2014 World Cup

  • Germany gives team financial incentive to win World Cup 29-11-2013 05:36 PM

    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...
  • Blatter hails electric Maracana, predicts great World Cup 02-07-2013 09:13 AM

    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...
  • Chilean coach Borghi fired after friendly loss 15-11-2012 01:22 PM

    Santiago: Claudio Borghi, coach of Chilean national football team, was fired after his team lost 1-3 to Serbia in an international friendly played in St Gallen, Switzerland. The bitter loss on Wednesday was just the last straw, as the 48-year-old lost his job mainly because of the team's poor performance...
  • 50-50 chance to play 2014 World Cup: Donovan 23-10-2012 10:46 PM

    Landon Donovan - the all-time 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...
  • Rio to stage 2014 FIFA World Cup final 20-10-2011 11:12 PM

    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 semi-finals 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 12-10-2011 06:53 PM

    Caracas: Even a draw would have been momentous, but Venezuela went a step further by beating Argentina 1-0 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...
  • Argentina beat Chile 4-1 in 2014 WC qualifiers 08-10-2011 11:11 AM

    Buenos Aires: Argentina lifted the gloom from a poor Copa America by routing Chile 4-1 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 hat-trick and Lionel Messi ended a 30-month goal...
  • I can't win matches alone, Messi tells Argentina 05-10-2011 10:25 AM

    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...
  • Australia, Japan win in 2014 WC qualifiers 03-09-2011 09:19 AM

    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...
  • WC qualifier: India face uphill task against UAE 27-07-2011 06:41 PM

    New Delhi: Their new-found confidence having suffered a huge beating after their 0-3 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...