FOOTBALL WORLD CUP

  • India's football dreams get a boost, Brazil's shattered at home - football in 2014 3 days ago

    Passionate little Brazilian boys cried their last during the semi-final of the 2014 Football World Cup, while little Baichungs in India witnessed the dawn of a brand new footballing era in their nation. For a 10-year-old, his emotions are threatened by the virtue of his birth, by the wavering national...
  • Goa Minister, 3 MLAs yet to repay Rs 12 lakh each for Brazil junket during 2014 football World Cup December 12, 2014

    Panaji: Six months after three Goa MLAs and one minister had gone on a junket to Brazil for the football World Cup, they are yet to repay their dues to the Sports Authority of Goa. Sports Authority of Goa has claimed that they have sent three reminders till now to...
  • Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA December 6, 2014

    Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating. Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women's World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that...
  • Qatar will host FIFA World Cup 2022, says defiant Sepp Blatter November 30, 2014

    A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter said there would be no moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time. "2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has...
  • FIFA in limbo after latest twist in World Cup saga November 14, 2014

    FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger. The dramatic twist led to further calls for...
  • FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup November 13, 2014

    The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process. In a long-awaited report, the committee said that "the various incidents which might have occurred...
  • 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...
  • U17 World Cup: AIFF tying up with Brazilian club September 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Under17 World Cup slated to take place in the country in 2017, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is tying up with a Brazilian club, Atletico Paranaense, for an exchange programme for the U17 team. Founded in 1924, Atletico Paranaense is a team from Curitiba in Parana,...
  • Martino takes reins of World Cup runnersup Argentina August 13, 2014

    Argentina named former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino as the new manager of the national soccer team on Tuesday following Alejandro Sabella's decision to step aside in the wake of their World Cup final defeat in July. Martino, who won the Argentine league title with Newell's Old Boys in June 2013 before...
  • Hearing on Luis Suarez's ban appeal on Friday, verdict likely next week August 7, 2014

    Luis Suarez should find out next week whether he has won his appeal against a fourmonth ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the decision is "likely to be rendered some days" after the closeddoor hearing in Lausanne on Friday. The fasttrack timetable...
  • I will quit if Russia lose belief in me, says coach Fabio Capello July 30, 2014

    Fabio Capello would quit as head coach of Russia if his employers and the squad lost belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports July 30, 2014

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said the 59yearold Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 10 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup July 26, 2014

    Geneva: FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance July 26, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's secondplace finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • Germany coach Joachim Loew to lead team to Euro 2016 July 23, 2014

    Germany World Cupwinning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54yearold said on Wednesday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side's 10 World Cup...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning July 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cupwinning captain Dunga has vowed to instill "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50yearold on Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final...
  • Alejandro Sabella set to decide on Argentina future in midweek July 19, 2014

    With a September friendly looming for Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella, whose side lost 10 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana final a week ago, told reporters on Friday he would...
  • Messi, Ronaldo top online searches during World Cup July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: He may not have been able to deliver the World Cup to Argentina but Lionel Messi topped the google search results for forwards during the justconcluded event in Brazil along with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. "Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi may have not performed to the...
  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach July 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to lead the team into Euro 2016 and has the backing of the national federation despite their shock early exit at the World Cup last month. Del Bosque broke his silence over his future on Thursday by saying he intends to stay at...
  • World Cup 2014: Kramer was disoriented after blow to head, says referee July 17, 2014

    The World Cup final referee says Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer was disoriented and confused after taking a heavy blow to the head early in Sunday's match. Nicola Rizzoli told the Gazzetta dello Sport, "Shortly after the blow, Kramer came to me asking 'Ref, is this the final?' I thought he was...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The fourtime champions, who beat Argentina 10 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Barcelona director defends Luis Suarez over biting scandal July 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta defended new signing Luis Suarez over his World Cup biting scandal on Wednesday, saying that nobody was perfect. Suarez joined the Catalan club in a fiveyeardeal last week from Liverpool despite receiving a ninematch international ban and a fourmonth suspension from all football related activities...
  • The Beautiful Game: German players celebrate with fans July 15, 2014

    From the airport, the team set off for downtown Berlin in a bus painted with the years of Germany's World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990. ...
  • Germany World Cup heroes return home to huge fan party July 15, 2014

    Berlin: Germany's World Cupwinning team returned home to share the country's fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday. The team's plane touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Captain Philipp Lahm led the team...
  • World Cup 2014: ArgentinaGermany final breaks social media records July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The hardfought thrilling World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set new Twitter and Facebook records as the encounter was trending on all social media platforms. The final set a new Twitter record of 618,725 tweets per minute discussing the match, according to a data. Facebook also said the...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil symbolically hands over World Cup to Russia July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament. The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the GermanyArgentina final in Rio...
  • Sepp Blatter gives Brazil World Cup 9.25 rating July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rated Brazil's organisation of the World Cup as 9.25 out of 10. Speaking during a World Cup media debriefing on Monday, Blatter revealed the body had used social media to gauge the tournament's success,as reported by a news agency. "We have improved on four...