Football Friendlies

  • France coach Didier Deschamps plays down 'great expectations' March 6, 2014

    Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps is wary of increased expectations after his team hit form to beat Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday. First-half goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi set up a 2-0 victory at the Stade de France that seemed to confirm something had clicked in the French...
  • England victory leaves Roy Hodgson with plenty of questions March 6, 2014

    Adam Lallana almost certainly secured a place in the England squad for the World Cup but a generally sluggish performance in a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Denmark raised more questions than answers for coach Roy Hodgson. Lallana's arrival after 58 minutes - along with the halftime introduction of his teenage...
  • 'Chile killer' Robinho gives Brazil 2-1 win November 20, 2013

    Robinho came off the bench to head home the winner in Brazil's 2-1 victory over Chile on Tuesday, taking his personal tally to nine against their South American rivals and boosting his chances of playing at next year's World Cup finals. Robinho, who has now scored one more goal against Chile...
  • Spain slip to surprise loss against South Africa November 20, 2013

    Johannesburg: Spain's return to the stadium where it won the World Cup was spoiled on Tuesday as Bernard Parker's second-half goal gave South Africa a shock 1-0 win over the world and European champion. Spain was subdued - and possibly tired after its friendly in Equatorial Guinea three days ago -...
  • Mertesacker heads Germany to 1-0 win over England November 20, 2013

    London: Per Mertesacker's header gave Germany a 1-0 victory over England on Tuesday, sending its fierce rival to back-to-back home losses for the first time in 36 years. Captaining Germany in London, Mertesacker powered in the only goal of the Wembley Stadium friendly after meeting a cross from Toni Kroos in...
  • Sergio Aguero brace gives Argentina 2-0 win over Bosnia November 19, 2013

    Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Argentina a 2-0 win over fellow World Cup finalists Bosnia in a friendly at the Busch baseball stadium in St Louis, Missouri on Monday. Aguero, wearing the number 10 shirt in absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, could have registered a hat-trick but blasted...
  • England unveils starting squad for Germany encounter November 19, 2013

    London: Joe Hart will be back in goal to face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night as England manager Roy Hodgson has named his side more than 24 hours in advance. According to the Football Association, in the training session at London Colney Monday, which was fully open to the media,...
  • England's Joe Hart, Ashley Cole to start against Germany November 17, 2013

    England's under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart and left back Ashley Cole will start against Germany in Tuesday's friendly, with manager Roy Hodgson planning several changes to the team that lost to Chile. England were well beaten 2-0 by fellow World Cup qualifiers Chile on Friday when Hodgson gave debuts to three players...
  • Andrea Barzagli to miss Italy-Nigeria friendly November 17, 2013

    Milan: Andrea Barzagli is forced to miss Italy's friendly against Nigeria in London due to muscle problem. The Juventus defender pulled up injured during Italy's 1-1 draw with Germany at San Siro Friday, reported Xinhua. He has been diagnosed with a slight pull of the left adductor, so is sent home...
  • Spain beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 in friendly November 17, 2013

    Malabo: Spain won 2-1 at former colony Equatorial Guinea on Saturday amid criticism of the appropriateness of the world champions playing a friendly in a country dogged by accusations of human rights abuse under its current president. Human rights groups had urged Spain to call attention to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema's...
  • Brazil hammer Honduras 5-0 in international freindly November 17, 2013

    Brazil turned on the style in the second half to score four goals and hammer Honduras 5-0 in a friendly in Miami on Saturday. Honduras started strongly but Brazil opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Paulinho took possession on the right and delivered an inviting low cross for Bernard...
  • Belgium face Colombia in a friendly November 13, 2013

    Belgium and Colombia are not usually considered heavyweights in world football yet their meeting on Thursday is arguably the most attractive of the friendlies being played this week. Both teams qualified for the World Cup in style, sit proudly in the top five of the FIFA world rankings and will be...
  • Gerrard and Walker to miss England friendly against Chile November 13, 2013

    London: England captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker will miss the international friendly against Chile at Wembley, according to media reports on Wednesday. Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, who has 107 caps, aggravated a hip injury during his club's Premier League win over Fulham at the weekend. Tottenham Hotspur's Walker was also...
  • Manchester United duo ruled out of England friendlies November 13, 2013

    London: Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck will miss the friendlies against Chile and Germany as they have withdrawn from the England squad due to injury. The Three Lions will face Chile on Friday evening at Wembley Stadium, before Germany's visit four days later, reports Xinhua. All the three teams...
  • Robin van Persie pulls out of Dutch squad November 12, 2013

    The Hague: Robin van Persie and Jordy Clasie pulled out of the Dutch squad for the upcoming friendlies against Japan and Colombia. Manchester United striker Van Persie withdrew due to toe and groin pains. Feyenoord midfielder Clasie suffers from a right foot contusion, reports Xinhua. Head coach Louis van Gaal called up...
  • Del Bosque calls up Brazil-born Costa for Spain November 8, 2013

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. Top scorer in La Liga with 13 goals in 12 appearances this season, Costa signed a formal letter last month...
  • England keep faith with Joe Hart, call up Saints trio November 7, 2013

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson backed goalkeeper Joe Hart to regain top form but will take the opportunity to look at understudies Fraser Forster or John Ruddy in this month's friendlies against Chile and Germany. Hart, dropped by Manchester City after a series of mistakes, will start one of the World...
  • Wim Koevermans announces squad for friendlies November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: National football team coach Wim Koevermans has announced his squad of 21 players for India's two international friendlies which are scheduled to be held this month. India first play Philippines on November 15 followed by Nepal on November 19. The squad: Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Subhashish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Arindam...
  • Brazil beat South Korea 2-0 in friendly in Seoul October 12, 2013

    Seoul: Neymar and Oscar scored either side of halftime to give Brazil a 2-0 win over South Korea in a friendly on Saturday. Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break,...
  • Neymar returns to practice, will play friendly October 11, 2013

    Neymar recovered from a hip injury and will play Brazil's friendly against South Korea on Saturday in Seoul. The Barcelona striker practiced on Friday, a day after he was hurt in training after a challenge by Lazio midfielder Hernanes. Neymar left the field in pain and was listed as doubtful for...
  • Liverpool's Lucas handed Brazil recall September 27, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has recalled Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva for next month's friendlies against South Korea and Zambia. Lucas has not played for the Selecao since their 2-0 victory over Egypt in November 2011, reports Xinhua. "Today the feeling is like when I got my first...
  • Mark Schwarzer dropped from Australian football squad September 24, 2013

    Sydney: Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been dropped from the Australian team that will play friendlies against France and Canada next month, calling into question his chances of playing at a third World Cup. Coach Holger Osieck on Tuesday omitted the 40-year-old Schwarzer, who is Australia's most-capped player with 108 appearances,...
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari pleased with Brazil form for Portugal friendly September 10, 2013

    Brazil have recovered their Confederations Cup-winning form in time for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal in Boston, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. The 2014 World Cup hosts, despite being depleted by injuries, bounced back from a poor 1-0 defeat by Switzerland last month to romp to a 6-0 win over Australia in...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal friendly against Brazil September 8, 2013

    Lisbon: Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Tuesday's friendly football match against Brazil. "Ronaldo has had a week of intense treatment, he made an enormous sacrifice and now he needs to rest," Portugal doctor Henrique Jones said on Saturday, reports Xinhua. With the 28-year-old's hat-trick, Portugal recorded a 4-2...
  • Luiz Scolari hails Brazil's 6-0 rout of Australia September 8, 2013

    Brasilia: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari heaped praise on midfield pair Ramires and Bernard after the Selecao's thrashed Australia 6-0 victory in an international football friendly. Atletico Mineiro forward Jo netted a brace while Neymar, Ramires, Pato and Luiz Gustavo also scored in the victory at Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium, reports...
  • Alexandre Pato eyeing Brazil World Cup spot May 21, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Alexandre Pato hopes his return to Brazil's football national team for Saturday's friendly against Australia will pave the way for a dream World Cup berth. Pato has been drafted into Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the match at Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium after the withdrawal of Fred due...
  • Ramires, Maicon recalled to Brazil squad for freindlies August 22, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Roma right-back Maicon have been recalled for Brazil's international friendlies against Australia and Portugal next month. Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar was also named in coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's 22-man squad on Wednesday despite not having played a match since the Confederations...
  • Afghanistan host friendly after 10-year absence August 20, 2013

    Kabul: Afghanistan hosted their first football international in 10 years on Tuesday, with their national team beating Pakistan 3-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,000 people in Kabul. Labeled the "Friendship Match", Afghanistan took the lead at the newly-built Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium through striker Sanjar Ahmadi in the...
  • Lambert's debut goal gives England win against Scotland August 15, 2013

    London: Rickie Lambert made a goal-scoring England debut at the age of 31 on Wednesday, clinching a 3-2 victory over Scotland as international football's oldest rivals met for the first time in 14 years. After England twice came from behind through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, Lambert produced the winner in...
  • Late Ronaldo goal gives Portugal draw with Dutch August 15, 2013

    Lisbon: A late Cristiano Ronaldo tap-in salvaged a 1-1 home draw for an injury-ravaged Portugal side against the Netherlands in a lukewarm friendly in the Algarve stadium on Wednesday. The Dutch, boasting a perfect record of six wins out six in World Cup qualifying Group D, drew first blood through midfielder...