World Cup

  • 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...
  • Zaheer Khan deserves 2015 World Cup parting shot: Javagal Srinath 22-04-2014 06:04 PM

    New Delhi: Backing Zaheer Khan's inclusion in India's squad for the 2015 World Cup, former India pacer Javagal Srinath on Tuesday said the left-armer is an "automatic choice" for the tournament and should be given a parting shot if the speedster shows the passion to play. "Zaheer is a top...
  • India have impressive talent pool: Liverpool's youth academy coach 22-04-2014 01:56 PM

    New Delhi: In an initiative which might help India's chances when the country hosts the under-17 World Cup, the Liverpool Football Academy-DSK Shivajians academy has offered to groom Indian players for the mega-event and beyond. DSK Shivajians had tied up with the world famous English club to start a residential...
  • 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...
  • World Cup gold was validation for my efforts, says Manavjit 17-04-2014 05:30 PM

    New Delhi: Eyeing an Olympic quota place this year, ace Indian shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu says the gold medal at the recent ISSF World Cup is a proof that his preparation is headed in the right direction in a crucial season which also features the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Manavjit...
  • 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...
  • Time to erase bad memories of 1998 Football World Cup final: Thiago Silva 14-04-2014 04:45 PM

    Paris: He was not a part of the Brazilian World Cup team that was headed into submission by a Zinedine Zadane-inspired France 16 summers ago but Thiago Silva, who is expected to lead the yellow brigade this year, says he wants to erase the "bad memories" at the Stade de...
  • Manavjit Sandhu pips Olympic champion to clinch gold at shotgun World Cup 12-04-2014 11:21 AM

    New Delhi: India's Manavjit Singh Sandhu produced some excellent shooting to clinch the men's trap gold medal ahead of two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, USA. The 37-year-old Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee shot scores of 121 and 13 in the qualification and...
  • Misbah most likely to retain captaincy till 2015 World Cup 12-04-2014 10:50 AM

    Karachi: Misbah-ul-Haq does not seem to be in danger of losing the captaincy of the national One-day team before the World Cup 2015 despite speculations about experienced allrounder, Shahid Afridi being a strong contender for this job. The sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that all rumours pertaining...
  • Mohammad Amir won't play in World Cup even if ban reduced 12-04-2014 08:04 AM

    Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will not be eligible for next year's World Cup even if he returns early to domestic cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi told a news conference in Lahore that under the amended anti-corruption laws of the International...
  • Wasim Akram wants boot camp for Pakistan World Cup hopes 11-04-2014 09:03 AM

    Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram on Thursday said players heading for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand should sweat it out at a boot camp to boost their chances of victory. Pakistan are in Group B of the World Cup alongside arch-rivals India, South Africa, the West...
  • 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...
  • Afghanistan cricketers to train in Pakistan 10-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Afghanistan's fast-rising cricket team will train in Pakistan under the guidance of two former international captains as they prepare for their maiden World Cup appearance next year, their coach said on Thursday. Aamir Sohail will help the batsmen while Rashid Latif will help the wicket-keepers as the minnows begin tuning...
  • 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...
  • Tough for Sandeep Singh to make World Cup cut: Sardar Singh 09-04-2014 05:23 PM

    New Delhi: Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh are best of friends on and off the field but the current Indian captain said it will be a tall order for the out-of-favour drag-flicker to make it to the World Cup-bound squad. Sardar said it was heartening to witness healthy competition for...
  • 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...
  • IPL ideal platform to stage India comeback, says Irfan Pathan 09-04-2014 04:45 PM

    New Delhi: Irfan Pathan, who will be representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in upcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, said his aim is to play the 2015 World Cup. In his bit to get back that elusive seamer allrounder's slot, Irfan is expecting that Sunrisers' think-tank will make him...
  • Yuvraj did not deserve this unwarranted criticism: Pietersen 09-04-2014 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: Once labelled a 'pie-chucker' by Kevin Pietersen, beleaguered Yuvraj Singh has found support from the maverick batsman, who says the India left-hander is at the receiving end of "unwarranted criticism" following his scratchy knock in the World T20 final. Yuvraj's 21-ball 11 sucked the momentum out of India's...
  • Ronjan Sodhi leads India's field in Shotgun World Cup 08-04-2014 07:47 PM

    Champion double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi will spearhead the Indian challenge in the upcoming ISSF Shotgun World Cup beginning in Tucson, USA from Wednesday. The opening day is meant for official training with the competition starting from second day onwards. Besides Sodhi, Mohammad Asab and Ankur Mittal will be the...
  • Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20 08-04-2014 12:25 PM

    It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day. Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or...
  • 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...
  • MS Dhoni named captain of World T20 Team of Tournament 07-04-2014 02:10 PM

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the men's Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain. The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia,...
  • Mithali static as Coyte, Perry make gains in bowling 07-04-2014 01:52 PM

    Dubai: Indian captain Mithali Raj remained static at the fifth place with Poonam Raut (8th) and Harmanpreet Kaur (9th) being the other two in the top-10 of the latest ICC Women's Player Rankings for T20 International batsmen. Pacer Jhulan Goswami dropped two places to be 19th in the bowlers' list....
  • Don't be so bitter about one bad day: Harbhajan on Yuvraj 07-04-2014 11:07 AM

    New Delhi: Facing a barrage of criticism for his slow batting in the lost World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh found support from his teammate and close friend Harbhajan Singh, who urged fans to not be bitter about just "one bad day". "Shocking to c every1...