International Football

  • Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho admits form slump 18-04-2014 10:14 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Ronaldinho has admitted to performing below expectations as he strives to earn a Brazil recall for this year's World Cup. The 34-year-old has not played for the Selecao since April last year and is considered a rank outsider to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man World Cup squad...
  • Zidane wanted France manager job in 2012 15-04-2014 04:46 PM

    Zinedine Zidane sought to become manager of the French national team two years ago when Laurent Blanc refused to extend his contract after Euro 2012, the former president of the French football federation (FFF) said on Tuesday. "Zinedine Zidane would have liked to manage Les Bleus. It is clear -...
  • Top four for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 05:28 PM

    Zurich: Portugal rise to No. 3 in the latest FIFA rankings and fourth-ranked Colombia now lead the South American nations. World and European champion Spain remain top, ahead of Germany. Uruguay rise one place to No. 5. World Cup host Brazil are tied for No. 6 with traditional rivals Argentina,...
  • Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing 04-04-2014 02:24 PM

    London: Another seven players from league clubs in northwest England have been arrested for allegedly fixing football matches. The BBC cited the National Crime Agency as saying that the seven footballers are aged between 18 and 30. It added that six other men originally arrested in December on suspicion of...
  • Dutch confirm Hiddink appointment, Blind follows in 2016 28-03-2014 04:22 PM

    The Netherlands named two new national coaches on Friday with Guus Hiddink's appointment after the World Cup confirmed following months of speculation and Danny Blind lined up to replace him after the Euro 2016 tournament. Hiddink had been the front-runner for several months to take over from Louis van Gaal...
  • Stephan El Shaarawy to resume action in April 19-03-2014 12:42 PM

    Rome: AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is expected to return to action in April. The Italy international suffered a metatarasal fracture at the start of this season, and has been recovering after undergoing surgery for the same injury in December, reports Xinhua. The Italian Press reported on Tuesday that...
  • Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing 18-03-2014 05:35 PM

    Dubai: Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee has denied being aware of any alleged payments by the disgraced former head of the country's soccer association to an ex-vice president of FIFA. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Tuesday that a company under the control of Mohamed Bin Hammam paid $1.2...
  • Brazilian legend Rivaldo hangs up his boots 16-03-2014 08:17 AM

    Former Brazil and Barcelona playmaker Rivaldo announced his retirement from soccer on Saturday. The 41-year-old hung up his boots following a career in which he helped Brazil win the World Cup in 2002 and was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999. He said he came to the...
  • Former Brazil star Rivaldo officially retires 15-03-2014 11:50 PM

    Sao Paulo: Former Brazil and Barcelona star Rivaldo officially retired on Saturday after a 24-year career that he said was built "upon a miracle" that allowed him to overcome financial challenges and disappointments. The 41-year-old midfielder, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, hadn't been playing at a top...
  • India left a lasting impression on me: Lionel Messi 14-03-2014 10:41 PM

    Bangalore: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said that India left a "lasting impression" on him when he set foot on the country nearly three years ago, in a visit that was marked by a never-seen-before hysteria among football fans. "The last time I stepped into India, I was overwhelmed with the...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo sets all-time scoring record for Portugal 06-03-2014 09:32 AM

    Leiria, Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal's all-time leading scorer Wednesday, netting twice as Portugal thrashed Cameroon 5-1 in a warm-up match between teams preparing for the World Cup. Ronaldo clinched his place in the record book with goals in the 21st and 83rd minutes, taking his international tally to 49....
  • Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick as Spain, France, Germany win 06-03-2014 08:50 AM

    London: Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France. Barcelona forward Neymar was unstoppable for tournament hosts Brazil...
  • Messi does not need World Cup for greatness: Maradona 05-03-2014 08:31 AM

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said on Tuesday. "Messi doesn't need to win the World Cup to be the best player in the world," Maradona, who inspired Argentina to the title in...
  • Brazil didn't want Thiago: Mazinho 04-03-2014 02:03 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian football World Cup winner Mazinho has expressed his sadness that son Thiago is now playing for Spain instead of Brazil. In an interview with O Globo newspaper, Mazinho accused Brazil's football confederation (CBF) of ignoring his pleas to stop the young playmaker from choosing his adopted...
  • Cech voted Czech Republic's best player of 2013 04-03-2014 12:19 PM

    Prague: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been voted the Czech Republic's player of the year for 2013. The 31-year-old Czech international won Monday's poll of players, coaches, football federation officials and journalists for the sixth consecutive year and record seventh time overall. Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky finished second while Freiburg...
  • Diego Maradona all set to resume playing career at 53 22-02-2014 04:44 PM

    Legendary Diego Maradona is all set for a sensational return to competitive football at the age of 53, according to media reports. Maradona, who is often refered as 'god' in his native Argentina, is said to be joining a fifth tier Argentine minnows Deportivo Riestra, the club owned by his...
  • Use video to punish divers, injury fakers: Blatter 21-02-2014 09:56 PM

    Video evidence should be used to punish footballers who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Seeking to eradicate cheating from the game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take retrospective action. "Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair...
  • Van Persie's United woes might help Netherlands: Van Gaal 20-02-2014 09:31 AM

    Robin van Persie's struggles at Manchester United this season might benefit the Netherlands at this year's World Cup in Brazil, their coach Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday. "The football he is experiencing now at Manchester United may be difficult for him but that could lead to him wishing to...
  • United midfielder Fletcher back for Scotland after illness 20-02-2014 09:28 AM

    Manchester: Midfielder Darren Fletcher, who returned to Manchester United's first team in December after a long battle with ulcerative colitis, has been recalled to the Scotland squad for next month's friendly in Poland. The former Scotland captain has not represented his country since winning the last of his 61 caps...
  • Brazil rise to ninth, Spain remain at top in FIFA rankings 14-02-2014 02:38 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil rose one spot to the ninth in FIFA'S February rankings. Switzerland gained the most ground in the top 10, rising two places to sixth while Portugal rose one spot to fourth, reports Xinhua. England had the steepest fall in the top 20, slipping two places to...
  • Rooney can take World Cup by storm, says England manager 14-02-2014 07:29 AM

    Manchester: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney can be one of the outstanding talents of this year's World Cup in Brazil, according to England manager Roy Hodgson. It will be Rooney's fifth major tournament, but in two previous World Cups he has not lived up to the stunning impression he made...
  • No way back for John Terry says England manager 12-02-2014 11:26 PM

    Former England captain John Terry will not be brought of international retirement to play at this year's World Cup finals in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson said on Wednesday. Terry voluntarily ended his England career in September 2012 but, following successive home defeats by Chile and Germany in November last year...
  • Shakhtar striker Maicon dies in a traffic accident 08-02-2014 05:24 PM

    Donetsk: Shakhtar Donetsk Brazilian striker Maicon Pereira de Oliveira died in a traffic accident early Saturday, the club said. "He was a talented footballer, open and friendly guy. Maicon loved life and knew how to make it positive and bright. Tragic, untimely and absurd death took away a wonderful person...
  • Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial 30-01-2014 07:20 PM

    Paris: France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday. Real Madrid striker Benzema and Bayern Munich forward Ribery, who did not attend their trial, were being tried on charges of paying prostitute-turned-fashion model Zahia...
  • Mata's World Cup hopes revived by United move 27-01-2014 08:24 PM

    Manchester: Juan Mata says his move to Manchester United has revived his hopes of being selected by defending champion Spain for the World Cup in Brazil. With Spain blessed with so many excellent playmakers, Mata was in real danger of missing out on this year's tournament in Brazil after being...
  • Real Madrid stay top of money league despite barren year 23-01-2014 08:57 AM

    London: Spain's Real Madrid retained the title of the world's richest soccer club in the past year thanks to sponsorship and TV deals robust enough to endure a season without a major trophy, a study showed on Thursday. Real's revenue of 519 million euros put the club ahead of domestic...
  • Portuguese salute, mourn soccer great Eusebio 06-01-2014 11:39 PM

    Lisbon: Tens of thousands turned out in tribute on Monday to Eusebio after the coffin of the Portuguese soccer great was put on public display and taken in a funeral cortege through the streets of Lisbon. People filed out of offices and cafes on a rainy afternoon and applauded as...
  • Tribute to 'Black Panther' Eusebio 06-01-2014 08:49 PM

    Considered one of the all-time greats of the game, Eusebio played 64 international games for Portugal and was the country's all-time leading scorer until he was surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo recently. ...
  • Lionel Messi most like me, says Pele 04-01-2014 10:32 AM

    Rio De Janeiro: Pele says Lionel Messi is the player that most reminds him of himself among football's current generation. In an interview with the FIFA Weekly magazine published Friday, the Brazilian legend suggested the 26-year-old Argentinian deserved to win the Ballon D'Or for a fifth time despite an injury-wracked...
  • Spain year-end No.1 in FIFA rankings for 6th straight year 19-12-2013 06:11 PM

    Zurich: Spain are at the top of the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year. The 2010 World Cup champions lead Germany, Argentina and Colombia at the front of an unchanged top 10. The United States remain the best-placed CONCACAF team at No. 15. FIFA says No. 18 Ukraine...