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FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022

FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022

A FIFA task force examining dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended the Gulf state hosts a shorter tournament, staged over the cooler months of November and December 2022.

Brazil promises secure World Cup

The Brazilian government will ensure security in the FIFA World Cup which will take place in 12 Brazilian cities in June, President Dilma Rousseff said.

Neymar nominated for Golden Ball

Brazil`s Neymar has been included on a six-man shortlist for the FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball award.

Local press blasts national team, coach after Mexico booted

Mexico`s national team and coach were lambasted by the local press following the squad`s 0-2 loss to Brazil and subsequent elimination from the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Italy edge spirited Japan to seal final-four spot

Second-half substitute Sebastian Giovinco scored a dramatic 86th-minute winner here as Italy defeated Japan 4-3 in a pulsating FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match.

FIFA Confederations Cup, Group B preview

Spain and Uruguay raise the Group B curtain at Recife`s Arena Pernambuco Sunday in a fixture laden with European-based stars. The less-fancied Tahiti and Nigeria open their campaign the following day at Belo Horizonte`s Mineirao.

Brazil close to regaining winning ways: Alves

Daniel Alves is adamant Brazil are on track to recapture their status as a football power ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup later this month.

Paulinho earns draw for Brazil in Maracana reopening

A sublime 83rd-minute volley from Paulinho earned Brazil a 2-2 draw against England in the first match at the revamped Maracana stadium.

Fred praises Brazil spirit in match against England

Though Brazil`s friendly match against England to re-inaugurate the iconic Maracana stadium ended in a 2-2 draw, the home team had good reason to be satisfied, striker Fred said.

Brazilian stadiums face problems before Confederations Cup

Some of Brazil`s stadiums which will host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June are facing problems, two weeks before the beginning of the tourney.

42,000 more FIFA Confederations Cup tickets go on sale

World football`s governing body FIFA has made available an extra 42,308 tickets to the general public for June`s Confederations Cup in Brazil.

`Maracana strike no threat to FIFA deadline`

Rio de Janeiro`s state government insists that Maracana Stadium remains on target to be ready for FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

Pele to join Blatter meeting with Brazil president

Pele will join Friday`s clear-the-air meeting between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, soccer`s world governing body said on Wednesday.