FIFA

  • No worker deaths at World Cup stadiums: Qatar 2022 chief Yesterday

    Doha: No labourers working on Qatar's World Cup stadium projects have died because of industrial accidents or injury, tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press briefing for foreign reporters in Doha, Thawadi said that work has been carried out so far on beginning to build or revamp...
  • Sheikh Ahmad joins FIFA's top table, Salman re-elected 5 days ago

    Manama: Political kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait extended his influence further into soccer on Thursday when he was elected unopposed as one of Asia's three ordinary representatives on FIFA's executive committee. Sheikh Ahmad was the only candidate for a two-year term up for grabs on FIFA's top table due...
  • Real Madrid deny reports of transfer ban by FIFA 6 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid has denied a Spanish media report saying FIFA would punish the team for breaking rules regarding the signing of youth players. In a statement on Wednesday, Madrid says the report is "absolutely false" and that the club has not violated any rules. Cadena SER radio reported that FIFA would...
  • Coach Nicolai Adam plans 4 exposure trips before 2017 U-17 football WC April 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Newly appointed German coach Nicolai Adam said on Thursday that he plans at least four foreign exposure trips for the football team as part of preparations for the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup, to he hosted by the country. Addressing his first press conference after taking charge as head...
  • AIFF signs agreement with German football Association April 21, 2015

    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...
  • Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships April 20, 2015

    Doha: Qatar plans to accomodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Monday. The proposal for "floating hotels" is a revival of an idea which was initially rejected two years ago. However, Qatar is now seeking...
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the best ever: Sepp Blatter April 20, 2015

    Moscow: Nothing will stop Russia from hosting the best World Cup in the tournament's history in 2018, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to one of the host venues Sochi on Monday. "I am a happy and proud president. I am proud that Russia is getting ready to host...
  • 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,...
  • India handed tough draw for 2018 FIFA qualifiers April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian football team has been drawn in a tough group alongside top Asian nation Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam for the second phase of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The draw took place on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur. Iran is the top-ranked team in the Asian...
  • Stephen Constantine back to wake up 'sleeping giant' India April 13, 2015

    Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer. India rank a dismal 147 in the latest rankings, reflecting soccer's...
  • Bhutan leap 46 places in FIFA rankings, India 147th April 9, 2015

    Bhutan jumped 46 places from the foot of the FIFA rankings to 163rd on Thursday after recording their first ever World Cup qualifying victories. The Himalayan nation beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in Colombo and 2-1 in Thimphu last month to advance to the second round of Asian qualifying and, after reaching...
  • Hawk-Eye goal-line technology headed for Women's World Cup March 31, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women's World Cup in Canada. The British camera-based system to track the ball's position is already used in the Premier League. It was developed in tennis and cricket. FIFA says Hawk-Eye will first be tested at the six...
  • 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...
  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation March 20, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014. "A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the...
  • France to host 2019 women's football World Cup March 19, 2015

    France will host the 2019 women's World Cup and the Under-20 women's tournament in 2018 after beating off competition from South Korea for the hosting rights, FIFA said on Thursday. Five countries had originally declared an interest in staging the events but England, New Zealand and South Africa fell by the...
  • FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on December 18 March 19, 2015

    The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday. FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio confirmed the date on Thursday, but did not say when the tournament would start. He says the governing body's executive committee prefers a 28-day tournament -...
  • Pakistan 2018 FIFA World Cup tie switched from Lahore to Bahrain March 18, 2015

    Pakistan's World Cup qualifier at home to Yemen is to be played on neutral territory in Bahrain after 16 people died and dozens were injured in Sunday's suicide bombings at two churches in Lahore. Soccer's governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday that the Asian zone first round second...
  • India advance in 2018 World Cup qualifiers after 0-0 draw against Nepal March 17, 2015

    Kathmandu: India on Tuesday held a dominant Nepal to a goal-less draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one second leg match to advance to the second round on 2-0 aggregate. India, who had beaten Nepal 2-0 in Guwahati on March 12 in first leg, were clearly the...
  • 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...
  • Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football, says Michel Platini March 16, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is "important for football." Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs "new ideas, a new program" as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo...
  • 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 ...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Sunil Chhetri not automatic choice for captaincy: Stephen Constantine February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Set to begin his second stint as Indian football head coach with a match against Nepal next month, Stephen Constantine on Tuesday said that he is yet to decide on who will captain the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. India play Nepal on March...
  • 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...
  • Luis Figo proposes expanded World Cup, spreading more FIFA cash February 19, 2015

    London: Luis Figo says he would consider expanding the World Cup if he is elected FIFA president in May. Figo says the 32-team World Cup could be expanded to 40 teams or FIFA could stage two 24-team tournaments simultaneously on two continents followed by a knockout phase in one nation. The former...