India drop 12 places to 167th in FIFA rankings
India drop 12 places to 167th in FIFA rankings

India have dropped 12 places to the 167th spot in the latest global football rankings, released on Thursday.

FIFA investigating Hong Kong over anthem jeers
FIFA investigating Hong Kong over anthem jeers

FIFA said Thursday it was investigating an incident where Hong Kong fans jeered the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifier.

Tim Cahill to captain Australia in absence of injured Mile Jedinak
Tim Cahill to captain Australia in absence of injured Mile Jedinak

Veteran forward Tim Cahill will replace injured midfielder Mile Jedinak as Australia captain for Thursday`s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth.

Japan romp to 4-0 friendly win over Iraq

Japan flattened Iraq 4-0 on Thursday, landing a crushing double blow inside the first 10 minutes of a friendly that offered the hosts little more than gentle target practice.

Defender Arnab Mondal appointed as India football team captain
Defender Arnab Mondal appointed as India football team captain

India's national football team coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday appointed defender Arnab Mondal as the side's captain.

Eric Abidal announces retirement ''for personal reasons''
Eric Abidal announces retirement ''for personal reasons''

Former France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for `personal reasons`.

Asian Games: North Korea head south in search of gold
Asian Games: North Korea head south in search of gold

A series of extremely rare inter-Korean flights will bring several hundred North Korean athletes and officials south for this month`s Asian Games -- where Pyongyang hopes to make an equally rare international sporting mark.

South Africa recall Serero for Brazil match

South Africa recalled controversial midfielder Thulani Serero Friday for a March 5 Soweto friendly against 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil.

Kenya loses ODI status following defeat by Scotland in World Cup qualifier

The national cricket team of Kenya has lost their one-day international (ODI) status following their three-wicket defeat by Scotland in their World Cup qualifier in New Zealand on Thursday.

Ashley Cole ruled out of Poland qualifier

England left back Ashley Cole has been ruled out of Tuesday`s final World Cup qualifier against Poland after failing to recover from the rib injury which forced him to miss the win over Montenegro.

Colombia seal World Cup berth with fightback

Colombia pulled off an amazing fightback to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1998 on Friday, rallying from 3-0 down to snatch a 3-3 draw against 10-man Chile in a six-goal thriller.

Germany coach Loew says contract extension possible

Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident he will agree a contract extension past 2014, he said on Friday after his team booked a place in next year`s World Cup with a 3-0 win over Ireland.

FIFA revokes Bulgaria player suspension

FIFA revoked the provisional suspension of Bulgarian international Yordan Minev on Thursday only hours after announcing the defender failed a dope test at a World Cup qualifier away to Malta this month.

Lambert to start for England after Sturridge ruled out

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert will lead England`s attack in the World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out through injury.

Lionel Messi in Argentina squad missing four suspended players

Argentina`s injured captain Lionel Messi has been named in a squad missing the suspended Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain for next month`s World Cup qualifier against South America`s bottom side Paraguay.

Ecuador 1-1 Argentina: Visitors survive Tricolor rally to earn point

Argentina were forced to dig deep as they toiled in the altitude of Quito, but a determined defensive effort saw Alejandro Sabella`s men hold on for a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador in Tuesday`s World Cup qualifier.

No proof of racist attack against Ferdinand brothers in WC qualifier: FA

The English Football Association (FA) is reportedly set to tell FIFA that they have no evidence of racist chanting by English fans during the World Cup qualifier of England against San Marino.

Fifa receive complaint over racist chants from England fans

Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) have sent a complaint to Fifa over alleged racist chants by England fans during their nation`s World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday.

Hodgson wary of `serious rivals` Ukraine

Roy Hodgson insists that Ukraine are still a threat to England’s World Cup qualification campaign.

Uganda names squad to defend ICC Africa T20 trophy

Uganda has named an 18-man squad that will defend its title when the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa T20 tournament kicks off here Feb 23.