Yearender: Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year
Yearender: Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport`s history, Germany`s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world`s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Maradona says he's a 'soldier' of Venezuela
Maradona says he's a 'soldier' of Venezuela

Argentina football legend Diego Armando Maradona said he's a "soldier" of Venezuela after a short meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

Atletico de Kolkata planning soccer academy in Kolkata
Atletico de Kolkata planning soccer academy in Kolkata

On the lines of Atletico de Madrid's academy in Spain, ISL franchisee ATK is planning to build a world-class coaching academy to nurture young talents, here.

Court orders Diego Maradona to pay for slander victim's legal fees
Court orders Diego Maradona to pay for slander victim's legal fees

 Famed Argentine ex-footballer Diego Maradona must pay the legal expenses of Shanghai Shenhua team coach Sergio Batista for alleging he took bribes from national players, an Argentine court has ruled.

German league chief backs World Cup boycott calls
German league chief backs World Cup boycott calls

A top German league official on Saturday backed calls for a European boycott of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar over corruption allegations.

Spain relieved ''annus horribilis'' is finally over
Spain relieved ''annus horribilis'' is finally over

At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque`s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Roy Hodgson seeks England improvement all the way to Euro 2016
Roy Hodgson seeks England improvement all the way to Euro 2016

England ended their year on a high when they chalked up a sixth successive win with a 3-1 friendly victory over Scotland on Tuesday but coach Roy Hodgson says he expects even better as they approach Euro 2016.

Get your mind off World Cup ceremonies, Joachim Loew tells Germans
Get your mind off World Cup ceremonies, Joachim Loew tells Germans

 Germany have seen a dip in form since winning the World Cup in July and a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar on Friday was proof the players need to get their mind off the awards and start playing again, coach Joachim Loew said.

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on time: Vladimir Putin
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on time: Vladimir Putin

 Hosts Russia will carry out all preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on time and at the top level, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban
Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban

 Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. 

FIFA hails Indian Super League
FIFA hails Indian Super League

The inaugural Indian Super League will help the cricket-mad nation develop a football culture with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the World Cup, a top FIFA official said Wednesday.

Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface
Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface

Singapore`s sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, Brazil coach Dunga said on Monday ahead of their friendly against Asian champions Japan.

Soccer-watching crowd changes with glamorous ISL
Soccer-watching crowd changes with glamorous ISL

As Indian football took a new turn with the beginning of Indian Super League, the crowd profile at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan stadium also changed with a cricket-like craze clearly visible.

Scoring drought an old problem for new-look Germany
Scoring drought an old problem for new-look Germany

World champions Germany will be desperate to bounce back with home win over Ireland next week to recover from a shock 2-0 defeat to Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday but in order to achieve that, they need to start scoring goals.

ISL: Andre Santos joins FC Goa squad
ISL: Andre Santos joins FC Goa squad

Former Brazil international Andre Santos on Friday joined FC Goa team pratice session under the watchful eyes of coach Zico ahead of their Indian Super League campaign.

Frustrated Arjen Robben pleased to be back on international duty
Frustrated Arjen Robben pleased to be back on international duty

Winger Arjen Robben said he was happy to be back in the Netherlands squad after spending the last round of international fixtures swearing in front of the television set.

ISL: Trezeguet is our natural leader, says FC Pune City CEO
ISL: Trezeguet is our natural leader, says FC Pune City CEO

The latest signing of Kostas Katsouranis, a crash course at well-known Italian Serie 'A' club Fiorentina and, of course, the presence of David Trezeguet, give FC Pune City reasons to believe they can go the distance in the inaugural edition of Indian Super League.

Qatar will put on `one of best World Cups`, says Emir
Qatar will put on `one of best World Cups`, says Emir

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, on Thursday said the Gulf state will put on one of the finest World Cups in history when it hosts the tournament in 2022.

ISL: Robert Pires begins training at FC Goa
ISL: Robert Pires begins training at FC Goa

Former French international and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, who has been signed on as FC Goa's marquee player for the inaugural Indian Super League, today stepped onto the ground at Tilak Maidan here for his first training session with the team.

Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Theo Zwanziger
Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Theo 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.