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Brazilian builder ​Andrade Gutierrez to admit 2014 World Cup bribes: Folha paper

Brazilian builder ​Andrade Gutierrez to admit 2014 World Cup bribes: Folha paper

 Brazilian builder Andrade Gutierrez will confess to paying bribes for 2014 FIFA World Cup contracts and business with state-run companies Petrobras and Eletrobras, a newspaper report said on Friday.

2016 Rio Olympic's success will be measured by organisational efficiency: Dilma Rousseff

2016 Rio Olympic's success will be measured by organisational efficiency: Dilma Rousseff

Brazil's success in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be shown not only in the stadiums but also above all in the country's organisational efficiency, said President Dilma Rousseff, during the launch of the Olympic Year of Tourism here.

Don't struggle to motivate myself, says Lionel Messi

Don't struggle to motivate myself, says Lionel Messi

Argentina's football superstar Lionel Messi said he doesn't struggle to motivate himself for his national team or club, Spanish outfit FC Barcelona, adding his ultimate aim is to keep winning whenever he plays.

Pep Guardiola has destroyed Mario Gotze at Bayern, alleges agent

Pep Guardiola has destroyed Mario Gotze at Bayern, alleges agent

 Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has "destroyed" Mario Gotze and is responsible for his struggles there, according to the German midfielder's agent.

Argentina ready to end 22-year trophy drought: Javier Mascherano

Argentina ready to end 22-year trophy drought: Javier Mascherano

 Ace Argentina defender Javier Mascherano on Saturday insisted that his team has the talent and the obligation to break a 22-year trophy drought by winning the Copa America which began on Thursday.

Brazil is clean on winning World Cup bid: President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil is clean on winning World Cup bid: President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has said there was "no reason" to suspect kickbacks were used to secure the country's right to stage the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust

Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust

Berti Vogts, who played on Germany`s 1974 World Cup winning team and coached their 1996 European championship squad, was named a national team technical advisor Thursday by the United States Soccer Federation.

500-day countdown begins for for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

500-day countdown begins for for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The Brazilian city of Rio has started the 500-day countdown for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Germany is poised for more success: Mario Gotze

Germany is poised for more success: Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze, who will forever be known as the man who won the 2014 World Cup after scoring the winning goal in the final, believes the Germany team is poised for even more success in the future.

English FA executive exonerated in Brazil World Cup scalping case

English FA executive exonerated in Brazil World Cup scalping case

A Rio de Janeiro court has shelved charges against Raymond Whelan, the English executive who was accused of involvement with a scalping network at last year`s World Cup.

Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic joins Inter on loan

Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic joins Inter on loan

 Italian football powerhouse Inter Milan announced the signing of Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on a two-year loan.

Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez

Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez

Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez was thrilled after scooping the best goal award of 2014 but said that it would be difficult to match his strike against Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song retires from international football

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song retires from international football

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has announced retirement from international football following exclusion from his country's Africa Cup of Nations squad. He has not played for the national team since being sent off against Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award

Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award

Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.

Brazil turn to youth to revive football fortunes

Brazil turn to youth to revive football fortunes

Brazil's football federation has announced plans to build 15 training centres designed to develop young players.

World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez starting to make Real Madrid mark

World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez starting to make Real Madrid mark

Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup.

Real Madrid pressured Di Maria not to play in World Cup final

Real Madrid pressured Di Maria not to play in World Cup final

British football`s record signing Angel di Maria says he tore up a letter sent on the morning of the World Cup final by his then club Real Madrid telling him not to play for Argentina against Germany.

FIFA can`t stop us: Ghana`s commission

The presidential commission of inquiry set up to investigate Ghana`s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil began work here despite a warning from the world football governing body, FIFA.

Ecuador sack World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda, hand reins to Sixto Vizuete

Ecuador have sacked World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda following the team`s failure to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil.

Iran defender Hosseini joins Al Ahli of Qatar

Iran defender Jalal Hosseini has joined Al Ahli football club of Qatar, Tasnim news agency has reported.