INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

  • Raphael Guerreiro scores as Portugal beat Argentina 1-0 November 19, 2014

    'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement...
  • Dunga delights in Brazil flexibility and brilliant Neymar October 14, 2014

    Singapore: Brazil coach Dunga has made a perfect start to his second stint in charge of the national side and on Tuesday's friendly win over Japan offered him plenty of reasons to feel that July's World Cup nightmare could soon be forgotten. As hosts, Felipe Scolari's side bullied their way...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match September 17, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Juan Delgado helps Chile beat Haiti in friendly September 10, 2014

    Juan Delgado scored in the 20th minute, and Chile beat Haiti 10 in an exhibition match on Tuesday night. Mauricio Isla's centering pass from the right wing found an open Delgado, who beat goalkeeper Johny Placide with a 12yard shot that landed inside the right post. The match at Lockhart Stadium was...
  • Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador September 10, 2014

    Brazil beat Ecuador 10 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory. The goal came on the half hour from a wellrehearsed free kick. Oscar hit a short pass to Neymar who lifted a...
  • Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia September 6, 2014

    Miami: A superb 83rd minute freekick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 10 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday. Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute...
  • Uruguay beat Japan 20 in international friendly September 5, 2014

    Sapporo: Uruguay spoiled Javier Aguirre's debut as Japan coach, beating the Asian champions 20 on Friday in a friendly. Edinson Cavani gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute, taking advantage of poor defending by Tatsuya Sakai and beating goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with a sliding kick. Another weak clearing attempt allowed...
  • German defenders Boateng, Hummels out of Argentina game September 2, 2014

    Duesseldorf: Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up Hoffenheim midfielder Sebastian Rudy for Wednesday's friendly with Argentina after defenders Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels withdrew with injury. Loew says Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is doubtful due to a knee problem and he called up Rudy because "we have a shortage...
  • 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 11 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 11 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 monthlong 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 10 defeat in Basel on Wednesday should not be taken too seriously as he already expected the team to face...
  • Tajikistan thrash India 30 in football friendly August 14, 2013

    Khujand: Indian football team's disastrous performance at the international level continued as they went down 03 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 ItalyArgentina 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 footballcrazy 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 23man 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 20member Indian football squad announced for the away international friendly match against Tajikistan to be played on August 14. Nabi, who reported for the IMGReliance 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 SaintGermain leftback 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 SaintGermain centreback was absent from training Friday, reportedly suffering muscle soreness following Brazil's 22 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 42 May 30, 2013

    Florida: Lukas Podolski scored after only 10 seconds to help Germany to a 42 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 42 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 42 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...