World Cup News

Super Mario wins it for Germany

Mario Gtze came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in extra time as Germany overcame a dogged Argentina to secure their fourth World Cup win.

Monday, 14th July 2014 at 09:24am

Germany in 7th heaven as Brazil utterly humiliated

Germany scored seven goals against an utterly humiliated Brazil as the three-time World Cup winners crushed their hosts 7-1 to progress to a final meeting with either Argentina or the Netherlands.

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 04:45am

Dutch double sends Netherlands through at Mexico's expense

Late goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Hunterlaar broke Mexican hearts as the Netherlands through to the last eight at the expense of the Central Americans.

Monday, 30th June 2014 at 06:27am

James Rodriguez stars as Colombia brush aside Uruguay

Monaco star James Rodriguez scored a stunning individual goal and finished off a brilliant team move as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 04:56am

Redemption for Julio Cesar as Brazil edge past Chile on penalties

Julio Cesar put four years of hurt behind him to become Brazil's hero, saving two penalties as a nervy Selecao overcame Chile 3-2 on spot kicks to move through to the last eight.

Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 04:16am

Suarez double leaves England's World Cup dream in tatters

Luis Suarez returned from injury to score twice to all but end England's hopes of reaching the last 16 of Brazil 2014.

Friday, 20th June 2014 at 02:26am

Spain suffer humiliation of early exit after Chile loss

2010 World Cup winners Spain became just the fifth defending champions to be eliminated at the group stage in the 84-year history of the tournament after a 2-0 loss to Chile in Rio.

Thursday, 19th June 2014 at 02:23am

Ochoa produces stunning display to deny Brazil

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced arguably the performance of his career to earn Mexico a well deserved point against a lackluster Brazil in Fortaleza.

Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at 02:16am

Mller grabs hat trick as Pepe sees red as Germany thrash Portugal

Thomas Mller scored the first hat trick of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and Germany crushed Portugal 4-0 who finished the match with 10 men after Pepe was dismissed for a moment of utter stupidity.

Tuesday, 17th June 2014 at 05:18am

Messi magic seals Argentina win

Lionel Messi produced a moment of magic at the Maracana to ensure that Argentina began their 2014 Fifa World Cup campaign with a win.

Monday, 16th June 2014 at 10:39am

Chile overcome dogged Socceroos

Two goals before halftime and a third after the break saw Chile overcome a resolute Australia side to make a winning start to their World Cup campaign.

Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 05:01am

Netherlands put on five-star show to crush Spain

The Netherlands gained revenge for their 1-0 loss in the 2010 World Cup final to Spain by thrashing the defending champions 5-1 in the opening game of Group B.

Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 04:23am

Peralta helps Mexico overcome Cameroon

Oribe Peralta justified head coach Miguel Herrera's faith in him by scoring the only goal of the game as Mexico beat Cameroon in their opening game in Group A.

Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 02:11am

Neymar rides to Brazil's rescue

Brazil 2014 poster boy Neymar rode to the Seleo's rescue, scoring twice as the hosts came from behind to beat Croatia 3-1 in a controversial opening game of the World Cup finals.

Friday, 13th June 2014 at 04:45am

Brazil World Cup Preparations Begin Amid Protests

The Brazil World Cup squad has begun preparing for this summer's finals on home soil amid protests about the country hosting the tournament.

Tuesday, 27th May 2014 at 09:13am

Nasri, Clichy left out of France squad

France coach Didier Deschamps has sprung a surprise by opting to leave out Manchester City's Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy despite the pair helping the Blues to win their second Premier League title just two days prior to his announcement.

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 at 10:51am

Hodgson opts for youth as Cole, Carrick miss out

England's bid for Fifa World Cup glory will rest in the hands of a largely inexperienced 23-man squad after head coach Roy Hodgson opted for youth and form over experience.

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 at 09:39am

Scolari names Brazil World Cup squad

Luis Felipe Scolari became the first head coach to name his squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when he selected the 23 players he hopes will carry the hosts to a record sixth title.

Thursday, 8th May 2014 at 11:26am

Brazil 2014 host city 'may drop out'

Porto Alegre may pull out of hosting matches during the 2014 Brazil World Cup if important legislation isn't passed this week according to the city's mayor.

Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 13:11pm

Pele deemed 'traitor of the century' by angry compatriots

Brazilian football legend Pele has been called the 'traitor of the century' by his fellow Brazilians for lending his support to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Friday, 14th March 2014 at 02:20am

Pele: the pressure is on Neymar

Brazil's and arguably the world's greatest ever player, Pele, insists the pressure to deliver a World Cup on home soil will fall mostly on the shoulders of 22-year-old superstar Neymar.

Thursday, 13th March 2014 at 03:35am

Hodgson names uncapped Shaw in England squad

Luke Shaw's hopes of going to the 2014 Brazil World Cup have been handed a boost after the Southampton left back was named in Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad to face Denmark next week.

Friday, 28th February 2014 at 02:19am

Curitiba stadium set to be finished in time

Fifa have breathed a sigh of relief after it was announced that the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba will be finished before the 2014 Brazil World Cup kicks off in June.

Friday, 21st February 2014 at 07:13am

Neymar set to return for Barcelona

Brazil superstar Neymar could make his return from injury for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Real Sociedad.

Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 11:21am

Fernandinho recalled by Brazil as Coutinho misses out

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder has been recalled to the Brazil squad for their upcoming friendly against South Africa but Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been omitted.

Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 03:54am

2014 Brazil World Cup Draw

The draw for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil through up some interesting first round fixtures especially in groups B, D and G where some of football's heavyweights will collide.

Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 03:42am

Fans urged to book Brazil 2014 flights

Football fans hoping to travel to Brazil to enjoy the 2014 world Cup are being urged to book their flights now before the draw for the World Cup group stage is made on December 6.

Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 12:36pm

Brazil 2014 line up now complete

With just over six months to go until the 2014 Brazil World Cup, anticipation is growing now the full field of teams that will participate is known.

Sunday, 24th November 2013 at 03:07am

Ten teams now confirmed for Brazil 2014

After the last round of Fifa World Cup qualifying matches a total of 10 teams, including host nation Brazil, have confirmed they will be taking part in next year's football fiesta.

Thursday, 12th September 2013 at 03:47am

2.3 million Brazil 2014 tickets applied for in first 24 hours

Tickets for the hugely anticipated Fifa 2014 Brazil World Cup went on sale on Tuesday, August 20 and within the first 24 hours an incredible 2.3 million had been applied for.

Thursday, 5th September 2013 at 09:24am

2014 Brazil World Cup tickets on sale on Tuesday, August 20

The long and anxious wait is all but over. On Tuesday, August 20 - less than 10 months until the 2014 Brazil World Cup kicks off - the first phase of tickets will go on sale for fans in Brazil and around the world.

Wednesday, 14th August 2013 at 09:34am

Ticket prices for Brazil 2014 revealed

After a long wait, tickets for the Fifa 2014 Brazil World Cup were announced with football's governing body partially delivering on their promise of making them the "cheapest ever".

Monday, 5th August 2013 at 04:51am

Brazil World Cup tickets "cheapest ever"

Fifa have promised that tickets for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil will be the "cheapest ever".

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 02:25am

Fifa delays ticket pricing for World Cup

Fifa has postponed its scheduled announcement of ticket prices for next year's 2014 finals in Brazil after more civil unrest on the streets of South America's biggest nation on Sunday.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 02:04am

Belgium move closer to Brazil qualification

Belgium took a large step towards qualification for the Fifa Brazil 2014 World Cup with a 2-1 home win against Serbia in Group A of the UEFA qualifying zone.

Saturday, 8th June 2013 at 04:04am

Japan Seal Brazil 2014 Qualification

Japan became the first country outside of hosts Brazil to qualify for the Fifa 2014 Fifa World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Australia.

Saturday, 8th June 2013 at 03:44am

CONCACAF Qualifying Wrap Up

After three rounds of matches in the CONCACAF region Panama with five points are the surprise leaders in the race to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 06:36am

Asian Qualifying Round Up March

Despite defeat, Japan are closest to reaching the Brazil 2014 World Cup after the most recent round of qualifying matches in the Asian region.

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 06:23am

South America Qualifying Round Up

Argentina have moved closer to securing their place at Brazil 2014 after picking up four points from their two most recent South American qualifying matches.

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 06:00am

Uefa Qualifying Wrap

Match day five and six of the UEFA Qualifying region saw a number of teams take a significant step towards securing their places at Brazil 2014.

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 05:29am

2014 Brazil World Cup to feature goalline technology

Fifa have announced that goalline technology will be used at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil after a successful trial at last year's Club World Cup which was won by Brazilian side Internacional.

Thursday, 21st February 2013 at 12:39pm

Brazil and England set for Wembley showdown

Brazil continue their build up for the 2014 World Cup on home soil with a friendly match against England at Wembley stadium on Wednesday, February 6.

Monday, 4th February 2013 at 09:35am

2014 Fifa World Cup Squad Watch: Cesar linked with Manchester United, Damiao to Spurs

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a reported target for Premier giants Manchester United and Arsenal. The former Inter Milan stopper has been one of the few positives in what has been a poor season for the London club and his performances of late are believed to have caught the eyes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Thursday, 24th January 2013 at 05:10am

Ronaldinho in, Kaka out as Scolari names first squad

Former World Cup winner Ronaldinho has been included in Luis Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad to face England at Wembley, the first he has named since returning to the job following the sacking of Mano Menezes.

Thursday, 24th January 2013 at 04:31am

Ronaldinho eyeing Brazil World Cup berth

Former World Cup winner and two-time World Player of the Year Ronaldinho is hoping to force his way into Luis Felipe Scolari's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Sunday, 30th December 2012 at 15:41pm

Brazil open second stadium as 2014 preparations gather momentum

Just days after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff open the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, the second stadium to be used at Brazil 2014 was opened as preparations gather pace.

Friday, 28th December 2012 at 03:11am

Scolari returns as Brazil manager

Following the sacking of previous manager Mano Menezes, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have re-appointed former boss Luis Felipe Scolari.

Thursday, 6th December 2012 at 08:12am

Brazil sack coach Mano Menezes

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have fired coach Mano Menezes in a bid to boost their chances of winning the 2014 Fifa World Cup on home soil.

Sunday, 25th November 2012 at 05:14am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: South American Qualifying

In South America, the top three teams all won to establish a gap between them and the rest hoping for a place at Brazil 2014.

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 07:28am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: North, Central America and Caribbean Qualifying

Match day five of the third round of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying region saw all the main contenders for progression to the next phase of Brazil 2014 in action.

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 07:16am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: Oceania Qualifying

New Zealand moved a step closer to a second successive World Cup Playoff after a 2-0 win away at bottom of the table Tahiti.

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 06:24am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: European Qualifying

Round three of European qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup took place in stadiums across the continent on Friday as Europe's top teams took another positive step towards qualifying for the 2014 Brazil finals in two years time.

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 06:14am

Ganso completes Sao Paulo move

Rising star Ganso has completed his move from Santos to Sao Paulo after agreeing a five-year deal with the Brazilian giants.

Friday, 21st September 2012 at 10:26am

Armadillo chosen as Brazil 2014 mascot

Ever since 1966 and England's Leo the Lion, mascots have been an integral part of the Fifa World Cup, and that will be the case for Brazil 2014.

Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 09:31am

2014 Brazil World Cup: Asia Qualifying Wrap

The Asian qualification zone returned to action last night with four games as Asia's top sides hoped to take another step towards qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 11:47am

Neymar hits hat trick in Brazil romp

Brazilian superstar Neymar hit a hat trick as Brazil romped to an 8-0 victory against China as the Selecao returned to form in stunning fashion after a couple of poor performances.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 11:08am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: South American Qualifying

The South American qualifying zone saw another four matches take place as the region's top clubs resumed their battle for a place at Brazil 2014.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 10:35am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: Oceania Qualifying

Round two of the Oceania qualifying round took place yesterday with New Zealand taking another positive step towards reaching a playoff spot for a place at Brazil 2014.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 09:56am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: North, Central America and Caribbean Qualifying

Match day four of the third round of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying region saw all the main contenders for progression to the next phase of Brazil 2014 in action.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 09:40am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: European Qualifying

Round two of European qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup took places in stadiums across the continent last night as teams looked to take another positive step towards qualifying for the finals in two years time.

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 09:06am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: Oceania Qualifying

In the Oceania qualifying region, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands look to be the two teams most likely to battle it out for a playoff place at the 2014 Brazil World Cup after both teams recorded 2-0 wins in their third round opening matches.

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 05:15am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: South American Qualifying

There were four matches played in the South American qualifying zone for the 2014 Brazil World Cup and Colombia recorded the biggest win, thumping Uruguay 4-0 in Barranquilla.

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 04:59am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: North, Central America and Caribbean Qualifying

Jamaica were the big winners in round three of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying region as the teams bid for a place at Brazil 2014.

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 04:38am

Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: European Qualifying

The road to Brazil 2014 for European nations got under way on Friday with qualifying starting a little over two months since the conclusion of Euro 2012.

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 03:47am

Valcke visits Brazil again

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke paid yet another visit to Brazil to assess the progress beingmade by the host nation ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Sunday, 2nd September 2012 at 06:22am

Euro 2012 gets under way in Poland and Ukraine

The opening group stage fixtures of Euro 2012 got underway last Friday in Poland and the Ukraine with co-host nation Poland facing Greece and Russia taking on 1976 winners the Czech Republic.

Wednesday, 13th June 2012 at 18:53pm

Hodgson to scout 2014 Brazil World Cup training bases

New England coach Roy Hodgson will travel to Brazil after Euro 2012 to check out three potential training camps for his England squad should they qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Tuesday, 29th May 2012 at 11:07am

Brazil 2014 Squad Watch: Neymar and Ganso inspire Santos rout

Brazilian internationals Neymar and Paulo Ganso were inspired move as they led Santos to an 8-0 victory over Bolivar in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16.

Friday, 11th May 2012 at 08:57am

Hodgson named England manager

Former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was named as the new England coach by the Football Association on Tuesday and handed a four-year contract that will cover the next three major international tournaments.

Friday, 4th May 2012 at 04:35am

Brazil 2014 Squad Watch: Ramires helps Chelsea to final

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Brazil and Chelsea midfielder Ramires scored a stunning goal in first half injury time that helped the Blues eliminate Champions League holders Barcelona and progress to the Champions League final.

Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 08:24am

Draw made for London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament

WEMBLEY, LONDON: The draw for the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament was made yesterday with hosts Great Britain's men's and women's teams handed tricky draws.

Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 08:17am

Fifa announce Brazil World Cup 'Fan Fest' locations

Fifa and the 2014 Brazil World Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced the location of 12 football 'Fan Fest' sites where fans without tickets can gather to enjoy what is set to be the biggest party of the year.

Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 07:58am

Blatter and Brazilian President to meet

Fifa President Sepp Blatter and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are set to meet for talks today (March 16) to try and resolve the breakdown of the relationship between football's governing body and the 2014 World Cup hosts.

Friday, 16th March 2012 at 10:21am

Jose Maria Marin appointed new LOC Chairman

Former Sao Paulo State Governor Jose Maria Marin has been named as the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil Organising Committee (LOC) following the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira on Monday.

Friday, 16th March 2012 at 08:41am

Teixeira resigns as Brazilian football chief

Brazil's Ricardo Teixeira resigned from his posts as president of the Brazilian Football Federation and head of the 2014 World Cup Organising Committee on Monday.

Friday, 16th March 2012 at 08:26am

Blatter hoping to end Fifa row with Brazil

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has requested talks with Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, as the relationship between the upcoming World Cup hosts and Fifa shows no sign of being repaired.

Thursday, 8th March 2012 at 09:35am

Brazil 2014 Squad Watch: Neymar scores Copa treble

Rising Brazil star Neymar scored three times as Santos beat fellow Brazilians Internacional in the Copa Libertadores in the group stage.

Thursday, 8th March 2012 at 07:37am

Ramires signs new Blues contract

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires has signed a new five-year contract with the club which will tie him to the London club until 2017.

Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at 05:13am

Valcke issues Brazil apology

Jerome Valcke, the secretary-general of football's governing body Fifa, has issued an apology and his comments about the 2014 finals hosts' preparations.

Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at 05:00am

Bebeto joins Brazil 2014 management board

Former World Cup winning striker Bebeto has become the third man to join the Management Board Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Tuesday, 21st February 2012 at 09:07am

Fifa want answers from Egypt

After riots at an Egyptian football match left more than 70 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, Fifa, football's world governing body, have demanded a full report into what took place.

Friday, 3rd February 2012 at 02:46am

FIFA: Beer must be sold at World Cup

In surely what must be the only FIFA policy in recent years to gain the support of the overwhelming majority of football fans, football's governing body have insisted that all stadiums at the Brazil World Cup sell beer.

Friday, 20th January 2012 at 08:29am

Pekerman to lead Colombia

Former Argentina national coach Jose Pekerman is set to become the new coach of Colombia, the Colombian Football Federation has announced

Saturday, 14th January 2012 at 07:08am

Corruption watchdog splits with Fifa

Transparency International, a company that was advising Fifa - football's governing body - after 12 months of scandal, suspensions, bribery and accusations has severed all ties with the Zurich-based global organization.

Friday, 2nd December 2011 at 08:41am

2014 World Cup Venues and Dates Announced

As the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil draws ever closer excitement is already building in the country that gave the world the "beautiful game" as the venues and dates for matches were announced.

Friday, 2nd December 2011 at 08:28am

Fans and players face huge 2014 journeys

Teams, officials and fans face massive cross country journeys at the upcoming Brazil World Cup after 2014 organisers decided that countries must play their group stage matches in different cities.

Friday, 21st October 2011 at 17:30pm

Blatter: Fifa to re-examine bribes inquiry

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has asked an external ethics committee to investigate the collapse of former marketing partner International Sport and Leisure (ISL).

Friday, 21st October 2011 at 17:09pm

Road to Rio in 2014 starts now

In a little under three years, 31 of the world's best football teams will join host nation Brazil for the 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup in what is likely to be a tournament quite unlike any that has gone before. If there are two things Brazilians love it is football and partying; the 2014 World Cup is going to give the hosts ample opportunity to both, especially if they win.

Monday, 1st August 2011 at 10:16am

World Cup Qualifying Draw Today

All the Fifa nations hoping to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will know the extent of the task that awaits them after the qualifying groups are drawn at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro later today (July 30).

Saturday, 30th July 2011 at 09:06am

Bin Hammam banned for life

Qatari national Mohammad Bin Hammam - the man largely credited with helping Qatar win the right to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup has been banned from football for life after being found guilty of attempted bribery.

Monday, 25th July 2011 at 10:38am

Uruguay win record 15th Copa America

Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay made history on Sunday night when they won the Copa America for a record 15th time, beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final.

Monday, 25th July 2011 at 09:36am

Blatter: Fifa won't probe Qatar bid

Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said that he will not initiate an investigation into Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Wednesday, 8th June 2011 at 14:30pm

Fifa announces World Cup vote change

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has revealed that the voting system used to determine the hosts of future World Cups will now be changes and all 208 Fifa member nations will be given the chance to vote.

Wednesday, 1st June 2011 at 16:22pm

FA calls for vote delay

The English Football Association and its Scottish counterpart have called upon Fifa to delay the upcoming election on June 1.

Tuesday, 31st May 2011 at 16:37pm

Bin Hammam withdraws from Fifa presidency race

Asian Football Federation (AFF) President Mohammad bin Hammam has withdrawn from the race to become Fifa president, leaving current incumbent Sepp Blatter unchallenged in his bid to secure a fourth successive term in office.

Monday, 30th May 2011 at 16:30pm

Fifa begins inquiry into candidate bin Hammam

Fifa presidential candidate Mohammad bin Hammam and Fifa Vice President Jack Warner are two of four Fifa officials under investigation after more allegations of corruption were levelled at members of football's governing body.

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 at 17:32pm

Blatter set to secure fourth term

On June 1, 207 of the 208 football associations under the Fifa umbrella will submit their votes for the candidate they wish to see as head of 'the beautiful game' for the next four years.

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 at 04:23am

Bin Hammam rounds on FA for abstaining

62-year-old Fifa presidency candidate Mohammad bin Hammam has criticised the English Football Association's decision to abstain from voting in next month's election.

Tuesday, 24th May 2011 at 14:25pm

Fifa deny asking bin Hammam to withdraw

Fifa's secretary general Jrme Valcke has been forced to deny allegations that he attempted to persuade Fifa presidential candidate Mohammad bin Hammam to withdraw from the upcoming election on June 1.

Tuesday, 24th May 2011 at 14:00pm

FA to abstain from Fifa presidency vote

The Football Association - the game's governing body in England - has announced that it will abstain from voting in June's Fifa presidency election.

Thursday, 19th May 2011 at 19:15pm

Triesman accuses Fifa ExCo members of Corruption

In an extraordinary three-hour British parliamentary session, Lord Triesman, one-time leader of the England 2018 World Cup bid, has alleged that four members of the Fifa Executive Committee (ExCo) asked him for incentives and honours in return for their support.

Friday, 13th May 2011 at 10:25am

Bin Hammam only challenger to Blatter

Asian football confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed as the sole challenger to current Fifa President Sepp Blatter at the upcoming presidential election on June 1.

Wednesday, 6th April 2011 at 05:29am

Bin Hammam To Challenge Blatter

Mohammad Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Chief, has announced that he will stand against current incumbent Sepp Blatter in the Fifa presidential election in June.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 at 16:38pm

Thailand coach Robson recovering after throat surgery

Thailand manager Bryan Robson is recovering in Bangkok after undergoing surgery on March 3 to remove a tumour from his throat.

Friday, 18th March 2011 at 09:56am

Pele Considers 2014 World Cup Involvement

Brazilian football legend and three-time Fifa World Cup winner Pele has said he is considering getting involved in his country's preparations for the Fifa World Cup being staged in a little over three years time.

Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 11:48am

2014 World Cup Places In Hands Of Fifa

The allocation of qualifying berths for the 2014 Brazil World Cup is being decided by football's governing body Fifa at a meeting at headquarters in Zurich.

Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 11:23am

Brazil Legend Ronaldo Retires

Brazilian striking superstar Ronaldo has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34.

Tuesday, 15th February 2011 at 09:06am

2022 Qatar World Cup Set For Summer: Blatter

As the fallout of the decision made by the Fifa Executive Committee (ExCo) to stage the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar continues to grow, Fifa President Sepp Blatter has given the clearest indication yet that the finals will be staged in summer as originally planned.

Monday, 7th February 2011 at 09:04am

Blazer Angry At Winter World Cup Talk

Chuck Blazer, a US representative on the Fifa Executive Committee (ExCo) which voted to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup Finals in Qatar in December, has hit out at those suggesting that the finals be moved to the winter to avoid exposing players to temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius, arguing that the move could take up to 10 weeks out of the domestic football season.

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 at 11:04am

ASEAN Consider 2030 World Cup Bid

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are thought to be considering a proposal to bid for the right to host to 2030 Fifa World Cup, the Singapore Football Association revealed on Monday.

Tuesday, 18th January 2011 at 08:24am

Preparations for 2014 Brazil World Cup to Gather Momentum in 2011

With little more than three years until the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicks off in Brazil, preparations for the tournament are expected to gather pace over the course of the next year.

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 09:43am

Ronaldinho Returns To Brazil

2002 World Cup winner Ronaldinho has joined Rio de Janeiro-based club Flamengo on a four-year deal after leaving seven-time European Champions AC Milan.

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 09:08am

Messi Wins Inaugural Fifa Ballon d'Or

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi capped another remarkable year when he scooped the inaugural Fifa Ballon d'Or award at a lavish ceremony in Zurich.

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 07:38am

Eto'o Scoops Fourth African Footballer Award

Inter Milan and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was last night crowned African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth time, beating Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba and Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan who plays for Sunderland to the title.

Tuesday, 21st December 2010 at 09:08am

Fifa Consider Winter Finals

High ranking members of football's governing body, Fifa, have mooted the possibility of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar being played in winter to avoid exposing players, fans and officials to the soaring temperatures that the tiny gulf state experiences.

Sunday, 19th December 2010 at 05:40am

Russia And Qatar Win Fifa Vote

Russia and Qatar have won the right to host the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups following a tense day of presentations and voting in Zurich.

Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 16:18pm

Romario Takes Seat in Congress

Former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Brazil superstar Romario gave a victory speech on Monday after taking a seat in the Brazilian lower congress having recently been voted in as a federal deputy in Rio de Janiero.

Wednesday, 1st December 2010 at 08:14am

Fifa World Cup Vote In Just Two Days

The vote to decide the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups is set to be made in Zurich in just two days time and bid teams from all nations concerned are now in last minute efforts to convince voters of their respective credentials.

Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 09:13am

England 2018 Bid Not Affected - Blatter

Fifa President Sepp Blatter yesterday insisted that the England bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals had not been damaged by the allegations brought forward by the Sunday Times newspaper.

Saturday, 20th November 2010 at 08:21am

Fifa Suspend 'Cash For Votes' Executives

Two Fifa executives embroiled in the Sunday Times 'cash for votes' expose in October have been suspended for up to three years and fined by football's governing body following a month-long investigation initiated by Fifa President Sepp Blatter.

Saturday, 20th November 2010 at 08:05am

Copa America: Holders Brazil Drawn In Group B

Current Copa America champions Brazil will face Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela in Group B of the 2011 Copa America which takes place in Argentina next summer following the draw made on Friday, November 12.

Saturday, 13th November 2010 at 19:37pm

England 2018 Bid Hit By Fifa Row

England's bid to host the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals suffered a blow today as a result of the backlash caused by the Sunday Times' probe into the activities of two high ranking Fifa officials.

Thursday, 4th November 2010 at 13:22pm

Thailand: FC Phuket's Camara Clings To Life

Influential FC Phuket midfielder Camara Ahmed remains in the ICU of Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Thailand after suffering a heart attack during his side's vital 1-0 win against Chai Nat FC.

Thursday, 4th November 2010 at 08:48am

FC Phuket Star Suffers Mid-game Cardiac Arrest

A cardiac arrest suffered by FC Phuket's Camara Ahmed midway through the second half of the Southern Sea Kirin's vital playoff clash against Chainat FC soured an absorbing encounter at Surakul Stadium on Saturday night.

Sunday, 31st October 2010 at 04:37am

Problems Mount Ahead Of Brazil World Cup

Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) President Ricardo Teixeira travelled to Sao Paulo last week to meet with local officials including Alberto Goldman, the state governor; Gilberto Kassab, mayor of Sao Paulo; and Francisco Vidal Luna, coordinator of the Sao Paulo Organising Committee for the 2014 Fifa world Cup in Brazil.

Wednesday, 1st September 2010 at 02:25am

Blatter Looks Set To Seal Fourth Term

Fifa President Sepp Blatter looks set to secure an unprecedented fourth term as the head of football's governing body after Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam, 61, ruled himself out of running for the position.

Monday, 30th August 2010 at 15:39pm

Fifa Team Begins England 2018 Bid Inspection

The Fifa World Cup bid inspection team started their four-day tour of England yesterday with a trip to Number 10 Downing Street for a gala reception where they met Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who told the visiting party that the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition government feel that the England bid is unbeatable.

Tuesday, 24th August 2010 at 08:50am

Anelka Unfazed By Lengthy Ban

The French Football Federation has banned Chelsea and France striker Nicolas Anelka from representing the French national football team for 18 matches after a disciplinary hearing into the events which took place at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

Wednesday, 18th August 2010 at 17:42pm

Chelsea Begin Where They Left Off

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea started the defence of their crown in the same vein of form as they finished the last campaign, effortlessly sweeping newly promoted West Bromich Albion aside 6-0 on their way to the top of the league.

Monday, 16th August 2010 at 10:25am

Capello Won't Pick Beckham For England

As he looks to blood the next generation of England players ahead of Euro 2012, national team coach Fabio Capello has said in a TV interview that he won't select former captain David Beckham for any further competitive matches.

Thursday, 12th August 2010 at 06:05am

Goal-line Technology To Be Discussed By IFAB

Long-time opponent of goal-line technology Sepp Blatter, president of world governing body Fifa, has revealed that the issue will be discussed at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting to be held in October, confirming earlier reports in July.

Thursday, 12th August 2010 at 05:37am

Menezes Makes Winning Start To Reign

New Brazil coach Mano Menezes got his tenure as Brazil national football team coach off to a winning start as goals from Neymar and Alexandre Pato were enough to see off the United States in New Jersey.

Thursday, 12th August 2010 at 05:11am

Capello Selects Uncapped Trio in England Squad

Much maligned England manager Fabio Capello has named three uncapped players in his first England squad since the humiliating defeat suffered at the hands of Germany at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

Tuesday, 10th August 2010 at 10:26am

Chelsea Poised To Sign Brazil Star Ramires

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have made a move to sign Brazilian midfield star Ramires from Benfica.

Wednesday, 4th August 2010 at 09:34am

Spain and Netherlands Fined For Dirtiest Final

2010 Fifa World Cup Champions Spain and runners up the Netherlands have been fined by the games' governing body for ill discipline in the tournament's showcase final in Johannesburg on July 11.

Wednesday, 4th August 2010 at 08:58am

Menezes Selects Uncapped 11 In First Squad

New Brazilian national football coach Mano Menezes has picked 11 uncapped players in his first squad which will take on the USA in New Jersey later this month.

Monday, 2nd August 2010 at 10:36am

Argentinians Drop Maradona After Talks

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona's tenure as coach of the national side has come to an end after talks between the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and himself stalled.

Wednesday, 28th July 2010 at 09:11am

Football News In Brief

A brief look at some of the headlines from world football

Sunday, 25th July 2010 at 05:05am

Menezes Named As New Brazil Manager

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has named Corinthians manager Mano Menezes as the next Brazil national team coach following the dismissal of Dunga after Brazil's quarter final exit at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

Sunday, 25th July 2010 at 04:05am

Goalline Technology Moves Closer To Being A Reality

With the controversy of Frank Lampard's disallowed goal still lingering in the minds of many football fans, the prospect of goalline technology becoming a reality in top-flight football moved a step closer when Fifa announced that two extra officials will be used in the 2010/11 Champions League.

Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 14:06pm

Brazil Government Allows Cities To Increase Debts In Preparation for 2014

In response to comments made by Fifa officials about the slow progress being made in Brazilian cities ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian government has brought in new measures to ensure that preparations get back on schedule.

Tuesday, 20th July 2010 at 10:21am

Fifa Delegation Travels To Nations Bidding For The 2018 and 2022 Finals

Just four months ahead of the December 2 date for announcing which countries will win the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Fifa officials have travelled to Japan to commence a tour of the nine countries involved in the bidding process.

Monday, 19th July 2010 at 10:08am

Iniesta Goal Puts Spanish In Footballing Heaven

A goal from Barcelona star Andres Iniesta deep into extra time was enough to give Vincente Del Bosque's Spanish team a one nil win over the Netherlands and secure the Iberian nation's first ever world title.

Tuesday, 13th July 2010 at 10:25am

Puyol Ends German Hopes To Set Up Clash With Holland

A single goal from Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol was enough to send Spain through to its first ever World Cup final and a meeting with the Netherlands at Soccer City on Sunday.

Thursday, 8th July 2010 at 10:42am

Brilliant Germans Hammer Maradona's Argentina

Joachim Loew's young Germany side scored four goals in a match for the third time in this World Cup as they blew away Diego Maradona's Argentina to seal their place in the semi final and created a rematch of the 2008 European Championship final against Spain.

Monday, 5th July 2010 at 10:09am

Spain Beats Neighbours To Set Up Paraguay Clash

A solitary goal from Barcelona striker David Villa, his fourth of the tournament, was enough to send European Champions Spain through to a quarter final meeting with Paraguay and sent Iberian rivals Portugal home.

Wednesday, 30th June 2010 at 10:57am

Brazil Brush Aside Chileans To Set Up Holland Clash

Five-time world champions Brazil produced their best performance of the finals to date; overcoming South American rivals Chile at Ellis Park in Johannesburg by three goals to nil.

Tuesday, 29th June 2010 at 10:07am

Ruthless Germans Put England To The Sword

A stunning performance from Joachim Loew's young German side tore Fabio Capello's England to pieces in Bloemfontein last night as the three-time world champions inflicted the Three Lions' heaviest World Cup finals defeat.

Monday, 28th June 2010 at 09:47am

Portugal Hammer Koreans As Spain Get Back On Track

Iberian Peninsula sides Spain and Portugal ignited their World Cup campaigns in South Africa last night with wins which could see the two teams avoid each other in the Round of 16.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2010 at 08:50am

All White On The Night As New Zealand Hold Italy

Defending World Cup champions Italy were left reeling yesterday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at the hands of footballing minnows New Zealand.

Monday, 21st June 2010 at 10:23am

England Struggle To Goalless Draw Against Algeria

England's hopes of topping their World Cup group were dealt a blow last night following an abject performance against a disciplined but limited Algerian side.

Saturday, 19th June 2010 at 07:53am

2006 Runners-Up France On The Brink Of Elimination

Two second half goals from Mexico's Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco were enough to take all three points in Polokwane and leave Raymond Domenech's side on the brink of elimination from the 2010 tournament just four years after finishing as runners-up to Italy.

Friday, 18th June 2010 at 09:56am

Fernandes Rocks World Cup Favourites Spain

Switzerland produced the first big shock of the 2010 Fifa World Cup when a solitary strike from former Manchester City winger Gelson Fernandes was enough to give the Swiss a dream start in South Africa against tournament favourites Spain.

Thursday, 17th June 2010 at 09:53am

Maicon Helps Brazil Past Resilient Korea DPR

Inter Milan fullback Maicon demonstrated why he is considered the best right back in world football in Johannesburg last night with a piece of Brazilian magic to help Dunga's men overcome a stubborn Korea DPR side on their first finals appearance since 1966.

Wednesday, 16th June 2010 at 09:41am

De Rossi Rescues Sluggish Italy In World Cup Opener

Traditional slow starters and defending champions Italy began the defence of its title in familiar fashion as the Azzurri came from behind to draw 1-1 with South American side Paraguay in Cape Town thanks to a goal from Roma star Daniele De Rossi.

Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 10:37am

Germans Signal Intent After Thrashing Sorry Australia

Joachim Loew's Germany side got its World Cup campaign off to a flying start on Sunday as they ran out 4-0 winners over Australia who had Tim Cahill harshly dismissed for a clumsly second half challenge.

Monday, 14th June 2010 at 09:44am

Iniesta a Doubt for Spain Opener

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta could be a doubt for Spain's first World Cup match against Switzerland after the Spanish national team doctor revealed that the talented playmaker had suffered a thigh injury.

Thursday, 10th June 2010 at 12:07pm

Fans Miss Out as Injuries to Star Players Mount Up

With less than 48 hours to go until the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, football fans around the world are coming to terms with the loss of some of football's leading players from the global showpiece.

Thursday, 10th June 2010 at 12:04pm

Van Persie Hoping for Swift Robben Return

Holland and Arsenal star Robin van Persie is hoping that Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben will make a swift return to the national side to help spearhead the Dutch World Cup campaign.

Wednesday, 9th June 2010 at 12:07pm

France Win Right to Host Euro 2016

1984 and 2000 European champions France has won the right to host the 2016 European Championships, beating off rival bids from Italy and Turkey.

Sunday, 30th May 2010 at 05:09am

Preparations for South Africa Gather Momentum

As Africa's first World Cup draws nearer and nearer, final preparations are well and truly underway before the teams leave for South Africa next month.

Monday, 5th April 2010 at 05:09am

Blanc to Coach Les Blues

Former Manchester United and France centre half Laurent Blanc will take charge of the French national team after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, leaving his current position as manager of Bordeaux.

Monday, 1st February 2010 at 05:09am

World Cup Qualifying Update

As the latest round of qualifying has drawn to a close, a number of teams are edging ever closer towards qualifying for 2010's summer feast of football.

Wednesday, 6th January 2010 at 05:09am

2009 Confederations Cup

The draw for the 2009 Confederations Cup has thrown up two decidedly different groups.

Tuesday, 5th January 2010 at 05:09am

George Weah

Former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, hopes that a successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will lead to more international events being held on the African continent.

Monday, 4th January 2010 at 05:09am

2018 Announcement in 2010

FIFA has announced that the winners for the right to host the 2018 World Cup Finals will be announced in December 2010.

Sunday, 3rd January 2010 at 05:09am

Peru Kicked out of Qualifying.

South American nation Peru has been suspended from playing international football due to a dispute between the Peruvian Football Association, the FPF, and the Peruvian government.

Saturday, 2nd January 2010 at 05:09am

Latest FIFA Rankings

In the latest FIFA Rankings, Paraguay were the big climbers, moving up 5 places to take their position inside the top 20 on the back of their impressive qualifying campaign to date. The other big mover was England, whose resurgence under coach Fabio Capello has seen them climb four places to sit in the top 10.

Friday, 1st January 2010 at 05:09am

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