Fifa Wc Qualifiers

  • Japan become first team to reach 2014 football World Cup 04-06-2013 06:41 PM

    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 24-05-2013 03:21 PM

    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...
  • World Cup qualifying clean of fixing: FIFA 05-04-2013 11:47 PM

    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 27-03-2013 04:28 PM

    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 27-03-2013 04:16 PM

    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 26-03-2013 09:01 AM

    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 26-03-2013 08:43 AM

    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...
  • Fred rescues Brazil in 1-1 draw against Russia 26-03-2013 07:40 AM

    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 25-03-2013 06:31 PM

    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 25-03-2013 06:12 PM

    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....
  • Australian football coach delighted at progress of youngsters 25-03-2013 11:52 AM

    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 25-03-2013 09:01 AM

    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 25-03-2013 08:28 AM

    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...
  • Stephan El Shaarawy relishes partnership with Mario Balotelli 24-03-2013 12:57 PM

    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...
  • Nigeria eke out draw against Kenya in WC qualifiers 24-03-2013 12:43 PM

    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...
  • Switzerland draw 0-0 with Cyprus in WC qualifier 24-03-2013 10:43 AM

    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...
  • Northern Ireland-Russia qualifier postponed for 2nd time 24-03-2013 10:08 AM

    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,...
  • Early wins for Croatia, Germany 23-03-2013 05:33 AM

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