2010 World Cup

  • Indian women hockey team qualifies for World Cup '10 December 23, 2009

    Indian women hockey team has qualified for the World Cup next year after reaching the finals of the Asia Cup. ...
  • South Africa play Mexico in football World Cup opener December 5, 2009

    Cape Town: Hosts South Africa will kick off the opening match of Africa's first World Cup finals against Mexico next year with two former winners, France and Uruguay, also drawn in the same group on Friday. But if the hosts did not get the easy draw they were hoping for in...
  • FIFA apologises to Ireland, Henry faces ban December 3, 2009

    Cape Town: FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologised to Ireland on Wednesday for revealing that the country's football association had asked for a 33rd place at next year's World Cup in South Africa. Blatter said he regretted telling a football business conference in Johannesburg that the Irish had asked for an extra...
  • Maradona could face ban, fine for media outburst October 17, 2009

    Buenos Aires: Argentina coach Diego Maradona could be banned for several matches and fined for an obscenity-filled outburst at a news conference after Wednesday's World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay. "We're now opening a disciplinary case against the Argentine coach and now it's up to the relevant party in FIFA -...
  • Chile qualify for World Cup, Argentina back on track October 12, 2009

    Buenos Aires/Medellin (Colombia): Chile qualified on Saturday for the 2010 World Cup while Argentina obtained a dramatic injury-time win to get back on track to South Africa. Chile obtained a solid 4-2 away win in Medellin, Colombia, as Argentina beat Peru 2-1 in Buenos Aires despite another very poor performance. Uruguay also...
  • Argentinians want Maradona's head October 10, 2009

    Buenos Aires: The beleaguered national football coach Diego Maradona should take his hat and leave - even if the team qualifies for the 2010 World Cup, according to an opinion poll released on Friday. The poll was conducted on the internet by the country's major sports publication, Ole, and was not...
  • England hit Andorra for six at Wembley June 11, 2009

    New Delhi: England remain perfect in World Cup qualification Group Six after a walk in the park on Wednesday evening. Fabio Capello handed David Beckham a start in place of the suspended Gareth Barry, allowing him to wear the No.7 shirt. Joleon Lescott lined up alongside John Terry in central defence,...
  • Ecuador prove two strong for Argentina June 11, 2009

    New Delhi: Argentina are in real danger of missing out on the World Cup after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador in Quito. Argentina knew that a positive result would steer them closer towards the World Cup and they started strongly against Ecuador. In the 4th minute Carlos Tevez was sent through...
  • FIFA medical team happy with South African preparations March 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Preparations for the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa continue to run smoothly as the medical setup in the country was recently given the thumbs-up by FIFA’s committee. The FIFA medical team recently said that it was satisfied with arrangements put in place by South Africa ahead of...
  • Football World Cup ticket sales begins February 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Football fans can apply for tickets on FIFA's official website with the aim of landing access to a plethora of games in the World Cup finals in South Africa. The journey for many a football fan began, as FIFA's official website opened on Friday to applications for World Cup...
  • South Africa definitely staging World Cup: Blatter December 17, 2008

    New Delhi: Reports that Spain had been lined up as a possible substitute for the tournament in two years time have been dismissed by FIFA's president. Sepp Blatter has stated that South Africa will definitely be hold the World Cup Finals in 2010 and that any Plan B had been shelved...
  • Spain, England and Dutch win their WC qualifier match October 16, 2008

    London: Striker David Villa maintained European champions Spain's perfect start to 2010 World Cup qualifying with a late winner to sink Belgium 2-1 on Wednesday. England, who overcame Belarus 3-1, and the Netherlands, 1-0 winners over Norway, also kept their 100 per cent records. Greece, the only other European nation to begin...
  • Ethiopia thrown out of 2010 World Cup qualifying September 13, 2008

    Zurich: Ethiopia have been thrown out of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup because of an unresolved dispute over leadership of the African country's football federation. All four matches played by Ethiopia in Africa's Group 8 have been wiped from the record, FIFA said on Friday. The group now only comprises...
  • European sides begin fight for 2010 World Cup spots September 4, 2008

    London: European countries begin their campaigns to reach the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa on Saturday with newly crowned continental champions Spain and world champions Italy among those under new management. Vicente del Bosque has succeeded Luis Aragones as Spain's coach while Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is...
  • Forget the past, work on 2010 WC: Zidane to France June 24, 2008

    New Delhi: It was eight years ago when France won the Euro Championships to add the cherry to their World Cup winning cake. So it's only natural that one of the heroes of that win; a man often described as among the greatest to have played the game is disappointed at...
  • Capello sees Beckham in team for 2010 World Cup March 26, 2008

    Paris: England manager Fabio Capello has brought David Beckham back onto his team and it's nothing to do with the star reaching 100 appearances. He believes that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder might well be wearing the same white shirt at the 2010 World Cup. "The David Beckham I know can certainly...
  • Asian giants win World Cup qualifying matches February 7, 2008

    Bangkok: The big hitters of Asian soccer got their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaigns off to a flying start on Wednesday with Australia, Japan and South Korea securing sizable wins. But there were sluggish starts for the top Gulf teams, with Iran held to a disappointing goalless draw with part-timers Syria...
  • England, Croatia in same group, US may play Cuba November 26, 2007

    Durban: Politics and football will mix in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, which can't make FIFA happy. South and North Korea will meet in Asian qualifying for the tournament, and the United States could face Cuba in the CONCACAF semi-finals. England were drawn with Croatia, who had stopped them from qualifying...
  • FIFA unveils poster for 2010 World Cup finals November 24, 2007

    Durban: FIFA unveiled the official poster of the 2010 World Cup finals on Friday - a striking design of the African continent forming a man's profile as he heads a ball. The design was chosen after a nationwide public vote in South Africa. FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Irvin Khoza,...
  • England likely to miss World Cup top seedings November 23, 2007

    Berne: England's miserable week took another turn for the worse on Friday with the publication of the FIFA world rankings which left them outside a probable World Cup qualifying draw top seeding. Following their European Championship qualifying exit after defeat at home to Croatia on Wednesday, England are now ranked as...
  • 2010 WC qualifier: Brazil get lucky against Uruguay November 22, 2007

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil came from behind to beat Uruguay 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday but were upstaged by Paraguay and Ecuador who both went on scoring sprees. Luis Fabiano scored both goals as Brazil overcame their smaller neighbours in Sao Paulo on a night when they were...
  • Colombia beat Argentina on Tevez's night of shame November 21, 2007

    Bogota: Argentina lost their unbeaten record in 2010 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 loss away to Colombia on Tuesday, with forward Carlos Tevez sent off after just 25 minutes. Lionel Messi gave Argentina a first-half lead with an individual goal but Colombia hit back after the break with a Ruben...
  • 2010 qualifiers: Peru hold Brazil to a 1-1 draw November 19, 2007

    Lima: Peru drew Brazil 1-1 and Uruguay and Chile finished 2-2 in South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup on Sunday. Only Brazil improved in the standings, from fourth to third on goal difference. Uruguay remained fifth, Chile sixth on goal difference, and Peru eighth in the 10-team standings topped...
  • Brazil rout Ecuador in soccer World Cup qualifier October 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Brazil put on a superlative display in their 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janerio routing their opponents 5-0. The match was the first at the Maracana Stadium in seven years and after an indifferent start the hosts got on the scoresheet...
  • Australia Asia's top seeds for 2010 WC qualifiers August 3, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur: Australia were named as Asia's top seeds for region's 2010 World Cup qualifiers by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday. The Socceroos will go into Monday's draw seeded first with South Korea second, Saudi Arabia third and Japan fourth, based on the teams' results at the 2006 World...