International Friendlies

  • Hart can secure status as England's top keeper, says Hodgson November 18, 2013

    London: Joe Hart can draw a line under his poor form and cement his World Cup place when England host Germany in Tuesday's international friendly, manager Roy Hodgson said on Monday. Hart was dropped by his club, Manchester City, last month after his misjudgement led to defeat at Chelsea, the latest...
  • International friendly: India held to 1-1 draw by Philippines November 15, 2013

    Siliguri: Sunil Chhetri found the net once but Philip James Younghusband neutralised within a minute of the Indian football team captain's strike as Philippines held the hosts to a 1-1 draw in their international friendly on Friday. Chhetri gave India the lead in the 43rd minute. Following one of Mehtab Hossain's...
  • Golden Lampard leads experimental England against Chile November 14, 2013

    London: Frank Lampard will receive a special golden cap to mark 100 appearances for England on Friday when he captains what is expected to be a largely experimental team against Chile in a friendly at Wembley. Coach Roy Hodgson, speaking to the media at England's base at Watford, north of London,...
  • India take on Philippines in football friendly November 14, 2013

    Siliguri: Searching for its first win in an international friendly this year, the Indian football team takes on Philippines here on Friday without a quartet of senior players who were left out due to various reasons. India lost both their international friendlies earlier this year - against Palestine in February and...
  • Germany's Klose, Mertesacker out of Italy game November 13, 2013

    Berlin: Germany forward Miroslav Klose has been ruled out of their friendlies against Italy and England while defender Per Mertesacker will also miss Friday's game in Milan before returning for next week's trip to Wembley. Klose, who resumed playing in October after a month-long injury break, picked up a shoulder injury...
  • Maicon, Ramires back in Brazil team for friendlies August 21, 2013

    Sao Paulo: World Cup veteran right back Maicon and Chelsea midfielder Ramires are back in Brazil's squad for the friendlies against Australia and Portugal in September. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also picked goalkeeper Julio Cesar even though the player hasn't participated in an official match since the Confederations Cup. Maicon, newly signed...
  • Brazil confirm October friendly in Beijing August 17, 2013

    Rio de Janiero: Brazil will play an international friendly in China on October 15 against either Ghana or Zambia. The match will be played at the Beijing National Stadium, the showpiece venue for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Brazilian confederation (CBF) confirmed in a statement on Friday. It will be Brazil's fourth...
  • Afghanistan to play first home game for 10 years August 16, 2013

    Zurich: Afghanistan will host their first international soccer match for 10 years when they play Pakistan in a friendly next Tuesday, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday. The match will take place on an artificial pitch at the AFF (Afghanistan Football Federation) stadium, FIFA said. "The fact that we are hosting...
  • Scolari not worried about Switzerland loss August 15, 2013

    Sao Paulo: Luiz Felipe Scolari is not going to lose sleep over Brazil's loss to Switzerland in the team's first match since winning the Confederations Cup at home. Scolari said the 1-0 defeat in Basel on Wednesday should not be taken too seriously as he already expected the team to face...
  • Tajikistan thrash India 3-0 in football friendly August 14, 2013

    Khujand: Indian football team's disastrous performance at the international level continued as they went down 0-3 to Tajikistan in an international friendly here on Wednesday. Davronov Nuriddin (12th minute), Fatkhuloev Fatkhullo (18th minute) and Akhtam Khamrakulov (90+3) scored for the home team at the 20 Years of Independence Stadium. Indian team...
  • Mario Balotelli ruled out of Italy-Argentina friendly August 14, 2013

    Rome: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will have to make do without the services of Mario Balotelli for Wednesday's international friendly against Argentina. The AC Milan striker picked up a knee problem in training this week and Italy's football association (FIGC) confirmed he had departed the squad following the side's meeting with...
  • David Luiz mum on Barcelona rumours August 13, 2013

    Basel: Brazil and Chelsea defender David Luiz has declined to comment on rumours of his possible transfer to Spanish football giants Barcelona after his arrival in Basel for a friendly between Switzerland and Brazil. Barcelona, after recruiting young Brazilian forward Neymar in June, now want the Chelsea defender and are willing...
  • Italy and Argentina ready to renew rivalry in friendly August 13, 2013

    Rome: Twelve years after Italy's last match against Argentina, the two predominantly Roman Catholic and football-crazy nations are renewing their storied rivalry in a friendly game that will be played under the auspices of Pope Francis. After months of talks, the Italian and Argentinian federations managed to set up Wednesday's encounter...
  • Wesley Sneijder snubbed for Netherlands friendly August 10, 2013

    Amsterdam: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has left Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder out of the squad for next week's friendly against Portugal, though he said on Friday that the player has the talent to return when he's fit. Van Gaal last month demoted Sneijder from his job as team captain, saying...
  • Drogba back in Ivory Coast side for Mexico match August 7, 2013

    Didier Drogba is to return to the Ivory Coast national team next week for the first time since the country's calamitous African Nations Cup finals performance at the start of the year. The veteran striker has been named in a 23-man squad for a friendly against Mexico in New York next...
  • Rahim Nabi left out of India's football friendly August 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Key midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi and goalkeeper Subrata Paul were on Monday left out of a 20-member Indian football squad announced for the away international friendly match against Tajikistan to be played on August 14. Nabi, who reported for the IMG-Reliance camp in Mumbai on August 2 for a...
  • Wesley Sneijder left out of Dutch squad for friendly August 1, 2013

    The Hague: Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been left out of the preliminary Netherlands squad for the friendly against Portugal on August 14. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal named 26 players in his provisional squad for the match in Faro, Portugal, reports Xinhua. Among others, the regular big names like...
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari sticks to Confed Cup Brazil squad for friendly July 31, 2013

    Sao Paulo: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has picked almost the same squad that won the Confederations Cup for the team's friendly against Switzerland in August. Scolari selected 20 players for the match in Basel on August 14, with 19 of them drawn from the Cup squad. Paris Saint-Germain left-back Maxwell...
  • Brazil captain Thiago Silva in doubt for France friendly June 8, 2013

    Porto Alegre, Brazil: Brazil captain Thiago Silva is in doubt for Sunday's international friendly against France in Porto Alegre due to injury. The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back was absent from training Friday, reportedly suffering muscle soreness following Brazil's 2-2 draw with England at the Maracana stadium last Sunday. His place could be taken...
  • England's Welbeck out of Brazil friendly June 2, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: England's attacking options have been further depleted by the withdrawal of Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck from Sunday's friendly against Brazil at the refurbished Maracana Stadium. Welbeck, nursing knee and thigh problems, was deemed unfit to play after failing to complete training with the England team on...
  • Podolski scores as Germany beat Ecuador 4-2 May 30, 2013

    Florida: Lukas Podolski scored after only 10 seconds to help Germany to a 4-2 victory over Ecuador in a friendly on Wednesday. Podolski and Lars Bender scored two goals each inside the opening 24 minutes as Germany quickly overwhelmed the Ecuador defense in the match at FAU Stadium. Ecuador pulled a goal...
  • Belgium thrash US 4-2 in Cleveland friendly May 30, 2013

    Cleveland: Christian Benteke scored two goals in the second half and Marouane Fellaini had another, leading Belgium to a 4-2 thrashing of the United States on Wednesday night in an international friendly the Americans hoped would get them ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Boasting a strong roster with 10 players...
  • Super Mario upstages Neymar in Italy-Brazil draw March 22, 2013

    Geneva: Italy striker Mario Balotelli left his Brazil counterpart Neymar in the shadows as he capped an inspiring performance with a majestic goal in a 2-2 international friendly draw on Thursday. Balotelli curled an unstoppable shot past Julio Cesar as Italy recovered from 2-0 down at halftime to deny Brazil...
  • Teamwork is very important, says Koevermans February 5, 2013

    Kochi: "We have some new faces in the squad. All of them please step forward," Wim Koevermans pronounced in the team meeting. Sandip Nandy, Lalkamal Bhowmick, Arata Izumi, Shouvik Ghosh, CK Vineet and Gurjinder Kumar obeyed the orders. And then, they were asked to sing the National Anthem. They obeyed...
  • Chilean coach Borghi fired after friendly loss November 15, 2012

    Santiago: Claudio Borghi, coach of Chilean national football team, was fired after his team lost 1-3 to Serbia in an international friendly played in St Gallen, Switzerland. The bitter loss on Wednesday was just the last straw, as the 48-year-old lost his job mainly because of the team's poor performance...
  • Ibrahimovic's one-man show sinks England November 15, 2012

    London: Zlatan Ibrahimovic illuminated a low-key night of international friendlies on Wednesday, scoring an audacious overhead kick from 30 yards to cap his four-goal display in Sweden's 4-2 win over England. Ibrahimovic's one-man show in Stockholm - featuring what both his opponents and pundits hailed as one of the greatest...
  • Sneijder named captain of Dutch football team August 15, 2012

    The Hague: Wesley Sneijder has replaced Mark van Bommel as the new captain of the Dutch football team, head coach Louis van Gaal announced ahead of Wednesday's friendly match against Belgium in Brussels. Van Bommel announced his retirement from the national team after the early exit at Euro 2012. The 28-year-old...
  • Mexico win ends Brazil 10-match unbeaten run June 4, 2012

    Arlington, Texas: First-half goals by Giovani dos Santos and Javier Hernandez gave Mexico a 2-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in Dallas on Sunday. It was the second straight game in which Mexico's top two forwards each scored, indicating the Mexican attack is in top form at the right time. "This...
  • Iniesta inspires Spain win in final Euros warm-up June 4, 2012

    Seville: Spain midfielders Andres Iniesta and David Silva combined to score a late goal in a 1-0 victory over a stubborn China on Sunday in the team's last warm-up before defending their European Championship title. Iniesta jumped on a loose ball inside China's half and scurried into the area before passing...
  • Ukraine beat Estonia 4-0 in Euro warm-up May 29, 2012

    Kufstein: Ukraine warmed up for the European Championship in style on Monday, beating Estonia 4-0 in a friendly after scoring three first-half goals. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko scored for the Euro 2012 co-hosts with a thundering shot from just inside the area in the ninth minute. Oleh Husyev converted a penalty...