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  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Sepp Blatter 24-04-2014 02:38 PM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and...
  • FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal 23-04-2014 03:19 PM

    Zurich: Barcelona have been cleared to sign new players this off-season after FIFA froze the club's one-year transfer embargo while the sanction is appealed. FIFA said on Wednesday its appeal panel "considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect." Panel chairman Larry Mussenden took...
  • Brazil's Itaquerao stadium for football World Cup not yet complete 23-04-2014 11:14 AM

    Sao Paulo: Construction workers at Brazil's Itaquerao World Cup stadium "cannot waste a minute" if the venue is to be ready in time for the World Cup, football's governing body FIFA has warned. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday there would be time for just one official test...
  • Indian Super League will kill football in India: Valanka Alemao 16-04-2014 03:46 PM

    Panaji: The recently announced Indian Super League will kill football in the country and is violating world body FIFA rules, chief executive officer of a top Goan club said on Wednesday. Eight franchises for the much-anticipated Indian Super League, which is scheduled to be held in September-November, were unveiled on...
  • Tickets for two-thirds of football World Cup games sold out 16-04-2014 09:54 AM

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the football World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened on Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. FIFA put nearly 200,000 tickets on sale...
  • Can Indian Super League revive the sorry state of Indian football? 14-04-2014 09:34 AM

    Seeking to revolutionise football in the country, organisers of the much-anticipated Indian Super League (ISL) unveiled the eight franchises on Sunday, with cricket legends, Bollywood stars and industrialists winning the bids for owning the franchises. The forthcoming two-month tournament marks a latest attempt to popularise football. Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar...
  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff 11-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for...
  • Top four for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 05:28 PM

    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,...
  • India gain seven places in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: Indian football team jumped seven places to 145th, the highest since August last, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India gained six cumulative points (144 in total) over the past month to rise to 145th from 152nd, despite not playing any international match during the period....
  • FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban 05-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Madrid: FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow the rules when signing international youth players. The governing body of world soccer banned the Spanish champions from any activity in the next two transfer windows for breaching international regulations...
  • Brazil will be a well-done World Cup, says Sepp Blatter 04-04-2014 09:57 AM

    San Jose: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the World Cup will be "well done", but he criticised Brazilian authorities for starting late on stadium projects and for not providing enough worker's safety. Blatter spoke on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, where he was attending the Under-17 Women's World Cup....
  • Barcelona's president hits out at FIFA after transfer ban 03-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denounced FIFA for punishing the La Liga club over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign under-18 players, saying they are victims of a "grave injustice". Soccer's world governing body announced on Wednesday it had banned the Spanish champions from the transfer...
  • AIFF waiting for FIFA feedback about venues for U-17 World Cup 03-04-2014 05:05 PM

    Jamshedpur: All India Football Federation (AIFF) will start the renovation work of the venues that will host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup after it gets the feedback from FIFA team. "We are waiting for the feedback from FIFA about the venues they have inspected recently and initiate action to upgrade...
  • FIFA bans Barcelona from signing players for next two years 02-04-2014 03:57 PM

    Zurich: Barcelona were banned by FIFA from signing any players for next season after being found guilty on Wednesday of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations. The heavy sanction, which covers the summer and January transfer windows, followed an investigation into the Spanish champion's signing of players under the age of 18....
  • 2.57 million World Cup tickets allocated to fans 02-04-2014 11:19 AM

    Over 2.57 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels to date, soccer's world governing body FIFA announced Tuesday. The second period of the sales closed on Tuesday with a total of 301,929 tickets sold for the 345,000 tickets originally available....
  • FIFA World Cup ticket demand hits 2.56 mn 28-03-2014 10:12 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Fans have already bought 2.56 million tickets for this year's World Cup, according to football's governing body FIFA. The demand for tickets has been highest among Brazilians, who have bought more than a million tickets for the June 12-July 13 tournament, reported Xinhua. Next are the US...
  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini 27-03-2014 06:06 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday that he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency. The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer's top job next year, but he told...
  • Shakira's 'La la la' is the new official FIFA World Cup song 23-03-2014 10:47 AM

    Los Angeles: Singer-performer Shakira, who made the world dance to the tunes of her song 'Waka waka' during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has recorded a new number for the official World Cup to be held in Brazil this time. The star, who is dating Spain defender Gerard Piqu, has...
  • No comment on Qatar 2022 payment claims: Blatter 22-03-2014 09:11 AM

    Zurich: FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar's winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters. Blatter said at a news conference on Friday "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said it...
  • Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing 18-03-2014 05:35 PM

    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...
  • Temporary facilities pose World Cup headache for FIFA 14-03-2014 10:01 AM

    An unpaved area of 140,000 square metres around the Porto Alegre stadium is among FIFA's biggest headaches with three months to go until the World Cup in Brazil, secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. "The biggest challenge is to have all these temporary facilities, which are subject to a...
  • India gain two places to be at 152nd in FIFA rankings 13-03-2014 08:04 PM

    New Delhi: India gained two places to be at 152nd spot following their 2-2 drawn international football friendly match against Bangladesh early this month in the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday. India secured 43 points from that match played in Goa and now have 138 cumulative average points. Riding...
  • Messi does not need World Cup for greatness: Maradona 05-03-2014 08:31 AM

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said on Tuesday. "Messi doesn't need to win the World Cup to be the best player in the world," Maradona, who inspired Argentina to the title in...
  • FIFA delegation satisfied with Salt Lake Stadium 28-02-2014 05:26 PM

    Kolkata: A FIFA delegation on a visit to inspect venues in connection with the 2017 Under-17 Football World Cup, which India would host, expressed satisfaction with the Salt Lake Stadium. "We are very much satisfied with such a massive stadium .... now we have to sit together to discuss how...
  • FIFA plans to hold U-17 World Cup matches in Guwahati in 2017 27-02-2014 11:06 PM

    Guwahati: A delegation of FIFA, led by Deputy Director of Competitions and Events Head, Inaki Alvarez, met Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to discuss holding of some matches of FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the city in 2017. According to an official release, Alvarez said he had inspected the stadiums...
  • Brazil to face Panama in pre-World Cup friendly 24-02-2014 12:32 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil will fine-tune their FIFA World Cup preparations with an international friendly against Panama June 3. The two teams will meet at the Serra Dourada stadium in the central Brazilian city of Goiania, Panama's football federation said on its official website on Sunday. It will be Brazil's...
  • FIFA: 2.3 million World Cup tickets allocated 22-02-2014 10:13 AM

    Florianopolis: FIFA said on Friday it has allocated 2.3 million tickets for the World Cup, with Brazilians and Americans receiving most of them. Football's governing body said the 2014 tournament is "the most successful World Cup" in terms of requests, with nearly 10 million people trying to get a hold...
  • Use video to punish divers, injury fakers: Blatter 21-02-2014 09:56 PM

    Video evidence should be used to punish footballers who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Seeking to eradicate cheating from the game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take retrospective action. "Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair...
  • FIFA team meets sports ministry, starts inspection of venues 21-02-2014 05:36 PM

    New Delhi: Taking the first step towards ensuring smooth conduct of the 2017 Under-17 football World Cup in India, a three-member FIFA team has met officials of the Sports Ministry before leaving to inspect probable venues for the showpiece event. "FIFA officials are already in India and they also had...
  • Decision on football World Cup 2014 venue due later on Tuesday 18-02-2014 07:12 PM

    Brazil: A decision on whether Curitiba is to remain as a World Cup venue in June is expected later on Tuesday. The announcement will be made in Florianopolis by general secretary Jerome Valcke, said FIFA's head of media Delia Fisher. World soccer's ruling body set a deadline of February 18...