International Football

  • 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...
  • South Korea's Park Ji-sung retires May 14, 2014

    South Korean Park Ji-sung announced his retirement from soccer on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a career that took him to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals and saw him become the first Asian to play in a UEFA Champions League final. Park's industry, energy and work ethic made him a...
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter drops another hint he will stand again May 9, 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has dropped another hint that he intends to stand for a fifth term as the head of soccer's governing body in next year's election. "I want to do it because it's not over yet," he said during an event in Zurich, according to the Swiss newspaper Blick. "My...
  • India drop two places to 147 in FIFA rankings May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Missing a game since March this year, India dropped two places to 147 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Wim Koevermans' boys have been missing football action but they have managed to hold on to their continent ranking on 25th spot, though jointly with Singapore, who are...
  • Nine football clubs face punishment over financial losses May 3, 2014

    London: Nine European soccer clubs face punishment under new rules designed to force teams to rein in their financial losses, UEFA said on Friday, without naming any of the offenders. Media reports this week said big-spending Manchester City and Paris St Germain have been given the chance to settle breaches of...
  • Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho admits form slump April 18, 2014

    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 April 15, 2014

    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 - he...
  • Top four for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings April 10, 2014

    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, who drop...
  • Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing April 4, 2014

    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 involvement...
  • Dutch confirm Hiddink appointment, Blind follows in 2016 March 28, 2014

    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 after...
  • Stephan El Shaarawy to resume action in April March 19, 2014

    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 he will...
  • Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing March 18, 2014

    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 million...