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2018 FIFA World Cup: Politics, intrigue and drama mix in playoffs

2018 FIFA World Cup: Politics, intrigue and drama mix in playoffs

From the Soviet Union`s refusal to travel to Chile in 1973 to the hole in the net blamed for denying Australia a place at the 1998 tournament, these gripping, but often quirky, fixtures boast a history of intrigue and drama.

Nov 09, 2017, 00:15 AM IST
Argentina at risk of missing World Cup without talisman Lionel Messi, says Diego Maradona

Argentina at risk of missing World Cup without talisman Lionel Messi, says Diego Maradona

In Messi`s absence, Argentina will play Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru. The Barcelona forward will return for the team`s last qualifier against Ecuador on October 10.

Apr 25, 2017, 15:30 PM IST
FIFA announces $369 million loss with worse to come

FIFA announces $369 million loss with worse to come

FIFA relies overwhelmingly on the World Cup, held every four years, for its revenues.  

Apr 07, 2017, 21:10 PM IST
FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

Asia, currently guaranteed between four and five World Cup entries, will get eight slots, while European confederation UEFA gets a boost from 13 to 16.

Mar 31, 2017, 09:13 AM IST
FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopeful of video referrals at 2018 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopeful of video referrals at 2018 World Cup

Colombia`s Atletico Nacional slammed the new video assistant referee (VAR) technology after the system helped knock them out midweek.

Dec 17, 2016, 16:53 PM IST
India given wild-card entry at the 2016 U-17 Futsal World Cup, beginning July 11

India given wild-card entry at the 2016 U-17 Futsal World Cup, beginning July 11

The Indian squad was selected through U-17 nationals which were hosted in Haryana from June 14 to June 16.

Jul 08, 2016, 19:58 PM IST
One billion watched 2014 FIFA World Cup final on TV

One billion watched 2014 FIFA World Cup final on TV

Report producer said 695 million people watched at least 20 minutes of the final at home. 

Dec 16, 2015, 21:39 PM IST
Major sponsors demand reforms at FIFA

Major sponsors demand reforms at FIFA

Two top sponsors of FIFA and its World Cup tournaments on Friday ratcheted up pressure on the global football body for major reforms as a corruption scandal casts a lengthening shadow over the sport.

Jul 18, 2015, 17:04 PM IST
Stephen Constantine rues lack of football culture in India

Stephen Constantine rues lack of football culture in India

National coach Stephen Constantine feels that most of the Indian footballers do not have strong command on the basics of the game primarily due to a lack of football culture in the country.

Jul 17, 2015, 14:06 PM IST
It's official: Germany named ''Die Mannschaft''

It's official: Germany named ''Die Mannschaft''

Germany on Monday launched their new logo, including the use of term `die Mannschaft`, in an effort to increase international branding of the hugely popular World Cup winners.

Jun 08, 2015, 18:24 PM IST
Former FIFA official Chuck Blazer admits taking bribes over choice of 1998, 2010 World Cup hosts

Former FIFA official Chuck Blazer admits taking bribes over choice of 1998, 2010 World Cup hosts

Chuck Blazer admitted in court testimony released Wednesday he conspired with fellow FIFA executives to accept bribes during the process to choose hosts for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

Jun 04, 2015, 02:43 AM IST
No way Qatar will lose 2022 Football World Cup: Foreign minister

No way Qatar will lose 2022 Football World Cup: Foreign minister

Qatar`s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said on Wednesday there was "no way" his country would be stripped of its right to host the 2022 World Cup, accusing Qatar`s critics of an anti-Arab campaign.

Jun 04, 2015, 01:06 AM IST
Sepp Blatter resignation a relief for World Cup sponsors: Experts

Sepp Blatter resignation a relief for World Cup sponsors: Experts

 FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s decision to resign amid corruption allegations at soccer`s governing body is a relief for corporate sponsors who have called for more transparency at the organization, sports marketing experts said on Tuesday. 

Jun 03, 2015, 05:10 AM IST
Germans don't want World Cup boycott, says DFB president

Germans don't want World Cup boycott, says DFB president

Germany does not want a boycott of soccer`s World Cup tournament, the president of the German Football Association (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach told Reuters on Tuesday.

Jun 02, 2015, 19:29 PM IST
FIFA claims innocence in $10 million transfer

FIFA claims innocence in $10 million transfer

FIFA on Tuesday admitted that it had processed a USD 10 million payment from South Africa to a disgraced football official but denied that the world body's secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved.

Jun 02, 2015, 14:56 PM IST
Organiser of 2010 World Cup in South Africa admits paying $10 million to FIFA

Organiser of 2010 World Cup in South Africa admits paying $10 million to FIFA

The former president of the local organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan, admitted that the organisation he headed paid $10 million in 2008 to FIFA, although he denied that it was a bribe.

Jun 01, 2015, 04:15 AM IST
No change in distribution of FIFA World Cup places

No change in distribution of FIFA World Cup places

FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blater said on Saturday.

May 30, 2015, 17:24 PM IST
Taiwan FA head accused of betting on his side to lose

Taiwan FA head accused of betting on his side to lose

The head of the Taiwan Football Association (CTFA) is being investigated by authorities after allegedly betting on his side to lose a World Cup qualifier against Brunei, local media reported on Thursday.

Apr 23, 2015, 14:26 PM IST
Brazil eyes German youth football model

Brazil eyes German youth football model

The old saying goes that if you can't beat them, join them. And the adage has struck a chord with Brazil's football federation (CBF) in the aftermath of the national team's 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany in July last year.

Apr 12, 2015, 11:10 AM IST
Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup

Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his country`s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull all its troops out of his territory, in a German newspaper interview published on Monday.

Mar 16, 2015, 14:56 PM IST