Brazil police prevent protest near Maracana stadium

Brazilian police used pepper spray to prevent some 200 protestors from getting near Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana stadium Sunday during the Argentina-Bosnia World Cup game.

Ex-players back Argentina to win World Cup

Former football internationals S S Narayan, Fortunato Franco and Brahmanand Shankawalkar on Saturday said Lionel Messi’s Argentina could go on to regain the World Cup in South Africa.

South African police pelted with missiles in World Cup drill

A screaming crowd pelted South African police with bottles and cans and threw petrol bombs on Thursday – just to make sure the riot squad is ready for trouble during June’s World Cup.

Hospitals not ready for World Cup disaster: Doctor

South Africa’s public hospitals are completely unprepared for a disaster like a crowd stampede at the World Cup, a FIFA adviser said.

France coach sets May 18 World Cup deadline

France players not fit by May 18 will not be involved in the World Cup, coach Raymond Domenech was quoted as saying on Friday.

You`re not one of sport`s greats without World Cup: Messi

Soccer players must win the World Cup before they can be considered one of the sport`s greats, in-form Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was quoted as saying.

India to make a bid for hosting football World Cup: Kalmadi

Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi said the fact that the country will soon have international class stadias, India will soon make a bid to host the Football World Cup.

World Cup chaos fears as Egypt, Algeria clash

Threats of violence in Cairo have overshadowed the final round of 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Africa this weekend with three places in South Africa up for grabs.

Morocco name squad for World Cup qualifier

Morocco coach Hassen Moumen has named the following 24-man squad for their World Cup African zone Group One qualifier at home to Cameroon in Fes on Nov. 14.

Ronaldo laughs off Rooney’s Portuguese ‘death wish’ comment

Ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off Wayne Rooney’s comments that he hopes Portugal do not qualify for the World Cup.

England players to get 400,000 pounds for World Cup win

The England football team players will get four lakh pounds each as bonus if they win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Capello promises Croatia that England will go for a win

Croatia need not worry about England taking it easy against Ukraine on Saturday despite having already qualified for the World Cup finals, coach Fabio Capello said on Friday.

Germany keeper Enke’s infection still unidentified

Keeper Robert Enke, who pulled out of Germany’s squad before last week’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan with a mysterious infection, will need more tests to identify his illness, his club Hanover 96 said on Monday.

Now, Scot players to test a waterproof football kit

Scotland may be out of the World Cup, but it leads the globe on one footballing frontier - testing out a new range of all-weather soccer gear.

Capello reveals how he aims to conquer the world

England football coach Fabio Capello is working on a master plan which he believes will turn England into World Cup winners.

Mature’ Rooney hopes for a better World Cup this time

Wayne Rooney is hoping for a better World Cup this time.

Ibrahimovic to deputise as Sweden captain

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stand in as captain in place of injured fellow striker Henrik Larsson, coach Lars Lagerback said on Tuesday when naming a 22-man squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.