International Friendlies

  • Hart can secure status as England's top keeper, says Hodgson 18-11-2013 09:52 PM

    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...
  • International friendly: India held to 1-1 draw by Philippines 15-11-2013 08:51 PM

    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...
  • Golden Lampard leads experimental England against Chile 14-11-2013 10:48 PM

    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...
  • India take on Philippines in football friendly 14-11-2013 07:17 PM

    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...
  • Germany's Klose, Mertesacker out of Italy game 13-11-2013 11:15 PM

    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...
  • Maicon, Ramires back in Brazil team for friendlies 21-08-2013 10:08 PM

    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,...
  • Brazil confirm October friendly in Beijing 17-08-2013 02:30 PM

    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...
  • Afghanistan to play first home game for 10 years 16-08-2013 06:35 PM

    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...
  • Scolari not worried about Switzerland loss 15-08-2013 10:58 PM

    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...
  • Tajikistan thrash India 3-0 in football friendly 14-08-2013 08:20 PM

    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...
  • Mario Balotelli ruled out of Italy-Argentina friendly 14-08-2013 10:08 AM

    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...
  • David Luiz mum on Barcelona rumours 13-08-2013 02:29 PM

    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...
  • Italy and Argentina ready to renew rivalry in friendly 13-08-2013 11:03 AM

    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...
  • Wesley Sneijder snubbed for Netherlands friendly 10-08-2013 02:24 PM

    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,...
  • Drogba back in Ivory Coast side for Mexico match 07-08-2013 04:35 PM

    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...
  • Rahim Nabi left out of India's football friendly 05-08-2013 04:31 PM

    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...
  • Wesley Sneijder left out of Dutch squad for friendly 01-08-2013 12:45 PM

    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 31-07-2013 12:04 AM

    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...
  • Brazil captain Thiago Silva in doubt for France friendly 08-06-2013 05:46 PM

    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...
  • England's Welbeck out of Brazil friendly 02-06-2013 02:05 PM

    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 30-05-2013 12:52 PM

    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...
  • Belgium thrash US 4-2 in Cleveland friendly 30-05-2013 08:35 AM

    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...
  • Chilean coach Borghi fired after friendly loss 15-11-2012 01:22 PM

    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 15-11-2012 08:50 AM

    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...
  • Man Utd friendly 'fixed' by Chinese referee 23-12-2011 12:57 PM

    Beijing: A veteran Chinese referee has admitted in court to taking bribes to fix local and international matches, including making sure a local team won the toss in a friendly involving Manchester United, state media has reported. The case of Huang Junjie, a referee for more than 20 years who...
  • Nabi's strike helps India hold Malaysia 14-11-2011 09:00 AM

    Guwahati: Syed Rahim Nabi's last-gasp equaliser helped India salvage a draw in their international friendly football match against Malaysia at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium here on Saturday. With time running out, Nabi struck in the 88th minute to ensure that new coach Savio Medeira's tenure at the helm does...
  • India to play football friendlies against Malaysia 10-10-2011 06:53 PM

    New Delhi: Indian senior football team will play two international friendly matches against Malaysia next month in the run up to the South Asian Football Federation Cup to be held here in December. The international friendlies will be held on November 13 at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sarusajai, Guwahati...
  • US beat Honduras for first win under Klinsmann 09-10-2011 09:39 AM

    Miami: Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute and Tim Howard made several nice saves to help lift the United States past Honduras 1-0 in a friendly on Saturday and give the team its first victory in four games under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The US had scored only once while...