Brazil confirms October football friendly against Japan

Brazil will meet Japan in a friendly at Singapore`s National Stadium Oct 14, the South American country`s football confederation has said.

Brazil leader hails World Cup as a success

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the World Cup has been a success but acknowledged the host country`s football team needs reform after its humiliating elimination from the tournament.

`Happy` Blatter hails World Cup success

FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared Wednesday that the World Cup in Brazil was a success, saying that fears of anti-tournament protests had not materialized.

Soccer World Cup stadium delays force fans to switch tickets

More than 1,000 fans planning to attend World Cup matches in Brazil have been forced to switch seats after stadium building delays and changes to signage compelled a reconfigurement of some seating plans, local organisers said on Saturday.

Scolari tells Brazil to sharpen up

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday urged his troops to sharpen up a day before their World Cup warm-up with Panama.

Valcke takes aim at Brazil venue Natal

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Wednesday voiced fresh criticism of Brazil`s World Cup preparations by indicating the northeastern venue of Natal had work to do to be ready for the event starting June 12.

Chastened Ronaldo hopes Brazil can deliver home triumph

Embarrassed about his country’s inability to complete the promised infrastructure ahead of next month’s World Cup, Brazil great Ronaldo believes the hosts will get it right on the pitch and win the tournament for a record sixth time.

Romario, Bebeto fight over World Cup

As team-mates they brought home the 1994 World Cup for Brazil, but as politicians Romario and Bebeto have become bitter rivals over the hosting of this year`s tournament.

Capello out to set record straight in Brazil

Fabio Capello has vowed to learn from his bitter World Cup experience with England when he returns to the tournament as Russia coach in June.

Brazilian fans can help or hurt World Cup hopes

Brazilian fans` legendary passion will play a key role as their team seeks to win the World Cup on home soil, but their notoriously high expectations will also put enormous pressure on the `selecao`.

FIFA says World Cup unfair demo target

Anti-World Cup campaigners in Brazil have threatened demonstrations during the showcase tournament next month but FIFA insisted Monday that it would be an unfair target.

Brazil steps up tourism offensive as Cup looms

A month away from hosting the World Cup, Brazil on Monday launched a new international tourism campaign designed to reach more than a billion people, insisting expected anti-Cup protests will not spoil the show.

Pele backs Brazil to rise above all problems and put on `fantastic` World Cup show

Brazilian football legend Pele is of the opinion that his nation would rise above all the problems, which are hampering its preparations for footballs most spectacular showpiece and put on a `fantastic` World Cup this summer.

Only two spots open in World Cup squad: Scolari

Brazil`s chief coach Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed that just two spots remain undecided in his World Cup squad.

Protests could disrupt Brazil`s World Cup quest : Scolari

People protesting against the World Cup or in favour of more social spending could harm the country`s chances of winning the tournament, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Sunday.

Neymar bids to enter Brazil``s pantheon of greats

Every time Brazil have lifted the World Cup the star of the show has been a forward, and Neymar will seek to keep up that tradition in June and July.

Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil`s hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has said.

Spain coach has injured Valdes` replacement in mind

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said Monday that he has a good idea who will replace injured goalkeeper Victor Valdes for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Lilian Thuram `understands` Brazil protest

French football legend Lilian Thuram expressed sympathy with Brazilian protesters threatening to disrupt the World Cup, saying he understands their anger over the tournament`s multi-billion-dollar price tag.

Brazil minister sees no mass movement to halt World Cup

Mass protests against inequality are unlikely to disrupt the World Cup in Brazil, the country`s sports minister Aldo Rebelo said on Monday.