September 22, 2014Asian Games: India men's football team crash out after losing to Jordan
The Indian football team put up a better display in their second group game but lost 2-0 to a superior Jordan thus ending their campaign in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Monday.
Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger
The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.
EPL: Is Mourinho's Chelsea adopting small team mentality?
Following Chelsea's tame draw against Manchester City, questions are being raised about the Jose Mourinho-managed team's game plan and attitude.
Football Roundup: Astonishing EPL; Real and Barca on goal spree
Manchester United dropped further down the table after losing 5-3 against newcomers Leicester City.
ISL-bound Capdevila says Spain should stick to 'tiki-taka' football
Former world champions Spain will have to wait to regain their past glory but they need not discard their attractive brand of football that earned them fans and laurels, World Cup-winning defender Joan Capdevila told Reuters in an interview.
Asian Games schedule for Monday
India's squash ace Dipika Pallikal will be in action against the formidable Nicol David in the semi-final round on Monday, the third day of the Asian Games.
September 21, 2014EPL: Super-sub Lampard stuns Chelsea to score equaliser for City
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
EPL: Manchester United suffer shock defeat at Leicester City
A controversial penalty in the dying minutes cost Manchester United dear as they suffered another defeat after Leicester City fought back brilliantly to win 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Will funding Hamas cost Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Protesters have claimed that Qatar should stop funding terror group Hamas or the country should be banned from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
EPL: Ozil helps Arsenal trounce Villa, Liverpool stumble
Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal shake off the hangover of a midweek pounding in Germany with a starring role in a 3-0 win at Aston Villa while sloppy Liverpool lost 3-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
September 20, 2014Stunned Swedes blame 'football politics' for Euro 2020 snub
The leader of Sweden's Euro 2020 bid said "football politics" had denied his country a chance to provide a host city for the Euro 2020 tournament.
EPL: Will Van Gaal bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford?
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal would reportedly like to sign Real Madrid's ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but he does not expect the Spanish giants to sell.
Diamond is Van Gaal's new best friend
After switching to a new-look formation that sparkled against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, a diamond may just be Louis van Gaal's new best friend as the Manchester United boss looks set to continue with it against Leicester City on Sunday.
September 18, 2014Arsenal legend Ljungberg signs up for Mumbai City FC
The former Swedish captain, was an integral part of Arsenal's feared line-up in the early part of the last decade. He also played a key role in the North London club's record-breaking 49-game unbeaten run in 2003-04.
India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the latest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.
World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for reborn Afghanistan
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing soccer back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.
September 17, 2014Late Burak strike earns Galatasaray 1-1 Anderlecht draw
A stoppage time strike from Burak Yilmaz earned Galatasaray a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in their opening Group D Champions League fixture on Tuesday after Dennis Praet had put the visitors on course for victory.
Champions League: Hulk, Witsel help Zenit win at Benfica
Goals from Hulk and Axel Witsel helped Zenit St Petersburg get their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start as they beat 10-man Benfica 2-0 away on Tuesday.
Champions League: Olympiakos stun last season's finalists Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year's Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.
Frustrating Liverpool pull-off hard-fought win against Ludogorets
After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.
How Dortmund's Immobile found his touch and put Arsenal in state of inertia
Dortmund's Ciro Immobile hadn't scored since joining the club this season. But while he was getting restless, the striker was asked by coach Juergen Klopp to be patient and persistent.
Champions League: Real thrash Basel 5-1; Arsenal lose to Dortmund
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
September 16, 2014'Unhappy', 'unsettled' Ronaldo may return to Manchester United
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that star forward Cristiano Ronaldo could make a return to Manchester United because he is disillusioned at the La Liga side.
EPL: Hull's new signings make impact but drop points
A Curtis Davies own goal gifted West Ham United a point after Hull City had twice taken the lead in a frenetic 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Monday.
'Strong as ever' Atletico set to keep Olympiakos on their toes
A rousing 2-1 La Liga victory at Real Madrid on Saturday may suggest otherwise, but Atletico Madrid are still rebuilding after losing several key players in the close season, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.
Manchester United find their Angel of the North
Angel Di Maria, with all the abundant gifts that make him at nearly 60 million pounds the most expensive signing in English football, may have found a club where he could again become the king, not some undervalued courtier.
Injury woes for Bayern ahead of Manchester City game
Bayern, who won the Champions League in 2013, have yet to hit top form this season, with many players tired after the World Cup and others, including Thiago Alcantara, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rafinha, out injured.
Van Gaal hails first win as 'new start'
What a difference an international break makes.
September 15, 2014Asian Games: UAE crush India 5-0 in men's football
An unimpressive display by India saw them surrender without a fight to United Arab Emirates as they went down 0-5 in their opening Group G match at the Asian Games in Incheon.
September 14, 2014It's a puzzle for beaten Liverpool without missing pieces
Liverpool's 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday was more than an early season setback - it raised the question of whether they have the strength in depth to cope with the dual challenge ahead of them this term.
La Liga: Real beaten by Atletico, Neymar lifts Barca
Real Madrid's early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, while substitute Neymar struck twice in Barcelona's 2-0 win against visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
September 13, 2014'Lost son' Kagawa scores on Dortmund return, Bayern win
Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday.
Costa hat-trick downs Swansea, City draw at Arsenal
Chelsea's Diego Costa continued his stunning start to life in the Premier League with a hat-trick in a 4-2 comeback win over Swansea City on Saturday that left champions Manchester City staring up the table after a 2-2 draw at Arsenal.
September 12, 2014Materazzi joins Chennai in Indian Super League
Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has joined Chennai in the new Indian Super League (ISL) following in the footsteps of former national team mate Alessandro Del Piero.
September 11, 2014Hull owner puts Premier League club up for sale
Hull City owner Assem Allam has put the Premier League club up for sale, the businessman said on Thursday.
Mumbai City FC set to sign former France striker Anelka for ISL
Nicolas Anelka could be a part of the Indian Super League football tournament as Mumbai City FC's negotiations with the former France and Chelsea striker are at an "advanced" stage.
September 10, 2014Football friendly: Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador
Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 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.
September 09, 2014Wait over, Indian footballers cleared for Asian Games
India will not take part in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon because of the athletes' poor standards.
September 08, 2014Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s
The news comes as little surprise as Sepp Blatter had dropped strong hints he would stand again and if he sees out his potential four-year term he will be 83 by the time of the next planned election in 2019.
September 06, 2014Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final
Angel Di Maria has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the Spanish giants.
September 05, 2014What makes Luis Suarez feel like a footballer?
Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
September 04, 2014Asiad: India could face penalties if it withdraws from certain events
In an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by the Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for "ruining sport".
September 03, 2014Mumbai City, Atletico de Kolkata to kick-off ISL on October 12
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg and Spanish World Cupper Luis Garcia will be the centre of attention when Mumbai City FC kick off the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament on October 12 at Atletico de Kolkata, in a tournament that will feature 61 games spread across 70 days.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
August 31, 2014Chelsea sign France forward Remy from QPR
Chelsea have bolstered their attacking options by signing France forward Loic Remy from Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers on a four-year deal, the 2012 European champions announced on Sunday.
EPL: Irresistible Liverpool trounce Spurs, Villa win
Brendan Rodgers marked his 100th game in charge by watching Liverpool produce an irresistible performance as they beat a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
August 30, 2014EPL: City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again
Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.
Liverpool defender Agger returns to Brondby
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has returned to Danish side Brondby, the club where he started his career, for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Saturday.
August 28, 2014Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency
UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he "could not convince himself" that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.
Champions League: Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again
Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to Besiktas and Malmo made it for the first time with a 3-0 win over Salzburg, whose participation ended in the qualifiers for the ninth time in a row.
Top 10 transfers in the English Premier League
Check out the 10 most expensive transfers in British soccer history.
August 27, 2014Xabi Alonso quits international football
Spain's Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said on Wednesday.
United smash British record by signing Di Maria
Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7 million on Tuesday.
August 26, 2014England football ace Lampard quits internationals
England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps, he said on Tuesday.
August 24, 2014EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win
Chelsea, who beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from home debutant Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Swansea City, who sank Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, head the early season standings with six points.
August 18, 2014Points Table: English Premier League 2014-15
The points table of the English Premier League 2014-15 season.
August 17, 2014PHOTOS: 10-man India beat arch rivals Pakistan in football friendly
Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
August 16, 2014Will football improve Indo-Pak ties?
Pakistan football team captain Kaleem Ullah has said that he hoped a two-match series against arch-rivals India in the coming week would lead to peace and friendship between the two nations.
India, Pakistan face-off in moutherwatering football friendly
In what will be a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches in
Sports Shorts: Dutch sprinter Schippers wins 200m gold at Euro C'ships
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.
'Football is all about entertainment, entertainment, entertainment'
Louis van Gaal's biggest challenge as Manchester United manager will be to provide entertaining football for the club's supporters, he said on Friday.
August 10, 2014Dominant Arsenal thrash City in one-sided Shield win
Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Sports shorts: Federer storms into final, Venus upsets Serena
Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.
August 08, 2014Meet Donovan, America's first soccer star!
When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country's first true star in the game.
August 07, 2014'Football is macho, difficult to accept women in governance'
A day before the Women's U-20 World Cup kicked off in Canada, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly said that it is difficult to accept women in FIFA's executive committee because Football is very macho.
August 05, 2014Sports Shorts: Xavi quits, F1 boss agrees to $100m settlement
Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.
August 03, 2014Record US football crowd sees Manchester Utd beat Real Madrid
The largest crowd to watch a football match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.
July 27, 2014Sports Shorts: Di Maria expected back at Real for training
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Angel Di Maria to begin pre-season training on August 5 and has no information about the Argentina winger leaving for Paris St Germain.
July 25, 2014Chelsea re-sign striker Drogba
Chelsea have re-signed Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.
July 24, 2014The Top 10 football transfers of 2014-15
Though there's still a month left in the transfer window, most of the major deals have been completed. We take a look at the top 10 transfers so far.
July 23, 2014PHOTOS: World Cup over but summer of soccer set to rock US!
The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport's glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.
July 22, 2014Real Madrid sign Colombia's World Cup hero Rodriguez
No details of the fee for Rodriguez were disclosed but media reports said it was around 80 million euros (63.2 million pounds).
July 21, 2014England captain Gerrard retires from international soccer
The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000.
July 18, 2014Is 'selfish' Ronaldo to be blamed for Portugal's World Cup failure?
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been accused of loving himself too much and his unbalanced attitude has been said to be at the root of Portugal's 2014 World Cup failure.
July 17, 2014PHOTOS: German players 'gaucho' dance, 'disrespectful'or 'spontaneous'
The head of Germany's national soccer association said on Wednesday that German players celebrating their World Cup triumph did not intend to be disrespectful when they performed a dance that poked fun at their defeated opponent Argentina.
July 16, 2014Hangover: Footy stars and their pretty WAGs flaunt hot-bodies
After a stressful World Cup, most of the soccer stars are headed for beach vacations.
A Finale worthy of the Maracana
The entire tournament has been unpredictable but Germnay's Mario Goetze Andre Schuerrle are looking at another decade or more of glorious careers, says .
World Cup: Germany's sexy fan flashes, courts controversy
Germany were crowned FIFA World Champions in Brazil but it was pop singer Rihanna who had a time of her life.
FIFA World Cup teams' performance in three words
A new study has revealed three words that are most widely used by people around the world to describe each of the 32 teams in the ongoing World Cup.
July 15, 2014Latest Sporting Buzz: US footballer Zusi 'hunkiest' player at World Cup!
Graham Zusi was declared as the hunkiest of all the footballers at the recently concluded World Cup that was played in Brazil.
World Champions Germany arrive home to rousing reception
The newly crowned football world champions Germany arrived in Berlin amidst cheer and lots of fanfare. Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations!
Heroes welcome for Messi and co. while the party in Germany continues
Germany are champions of the world again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.
A sneak peek into Germany's World Cup journey
In late May, as the Germany football team gathered at their World Cup training camp in Italy. A look into the champions journey.
Meet the sporting and the unsporting politicians
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament, including the final, a blunder that some observers said exposed her as out of touch with the national mood.
Did Messi deserve Golden Ball? No, says Maradona
Argentina forward Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the World Cup 'Golden Ball' as the tournament's best player, according to his compatriot and former great Diego Maradona.
FIFA World Cup 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Now that the World Cup is over, we take a look at the good, bad and ugly moments in the month-long football extravaganza.
World Cup: Suarez, Palacio and Dutch goalie trolled on the internet!
The beautiful Rio de Janeiro sunset that was aired live during Germany's one goal victory against Argentina during their World Cup final clash has reportedly been treated with Uruguayan Luis Suarez 's bite meme.
Vote for Best goal of 2014 World Cup
Goals are flying in by the bucketload at World Cup 2014. Fans, having waited four years to watch and drool over their favourite football players, have already been rewarded. Who scored the best goal of 2014 World Cup? Vote and Tell Us!
Messi wins 'sad prize' as World Cup dream remains elusive
Lionel Messi must now set his sights on Russia in 2018 as he seeks to cap an already stellar career by leading Argentina to World Cup glory.
July 14, 2014Manchester United agree record $1.3 billion Adidas kit deal
The 10-year agreement announced on Monday is a world record for a soccer club and is more than double the 31 million pounds-a-year deal Adidas was reported to have with Spanish side Real Madrid, previously the biggest deal.
Scolari fired as Brazil manager, newspaper reports
Brazil have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari just hours after the end of a home World Cup in which they suffered two of their worst defeats in the tournament's history, one of Brazil's leading newspapers reported on Monday.
'World champions' scream German media as team brings home World Cup
There was a lot for the German media to 'scream' about after their team lifted the World Cup after 24 years.
World Cup: When Brazilian footballers left Amitabh Bachchan disappointed!
Not even Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan was spared from the football bug that had bitten the whole world over the last month. Bachchan Sr tweeted about his trip to Rio de Janeiro and watching Brazil fall to another loss in the 3rd place match against The Netherlands at the just concluded FIFA World Cup.
A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Football: Germans world over revel in World Cup win
Jubilant Germans celebrated in the streets on Sunday night, lighting fireworks, embracing strangers, honking car horns and revelling in their first World Cup win in 24 years.
Germany's Podolski goes on selfie spree after World Cup win
Germany's forward Lucas Podolski went on a selfie spree after the team's first World Cup win in 24 years.
World Cup: Argentina loyalists Kolkata celebrate German triumph
Football runs through the veins of every Kolkatan. And their love for the game was on show when Germany took on Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final on Sunday.
Pele, Kaka grace final even as Beck's boys reveal their favourite team
It was rain of footballing gods as former stars Pele, Kaka, David Beckham and Carles Puyol graced the final.
PHOTOS: How Germany WAGs congratulated their men...
As soon as the final whistle of the extra-time blew confirming Germany's 1-0 win, Wives, girlfriends (WAGs) and children join the German team on the pitch after their World Cup final victory over Argentina at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
10 flops of the World Cup 2014
Rediff.com takes a look at the 10 big names that flopped at the World Cup 2014.
World Cup final fallout: Riots add to gloom in grief-stricken Argentina
Argentine riot police fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday to break up dozens of rock-hurling youths in central Buenos Aires after the nation's hopes of a first World Cup win in 28 years were dashed by Germany in the final.
What they said: Memorable quotes from the Football World Cup!
From Luis Suarez's bite to commenting on Brazil's big loss in the semi-final, everyone had their two-bit to share.
Shakira's World Cup song 'La,La,La' - Hit or Flop? Tell Us!
Colombian star Shakira wowed the crowd with her performance of "Dare (La,La,La)" during the World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night.
Just what went wrong for Argentina?
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella heaped praise on his team after Sunday's 1-0 World Cup final defeat by Germany on Sunday, saying they gave their all but lacked cutting edge in front of goal during an even game.
What made Germany click, secret revealed...
Germany's World Cup victory on Sunday was not just down to 50 days of good preparation for the tournament but was the culmination of a meticulously-planned long-term project, coach Joachim Loew said.
All hail Germany's wonder boy Goetze
Germany forward Mario Goetze, who plundered the extra-time winner in the World Cup final against Argentina, is a wonder boy with immense qualities, coach Joachim Loew said on Sunday.
World Cup Player of the Day: Magical Goetze eclipses Messi
Mario Goetze's superb extra-time volley sealed a fourth World Cup for Germany with a 1-0 win over Argentina in a thrilling final on Sunday as they became the first European team to triumph on South American soil.
Messi wins Golden Ball; Rodriguez Golden Boot
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the World Cup. Argentina captain Lionel Messi had never scored at the world finals prior to Brazil 2014, a record he em
PHOTOS: Super Mario stunner guides Germany to World Cup glory
Photos of the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina.
PHOTOS: Shakira, Samba light up WC closing ceremony
Photos of the World Cup closing ceremony
Germany beat Argentina in extra-time to win World Cup
Mario Goetze of Germany slips the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the World Cup final on Sunday.
July 13, 2014World Cup chit-chat: Scolari says future yet to be decided after loss
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said his future had yet to be decided and urged optimism after the hosts crashed to another heavy defeat in their final match of the World Cup on Saturday.
World Cup: Dutch exceed expectations under talismanic Van Gaal
The Netherlands far exceeded expectation in finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil, tearing up not only up the formbook but their own rules on how best to play the game as their coach provided a talismanic touch.
World Cup PHOTOS: Hard reality sets in for Brazil fans; players apologise
The last place Brazilians expected to be embarrassed in the World Cup was on the pitch.
World Cup Final: It's Latin pride v Germany
Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona.
World Cup: Playmaker Messi crucial to Argentina's success
Lionel Messi is not only Argentina's key attacking threat but he is also instrumental in helping the defence.
PHOTOS: Netherlands stroll past hapless Brazil to secure third spot
Photos of the third-place playoff match between Brazil and Netherlands
Early Dutch goal hands Julio Cesar unwanted record
The Netherlands' opening goal against Brazil on Saturday was the 16th conceded by Julio Cesar in World Cup matches, handing him the unwanted record of conceding the most goals at the finals for the five-times champions.
Brazil blunders resurface as Dutch grab third place
Brazil ended their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match.
July 12, 2014Blasted in Belo Horizonte
With a well-oiled midfieldand strikers of the caliber of Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, the Germans will start the title match as the favorites in the final, says .
World Cup: Have Germany finally found a winning combination?
It is hard to image Germany coach Joachim Loew making any changes to the team that demolished hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final for Sunday's final against Argentina after spending much of the tournament tinkering to find the right mix.
World Cup: 'Spanish' Messi prepares for Argentina's third title
Argentina's Lionel Messi, the most unassuming and also one of the most admired talents in world sport, can join the elite of soccer greats by winning the World Cup in Sunday's final against Germany.
FIFA announces World Cup's Golden Ball shortlist. Check out the 10
Germany have four players and Argentina three in the 10-man FIFA shortlist for the adidas Golden Ball, which is awarded to the World Cup's most outstanding performer.
July 11, 2014Preview: Brazil face must-win game the Dutch don't even want!
After Brazil's utter humiliation against Germany, anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against an indifferent Netherlands team would deepen the gloom hanging over the World Cup hosts.
PHOTOS: Brazilian bombshells root for their team
Anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against Netherlands would deepen the gloom hanging over Brazil. To cheer their team the Brazilian beauties are leaving no stone unturned.
What a Signing! Arsenal beef up attack with Sanchez
Arsenal signalled their attacking intent for the looming Premier League season by completing the signing of Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on Thursday.
It's Adidas 2 Nike 0 at the World Cup!!!
With Adidas sponsoring both teams in Sunday's World Cup final, the German sportswear brand has declared victory over U.S. rival Nike in the latest round of its battle to remain the biggest global football brand.
World Cup chit-chat: Argentina's Di Maria trains in hope of making final
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria trained lightly on Thursday in the hope of being able to play a part in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday despite suffering a thigh injury just days ago.
World Cup: Take a look at Argentina's journey to the final
Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece.
World Cup: Take a look at Germany's journey to the final
Take a look at Germany's journey to the World Cup final in Brazil. It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semi-final has become a rare vintage with coach Joachim Loew finally getting the blend right.
It wasn't a normal challenge, says an emotional Neymar
An emotional Neymar cried as he recalled the challenge that ended his World Cup on Thursday and said he felt blessed not to have ended up in a wheelchair.
Have you met Lionel Messi's sexy girlfriend?
But can Lionel Messi secure a place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph? But for now on a lighter note we bring Messi's better half, Antonella Roccuzzo.
BEST Photos from the World Cup knock-outs
Rediff.com brings you a quick flashback of the Round of 16 matches at the World Cup through these stunning captures!
July 10, 2014World Cup: 'It's over' mourns the Dutch media
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
World Cup chit-chat: FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'What madness, we are in the final'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
5 things that we learnt from Argentina-Netherlands semis
The Netherlands and Argentina cancelled each other out in a tactical encounter that the South Americans won but only after penalties. The match will go down in the record books as the first World Cup semi-final to finish goalless after extra time.
This is what happened when Van Gaal ran out of tricks...
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
10 shockers that shook the sports world
Following the latest 'disaster', Rediff.com takes a look at various sporting shockers, which shook the world.
PHOTOS: Romero's heroics guide Argentina into World Cup final
Photos of the World Cup semi-final game between Argentina and Netherlands
Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to enter final
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 via penalties to enter the final of the World Cup on Wednesday. The teams were goalless at the end of 120 minutes, and extra-time in the second semi-final.
World Cup Player of the Day: Romero the hero
Argentina's Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans' first World Cup final appearance in 24 years.
Stage set, now can Messi secure his place among the greats?
Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final.
July 09, 2014Brazil's defence goes missing in embarrassing defeat
Brazil have been blamed for not being attacking enough since the World Cup started but it was their once admired defence that will carry the can for Tuesday's incredible 7-1 loss to Germany.
Ghosts of 1950 return to haunt Brazil
After waiting 64 years to exorcise the ghosts of the Maracanazo, Brazil have instead suffered another defeat that may haunt them for decades.
World Cup: WAGS, Brazilian fans give Germany heroes welcome
Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany's training base adopted an "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to Tuesday's World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.
World Cup chit-chat: Unwell Van Persie doubtful for semis
The Netherlands have concerns over striker Robin van Persie, who was suffering from stomach problems ahead of their semi-final game against Argentina in Sao Paulo.
The death of the yellow jersey
'Living in Brazil, I had internalised the football mythology of that country, the way I had learnt Mahabharata stories in my childhood. The tragedy at the Maracana stadium in 1950, when a confident Brazil had lost to Uruguay in the finals. They tell the story of this debacle, this 'Hiroshima' that hit them, like the Shias lament the death of Ali. It led to the Brazilian team burning their white uniforms and switching later to Yellow and blue symbolising their national colours,' says Ambassador , India's former envoy to Brazil.
World Cup: Shocked media slams 'Disgraceful' Brazilians
Brazilian newspapers and websites were unanimous on Tuesday that the national team's 7-1 hammering by Germany in the World Cup semi-final was the greatest shame in the country's illustrious footballing history.
World Cup: Tell us, did Brazil wilt under weight of expectations?
Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.
World Cup: When Scolari had no face to show for Brazil's 'sorry' effort
The nation whose attacking soccer has thrilled the world for generations was left heart-broken on Tuesday after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.
Football World Cup: For heart-broken Brazil fans, the tears just won't stop!
For many Brazilians, Tuesday's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany accomplished the unthinkable -- a disaster even worse than the last time the country hosted the World Cup, in 1950.
All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight
The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday's last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: I didn't watch football, says Tim Howard's girlfriend
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's Scottish girlfriend, Sara McLean has revealed that she did not care for soccer till she started going out with him.
PHOTOS: Germany pump seven past hosts Brazil, make eighth final
Images from the first World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
German blitzkrieg in Belo Horizonte, hosts Brazil humiliated 7-1
Germany scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes on the way to a 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-final on Tuesday to leave the host nation in a state of stunned disbelief at the most amazing World Cup result of all time.
Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break all-time record
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday to become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
July 08, 2014World Cup PHOTOS: Brazilian fans pray for a miracle
Brazil remain bitter about the tackle that ended their marquee striker Neymar's World Cup but hope his absence will inspire the rest of the team in Tuesday's semi-final against Germany.
World Cup PHOTOS: This is how Colombians welcome their heroes
The Colombian football team returned home to an incredible welcome as thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the South American nation making history for reaching last eight of the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
Brazil without captain as nation awaits Germany clash
Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for their World Cup semi-final against Germany after FIFA on Monday rejected an appeal against his yellow card, denting home hopes of lifting the trophy for the sixth time.
Have you met Neymar's sexy girlfriend, Bruna?
If all goes well, Neymar will be seen cheering for his team as a fan from the stands. And we will surely find his sexy girlfriend Bruna Marquezine accompanying the ailing star.
Four key battles in Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final
The four key battles in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium.
World Cup chit-chat: Reliance to probe black marketing of its WC tickets
With the World Cup football tickets it had originally bought being caught in the hands of alleged scalpers, Reliance Industries on Tuesday said it is investigating how the much-coveted and expensive tickets ended up in the Brazilian black market.
July 07, 2014Riveting Football in Rio
Will the German discipline take them to the final? Will Brazil be able to overcome the loss of Neymar Jr.? Will Argentina move its game to the next level for the semi-final? Or would the Dutch shrug off a bad day at work to reach the final again and get a shot at redemption?
Di Maria ruled out; Brazil try to get Thiago Silva back
Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva's ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury.
5 memorable World Cup semi-finals
With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, take a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.
'Brazil players are treating match against Germany like a final'
Brazil will play Germany next week in what the hosts' players are calling the final before the final and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing selection dilemmas four days ahead of the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
Will Van Gaal's wishful thinking work again for the Dutch?
Louis van Gaal's tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup.
Argentina, the Netherlands have rich history to live up to
If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.
Brazil will derive strength from Neymar's absence: Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger said he was saddened Brazil's Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them.
World Cup: Football fans think out loud through these banners!
Be it protests or a kind word, football fans think out loud through these banners at the World Cup in Brazil!
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil appeals for withdrawal of suspension of skipper Silva
Brazil have appealed to FIFA World Cup authorities to withdraw the yellow card suspension imposed on their captain Thiago Silva so that he can turn out for Tuesday's semi-final clash against Germany.
Was Dutch penalty hero Krul unsporting? Tell Us!
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team's place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Germany shielded from public at beachside fortress
Germany have spent most of their time at the World Cup behind the high walls of their 'Campo Bahia' fortress on the shores of the Atlantic - largely avoiding contact with fans, locals and the media.
July 06, 2014Di Maria loss would be hefty blow for Argentina
If a scan on Sunday confirms Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria is out of the World Cup it would be a significant blow to the South Americans' hopes of winning the tournament for the third time.
World Cup: Costa Rica can leave with their heads held high
Costa Rica achieved "wonderful things" at this World Cup and are proud to bow out having conceded only two goals and without losing a game, coach Jorge Luis Pinto said on Saturday.
World Cup: Argentina coach Sabella likens Messi to an oasis
Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
World Cup: Belgium boss Wilmots not impressed by Argentina, Messi
Beaten and bored by "ordinary" Argentina, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was less than impressed by a team that ended his side's World Cup hopes on Saturday.
World Cup: 'Football has shed a tear over Neymar'
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has accused Colombia's Juan Zuniga of an "evil, violent" tackle that has put Neymar out of the World Cup and said on Saturday he favoured tougher sanctions against violent play.
World Cup chit-chat: Broken Neymar still dreams of being champion
Injured Brazil forward Neymar thanked fans for their support on Saturday and said his teammates will do everything to keep his dream of winning the World Cup alive.
World Cup Player of the Day: Krul plays Dutch saviour
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul made a dramatic entrance off the bench to save two penalties in a shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday following a 0-0 draw after extra time, sending the Dutch into a World Cup semi-final with Argentina.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Krul puts Dutch into semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Netherlands and Costa Rica
Krul shootout saves send Dutch into semis
The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Higuain strike puts Argentina in World Cup semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Argentina and Belgium
July 05, 2014Higuain fires Argentina past Belgium into World Cup semis
Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years on Saturday when an early goal by Gonzalo Higuain and a strong defensive display proved enough to beat a disappointing Belgium side 1-0.
Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands.
Brazil shocked, angered by Neymar's back injury
Neymar's exit from the World Cup due to a back injury left Brazilians shocked and angered on Friday, darkening the mood after the hosts' 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-finals had sparked nationwide celebrations.
Neymar injury leaves Scolari and Brazil in a quandary
Brazil striker Neymar's World Cup is over and the loss of their talisman and top goalscorer to injury leaves manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with a big headache ahead of their semi-final against Germany on Tuesday.
World Cup: Neymar ruled out with broken vertebra
Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe's biggest remaining team Germany.
World Cup: Will Eden prove a Hazard to shaky Argentina?
Belgium pointed to Eden Hazard as a potential match winner as they laid out a strategy to combat Lionel Messi and Argentina when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday.
Loew keeps lid on celebrations after recent near-misses
There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups.
Neymar may miss crucial semis with Germany
Brazil forward Neymar was taken to hospital after being injured in the closing stages of the 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday that kept the hosts on course for a sixth title.
PHOTOS: Luiz wonder-kick sets up Brazil date with Germany
Images from the World Cup quarter-final game between Brazil and Colombia.
Brazil beat gritty Colombia to enter semis
Brazil scored an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Colombia to enter the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday night. They will meet Germany.
Les Bleus put World Cup blues behind them
France may have been knocked out of yet another World Cup by nemesis Germany on Friday but restoring their image and rebuilding expectations ahead of Euro 2016 were even more important after their debacle in South Africa four years ago.
July 04, 2014PHOTOS: Hummels heads Germany into World Cup semis
Germany reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final after defender Mats Hummels's first-half header gave the three-time winners a 1-0 victory over France at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on Friday.
World Cup: Germany beat France to enter semis
Mats Hummels scored with a header in the 14th minute to give Germany a 1-0 victory over France in the first quarter-final of the World Cup at the Maracana, in Brazil, on Friday.
One of the most open World Cups in recent memory
As much as I would love to witness a Brazil-Argentina final at the Copacabana beach, Colombia, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina look like the semi-finalists and, if Argentina peaks at the right time, Germany vs Argentina could be the title match, says Mauktik Kulkarni.
Football World Cup: Agony and Ecstasy in Brazil
Emotions run high at the World Cup and tears and cheers are in full view as footballers strut their stuff on the field. Rediff.com snaps fans as all their emotions lay bare in Brazil.
6 keepers who raise the bar at the World Cup
In a tournament that well before the quarter-final stage exceeded the 145 goals scored in South Africa in 2010, goalkeepers have stolen the limelight with a string of scintillating performances.
World Cup: One dead as overpass collapses in host city
At least one person died on Thursday when an unfinished overpass collapsed in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, overshadowing the buildup to the first quarter-finals in which France face Germany and Brazil take on Colombia.
World Cup chit-chat: Psychologists roped in to help Brazil squad?
Brazil play Colombia in Fortaleza in Friday's afternoon kick-off and, with the weight of expectation upon them, there are concerns about whether a team that have failed to sparkle so far can cope with the pressure.
Take a look at the bookies' favourite for Golden Ball, Boot...
Argentina's Lionel Messi is the bookmaker's favourite to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the World Cup while France, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands are favourites to win their matches in the quarter-finals which start on Friday.
World Cup: Petition filed to name US goalkeeper Howard Secretary of Defense!
US goalkeeper Tim Howard, who pulled off a record-setting 16 saves in a 1-2 World Cup loss against Belgium, was momentarily named Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia as an enthusiastic fan edited the Wikipedia entry.
Want to perform in World Cup? Have 'sex', says study!
The FIFA World Cup 2014 carnival in Brazil has reached the business end and we can sit and analyse the teams left in the fray. Research has shown that those with a more relaxed view on the matter are enjoying better results on the pitch.
July 03, 2014World Cup chit-chat: Seven German players have mild cases of flu: Loew
Seven Germany players are suffering mild flu symptoms ahead of the quarter-final match against France on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said in a German radio interview without identifying the players.
World Cup SWOT Analysis: How the 8 quarter-finalists measure up
Twenty four teams have gone and only eight remain in the hunt to win the World Cup. Some have romped to the last eight, while others have limped. We take a look at the state of the remaining eight sides left in the tournament and their chances of lifting the famous gold trophy at the Maracana in Rio de Janiero on July 13.
Shakira to perform 'La la la' at World Cup closing ceremony
Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, headlining a closing ceremony that includes guitar virtuoso
Back to work for Belgians as coach Wilmots demands more
Belgium went straight back to work on Wednesday, given little time to celebrate their win over the United States at the World Cup as coach Marc Wilmots said he wanted to "raise the bar higher".
French renaissance put to the test against nemesis Germany
France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Friday.
Hosts Brazil feel the heat as carefree Colombia lie in wait
Brazil is under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday's quarter-final.
Colombia, Costa Rica seek to join the 'Bitter Sweet club'
Colombia and Costa Rica will be trying to break into - and quickly escape from - an exclusive group of World Cup semi-finalists which could be known as the Bitter Sweet club.
Time out! World Cup teams catch breath on rare day off
After three weeks of unrelenting drama and excitement, the World Cup took a rare time-out on Wednesday as the eight surviving teams tried to catch their breath before the quarter-finals kick off on Friday.
Move sexy Irina; all eyes are on these WAGs now!
As some of the stars have packed their bags and gone home, the English and Spanish WAGs will be surely missed. But these Germans, French, Brazilians and Argentines are these still around and capable of setting the pitch on fire off the field. Take a look.
'With all due respect, I hope Rodriguez's moment will end now'
Brazil striker Neymar says he is emotionally ready and physically fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with Colombia in Fortaleza.
World Cup Top Goal Scorer: Just who is James Rodriguez
Racing towards the camera after scoring direct from a corner at Colombia's top youth tournament in 2004, excited scouts could see James Rodriguez was a kid at ease in the limelight.
July 02, 2014PHOTOS: Presidents Obama, Hollande struck by World Cup fever!
Even US President Barack Obama could not escape the World Cup fever. Strong performances by the US team in Brazil ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants.
'I was nervous just like anyone else because we couldn't score'
Argentina's Lionel Messi picked up his fourth man of the match award in a row against Switzerland on Tuesday but he admitted the prize was barely deserved in a World Cup last-16 game was marked more by collective effort than individual brilliance.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'We had like 27 chances in the game'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
PHOTOS: US fans catch soccer fever, but team slumps to defeat
American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.
'It won't be very likely...for Costa Rica to go much further'
Greece coach Fernando Santos took a parting shot at Costa Rica: Teams know all about you now and your World Cup ride is over. The surprise factor has gone.
'Of course it's a concern, we have a young team'
Luiz Felipe Scolari is blaming the some of the team's struggles, which include a disappointing performance that nearly led to its elimination by Chile in the second round, on
Why the Colombians are an inspired team...
Colombian fans are paying tribute to defender Andres Escobar, gunned down 20 years ago after scoring an own goal in the World Cup, and hope his memory will inspire the current crop's hunt for glory.
PHOTOS: De Bruyne, Lukaku take Belgium into quarter-finals
Photograph of the World Cup game between Belguim and USA
Extra-time goals send Belgium through
Belgium finally found a way past inspired goalkeeper Tim Howard as extra-time goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
PHOTOS: Angel takes Argentina to quarter-finals
A lot was expected from Lionel Messi but it was Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria who scored in the 118th minute on Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland. Images from the match.
July 01, 2014Hottest Football Transfers: Chelsea sign Spain striker Costa from Atletico
Chelsea have signed Spain World Cup striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Stamford Bridge club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Di Maria's last-gasp goal takes Argentina past Switzerland
Angel Di Maria scored in the dying minutes of extra-time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a place in the last eight of the World Cup in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
World Cup sidelights: Robben trolls are all the rage on the internet!
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
The HOTTEST World Cup Buzz is here! Drop off bras, help poor kids
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives during the ongoing World Cup!
USA plans to attack unbeaten but underwhelming Belgium
The United States' declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare for "war" in Tuesday's last-16 World Cup clash.
'The whole of Costa Rica is going to the streets'
From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets to celebrate the
He's their superstar, but Argentina don't revolve around Messi!
Lionel Messi's goals have fired
World Cup: Klinsmann unhappy with referee choice for Belgium clash
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side's World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday.
World Cup Player of the Day: Brilliant Neuer stands out for Germany
Germany have only their superior fitness and world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for scraping past Algeria 2-1 in extra time to move into the World Cup quarter-finals after doing almost everything wrong over 90 minutes.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Do you think that this is a circus band?'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup chit-chat: Cameroon players under scanner after match-fixing claims
Cameroon are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup, the country's football federation FECAFOOT said on Monday.
World Cup: Germany coach Loew backs team after scratchy win
Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Germany and France douse African hopes
Germany and France snuffed out African hopes and reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with hard-won victories over Algeria and Nigeria.
Swiss banking on 'Alpine Messi' to upset Argentina
Switzerland's 'Alpine Messi' Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.
Argentina practise penalties ahead of Swiss game
After five misses in the World Cup's first penalty shootout, Argentina wisely practiced spot-kicks before flying to Sao Paulo for their last-16 clash with Switzerland.
PHOTOS: Germany beat Algeria to set up quarter-final with France
Photos of the World Cup match between Germany and Algeria
Germany need extra time to beat Algeria 2-1
Germany were pushed all the way by an inspired Algeria on Monday before Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil eventually secured them a 2-1 extra-time victory to send them into a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final meeting with France.
PHOTOS: France leave it late, keep impressive record intact
Two late goals helped 1998 champions France end Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance in a rough second-round match in Brasilia.
June 30, 2014Late goals send France into quarter-finals
France ended Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough second-round match on Monday.
Suarez issues apology to Chiellini for bite
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.
France pinning hopes on Benzema for Nigeria clash
France striker Karim Benzema came into the World Cup following a fine season with Real when he netted 24 goals in 52 games in all competitions and helped the world's richest club by income to win a 10th Champions League crown and the King's Cup.
Homework done, Germany ready for Algerian test
The Algerians have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, reaching to the knockout stage for the first time.
How Switzerland is braced for Argentina; US aim to stay alive
Switzerland's 'Alpine Messi' Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.
World Cup sidelights: Netherlands offered space trip if they take home trophy!
The Dutch football team has been made an offer that is out of this world and quite literally so!
World Cup: Tell us, should footballers be punished for diving?
The Netherlands' Arjen Robben is a repeat offender when it comes to diving. He did the same against Mexico on Sunday that robbed the game of a fair result. Tell us, should FIFA make diving a punishable offence?
Football World Cup: Best PHOTOS from group stage matches
We have witnessed lots of drama, excitement and goals from the first half of the football World Cup. Rediff gives you a flashback of the best moments from the World Cup.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Three times he (Robben) dived'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
10 unheralded players who have stepped up at the World Cup
Here are some of those players who have seized the opportunity in Brazil to put themselves firmly on the radar as transfer targets in the weeks and months ahead.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica dreams come true against Greece
For Costa Rica defender Michael Umana it was a case of dreams come true as he stepped up to take the decisive spot kick for his country in a World Cup last-16 penalty shootout with Greece on Sunday.
World Cup chit-chat: Water works well for Dutch in tactical switch
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal took advantage of the first official water break at the World Cup to switch tactics and conjure up a late win for his side over Mexico on Sunday.
World Cup Talking Point: Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?
Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?
World Cup Player of the Day: Game-changer Robben does it again for the Dutch
He may not have been on the scoresheet, but once again it was Arjen Robben who won the match for the Netherlands on Sunday with the tricky footwork that has brought so many goals and so much controversy over the years.
Roundup: Dutch, Costa Rica through after nerve-wracking drama
The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equaliser to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.
How World Cup fever has gripped America
After a long and sometimes arduous courtship, soccer has finally revealed its charms to Americans who have embraced the World Cup in record numbers.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica book their maiden quarters berth
Photos from the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Greece.
Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties to make last eight debut
Costa Rica secured a place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday after beating Greece 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 after extra time, the Central Americans playing for almost an hour with 10 men.
PHOTOS: Dutch leave it late to beat gritty Mexicans
Photograph of the World Cup game between Netherlands and MExico
June 29, 2014Netherlands rally to beat Mexico with late goals
A stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday, minutes after the Mexicans seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals.
PHOTOS: Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow, Colombia
As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.
World Cup chit-chat: Mexico's Salcido to replace Vasquez against Dutch
Veteran Mexico midfielder Carlos Salcido will replace the suspended Jose Juan Vasquez in Sunday's World Cup second-round match against the Netherlands, coach Miguel Herrera said on Saturday.
Valiant performance vindicates vilified Brazil keeper Cesar
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar celebrated Saturday night after his dream performance helped erase the nightmare of the 2010 World Cup when his mistake helped lead to Brazil's early elimination and four years of vilification by sceptical fans.
Sports Shorts: Historic title win for Advani in Egypt
Indian cueist Pankaj Advani today created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship in Sharm el- Sheikh on Sunday.
Brazil three steps from heaven: Scolari
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said his team were "three steps from heaven" after beating Chile on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Chile get that sinking Brazilian feeling again
Chile will be devastated to have exited the World Cup on penalties after pushing Brazil to their limits on Saturday, but the one emotion they surely will not feel is surprise.
Brazil vs Chile: Up in the Air
is an author, movie-maker, travel buff and sports enthusiast. He will be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup and report for Rediff.com from there during the knock-out stages.
Vote: Best goal of Football World Cup Group stage
Goals have been flying in by the bucketload in World Cup 2014. Fans wait four years to watch and drool over their favourite players and they have already been rewarded. Several goals will compete for the best goals when the tournament wraps up on July 13 but for now let's take a look at the Group stage.
PHOTOS: Rodriguez brace powers Colombia into quarters
Photos of the pre-quarterfinal match between Colombia and Uruguay
Colombia cruise into quarters with win over Uruguay
Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time after a double from James Rodriguez gave them a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
FIFA probe halftime tunnel incident in Brazil-Chile clash
FIFA is probing an alleged confrontation between a Brazilian press official and Chile player Mauricio Pinilla in the tunnel at halftime in their World Cup match in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, the governing body said.
Hosts Brazil edge Chile in penalties, move into last eight
Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after their dramatic last-16 match in Belo Horizonte ended 1-1 after extra time on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Brazil do a last 16 'hat-trick' over Chile
Images from the World Cup pre-quarterfinal match between Brazil and Chile at Belo Horizonte.
June 28, 2014Brazil and Chile level at 1-1 at halftime
Hosts Brazil and Chile were locked at 1-1 at halftime in a feisty and open World Cup last-16 match on Saturday.
'If we want to make history we have to beat the Netherlands'
After ending an 11-game
Portugal team's early ouster from World Cup hurts Brazillians
Portugal's early ouster from the World Cup has not just disappointed their fans back home but Brazillians have also shed a few tears for them as long-held cultural, historical and linguistic ties had made Cristiano Ronaldo's team the second favourite for them.
Adidas and Nike battle for social media World Cup
With every tackle, save and goal, a simultaneous off-the-pitch marketing battle is being fought between official FIFA World Cup sponsor Adidas and arch-rival Nike Inc to dominate social media to promote their brands.
Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore at World Cup
Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.
Van Persie back for Dutch to terrorise Mexico
Robin van Persie returns to the Dutch attack to face Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday while Mexican defender Hector Moreno will lock horns with his former mentor Louis van Gaal.
FIFA defends Suarez biting ban that many call excessive
FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive.
'Patriotism', 'honour' and Luis Suarez
The facts are hard to dispute. Suarez bites people; he is a scofflaw; he is a racist. Most fans outside Uruguay would write him off as an out-of-control gunslinger, who should literally be muzzled before being allowed on to a field again.
'Forget history, we're coming for you', Chile tell Brazil
Eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, Chile vowed a fearless and fighting approach on the eve of Saturday's second round knockout game against the hosts and favorites.
Hosts Brazil aim for World Cup quarter-final spot
Hosts Brazil aim to become the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday by maintaining their superb recent record against opponents Chile.
June 27, 2014World Cup chit-chat: Maradona asks, whom did Suarez kill?
Diego Maradona blasted FIFA's ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as "criminal" and said world soccer's governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison.
World Cup sidelights: It's love all when Agassi and Graf watch football
Legendary tennis couple Steffi Graf and husband Andre Agassi watched as Germany and U.S.A. played their Group G tie which the Germans won 1-0.
Take a look at how Belgium justify dark horse status
Belgium came into the World Cup with a side short on experience but long on flair and were considered a good outside bet after an unbeaten qualifying campaign of eight wins and two draws.
Check out the World Cup Round of 16 line-up
The World Cup group stages games are over and while European heavyweights Spain, Italy, England and Portugal are knocked out of the biggest sporting carnival, there is still plenty to look forward to.
PHOTOS: Fans give banned Suarez hero's welcome
About 500 fans gathered outside Montevideo's Carrasco international airport to express solidarity with Uruguay's Luis Suarez and chant his name. Some had been waiting for hours, waving Uruguay flags, posters of Suarez and replicas of the World Cup trophy.
Is Suarez being treated like a 'dog'? His granny says so...
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been unfairly victimised in his 'barbaric' expulsion from the World Cup for biting, his disconsolate grandmother said on Thursday.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo ever see World Cup glory?
Cristiano Ronaldo's subdued performances for Portugal at the World Cup after his scintillating form for Real Madrid last season suggest the tournament was a bridge too far for the Ballon d'Or holder.
World Cup Player of the Day: Masterful Mueller makes the difference
Thomas Mueller's netted his fourth goal in three World Cup games in a 1-0 win over the USA to give Germany top spot in Group G and send them into knockout stages full of confidence following a dominant display at the Pernambuco arena in Recife.
Roundup: Germany, US go through; heartbreak for Portugal, Ghana
Thomas Mueller's second-half goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States in World Cup Group G on Thursday.
World Cup: It's all passion as fans kiss at kick-off!
In a game like football, where passion runs deep, love is a binding factor that is obvious everywhere. From the stadiums, to the beaches of Copacaban and even the streets of Mexico, fans were spotted kissing in revelry! Rediff.com brings you a glimpse of some intimate moments.
Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout
Now facing Chile in the first game of the tournament's knockout round, Brazil will be encouraged by recent history. They easily knocked out Chile at the same stage in the last two World Cups "La Roja" (The Red) featured in, 1998 and 2010.
PHOTOS: Algeria storm into knock-out stage
Photos of the World Cup match between Algeria and Russia in Curitiba
PHOTOS: Vertonghen winner packs off South Korea
Photos of the World Cup game between South Korea and Belgium.
Ten-man Belgium end Korea's hopes with 1-0 win
Belgium strolled into the World Cup last 16 on Thursday after Jan Vertonghen's late goal gave them a 1-0 win over a South Korean side unable to take advantage of a 45-minute numerical advantage and who exit the tournament.
Draw sends Algeria through, Russia home
Algeria reached the World Cup last 16 for the first time after fighting back for a 1-1 draw against Russia to clinch second place in Group H.
World Cup PHOTOS: US lose to Germany but win last 16 spot
Germany edged past a gritty United States 1-0 in the World Cup Group G match in Refice but the Americans also advanced to the last 16 after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the other match in the group.
June 26, 2014Germany beat US, but both go through
A 55th minute Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday but the result allowed both teams to progress to the second round of the World Cup. Germany topped Group G and will face the runner-up in Group H, while the United States finished second and will face Group H's winner.
Portugal win over Ghana in vain as both sides bow out
An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday, but it was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.
Adidas not ditching Suarez, but will not use for WC marketing
Adidas stopped short on Thursday of ending its sponsorship deal with Uruguay's Luis Suarez after FIFA banned him for nine matches for biting an Italy defender, but the German sportswear firm said it would not use him in any further World Cup marketing.
Suarez's bite gets him four months ban from football
Uruguay's Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity for biting an opponent, during the World Cup match against Italy.
World Cup sidelights: U.S. team prepares leave letter for soccer fans!
The U.S. Soccer team has provided a ready-made excuse letter for any U.S. fans who want to skip work on Thursday to watch the crucial World Cup match.
World Cup chit-chat: Boateng, Muntari suspended from Ghana team
Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from Ghana's World Cup team with immediate effect after they clashed with coach Kwesi Appiah and a soccer federation (GFA) official.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Messi is from Jupiter'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup Player of the Day: Argentina Messi-merize
Lionel Messi's World Cup double for Argentina in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Nigeria suggests the four-time World Player of the Year may be ready to take his place among the all-time greats of the game.
Will FIFA suspend Suarez for biting?
Soccer's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue on Thursday.
World Cup Roundup: Messi shines again; Switzerland's Shaqiri joins the fun
Argentina's Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Shaqiri's treble crushes Honduras
Photos of the World Cup match between Honduras and Switzerland
PHOTOS: Heartbreak for Ecuador as France top group
Photos of the World Cup match between France and Ecuador
Goalless draw leaves France top and eliminates Ecuador
France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game on Wednesday to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland's 3-0 win over Honduras.
Shaqiri hat-trick steers Swiss into last 16
Xherdan Shaqiri netted a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus on Wednesday to secure the runners-up spot in World Cup Group E and a last 16 clash against Argentina.
June 25, 2014Bosnia dash Iran hopes, record first World Cup win
Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.
PHOTOS: Argentina continue to Messi-merize; Bosnia end with a win
Images from the two Group F matches on Wednesday, between Argentina and Nigeria in Porto Alegre, and between Bosnia and Iran in Salvador.
Bite set to eat into Suarez's sponsorship cash
Luis Suarez risks losing lucrative commercial deals following his bite on a World Cup opponent, with poker brand 888 saying on Wednesday it was reviewing its sponsorship agreement with the Uruguayan.
Messi scores twice as Argentina beat Nigeria; both qualify
Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another entertaining World Cup match on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil
If the Colombian team may have the best goal celebration dance at this World Cup, their fans are having the best time of any contingent in Brazil.
Player of the day: Sublime Rodriguez joins World Cup elite
Colombia's James Rodriguez needed only 45 minutes to dismantle Japan with one of the best individual performances of the World Cup, including a sublime dinked goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of.
World Cup chit-chat: Maradona to cheer Argentina from hotel after 'jinx' claim
Diego Maradona will root for his beloved Argentina from his hotel when they play Nigeria on Wednesday, opting to skip the stadium after the country's Football Association president suggested he had jinxed the team against Iran.
Psychologists analyse Suarez's 'teething' problems
Luis Suarez can learn to stop biting opponents but it will not be a quick or easy process, senior psychologists have said following the Uruguay striker's bite on the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
5 infamous World Cup offences and their punishments!
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could be suspended from the World Cup for the second successive tournament after he appeared to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during his team's 1-0 win on Tuesday. Check out some of the infamous World Cup offences and their punishments.
Emerging players point to bright 'Oranje' future
While the world delights at the pace of Arjen Robben and finishing of Robin van Persie, younger, less heralded Dutch players are emerging as a key part of the Netherlands' superb start to the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Italy WAGS left disappointed after spouses are knocked out
They came to watch their men turn up the heat on Uruguay, but all that they got was boring football and a ticket back home. Italian WAGS were left dejected by their partners.
Heard the latest Suarez jokes? Here they are...
Social media went berserk with jokes about Uruguay's Luis Suarez sinking his teeth into Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup Group D game.
World Cup pressure is water off a duck's back to Neymar
Neymar's two-goal performance against Cameroon on Monday made it hard to believe that barely one year ago there were serious doubts as to whether he was mature enough to lead Brazil's challenge for a sixth World Cup.
World Cup Talking Point: The dark side of genius Suarez
From match-winner to vilified sinner, the World Cup has again provided the stage for Luis Suarez's polarising career to unfurl in microcosm.
World Cup: Uruguay fans upset with Suarez over biting incident
Opinion in Uruguay, a country of around three million people sandwiched between soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil, was divided over Luis Suarez's latest antics.
World Cup: 'Cannibal' Suarez charged by FIFA for biting Chiellini
FIFA has charged Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their Group D World Cup match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Suarez bite mars Uruguay win, Greece scrape through
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans' 1-0 Group D victory on Tuesday, overshadowing a day of emotional extremes at the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Chinese airline celebrates World Cup in style!
China's domestic airline Lucky Air is celebrating the football World Cup mid-air... and doing it in some style!
5 facts that bind cricket and the football World Cup
The football World Cup is upon us in all its glory. Even a cricket-crazy country like India is captivated by the beautiful game. Interestingly, cricket and football has a few things in common. Rediff.com brings you five facts that bind the two great sports.
Colombia trounce Japan to top Group C
Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to top World Cup Group C with maximum points on Tuesday. The victory earned them a second-round meeting with Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro and ended Japan's interest in the tournament.
PHOTOS: Colombia top Group C; Greece scrape through
Colombia and Greece advanced to the second round from Group C in the World Cup.
Samaras penalty sends Greece through, breaks Ivorian hearts
A stoppage time penalty from Giorgios Samaras sent Greece into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.
Luis Suarez provides the 'bite' at the World Cup!
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm on Tuesday after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams' decisive World Cup Group D game.
PHOTOS: Incorrigible Italy pay the price for being too defensive
A Diego Godin header sent Uruguay to the second round of the World Cup while ensuring another early exit for four time champions Italy in Natal.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica top Group D, England finish with a point
Former champions and perennial favorites England finished their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against group winners Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.
June 24, 2014Costa Rica top Group D after draw with England
Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup after topping Group D, containing three former winners, after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday.
Godin header puts Uruguay in last 16 and Italy out
Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic goal nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 after a 1-0 win over Italy, on Tuesday, which sent the four-times champions home.
FIFA red-faced after suggesting Brazil goal was off-side
FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil's third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday.
How Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to an ailing fan
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to a Spanish child ahead of Portugal vs United States World Cup clash on Monday with a distinct hairstyle.
Video: Is Mumbai clued into the World Cup? Find out
We asked Mumbaikars a few simple questions about the football World Cup. Here are their - in some cases, rather unexpected - answers :))
World Cup sidelights: How this adult actress revelled in Chile's victory
Marlen Doll, a Chile adult movies star, is making waves on the social networking sires. She made the most of the World Cup hype and promised the irresistible.
Favourites Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra
World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday's last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.
Where Messi leads, Argentina must follow
After underwhelming early performances, traditional Latin American top dogsArgentina and reigning African champions Nigeria have something to prove when they meet in their final World Cup Group F match on Wednesday.
WC Quote Hanger: 'We wanted to play and the Netherlands didn't'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup Player of the Day: Neymar too hot for oppositions to handle
Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar flicked and tricked and along came the goals for Brazil.
World Cup Roundup: Neymar inspires Brazil; Dutch delight
Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar fulfilled a nation's expectations to score twice in a 4-1 destruction of Cameroon on Monday while the Netherlands again showed their potential to win the World Cup with a third straight win.
FIFA World Cup: 12 Tattoo Tales
Some of the best-known footballers are known for the tattoos they sport. They ink their arms, legs or torso with names of their loved ones, motivational quotes or random motifs. Here's a look at some of the players at the World Cup whose tattoos caught our fancy.
How soccer helps boost fitness skills in youngsters
From aerobic prowess to foot-eye coordination and the ability to turn on a dime, soccer hones the body so even a young baseball or tennis player can benefit from the sport.
PHOTOS: The BEST goal celebrations at the World Cup!
Rediff.com presents the best goal celebrations at the football World Cup.
PHOTOS: Mexico crush Croatia to set up Dutch date
Photos of the World Cup game between Mexico and Croatia
PHOTOS: Neymar powers Brazil into World Cup last 16
Photos of the World Cup match between Cameroon and Brazil being played in Brasilia
Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with Croatia win
Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defense and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.
Neymar double helps Brazil through to face Chile
Red-hot striker Neymar helped fire Brazil into a World Cup second-round meeting with Chile when he scored twice in the first half as the hosts survived an early scare against already-eliminated Cameroon to win 4-1 and top Group A on Monday.
Neymar scores 100th goal of World Cup in Brazil's 100th game
Brazil striker Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup when he netted his side's first goal in their final Group A game against Cameroon on Monday.
PHOTOS: Deposed champions Spain make short work of Australia
Goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata gave deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win over Australia in Curitiba.
PHOTOS: Impressive Dutch maintain unbeaten first round record
Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
June 23, 2014Spain sign off with easy win over Australia
Spain defeated Australia 3-0 in their final World Cup Group B game on Monday, giving a modicum of respect to the defending champions' poor campaign.
Netherlands down Chile to top Group B
Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
World Cup Fever: Day and Night
One thing is undeniable: This edition of the World Cup is a goal-fest.
World Cup: It's all or nothing as Italy look to thwart Suarez and Uruguay
Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the Dunas arena on Tuesday in a World Cup showdown which will decide who goes through to the last 16.
World Cup sidelights: Model gets ejected for stalking Ronaldo
Former 'Miss Bumbum' Andressa Urach was kicked out for obsessively following Cristiano Ronaldo at Portugal's training session, it has been revealed.
'Croatia's match against Mexico will be like a final'
Croatia coach Niko Kovac knows his side face an uphill task against Miguel Herrera's side in Recife in the wake of Mexico's confidence-boosting draw with Brazil.
World Cup chit-chat: 'Valencia is God's gift to Ecuador'
Ecuador have been blessed with the form of striker Enner Valencia since he took on the goal-scoring mantle from the late Christian Benitez last year, coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Sunday.
World Cup: Will Brazil go out? Can Italy squeeze through? Here's how the teams stack up
The permutations, combinations and number crunching has begun. While some teams are hanging on to outside chances to advance others have gone through to the last 16 without a fuss.
PHOTOS: How these celebrity fans reacted to USA v Portugal match...
The celebrities, including politicians, athletes, and TV stars, showed support to their respective teams.
World Cup: Collectors get shirty over sweaty souvenirs
It may seem like a strange gift to give someone, but a sweaty shirt exchanged with an opponent at the end of a World Cup game has become both a mark of sporting respect and a valuable collector's item.
World Cup Player of the Day: Origi brightens up Belgium's day
The day was brightened up by Divock Origi's late strike as he Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Portugal live to fight another day; Algeria thump Korea
Images from the World Cup matches between Portugal and USA in Group G at Manaus and between Algeria and South Korea in Group H at Porto Alegre.
Hope floats for Portugal after last gasp draw with the US
Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.
Algeria thump South Korea to end 32-year tournament drought
Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash on Sunday that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.
In-form Australians eye surprise win over deposed champions Spain
Despite Australia already
PHOTOS: Origi strike sends Wilmots' men through at Maracana
Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana on Sunday.
Why has Brazil shunned Pele at the World Cup
At the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, attended by President Dilma Rousseff and a clutch of visiting heads of state, Pele was a notable absentee despite living not far away in Santos.
Hosts Brazil aim to seal top spot against Cameroon
Hosts Brazil will look to clinch their berth in the last 16 of the World Cup as they host already-eliminated Cameroon in their final Group A match at the National Stadium in Brasilia.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I know how to make the difference'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
June 22, 2014World Cup: Belgium snatch late win over Russia to reach last 16
Divock Origi's late strike earned Belgium a 1-0 Group H win over Russia at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday to seal a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.
Maradona questions FIFA over Costa Rica doping test
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona slammed FIFA after claiming seven of Costa Rica's players were subjected to post-match doping controls over fears sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals.
World Cup sidelights: No 'Van' to drive Dutch ambitions
The suspension of captain Robin van Persie for Monday's World Cup Group B decider against Chile means the Netherlands will play an international without a player whose surname begins with 'Van' for the first time in almost two decades.
World Cup: Ronaldo returns as Portugal play to save campaign
Cristiano Ronaldo is all set for his second chance to shine in Brazil when pointless Portugal attempt to get their World Cup campaign back on track against Juergen Klinsmann's United States in sultry Manaus on Sunday.
Player of the Day: When Messi's technical brilliance pierced Iran's defence
Individual genius triumphed over collective organisation as Lionel Messi's magnificent stoppage time goal for Argentina cruelly left Iran with nothing after an outstanding defensive display from Carlos Queiroz's team.
Nigeria seek inspiration from African Nations Cup triumph
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hopes the momentum from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Bosnia will set his side on a similar path to that they followed in winning the last African Nations Cup.
Ronaldo congratulates Klose on equalling his World Cup record
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo congratulated Miroslav Klose after the German equalled his record of 15 World Cup goals on Saturday.
Netherlands and Chile in scrap to avoid Brazil in last 16
With the loser likely to face hosts Brazil in the next round, the Netherlands and Chile will go all out for victory when they meet in their Group B match on Monday, even though both teams are through to the last 16.
Devastated Rooney, Hart apologise for England failure at World Cup
England exited the finals at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after losing to Italy and Uruguay, their fate sealed when Costa Rica beat the Italians on Friday to ensure Roy Hodgson's side could not make the top two spots in Group D.
Odemwingie goal ends long Nigeria wait, knocks Bosnia out
Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.
World Cup PHOTOS: Record-equalling Klose salvages draw for Germany
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal but Germany were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Ghana in the Group G World Cup match in Fortaleza, on Saturday.
Klose equals Ronaldo's World Cup record but Germany held by Ghana
Miroslav Klose scored a landmark goal as Germany and Ghana drew 2-2 with all the goals coming in a terrific second half of another rip-roaring football World Cup clash in Fortaleza, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Messi magic sends Argentina through to last 16
Lionel Messi's magical left-foot produced another inspirational goal as Argentina managed 1-0 win over gritty Iran in a Group F game of the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, on Saturday.
June 21, 2014Messi saves Argentine blushes against bold Iran
Lionel Messi saved Argentina's blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the football World Cup on Saturday to send the South Americans into the last 16.
US looking for inspiration from 3-2 win over Portugal in 2002
The United States play Portugal in the World Cup on Sunday, hoping to channel the inspiration and drive which brought them a shock victory the last time the teams met in the tournament.
Ronaldo key to Portugal recovery as US challenge looms
A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take on the United States in their second World Cup Group G game on Sunday.
Valencia brace fires Ecuador to victory over Honduras
Honduras scored their first World Cup goal for 32 years on Friday, but Enner Valencia replied twice to earn Ecuador a 2-1 Group E victory that gives them a fighting chance of making the knock-out phase.
World Cup PHOTOS: Five-star France crush sloppy Swiss
Images from the World Cup match between France and Switzerland, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica stun Italy to enter last 16; England ousted
Images from the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Italy, on Friday.
Free-flowing France too good for Switzerland
Free-flowing France blew away in-form Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E victory on Friday that virtually assures them qualification to the second round.
World Cup chit-chat: Chile will give the Dutch a real challenge, says Van Persie
Chile will pose a real challenge for the Netherlands in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday and the Dutch will have to work hard for the draw they need to finish top, striker Robin van Persie said on Friday.
FIFA World Cup: Heartbreak for Gerrard as England exit
England's failure at the first hurdle at the Brazil World Cup caused heartache to captain Steven Gerrard.
How Latin American teams are taking a grip on World Cup
Costa Rica's domination of a group with three former champions and Chile and Colombia's triumphant march through their first two matches highlights the strength of the Latin American challenge at the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Ecuador play out a tale of two Valencias
It was a tale of two Valencias as Ecuador beat Honduras 2-1 in the World Cup on Friday.
FIFA World Cup Player of the Day: Excellent Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France's opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador's Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.
June 20, 2014Ruiz takes Costa Rica past Italy and into last 16; England exit
Costa Rica made it to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over four-times winners Italy in their Group D clash on Friday. Captain Bryan Ruiz headed the team to victory with a 44th-minute goal.
World Cup chit-chat: Netherlands' Martins Indi hospitalised after consussion
Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi has suffered a mild concussion during their 3-2 victory over Australia in the World Cup and is hospitalised, the Dutch football association KNVB stated after the match.
In Colombia, forgetting Pablo Escobar
Colombia are on the verge of a berth in the knockout round. It is probably the end of an era for the Spanish La Roja and a new beginning for Colombia, says .
World Cup: How the British media reacted after England's second loss
Luis Suarez scored both goals as Uruguay beat England 2-1 to keep his team's World Cup hopes alive and leave England's hanging by a thread on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Greece could have beaten Japan but for red card
Greece could have emerged victorious from their 0-0 World Cup Group C draw with Japan on Thursday were it not for Kostas Katsouranis's first-half red card, coach Fernando Santos said.
How England was sucker-punched by British goal
England were sucker-punched by a typical British goal they should have known how to defend against, manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday following their 2-1 World Cup Group D loss to Uruguay.
Quote Hanger: 'Enjoying this moment, because of all the criticism'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
With Spain gone, are Germany favourites to win the World Cup?
Germany are the top contenders to win the 2014 World Cup with success now based on speed and dethroned champions Spain's "tiki-taka" tactics now a relic in modern day football, former Croatia striker Goran Vlaovic told Reuters in an interview.
World Cup sidelights: Brazil websites run interview with Scolari look-alike!
It's a World Cup reporter's dream. You board a plane and who's on the flight with you? Luiz Felipe Scolari, the coach of Brazil's national soccer team. Or at least that's what Mario Sergio Conti, one of Brazil's best-known syndicated columnists, thought on Wednesday on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo.
Poll: Who's the HOTTEST footballer at the World Cup? Vote Now!
There's no escaping the long hours of football on television. Beyond the action in Brazil there's a little more on offer for all the non-football fans. Rediff.com brings you the 10 hottest football stars of the World Cup.
Ten-man Greece hold Japan goalless
Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match, which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.
Suarez double lifts Uruguay to victory over England
Luis Suarez returned from injury to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the first half in their World Cup Group D match against England on Friday.
PHOTOS: Colombia close in on knockout stage after victory
Images from the football World Cup match between Colombia and Ivory Coast.
June 19, 2014Colombia beat Ivory Coast to take control of group
Colombia beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in yet another action-packed World Cup clash in Brasilia on Thursday to top Group C on six points and move within touching distance of making the knockout phase for the first time since 1990.
Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss rest of the World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup campaign has been put to a stop prematurely. According to reports, the Portuguese captain has been laid low with a knee injury and his further participation in the tournament is in doubt.
PHOTOS: How defending champions have fared at the World Cup
Following the unfortunate turn of events in Maraca, here is a list of how defending World Cup champions have fared in the years gone by...
The HOTTEST Cup Buzz is here! Shakira doesn't want to marry Pique
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives during the ongoing World Cup!
World Cup Preview: Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects
England expect to face an added danger with a Luis Suarez comeback for Uruguay in World Cup Group D on Thursday even if coach Oscar Tabarez has not confirmed his country's top scorer for the match in Sao Paulo.
Fan Zone: After World Cup exit, beer lifts Spanish fans
Grim-looking Spaniards clutching beers in Madrid bars grasped for explanations after Spain lost 2-0 to Chile, their second defeat in Group B which left them unable to reach the knockout phase.
'Consequences' for Spain after exit: Del Bosque
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'It hurts but today we were timid'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
Chaotic Chilean fans 'invade' media centre at Maracana
Some 200 Chilean soccer fans stormed the Maracana media centre around an hour before kick-off in the World Cup match against Spain on Wednesday, raising major concerns for FIFA and tournament organisers.
PHOTOS: No Song, just a whimper as Cameroon crash out
Cameroon went down fighting - off the ball and amongst themselves - as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation's long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia.
It's official, Spain's reign is over
And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane - it was over.
FIFA World Cup: Who is shining, who isn't
Within just a week the FIFA World Cup has reached its pinnacle, and fans are asking for some more action. This World Cup the numbers of goals have gone up and so is the mass hysteria around the tournament in Brazil.
Croatia trounce 10-man Cameroon, set up Mexico showdown
Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knock-out phase when they thrashed a toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Chile end Spain's reign, qualify for second round
Images from the World Cup match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janerio.
Chile send champions Spain packing, join Netherlands in last 16
Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to join the Netherlands in the second round of the World Cup and eliminate the defending champions on a memorable night at the Maracana on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Oranje scrape past Socceroos in five-goal thriller
The Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 in a sensational World Cup Group B match featuring stunning goals and non-stop action on Wednesday. The 2010 runners-up made it two wins out of two following their opening demolition of Spain.
June 18, 2014Gritty Australia give Netherlands a scare
Memphis Depay's goal in the 68th minute gave the Netherlands a 3-2 victory over Australia in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday. Depay scored with a long ranger to earn the Dutch full points and keep the top spot in the group with six points.
World Cup chit-chat: Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge
Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia's effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said.
Is it a fight to the death for Spain?
Defending champions Spain will face the 'suicidal' attacking style of Chile at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday aiming to get their World Cup bid back on track and avoid an embarrassingly early exit.
HOTTEST World Cup Buzz: Extra guards to protect the English WAGS!
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I didn't like the Mexican goalie'
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World Cup PHOTOS: Where did Brazil lose the plot?
Brazil failed to win for the first time in 11 games with their own lacklustre midfield as much to blame for the 0-0 draw with Mexico as the inspired goalkeeping performance of Guillermo Ochoa.
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World Cup sidelights: All the news from Brazil right here...
5 record-breaking moments that make this World Cup exciting
The World Cup's opening group games have produced several record-breaking moments in a scintillating start to the tournament. Here are five of them.
World Cup Fan Zone: Party is getting bigger and better in Brazil
Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.
Goalkeepers day out: Mexico's Ochoa hero, Russia's Akinfeev villain
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday.
Don't miss these hair-raising styles at the football World Cup
Check out some exciting hairstyles sported by the players at the ongoing football World Cup in Brazil.
PHOTOS Kerzkakhov saves the day for Russia vs Korea
Photos of the World Cup match being played between Russia and Korea Republic
Kerzhakov hands Russia draw after Akinfeev gaffe
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov came to the rescue, scoring three minutes after coming on as a substitute to secure a 1-1 World Cup draw with South Korea after his goalkeeper had gifted the Asians the lead in their Group H match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Ochoa steals the show as Mexico hold Brazil
Photos of the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico
World Cup chit chat: Rooney hits back at media, Coentrao ruled out
Wayne Rooney has criticised sections of the media who questioned his form and speculated that the England forward had been relegated to training with the reserves at their base in Brazil.
Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa stars in goalless draw with Brazil
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made two outstanding saves to deny Neymar as battling Mexico held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in their World Cup Group A match on Tuesday, ending the hosts' 10-game winning streak in the process.
PHOTOS: Belgium stage late fightback to down Algeria
Images from the World cup match between Belgium and Algeria.
June 17, 2014Spain's Casillas gets surprise backing from Mourinho
Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received backing from an unexpected quarter after his woeful World Cup Group B performance against the Netherlands on Friday - his former coach at Real Madrid Jose Mourinho.
Nervy Belgium made to sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria
Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.
Shocked Spaniards fear the worst in La Roja's clash with Chile
Stunned by their heroes' 5-1
After an ugly buildup, The Beautiful Game takes over in Brazil
In the buildup to the World
World Cup: South Korea gathering strength for big stage
n the space of a week, South Korea have taken a stinging 4-0 loss to Ghana in Miami and turned it into a case study on what not to do in their opening World Cup Group H match against Russia on Tuesday.
The HOTTEST World Cup Buzz is here! Shayk voted for best hair
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World Cup chit-chat: Suarez says he is 100 percent fit to face England
Portugal have denied midfielder Raul Meireles was making an insulting gesture toward the referee after teammate Pepe was sent off against Germany on Monday, saying he was simply passing on tactical instructions from coach Paulo Bento.
Lack of patience reason behind Nigerians' downfall
African champions Nigeria blamed impatience for their failure to break down outsiders Iran in a 0-0 draw on Monday that stood out like a sore thumb in an otherwise thrilling World Cup.
Quote Hanger: 'Portugal are a good team but we worked really hard to win'
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World Cup Player of the day: Heat can't stop Mueller and his 'tricks'
Come rain or the blazing sun, Thomas Mueller was going to shine for Germany!
Iran, Nigeria listless in first draw at Brazil World Cup
Iran and Nigeria laboured to the first stalemate of a scintillating World Cup on Monday with a dismal 0-0 draw that left both sides still chasing their first victory at a finals since 1998.
World Cup: Was the referee biased towards Germany?
Portugal coach Paulo Bento suggested the referee was favouring Germany after his side had a penalty awarded against them and a player sent off in their 4-0 World Cup defeat on Monday.
Sexy Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen to present World Cup trophy?
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been asked by FIFA to present the World Cup trophy in place of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has taken a sharp dip, according to the Boston Globe.
PHOTOS: World Cup wows fans after scintillating start
Fans have been served up a marvellous first few days of excitement, controversy and, most amazing of all, goals galore.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Brooks heads US home
Photos of the World Cup match between USA and Ghana
Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for USA
The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.
PHOTOS: Nigeria held by Iran in World Cup's first draw
Photos of the World Cuop Group F match between Iran and Nigeria
World's best Ronaldo not enough for ageing, sulky Portugal
Nothing went right for the 29-year-old World Player of the Year whose performance reached a low point when he contrived to drill a 30-metre free kick into a one-man Germany wall.
Red card brings Pepe's violent on-field conduct to the fore
The Portugal defender, who has a long history of losing his cool and lashing out at opponents, leant into Germany striker Thomas Mueller with his head, making contact and applying pressure in a needless altercation that could bring him a stiff punishment.
June 16, 2014PHOTOS: Mueller hat-trick as Germany hit Portugal for four
Germany eased past 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G match at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photos from the match.
Mueller 'tricks' as Germany trounce 10-man Portugal
Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in an action-packed World Cup Group G match in Salvador, on Monday.
Revenge by the Orange!
The Spain-Netherlands opener - re-match of the 2010 World Cup final - was a classic that will be sliced and diced for a long time to come, says .
Belgium's pool of thrilling young talent is the envy of Europe
With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke 'who can name a famous Belgian?', young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener.
World Cup: Growing number of own goals has Big B amused
In a World Cup packed with thrilling high-scoring matches, own goals are playing a prominent role as the drama unfolds in Brazil. Even Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is amazed at the number of own goals scored so far in the competition.
World Cup sidelights: Winning bet provides consolation for Spanish fan
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World Cup: Klinsmann believes Beckerman to be US's main man
United States defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman is like former Brazil captain Dunga, a scrappy player willing to do the dirty work needed to unleash more creative talents, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Sunday.
World Cup: Outsiders Iran prepare to take centre stage with defence
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is refusing to be seduced by the free-flowing soccer that is thrilling World Cup fans, saying his team will show the value of good defending when they face Nigeria.
PHOTOS: Argentine fans invade Rio de Janeiro in World Cup dream
Argentina fans have flooded
World Cup Talking Point: Goal-line technology is a win for football
Goalline technology passed its first World Cup test with flying colours at the FIFA football World Cup on Sunday.
Quote Hanger: 'Messi is best in the world, regardless of what happens'
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World Cup chit-chat: Ronaldo fit for Portugal's Germany test
World Player of the Year, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday's World Cup Group G match against Germany.
Drogba could be set for super-sub role
Didier Drogba proved a talismanic influence in helping the Ivory Coast to win their opening World Cup encounter, but the ageing striker could be confined to a role as an impact player, coming off the bench at the tournament supposed to be his swansong.
PHOTOS: Costa Ricans celebrate, mock 'poor Uruguay'
Costa Ricans celebrated their World Cup victory over Uruguay as the greatest in their nation's soccer history and warned other teams at the tournament to take them seriously from now on.
World Cup player of the day: Messi and Benzema share Sunday spotlight
Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years but Argentina had to battle hard for a 2-1 win over debutants Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday.
World Cup: Klose inching towards breaking Ronaldo's record but it may have to wait...
Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Fans flying Indian flag at FIFA World Cup
As football frenzy grips Brazil, Indian fans are making their presence felt albeit in small numbers in the ongoing soccer World Cup, wishing if only they could also witness such a sporting spectacle in their home country.
Photos: Messi strikes as Argentina scrape past Bosnia-Herzegovina
Photos from the World Cup match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Plucky Bosnia make Argentina toil for full points
The fastest-ever World Cup own goal and a typical piece of Lionel Messi brilliance gave Argentina a 2-1 win over tournament debutants Bosnia-Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Group F clash at the Maracana on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Goal-line technology, Benzema star in France's win
Photos of the Group E match between France and Honduras at Porto Alegre.
Benzema scores twice as France overrun 10-man Honduras
A Karim Benzema brace and an own goal by goalkeeper Noel Valladares awarded after confirmation by goalline technology gave France a 3-0 victory over 10-man Honduras in their World Cup Group E match on Sunday.
Goal-line technology makes World Cup bow in France-Honduras match
Goal-line technology was used for the first time in a World Cup match to decide if the ball had crossed the line during France's Group E clash with Honduras on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Swiss super-subs sink Ecuador
Photos from the World Cup Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador, at Brasilia.
June 15, 2014Switzerland stun Ecuador with stoppage-time goal
A stoppage-time goal by substitute Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 2-1 World Cup Group E win over Ecuador on Sunday.
Mexico unlikely to be overawed against favourites Brazil
World Cup favourites Brazil will be expected to defeat Mexico in the second round of Group A matches in Fortaleza on Tuesday but their Latin neighbours have no reason to feel overawed.
Drone used to spy on France's training at World Cup?
France have asked FIFA to investigate their suspicions that a drone was used to spy on the team's preparations for the World Cup opener against Honduras, coach Didier Deschamps said.
Uruguay hope Suarez will be fit for England match
Uruguay are hoping Luis Suarez will be fit enough to help them revive their World Cup hopes against England on Thursday after a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in Saturday's Group D opener.
PHOTOS: Ivory Coast comeback leaves Japan stunned
Images from the FIFA World Cup match between Ivory Coast and Japan.
Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way
Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.
Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England
Mario Balotelli headed the decisive goal as Italy emerged 2-1 winners over England in another high quality World Cup match in the Amazon jungle on Saturday, to gain a key early advantage in a Group D containing three former tournament winners.
PHOTOS: Balotelli takes Italy past England
Italy opened their campaign with an emphatic 2-1 win over England in their Group D match in the Amazon city of Manaus on Saturday.
Costa Rica fight back to stun Uruguay
Two goals in four dramatic second-half minutes set lowly Costa Rica on their way to a deserved 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Saturday in the biggest upset of the World Cup so far.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica shock Uruguay, Colombia ease past Greece
Images from the FIFA World Cup group fixtures between Costa Rica and Uruguay and Colombia and Greece.
'A dream start for the Oranje and a surreal victory'
Dutch media hailed their football team's World Cup mauling of Spain as "heroic" and "historic" today with headline writers going into overdrive in search of
June 14, 2014Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return
Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence with an attacking display that earned a 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday, and the early initiative in what looks to be a really tight Group C.
Dutch media trumpets FIFA World Cup sensational victory
Dutch delight screamed out from the pages of their newspapers on Saturday as the country basked in the afterglow of a thrilling win over holders Spain at the start of their World Cup campaign.
Erratic France aim not to trip over underdogs Honduras
Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday - although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset.
WC Preview: Switzerland's Lichtsteiner could have wings clipped by pacey Ecuador
Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose marauding runs down right flank for Switzerland have earned him the nickname Forrest Gump, may find his style cramped by Ecuador's pacey wingers in Sunday's World Cup match.
WC Preview: Argentina laugh off criticism, play for Messi
Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany.
World Cup: Chile coach wary about Spain despite big win over Aus
Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team's clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defence began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.
World Cup sidelights: Australia PM scores own goal!
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How Spanish media mourned World Cup's Friday the 13th
Spain mourned the national football team's stunning loss to Netherlands in their World Cup opener on Friday with words such as 'humiliation' and 'nightmare' splashed across the front pages of newspapers on Saturday.
World Cup: Will Japan win Brazilian hearts again?
Japan are hoping for strong support from Brazilian fans when they take on Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup Group C game in Recife's Pernambuco arena on Saturday.
World Cup quote hanger: 'I can't find words to explain five goals'
"I can't find words to explain five goals," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said after the holders crashed to a shocking 5-1 reverse to Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.
PHOTOS: Australia will have to perform miracles to progress
Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.
World Cup: A classic in store as youthful England take on formidable Italy
England's opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.
FIFA World Cup Fan Zone: Dutch gain; pain for Spain and much more...
The Netherlands gained sweet revenge for defeat in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final by beating Spain 5-1 in the opening fixture of Group B in Salvador late on Friday night. Their jubilant fans soon turned Brazil into a sea of orange.
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil's Fred denies diving claims to win penalty
Brazil striker Fred has denied accusations he cheated to win a crucial penalty in the 3-1 opening World Cup win over Croatia and said contact from a defender was enough to "knock me off the ball and stop me scoring."
World Cup: Greece out to clip Colombia's attacking wings
Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favourites on Saturday.
Chile prove too hot for Australia
Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.
How the Netherlands demolished Spain
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben fired the Netherlands to a 5-1 demolition of defending champions Spain in a pulsating World Cup Group B match on Friday. The match was in complete contrast to the World Cup final between the sides in 2010, which Spain won 1-0, as the Dutch earned sweet revenge with a vibrant display capped off by two goals each from Van Persie and Robben and one by defender Stefan de Vrij.
PHOTOS: When Total Football made a mockery of tiki taka
Images from the World Cup match between the Netherlands and defending champions Spain.
Netherlands humiliate World champions Spain
Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain's World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.
PHOTOS: Mexico ready to face Brazil after win over Cameroon
Shrugging off two contentious
'They won't stop us having our fun, especially when Brazil win!'
World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil on Friday after the long-awaited opener went ahead without major hitches, although the lingering threat of violent protests and a late scramble in some host cities kept organizers on edge.
June 13, 2014Football World Cup: Perlata gives Mexico full points vs Cameroon
Mexico got just rewards for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta's 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-saturated Dunas arena on Friday.
FIFA World Cup fever: SRK 'over the moon'; Bachchan Sr late for shoot
It seems that Brazil World Cup fever has taken over Bollywood as well, with Shah Rukh Khan taking to Twitter to express his excitement over the sports fiesta.
World Cup sidelights: Ronaldo nearly injured by crazy fan!
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WC Preview: Changed Australia see in foe Chile the team they want to be
Australia kick off their World Cup on Friday against Chile, tournament dark horses that new coach Ange Postecoglou actually wants to emulate in his reinvention of the Socceroo squad.
WC Preview: Mexico, Cameroon out to ride their luck in Group A
Mexico and Cameroon would be prime contenders for the title of most fortunate qualifiers for the World Cup but both will fancy their chances of progressing from Group A if they can win their opening encounter on Friday.
World Cup chit-chat: Vanishing spray debut and many more...
The vanishing spray used by referees to mark the 10 yards distance between a free kick and the defensive wall of players made its debut at World Cup level in Thursday's opening game between Brazil and Croatia.
World Cup quote hanger: 'That was outright thuggery by a referee'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
FIFA World Cup: Best fan of Day 1
Thousands of Brazilian fans flocked to Fan Fests in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to watch the hosts' opening match against Croatia.
JLo, Pitbull FIFA World Cup song - Hit or Flop? Tell Us!
The opening ceremony featured Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte who sang the official Fifa World Cup theme 'We Are One'.
Talking point: Blundering referee puts officiating under scanner
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura wrongly awarded a soft penalty to Brazil, which brought the hosts back into the match.
Fan Zone: Brazilians samba; Croatians 'vow to never eat Sushi!'
Brazil waited for the World Cup for years. They spent billions building stadiums and preparing for the big day. Finally, big party has begun.
Player of the day: Hero Neymar comes to Brazil's aid
A lot was expected from Brazil forward Neymar and boy, he matched expectations and how! The 22-year-old came up with a man-of-the-match performance to rescue the hosts after an early blunder.
Game Changer: Japanese ref riles Croatia with soft Brazil penalty
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura endeared himself to Brazil fans with a contentious penalty award in the World Cup opener on Thursday, as Neymar put away the spot kick to give his side a 2-1 lead against Croatia late in the Group A opener.
PHOTOS: Neymar brace brings the smiles back in Brazil
Images from the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia, at Sao Paulo.
Points Table: Football World Cup 2014
How the 32 teams are placed in the league stage of the 2014 Football World Cup.
Neymar double gives jittery Brazil winning start
Neymar wasted little time in living up to his billing as Brazil's World Cup spearhead when he scored twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in a terrific opening game of the tournament on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Colourful opening to world football carnival
Photos from the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup.
June 12, 2014It's yesterday once more for champs Spain as they face Dutch in opener
Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.
Blatter's new TV review proposal surprises FIFA members
FIFA president Sepp Blatter caught world soccer's ruling body by surprise on Wednesday when he proposed a new television review system that would go well beyond the goal-line technology already being used in some countries.
FIFA chief Blatter undeterred despite facing opposition
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite criticism the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.
Brazil hopes for smooth opener as football World Cup kicks off
After years of construction delays and budget overruns, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday under a cloud of discontent at home even as happy foreign fans pour in for the tournament.
Spain could do an encore at the World Cup. Here is why...
If statistics and a study is anything to by, then Spain look set to defend their World Cup crown.
Is 'Big Head' Brazil's answer to Germany's 'Paul' the Octopus?
The animal's predictions for the FIFA World Cup have begun. And guess what, the host nation Brazil gets Big Head turtle's vote of confidence.
Croatia not threatened by Brazil's main man Neymar
The thought of Neymar tearing your team into pieces might be enough to give some coach's nightmares, but Croatia's Niko Kovac isn't losing any sleep over the threat posed by the Brazilian phenom ahead of Thursday's World Cup opener.
PHOTOS: Football World Cup fan festival
The football extravaganza has not even begun but the crazy fans are already making heads turn.
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
June 11, 2014Football shorts: JLo back onboard for World Cup opening ceremony
Jennifer Lopez has assured fans that she will be joining Pitbull at the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil on Thursday, June 12, two days after soccer officials announced she had pulled out of the performance.
World Cup: Falcao-less Colombia look set for last 16
Even without prolific striker Radamel Falcao, Colombia start as favourites to qualify from World Cup Group C after finishing second in the South American qualifiers and taking decent results against Belgium and the Netherlands in friendlies.
PHOTOS: Simmering tension threatens to sully Brazil extravaganza
Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil's global soccer party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.
PHOTOS: Stars touch down in Brazil ahead of World Cup
Reigning FIFA World Cup champions Spain arrived in Brazil. Bookmakers rank traditional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain as the top teams to win the Cup.
Brazil's President defends World Cup spending, urges warm welcome
Less than 48 hours before the month-long soccer World Cup kicks off in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff defended the cost of hosting the tournament, vowed to punish corruption and urged her compatriots to give visiting fans a warm welcome.
World Cup warm-ups: Ronaldo shines in return for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in a 5-1 romp against Ireland on Tuesday.
Attack is soccer supremo's defence, Blatter hits back
When FIFA president Sepp Blatter swept into the chrome and marble lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Sao Paulo earlier this week, he did not look like a man fighting to salvage the reputation of soccer's ruling body that he has led for 16 years.
PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and while the participating nations are waiting with bated breath for kick-off, India cannot be kept away from all the football frenzy.
4 stars who fell from fame to shame after winning the World Cup
France's Zinedine Zidane, Argentina's Diego Maradona, Brazil's Ronaldo and Italy's Fabio Cannavaro etched their names in football folklore by winning the game's biggest prize for their country. However, their return to the same stage four years later is best forgotten.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 5 (2002 to 2014)
This is the fifth and final part of a brief history of the World Cup finals covering the tournaments from 2002 through to the preparations for 2014.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 4 (1986 to 1998)
The fourth of a five-part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 3 (1970 to 1982)
The third of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Have you got your Footbal World Cup stickers?
The World Cup is around the corner and millions of fans are putting down their iPads to collect and trade soccer stickers, a decades-old hobby that has defied the digital age.
June 10, 2014When Brazil's shanty-town put on show 'for the English'
Members of England's World Cup squad made a flying visit to Brazil's largest shanty-town on Monday, yet observers were left wondering if it achieved little more than 'para inglês ver'.
Suarez will be public enemy No 1 in heavyweight Group D
Luis Suarez's spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.
5 Hindi flicks to set the mood for the football World Cup
As World Cup fever grips soccer fans all over the country, Rediff.com presents five Hindi movies to set the tone for the mega event in Brazil, starting June 12. Take a look.
The Indian who runs US soccer
Columbia University Professor Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer Federation, speaks to about America's chances in the World Cup
Classic moments from the Football World Cup (1954 to 1966)
The second of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup (1930 to 1950)
The first of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
June 09, 2014Spain has no rigid 'Taliban' style of play: Del Bosque
World Champions Spain are not soccer's rigid 'Talibans' and can vary their trademark possession football if necessary, coach Vicente del Bosque has said.
Ten questions about the Brazil World Cup
As Brazil gears up to host the FIFA World Cup 2014 starting on June 12, let's take a closer look at the biggest football tournament.
Sexy WAGS set to sizzle in samba land
The world's most beautiful game is set to kick off in Brazil and the best players will begin the battle for the ultimate prize - the World Cup. But while the tournament will see the most talented stars on the planet go head to head, it will also be home of the glamorous wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of the players. Rediff.com presents a list of the sexiest WAGS heading to Brazil. Take a look!
June 08, 2014World Cup warm-ups: Super sub Messi finally sizzles for Argentina
Substitute Lionel Messi scored his 38th goal for Argentina as they breezed past Slovenia 2-0 in their final World Cup warmup on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Ronaldo back in training with Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo, suffering with tendinosis around his left knee and an injury to his right thigh, trained with his Portugal team mates on Saturday for the first time since joining the World Cup squad 10 days ago.
June 07, 2014FIFA World Cup: Which country do Indian football fans support?
The World Cup for India has a special cultural significance, one which transcends the usual emotions that accompany sports, writes
June 06, 2014World Cup chit-chat: France jolted as Ribery is ruled out
France's World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems on Friday.
64 years later, a new Brazil hosts the World Cup
Today's Brazil is a completely different country from the one that last hosted the World Cup in 1950 but some things have hardly changed even after 64 years.
PHOTOS: Take a look at the sweet and savoury World Cup
As the football fever grips the nation, a replica of the World Cup trophy has been carved entirely out of sweets in the western Indian city of Kolkata.
Can Lionel Messi win the missing crown?
After a spectacular haul of trophies with Barcelona, Lionel Messi has a chance to lead Argentina to glory on the World Cup stage and build on his reputation as one of the all-time greats.
Erratic France slowly rediscover their pedigree
Four years after making fools of themselves in South Africa, France have regained their credibility and can even realistically contemplate making a major impact at the World Cup finals.
Deschamps seeks to bring Midas touch back to France
Less than two years after taking charge, coach Didier Deschamps has turned the France team, described as a bunch of overpaid mutineers four years ago, into a competitive outfit with a credible shot at a World Cup last-four spot.
Going to the football World Cup? 10 places in Brazil you must visit
More than 2,500 Indians, including fans and journalists, are expected to travel to Brazil for perhaps the most anticipated sporting event on this year's calendar. Take a look at the top 10 places to visit during the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.
June 05, 20142014 Football World Cup schedule
The opening match of the 2014 football World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia, will be played on June 12 in Sao Paulo, but according to Indian Standard Time, it will be played on June 13 at 01.30 am. The matches will be telecast on Sony Six.
Can Brazil kill the ghost of 1950? A nation expects
With a passionate crowd behind them, a savvy coach and a settled team enjoying a sparkling run of form Brazil are hot favourites to lift a record sixth World Cup this July.
June 04, 201416 top footballers you will not see at the FIFA World Cup
The footballers heading to Carnival capital will hope to make fate walk their path. But there are some big names who couldn't make the big trip for some reason or the other.
June 03, 2014WC chit-chat: Brazilian prostitutes prepare with English lessons
Brazil's one million licensed prostitutes are reportedly preparing to cash in at the upcoming FIFA World Cup, where more than 3.7 million soccer fans are expected to pour in.
WAGS Corner: Abbey Clancy's legs voted best
English footballer Peter Crouch's sexy wife Abbey Clancy's endless pins have been voted as the 'best legs in showbiz' by British folks.
June 02, 2014World Cup chit chat: US beat Turkey, Germany held to a draw
The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.
May 31, 2014World Cup chit-chat: Injured Costa included in Spain's World Cup squad
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included Diego Costa in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals despite the Brazil-born forward's recent injury woes.
May 30, 2014The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Gisele and Neymar sizzle
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil's Ronaldo urges crackdown on vandals
Former Brazil soccer star Ronaldo said on Thursday authorities must crack down if violent protests break out during the World Cup and urged police to "bring down the clubs" on vandals.
WAGS corner: Alex Gerrard upset over hubby's World Cup ban
Hot wife of English footballer Steven Gerrard, Alex, is terribly upset that Coleen Rooney will be flying to Rio to support husband Wayne Rooney while she will stay put because of husband's ban.
German firm behind goal-line technology looks beyond World Cup
With two weeks to go to the finals of the soccer World Cup in Brazil, small German start-up company GoalControl has the technology ready make the calls cheered and challenged around the globe: goal or no goal.
May 29, 2014Latin women and soccer is real combination!
Long on the soccer sidelines, more and more South American women are striking back by lacing up their boots and embracing the region's most-cherished sport.
May 28, 20145 failed football managers of 2014
In the first of a two-part series we focused on coaches who made an impact in the just-concluded football season. The concluding part is all about those who belied expectations and failed to deliver.
May 27, 2014Tendulkar names his ISL football team 'Kerala Blasters'
The Indian cricket legend said though he grew up playing cricket, not many know that he enjoys other sports as well.
May 25, 2014Real fight back to beat Atletico and win 10th European crown
Real Madrid secured a 10th European Cup when they snatched a stoppage-time equaliser before extra-time goals by Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
May 20, 2014Toure could leave Man City over birthday snub, says agent
Midfielder Yaya Toure is upset with Manchester City after an apparent birthday snub and could leave the Premier League champions, his agent said on Tuesday.
Messi is soccer's best-paid player after new Barcelona contract
Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona on Monday that will reportedly make the four-times World Player of the Year soccer's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million).
May 19, 2014Factbox - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
A factbox on new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
May 18, 2014Arsenal hit back to win thrilling FA Cup final
Arsenal recovered from going two goals down in the opening eight minutes to beat Hull City 3-2 after extra time in the FA Cup final and win their first trophy for nine years at Wembley on Saturday.
Atletico win La Liga title after draw at Barca
A towering Diego Godin header secured Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and a first La Liga title for 18 years in a thrilling climax to the campaign on Saturday.
May 15, 2014World Cup chit chat: 'Messi needs World Cup win to join greats'
Lionel Messi would trade all his Barcelona success for a World Cup winners' medal with Argentina to sit alongside the game's greats, according to compatriot Ossie Ardiles.
WC PHOTOS: In shadows of stadium, neighbours left empty-handed
For Sao Paulo's most popular football team, the World Cup has provided a new home after 100 years playing in rented stadiums. Thousands of neighbours, however, say it has left them homeless.
May 13, 2014Football World Cup: How the 10 top teams stand a month before kick-off
With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.
May 09, 2014World Cup chit-chat: 'Soccer fans face the biggest challenge in Brazil'
Brazil's huge distances, shaky infrastructure, security problems and varying climate have turned the World Cup into a logistical nightmare for teams, officials and the media.
French football club hires woman to coach its men; meet her
Portuguese football manager Helena Costa made history as she is set to become the highest-profile female manager in European men's football after being named as the head coach of the French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot.
May 04, 2014Chelsea challenge all but over, Norwich need 'miracle'
Chelsea's slim hopes of winning the Premier League all but evaporated in the Stamford Bridge sunshine on Sunday as Norwich City ground out a 0-0 draw that left them hanging on to top- flight status by their fingernails.
May 01, 2014Inspired Atletico ease past Chelsea to set up Madrid final
Atletico Madrid produced an inspired display of counter-attacking football to beat Chelsea 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg in London on Wednesday and set up an all-Spanish final against city rivals Real.
April 30, 2014Real Madrid humiliate Bayern to storm into Champions League final
Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich's ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years.
April 29, 2014PHOTOS: Football world 'goes bananas' in solidarity with Dani Alves!
Barcelona defender Dani Alves, who was victim of racism during a La Liga match against Villareal on Sunday, found support from his football colleagues from all over world as they showed their solidarity on social networking websites on Tuesday.
April 27, 2014Liverpool stunned by Chelsea, City win to blow title race wide open
Liverpool's hopes of winning their first title in 24 years suffered a huge setback when they lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea and Manchester City took advantage with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
April 26, 2014United start life under Giggs by thrashing Norwich
Manchester United ushered in a new era under interim manager Ryan Giggs with a 4-0 Premier League win over Norwich City on Saturday full of the verve and attacking intent often absent under the sacked David Moyes.
April 24, 2014Sports Shorts: F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial
Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery allegations on Thursday when he went on trial in Germany in a case that threatens to break the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport.
April 21, 2014Sports shorts: Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field
Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year's bombing attack.
Football round-up: Liverpool, Atletico maintain title bids
Juventus moved closer to a third straight Serie A crown with a 1-0 victory over Bologna, Paris St Germain won the French League Cup by defeating Olympique Lyon 2-1 and Benfica clinched a first Portuguese title since 2010.
April 20, 2014Liverpool go five clear, Arsenal and Everton win
Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City on Sunday, opening up a five point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.
EPL: Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat
Chelsea's title ambitions suffered a major blow with a shock 2-1 home defeat by bottom side Sunderland on Saturday, handing the initiative to English Premier League leaders Liverpool who visit lowly Norwich City on Sunday.
April 16, 2014Football Focus: Chelsea to buy Atletico Madrid's Costa for 80m pounds?
Chelsea has reportedly agreed to acquire Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa for a transfer fee of 80million pounds.
April 14, 2014Indian Super League: Boon or bane for Indian football? Have your say!
We already have a national league - the I-League, which no one really is interested in unless one's an ardent, ardent Indian football supporter. Why then another league? So, we ask you, dear readers, will the Indian Soccer League help Indian football?
FA Cup: Hull City find cutting edge to tame plucky Blades
Premier League Hull City were given a fright as they had to come from behind twice to beat obstinate third tier side Sheffield United 5-3 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday to reach the final for the first time.
April 13, 2014'ISL will change Indian football for good'
The 'Sleeping Giant' of world football has finally woken up with the advent of Indian Super League and organisers, stakeholders associated with the much-anticipated event expressed confidence that this will change Indian football for good.
ISL: Tendulkar, Ganguly, Salman win bids, kick-start football innings
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were among the host of high-profile winning bidders as the organisers of the much-anticipated Indian Super League unveiled the eight franchises for the event in Mumbai on Sunday.
April 12, 201496 seats left empty as Wembley remembers Hillsborough tragedy
Ninety-six seats were left empty and draped with Liverpool scarves at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as English soccer paused to remember the Hillsborough tragedy that took place 25 years ago this weekend.
Seventh successive win lifts Everton into top four
Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday and the battle at the other end of the table intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of relegation.
April 10, 2014Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season after Champions League exit
Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.
Sports Shorts: Srikanth, Sindhu in Singapore Open QF
Thailand Open champion Kidambi Srikanth came up with a solid display to shock world number 10 Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in a men's singles match to enter the quarter-finals of the US $300,000 Singapore Super Series.
Bayern survive Evra stunner to knock out Man Utd
Holders Bayern Munich recovered from the shock of a stunning Patrice Evra goal to score three times in quick succession to beat Manchester United 3-1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
April 07, 2014Footballers of the weekend: Gerrard, Garcia sizzle in Europe
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at West Ham United to complete a Merseyside win-double over London clubs on Sunday.
April 06, 2014Chelsea go top with Stoke win, City thump Saints
Chelsea surged to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 home win over Stoke City thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Leicester secure promotion to Premier League
Leicester City have returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 despite not kicking a ball on Saturday after Queens Park Rangers and Derby County both lost.
April 05, 2014Atletico stay on course for surprise La Liga title
Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia's header secured a 1-0 win for the leaders at home to seventh-placed Villarreal on Saturday.
April 04, 2014'The 2017 under-17 World Cup will give future superstars to Indian football'
Wim Koevermans, coach of India's senior football team, tells Rediff.com's that youngsters need to be given the experience of playing at the international level for the game to grow in the country.
March 29, 2014Hoffenheim snap Bayern streak, Dortmund win
Hoffenheim ended champions Bayern Munich's 19-game winning streak in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-3 draw after first taking the lead and then fighting back from two goals down.
Messi penalty lifts Barca back to La Liga summit
Barcelona kept up the pressure on La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid when Lionel Messi struck from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win at Espanyol in Saturday's Catalan derby.
Rooney double helps United lift Old Trafford gloom
Wayne Rooney scored two first half goals to help send Manchester United to a 4-1 win over a spirited Aston Villa on Saturday, temporarily lifting the gloom surrounding David Moyes' dismal first term in charge.
March 25, 2014Sports Shorts: Anand leads Candidates; Beckham proposal for Miami stadium
A group led by English soccer star David Beckham unveiled plans on Monday to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium on Miami's waterfront for the Major League Soccer team he will own, but the proposal is already facing some opposition.
World Cup hosts in Brazil still using sex to sell football
Sex and soccer have long been comfortable bedfellows in Brazil.
March 22, 2014PHOTOS: Chelsea rout Arsenal as referee sends off wrong player
Chelsea hit Arsenal for six, Liverpool and City win big
Chelsea ripped apart Premier League title rivals Arsenal in a 6-0 mauling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to ensure Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game turned sour and Liverpool and Manchester City kept up the pressure with big wins.
March 21, 2014Manchester Utd face Bayern challenge in Champions League quarters
In an all-Spanish clash, former winners Barcelona were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League draw, while Real Madrid will take on Borussia Dortmund.
March 18, 2014Hosts Australia top seeds for 2015 Asian Cup football tourney
Hosts Australia have been named top seeds for the 2015 Asian Cup ahead of next week's draw and will avoid being drawn in the same group as defending champions Japan.
PHOTOS: Watch out for these England football team's WAGS in Samba land!
The English soccer players will grab the headlines for their on-field showing during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and their WAGS will also be enjoying a spot in the limelight.
March 17, 2014Mourinho opposed to Foy officiating Chelsea again
Jose Mourinho says referee Chris Foy should not be allowed to take charge of any more Chelsea matches after he dismissed Willian and Ramires in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa and also sent the Portuguese manager to the stands.
March 15, 2014PHOTOS: Chelsea suffer shock loss at Villa, Man City crush Hull
Chelsea's title hopes suffered a blow when the Premier League leaders finished with nine men in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday after Manchester City won 2-0 at Hull City to cut the gap at the top to six points.
March 12, 2014Assistant referee dies after being beaten up in Ghana
An assistant referee has died after being beaten up by spectators during a second division match in Ghana, the Ghana Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
March 11, 2014Newcastle's Pardew banned for seven games for head-butt
The 52-year-old, who had already admitted a misconduct charge prior to Tuesday's personal FA hearing, will be banned from stadiums for the first three matches and he will be barred from the touchline for the remaining four.
March 10, 2014Neymar can handle World Cup pressure, says Pele
The 22-year-old forward has produced some inspirational performances for Brazil, scoring 30 goals in 47 matches - including a hat-trick in last week's 5-0 friendly win over South Africa.
Ronaldo crowned world's richest soccer player
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the world's best soccer player when he bagged the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy. Now he is the wealthiest too!
Footballers of the weekend: Africans decorate Europe with their goals
European football is incomplete without African flavours and players like Chelsea's Senegalese striker Demba Ba and Juventus's Ghanaian Asamoah Kwadwo lifted the game with their superb skill in their respective football matches over the weekend. Rediff.com presents a round-up of the interesting matches and the footballers of the weekend.
Wigan repeat FA Cup final upset to knock out Man City
Manchester City's hopes of an unprecedented quadruple were in tatters on Sunday after holders Wigan Athletic repeated their FA Cup heroics with a stunning 2-1 victory in their quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium.
March 09, 2014Mizoram thrash Railways 3-0 to win Santosh Trophy
Mizoram blanked Railways 3-0 in a one-sided final of the 68th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy in Siliguri.
Clough guides Sheffield United to FA Cup semis
English third-tier club Sheffield United kept alive their FA Cup dream on Sunday when two goals in as many minutes gave them a 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic and a place in the semi-finals.
Stunning Asamoah strike maintains Juve's perfect home record
A stunning first-half strike by Kwadwo Asamoah gave Serie A leaders Juventus a 1-0 win over Fiorentina as they maintained their 100 percent home record in the league in Sunday.
La Liga: Barca title hopes hit by shock defeat in Valladolid
Barcelona's bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years suffered a surprise setback when the champions crashed to a 1-0 defeat at lowly Real Valladolid on Saturday.
March 06, 2014Arsenal's Wilshere out for six weeks with fractured foot
The injury comes at a bad time for Arsenal, who are third in the English Premier League and four points behind leaders Chelsea with 10 games remaining.
March 05, 2014Manchester United captain Vidic to join Inter Milan
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will join Inter Milan for next season, the Serie A side announced on Wednesday.
From football to TV: Beckham to turn presenter for show on BBC
David Beckham has reportedly signed a deal with BBC One to launch his TV presenting career.
March 04, 2014Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will leave the club at the end of the season following a persistent battle with a knee injury.
March 02, 2014Newcastle's Pardew faces sanctions for headbutting player
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew faces a hefty fine and a touchline ban after being sent off for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler during his side's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
March 01, 2014Schuerrle treble lifts Chelsea, Newcastle's Pardew sees red
Chelsea beat Fulham 3-1 to open a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United's 4-1 win was marred by manager Alan Pardew's dismissal for head-butting Hull City's David Meyler.
'Serie A club would have fired Moyes by now'
Manchester United manager David Moyes would have been sacked already if he was in charge of a Serie A club, according to former Chelsea coach Gianluca Vialli.
February 28, 2014City manager Pellegrini hit with European ban
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been banned for three European matches for his comments about the referee after his side's Champions League defeat by Barcelona, UEFA said on Friday.
Nasri, Abidal out of France squad, Griezmann called up
Centre-back Eric Abidal and midfielder Samir Nasri were missing when France coach Didier Deschamps named a 24-man squad on Thursday for next week's friendly against the Netherlands.
February 27, 2014Anelka handed five-match ban for "Quenelle" salute: FA
West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for making an alleged anti-Semitic gesture in a match in December, the Football Association said on Thursday.
Liverpool greats to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough
Former Liverpool players will return to Anfield for a special one-off charity match to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in April, the club has announced.
Injury rules Jagielka out for England and Everton
Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of England's friendly against Denmark next week with a hamstring injury, his club manager Roberto Martinez said on Thursday.
Mourinho gets a taste of Turkish football; happy to tame passionate Galatasaray
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was content with a 1-1 draw at an emotional Galatasaray stadium in his team's Champions League last-16 first-leg match on Wednesday.
February 26, 2014Football's slumdog superstar!
He started out in 2006 with a solitary football, hoping to change the lives of 18 young boys. Today, Ashok Rathod is helping over 350 youngsters.
February 24, 2014Barcelona pay 13.5 mn Euros in Neymar tax fraud case
Barcelona have paid 13.5 million euros to the Spanish authorities after they were charged last week with tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar, the club said on Monday.
Van Gaal remains open to Spurs approach
Louis van Gaal has said he would consider joining Tottenham Hotspur once his contract with the Dutch national team finishes after this year's World Cup in Brazil.
Footballers of the weekend: Sturridge, Bale take honours
Daniel Sturridge led Liverpool to a great win over Swansea while Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to go top of the La Liga table, after shock defeats of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with a 3-0 win over Elche at the weekend. Chelsea clung to top place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Everton, while Bayern Munich opened a 19-point lead in the Bundesliga with their 14th successive league win while closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund lost. Rediff.com brings you a glance of the footballers of the weekend.
February 22, 2014Real upbeat Ronaldo ban will be lifted for Elche game
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident Cristiano Ronaldo's three-match ban will be reduced to two so he can play in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Elche.
Kagawa may leave United at end of season
Manchester United ace Shinji Kagawa may reportedly leave the Old Trafford side after the season ends following the arrival of Juan Mata in January.
Zanetti denies Chelsea move rumours
Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has denied he plans to join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, despite newspaper reports he could move into coaching at the London club.
United will benefit from warm weather break, says Moyes
Manchester United hope to feel the immediate benefit of a warm weather break in the Middle East before two important games in the next four days, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
February 21, 2014UEFA charges apologetic City boss Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been charged with misconduct for his comments about the referee after his side's 2-0 Champions League home defeat by Barcelona, UEFA said on Friday.
Ozil still affected by penalty miss, says Wenger
Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has not got over his penalty miss in the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, manager Arsene Wenger said before backing his side to bounce back strongly against Sunderland on Saturday.
UEFA to investigate Pellegrini comments
UEFA has launched an investigation into Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's controversial comments after their Champions League defeat by Barcelona, the governing body said on Thursday.
February 20, 2014Barcelona charged with tax fraud over Neymar deal
Barcelona have been charged by a Spanish court with committing tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar last year, a court spokesman said on Thursday.
Vidic deal '90 percent done', says Inter's Thohir
Inter Milan are on the verge of signing Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, with president Erick Thohir saying on Thursday that the deal was almost finalised.
Give Moyes time, says former Man United assistant
Manchester United have no chance of winning the title season but manager David Moyes must be given more time to settle into the job, the club's former assistant coach Carlos Queiroz said on Thursday.
February 16, 2014Serie A: Bizarre own goal fails to halt Juventus
A bizarre own goal briefly gave Serie A leaders Juventus the jitters, triggering memories of last week's dramatic collapse at Verona, before they recovered to beat lowly Chievo 3-1 on Sunday.
FA CUP: Arsenal to face Everton after beating Liverpool
Arsenal sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup, avenging last weekend's rout at Anfield, when they beat Brendan Rodgers's high-flyers 2-1 in a full-bloodied fifth round tie at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
February 15, 2014Only Zidane better than Gerrard, says Owen
Steven Gerrard is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status, says former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen.
February 13, 2014PHOTOS: 10 Hottest soccer stars and their WAGS
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his swimsuit model girlfriend Irina Shayk were voted the most attractive pairing in the soccer world, with David Beckham and wife Victoria coming in second place. Take a look at the ten hottest couples in soccer.
Man City vs Sunderland off due to strong winds
Third-placed Manchester City's home Premier League game with third from bottom Sunderland on Wednesday has been called off because of strong winds at the Etihad Stadium.
February 10, 2014PHOTOS: European soccer's top performers of the weekend
Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea while Lionel Messi sizzled for Barcelona. Rediff.com takes a look at the other top soccer players of the weekend in Europe.
EPL: United thwarted by last-gasp Bent goal for Fulham
An injury-time goal from Fulham's Darren Bent inflicted more pain on struggling Manchester United as the bottom club rescued a 2-2 Premier League draw on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur beat top-four rivals Everton 1-0.
February 08, 2014'We are trying to make India a football country'
'We can see kids wearing a Barcelona or Spain jersey. I want to see them wearing a Pune Football Club or Dempo jersey.' The All India Football Federation's Technical Director Scott O'Donnell tells Rediff.com's Laxmi Negi about his plans for Indian soccer.
February 07, 2014Carroll case to be decided by FA arbitration panel
West Ham United will know later on Friday whether Andy Carroll will have to complete a three-match suspension after the English FA agreed to an arbitration hearing following a failed appeal against his red card in a Premier League match last week.
Captain Vidic to leave Manchester United at end of season
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season, flagging a move abroad and signalling a possible break-up of Alex Ferguson's last great team at Old Trafford.
February 06, 2014FIFA boss Blatter wants IOC age limit scrapped
World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties.
The 'Best buys' in January's football transfer window
Bikash Mohapatra takes a look at the five best winter transfers in 2014.
February 05, 2014Beckham plans to make Miami team a global soccer franchise
Former England football captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he is exercising his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Laudrup latest to fall victim to League Cup jinx
Michael Laudrup became the latest manager to fall victim to a jinx that has now claimed five of the last six men who led their clubs to victory in the League Cup final when the Dane parted company with Swansea City on Tuesday.
Happy Birthday, Ronaldo! A nice human and footballer par excellence
That tiny blip aside, CR7, as he is fondly known by fans has had a spectacular season. As the handsome Portuguese rings in his 29th birthday, Rediff.com brings you all the exciting moments from the footballer's life over the last year.
February 03, 2014West Ham hope Carroll avoids ban to lift survival hopes
West Ham United are hoping Andy Carroll's productive double-act with Kevin Nolan will not be derailed by a three-match ban as the Premier League strugglers look to ease their way out of relegation trouble.
McDermott unsure about future as Leeds manager
Brian McDermott remains Leeds United manager but admits his future remains unclear after three days of upheaval at the Championship club.
Norwich, Newcastle charged over clash
Norwich City and Newcastle United have been charged by the Football Association following a scuffle between Bradley Johnson and Loic Remy during a Premier League match last week.
Soccer: Costa, Chamberlain are top footballers of the weekend
Diego Costa's season is getting better and better. The Atletico striker found the net again and took the Madrid team atop the La Liga table.
February 02, 2014Serie A: Denis double sinks blundering Napoli
Atalanta forward German Denis took advantage of shocking defending by Napoli to score twice in a 3-0 win over Rafael Benitez's exasperatingly inconsistent team on Sunday.
Man United targets Mangala to replace Ferdinand
Manchester United has reportedly identified French defender Eliaquim Mangala as the ideal replacement for Rio Ferdinand, who will be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season.
La Liga: Barcelona suffer shock home loss to Valencia
Barcelona suffered a first home defeat of the season when they lost 3-2 against Valencia after finishing with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday, leaving the door open for Madrid rivals Atletico and Real to move above them.
February 01, 2014Carroll controversially sent off as West Ham thump Swansea
Andy Carroll was controversially sent off after appearing to strike Chico Flores during West Ham's 2-0 win against a lacklustre Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
EPL: Adam double helps Stoke heap more pain on United
Charlie Adam scored twice as Stoke City beat Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday to show the flailing Premier League champions it will take more than one big-money signing to improve their fortunes.
Manchester United winger Nani out for another month
Manchester United winger Nani will be out for another month but midfielder Michael Carrick is set to return for Saturday's Premier League clash at Stoke City, manager David Moyes said.
January 30, 2014Not much separates India, Aus young footballers: Grassroots coach
'India can benefit from the sheer number of kids who play, and with more development the game in India will grow,' says Anthony Frost, a Melbourne-based grassroots football instructor.
West Ham played '19th century football', says annoyed Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he should have brought his Black & Decker drill to break down West Ham United's defensive wall following a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday.
January 29, 2014PHOTOS: Wanted... these Brazilian football stars
Foreign clubs are still showing an insatiable appetite for Brazilian players while Argentines appear to be going out of fashion, according to a FIFA report on the global transfer market published on Wednesday.
Lusofonia Games: Goa (India) down Mozambique to clinch football gold
Goa (India) clinched gold in the 3rd Lusofonia Games after edging Mozambique 3-2 in a thrilling final at Nehru stadium in Margao, on Tuesday.
January 27, 2014Arsenal say manager Wenger to stay at club
Arsene Wenger will have more money to spend on players this summer after the club signed a new kit supply deal with German company Puma that begins on July 1.
Mata hopes United move will secure Spain World Cup spot
Mourinho sorry he could not make Mata a better player
The former Valencia player expressed surprise that Chelsea were willing to let him depart, but having been an unused substitute in their last two league matches, he relished the chance to play for another "massive club".
January 26, 2014FA Cup: Chelsea give Mourinho perfect birthday gift
Jose Mourinho got the perfect birthday present when his Chelsea side beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Brazilian midfielder Oscar scoring the goal from a stunning free kick.
January 25, 2014Ronaldo helps lift Real to the top of La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season to set Real Madrid on their way to a laboured 2-0 win at home to Granada on Saturday that lifted them above Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the top of the standings.
Capello to coach Russia until end of 2018 World Cup
Fabio Capello has signed a new four-year contract to extend his stay as Russia coach until after the end the 2018 World Cup, the Russian Football Union said on Friday.
January 24, 2014Blatter, Rousseff brush off World Cup problems
Their meeting at FIFA headquarters came two days after officials in Curitiba, one of the 12 World Cup venues, were given until February 18 to prove they can get their stadium ready or risk exclusion from the tournament.
United's Carrick out for up to a month: Reports
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is likely to be out for up to a month with an ankle injury in a further blow to the troubled Premier League champions, British media reported on Friday.
Pitbull's 'We Are One (Ole Ola)' is official World Cup song
Pitbull's "We Are One (Ole Ola)", featuring pop singers Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, will be the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
January 23, 2014Drunken fan makes emergency call to try to reach Fergie
A drunken Manchester United fan called the police emergency line in a futile attempt to talk to former manager Alex Ferguson about the club's League Cup semi-final loss to Sunderland on Wednesday.
Barcelona president Rosell to resign: Spanish Media
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is to resign in the aftermath of a Spanish court's decision to investigate the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar last year, Spanish media reported on Thursday.
January 21, 2014Indian football: Offers were made to fix I-League matches?
A Malaysian betting syndicate approached Indian clubs to fix I-League matches last season, a top official said on Tuesday, prompting the country's football federation to take the first step towards setting up an anti-corruption unit.
January 20, 2014Ribery, Benzema trial over underage prostitution begins
Champagne wants to bring sparkle back to FIFA
As results prove every week, nothing can be taken for granted in soccer and despite long odds, FIFA could next year have its first French president since Jules Rimet with Jerome Champagne planning to succeed Sepp Blatter.
EPL: Eto'o hat-trick all but ends United title hopes
Samuel Eto'o's hat-trick lifted Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday which all but ended the champions' slim hopes of defending their Premier League title.
January 19, 2014Arsenal and Man City forge ahead, Liverpool stumble
Arsenal beat Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates and Manchester City beat Cardiff City 4-2 at the Etihad before Liverpool could only manage a 2-2 draw at Anfield having trailed 2-0.
La Liga: 'BBC' trio lead Real Madrid to 5-0 romp at Betis
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win on Saturday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.
January 18, 2014West Brom sponsors ask for Anelka to be axed: Reports
Shirt sponsor Zoopla has warned West Bromwich Albion it will cancel a £3 million deal with the club if Nicolas Anelka plays against Everton in the Premier League on Monday, British media reported.
Anderson completes Fiorentina loan move
Brazilian winger Anderson wants to help Fiorentina qualify for next season's Champions League after he completed his loan move from Manchester United.
Cazorla double sets up Arsenal for win over Fulham
Arsenal stayed top of the Premier League after two goals in five minutes from Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla set them on their way to a 2-0 win over Fulham who remain mired deep in the relegation battle.
Belgian winger De Bruyne leaves Chelsea for Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg have completed the signing of talented winger Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea with the Belgian agreeing to a five-year contract, the Bundesliga club said on Saturday.
January 17, 2014Manchester United's Anderson has medical at Fiorentina
Manchester United midfielder Anderson is undergoing a medical at Italy's Fiorentina ahead of a potential transfer, the Serie A club said on Friday.
January 16, 2014FIFA president Blatter to decide before June whether to run again
Sepp Blatter, who will be 78 in March, hinted that UEFA president Michel Platini could succeed him even though the once-close relationship between the two has become strained in recent years.
January 15, 2014Chelsea re-sign Matic from Benfica
Chelsea have re-signed midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica, three years after selling him to the Portuguese side, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Barcelona under investigation over Neymar deal
Barcelona's payment of 40 million euros to a company owned by Neymar's father as part of the Brazil forward's 57.1 million euros transfer fee is being investigated by Spanish state prosecutors for misappropriation of funds.
January 14, 2014Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.
January 11, 2014Afghan footballer Amiri joins Dempo from Mumbai FC
Top Afghanistan footballer Zohib Islam Amiri has joined Dempo Sports Club till the end of the 2013-14 season.
January 10, 2014Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of Year for third time
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure landed his third successive African Footballer of the Year award on Thursday to cap a memorable week.
January 06, 2014Soccer: Barca, Arsenal and Monaco buoyed by Sanchez, Bony, Carrasco
Here is a quick round-up of the players who starred for their teams on the action-packed soccer weekend around Europe.
Israeli footballer from Dutch club refused entry to UAE
An Israeli international with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem has been refused permission to attend a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, the club said on Monday.
How Eusebio's greatness left an indelible print on the world of football
Portuguese forward Eusebio died of a heart attack in Lisbon at the age of 71 on Sunday leaving behind a legacy that marks the Benfica legend out as one of the greatest players in soccer history.
January 05, 2014Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio dies aged 71
Portuguese great Eusebio, acknowledged as one of soccer's greatest ever strikers, has died aged 71, Portuguese media reported on Sunday.
January 03, 2014It's time to eradicate diving on the football field: Martinez
Diving or "simulation" is becoming a growing problem and everyone involved in football has a responsibility to make it stop, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.
At 33, India's No 1 women's footballer yearns for recognition
Time froze for Oinam Bembem Devi when she received a phone call from the AIFF media manager breaking the news of her being named the All India Football Federation's 'Women's Player of the Year'.
January 02, 2014Arsenal post 'Get Well Soon Schumi' picture
Arsenal players reportedly posted a picture on social media site Twitter, holding a shirt with a get well soon message for Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who is fighting for his life following a ski accident.
EPL: Arsenal grab late victory, City and Chelsea win
Late goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott spared Arsenal's blushes and kept them top of the Premier League in a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City as title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea also won on Wednesday.
Cardiff appoint Norwegian Solskjaer as new manager
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named the new manager of English Premier League strugglers Cardiff City on Thursday.
December 31, 2013Two arrested for racial slur against ex-footballer Andy Cole
Two men have reportedly been arrested on charges of racially abusing former Manchester United and England footballer Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin, Ireland to Manchester, England.
December 27, 2013Highlights of 2013 Indian football: Bagging rights of hosting U-17 WC
Securing the hosting rights of the prestigious 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup was the lone silver lining in an otherwise disappointing and forgettable year gone by for Indian football.
December 26, 2013Arsenal back to top as City sink Liverpool
Theo Walcott's double fired Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League as the Gunners got their title challenge back on track with a 3-1 victory at West Ham United on Thursday.
'Comparing men's and women's football is not even funny'
Players in the men's soccer team deserve to get more recognition than their female counterparts in Sweden and people should stop whipping up a gender storm about it, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said.
December 24, 2013Suarez is the best player in the world, says Gerrard
In 12 appearances this season the red-hot Uruguay striker has scored 19 goals to fire Liverpool to the top of the Premier League. That is six more than his nearest rival, Argentina and Manchester City forward Sergio Augero.
December 22, 2013Hosting U-17 football World Cup will inspire kids: Ganguly
A self-confessed football fan, Sourav Ganguly hoped Indian football would get a huge boost by hosting the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
India can qualify for 2022 football World Cup: Tendulkar
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar found himself in a slightly different territory as he pitched for football, saying that with the 2017 Under-17 World Cup coming to the country, qualifying for the 2022 senior main event is a realistic target.
December 18, 2013Legends Football League: Athlete rejected for not being 'lean'
A young woman has said that she was devastated after being rejected from the Lingerie Football League (LFL) and told she wasn't 'lean' enough.
Beckham's search for Miami soccer stadium approved
Retired soccer star David Beckham and Major League Soccer (MLS) took a step toward fielding a new Miami team as local officials on Tuesday unanimously approved on-going efforts to find a suitable stadium location.
December 17, 2013World Cup winner Gattuso investigated in Italian match-fixing probe
Former Italy international and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is under investigation on suspicion of being part of a match-fixing operation affecting dozens of Serie A games, justice system officials said.
December 16, 2013Champions League last 16: It's Man City vs Barcelona, Arsenal vs Bayern
In the other pairings, English champions Manchester United will take on Greek club Olympiakos, while AC Milan take on Atletico Madrid.
Suarez, Ibra Costa. Check out Europe's top footballers of the weekend
The weekend was a goal-feast with footballers from all over Europe keeping their names on the scoresheet. Rediff.com brings you the top goal-scorers of the weekend.
December 13, 2013Controversial Suarez Twitter's top trending football star of 2013
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named the top trending football topic of 2013.
December 12, 2013CL: Ajax coach furious with Milan's 'anti-football'
AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.
December 11, 2013Spot-fixing not widespread in England: Football Association
English football's governing body has insisted match-fixing was not widespread. The comments from the Football Association came as chiefs from major sports held talks with the government on tackling the problem together.
December 10, 2013Ribery is French Player Of The Year
Franck Ribery, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA-Ballon d'Or award, was named French Player of the Year on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
December 09, 2013India to bid for 2015 and 2016 Club World Cup football: AIFF
Buoyed after the country was awarded the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup'S hosting rights, the All India Football Federation is set to bid for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Club World Championships.
December 08, 2013British police to probe new claims of football match-fixing
The British police have opened a second investigation into allegations of match-fixing after claims emerged that a player rigged a Championship game for cash.
December 07, 2013FIFA World Cup: Socceroos fearless, Japan and Korea quietly confident
Clubbed in a veritable group of death for next year's World Cup, Australia believe they can spring a surprise while fellow Asian qualifiers Japan, South Korea and Iran were more cautious with their optimism despite being dealt kinder draws.
December 06, 2013Soccer body FIFA orders flags at half mast for Mandela
World soccer body FIFA ordered flags to be flown at half mast and a minute's silence to be held before the next round of international matches after the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
December 05, 2013'As a football club Manchester City still has a lot to achieve'
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Alex Williams, who is in India to help young footballers improve their technical skills, gets nostalgic about his former club talking to .
December 03, 2013Celebrating fans cause minor earthquake in US football game
Seattle football fans erupted in cheers so raucous early in the Monday night match-up against the New Orleans Saints that their jumping up and down registered as a minor earthquake, local media reported.
December 01, 2013'Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football'
Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football, said the Ethiopian country coordinator Aberu Zewede as the athletes from the African nation ran away with all the top places at the 28th Pune International Marathon on Sunday.
November 29, 2013I don't need Ballon d'Or to know I'm the best: Ibrahimovic
The Swedish striker has been in superb form this year for Paris St Germain, scoring eight goals in this season's Champions League - as many as Real Madrid's Ronaldo - to help the French side ease into the last 16.
Two charged for alleged match-fixing in English lower league soccer
Two men alleged to be members of an illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore were charged with conspiracy to defraud on Thursday as part of a match-fixing investigation into English lower league soccer.
November 28, 2013Three footballers among six arrested over fixing allegations
Six people, including three footballers, have reportedly been arrested in England on suspicion of fixing football games in the country, sending shockwaves through the entire British football fraternity.
Arsenal great Rice in hospital with cancer - reports
Former Arsenal fullback and assistant manager Pat Rice, who served the English Premier League club for 44 years, has been admitted to hospital with cancer, British media reported.
Youthful Giggs shines on in Europe at almost 40
Manchester United's veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was outstanding in a commanding midfield role as United outclassed the Germans to book their place in the knockout phase of the Champions league.
PHOTOS: Manchester clubs dominate, Real and Bayern cruise
Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris St Germain reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday on a night when the goals flowed all over Europe.
November 26, 2013Ronaldo out of Champions League clash against Galatasaray
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group B match at home to Galatasaray due to a leg muscle strain, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Chelsea manager Mourinho can't wait to get claws into Christmas
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is relishing the prospect of a Premier League Christmas, a period he said that only the brave could survive.
November 25, 2013European football roundup: Spurs hit for six, seven up for Atletico
Manchester City's Premier League title challenge revved up with a 6-0 hammering of Tottenham Hotspur but Atletico Madrid went one better in Spain with a thumping 7-0 victory over Getafe as there were goals galore in La Liga.
Nike kick off 2014 football World Cup shirt war with new Brazil kit
The Brazil shirt is Nike's top selling international jersey and the company will do one billion dollars worth of business in the South American country this year, said their vice president of communications Charlie Brooks.
November 24, 2013Goetze scores as Bayern Munich sink Dortmund
Mario Goetze scored on his return to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he was raised, to set their bitter rivals Bayern Munich on their to a 3-0 win in the clash of Germany's top two sides.
Arsenal extend lead after victory at Southampton
Arsenal stretched their English Premier League lead to four points when they were gifted a 2-0 home victory over third-placed Southampton on Saturday following a laughable blunder by visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
November 23, 2013'1966 football World Cup win was bad for England'
The 1966 World Cup triumph was one of the worst things to happen to English football and the national team have been suffering ever since, according to former Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke City playmaker Alan Hudson.
Late Sturridge strike earns Liverpool thrilling draw at Everton
Daniel Sturridge scored an 89th-minute equaliser to give Liverpool a 3-3 draw at Everton on Saturday after the hosts had twice come from behind to lead 3-2 in one of the English Premier League's games of the season.
FIFA could rethink midday World Cup starts, Blatter says
FIFA could reconsider its controversial decision to schedule some of next year's World Cup matches at midday in tropical venues, the body's president Sepp Blatter suggested in an apparent U-turn.
Blatter blames France, Germany for Qatar World Cup choice
France and Germany should be held to account over the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar because they exerted political pressure to award the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
November 20, 2013Indian football coach Koevermans' contract extended
The All India Football Federation on Wednesday extended the contract of national team head coach Wim Koevermans by four months till October next year.
November 18, 2013Italian soccer in dire state as television weighs options
When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be coloured by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.
November 17, 2013Football Friendlies: Spain cruise to win in Equatorial Guinea
A second-string Spain celebrated coach Vicente del Bosque's two-year contract extension with a 2-1 away win over Equatorial Guinea in a friendly on Saturday that was marred by an injury to Xabi Alonso.
November 14, 2013David Beckham back in Miami eyeing a Major League Soccer team
Retired English soccer star David Beckham toured potential stadium sites in Miami on Wednesday, signalling he is forging ahead with his interest in owning a new Major League franchise in the United States.
November 11, 2013Euro soccer roundup: United down Arsenal; Bayern set Bundesliga record
Manchester United ended Arsenal's 15-game unbeaten away run in all competitions with a 1-0 Premier League win at Old Trafford.
November 09, 2013Late penalty saves Mourinho's Chelsea home record
Eden Hazard scored from the spot in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion, who were seconds away from inflicting a first Premier League home defeat on a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho.
Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real rout of Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and Real Madrid rattled in four goals before halftime in a 5-1 La Liga rout of Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu in Madrid.
November 08, 2013'Player payment still a stubborn issue in football'
Non-payment of players is still a significant problem in football and not enough is being done about it, the international union FIFPro said on Thursday.
November 07, 2013Korean women's soccer in row over gender issue
Seoul City Amazones jumped to the defence of forward Park Eun-seon on Thursday after rival managers in the South Korean women's top flight threatened to boycott the league unless she takes a gender test.
November 04, 2013Squad for football friendlies: Gouramangi, Paul left out
National football team coach Wim Koevermans has announced his squad of 21 players for India's two international friendlies which are scheduled to be held this month.
European soccer: Arsenal extend lead; Roma's record run ends
A round-up of the soccer matches played accross Europe over the weekend.
Skiing demands opposition to 2022 soccer winter World Cup
The international skiing federation (FIS) has called on all winter sports governing bodies to oppose any plan to stage the 2022 soccer World Cup in the winter, fearing it will damage their own competitions.
November 01, 2013Chelsea's form making selection tough for Mourinho
With 13 points from the last 15 available, striker Fernando Torres looking rejuvenated, options all across the pitch and an empty treatment room, Chelsea are clearly hitting their stride.
October 30, 2013Beckham picks Miami for new Major League Soccer team?
Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.
October 28, 2013Football roundup: Barca win Clasico; Torres strikes takes Chelsea to 2nd
Rediff.com brings you a roundup of soccer matches played across Europe over the weekend.
Torres pounces late to send Chelsea second in EPL
Fernando Torres capitalised on a defensive blunder to score a last-minute winner and secure Chelsea a 2-1 Premier League victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
October 27, 2013Liverpool flop Borini lifts gloom at Stadium of Light
Liverpool flop Fabio Borini finally got Sunderland's English Premier League campaign up and running with a derby winner against bitter rivals Newcastle.
IPL-style football tournament deferred to September 2014
The organisers of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League-style football league decided to defer the proposed tournament to September-November next year instead of early 2014.
October 26, 2013Football is force for good, says Prince William
Soccer is a force for good around the world, according to FA president Prince William who will lead the organisation's 150th birthday celebrations on Saturday.
October 24, 2013French football clubs to strike over wealth tax
French soccer clubs will stage a strike at the end of next month in protest at a controversial super tax on player salaries in an escalation of a row over president Francois Hollande's tax policy.
October 21, 2013Yorke, Crespo roped in for Indian Super League football
The much-anticipated IPL-style football league to be held early next year will be christened as the Indian Super League even as the organisers IMG-Reliance disclosed the roping in of four more big international stars.
France take on Ukraine for World Cup golden ticket
Former world champions France will play Ukraine for a place in the World Cup finals in Brazil next year with the advantage of the second leg at home following the draw for the European playoffs.
Ferguson calls managing England 'worst job in football'
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that managing the England national soccer team is the worst job in football and even though he was linked with it because of his success, he would never opt for it being a ''nightmare''.
October 19, 2013Superr-sub Goetze helps Bayern go atop Bundesliga table
Substitute Mario Goetze led Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on a second-half four-goal rampage after midtable Mainz 05 had the temerity to take a halftime lead at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
October 18, 2013Salary cap for youngsters would help English soccer: Campbell
Former England international defender Sol Campbell says English soccer would benefit from a salary cap for youth players which would make academies less attractive for overseas talent.
October 17, 2013Swiss among World Cup seeds, Italy miss out
Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday, while Italy were edged out.
October 16, 2013First-timers Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup
First-timers Bosnia joined holders Spain, England and Russia in grabbing Europe's remaining automatic spots for the 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday as the last round of group matches ended in joy, despair and shattered nerves.
October 15, 2013Football: Brazil made to work hard by troubled Zambia
World Cup hosts Brazil were made to work hard for a 2-0 win on Tuesday over a Zambia side whose coach quit last week and who were missing three players reportedly facing arrest in a bizarre club-versus-country row.
Players' union refuses to play 2022 World Cup in summer in Qatar
The world soccer players' union, FIFPro, will urge its members to boycott the 2022 World Cup if it is played in Qatar's summer, vice-president Philippe Piat said.
No tweeting for Italy's players at 2014 football World Cup
Italy's football players will be banned from using Twitter and other social media at the World Cup in Brazil next year, coach Cesare Prandelli said.
Will it be cricket or football? Versatile Bolt spoilt for choice
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, who has already conquered the racing track with six Olympic gold medals, may switch to cricket or football after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio.
October 12, 2013Serbian footballer Stankovic bids farewell with Japan win
Supported by his sons and receiving a standing ovation from a 12,000-strong crowd, Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic entered retirement as his country's most capped player with a 2-0 victory over Japan in a friendly on Friday.
October 11, 2013Football: Demand for 2014 World Cup tickets crosses six million
More than six million requests for World Cup tickets were made during the first sales period that ended on Thursday.
October 09, 2013'World Cup will not be staged in Qatar summer'
Less than a week after FIFA set up a task force to look into when the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar can be held, English FA chairman Greg Dyke said it will never take place in the searing heat of the Middle East summer.
October 08, 2013When Buckingham Palace opened doors for first football match...
A goal was celebrated with a bow and the halftime drinks were served on silver platters when two of England's oldest amateur teams played in Queen Elizabeth's back garden on Monday in the first match to be staged at Buckingham Palace.
September 30, 2013Euro soccer: Atletico drown Real in derby; Roma maintain clean start
Images from the football matches played across Europe over the weekend.
September 27, 2013Messi appears in court to answer tax evasion charges
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge testified separately in court on Friday to answer charges of tax evasion on income earned from the sale of the player's image rights.
September 26, 2013Jyoti Burnette yearns for place to train and play football in Delhi
traces the journey of this juggler-turned-footballer in this freewheeling interview.
September 23, 2013Former India footballer Ali critical after suffering heart attack
Former India football captain Shabbir Ali suffered a massive heart attack on Monday. Brought in in critical condition, he has been kept under "artificial machine support" at a local hospital in Kolkata.
September 17, 2013Is diving in football like doping? Tell Us!
As far as referee Alberto Undiano is concerned, diving by players is comparable to doping because it is becoming more sophisticated and difficult to detect.
September 16, 2013Indian-origin Perumal brain behind biggest 'fixing' in Aus football
The world's biggest match-fixer, Indian-origin Wilson Raj Perumal is suspected of masterminding the rigging of Australian professional football, the biggest in the nation's history, even while he was under Hungarian police protection in Europe.
Australian police charge six in soccer matchfixing
The charges follow the arrests of 10 people across Melbourne on Sunday as part of an investigation into the 12-team Victoria Premier League soccer which has been dubbed the nation's biggest matchfixing scandal by local media.
PHOTOS: Debutants Bale and Ozil shine for new clubs
Real Madrid's world record signing Gareth Bale scored on his debut in Spain, while Arsenal's new recruit Mesut Ozil also lived up to expectations in his first appearance in England's Premier League.
September 15, 2013Indian football star Gouramangi Singh meets Tendulkar at MI practice
Indian footballer Gouramangi Singh bumped into Sachin Tendulkar in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
September 12, 2013Afghans celebrate football win over India with dancing, gunfire
The national men's team beat India 2-0 to win the South Asian Football Federation championship in Kathmandu late on Tuesday, Afghanistan's first international football title, sending tens of thousands of joyous Afghans into the streets. Fans in cars and on motorbikes joined others on foot, cheering, blowing horns and waving Afghan flags throughout the night.
September 11, 2013Prodigal India lose to Afghanistan in SAFF final
India failed to capitalised on the many chances that came their way and lost to Afghanistan 0-2 in the final of the 2013 SAFF Championship at the Dasrath stadium in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
September 09, 2013No footballer is worth 100m euros: Zidane
It was "incomprehensible" that Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur 100 million euros to sign forward Gareth Bale as no player is worth that amount of money, former France striker Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday.
September 06, 2013Football coaches want transfer window shortened
Europe's leading soccer coaches want the transfer window to be shortened, contradicting the position of their clubs.
September 05, 2013Are you a die-hard football FAN? Guess who this player is!
Test your football knowledge in this fun-filled picture quiz with a twist.
September 04, 2013The 10 biggest football transfers ever
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of 93 million pounds ($131.86 million) on a six-year deal. A look at the 10 biggest transfers in football history.
The top 10 football transfers of 2013
With the transfer season having ended on Monday, here's a look at the top 10 buys in the market.
September 03, 2013I did not have Ancelotti's trust at Real, Ozil says
Mesut Ozil quit Real Madrid to join Arsenal because he realised he no longer had the confidence of Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, the Germany playmaker said.
September 02, 2013Real Madrid fans flock to welcome record signing Bale
Thousands of Real Madrid fans flocked to the Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale on Monday after the nine-times European champions sealed the purchase of the Wales winger from Tottenham Hotspur for what the London club said is a world record fee.
Bale joins Real Madrid in $131 million world record deal
The 24-year-old Wales international, who has agreed a six-year contract, eclipsed the previous record of £80m which was also paid by Real Madrid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
August 30, 2013Spurs sign 2 more players, Bale agrees terms with Real Madrid
Tottenham Hotspur reached agreement to sign Argentine forward Erik Lamela from AS Roma for a club record fee of 35 million euros ($46.29 million) on Friday and also welcomed Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches.
Arsenal will not panic buy, says Wenger
The Frenchman has failed to bring in any of his top targets in the close season and said he is still in the market for some new talent before Monday's transfer deadline.
August 28, 2013Tottenham could fine Bale ahead of Real Madrid 'dream' move
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas said the club could fine forward Gareth Bale for failing to attend training ahead of an expected world record "dream" move to Real Madrid. Bale, who has not been training with the squad due to injury, was granted three days off but did not report back to the club on Tuesday despite being pictured in London.
August 26, 2013Mourinho says Moyes to blame for Rooney woes
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes should shoulder the blame for Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Old Trafford after suggesting he was a second-choice striker.
Tottenham's Bale makes record 86m pound move to Real Madrid
EPL club Tottenham have finally agreed the release their star player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world-record fee of a 100 million Euros (86 million pounds).
European football PHOTOS: Cardiff upset City; Barca scrape past Malaga
Images from the football matches played across Europe over the weekend.
August 22, 2013Real Madrid's pursuit of Bale nears completion - reports
Real Madrid's quest to land Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale for a world record fee looks to be nearing its conclusion with Spanish media reporting on Thursday a deal is all but secured.
EPL: Fortunate Ivanovic helps Chelsea beat Villa
Chelsea rode their luck to emerge with a second win in as many English Premier League games on Wednesday after Branislav Ivanovic escaped a red card and then his marker to head them to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
PHOTOS: Neymar rescues Barca with debut competitive strike
Brazilian forward Neymar came off the bench to head his first competitive goal for Barcelona and rescue a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.
August 21, 2013PHOTOS: Afghanistan-Pakistan soccer match bright point in tumultuous history
Billed as an indication of the country's gradual return to normality after decades of war and violence, the 6,000-seater stadium was sold out and the jubilant crowd cheered at every pass, erupting into a frenzy when game ended 3-0 to Afghanistan.
August 19, 2013European Soccer Roundup: Winning starts for Tevez, Mourinho
Jose Mourinho enjoyed a rapturous reception before Chelsea celebrated his homecoming with a 2-0 win over Hull City in the English Premier League while in Italy, Carlos Tevez scored on his Juventus debut in the Supercup.
August 18, 2013Van Persie, Welbeck doubles give Manchester United winning start
Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both scored twice to lift Manchester United to an emphatic 4-1 win over Swansea City in David Moyes's first English Premier League match in charge.
August 17, 2013Bayern edge past Frankfurt, Hoffenheim crush Hamburg
Treble winners Bayern Munich edged past Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 courtesy of a Mario Mandzukic volley on Saturday to equal their club record of 27 games without defeat as minnows Hoffenheim demolished Hamburg SV 5-1.
Premier League footballer's blackmailer arrested
Police has reportedly arrested a suspect for allegedly blackmailing an unnamed famous Premier League footballer and demanding £10,000 from him.
Schedule: English Premier League 2013-14
Champions Manchester United will travel to Swansea City for their first English Premier League match under new manager David Moyes, while Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City are at home to Newcastle United on August 17.
August 14, 2013Tajikistan too good for India in football friendly
The Indian football team's disastrous performance at the international level continued as it went down 0-3 to Tajikistan in an international friendly in Khujand, Tajikistan, on Wednesday.
August 13, 2013'You play football daily but visit the Pope once in a lifetime'
Meeting the Pope is more important than Italy's friendly against Argentina on Wednesday, coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters as he disagreed with striker Mario Balotelli.
August 11, 2013Van Persie double gives Moyes first trophy at United
Robin van Persie struck twice to earn Manchester United a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the English season's curtain-raising Community Shield at a sun-drenched Wembley on Sunday.
August 08, 2013Real Madrid give little away over Bale progress
The nine-times European champions have made the Welsh winger their priority and the 24-year-old is reportedly keen to move to the Bernabeu, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is renowned as a tough negotiator.
Desperate Suarez wants 'amicable' Liverpool exit
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants an "amicable agreement" to leave the club, honouring last year's contract clause that said he could leave if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Lusofonia Games: Brazil want money to send football team to Goa
Brazil and Portugal are unlikely to send their football teams to the Lusofonia Games beginning November 2 in Goa even as some of the participating nations have expressed their reservations on the infrastructure being put up in the state.
August 07, 2013Liverpool must keep word and let me go: Suarez
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez called on the club to honour "an agreement" that said he could leave the club if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
August 06, 2013First Look: Dempo SC unveils jerseys for new football season
Dempo's home jersey will be blue with black and sky-blue sleeves; white with black and grey sleeves will be worn for away matches, while the first training jersey is red and black and second training one is green.
August 05, 2013'IMG-R league could be best thing to happen in Indian football'
To Indian football aficionados, Trevor Morgan is a coach. To the IPL-style IMG-Reliance league, however, the Perth-based Englishman is a fitness trainer.
Mumbai to host IMG-Reliance football league opener
The IPL-style football league has gone ahead full guns blazing to show their presence. The idea is finally coming together. Mumbai's D Y Patil Stadium is scheduled to host the opening match of the inaugural IMG-Reliance league that commences from January 18 next year.
August 03, 2013'One Direction' singer signs on as footballer with English club
There are numerous links between the worlds of music and football but not many pop stars have signed for professional clubs. But singer Louis Tomlinson of boy band One Direction has signed for English Championship side Doncaster Rovers on a non-contract basis and could play for their development squad this season, the club has announced.
August 02, 2013Spurs pay 30 million euros for Valencia's Soldado
The 28-year-old striker, who scored 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last season, is part of a growing number of Spain internationals who are leaving their homeland to play in the English Premier League.
July 30, 2013India win SAFF Under-16 football title
Defender Jerry Lalrinzuala scored a spectacular long range goal as India beat Nepal 1-0 in the final to win the South Asian Football Federation Under-16 Championship at the Dasharath stadium in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
July 25, 2013Manchester United not giving up on pursuit of Fabregas
Manchester United have not given up their pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and talks to bring the Spain midfielder to Old Trafford are "ongoing", coach David Moyes said.
July 24, 2013IMG-R refuses to meet I-League club representatives
A meeting between representatives of I-League Professional Football Clubs Association and IMG-R, the commercial partners of All India Football Federation, did not take place on Wednesday with the company maintaining that it cannot meet an entity not recognised by the AIFF.
' Awarding football World Cup to Qatar a blatant mistake'
Awarding the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar's desert state was a "blatant mistake" FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Wednesday, adding that staging the tournament in winter would be just as big a problem.
July 23, 2013Cameroon's suspension ends; may play WC qualifiers
FIFA lifted Cameroon's indefinite suspension from international football on Monday, clearing the way for the team to finish their World Cup qualifiers.
July 20, 2013Football World Cup tickets to cost foreign fans $990 to $90
Tickets for the 2014 World Cup will cost some 10 percent more than in South Africa in 2010, with the dearest ones for international fans selling for $990 and the cheapest for $90, officials from FIFA and Brazil's organising committee said on Friday.
July 18, 2013Man U eyeing to prise away Bale from Spurs
Premier League champions Manchester United is reportedly making a pounds 60 million bid for a positive Gareth Bale transfer from Tottenham Hotspur and is prepared to smash their 30.8 million transfer record to prise him away from White Hart Lane.
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July 17, 2013Chelsea make straight-cash bid for Man United's Rooney
Chelsea have made a straight-cash bid for Manchester United's unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, the London club's manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
Fabregas' heart still at Barca despite Man U advances
Barcelona coach has claimed that Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at the club despite offers from other clubs coming his way.
PSG sign Uruguay striker Cavani to five-year deal
Paris St Germain have signed last season's Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani from Napoli on a five-year contract, the French Ligue 1 champions said on Tuesday.
CONCACAF football: Gold Cup US edge Costa Rica, Cuba through
The United States topped Group C with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday while Cuba also advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals as one of the best third-place teams after beating Belize by four goals.
Lack of home-grown footballers in England worries Owen
England's lack of up-and-coming footballers is a serious concern for the national team, former striker Michael Owen said, blaming changes in social behaviour.
July 15, 2013AIFF-IMG meeting over IPL-style league postponed
The meeting between officials of All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) and its commercial partner IMG-Reliance to discuss the final plans relating to the ambitious IPL-style football tournament scheduled on Tuesday has been postponed to later this week.
England captain Gerrard extends Liverpool love affair
England captain Steven Gerrard has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Liverpool until 2015, the English Premier League club announced.
Football's smart deals: Transfer season's biggest bargains
takes a look the transfer market, wherein some clubs have made quality purchases without actually breaking the bank.
July 14, 2013France sink Uruguay in shootout to win Under-20 World Cup
France defeated Uruguay 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win their first Under-20s World Cup title in Istanbul on Saturday after a fiercely-contested final ended 0-0 after extra-time.
July 13, 2013Al Fayed urges Fulham fans to get behind new owner
Mohamed Al Fayed, the man behind Fulham's modern rebirth, has asked the fans to get behind new owner Shahid Khan while describing Friday's takeover as a "new era" for the club.
July 10, 2013Lazio, Genoa and eight players reported over match-fixing
Italian Serie A clubs Lazio and Genoa, lower league side Lecce and eight players have been referred to a disciplinary tribunal over allegations of match-fixing in the 2010/11 season, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday.
July 09, 2013Unpaid footballers taxed heavily in Eastern Europe
Footballers in several Eastern European countries are battling a bizarre situation where they are considered self-employed and have to pay tax even when clubs do not pay them, says world players' union FIFPro.
Transfer talk: Villa heading to Atletico, Gomez to Fiorentina
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July 08, 2013'India an emerging country from a footballing standpoint'
As the Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean federations) Gold Cup kicked off on Sunday morning (July 07 ET) at the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, California, Concacaf president and FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb spoke with over the telephone from Los Angeles.
July 04, 2013Cameroon suspended indefinitely by FIFA
Cameroon were suspended indefinitely by FIFA on Thursday because of government interference in the country's football federation.
Giggs appointed player-coach at Manchester United
Ryan Giggs, 39, signed a one-year extension to his playing contract in March and will combine his new duties with being a member of the first-team squad.
Chelsea agree to sign midfielder Van Ginkel
He will become Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's second signing following the arrival of Germany forward Andre Schuerrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen last month.
Confederations Cup win takes Brazil back into FIFA top 10
Five-times world champions Brazil leapt back into the top 10 of the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup.
July 01, 2013Confederations Cup: Brazil crush Spain to retain title
Brazil humbled world and European Champions Spain with a crushing 3-0 win in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, ending their opponents' three-year record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches.
Confederations Cup: Buffon's saves give Italy third place
Gianluigi Buffon saved three kicks in a shootout as Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 on penalties to take third place in the 2014 Confederations Cup on Sunday following a 2-2 draw.
June 29, 2013Moyes will keep United at top: Giggs
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes that new boss David Moyes will keep the club at the top of their game, as the former Everton manager prepares to take up the daunting task of following in the footsteps of the legendary Alex Ferguson.
June 28, 2013Troubled Fenerbahce appoint Yanal as coach
Former Turkey coach Ersun Yanal has agreed to take charge of Fenerbahce, replacing Aykut Kocaman who resigned at the end of May, the club said on Friday.
June 27, 2013Real Madrid agree to sign Isco from Malaga
Real Madrid have agreed to sign Malaga's Spain Under-21 playmaker Isco on a five-year contract pending a medical.
Confederations Cup: Paulinho goal sends Brazil into final
Brazil took another step towards recovering their once famous invincibility when Paulinho scored with a late header to seal a 2-1 win over Uruguay and take the hosts into the Confederations Cup final.
June 25, 2013Real closing on Ancelotti and Isco, says Perez
Real Madrid targets, Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti and Malaga midfielder Isco, are close to joining the club, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.
June 24, 2013Confed Cup: Balotelli to miss semi-final clash with Spain
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of his side's Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain on Thursday with a thigh injury, the Italian Football Federation said on Sunday.
June 22, 2013Rooney to meet Moyes next week to decide Man U future
Troubled Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney will reportedly meet new boss David Moyes next week to discuss his future, with both Chelsea and Arsenal ready to offer him a way out.
Liverpool set to sign Mignolet from Sunderland: Reports
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sunderland for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and the Belgium international will sign for the Merseyside club early next week for 9 million pounds, British media reported on Saturday.
June 21, 2013Ranti Martins adjudged I-League's best player
Nigerian striker Ranti Martins was adjudged the 'Best Player' of the last edition of the I-League, in which he scored 27 goals for Prayag United and topped the scorers' list.
June 20, 2013Torres `desperate` to prove himself under new boss Mourinho
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has expressed his desperation to finally prove himself at Stamford Bridge under new boss Jose Mourinho, and hopes to persuade him that he is still the man to fire the Blues to glory.
June 19, 2013EPL fixtures: Manchester United face Swansea in season opener
Champions Manchester United will travel to Swansea City for their first Premier League match under new manager David Moyes while Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City are at home to Newcastle United on August 17.
June 18, 2013Australia beat Iraq to qualify for 2014 World Cup
Australia left it late but beat Iraq 1-0 to become the second country to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in front of 80,000 rain-soaked but euphoric fans at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
June 17, 2013Three African teams investigated over ineligible players
Ethiopia, Togo and Equatorial Guinea are facing disciplinary proceedings for allegedly fielding ineligible players in the World Cup qualifiers, FIFA said on Sunday.
June 16, 2013Selfish players cause big trouble, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has told his players not to act selfishly in his second spell as manager of Chelsea otherwise there will be "big trouble" at Stamford Bridge.
June 15, 2013Man City eye trophies with Pellegrini appointment
Manchester City's wealthy owners have entrusted Manuel Pellegrini with fulfilling their ambitions of a packed trophy cabinet, appointing the former Malaga manager as the successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini on Friday.
June 13, 2013Nigeria's football team go on strike, miss plane to Brazil
Nigeria's football team went on strike on Thursday, refusing to leave their hotel in Namibia and missing a flight to Brazil where they are supposed to compete in the Confederations Cup, which gets underway at the weekend.
Messi latest name to attract interest of tax authorities
Lionel Messi's picture was on the front pages rather than the sports sections of the Spanish media on Thursday, after the World Player of the Year and his father were accused of tax fraud.
India confident of winning Under-17 football World Cup bid
All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Thursday expressed confidence that India would win the right to host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 despite facing strong competition from the other three bidding countries.
Chelsea agree to buy Leverkusen winger Schuerrle
Bayer Leverkusen have signed South Korean forward Son Heung-min from Hamburg SV and have agreed with Chelsea for the transfer of winger Andre Schuerrle as the club prepare for next season's Champions League, they said on Thursday.
Spain trounce Netherlands, meet Norway in Euro Under-21 semis
A rampant Spain beat the Netherlands 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final against Norway in the Euro Under-21 football championships.
June 12, 2013Real Madrid looking to retain Ronaldo with whopping offer
Even as Monaco are ready to make a sensational world record 100m ( 85m) bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez is reportedly prepared to offer his Portuguese star more than a whopping 125 million pounds in a five-year contract to lure him to stay on at the club and not make a switch to Manchester United or any other club.
June 11, 2013Suarez admits 'bout of temper' caused 'biting' incident
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that his angst and frustration had made him act disgracefully and bite into the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
June 10, 2013Lebanon football refs jailed in match-fixing row
A Singapore court jailed two Lebanese assistant referees for three months on Monday and postponed passing sentence on a Lebanese referee after all three pleaded guilty to accepting sexual bribes to fix a soccer match.
June 09, 2013Mourinho damaged Spanish football: Iniesta
Jose Mourinho did more harm than good to Spanish football during his controversial three-year tenure as coach of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was quoted as saying on Sunday.
June 08, 2013I chose Liverpool over other offers: Aspas
Iago Aspas chose Liverpool over offers from Italy, Portugal and other countries, the Celta Vigo forward was quoted as saying on Saturday amid reports of his four-year deal with the English Premier League side.
June 05, 2013Everton appoint Martinez as manager
Roberto Martinez has been named Everton manager after leaving Wigan Athletic where the Spaniard forged a reputation for making the best of limited resources and playing attractive football.
June 04, 2013Treble-winning Bayern coach Heynckes takes time out
Treble-winning Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will take time out next season but fell short of announcing his retirement on Tuesday following his club's most successful season to date.
Honda drives Japan to World Cup
Asian champions Japan became the first side to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil when playmaker Keisuke Honda scored an injury-time penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with Australia in Saitama on Tuesday.
June 03, 2013Mourinho returns to Chelsea
The popular Portuguese, who left Real Madrid last weekend, won the 2005 and 2006 Premier League titles in his first spell with the Londoners but departed in 2007 after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.
June 01, 2013Football: Monaco buy Atletico's Falcao for 50 mln Euros
Monaco's shopping spree continued on Friday when they agreed to buy Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid, taking their transfer spending past 120 million euros since being promoted to Ligue 1.
May 31, 2013Liverpool say Suarez not for sale
Liverpool have said striker Luis Suarez is not for sale after the Uruguayan, who received a 10-match English domestic ban for biting last month, stated he wanted to leave the Premier League club.
Stadium suspension ends, Brazil-England friendly to go on
With the England team already in Rio de Janeiro, the injunction came as a shock and threatened to scuttle the first game between England and Brazil in three decades at the stadium that is regarded as the spiritual home of Brazilian soccer. England won only one of five encounters there.
May 30, 2013Everton apologise for badge change, promise consultation
Everton have apologised to their fans for a controversial change to the club crest and have promised a full consultation with a view to changing it again after next season.
May 28, 2013Veteran Phillips puts Palace back in Premier League
Veteran striker Kevin Phillips scored an extra-time penalty as Crystal Palace ended an eight-year Premier League absence by beating Watford 1-0 in the Championship (second tier) playoff final at Wembley on Monday.
May 26, 2013Brazil's Neymar to sign with Barcelona on Monday
Brazil's gifted World Cup hope Neymar is moving to Spanish champions Barcelona, the striker said on Saturday, and will sign a five-year contract on Monday.
Bayern win Champions League with last-gasp Robben goal
Bayern Munich overcame the heartbreak of losing two finals in three seasons by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a memorable all-German Champions League final in Wembley on Saturday to become European champions for the fifth time.
May 24, 2013Man United assistant manager Phelan leaves club
Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan left the Premier League champions on Friday as new manager David Moyes prepared to make his own coaching appointments.
UEFA for tougher sanctions against racism
Players or officials found guilty of racist offences in European club matches or internationals will face a minimum ban of 10 matches under tougher disciplinary regulations approved by UEFA's executive committee on Thursday.
Asian Cup Qualifiers: Indian eves lose to Taipei
The Indian women's football team put up a spirited fight but could not avoid their second consecutive loss, going down 1-2 to Chinese Taipei in a group D encounter of the AFC Women's Asian Cup (Qualifiers) at the Faisal Al Huseni Stadium in Ramallah, West Bank.
May 23, 2013PSG lures Rooney with $100mn deal
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly being eyed by Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) for a whopping $100 million deal.
Fulham sign Boateng and Amorebieta on free transfers
Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng and Venezuela centre back Fernando Amorebieta have both joined Premier League Fulham on free transfers, the club said on Wednesday.
May 21, 2013Manchester City and Yankees launch new MLS team
Manchester City and the New York Yankees have formed a new Major League Soccer team to play in New York City from 2015, the organizations said on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho to leave Real Madrid, Ancelotti approached
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after coming to a mutual agreement with the Spanish club three years before the end of his contract, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.
May 19, 2013EPL: Arsenal grab Champions League spot ahead of Tottenham
Arsenal claimed the final Champions League spot at the expense of their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the Premier League season on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Newcastle United.
Bayern edge past Gladbach, Dortmund lose
Champions Bayern Munich needed some Franck Ribery magic to end the Bundesliga season with a dramatic 4-3 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final next week.
May 18, 2013Ferguson criticises City for Mancini sacking
Manchester United's outgoing manager Alex Ferguson has criticised neighbours Manchester City for sacking Roberto Mancini.
Atletico stun Real to win their 10th King's Cup
Atletico Madrid stunned city rivals Real to win their 10th King's Cup. Miranda's extra-time header secured a 2-1 comeback win in an action-packed and ill-tempered clash at the Bernabeu on Friday in which Real coach Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were both sent off.
May 17, 2013Reaction to England soccer hero Beckham's retirement
Reaction to former England captain David Beckham's announcement on Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the French league season:
May 16, 2013Beckham to retire end of season
The former England captain earned 115 caps for England, a record for an outfield player, and won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United.
Maradona clashes with reporters on return to Buenos Aires
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona insulted reporters and kicked a photographer after arriving home in Buenos Aires on a visit from Dubai, where he works as a sports ambassador.
Late Ivanovic goal wins Europa League for Chelsea
A stoppage-time goal from Branislav Ivanovic helped Chelsea become the first English club to win all three of UEFA's major trophies as they beat Benfica 2-1 in the Europa League final.
May 15, 2013Chidi's 'trick' puts East Bengal in AFC Cup QF
Talismanic Nigerian Edeh Chidi scored a hat-trick and set up a couple more goals as East Bengal thrashed Yangon United of Myanmar 5-1 to enter the AFC Cup quarter-finals for the second time after 2004.
Rio Ferdinand quits international soccer
England's Rio Ferdinand has quit international soccer, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.
Confederations Cup: Brazil's Kaka, Ronaldinho get axe
World Cup winners Ronaldinho and Kaka were both left out of the Brazil's Confederations Cup squad on Tuesday as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opted for youth ahead of experience.
Chelsea's Terry, Hazard unlikely for Europa League final
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will miss Wednesday's Europa League final against Benfica with a hamstring strain while John Terry's ankle problem is still being assessed, interim manager Rafa Benitez said.
Blatter slams Italy for inadequate fine over Roma racism
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised as inadequate a 50,000 euro fine handed to AS Roma for racist behaviour from their fans and said lessons had not been learned in Italian soccer.
May 14, 2013Drogba points out some home truths to banana-waving fan
Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba hit back at a Fenerbahce fan who waved a banana towards him and team mate Emmanuel Eboue during the weekend's league encounter by highlighting some home truths about racism.
Roma fined 50,000 euros for fans' racist behaviour
AS Roma have been fined 50,000 euros for racist behaviour by fans in Sunday's Serie A match at AC Milan, a game interrupted by the referee early in the second half.
Violence mars Paris St Germain's title celebrations
Paris St Germain's Ligue 1 title celebrations were cut short on Monday after clashes between spectators and police in the west of the French capital.
Roberto Mancini sacked as Manchester City manager
Roberto Mancini has been sacked as the manager of Manchester City.
May 13, 2013PSG turn down Real Madrid move for Ancelotti
Paris St Germain have rejected a bid by Real Madrid to hire coach Carlo Ancelotti, club president Nasser al Khelaifi said on Monday.
Blatter 'appalled' by racism at Milan-Roma game
FIFA President Sepp Blatter was 'appalled' by racist jeering directed at AC Milan's Mario Balotelli during their Serie A match against AS Roma, he said on Monday.
No agreement with Manchester City, says Pellegrini
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini denied he has spoken with Premier League club Manchester City over the possibility of replacing Roberto Mancini whose future as the club's manager is under threat after Saturday's FA Cup final defeat.
EPL: City to dismiss Mancini and bring in Pellegrini?
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini will meet Manchester City authorities on Thursday to finalise his joining date at the club, following manager Roberto Mancini's expected sacking.
May 12, 2013I-League: East Bengal sign off on losing note
Runners-up for the last two years, East Bengal ended their I-League campaign on a miserable note, going down to Shillong Lajong FC by a solitary goal at the Kalyani Stadium on Sunday.
Six Alex Ferguson's farewell speech
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson bid goodbye to Old Trafford with a passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. Here is the speech in full.
Di Resta earns six points for Force India
Paul di Resta added six more points to Sahara Force India's kitty with a seventh-place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix of the Formula One Championship, while teammate Adrian Sutil finished 13th in Barcelona on Sunday.
Adebayor strike keeps Spurs in Champions League race
Emmanuel Adebayor struck seven minutes from time to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 Premier League victory at StokeCity on Sunday that kept their fading hopes of Champions League qualification alive.
A look at Barcelona's La Liga history
Factbox on Barcelona, who were crowned Spanish champions for the 22nd time after second-placed Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at Espanyol on Saturday left them with an unassailable lead.
Wigan boss Martinez 'fancies' succeeding Moyes at Everton
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is reportedly eyeing the chance to succeed David Moyes as Everton manager after Moyes leaves the club to join Manchester United in place of the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
West Ham manager Allardyce signs new two-year deal
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has signed a new two-year contract at the Premier League side, the east London club's co-owner David Gold said on Twitter on Saturday.
United's Scholes to retire at end of season
Paul Scholes will quit playing at the end of the Premier League season, the Manchester United midfielder said on Saturday.
Late Watson goal gives Wigan FA Cup triumph over Man City
Wigan Athletic claimed one of the greatest FA Cup final upsets of all time when a 90th minute header from substitute Ben Watson gave them a 1-0 win over highly-fancied Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
May 11, 2013Two-Goal Lampard breaks record as Chelsea triumph
Frank Lampard broke Chelsea's all-time scoring record with two goals as the European champions all but secured a top-four finish in the English Premier League with a 2-1 win in an incident-packed game at Aston Villa on Saturday.
May 10, 2013Moyes receives death threats from United, Everton fans
Manchester United manager-to-be David Moyes faced a barrage of death threats from fans from Manchester United and his current club Everton, who are reportedly enraged by Moyes's club swap.
May 09, 2013Moyes replaces Ferguson at Manchester United
Manchester United appointed David Moyes to succeed Alex Ferguson as manager on Thursday and the Everton boss has signed a six-year contract with the Premier League champions.
Atletico beat Celta, make Champions League return
Atletico Madrid made sure of at least a third-placed finish in La Liga and secured a berth in the Champions League group stages for next season with a 3-1 win away to struggling Celta Vigo on Wednesday.
Suarez spared for alleged punch in World Cup qualifier
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has escaped a sanction for allegedly punching an opponent during the World Cup qualifier against Chile, the country's football federation (AUF) said in a statement.
Napoli book Champions League spot, Juve interrupted
Napoli qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning 3-0 at Bologna on Wednesday and two goals from Mario Balotelli kept AC Milan on course for the qualifying round with a 4-0 victory at Pescara.
La Liga: Real thump Malaga, delay Barca title
Real Madrid made sure Barcelona will have to wait at least until Sunday to wrap up a 22nd La Liga title when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 200th goal for the club in a 6-2 win at home to nine-man Malaga on Wednesday.
Moyes meets Everton chairman as United move looms
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright cut a resigned figure after meeting manager David Moyes late on Wednesday, admitting he could do little to prevent the Scot from making the seemingly inevitable move to Manchester United.
Sigurdsson strike helps Spurs hold Chelsea
A late equaliser from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw at Chelsea in a pulsating London derby on Wednesday that prolonged a three-way battle for two Champions League places.
May 08, 2013Ferguson steps down as Manchester United manager
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will end his 27-year tenure at the end of the season. Manchester United confirmed the retirement of Ferguson and tweeted, "thank you sir alex".
May 06, 2013New gold-plated trophy for I-League champs
A gold-plated trophy, which has a full-sized silver football at the top, will be presented to the champions of the 2012-13 season.
May 05, 2013Chelsea sink champions United with late Mata goal
Spaniard Juan Mata's late strike secured Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Sunday to leave the Londoners poised for a top-four finish and a Champions League place next season. Mata settled a poor game when his left-foot shot in the 87th minute took a slight deflection off United defender Phil Jones and beat keeper Anders Lindegaard.
Real victory delays Barca title another week
Leaders Barcelona will have to wait at least another week to wrap up the La Liga title after Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to lead second-placed Real Madrid to a 4-3 comeback success at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday.
My heart is young, says bridegroom to be Di Stefano
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, who will be 87 in July, has proved he still has plenty of joie de vivre by announcing he plans to marry a Costa Rican woman 50 years his junior.
Chitfund bust spells trouble for football
Football in West Bengal may not be the same again in the aftermath of the Saradha chit fund scam which has left thousands of investors in disarray and could mean a drying up of funds for clubs.
May 04, 2013Bayern leave four top players out of Dortmund clash
Bayern Munich have left Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger out of their squad for Saturday's Bundesliga match at Borussia Dortmund, a dress rehearsal for this month's Champions League final.
May 02, 2013Bayern humiliate Barca to reach Champions League final
Bayern Munich cruised into a first all-German Champions League final when they routed Barcelona 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to secure a crushing 7-0 aggregate success.
May 01, 2013Dortmund survive at Real Madrid to reach final
Borussia Dortmund held on by their fingernails to clinch a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday with a 4-3 aggregate win despite losing 2-0 after conceding late goals in a nerve-shredding finish at the Bernabeu.
April 30, 2013East Bengal qualify for AFC Cup knock-out
East Bengal became the first Indian team to qualify for the AFC Cup knock-out round with an unbeaten record after thrashing Vietnam outfit Sai Gon Xuan Thanh 4-1 in their concluding Group H league match at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Havelange quits, Blatter cleared of misconduct
Joao Havelange has quit as FIFA's honorary president while Sepp Blatter has been cleared of misconduct in the ISL bribery case, a report by FIFA's ethics committee said on Tuesday. The report described the behaviour of Havelange as 'morally and ethically reproachable' in his dealings with ISL, FIFA's former marketing partner which went bankrupt in 2001.
April 29, 2013Ronaldo available for Dortmund clash
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund, after missing their La Liga win over Atletico Madrid through injury, coach Jose Mourinho said.
April 28, 2013Bagan beat Arrows, avoid relegation
Mohun Bagan avoided the relegation threat with a 2-0 win over Pailan Arrows in a rescheduled 11th round I-League fixture at the Kalyani Stadium on Sunday.
EPL: Van Persie hogs limelight as Man United hold Arsenal
Dutch striker Robin van Persie enjoyed an eventful return to his old club Arsenal for the first time when he scored and was booked as champions Manchester United held the Londoners to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
EPL: Reading, QPR relegated
Reading and Queens Park Rangers were relegated from the Premier League after the strugglers drew 0-0 on Sunday in a lacklustre and scrappy clash that epitomised their dismal seasons.
Barcelona title on hold after draw at Bilbao
Barcelona must wait at least another week to wrap up the title after they conceded a late goal in a 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday.
April 27, 2013EPL: Late own-goal gives Spurs point at Wigan
A late Emmerson Boyce own goal gave Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw at lowly Wigan Athletic which did little to help either side at opposite ends of the Premier league table on Saturday.
Rangdajied United FC qualify for I-League 1st division
Rangdajied United FC of Shillong became the second team to qualify for next season's I-League top tier after beating already qualified Mohammedan Sporting 3-1 in the final phase of the 2nd Division I-League in Bangalore.
Suarez accepts 10-game ban, seeks forgiveness
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has asked for forgiveness after accepting a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in last weekend's Premier League match.
April 26, 2013Korkmaz helps Fenerbahce close in on Europa final berth
Egemen Korkmaz's second-half header earned Fenerbahce a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Benfica and eased the tears of team mate Cristian on Thursday.
Europa: Luiz gives Chelsea last gasp win in Basel
David Luiz, lucky to be on the pitch after a shocking challenge, scored with the last kick of the game to give Chelsea a 2-1 win at FC Basel in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final after the Swiss side had levelled with an 87th minute penalty on Thursday.
Liverpool's Suarez accepts 10-match ban
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accepted his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during last weekend's Premier League match, the FA said on Friday.
Suarez set appalling example: British PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of setting an 'appalling example' following the Uruguayan's 10-match ban for biting an opponent during a match.
April 25, 2013Liverpool's Reina says Suarez biting ban is 'absurd'
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina said the 10-match ban given to his team mate Luis Suarez for biting an opponent was 'absurd' and 'excessive'.
April 24, 2013Suarez gets 10-game ban for biting
Suarez accepted a charge of violent conduct after the incident in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield on Sunday but disputed the FA view that it merited more than a three-game ban.
Is Bayern's Mueller, Messi's nemesis?
A selection of statistics surrounding Bayern Munich's 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
Suarez accepts bite charge but questions longer ban
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has disputed the English FA's view that his punishment for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend merits a longer punishment than the usual three-game ban.
Bayern Munich trounce Barcelona in first leg semi-final
The Catalans, winners of the trophy in 2009 and 2011, had no answer to Bayern's power, speed, pressing and resolute defence as they slumped to their heaviest defeat for almost six years and matched their worst result in European competition.
April 23, 2013East Bengal make AFC Cup knock-outs
A late surge by Selangor FA, after East Bengal were reduced to 10 men, earned the hosts a 2-2 draw in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on Tuesday, but the result was enough for the Kolkata side to advance to the AFC Cup knock-outs after nine years.
Evra pokes fun at Suarez, bites into fake arm
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra wasted no time in poking fun at Luis Suarez for his latest misdemeanour, pretending to chomp on a fake dismembered arm after his side clinched a 20th English title by beating Aston Villa on Monday.
Ferguson raises bar despite Manchester United's weaknesses
Alex Ferguson says his current Manchester United model is a match for any of the previous editions that have rolled off the Old Trafford production line and should they win their last four games it would be hard to mount a case against him.
Barca can't ascertain Messi's availability for Bayern tie
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who has been struggling with a hamstring strain, is likely to face Bayern Munich in Tuesday's Champions League tie but his participation will be decided after a final training session, the Catalans said on Monday.
Liverpool's Suarez charged with violent conduct
Liverpool's Luis Suarez was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match on Sunday.
Van Persie 'tricks' Man United to 20th league title
Manchester United won their 20th league title when a Robin van Persie hat-trick led them to 3-0 victory over Aston Villa and gave them an unassailable 16-point lead over last season's Premier League champions Manchester City.
April 22, 2013Liverpool fine Suarez for bite but won't sack him
Liverpool have fined Uruguay striker Luis Suarez an undisclosed amount for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the weekend but will not sack him, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Messi fit for Champions League tie vs Bayern
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to feature in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said on Monday.
British media bite into 'cannibal' Suarez
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been dubbed a 'cannibal' by British media after his shameful bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match on Sunday.
Juventus sink Milan, inch towards Serie A title
Juventus closed on their 29th Italian title with a 1-0 win over AC Milan thanks to Arturo Vidal's second-half penalty on Sunday.
April 20, 2013I-League: ONGC held to draw by Mumbai FC
An injury-time goal by Yusif Yakubu helped Mumbai FC earn a draw against ONGC at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday.
April 19, 2013Robinho pledges future to AC Milan
Robinho will stay with AC Milan next season and would like to complete 10 years at the Serie A club, the Brazil striker said on Friday.
Lebanese soccer referees to go on trial June 10
The three Lebanese referees charged with accepting sexual bribes from three women to fix an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match will go on trial from June 10 to 14, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Friday, citing their attorney.
April 18, 2013Stuttgart to face Bayern Munich in German Cup final
VfB Stuttgart edged past surprise package Freiburg 2-1 on Wednesday to set up a German Cup final against Bayern Munich and secure a European spot for next season.
April 17, 2013Benitez to continue rotating for Chelsea fixture frenzy
Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his Chelsea players as they bid to deal with a fixture pile-up and rebound from two consecutive defeats, the club's interim manager said on Tuesday.
Cardiff get promotion to Premier League after 51 years!
CardiffCity were promoted to the English Premier League on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw at home to Charlton Athletic guaranteed the Welsh side a top-two finish in the Championship (second division).
Shaqiri, Gomez steer Bayern to Cup final
Xherdan Shaqiri scored one goal and set up three and substitute Mario Gomez notched a quick hat-trick as Bayern Munich, chasing a treble of titles, crushed VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 on Tuesday to move into the German Cup final.
April 16, 2013Opening of Brazil's World Cup stadium delayed
The stadium where the Confederations Cup is due to kick off in two months will not be officially opened until May 18 because rain has delayed the laying of the pitch, officials in Brazil's capital said on Monday.
April 15, 2013Five Mumbai boys to train at Queens Park Rangers
Rudolf D'Souza (13), Arfat Ansari (15), Tanaay Shah (15), Uzair Ansari (15) and Praful Kumar (16) were selected after their display in the Milind Deora soccer championships by the club's coaches for next week's stint at QPR.
April 14, 2013Manchester City hold off Chelsea to reach FA Cup final
Goals from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero sent ManchesterCity into an FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic after they beat holders Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday.
I-League: Pune FC snap ONGC's home winning streak
Pune FC snapped ONGC's winning streak at the Ambedkar stadium with a solitary win in a 24th Round I-League clash in New Delhi on Sunday.
EPL: Arsenal leapfrog to third after late goals
Arsenal scored three goals in the last five minutes to beat NorwichCity 3-1 and move third in the Premier League on Saturday while Everton won 2-0 at home to Queens Park Rangers to maintain their faint top-four aspirations.
April 13, 2013I-League: Mohun Bagan edge Air India 3-2
Mohun Bagan continued their dream run in the I-League, taking their winning streak to four matches by overcoming stiff resistance from Air India and recording a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Kalyani Stadium, in Kolkata on Saturday.
April 12, 2013It's Bayern v Barcelona, Dortmund v Real Madrid
The UEFA Champions League semi-finals will be German vs Spanish contests after Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund were drawn to play at home against Real Madrid and 2012 finalists Bayern Munich were pitted against Barcelona.
FACTBOX Goal-line technology licensed by FIFA
Following are the four goal-line technology systems licensed by soccer's governing body FIFA.
Uruguay back 'persecuted' Suarez
The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) have promised to staunchly defend Luis Suarez after FIFA launched a probe into allegations that he had punched a Chilean opponent during a South American World Cup qualifier last month.
FIFA probe bad boy Suarez for 'punching' Chile player
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is being investigated by FIFA for allegedly punching Chile defender Gonzalo Jara during a South American World Cup qualifier last month.
April 10, 2013AFC Cup: Churchill lose to Warriors
Churchill Brothers' hopes of making it to the next round of the AFC Cup suffered a jolt when they lost 0-1 to Warriors FC in an away match in Singapore, on Wednesday.
UEFA plans tougher sanctions to combat racism
European soccer governing body UEFA are planning to introduce tough new sanctions to combat racism with players found guilty of racist offences banned for a minimum of 10 matches, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday.
April 09, 2013East Bengal beat Singapore's Tampines Rovers again
East Bengal virtually stormed into the pre-quarter-finals of the AFC Cup after a 2-1 victory over Singapore giants Tampines Rovers in a Group H league match in Kolkata on Tuesday.
April 07, 2013Fiorentina hold Milan in fight for Champions League place
Fiorentina, two goals down and reduced to 10 men, converted two penalties in seven minutes to draw 2-2 with AC Milan on Sunday in a match between two direct rivals for a Champions League place.
Chhetri, Alemao denied Singapore visa for AFC Cup match
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri and his Churchill Brothers teammate Balal Arezou from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to Singapore to play in an AFC Cup match.
ONGC hold Shillong Lajong to 1-1 draw
ONGC came from behind to hold Shillong Lajong FC 1-1 in their 23rd I-League encounter played under floodlights at a packed J N Stadium in Shillong on Sunday.
EPL: Sigurdsson's strike rescues Spurs, Reds drop points
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late equaliser to rescue Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-2 draw with fellow Champions League hopefuls Everton in a pulsating Premier League game on Sunday.
I-League: Odafe ends Sporting's unbeaten run
Odafe Okolie scored a hatrick as Mohun Bagan thrashed Sporting Clube de Goa 5-1 to end their unbeaten run, in the 23rd round of the I-League played at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Sunday.
FACTBOX - Bayern set Bundesliga records
Bayern Munich set several Bundesliga records en route to Saturday's title success. Here are some of the records broken and some they can still improve in the remaining six games.
Late Vucinic brace gives Juventus victory
Juventus took another step towards a second straight Serie A title when Mirko Vucinic's late double secured a 2-1 home win over Pescara on Saturday that took them 12 points clear at the top as the visitors finished with 10 men.
La Liga: Fabregas, Alexis help Barca maul Mallorca 5-0
Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez were on scintillating form as leaders Barcelona made light of the absence of injured World Player of the Year Lionel Messi with a 5-0 win at home to Real Mallorca in La Liga on Saturday.
April 06, 2013I-League: Pailan Arrows beat 10-man Dempo
Pailan Arrows scored a goal in each half to down 10-man Dempo 2-0 in the 23rd round of the I-League at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Saturday.
Bayern win 22nd Bundesliga title in record time
Bayern Munich won their 22nd Bundesliga title in record time on Saturday by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to open up an unassailable 20-point lead with six games left in the season.
EPL: Rosicky brace lifts Arsenal to fourth
Arsenal climbed back into the Premier League's top four for the first time since December when they won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion thanks to two goals from Tomas Rosicky despite having defender Per Mertesacker sent off on Saturday.
EPL: Southampton push Reading closer to relegation
Southampton delivered a huge blow to the Premier League survival hopes of their former boss Nigel Adkins and his Reading team when they beat them 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday to leave the hosts rooted to the foot of the table.
April 04, 2013Refs for E Bengal's AFC Cup match received sexual bribes
Three Lebanese football officials have been charged with receiving sexual bribes to fix an AFC Cup match in Singapore, a government law-enforcement agency of the island city-state said on Thursday.
April 03, 2013UAE investors invited to bid for I-League clubs
In a move to revive football in India, the All India Football Federation has invited investors from the United Arab Emirates to bid for two available club slots in India's top-flight domestic football league.
April 02, 2013Churchill too good for Singapore's Warriors FC
A depleted Churchill Brothers registered their first victory in the AFC Cup, thrashing Singapore's Warriors FC 3-0 in their third group match of the continental football tournament, in Pune, on Tuesday.
April 01, 2013Sunderland turn to Di Canio as saviour
Sunderland entrusted flamboyant Italian Paolo Di Canio with the task of securing their Premier League survival when they appointed him as head coach in place of the sacked Martin O'Neill on Sunday.
Ba goal gives Chelsea FA Cup win over Manchester United
A brilliant goal by Demba Ba gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Manchester United in an FA Cup sixth-round replay at Stamford Bridge on Monday, securing the holders a semi-final against Manchester City.
Xavi, Alba return for Barca's Champions League tie
Barcelona's Xavi and Jordi Alba have both recovered from hamstring strains and were included in their squad on Sunday for the trip to play Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Liverpool increase Villa's relegation worries
Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard struck second-half goals for Liverpool who increased Aston Villa's Premier League relegation fears by recovering from going behind to secure a 2-1 away victory on Sunday.
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