Fifa Wc Qualifiers

  • Japan become first team to reach 2014 football World Cup June 5, 2013

    Saitama: Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, tying Australia 1-1 on Tuesday night on Keisuke Honda's penalty kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. Tommy Oar put Australia ahead in the 82nd minute. But Matthew McKay's hand ball set up the penalty...
  • Rosicky, Cech in Czech squad for World Cup qualifier May 24, 2013

    Prague: Midfielder Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper Petr Cech have been included in the Czech Republic squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Italy next month. The Czechs need to do well in the June 7 game in Prague to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the tournament in Brazil. Italy...
  • World Cup qualifying clean of fixing: FIFA April 5, 2013

    Zurich: FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke believes the 500 plus qualifying matches so far for the 2014 World Cup have been clean of match-fixing. Mutschke tells the Associated Press " we don't have any leads that any match has been thrown." The full program of about 820 preliminary matches ends...
  • England were scared of us, says Montenegro coach March 27, 2013

    London: Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic claimed England were scared ahead of their World Cup Group H clash on Tuesday, and after the visitors "stopped playing" in the 1-1 draw it seems his words were not too out of place. Goalkeeper Joe Hart was called into action on numerous occasions in...
  • Underdogs hurt Asian heavyweights in WC qualifying March 27, 2013

    Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was left to rue a profligate forward line as the Blue Samurai blew a chance to become the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Japan only needed to draw against a Jordan team they had thrashed 6-0 last June to...
  • France will take attack to Spain, says Didier Deschamps March 26, 2013

    Paris: France plan to attack Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday even though a draw at home would be enough to keep them in the ascendancy with three qualifiers left to play. A draw will maintain the hosts' two-point lead at the top of Group I and keep...
  • Italy torn between Francesco Totti and Mario Balotelli March 26, 2013

    Rome: In the slowly shifting landscape of Italian football, the past week has marked a relatively quick change of focus. From old to new. Past to present. From Francesco Totti to Mario Balotelli. The homegrown Roman senator vs the son of Ghanaian immigrants. It all started a week ago, when the Azzurri...
  • Fred rescues Brazil in 1-1 draw against Russia March 26, 2013

    London: Fred scored a 90th-minute equalizer to save Brazil from a second loss inside two months in London, although the 1-1 draw against Russia on Monday left the 2014 World Cup hosts without a win since Luiz Felipe Scolari returned as coach. Fred scored for Brazil for the fourth straight...
  • England face a tense qualifier against Montenegro March 26, 2013

    Podgorica: England will face hostile crowds, an ambitious opponent and some bad memories for Wayne Rooney when the team plays Montenegro on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier. England cannot afford to lose to the Group H leaders. If Montenegro win, they would move five points ahead of England, jeopardising...
  • Germany on guard against complacency vs Kazakhstan March 25, 2013

    Nuremberg: Germany are playing down World Cup expectations and battling complacency ahead of their second back-to-back qualifier against Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Joachim Loew's side leads Group C with four wins from five games and is looking for another routine victory to follow Friday's 3-0 result over winless Kazakhstan in Astana. "It...
  • Australian football coach delighted at progress of youngsters March 25, 2013

    Sydney: The emergence of a band of talented young Socceroos has given Australia coach Holger Osieck "positive headaches" as he ponders his team selection for their crunch World Cup qualifier against Oman on Tuesday. Australia had one of the oldest squads at the last World Cup but with the careers...
  • Nervy night in store for Spain and England March 25, 2013

    London: Having waltzed through the qualifying process for their last two major tournaments Spain find themselves in an undignified tangle at the halfway point on the road to the World Cup in Brazil. While most of the fancied nations appear well-placed to qualify for next year's finals automatically, world champions...
  • Costa Rica urge FIFA for replay of US match March 25, 2013

    Costa Rica: Costa Rica are asking soccer's governing body for a replay of Friday's World Cup qualifier against the United States, won 1-0 by the Americans during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colo. Costa Rican Football Federation Treasurer Rolando Villalobos said in a statement on Sunday that documentation had been sent...
  • Stephan El Shaarawy relishes partnership with Mario Balotelli March 24, 2013

    Florence: Stephan El Shaarawy is relishing his partnership with Mario Balotelli and believes they can lead the attack for Italy and AC Milan for many years to come. El Shaarawy, 20, and Balotelli, 22, have become symbols of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's focus on youth. "Mario and I represent a new...
  • Nigeria eke out draw against Kenya in WC qualifiers March 24, 2013

    Johannesburg: New African champion Nigeria salvaged a home draw against Kenya with an injury-time equalizer in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Ivory Coast didn't miss the dropped Didier Drogba in their 3-0 win over Gambia. Samuel Eto'o scored twice as Cameroon edged Togo 2-1 to improve the inconsistent Cameroonians' chances of...
  • Switzerland draw 0-0 with Cyprus in WC qualifier March 24, 2013

    Cyprus: Switzerland wasted a series of chances in a 0-0 draw with Cyprus in a World Cup qualifying match on Saturday, though stretched their lead atop the group. With Cyprus in economic turmoil, the stadium in their capital Nicosia was almost empty. Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri was charitable to his hosts...
  • Northern Ireland-Russia qualifier postponed for 2nd time March 24, 2013

    Belfast: A second attempt to play Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia has been aborted due to bad weather in Belfast. Heavy snow initially led to the match being postponed on Friday and shifted to Saturday at Windsor Park. But with further snow and ice forming on the pitch, the...
  • Spain, Portugal held to draws in World Cup qualifying March 23, 2013

    Spain and Portugal were held to draws on Friday night that hurt their chances of qualifying automatically for next year's World Cup, while England routed San Marino 8-0 for their biggest victory margin in 26 years and New Zealand clinched a playoff berth against the fourth-place nation from North and...
  • Clint Dempsey's goal gives US 1-0 win over Costa Rica March 23, 2013

    Colorado: In a heavy snow storm at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the United States battled to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica with Clint Dempsey's 16th minute goal securing the victory in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Friday. The decision of US to try and gain an advantage...
  • England thrash San Marino 8-0 in WC qualifier March 23, 2013

    Serravalle, San Marino: England showed no mercy in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday, thrashing the joint-bottom team in the FIFA rankings 8-0 to record their largest win in 26 years. Jermain Defoe scored in each half, Wayne Rooney took his international tally to 34 goals, and...
  • Spain held to 1-1 draw by Finland in WC qualifier March 23, 2013

    Gijon: Spain conceded a late goal on Friday to draw 1-1 at home against Finland, conceding top spot to France in their World Cup qualifying group and jeopardizing their chance of automatically advancing to the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Sergio Ramos marked his 100th appearance for Spain by scoring from...
  • Early wins for Croatia, Germany March 23, 2013

    London: Croatia proved too strong for bitter Balkan rivals Serbia in a World Cup Group A qualifier in Zagreb on Friday, winning their first meeting as independent nations 2-0. In other early action Germany, playing without any recognised strikers, triumphed 3-0 in Kazakhstan to stay top of Group C while...
  • Portugal snatch a late 3-3 draw with Israel March 23, 2013

    Tel Aviv: Portugal came back from 3-1 down to snatch a draw in stoppage time against Israel in their World Cup qualifying group F match on Friday, a result that keeps both teams in with a chance of qualifying. The visitors stunned Israel and silenced the 40,000 capacity crowd with...
  • Drogba dropped from Cote d'Ivoire's WC qualifier March 21, 2013

    Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire): Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was left out of Cote d'Ivoire's squad for football World Cup qualifier against Gambia on Saturday. Drogba disappointed coach Sabri Lamouchi after team's quarter-final exit at the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year and it is said that the Galatasaray striker's...
  • England set to lord over San Marino despite defense problem March 21, 2013

    London: England face a central defensive problem heading into their next two World Cup qualifiers which should not matter against San Marino on Friday but could well cause worries against Montenegro next Tuesday. Coach Roy Hodgson has lost the services of central defenders Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Michael Dawson and Rio...
  • Germany look to continue their domination against Kazakhstan March 21, 2013

    Berlin: Whether it was Gerd Mueller, Rudi Voeller or Miroslav Klose, Germany have never had a shortage of gifted strikers but when they take on Kazakhstan in their World Cup qualifier on Friday there could be none in their lineup. Germany, top of 2014 World Cup qualifying Group C on 10...
  • Sneijder, Van der Vaart back in Dutch squad for WC qualifiers March 15, 2013

    Ajax: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal recalled playmaker Wesley Sneijder for the first time since September in naming his squad for the 2014 World Cup Group D qualifiers against Estonia and Romania later this month. Sneijder missed two qualifiers in October last year through injury and then friendlies against Germany and...
  • Serbia have nothing to lose against Croatia: Ivanovic March 14, 2013

    Belgrade: The Serbians have nothing to lose when they visit bitter Balkan rivals Croatia in a World Cup Group A qualifier on March 22 and raucous fan support can only put pressure on the home side, Serbia right back Branislav Ivanovic said. The Chelsea defender is one of Serbia's most experienced...