International Football

  • Xabi Alonso retires from international football 3 hours 40 minutes ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Guus Hiddink begins second stint as Netherlands coach August 1, 2014

    Guus Hiddink vowed on his first day as the Netherlands coach to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football. Hiddink has been set to replace Louis van Gaal since March. Van Gaal accepted the top job at Manchester United before leading the Netherlands on a flashy run...
  • Ecuador sack World Cup coach Rueda, hand reins to Vizuete July 23, 2014

    Ecuador have sacked World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda following the team's failure to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil. "Professor Reinaldo Rueda will go no further with the national football team," Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga said. Colombian Rueda, who had also been to the 2010 World Cup finals...
  • Luis Fernandez heads list of possible Ivory Coast coaches July 22, 2014

    Four Frenchmen, including former international Luis Fernandez, have been named on a shortlist of five prospective candidates to take over as national coach of the Ivory Coast, the country's football federation said. Francis Gillot, Frederic Antonetti, Herve Renard and Fernandez are joined on the shortlist by Manuel Jose, the Portuguese coach...
  • Jorge Valdivia calls time on Chile career July 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia has announced his retirement from international football. The 30-year-old revealed his decision on Twitter Friday, four days after joining United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Fujairah from Brazil's Palmeiras, reports Xinhua. "People have asked me if I am retiring from the national team," Valdivia wrote. "The response...
  • Don't copy Germany, Harry Redknapp urges England July 19, 2014

    Harry Redknapp believes England need to stop trying to emulate other international teams and focus on creating their own footballing identity, the Queens Park Rangers manager said on Friday. England endured a terrible World Cup campaign, winning just one point from three games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica to finish...
  • Dunga is favourite to coach Brazil's football team: sources July 19, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Former World Cup winning captain Dunga is the favorite on a short list of candidates to coach Brazil's national soccer team, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Friday. Dunga, whose real name is Carlos Bledorn Verri, previously coached Brazil from 2006 to 2010, where...
  • Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football July 18, 2014

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm stunned his homeland on Friday by quitting international football at the age of 30, five days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil. "During last season I made a decision to end my international career after the World Cup," Lahm wrote in an open...
  • Mexico move to No.18 in FIFA ranking July 18, 2014

    Mexico City: Mexico climbed up two spots to No.18 in the latest world rankings released by football's world governing body, FIFA. Mexico earned a total of 930 points to rank third in the Concacaf confederation (North and Central America and the Caribbean), behind the United States, at No.15 with 989 points,...
  • 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 four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Uruguay likely to host World Cup 2030 July 16, 2014

    London: Uruguay are favourites to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 despite the South American country's President Jose Mujica calling the FIFA hierarchy "old sons of b*****s". With Russia hosting the 2018 edition and Qatar 2022, the US has been earmarked for the 2026 World Cup, according to Daily Mail. However, since...
  • Galatasaray in talks with Cesare Prandelli July 3, 2014

    Galatasaray have confirmed that they are in talks with former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli about taking over as manager of the Instanbul club. Prandelli resigned from Italy immediately after the Azzurri's loss to Uruguay in the World Cup, which consigned his team to a disappointing group stage exit. A brief statement from...
  • FIFA lifts Franz Beckenbauer ban, says manager Hoefl June 27, 2014

    Franz Beckenbauer's manager says FIFA has lifted his ban from all football-related activity for failing to help an investigation of alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes. Manager Marcus Hoefl said in a statement posted via his Twitter feed that FIFA informed Beckenbauer on Friday the ban was...
  • India women's football team grabs 50th spot in FIFA rankings June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: India's women football team moved one place up to grab the 50th spot among 175 nations in the latest FIFA ranking. The team also grabbed 11th position in the AFC ranking, moving up one spot. It is the second time that the women's football team has come up in the...
  • Franz Beckenbauer to cooperate with FIFA investigation June 15, 2014

    Franz Beckenbauer has told FIFA he will answer the questions put to him as part of a corruption investigation by June 27 at the latest. Beckenbauer's management says in a statement that the commitment to answer questions means there is "no longer a suspicion of an alleged breach of the FIFA...
  • Michel Platini backs possible 2022 football World Cup re-vote June 5, 2014

    Paris: European soccer chief Michel Platini, one of the most prominent figures to vote four years ago to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has called for the vote to be held again if allegations of corruption in Qatar's bid are proved. World soccer governing body FIFA is investigating the...
  • Belgium win wiped from records after seven subs used June 4, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA says it wiped Belgium's 5-1 win against Luxembourg from the record books because coach Marc Wilmots used too many substitutes in the World Cup warmup match. FIFA rules allow a maximum of six substitutes in friendlies, and Wilmots used seven. Forward Romelu Lukaku's hat trick and Manchester United winger Adnan...
  • David Beckham hints at possible comeback June 3, 2014

    London: David Beckham says he might come out of retirement and play soccer again. The former England captain, who retired last year after a final stint at Paris Saint-Germain, said in a BBC documentary he had "a tough time" after hanging up his cleats and is tempted to come out...
  • FIFA investigator set to submit report on 2018, 2022 World Cup bids June 3, 2014

    London: FIFA investigator Michael Garcia will submit his report into alleged corruption regarding the bidding process and controversial awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar two weeks after the upcoming spectacle in Brazil. Garcia's team "intends" to complete the two-year investigation, for which he spent millions...
  • Van Gaal praises Van Persie, quiet on Manchester United move May 18, 2014

    Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was full of praise for captain Robin van Persie after his breathtaking volley secured a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in a friendly on Saturday. Just don't ask him if he will be working with the Manchester United star striker next season. Van Gaal has been widely tipped...
  • Portuguese officials say Brazil coach Scolari is subject of criminal investigation May 14, 2014

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is the subject of a criminal investigation in Portugal, authorities said on Wednesday. Officials wouldn't say what the investigation is about. In Portugal, ongoing investigations fall under the country's judicial secrecy law. The Portuguese attorney general's office said in an email to The Associated Press that the...