World Cup 2014

  • Brazil's Itaquerao stadium for football World Cup not yet complete 23-04-2014 11:14 AM

    Sao Paulo: Construction workers at Brazil's Itaquerao World Cup stadium "cannot waste a minute" if the venue is to be ready in time for the World Cup, football's governing body FIFA has warned. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday there would be time for just one official test...
  • Russia's football coach to retire after 2018 World Cup 22-04-2014 10:26 AM

    Rome: Fabio Capello has planned to retire from football after the 2018 World Cup tournament, Xinhua reported on Tuesday. The current Russia head coach, preparing for the Brazil World Cup this summer, confirmed that he will not take any offer after his contract expires in four years. "I will be...
  • Indian men's hockey coach Terry Walsh targets top 8 finish in WC 21-04-2014 06:30 PM

    With the World Cup just round the corner, Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh is realistic about his ward's chances and said his main "objective is to finish in the top 8" in the mega-event and anything higher than that will be a "big bonus". Fresh from a...
  • Wilshere will be back and polished for World Cup: Arsene Wenger 21-04-2014 09:43 AM

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should be fit to return for the FA Cup final against Hull City next month and "just polished" enough to make England's World Cup squad, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Wilshere has not played since suffering a foot fracture playing for Roy Hodgson's England in their...
  • India go down 1-2 to Netherlands in final European Tour match 19-04-2014 08:33 PM

    Indian men's hockey team slumped to its third defeat on the trot as it lost 1-2 to the Netherlands in the final match of the European tour at the The Hague on Saturday. This tour is in preparations for the FIH Men's World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held at...
  • Tickets for two-thirds of football World Cup games sold out 16-04-2014 09:54 AM

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the football World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened on Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. FIFA put nearly 200,000 tickets on sale...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (80-71) 15-04-2014 04:57 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad 14-04-2014 11:32 PM

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of...
  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff 11-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for...
  • FIFA releases official World Cup song 09-04-2014 05:34 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by the FIFA. The track, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)", featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released on Tuesday, reports...
  • Roy Hodgson back in World Cup dugout after 20 years 09-04-2014 05:08 PM

    London: From being jeered out of Liverpool to managing England at the World Cup, Roy Hodgson has enjoyed the most gratifying of career turnarounds. England had only just been eliminated from the 2010 World Cup when Hodgson's Liverpool reign began. It was as stormy as it was short, and a...
  • England's Jay Rodriguez out of World Cup with injury 07-04-2014 11:52 PM

    Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, who had been an outside bet for England's World Cup squad in June, has been ruled out for six months with a serious knee problem. Rodriguez, 24, joins Arsenal and former Southampton winger Theo Walcott in missing out on a berth in England's squad because of...
  • India's Hockey World Cup team may be different from Europe tour squad: Walsh 07-04-2014 08:08 PM

    India's chief hockey coach Terry Walsh said the team composition for next month's World Cup may not be the same as the squad accompanying him for the preparatory tour to Europe beginning on Wednesday. A 21-member Indian team will take part in the five build-up games in The Hague, Netherlands...
  • Pele tells Neymar to stop diving 06-04-2014 11:05 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele has accused Barcelona forward Neymar of falling to ground in the hope of winning free-kicks. But the Brazil legend said the 22-year-old is better at keeping his feet compared when he arrived at the Camp Nou last summer, reported Xinhua. "I think Neymar looks to create...
  • England will be brave and risk defeat in Brazil, says Roy Hodgson 05-04-2014 10:01 AM

    England manager Roy Hodgson has promised to be brave, risk defeat and allow his talented young players to express themselves at the World Cup in Brazil in June. Under his predecessor Fabio Capello, England were sterile and defensive at the previous edition in South Africa four years ago before being...
  • Brazil will be a well-done World Cup, says Sepp Blatter 04-04-2014 09:57 AM

    San Jose: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the World Cup will be "well done", but he criticised Brazilian authorities for starting late on stadium projects and for not providing enough worker's safety. Blatter spoke on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, where he was attending the Under-17 Women's World Cup....
  • Christian Benteke out of World Cup with Achilles injury 03-04-2014 11:42 PM

    Belgium striker Christian Benteke will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for six months having ruptured his Achilles tendon in training on Thursday, his club Aston Villa said. "It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club," Villa manager Paul Lambert said on the Premier League...
  • Self-belief will be key to India's success in Hockey World Cup: Terry Walsh 03-04-2014 09:49 PM

    New Delhi: Self belief will be key to India's success in the Hockey World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15, chief coach Terry Walsh said on Thursday. India's chief coach Walsh expressed satisfaction about his wards preparations for the World Cup and...
  • Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal 03-04-2014 01:01 PM

    However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday's Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal. The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga...
  • FIFA's Valcke on World Cup: We are not ready 03-04-2014 09:53 AM

    Johannesburg: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most. Just two months before the showpiece tournament starts, Valcke told at a joint...
  • 2.57 million World Cup tickets allocated to fans 02-04-2014 11:19 AM

    Over 2.57 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels to date, soccer's world governing body FIFA announced Tuesday. The second period of the sales closed on Tuesday with a total of 301,929 tickets sold for the 345,000 tickets originally available....
  • Tim Cahill's world cup dream alive despite hamstring injury 02-04-2014 08:35 AM

    Australia midfielder Tim Cahill will be out for two weeks after a hamstring injury proved less serious than thought, his club manager said, ending fears the injury could force him out of the World Cup 2014. The 34-year-old Cahill was forced off in the 29th minute of the New York...
  • Spain keeper Valdes to miss World Cup, out for seven months 31-03-2014 05:20 PM

    Barcelona: Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss the World Cup after being ruled out of action for seven months following knee surgery. He had been in good form this season for Barcelona, who are in contention to win three trophies, before suffering a cruciate ligament injury making a routine save...
  • FIFA World Cup ticket demand hits 2.56 mn 28-03-2014 10:12 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Fans have already bought 2.56 million tickets for this year's World Cup, according to football's governing body FIFA. The demand for tickets has been highest among Brazilians, who have bought more than a million tickets for the June 12-July 13 tournament, reported Xinhua. Next are the US...
  • Valdes very doubtful for World Cup with knee injury 27-03-2014 08:25 AM

    Barcelona: Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes is in serious danger of missing this year's World Cup in Brazil after suffering a knee ligament injury during Barcelona's victory over Celta Vigo on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was making a routine block from a free kick when he appeared to twist his knee and...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (90-81) 26-03-2014 01:56 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • World Cup hosts still using sex to sell football 24-03-2014 10:19 PM

    After a dire and goalless first half, the halftime entertainment in the recent Boa Esporte v Caldense Minas Gerais state championship derby was predictable enough. An announcer read scores from around the grounds. A giant owl mascot geed up the crowd. A stream of people bought beers and ice cream...
  • Abidal risks World Cup place after Monaco no-show 24-03-2014 03:40 PM

    Eric Abidal did his chances of earning a place in France's World Cup squad no good by going AWOL on Sunday after the defender was overlooked for Monaco's Ligue 1 game against Lille. Abidal, who was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumour in 2011 and had a liver transplant the...
  • Shakira unveils official 2014 football World Cup song 24-03-2014 11:23 AM

    Colombian pop star Shakira has recorded her second official World Cup song after the superhit 'Waka Waka' back in 2010. The 37-year-old singer, who has been in a relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique since 2010, has penned La La La - a reworked version of her new song Dare,...
  • 100 most memorable Football World Cup moments (100-91) 21-03-2014 03:10 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...