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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Japan fire head coach Javier Aguirre
Japan fire head coach Javier Aguirre

 Japan fired their national coach Javier Aguirre on Tuesday because of fears the Mexican`s alleged involvement in an ongoing match-fixing case could effect the team`s bid to qualify for the next World Cup.

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.

2022 FIFA World Cup in winter, says AFC boss
2022 FIFA World Cup in winter, says AFC boss

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region`s blazing summer heat, Asia`s football supremo said.

Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache
Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache

Uzbek coach Mirdjalal Kasimov on Friday said their World Cup play-off defeat to Jordan still rankled as the Central Asians prepare to open their Asian Cup against North Korea.

New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup
New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup

 After 55 years without continental soccer success and on the back of a dire World Cup campaign in Brazil, all the talk in South Korea has been of a "Time for Change" in the buildup to the Asian Cup in January.

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.

Pele off dialysis, remains in intensive care
Pele off dialysis, remains in intensive care

Brazil legend Pele is making good progress and does not require dialysis but remains in intensive care as he battles kidney problems, the Sao Paulo hospital treating him said Monday.