world cup qualifiers

Italy beat Malta 2-0 in World Cup qualifier


September 12th, 2012 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 12 (IANS) Italy wrenched a less convincing 2-0 win over Malta at home to chalk up their first win in the 2014 football World Cup qualifiers.Mattia Destro opened ... Read more...

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Portugal is Russia’s group nemesis


September 8th, 2012 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS
St. Petersburg, Sep 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's two World Cup qualifiers against Portugal will decide the winner of Group F, former Russian goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev said.But the 33-year-old Zenit St. ... Read more...

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Bertrand signs long-term contract with Chelsea


September 5th, 2012 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Defender Ryan Bertrand has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, the London side said on its website Wednesday.The left back joined the Chelsea academy ... Read more...

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Dzyuba to miss World Cup qualifiers


September 5th, 2012 - 1:24 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian striker Artem Dzyuba has injured his knee and will miss Friday's football World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland and next Tuesday's against Israel.Spartak Moscow's ... Read more...

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Forlan ends goal drought with double


September 3rd, 2012 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 3 (IANS) Uruguay international striker Diego Forlan scored for the first time since his July move to Brazil's Internacional.Forlan's double helped his team defeat Flamengo 4-1 ... Read more...

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Capello seeks to rein in player bonuses


September 3rd, 2012 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's new chief football coach Fabio Capello wants to rein in the massive bonuses given to national team players, the acting president of the Russian ... Read more...

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Schweinsteiger to miss Germany’s World Cup qualifiers


August 31st, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Aug 31 (IANS) Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has not called up by Germany coach Joachim Loew for the country's next two World Cup qualifiers.Germany will play against the Faroe Islands ... Read more...

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Uruguay announce squad for World Cup qualifiers


August 23rd, 2012 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS
Montevideo (Uruguay), Aug 23 (IANS) The Uruguayan Football Association has named 27 players for the World Cup qualifiers in September against Colombia and Ecuador.The list includes stars Luis Suarez, Diego ... Read more...

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Tough for India to make Nehru Cup hat-trick


August 21st, 2012 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) India's first major test in the post-Bhaichung Bhutia era is whether they can make a hat-trick of Nehru Cup victories when they take the field ... Read more...

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German coach rejects Euro 2012 criticism by media


August 14th, 2012 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Aug 14 (IANS) Germany's coach Joachim Loew has criticised the media coverage as "tiresome" and "unrewarding" after his side's 1-2 loss to Italy at the Euro 2012 semi-finals.The 52-year-old ... Read more...

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Capello brings England assistants to Russia


July 24th, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Italian Fabio Capello, who is expected to take over as Russia football coach, will be bring in three of his assistants from his England days.Capello ... Read more...

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No extension option in Capello’s contract: Russia FA


July 22nd, 2012 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Fabio Capello has agreed to take over the Russian national football team on a two-year contract without the option of an extension, the Russian FA's ... Read more...

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Fornalik is new Poland football coach


July 11th, 2012 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
Warsaw, July 11 (IANS) The Polish Football Association (PFA) Tuesday named Waldemar Fornalik as new national team manager, tasking him with restoring national pride following Poland's first-round exit from Euro ... Read more...

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India out of AFC U-22 Championship


July 4th, 2012 - 1:32 am ICT by IANS
Muscat, July 3 (IANS) India failed to qualify for the final round of the under-22 AFC Championship as they were thrashed 0-4 by Oman in their last match of the ... Read more...

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AFC U-22: India need to be consistent against UAE in qualifiers


June 27th, 2012 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS
Muscat, June 27 (IANS) The Under-22 Indian football team will have its task cut out when it faces the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in its third match of the AFC ... Read more...

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Prayag United signs up Costa Rican midfielder


June 27th, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 27 (IANS) I-League football club Prayag United have signed up Costa Rican mid-fielder Carlos Hernandez for the forthcoming season. The Costa Rican's presence will be boosting the club, ... Read more...

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Pune FC sign South Sudan striker James Moga


June 23rd, 2012 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS
Pune, June 23 (IANS) Pune Football Club has signed South Sudan striker James Joseph Moga for the forthcoming season.Twenty-nine-year-old Moga becomes Pune FC's first major signing and fills in the ... Read more...

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Euro 2012 Warm-up: Ireland-Hungary play goalless draw


June 5th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Budapest, June 5 (IANS) Ireland drew 0-0 with Hungary in their last warm-up game before the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships beginning in Poland and Ukraine Friday.Hungary, who failed to ... Read more...

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Ghana announce squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers


May 19th, 2012 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Accra (Ghana), May 19 (IANS) Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010 FIFA World Cup, have replaced injured forward Albert Adomah with Solomon Asante in the 30-member squad for next month's 2014 ... Read more...

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Uruguayan international Sebastian wants to end career at Nacional


April 15th, 2012 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, April 15 (IANS) Uruguayan international Sebastian Abreu said he wanted to finish his career at Montevideo's Nacional, the club he idolized as a child.The 35-year-old striker will ... Read more...

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Unceremoniously dropped, Climax retires from international football


January 31st, 2012 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) India captain Climax Lawrence, who led the team to the SAFF Cup title in December, retired from international football Tuesday after being unceremoniously dropped ... Read more...

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Botswana, from ‘whipping boys’ to ‘African team of year’


December 30th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS
Gaborone, Dec 30 (IANS) Not many years ago, Botswana, a country well known for its game reserves, was an unknown entity in the world of soccer.Their road to success in ... Read more...

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Cameroon captain Eto’o banned for 15 matches


December 17th, 2011 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Dec 17 (IANS) Reigning African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto'o has been banned for 15 matches by a Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) disciplinary committee after a players' strike ... Read more...

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Pfister’s future with Soca Warriors to be determined soon


November 20th, 2011 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Port of Spain, Nov 20 (IANS/CMC) The fate of Trinidad and Tobago head coach Otto Pfister will be known before year end, acting Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFA) president Lennox ... Read more...

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Argentina, Ecuador win opening FIFA World Cup qualifiers


October 8th, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS
Quito (Ecuador), Oct 8 (IANS) Ecuador beat Venezuela 2-0 while Argentina thrashed Chile 4-1 in the opening matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.Playing at home here in front ... Read more...

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Pereira tells boys to enjoy against Blackburn


October 6th, 2011 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS
Pune, Oct 6 (IANS) Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira rated Friday's friendly against Blackburn Rovers as "huge" for the club and said his boys are keen to give a fight ... Read more...

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Sanchez’s injury could hurt Chile in World Cup qualifiers


September 13th, 2011 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Santiago (Chile), Sep 13 (IANS) Chile's national soccer team may suffer in the soon-to-start qualifying matches for the 2014 Football World Cup finals in Brazil following the injury sustained by ... Read more...

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Venezuela’s soccer saga: From behind India to Latino powerhouse


September 1st, 2011 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 1 (IANS) Venezuela, which 12 years ago lagged even below India in the FIFA rankings, has risen like the proverbial phoenix to become a major South American ... Read more...

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Venezuela keen to test Argentina in Friday friendly


August 31st, 2011 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 31 (IANS) Undaunted by the "underdog" tag, Venezuela were all keyed up to test their strength against Lionel Messi-led Argentina here Friday ahead of the soccer World Cup ... Read more...

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The 107 caps of Bhaichung Bhutia (Career statistics)


August 24th, 2011 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) The following are the career statistics of former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia who ended his international career here Wednesday.Date of birth: December 15, 1976 Place: ... Read more...

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India looking to upset UAE in World Cup qualifiers


July 22nd, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS
Al Ain (Abu Dhabi), July 22 (IANS) An inspiring 2-1 win over Qatar will stand India in good stead when they take on the mighty United Arab Emirates (UAE) here ... Read more...

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India beat Qatar in international football friendly


July 18th, 2011 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
Doha, July 18 (IANS) India held on to their early lead to beat a higher-ranked Qatar in an international football friendly at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha Sunday night.It ... Read more...

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Subrata Paul to lead India against Qatar


July 16th, 2011 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India goalkeeper Subrata Paul will be leading the team in Sunday's international football friendly against Qatar at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha.The match is ... Read more...

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30-member squad announced for Maldives and Qatar friendlies


July 5th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) India's chief football coach Armando Colaco Tuesday announced a 30-member squad for three friendlies against the Maldives, Qatar and Kazakhstan to prepare the national ... Read more...

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We have improved with every match: Armando


July 4th, 2011 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) India's chief football coach Armando Colaco is happy that his team is gelling well for the World Cup qualifiers against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ... Read more...

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