INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

  • Cristiano Ronaldo would be great anywhere, Lionel Messi wouldn't: Alex Ferguson Yesterday

    London: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Sunday said Lionel Messi is purely a Barcelona player but believes Cristiano Ronaldo would be a success anywhere in the world. The Barcelona and Real Madrid forwards have won the last seven Ballon d'Or awards between them, marking the pair as the two...
  • AIFF signs agreement with German football Association 6 days ago

    Goa: Close on the heels of having signed a MOU with the Japan Football Association, All India Football Federation entered into another significant partnership with German Football Association (DFB) on Tuesday. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das signed on the dotted lines with Markus Weidner, Director Coach Education and International Relationship, DFB. The...
  • Yaya Toure being made Manchester City scapegoat, says agent April 19, 2015

    London: Yaya Toure is being made a scapegoat for Manchester City's poor season and underfire boss Manuel Pellegrini is a "weak manager", according to the Ivorian midfielder's agent Dimitri Seluk. Champions City have faded dramatically since the turn of the year, falling to fourth in the Premier League, and were knocked...
  • Joseph Blatter endorses Jeffrey Webb as potential FIFA president April 19, 2015

    Nassau: FIFA president Joseph Blatter has suggested that Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) boss Jeffrey Webb has the potential to become the leader of world football's governing body. Blatter offered his comments at the conclusion of the 30th CONCACAF ordinary Congress in the Bahamas on Saturday...
  • Brazil's FIFA World Cup winner Paulo Cesar sells medal to buy cocaine April 19, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Paulo Cesar, a member of Brazil's famed 1970 football World Cup winning team, has admitted he sold the gold medal to buy cocaine. The former Brazilian star said on Saturday he regretted selling the "precious medal", reports Xinhua. The 65-year-old Cesar, who had played for famous Brazilian clubs Botafogo,...
  • Neymar yet to reach physical peak: Clarence Seedorf April 15, 2015

    Rio de Janerio: Former Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorf has praised the development of Barcelona forward Neymar and said the Brazilian is yet to reach his physical peak. Neymar has scored 27 goals from 37 matches this term after netting 15 times in 41 appearances in his debut season at the...
  • It's a privilege to see Messi play every week, says Ruud Gullit April 14, 2015

    Shanghai: Legendary Ruud Gullit does not endorse the criticism that Lionel Messi faces for not being able to guide his team to World Cup triumph as Dutch legend feels privileged to be able to watch the Argentine artist at work week after week. "If you need to find something (fault), you...
  • Want to coach Brazil: Roberto Carlos April 13, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos has revealed his desire to coach one day Brazil's national football team. The 42-year-old is currently the manager of Turkish top-flight club Akhisar following an 18-month spell in-charge of local rivals Sivasspor, reports Xinhua. "My objective is to make it all the way to the...
  • Sao Paulo goalkeeper scores 127th goal to extend record April 12, 2015

    Brasilia: Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, 42, has extended his record as the most goals scored by a shotstopper with his 127th strike on Saturday. The legendary Brazilian keeper claimed his 127th career strike with his team's opening goal against RB Brasil on Saturday with a free kick, reports Xinhua. Ceni's 127...
  • Netherlands haunt Spain again with 2-0 win in friendly April 1, 2015

    Netherlands revived bitter Spanish memories from last year's World Cup finals when they beat a second-string La Roja 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday to become the first team to inflict two defeats on coach Vicente del Bosque. Rather than reliving their World Cup final triumph against the Dutch from 2010,...
  • Harry Kane a talisman for young English players, Roy Hodgson March 26, 2015

    England manager Roy Hodgson has called on more Premier League clubs to give homegrown players the chance to shine, holding up Harry Kane as an example of what they might discover. Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane has been a revelation since forging ahead of experienced Spaniard Roberto Soldado and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor...
  • Germany will improve against Georgia, promises coach Loew March 26, 2015

    Germany will be more focused when the World Cup winners take on Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday for their Euro 2016 qualifier after a lacklustre performance in their 2-2 friendly draw against Australia on Wednesday. Coach Joachim Loew rested half a dozen key players, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels...
  • Danny Rose pulls out of England squad through injury March 26, 2015

    London: Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has withdrawn from the England squad through injury having only recently been drafted in as a late replacement. Rose was added to Roy Hodgson's party for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly against Italy when Manchester United's Luke Shaw pulled out. "The left...
  • Germany to get youth injection next season, says Loew March 24, 2015

    Germany coach Joachim Loew will delay injecting fresh talent into his World Cup-winning squad until next season as they eye the next big international title, Euro 2016. Loew, who recently extended his contract until the 2018 World Cup, said on Tuesday he would not bring in new players for the next...
  • David Villa could make Spain return, says Del Bosque March 24, 2015

    David Villa's international career is not necessarily over and the striker could return to the squad and extend his Spain scoring record, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Tuesday. It was widely assumed the New York City player, who has 59 goals in 97 games for La Roja, had played for...
  • Diego Costa out of Ukraine game, Netherlands friendly March 24, 2015

    Spain forward Diego Costa will miss the holders' Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday and a friendly away to Netherlands four days later due to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Chelsea at the weekend. Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) medical staff confirmed the injury in tests in Madrid...
  • Manuel Neuer to miss friendly but will be fit for Georgia match March 24, 2015

    Berlin: Germany keeper Manuel Neuer is out of Wednesday's friendly against Australia in Kaiserslautern with a knee problem but will be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia on Sunday. Coach Joachim Loew told reporters on Tuesday he did not want to risk his player's participation in the qualifier as...
  • Atletico coach Diego Simeone extends contract till 2020 March 24, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions by three years to 2020. The deal, announced on the Twitter feed of the champions, was widely expected although there was plenty of speculation a wealthy rival could try to lure Simeone away from the...
  • Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana out of England games March 24, 2015

    London: Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana have withdrawn from the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly against Italy because of injury. Striker Sturridge sustained a hip injury and midfielder Lallana a groin problem in Liverpool's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield on...
  • 'Falcao's confidence will be restored on international duty' March 22, 2015

    Manama: Colombia football team manager Jose Pekerman on Sunday pledged to restore striker Radamel Falcao's diminished confidence when he joins up with his international teammates next week. The Manchester United flop has been named in Pekerman's 24-man squad for Colombia's upcoming games against Bahrain and Kuwait, reports mirror.co.uk. Falcao, 29, has scored...
  • EPFL would back legal action over 2022 World Cup dates March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) association would back legal action against FIFA over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup, EPFL chairman Frederic Thiriez said on Saturday. FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 tournament in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that...
  • Pele backs Sepp Blatter's bid for re-election as FIFA president March 21, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Football legend Pele has lent his support to the re-election bid of FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Blatter, 79, will vie for a fifth four-year term in charge of football's governing body at an election on May 29, reports Xinhua. "I'm going to be clear. I support Sepp Blatter because...
  • Spain out of top 10 in FIFA rankings for 1st time since 2007 March 12, 2015

    Barcelona: Spain's fall from the top of the soccer rankings took an even more humbling turn on Thursday when the team dropped out of the top 10. The Spanish spent almost six full years at No. 1, winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. But the...
  • Indian football team slumps to another historical low ranking March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian football team's slide to historical low positions in the FIFA rankings continued as it slipped two places to be at 173rd, the worst ever, in the latest chart released on Thursday. The Indian team, which played just two international matches (one loss and one draw) last year,...
  • Messi, Aguero, Higuain in Argentina squad for matches in US March 11, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has named Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain in a squad to face El Salvador and Ecuador in international friendlies later this month in the United States. Martino announced the 22-player squad on Tuesday, and included a first-time call up for Real Sociedad goalkeeper...
  • Stephen Constantine announces 32-member probables for World Cup qualifier February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine today announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal. The matches would be played on a home and away format and India first host...
  • Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup : FIFA February 25, 2015

    Soccer clubs will not be offered compensation for losing players to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. The proposed dates for the event, over November and December, are set to be ratified by FIFA next month. They would cause a disruption...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 February 24, 2015

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Louis van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge February 11, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied a Football Association misconduct charge relating to comments he made following last month's FA Cup draw with Cambridge United, the governing body said on Tuesday. "Louis van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge in relation to media comments and requests personal hearing, date...
  • Former Ukraine and Liverpool forward Andrei Voronin quits February 10, 2015

    Kiev: Former Ukraine and Liverpool forward Andrei Voronin has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. "It's difficult to talk about this but I have finished my career as a professional," he said in an interview with Sport Express. "It was not an easy decision to make. I made...