Football World Cup

  • I have chosen Brazil's World Cup squad: Luiz Felipe Scolari 25-04-2014 10:06 AM

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday. "I have no doubts," Scolari said at the Sao Judas Tadeu University in Sao Paulo after a...
  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Sepp Blatter 24-04-2014 02:38 PM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and...
  • Uruguay not among football's elite, says coach 24-04-2014 11:15 AM

    Copa America champions Uruguay are fifth in the FIFA rankings, finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup and in Luis Suarez have one of the world's deadliest strikers, but coach Oscar Washington Tabarez does not rate his side among the elite football nations. "In football there is also a first...
  • Brazil's Itaquerao stadium for football World Cup not yet complete 23-04-2014 11:14 AM

    Sao Paulo: Construction workers at Brazil's Itaquerao World Cup stadium "cannot waste a minute" if the venue is to be ready in time for the World Cup, football's governing body FIFA has warned. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday there would be time for just one official test...
  • Russia's football coach to retire after 2018 World Cup 22-04-2014 10:26 AM

    Rome: Fabio Capello has planned to retire from football after the 2018 World Cup tournament, Xinhua reported on Tuesday. The current Russia head coach, preparing for the Brazil World Cup this summer, confirmed that he will not take any offer after his contract expires in four years. "I will be...
  • Tickets for two-thirds of football World Cup games sold out 16-04-2014 09:54 AM

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the football World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened on Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. FIFA put nearly 200,000 tickets on sale...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (80-71) 15-04-2014 04:57 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • Time to erase bad memories of 1998 Football World Cup final: Thiago Silva 14-04-2014 04:45 PM

    Paris: He was not a part of the Brazilian World Cup team that was headed into submission by a Zinedine Zadane-inspired France 16 summers ago but Thiago Silva, who is expected to lead the yellow brigade this year, says he wants to erase the "bad memories" at the Stade de...
  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff 11-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for...
  • FIFA releases official World Cup song 09-04-2014 05:34 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by the FIFA. The track, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)", featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released on Tuesday, reports...
  • Roy Hodgson back in World Cup dugout after 20 years 09-04-2014 05:08 PM

    London: From being jeered out of Liverpool to managing England at the World Cup, Roy Hodgson has enjoyed the most gratifying of career turnarounds. England had only just been eliminated from the 2010 World Cup when Hodgson's Liverpool reign began. It was as stormy as it was short, and a...
  • England's Jay Rodriguez out of World Cup with injury 07-04-2014 11:52 PM

    Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, who had been an outside bet for England's World Cup squad in June, has been ruled out for six months with a serious knee problem. Rodriguez, 24, joins Arsenal and former Southampton winger Theo Walcott in missing out on a berth in England's squad because of...
  • Pele tells Neymar to stop diving 06-04-2014 11:05 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele has accused Barcelona forward Neymar of falling to ground in the hope of winning free-kicks. But the Brazil legend said the 22-year-old is better at keeping his feet compared when he arrived at the Camp Nou last summer, reported Xinhua. "I think Neymar looks to create...
  • Brazil army occupies shantytowns ahead of Football World Cup 05-04-2014 09:21 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Armed Forces occupied a massive compound of slums north of Rio de Janeiro early on Saturday without firing a shot, securing a focal point of violent crime two months ahead of the Football World Cup. Wresting control of the area from drug gangs was a...
  • England will be brave and risk defeat in Brazil, says Roy Hodgson 05-04-2014 10:01 AM

    England manager Roy Hodgson has promised to be brave, risk defeat and allow his talented young players to express themselves at the World Cup in Brazil in June. Under his predecessor Fabio Capello, England were sterile and defensive at the previous edition in South Africa four years ago before being...
  • Brazil will be a well-done World Cup, says Sepp Blatter 04-04-2014 09:57 AM

    San Jose: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the World Cup will be "well done", but he criticised Brazilian authorities for starting late on stadium projects and for not providing enough worker's safety. Blatter spoke on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, where he was attending the Under-17 Women's World Cup....
  • Christian Benteke out of World Cup with Achilles injury 03-04-2014 11:42 PM

    Belgium striker Christian Benteke will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for six months having ruptured his Achilles tendon in training on Thursday, his club Aston Villa said. "It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club," Villa manager Paul Lambert said on the Premier League...
  • AIFF waiting for FIFA feedback about venues for U-17 World Cup 03-04-2014 05:05 PM

    Jamshedpur: All India Football Federation (AIFF) will start the renovation work of the venues that will host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup after it gets the feedback from FIFA team. "We are waiting for the feedback from FIFA about the venues they have inspected recently and initiate action to upgrade...
  • Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal 03-04-2014 01:01 PM

    However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday's Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal. The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga...
  • FIFA's Valcke on World Cup: We are not ready 03-04-2014 09:53 AM

    Johannesburg: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most. Just two months before the showpiece tournament starts, Valcke told at a joint...
  • 2.57 million World Cup tickets allocated to fans 02-04-2014 11:19 AM

    Over 2.57 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels to date, soccer's world governing body FIFA announced Tuesday. The second period of the sales closed on Tuesday with a total of 301,929 tickets sold for the 345,000 tickets originally available....
  • Tim Cahill's world cup dream alive despite hamstring injury 02-04-2014 08:35 AM

    Australia midfielder Tim Cahill will be out for two weeks after a hamstring injury proved less serious than thought, his club manager said, ending fears the injury could force him out of the World Cup 2014. The 34-year-old Cahill was forced off in the 29th minute of the New York...
  • Spain keeper Valdes to miss World Cup, out for seven months 31-03-2014 05:20 PM

    Barcelona: Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss the World Cup after being ruled out of action for seven months following knee surgery. He had been in good form this season for Barcelona, who are in contention to win three trophies, before suffering a cruciate ligament injury making a routine save...
  • FIFA World Cup ticket demand hits 2.56 mn 28-03-2014 10:12 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Fans have already bought 2.56 million tickets for this year's World Cup, according to football's governing body FIFA. The demand for tickets has been highest among Brazilians, who have bought more than a million tickets for the June 12-July 13 tournament, reported Xinhua. Next are the US...
  • Valdes very doubtful for World Cup with knee injury 27-03-2014 08:25 AM

    Barcelona: Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes is in serious danger of missing this year's World Cup in Brazil after suffering a knee ligament injury during Barcelona's victory over Celta Vigo on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was making a routine block from a free kick when he appeared to twist his knee and...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (90-81) 26-03-2014 01:56 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • World Cup hosts still using sex to sell football 24-03-2014 10:19 PM

    After a dire and goalless first half, the halftime entertainment in the recent Boa Esporte v Caldense Minas Gerais state championship derby was predictable enough. An announcer read scores from around the grounds. A giant owl mascot geed up the crowd. A stream of people bought beers and ice cream...
  • Abidal risks World Cup place after Monaco no-show 24-03-2014 03:40 PM

    Eric Abidal did his chances of earning a place in France's World Cup squad no good by going AWOL on Sunday after the defender was overlooked for Monaco's Ligue 1 game against Lille. Abidal, who was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumour in 2011 and had a liver transplant the...
  • Shakira unveils official 2014 football World Cup song 24-03-2014 11:23 AM

    Colombian pop star Shakira has recorded her second official World Cup song after the superhit 'Waka Waka' back in 2010. The 37-year-old singer, who has been in a relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique since 2010, has penned La La La - a reworked version of her new song Dare,...
  • 100 most memorable Football World Cup moments (100-91) 21-03-2014 03:10 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...