International Football

  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation Yesterday

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Instead, he said on Friday in British media reports, he will make a donation for the same amount...
  • Italian football club president attacks referee, banned for five years Yesterday

    An Italian club president has been banned for five years after attacking and injuring a referee in the dressing room at halftime during a lower division match, causing the game to be suspended. Paolo Pilloni, president of Sardinian club Sanluri, punched match official Luigi Cannas on his cheek, causing him to...
  • Only four people have seen FIFA probe report, says judge 2 days ago

    FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, responsible for deciding whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said only four people have seen the report following an investigation into the decisions. Eckert, who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, said he hoped to...
  • FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter 2 days ago

    Soccer's governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. "Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics... we have two chambers... with independent chairmen," Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports. "We are the...
  • Hulk must earn Brazil recall, says coach Dunga 3 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: The absence of forward Hulk from Brazil's national squad is proof that no player is an automatic choice, says Selecao coach Dunga. Hulk, a regulator starter for Brazil for the past two years, was left out of Dunga's squad for friendlies against Argentina and Japan next month, reports...
  • Cameroon beat Ivory Coast 4-1 in qualifiers September 11, 2014

    Cameroon threw off their dreadful World Cup performance to beat star-studded Ivory Coast 4-1 in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Wednesday. Forwards Clinton N'Jie and Vincent Aboubakar scored a double each as Cameroon moved on from the retirement of striker Samuel Eto'o to overpower the Ivorians and take a second...
  • Brazil's Dunga says doors still open for Maicon September 11, 2014

    Brazil coach Dunga is not ruling out calling up Maicon despite dropping him from the squad because of indiscipline. The veteran defender was released on Sunday after failing to report back to the team's hotel by a time set by the coach. Players were coming off a rest day after a...
  • Sepp Blatter aims to give coaches right to 'challenge' referees September 9, 2014

    Manchester: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday he wants to start trials on giving coaches the right to "challenge" referee decisions during a match. The system, backed by television monitors, could be tried at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand next year and Blatter said he would like to...
  • Sepp Blatter to seek fifth term as FIFA president September 8, 2014

    Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election as FIFA president next year, he confirmed on Monday. The 78-year-old Swiss, who was first elected in 1998, confirmed his candidature for a fifth term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention. "You see a mission is never finished....
  • Ribery could face three-match ban if doesn't answer France call up, says Platini September 8, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini has warned Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery that he could be banned for three matches at club level under FIFA rules if he doesn't answer a call up for France. Platini tells Bild am Sonntag magazine "Ribery can't just decide himself whether he plays for France or...
  • Veteran defender Maicon dropped from Brazil squad September 8, 2014

    The Brazilian football confederation says veteran right back Maicon has been dropped from the national squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Ecuador in the United States. The confederation did not explain why Maicon was dropped, calling it "an internal matter." Local media quoted Gilmar Rinaldi, the confederation official overseeing the national team,...
  • 19-year-old Munir el Haddadi delighted at shock Spain call-up September 7, 2014

    Madrid: FC Barcelona's 19-year-old striker Munir el Haddadi committed his future to Spain just a day after his shock call-up by national football coach Vicente del Bosque for the squad which entertains Macedonia in a 2016 European Championship qualifying match on Monday. Munir, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Sep 1,...
  • Mexico settle for 0-0 draw with Chile September 7, 2014

    Mexico settled for a 0-0 draw with Chile after squandering several good chances to score in the second half of their friendly on Saturday, played in front of a sellout crowd of 67,175 at Levi's Stadium, the new home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. The contest matched two teams that...
  • Sunil Chhetri, Mandar Rao Desai score as India beat Shanghai East Asia September 7, 2014

    Shanghai: Dominant India built on their impressive first match showing against Jiangsu Sainty with yet another clinical display to beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia 2-0 in their own backyard on Saturday. Young Dempo forward Mandar Rao Desai and captain Sunil Chhetri scored either side of halftime to ensure...
  • Germany open Euro 2016 qualifying campaign September 7, 2014

    Berlin: World Cup winner Germany open their 2016 European Championship qualification campaign against Scotland in Dortmund on Sunday, hopeful of taking the first step towards back-to-back titles. Scotland are arguably fighting out with Poland and Ireland for second place in Group D, though third place would also leave open the...
  • Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini to miss Norway qualifier September 7, 2014

    Key defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Italy's opening European Championship qualifier at Norway on Tuesday due to a left calf injury. Chiellini already sat out Italy's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in a friendly this week for precautionary reasons and further tests Friday revealed the extent of the...
  • New Ivory Coast era without Drogba starts with a win September 7, 2014

    Ivory Coast began a new era without the talismanic Didier Drogba on Saturday, defeating Sierra Leone 2-1 in their opening African Nations Cup qualifier. The hosts came from behind to beat their west African rivals who were severely affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the leadup to the game, with...
  • Captain Rooney's penalty spares England's blushes September 4, 2014

    New captain Wayne Rooney scored a penalty to give England an unconvincing 1-0 friendly win over Norway at Wembley on Wednesday in their first match since the World Cup finals. Raheem Sterling, England's most incisive player, was brought down by Omar Elabdellaoui for the 68th minute penalty which Rooney blasted into...
  • Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush World Champions Germany September 4, 2014

    A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final. Despite the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, Argentina ran circles around the World Cup winners on their home turf in...
  • Wayne Rooney to captain England team August 28, 2014

    Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player's appointment - from a small pool of potential captains - while naming the squad for England's first...
  • Xabi Alonso retires from international football August 27, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain's dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, said he is retiring from international football. The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had been "an enormous honor" to play...
  • Luis Suarez left off list for Uruguay friendlies August 22, 2014

    Luis Suarez has been left off a preliminary list of players for Uruguay's international friendly matches next month against Japan and South Korea, even though he was eligible to play after his biting ban was softened. Suarez is banned from Uruguay's next eight competitive matches for biting an opponent during the...
  • US goalkeeper Tim Howard to take year off from international duty August 22, 2014

    US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard says he will take a year off from international duty in order to spend more time with his family. Howard, who will continue to play in England's Premier League with Everton, has been capped 104 times by the US and was the starting goalkeeper in...
  • Belgium defender Van Buyten announces retirement August 14, 2014

    Brussels: Veteran Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten announced his retirement on Thursday, ending speculation he was to join champions Anderlecht for the season. The 36-year-old, one of the outstanding performers at the World Cup in Brazil, came to the end of his contract with Bayern Munich in June and although he...
  • England's Hodgson had 'dark moments', never considered quitting August 12, 2014

    Roy Hodgson suffered "dark moments" but did not think of resigning as England manager following his team's disappointing group-stage exit at this year's World Cup in Brazil. Hodgson, 67, guided England to 2-1 defeats by Italy and Uruguay and a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica on their way to early elimination...
  • Maxi Rodriguez backs Martino to be Argentina coach August 12, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Argentine footballer and three-time World Cup participant Maximiliano Rodriguez has backed former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to be the next coach of Argentina's national team. Amid speculations that Martino has been selected as coach, the Newell's Old Boys midfielder, 33, said on Monday that Martino "is very hardworking, crazy...
  • Ramires, Cesc Fabregas fire Chelsea to Hungary win August 11, 2014

    London: Second-half goals from Ramires and Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at Ferencvaros in a game to mark the opening of the Hungarian side's new stadium in Budapest. Former West Brom and Fulham player Zoltan Gera had scored the first goal at the new ground on the quarter-hour mark...
  • Xavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national team August 5, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he will not play again for the Spanish national team after a disappointing World Cup. The 34-year-old Xavi says "I have taken the decision to leave the selection. I think my time has ended." Xavi was Spain's key playmaker in their unprecedented run of winning the World...
  • India to play two football friendlies with Palestine August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian senior football team will play two international friendly matches against Palestine in October later this year, All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Tuesday. The Indian team would play the FIFA ranked 85th side on October 6th and 9th but the venues are not yet disclosed. India, which...
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy named as Netherlands assistant coach August 1, 2014

    Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named as one of the Netherlands national team assistant coaches, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Friday. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, who scored 35 goals in 70 internationals, will work under new coach Guus Hiddink and alongside Danny Blind, who will...