2018 World Cup

World Cup bound Eden Hazard in no hurry to extend Chelsea contract

World Cup bound Eden Hazard in no hurry to extend Chelsea contract

Hazard`s contract with Chelsea runs until 2020 and the defending English Premier League champions are keen for the 27-year-old to extend his stay amid persistent media reports of a possible move to Spain.

Mar 27, 2018, 19:08 PM IST
Argentina to be 'Messi's team' at the World Cup: Jorge Sampaoli

Argentina to be 'Messi's team' at the World Cup: Jorge Sampaoli

Five-time Ballon d`Or winner Messi has led Barcelona to 30 domestic and European trophies during a stellar career but is yet to win a major trophy with the national team, apart from a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Mar 23, 2018, 10:39 AM IST
Lionel Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

Lionel Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.

Mar 22, 2018, 10:29 AM IST
Sans Neymar, Brazil brace up to face Russia in pre-World Cup friendly

Sans Neymar, Brazil brace up to face Russia in pre-World Cup friendly

The most expensive football player on the planet is back home, celebrating his sister's birthday with his famous right foot recovering from surgery in a protective boot. But things are deadly serious in Moscow, where the Selecao play on Friday at the Luzhniki Stadium in which they will hope to lift a record sixth World Cup trophy on July 15.

Mar 22, 2018, 10:22 AM IST
Brazil to play Austria, Croatia in pre-World Cup friendlies

Brazil to play Austria, Croatia in pre-World Cup friendlies

In addition to the friendlies, the CBF struck a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to use the club`s new north London facilities for their pre-World Cup training base. The Selecao will also stay in a hotel within the sports complex.

Mar 20, 2018, 13:33 PM IST
Atletico Madrid and Brazil defender Filipe Luis breaks leg, set to miss World Cup

Atletico Madrid and Brazil defender Filipe Luis breaks leg, set to miss World Cup

The left back had to be carried off on a stretcher after a challenge with striker Eder just over an hour into the 5-1 win against the Russian side.

Mar 16, 2018, 17:46 PM IST
Video assistant referee (VAR) to get FIFA green signal for 2018 World Cup

Video assistant referee (VAR) to get FIFA green signal for 2018 World Cup

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, will oversee the governing body's meeting in Bogota happy to give the green light to the system despite a long, personal spell of scepticism.

Mar 15, 2018, 15:07 PM IST
Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter not in favour of VAR being employed in 2018 World Cup

Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter not in favour of VAR being employed in 2018 World Cup

The sport`s law-making body IFAB is due to decide on Saturday whether to approve VAR on a permanent basis and FIFA has already said it intends to use the system at the World Cup in Russia in June and July.

Mar 01, 2018, 16:59 PM IST
Lionel Messi's Argentina to visit Israel for World Cup warm up game

Lionel Messi's Argentina to visit Israel for World Cup warm up game

Since Israel abandoned the ageing National Stadium in Tel Aviv, major international fixtures have been played either in Haifa or Jerusalem.

Feb 28, 2018, 23:40 PM IST
Ronaldinho bets on Neymar to bring Brazil 'lot of joy' in 2018 World Cup in Russia

Ronaldinho bets on Neymar to bring Brazil 'lot of joy' in 2018 World Cup in Russia

Neymar has been in fine form for Paris Saint-Germain season, scoring 28 goals in 30 matches after leaving Barcelona for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros. 

Feb 26, 2018, 09:54 AM IST
Kuwait passes new sport law aimed at ending FIFA, IOC bans

Kuwait passes new sport law aimed at ending FIFA, IOC bans

Kuwait has been barred from taking part in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, the 2019 Asian Cup, and before that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Dec 04, 2017, 00:05 AM IST
Iceland become smallest country ever to qualify for FIFA World Cup

Iceland become smallest country ever to qualify for FIFA World Cup

Iceland`s seven wins in the group included all five of their home matches where previous World Cup semi-finalists Croatia and Turkey were among the victims.

Oct 10, 2017, 08:07 AM IST
Gerard Pique scrutinised in Spain team for Catalonia stance

Gerard Pique scrutinised in Spain team for Catalonia stance

Pique broke down in tears after Barcelona`s win over Las Palmas on Sunday, declaring "I am Catalan and feel Catalan" and offered to quit the Spain team if anyone in the side had a problem with his views.

Oct 06, 2017, 00:06 AM IST
Lionel Messi's misfiring Argentina face awkward hurdle in 2018 World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi's misfiring Argentina face awkward hurdle in 2018 World Cup qualifier

A lacklustre 1-1 home draw with Venezuela in their last outing on September 5 left Argentina`s hopes of automatic qualification for next year`s finals in Russia hanging by the slenderest of threads.

Oct 04, 2017, 12:18 PM IST
FIFA announces simplified format for 2018 World Cup draw

FIFA announces simplified format for 2018 World Cup draw

The global soccer body said that the 32 teams would be divided into four pots with the seven top-ranked teams plus hosts Russia in pot one, the next eight-ranked teams in pot two and so on.

Sep 15, 2017, 00:05 AM IST
2018 World Cup qualifiers: Lionel Messi-led Argentina look to maintain pressure on Chile

2018 World Cup qualifiers: Lionel Messi-led Argentina look to maintain pressure on Chile

An uninspiring 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Montevideo on Thursday left Argentina level on 23 points with fourth-placed Chile, who lead on goal difference.

Sep 04, 2017, 10:54 AM IST

Russia faces first test for 2018 World Cup with Confederations Cup opener

World Cup holders Germany and the FIFA Confederations champions compete in the eight-team tournament which will put Russia`s ability to handle thousands of visiting and home fans under the spotlight.

Jun 17, 2017, 08:36 AM IST
Five things to look out for at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

Five things to look out for at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

Since its inception in 1997, the Confederations Cup has been won four times by Brazil, twice by France and once by Mexico.

Jun 16, 2017, 22:53 PM IST
2018 World Cup: FIFA admits North Korean workers helped build Russian venues

2018 World Cup: FIFA admits North Korean workers helped build Russian venues

The impoverished North Korea state is known to export workers abroad in a bid to earn hard currency. The workers are often employed in near slave-labour conditions.

May 26, 2017, 23:23 PM IST
2018 World Cup: Russia gets FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's approval over tournament preparation

2018 World Cup: Russia gets FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's approval over tournament preparation

"I`ve always been convinced that Russia will meet all of its obligations -- now we can see the concrete facts," RIA Novosti news agency quoted Infantino as saying in the southern city of Krasnodar in comments translated into Russian.

May 23, 2017, 23:00 PM IST