FIFA World Cup

  • Shakira's 'La la la' is the new official FIFA World Cup song 23-03-2014 10:47 AM

    Los Angeles: Singer-performer Shakira, who made the world dance to the tunes of her song 'Waka waka' during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has recorded a new number for the official World Cup to be held in Brazil this time. The star, who is dating Spain defender Gerard Piqu, has...
  • Brazil to face Panama in pre-World Cup friendly 24-02-2014 12:32 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil will fine-tune their FIFA World Cup preparations with an international friendly against Panama June 3. The two teams will meet at the Serra Dourada stadium in the central Brazilian city of Goiania, Panama's football federation said on its official website on Sunday. It will be Brazil's...
  • FIFA: 2.3 million World Cup tickets allocated 22-02-2014 10:13 AM

    Florianopolis: FIFA said on Friday it has allocated 2.3 million tickets for the World Cup, with Brazilians and Americans receiving most of them. Football's governing body said the 2014 tournament is "the most successful World Cup" in terms of requests, with nearly 10 million people trying to get a hold...
  • Pitbull collaborates with Katy Perry for remix song 29-01-2014 06:20 PM

    Los Angeles: Rapper Pitbull has teamed up with pop star Katy Perry for the remix of her 'Dark Horse'. The new version, which leaked on January 27, features Pitbull replacing the verses which were originally recorded by Juicy J, reported Ace Showbiz. The original version of 'Dark Horse' appears in...
  • Colombia's Radamel Falcao could be fit in time for World Cup 26-01-2014 12:34 PM

    Bogota: Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has been given a 50-50 chance of playing at the World Cup in June after undergoing a successful knee operation on Saturday. Falcao, his country's big hope for their first appearance at finals since 1998, sustained cruciate ligament damage in his left knee while playing...
  • Six events that will matter in 2014 20-01-2014 11:56 AM

    1. Sky City, the world's tallest skyscraper, to open in Changsha, China Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened on January 4, 2010. It's both an architectural marvel and a reminder of hubris-for it coincided with Dubai's financial troubles. Its record will be broken by China's Sky...
  • Sony Six to telecast 2014 FIFA World Cup, U-17 WC 15-01-2014 07:10 PM

    Mumbai: Sony Six has secured exclusive broadcast rights for major international football tournaments including this year's FIFA World Cup and U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India in 2017, the company announced on Wednesday. The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia will also be telecast on...
  • Australian Mark Bresciano cleared for World Cup by CAS 07-01-2014 11:40 PM

    Berne: Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano, handed a four-month ban over a transfer dispute, has been cleared to play at the World Cup following a decision by sport's highest tribunal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it had rejected a request from Bresciano to temporarily lift the suspension, imposed...
  • Brazil far behind in FIFA World Cup 2014 preparations: Sepp Blatter 06-01-2014 09:34 PM

    Geneva: FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized Brazil's slow preparations for the World Cup, saying the South American nation is further behind than any other country has been during his time with the organization. Brazil have completed only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums even though FIFA had set...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy to reach Kolkata on Sunday 20-12-2013 07:15 PM

    Mumbai: Football fans in Kolkata can have a glimpse of the 6.175 kg solid gold FIFA World Cup Trophy when it arrives in the city on December 22 from Kathmandu, Nepal. The trophy, which would be intensely fought for in Brazil next year, is currently in Bhutan and is all...
  • India gets down to preparing for Under-17 FIFA World Cup 15-12-2013 04:43 PM

    New Delhi: India is gearing itself to host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017, in preparation for which, the country's parent body for football, is giving the push to short-listed host cities to put infrastructure upgradation on the fast track. Encouraged by the World Cup allotment, the All India...
  • Does Qatar's 2022 football World Cup stadium look like a vagina? 19-11-2013 06:45 PM

    The designers call it "truly the start of something amazing." But the amazement of fans looking at the design soon turns into amusement when they realise that the proposed Al Wakrah Stadium actually looks more like a part of the female anatomy than traditional dhow boat that officials say was...
  • France out to avoid missing first World Cup in 20 years 18-11-2013 09:36 AM

    London: France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing their first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock...
  • Ivory Coast qualify for third straight World Cup 17-11-2013 10:19 AM

    Casablanca: Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 1-1 with Senegal for a 4-2 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday. Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran...
  • India set to submit U-17 FIFA World Cup bid documents 08-11-2013 02:19 PM

    New Delhi: The uncertainty over India presenting its bid documents to host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup before the stipulated deadline ended on Friday with the government furnishing the required guarantees so that AIFF can submit the documents to the sport's world governing body. With just a few days...
  • Lionel Messi to lead Argentina in final World Cup qualifier 28-09-2013 08:54 AM

    Buenos Aires: Famed Argentine footballer Lionel Messi will lead his national team in the final double-match of the South American Qualifying Tournament that will decide who goes to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for which Argentina has already qualified. Argentina's Football Association (AFA) announced the partial line-up on Friday...
  • UEFA members back winter World Cup in Qatar 19-09-2013 10:13 PM

    Dubrovnik, Croatia: UEFA's 54 member countries support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, even though the rest of European football is not ready to agree on anything before consultation with FIFA. Clubs, leagues and players' unions which join national federations in the Professional Football Strategy Council declined...
  • USA book seventh straight football World Cup berth 12-09-2013 09:25 AM

    Columbus, Ohio: The fireworks had gone off and so had the smoke bombs. The red-white-and-blue-clad crowd had finished singing "Dos a cero! Dos a cero!" over and over and over. The United States had qualified for its seventh straight World Cup, and it was time to look ahead to the...
  • Colombia and Chile close in on World Cup qualification 07-09-2013 10:29 PM

    Baranquilla, Colombia: Colombia and Chile moved to the brink of qualification for next year's World Cup by winning key South American qualifiers on Friday, while Uruguay boosted their chances and Paraguay avoided elimination with a victory. Colombia won 1-0 at home against Ecuador and Chile completed a 3-0 home victory...
  • Ronaldo rescues Portugal; Spain and Germany win in WC qualifiers 07-09-2013 08:21 AM

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Portugal with a speedy hat-trick to avoid a slip-up in Northern Ireland, while Netherlands dropped their first points as Spain and Germany took easier steps towards World Cup qualification. England moved level on points at the top of Group H with Montenegro after marching to a...
  • High demand as FIFA World Cup ticket sales begin 20-08-2013 11:12 PM

    Sao Paulo, Brazil: Tickets for next year's FIFA World Cup went on sale online on Tuesday with 16 of the 64 matches immediately seeing a high number of applicants, including the opening match in Sao Paulo and the final in Rio de Janeiro. FIFA's website showed there were more ticket...
  • Masefield backs Brazil to lift 2014 World Cup at home 27-07-2013 05:03 PM

    Mumbai: Noted football analyst and former English player Paul Masefield is backing Brazil to lift the coveted FIFA World Cup next year and said he would be amazed if the South American team failed to win it on home turf. "(I am backing) Brazil - a hundred per cent. Home...
  • Brazil have long way to go to be the best: Carlos Alberto Parreira 27-07-2013 12:42 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's resounding Confederations Cup victory must not lull Brazilians into thinking their team is better than Spain or Germany, according to technical coordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira. Brazil, who will host the World Cup next year, are only at the team-building stage despite crushing world champions Spain 3-0...
  • Brazil defends itself as right choice for 2014 World Cup 19-07-2013 09:42 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's government defended the country as host of the 2014 World Cup on Thursday, a day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter warned that recent protests meant it might have been the wrong choice. More than one million people took to the streets during last month's Confederations Cup...
  • World Cup 2018 venues to be completed on time 21-06-2013 04:47 PM

    Moscow: All stadiums being built for the FIFA World Cup 2018, to be staged in Russia, will be completed on time though they are at present below FIFA standards, Russian sports officials said. "All of the stadiums have problems meeting the FIFA standards," Daniil Izotenkov, head of the Arena 2018,...
  • Confident of winning U-17 FIFA World Cup bid: Praful Patel 13-06-2013 10:43 PM

    New Delhi: Having got the government clearance, AIFF president Praful Patel on Thursday expressed confidence that India would win the right to host the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 despite facing strong competition from the other three bidding countries. "This is an extremely positive development for Indian football and...
  • Switzerland beat Cyprus 1-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier 09-06-2013 07:00 PM

    Geneva: Switzerland took a huge step toward Brazil on Saturday when substitute Haris Seferovic scored in the 90th minute for a 1-0 victory over Cyprus in a World Cup qualifying match. The Swiss moved four points clear atop their Group One a day after closest challengers Albania and Iceland both...
  • Argentina stay on top in FIFA World Cup qualifying in South America 09-06-2013 05:59 PM

    Buenos Aires: Argentina remained five points clear atop the South American World Cup qualifying standings despite being held to a 0-0 home draw by Colombia on Friday. Argentina improved to 25 points from 12 matches, comfortably clear of Colombia and Ecuador, who both have 20 points from 11 games. Ecuador...
  • Portugal win, Italy draw in World Cup qualifying 08-06-2013 09:54 AM

    Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 1-0 while Mario Balotelli was red-carded for Italy in a 0-0 draw at the Czech Republic that put the four-time world champions closer to next year's finals. Helder Postiga's ninth-minute winner in Lisbon lifted the Portuguese from third to first...
  • Egypt close in on 2014 FIFA World Cup place 06-06-2013 10:25 PM

    Johannesburg: Egypt are closing in on a World Cup place, an achievement that would wipe away two years of pain for the country's game and put them back at football's top tournament for the first time in over 20 years. Unbeaten and leading Group G, Egypt play Zimbabwe on Sunday...