Neymar asks Brazil``s fans to get behind Cup team

Brazil`s exciting young forward Neymar called on fickle home fans to get behind the team at the World Cup, saying they could be the most important "player" in the drive for a record sixth championship.

Bus strike hits World Cup host city Natal

Bus drivers in Natal, one of Brazil`s 12 World Cup host cities, have announced they will go on strike on the day the tournament opens.

LeBron James eager for role with Beckham`s Miami franchise

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham`s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.

Van Persie becomes all-time top Dutch scorer after 8-1 win

A hat trick from Robin van Persie earned the striker the status as the Netherlands` all-time leading scorer as the already-through Dutch hammered Hungary 8-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam on Friday.

Embarrassing loss for India but Koevermans says goal achieved

Indian football coach Wim Koevermans did not say in as many words that Nepal were the better side in today`s group match of the SAFF Football Tournament which his side lost 1-2, but insisted his players have achieved their goal of reaching the semifinals.

Three Bundesliga teams knocked out in German Cup

Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach and newly-promoted Braunschweig were eliminated by lower league teams in the first round of the DFB Pokal German Cup.

Liverpool confirm they rejected Arsenal offer for Suarez

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has confirmed the club rejected an offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez and remain determined to keep hold of the Uruguay international.

Fernandinho honoured after Manchester City debut

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has expressed his excitement after making his debut for the club on Sunday.

Piazon sings new Chelsea arrival Wallace`s praises

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has sung the praises of new signing Wallace, whom he has played alongside for Brazil`s youth international sides.

Forlan`s double sees off Fluminense

Uruguay`s Diego Forlan scored two first-half goals to help International beat reigning champions Fluminense 3-2 in Brazil`s Serie A football championship.

Bruno Cortez seals Benfica loan

Benfica have confirmed the loan signing of Sao Paulo left-back Bruno Cortez in a deal that includes the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicks off in China

The 2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicked off in Haiyang, host city of the third Asian Beach Games in eastern China`s Shandong Province.

Manchester United owe success to strikers: Benitez

Chelsea interim boss said in a statement that Manchester United owe their success to strikers. He added that with strikers like Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, United are bound to be at the position they are sitting on.

Bayern thrash Hamburg 9-2

Bayern Munich humiliated Hamburg 9-2 thanks to four goals by Claudio Pizzaro to show why they are on the way to snatch their 23rd Bundesliga title.

Philippines earn AFC Challenge Cup spot

The Philippines defeated Turkmenistan 1-0 to earn a spot in next year`s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives.

Seedorf likely to be banned for six matches

Botafogo midfielder Clarence Seedorf was likely to receive a six-match ban after a Brazilian sports tribunal launched an investigation into an incident that led to his stoppage-time dismissal.

Portugal can’t afford anymore slip-ups: Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has stressed that Portugal cannot afford to slip up again in the remainder of the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign if they are to make it to Brazil next year.

Over 130 ex-footballers currently behind bars in UK

A charity has called for football administrators to help about 133 former players, including former Everton star Michael Branch, who are currently behind bars.

Costa Rica to protest with FIFA

Costa Rica will be lodging a protest with world soccer governing body FIFA on the playing conditions during last Friday`s World Cup qualifier when they lost 0-1 to the US under a blanket of snow.

Lineker says never thought would be doing chips advertisements for 20 long years

Football legend Gary Lineker has said he had never thought he would be still doing chips advertisements twenty years after he did his first one.