High altitude lifts Bhutan`s World Cup hopes
High altitude lifts Bhutan`s World Cup hopes

Bhutan`s amateurs are hoping the dizzying altitude of their Himalayan home games will give them an edge as they look to extend their World Cup fairytale.

Cricket World Cup: Shane Watson wary of danger from 'incredible' Pakistan
Cricket World Cup: Shane Watson wary of danger from 'incredible' Pakistan

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson expects Pakistan to come out firing in Friday's World Cup quarter-final, saying a knock-out situation usually brought out the best in them.

Chilly weather will not be a factor against Nepal, feels Indian football coach
Chilly weather will not be a factor against Nepal, feels Indian football coach

National football coach Stephen Constantine feels the chilly weather in the Nepali capital with the mercury dipping to 14 degrees Celsius wouldn't be a problem for the Indian team as they take on Nepal in the return leg of the World Cup Qualifiers here on March 17.

`World`s worst` Bhutan enjoy dream World Cup debut
`World`s worst` Bhutan enjoy dream World Cup debut

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in international football, enjoyed a dream debut in the World Cup qualifiers Thursday by recording a shock 1-0 away victory over Sri Lanka.

Subrata Paul to lead India against Nepal in football World Cup prelims
Subrata Paul to lead India against Nepal in football World Cup prelims

Experienced goalkeeper Subrata Paul will be wearing the captain's armband as coach Stephen Constantine begins his second stint with the Indian football team with a match against Nepal in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers first round here tomorrow.

Scotland, UAE remains atop Super Six table of WC qualifiers

Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) both recorded back-to-back victories to remain at the top of the Super Six table of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) here on Tuesday.

Venezuela manager Farias quits with World Cup dream over

Venezuela manager Cesar Farias resigned on Saturday after his failure to secure a first-ever World Cup qualification for the nation who missed out on next year`s finals.

Uruguay vow no let-up against Jordan

Uruguay will show no mercy to Jordan as they prepare to seal their World Cup qualifying berth here Wednesday after a first-leg thrashing of the Asian minnows which left them virtually assured of their ticket to Brazil.

Joachim Loew backs France to reach World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday that he expects France to overcome the odds by prevailing in their World Cup qualifying play-off against Ukraine.

Cameroon reach seventh World Cup finals

Two second half goals from Jean Makoun saw Cameroon to a comfortable 4-1 win over Tunisia to book their place in the World Cup finals for an African record seventh time on Sunday.

Germany striker Klose doubtful for Italy, England matches

Germany forward Miroslav Klose could be doubtful for their friendly internationals against Italy and England in the coming days after suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday, the team said on Monday.

World Cup success offers rare ray of hope for Bosnia

Flares and fireworks lit up the Sarajevo sky as thousands of inhabitants flocked to the city`s streets to celebrate deep into the early hours of Wednesday morning in recognition of Bosnia`s successful World Cup campaign.

Uruguay win but face World Cup playoff with Jordan

Chile and Ecuador claimed the final two South American berths at next year`s World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday as Uruguay missed out, despite beating already qualified Argentina.

England`s approach has not changed, says Hodgson

While the gloom has lifted around England`s prospects of reaching the World Cup after their 4-1 hammering of Montenegro on Friday, manager Roy Hodgson says his approach has not altered in the face of criticism throughout the campaign.

French playoff opponent will not be smiling: Deschamps

France face the prospect of a World Cup qualifying playoff against one of the big footballing nations and no matter which team they draw, coach Didier Deschamps believes their opponents are unlikely to be smiling.

Belgium, Germany and Swiss book World Cup tickets

Two-goal Romelu Lukaku fired Belgium into next year`s World Cup finals and they were joined by Germany and Switzerland in sealing tickets on Friday to the Brazil extravaganza.

Lively Lukaku books Belgium`s World Cup ticket

Belgium reached their first World Cup finals since 2002 after on-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored two excellent individual goals in the first half to earn a 2-1 victory in Croatia on Friday.

Van Persie becomes all-time top Dutch scorer after 8-1 win

A hat trick from Robin van Persie earned the striker the status as the Netherlands` all-time leading scorer as the already-through Dutch hammered Hungary 8-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam on Friday.

Africa play-offs draw Premier League stars

Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure are among 16 English Premier League footballers called up for 2014 World Cup play-offs in Africa this weekend.

Wayne Rooney returns for final England qualifiers

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge were on Thursday recalled by England manager Roy Hodgson for the decisive World Cup qualifiers at home to Montenegro and Poland later this month.