2014 World Cup

  • World Cup 2014: Choose the CNNIBN Dream Team July 10, 2014

    Help Karim Bencherifa and Novy Kapadia in selecting the 2014 World Cup Dream Team. Your team should consist of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 2 midfielders and 4 forwards. Post your choices in the poll below. ...
  • Germany gives team financial incentive to win World Cup November 29, 2013

    Berlin: Germany's players would each earn a payout of 300,000 euros ($408,300) if they win the World Cup in Brazil. The German Football Federation says team captain Philipp Lahm and the rest of the players quickly agreed to keep the same incentive scheme that was in place for last year's European...
  • Blatter hails electric Maracana, predicts great World Cup July 2, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed the Maracana fans and the electric atmosphere at Sunday's Confederations Cup final as the most incredible he had ever heard and said Brazil would host a great 2014 World Cup. Speaking at a news conference where FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke pledged...
  • Third goal-line technology system approved by FIFA February 25, 2013

    Zurich: A third goal-line technology system has been approved and granted a licence, making it eligible to be considered for use at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA said in a statement on Monday. The German-manufactured Cairos system uses magnetic fields set up around the goals to determine whether or not the...
  • Maradona top candidate to become Iraq's football coach December 21, 2012

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming coach of Iraq and wants to take the country to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, Argentine agent Hernan Tofoni told Reuters on Thursday. Maradona, who is acting as a consultant for the UAE club Al Wasl that he...
  • Scolari returns for second stint as Brazil coach November 29, 2012

    Rio de Janeiro: Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as the coach of 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil on Thursday, returning for a second stint to lead his country's bid to win a sixth world title on home soil in little more than 18 months' time. The man known as Felipao...
  • Chilean coach Borghi fired after friendly loss November 15, 2012

    Santiago: Claudio Borghi, coach of Chilean national football team, was fired after his team lost 13 to Serbia in an international friendly played in St Gallen, Switzerland. The bitter loss on Wednesday was just the last straw, as the 48yearold lost his job mainly because of the team's poor performance...
  • 5050 chance to play 2014 World Cup: Donovan October 23, 2012

    Landon Donovan the alltime top goalscorer for the United States says he is unsure whether he will feature in the 2014 World Cup finals for his country, rating his chances at 50/50. Donovan, 30, has suffered from a number of injuries in the past year and has played in...
  • WC in Brazil would be extra special for Spain September 10, 2012

    The chance to feature at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is an extra motivation for Spain's veteran players, said coach Vicente del Bosque on the eve of their first qualifying match in Georgia. Spain's haul of two European Championship titles and one World Cup trophy in the last four years...
  • Spain coach Del Bosque extends contract April 18, 2012

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has signed a contract extension after having previously been offered a new twoyear deal. The 61yearold told Onda Cero radio on Tuesday that he had "renewed" his deal with the Spanish federation, and though he did not divulge the length of the new agreement, Del...
  • Rio to stage 2014 FIFA World Cup final October 20, 2011

    Zurich: Rio de Janeiro will stage the 2014 World Cup final with Sao Paulo hosting the tournament's opening match featuring Brazil, world soccer's governing body FIFA announced on Thursday. The semifinals were awarded to Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo, which has only just started work on its stadium and was...
  • Venezuela stun Argentina in World Cup qualifier October 12, 2011

    Caracas: Even a draw would have been momentous, but Venezuela went a step further by beating Argentina 10 in a World Cup qualifier for their first ever win over the South American heavyweights. Venezuela, no longer the whipping boys of South American soccer, had lost all 18 of their previous matches...
  • Argentina beat Chile 41 in 2014 WC qualifiers October 8, 2011

    Buenos Aires: Argentina lifted the gloom from a poor Copa America by routing Chile 41 in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday, while Uruguay also scored four to get their campaign off to a good start. Gonzalo Higuain scored a hattrick and Lionel Messi ended a 30month goal...
  • I can't win matches alone, Messi tells Argentina October 5, 2011

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi is trying to ease the pressure on himself ahead of Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, saying on Tuesday that he can't win matches all on his own. The Barcelona star made the comments on his arrival in Buenos Aires before Friday's game at home to Chile and...
  • Australia, Japan win in 2014 WC qualifiers September 3, 2011

    Auckland: Australia and Japan left it late on Friday as they began their bid to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with narrow home victories over lowly ranked opposition. After receiving byes in the opening two rounds of Asian qualifying after reaching last year's World Cup finals, both looked rusty...
  • WC qualifier: India face uphill task against UAE July 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Their newfound confidence having suffered a huge beating after their 03 loss in the away match, India face an uphill task to advance to the next stage of the 2014 World Cup football qualifiers as they take on United Arab Emirates here on Thursday. India had beaten Qatar in...
  • Brazil lone bidder for staging 2014 World Cup August 1, 2007

    Zurich: The Brazilian football association (CBF) formally submitted its plans for staging the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday but kept the details close to its chest. A Brazilian delegate, headed by CBF president Ricardo Teixeira, handed over a 900page dossier at the headquarters of world football's governing body but declined to...