss our interview with him on Tuesday. The legendary Dutch attacker will be discussing The Best FIFA Football Awards™and what it meant to him when he was named the top player on the planet. Ahead of the ceremony on 9 January, the captains and head coaches of all of the world's national teams will have the chance to make their picks for the cream of the crop in every category. However, the big new feature is that YOU can also have your say: you have until 22 November to cast your votes, so do not take too long to make up your mind!

Last but not least, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea gets underway next Sunday. FIFA.comwill be gearing up for the big kick-off all week long, giving you the lowdown on the upcoming competition and looking back at some of the most memorable moments from the previous editions. Have a great week of football on FIFA.com.