FIFA WORLD CUP

  • EPFL would back legal action over 2022 World Cup dates March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) association would back legal action against FIFA over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup, EPFL chairman Frederic Thiriez said on Saturday. FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 tournament in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that...
  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation March 20, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014. "A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the...
  • Pakistan 2018 FIFA World Cup tie switched from Lahore to Bahrain March 18, 2015

    Pakistan's World Cup qualifier at home to Yemen is to be played on neutral territory in Bahrain after 16 people died and dozens were injured in Sunday's suicide bombings at two churches in Lahore. Soccer's governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday that the Asian zone first round second...
  • India advance in 2018 World Cup qualifiers after 0-0 draw against Nepal March 17, 2015

    Kathmandu: India on Tuesday held a dominant Nepal to a goal-less draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one second leg match to advance to the second round on 2-0 aggregate. India, who had beaten Nepal 2-0 in Guwahati on March 12 in first leg, were clearly the...
  • FIFA WC qualifiers: Confident India ready for hosts Nepal March 16, 2015

    Kathmandu: A confident Indian football team will look to get the better of Nepal one more time as it faces the Himalayan nation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup second leg preliminary qualifying game (round 1) on Monday. India won the home leg 2-0 with goals from...
  • Sunil Chhetri scores twice as India beat Nepal in World Cup qualifiers March 12, 2015

    Guwahati: Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the second half as India notched up a 2-0 win over Nepal in a dominating display in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one on Thursday. Today's win at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai ...
  • Stephen Constantine announces 32-member probables for World Cup qualifier February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine today announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal. The matches would be played on a home and away format and India first host...
  • India to play FIFA World Cup qualifiers Round 1 in Guwahati February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian senior national football team will play their home match of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati. The Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 will be played on...
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup logo unveiled October 29, 2014

    Moscow: FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia - with the help of a crew of cosmonauts. The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with gold trim. Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV...
  • Photo: Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio has a terrible rattail haircut but there are hilarious things you could do with it! July 15, 2014

    When it comes to the worst hairstyles of FIFA World Cup, Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio tops the list. His awful hairdo attracted memes on the internet and a lot of football fans found it annoying. Why would anyone do that to their hair? His rattail was highly condemned by everyone but...
  • How did this Twitter user know the exact sequence of events that happened during the World Cup final hours before the match? July 14, 2014

    Is FIFA really corrupt? How else did this Twitter user know all the details about the World Cup final result hours before the match? A Twitter account called @FifNdhs accurately predicted the sequence of events in just 4 tweets. Football users were amazed at how this could be possible. A...
  • Football World Cup 2014: How the world tweeted #GER versus #ARG July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Germany broke the heart of a nation on Sunday, leaving millions of disconsolate Argentines to contemplate a defeat that deprived the South American country of its first World Cup win in almost three decades. In downtown Buenos Aires' San Martin park, a boisterous crowd was stunned into silence...
  • Watch: A viral video had proclaimed that North Korea was in the World Cup finals. Did the North Koreans believe it? July 14, 2014

    While the world was gearing up for a Germany vs. Netherlands World Cup final, North Korea was looking forward to defeating Portugal according to the country's news channels! A YouTube video where a North Korean news channel was airing news of North Korea reaching the football World Cup went viral....
  • Photos: Mother Nature's World Cup trophy: there's a rock in Thailand that looks exactly like the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy! July 14, 2014

    Germany may have carried the FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy home, but there are not the only ones who've won. Nature had already handed the 2014 World Cup trophy to Thailand! The Pa Hin Ngam national park in Thailand is famous for weird shaped rocks and it was recently noticed...
  • 'Did it get Messi? It wasn't even Klose!' The best photos, memes, and tweets after Germany lifted the World Cup trophy July 14, 2014

    A billion football fans had their eyes glued to the screens before the World Cup final. The fans were divided between Germany and The Netherlands in the biggest football event after 4 long years. What time zone you were in hardly mattered when it came to the finale. There were...
  • World Cup 2014 Final: Klose's party confirmed if Germany win July 13, 2014

    The World Cup's topscorer Miroslav Klose has threatened to abandon his strict fitness regime to become a "party animal" if Germany win Sunday's final against Argentina. The 36yearold is the sole survivor from Die Mannschaft's last World Cup final in 2002 and is eager to taste victory at Rio de Janeiro's...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina, Germany set for an enthralling finale July 13, 2014

    Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona. Germany are favourites after their ruthlessly efficient 71 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semifinal. Yet in...
  • World Cup 2014: Despite woes, Argentines united in winning run July 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites the Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandalplagued end to a 12year political dynasty that has polarized the nation. The country's World Cup semifinal victory over...
  • Goodbye, modelling? Belgian football fan who landed a L'Oreal ad has been dropped due to her controversial hunting photos on Facebook July 13, 2014

    It was a fairy tale journey for 17yearold Belgian teenager Axelle Despiegelaere who was spotted on the stands during the FIFA World Cup 2014. Her photos went viral on internet and she soon landed a L'Oreal deal! Her dream run as a model came to an abrupt end after her...
  • World Cup 2014: How the prize money is paid to players, teams July 13, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The most valuable and expensive World Cup ever will earn billions of dollars for FIFA, millions for the competing countries and thousands for the more than 700 players selected. From its near $4.5 billion in revenue from broadcasters, sponsors, hospitality and licensing deals, FIFA distributes just over $400...
  • World Cup 2014: Five reasons why Lionel Messi stands out July 13, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: A fourtime world player of the year, Argentina's Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just...
  • World Cup fever grips Kashmir, girls shun stereotypes to play football July 13, 2014

    Srinagar: As football frenzy has gripped the entire world, its passion has reached Kashmir valley too. So much so that the fasting month of Ramzan is also not deterring girls from the valley to go out and fight for honours for their school. "My dad and me stay up late...
  • Brazil police arrest protesters before World Cup final July 13, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazil police tell local news media they have arrested 19 people suspected of vandalism during recent antiWorld Cup protests in Rio de Janeiro. Saturday morning's arrests are apparently aimed at preventing more protests during Sunday's final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany in Rio's Maracana stadium. Police...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle July 11, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina's Di Maria still doubtful for final July 11, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is racing against the clock to recover from a thigh injury in time for the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday. Argentina team spokesman Andres Ventura says Di Maria was practicing at "6080 per cent" at the team base in Belo Horizonte, and...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben, Van Persie emptyhanded again at World Cup July 10, 2014

    Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 00 draw. How different to a month ago and the start...
  • FIFA rejects Luis Suarez appeal against ban for biting July 10, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA says it has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his fourmonth ban from all football for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. The FIFA appeals committee rejected the appeal by Suarez and the Uruguay football federation in its entirety. Suarez can appeal to the Court of Arbitration...
  • World Cup 2014: Proud to be in Argentine squad, says Messi July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Argentina striker Lionel Messi could not contain his happiness following his side's 42 win in a penalty shootout over the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday. "I feel proud to be part of this squad. What a phenomenon we are involved in. Let's enjoy. We have one...
  • World Cup 2014: Scolari to take decision on future after WC July 10, 2014

    Teresopolis: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that he will not talk about his future until the end of the World Cup. Scolari refused to talk about his future after the staggering 17 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, reports Efe. "After the World Cup, we will...