Football World Cup 2010

  • Goalline technology on IFAB agenda: Blatter August 11, 2010

    Singapore: The issue of goalline technology is on the agenda for the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) October meeting, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. Blatter told a news conference in Singapore that IFAB, the body responsible for determining the rules of the sport, had agreed in their July...
  • Even referees' brains have their limits August 2, 2010

    Detroit: It was the World Cup goal seen around the world but missed by the eyes that mattered most: England midfielder Frank Lampard's shot that dropped cleanly past the German goal line but was not given by the referee. The avalanche of complaints about that missed call and others during...
  • Argentina bosses betrayed me: Maradona July 29, 2010

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona accused Argentine soccer chiefs of betraying him on Wednesday, a day after they voted unanimously to end his tenure as national team coach. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) decided not to renew Maradona's contract following the team's 4-0 drubbing by Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals....
  • Maradona sacked as Argentina's coach July 28, 2010

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona was given the boot as Argentina's soccer coach before he could resign. His stint as coach of the Albiceleste ended far less successfully than his time as a player with the national team. The Argentine Football Association, which hired the former star in November 2008, said...
  • France World Cup team suspended July 23, 2010

    Paris: The 23 members of France's World Cup squad have been suspended for the country's next game, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday. The decision was taken during a meeting of the FFF's Federal council on the recommendation of new coach Laurent Blanc following the country's World Cup debacle,...
  • After WC title, Spain looks to 2018 bid July 20, 2010

    Madrid: Now that Spain has its first World Cup title, the country's football authorities are focussing on another ambition — winning the right to host a World Cup. Secretary of state for sport Jaime Lissavetzy says the joint bid with neighboring Portugal to host either the 2018 or 2022 event is...
  • Loew stays on as Germany coach July 20, 2010

    Frankfurt: Germany coach Joachim Loew has agreed to a two-year contract extension and will stay on through the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. Loew led Germany's young team to a third-place finish at the World Cup in South Africa this month. "We had very uncomplicated talks," the 50-year-old Loew said...
  • Spain bids for Paul the octopus July 17, 2010

    Madrid: The city aquarium in Madrid has launched an audacious bid to bring the "star" of the 2010 FIFA World Cup - Paul the octopus - to the Spanish capital with a "name your price" offer. The "psychic" octopus had correctly predicted Spain's triumph in the tournament. In an announcement on...
  • Federation to investigate French players' strike July 17, 2010

    Paris: French football federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes has launched an investigation into the national team players' strike at the World Cup. Escalettes said Friday that investigators will be allowed to question players, staff members and federation officials who were in South Africa when the players decided to boycott a training session. The...
  • Germany, Spain Web favourites of the World Cup July 16, 2010

    London: Top scorers Germany and winners Spain elicited the most positive reaction from online fans of this year's soccer World Cup, whilst France's player crisis made them the most maligned team of the tournament. The inventiveness of Mesut Ozil, Bastian Sweinsteiger and Thomas Muller trampled the German stereotype of dull, penalty-grabbing...
  • World Cup 2010 All Star team announced July 16, 2010

    Johannesburg: Six players from Spains' World Cup winning team made it to the All star team that was announced by the online voting from FIFA.com Club members who decided their ideal starting XI in a 4-4-2 formation. Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque was a hands down winner, the other players...
  • Maradona to stay as Argentina coach July 15, 2010

    New Delhi: No place in the semis this time, but Maradona's magic works on the Argentine football association - says he will remain coach in the next world cup too. The Argentina's soccer federation will offer to keep him as coach for up to four more years taking him through the...
  • Spain overtake Brazil in FIFA rankings July 14, 2010

    Zurich: World Cup winner Spain tops the latest FIFA rankings, with runner-up Netherlands moving up to second. The reigning world and European champion overtook Brazil, which slipped to third in the table released on Wednesday. Germany climbs two places to No. 4 on the basis of its third-place showing in South Africa,...
  • Thought I was offside, admits Spain's Iniesta July 14, 2010

    Barcelona: Spain's Andres Iniesta admitted that he thought he was offside when he collected the ball and scored the winning goal in the World Cup final against the Netherlands on Sunday. The 26-year-old playmaker told reporters in Barcelona that he thought he was offside when he received the assist from...
  • Dutch celebrate second place in WC July 13, 2010

    Amsterdam: Tens of thousands of fans lined Amsterdam's web of canals to cheer the World Cup runner-up Netherlands on an open-top boat tour of the waterways on Tuesday. An hour before the team was due to arrive, two fans leapt into the murky waters of the Brouwersgracht canal cheered by hoards...
  • Beckenbauer critical of World Cup final July 13, 2010

    Berlin: German great Franz Beckenbauer says the World Cup final turned into something of an "anti-advertisement" for football and was impressed by Germany. Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a bad-tempered final on Sunday when 14 yellow cards and one red were issued. Beckenbauer wrote in Tuesday's edition of German daily Bild...
  • South Africans revel in World Cup success July 13, 2010

    Johannesburg: On the field of play, South Africa fared worse than any host nation in World Cup history. Off the field, it was a resounding winner, overcoming past strife and present troubles to charm the world with pluck, hard work and warmth. The pre-tournament skeptics abroad — who forecast crime and...
  • German team makes low-key return July 13, 2010

    Frankfurt: Germany's World Cup team has made a low-key return home after a campaign which ended with a third-place finish. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said after the squad landed in Frankfurt on Monday that "every player is disappointed we went out in the semifinal" but said Spain, which beat Germany to reach...
  • Cruyff critical of Dutch tactics in final July 13, 2010

    Madrid: Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff has criticised the Netherlands for its aggressive play during the 1-0 loss to Spain in the World Cup final. In his column for the Barcelona-based daily El Periodico, Cruyff says the Dutch players coached by Bert van Marwijk "didn't want the ball. And, lamentably and...
  • King, PM welcome Spain's World Cup heroes July 12, 2010

    Madrid: Spain's World Cup heroes were formally received on Monday by King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, ahead of a triumphant bus parade through Madrid's euphoric streets. Spain won their first World Cup by beating the Netherlands 1-0 in an ill-tempered final in Johannesburg on Sunday, thanks...
  • Portugal hope Spain's win will help 2018 bid July 12, 2010

    Lisbon: The Portuguese Football Federation hopes Spain's World Cup triumph will help the Iberian countries' joint bid to host a future tournament. Spain and Portugal are among the countries bidding for either the 2018 or 2022 event. The Portuguese federation sent congratulations to the Spanish team for its 1-0 win over the...
  • Octopus did not put a foot wrong July 13, 2010

    He is the most unusual celebrity of the FIFA World Cup. The "psychic" eight-legged soccer fortune-teller Octopus Paul was one of the talking point of this World Cup. ...
  • Suniel Shetty impressed by Octopus July 12, 2010

    Bollywood actor, Suniel Shetty was rooting for England initially but team Spain was his other favourite. He was alo impressed by Paul the Octopus. ...
  • Celeb tweets their sentiments on WC July 12, 2010

    So many bollywood celebrities were in a football frenzy during Sunday night's final match and were eager to Tweet their sentiments on the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup heroes arrive home for fiesta July 12, 2010

    Madrid: Spain's World Cup-winning team arrived home from South Africa for a huge celebration Monday, including meetings with the Spanish king and prime minister and an open air bus ride through the city's historic center. Players landed at Madrid's Barajas airport shortly before 3 p.m. (1300 GMT, 9 a.m. EDT). Dozens of...
  • Players should have behaved better: Blatter July 12, 2010

    Johannesburg: FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the Netherlands and Spain players should have behaved better during the World Cup final. Blatter says he expected more fair play during Sunday's match, which had the most yellow cards of any final in World Cup history. English referee Howard Webb showed 14 yellows cards and...
  • Octopus oracle Paul to retire July 12, 2010

    Berlin: No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs — all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final — is going to retire. The Sea Life Oberhausen...
  • Spain team heads home for hero's welcome July 12, 2010

    Madrid: Spain's World Cup-winning team is heading home for a massive celebration, including a meeting with the Spanish king and prime minister and an open-air bus ride through Madrid's historic city center. The team, which beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in Johannesburg for Spain's first World Cup title, is...
  • Three and counting, Dutch final pain endures July 12, 2010

    Johannesburg: Three World Cup finals and the Dutch still have nothing to show for it. After Sunday, in fact, even less — since its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful teams to watch was also tarnished. One day after the Dutch lost 1-0 to Spain in extra time, television...
  • Germany back home after third place July 12, 2010

    Frankfurt: Germany's World Cup team has made a low-key return home after a campaign which ended with a third-place finish. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said after the squad landed in Frankfurt on Monday that "every player is disappointed we went out in the semifinal" but said Spain, which beat Germany to reach...