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Germany, Real Madrid for Laureus team of the year award
Germany, Real Madrid for Laureus team of the year award

Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning football team is pitted against European club football champions Real Madrid in the best team category for the 2015 Laureus awards, officials announced Wednesday.

Michael Van Praag wants bigger FIFA World Cup
Michael Van Praag wants bigger FIFA World Cup

Michael van Praag wants more teams from outside Europe in the World Cup and aims to implant more strict measures to combat match fixing, the FIFA presidential candidate stated during his presentation at the Olympic Stadium here.

Iraq icon Mahmoud targets `dream` World Cup
Iraq icon Mahmoud targets `dream` World Cup

Iraq icon Younis Mahmoud dismissed speculation over his retirement and said he was targeting a "dream" World Cup spot after their Asian Cup campaign came crashing to a halt.

Jose Mourinho warns away Andre Schurrle suitors
Jose Mourinho warns away Andre Schurrle suitors

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday that it will take a "phenomenal" offer for him to sell out-of-favour German winger Andre Schurrle in January.

New sponsors ready to replace old, says beleaguered FIFA
New sponsors ready to replace old, says beleaguered FIFA

FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organisation because it was a "toxic brand", saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old.

Give World Cup to Australia, says Palestine boss
Give World Cup to Australia, says Palestine boss

Palestine coach Ahmad Alhasan on Monday showered praise on Asian Cup hosts Australia and said they should be allowed to hold the World Cup.

Is Luis Suarez heading back to England?
Is Luis Suarez heading back to England?

Controversial striker, Luis Suarez could make a surprise return to England after his limited success in Spain and the growing unrest in Barcelona ranks.

Javier Mascherano wishes to retire at River Plate
Javier Mascherano wishes to retire at River Plate

Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano wishes to end his career at his first club Atletico River Plate after his contract with Barcelona expires June 30, 2018.

Time to deliver for Socceroos on home soil
Time to deliver for Socceroos on home soil

 After a year of sometimes painful transition and an encouraging yet ultimately pointless World Cup campaign, Australia enter 2015 knowing that promise no longer counts for anything and only results matter.

Next World Cup too soon for ASEAN champions Thailand
Next World Cup too soon for ASEAN champions Thailand

 AFF Suzuki Cup winning coach Kiatisak Senamuang pleaded for patience from Thai fans, who have been left talking up their chances of a first World Cup finals berth following their Southeast Asian title triumph.

I have learnt from World Cup pain: Neymar
I have learnt from World Cup pain: Neymar

 Brazil's star footballer Neymar said he has learnt important lessons from his 2014 FIFA World Cup heartbreak and he looks to the next year for redemption.

Germany fans snap up three million shirts
Germany fans snap up three million shirts

Germany fans have bought more than three million of the white shirt Joachim Loew`s side wore when they won the World Cup in Brazil, according to a report Sunday.

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.