QUALIFIERS

  • Asia throws up intriguing World Cup qualifiers April 14, 2015

    The sheer enormity and rich diversity of Asia offers a bitter-sweet opportunity to the region's World Cup hopefuls. After a revamp of the qualifying procedure, Asia's heavyweight teams now get the benefit of playing against some of the world's weakest national sides, but the road to qualifying can be a tricky...
  • Georgia, Poland face disciplinary action after qualifiers April 1, 2015

    Georgia and Poland are facing disciplinary action after problems at recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA said on Wednesday. Georgia have been charged over a pitch invasion and for poor organisation of their Group D match at home to Germany on Sunday, which they lost 2-0. Poland were charged after their fans threw...
  • UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia March 30, 2015

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players. European soccer's governing body said on Monday it was probing the "setting off and throwing of fireworks and objects" by...
  • Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes March 30, 2015

    Berlin: Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday, while Romania and Northern Ireland hold a big edge in their group after victories. Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller scored late in the first half to give Germany a...
  • Guus Hiddink insists Netherlands will qualify despite setback March 29, 2015

    Veteran Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink insisted his side would qualify for next year's European Championship as questions over his tenure re-emerged in the wake of a last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Turkey on Saturday. Hiddink's team needed a goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar two minutes into stoppage time to snatch a dramatic...
  • Wayne Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Bobby Charlton: Roy Hodgson March 29, 2015

    Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country's greats said coach Roy Hodgson. Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances...
  • Netherlands, Italy need late equalisers in 2016 Euro qualifiers March 29, 2015

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalizers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. And a pair of goals plus an assist by Gareth Bale put Wales atop its group. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in injury time as the Netherlands drew with Turkey 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Eder scored the...
  • Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy game March 28, 2015

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte gets death threats after Marchisio injury March 28, 2015

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule midfielder Claudio Marchisio out for the rest of the season. Marchisio suffered ruptured knee ligaments during the warm-up for Friday's Italy's training session ahead of the Euro...
  • Euro qualifiers: Harry Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania March 28, 2015

    London: Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying. The 21-year-old Kane replaced captain Wayne Rooney amid roars by expectant fans inside Wembley Stadium, and he delivered instantly by heading...
  • Alvaro Morata hailed as 'the future of Spain' March 28, 2015

    Alvaro Morata was designated "the future of the national team" after the Juventus forward fired holders Spain to a 1-0 win against Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying in Seville on Friday. There was a strong element of luck about Morata's 28th minute strike, the ball looping up off a defender and...
  • Serbia can stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, says Branislav Ivanovic March 27, 2015

    Belgrade: Portugal have one of the world's top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation's captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than...
  • Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge faces spell out with muscle tear March 27, 2015

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing another spell on the sidelines after England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed he had suffered a muscle tear in his hip. Sturridge, who has already missed five months of the season through injury, was sent home from international duty earlier this week ahead of Friday's Euro...
  • Sluggish Germany look to shake off World Cup hangover March 25, 2015

    It's proving to be a long hangover for Germany after winning the World Cup in Brazil eight months ago. Injuries, retirements, and players being out of form are all taking their toll on Joachim Loew's side, which is laboring through its European Championship group as qualifying reaches its halfway point this...
  • Euro Qualifier: Spain call up Juanmi as cover for injured Diego Costa March 23, 2015

    Spain have called up Malaga forward Juanmi as cover for the injured Diego Costa for the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine, the Spanish federation (RFEF) said on Monday. Brazil-born Costa, who missed Spain's last two games due to injury, scored in Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League victory at Hull City...
  • FIFA WC qualifiers: Confident India ready for hosts Nepal March 16, 2015

    Kathmandu: A confident Indian football team will look to get the better of Nepal one more time as it faces the Himalayan nation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup second leg preliminary qualifying game (round 1) on Monday. India won the home leg 2-0 with goals from...
  • Sunil Chhetri scores twice as India beat Nepal in World Cup qualifiers March 12, 2015

    Guwahati: Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the second half as India notched up a 2-0 win over Nepal in a dominating display in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one on Thursday. Today's win at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai ...
  • Subrata Paul to lead India against Nepal in football World Cup prelims March 11, 2015

    Guwahati: Experienced goalkeeper Subrata Paul will be wearing the captain's armband as coach Stephen Constantine begins his second stint with the Indian football team with a match against Nepal in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers first round here tomorrow. This will be Englishman Constantine's first competitive assignment...
  • Enough of dialogues, let's box out the problems: Mary Kom's special message on Women's Day March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: When we talk of empowered women, the first name that strikes us is definitely Mary Kom. She might be World Boxing Champion or Olympic Bronze Medalist but the mother of three kids, Mary, today aims gold at Rio Olympic in 2016. Talking to students at IIT Delhi, the boxing...
  • 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...
  • Flawless Anirban Lahiri placed second in Euro Qualifying School November 18, 2014

    Barcelona: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri stayed on course for a European Tour card for the coming season as he turned in another flawless round of four-under 66 at the par-70 Tour Course to be second after the third round of the European Tour Qualifying School. Lahiri ceded the leadership to Swede...
  • Real Madrid's midfielder Luka Modric suffers injury blow November 18, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to miss the rest of the year with a thigh injury, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Monday. Modric went off injured in the first half of Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifier in Italy on Sunday and team doctor Boris Nemec's...
  • Wales hold Belgium; Israel lead Euro Qualifiers Group B November 17, 2014

    Brussels: Israel beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 to restore their lead at the top Group B in their European Championship qualifying campaign. That result, coupled together with Wales' goalless against Belgium in Brussels, sees the top four teams separated by just four points. In Haifa, Israel took another confident step towards qualifying for...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Dutch beat Latvia 6-0 to save Hiddink's job November 17, 2014

    Amsterdam: The Netherlands outclassed Latvia in a morale-boosting 6-0 win on Sunday in European qualifying that eased pressure on coach Guus Hiddink after four defeats in his first five matches. The Czech Republic went top of Group A with four wins out of four by beating Iceland 2-1 in Plzen thanks...
  • Anirban Lahiri placed 2nd at Euro Qualifying School, SSP Chowrasia 76th November 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a brilliant start at the European Tour's six-round Qualifying School Final Stage with a flawless five-under 65 at the par-70 Purple course and was placed second overall among the 156 starters. The other Indian challenger in the field, SSP Chowrasia, carded one-over 71...
  • Wayne Rooney joins Jimmy Greaves on 44 goals with penalty against Slovenia November 16, 2014

    Wayne Rooney celebrated becoming the youngest player to win 100 caps for England with a second-half penalty that sparked his side's revival in a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on Saturday. The goal was Rooney's 44th for his country and drew him level with Jimmy...
  • Euro qualifiers: Centurion Rooney scores as England beats Slovenia; easy win for Spain November 16, 2014

    London: Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th appearance for England by scoring in a 3-1 win over Slovenia, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted in his return for Sweden in a 1-1 draw at Montenegro in European Championship qualifiers on Saturday. Beside England's fourth win in as many games, Group E also saw San...
  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...
  • Injured keeper David de Gea to miss Spain Euro qualifier November 15, 2014

    Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will miss their Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus on Saturday after injuring a finger in training, said national team doctor Oscar Celada. "Tomorrow he will definitely not be ready to play," Celada told Marca on Friday referring to the Manchester United stopper. De Gea, who was injured...
  • Wayne Rooney is an England 'great', says Roy Hodgson November 15, 2014

    Wayne Rooney deserves to be thought of as an England great, national team manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday. The Manchester United striker is set to win his 100th cap against Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday, adding his name to an elite group of eight other players who...