• Portugal 4-1 Latvia: Ronaldo leads Selecao to victory

    Portugal 4-1 Latvia: Ronaldo leads Selecao to victory

    The Real Madrid netted twice for his side in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier to ensure they remain within touching distance of Switzerland.

    Portugal survived a scare and a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty as they beat Latvia 4-1 in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.

    William Carvalho’s first international goal and late efforts from the captain and Bruno Alves rescued the victory after Arturs Zjuzins had shocked Estadio Algarve with a well-taken equaliser midway through the second half.

    Ronaldo had put his side ahead from the […]

  • Donald Trump won’t affect USA 2026 World Cup bid

    Donald Trump won’t affect USA 2026 World Cup bid

    U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says the election of Donald Trump will have no bearing on whether the USSF decides to bid for the 2026 World Cup, while cautioning that no decision has been made on whether the U.S. will bid at all.

     

    Speaking at a roundtable of reporters ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico, Gulati said several decisions would have to be made by FIFA before any determination about a bid will be made.

    “We won’t make a […]

  • England 3-0 Scotland: Southgate’s Three Lions east past toothless Scotland

    England 3-0 Scotland: Southgate’s Three Lions east past toothless Scotland

    Headers from Sturridge, Lallana and Cahill gave the interim England boss the points at Wembley on Friday evening.

    England remain top of World Cup qualifying Group F thanks to a 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

    Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill secured three points for Gareth Southgate’s side, despite a rather unconvincing display from the hosts for much of the encounter.

    Pre-match talk had been dominated by a dispute with FIFA over their refusal to allow the […]

  • Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil apologised to David Luiz after Germany beat Brazil 7-1

    Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil apologised to David Luiz after Germany beat Brazil 7-1

    Goals from Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, and a double from Toni Kroos had Germany 4-0 up after 20 minutes, leaving the Arsenal star apologetic at full time.

     

    Mesut Ozil was so surprised with Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup that he felt obliged to apologise to an emotional David Luiz after the game.

    Brazil were favourites going into the semi-final with Joachim Low’s side, and were widely expected to go on to lift the trophy on home soil.

    However, […]

  • NFF seeks funds for World Cup qualifier

    NFF seeks funds for World Cup qualifier

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to come to its aid as the country prepares to play the Desert Warriors of Algeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo on November 12.

    Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of NFF who made the appeal in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) noted that arrangements have been made for adequate security but noted that funds would go a long way […]

  • I did nothing wrong at 2014 World Cup – Kevin-Prince Boateng

    I did nothing wrong at 2014 World Cup – Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Spain-based attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng says he was not guilty of any wrongdoing at the 2014 World Cup and wants to return to the Ghana national team.

    Boateng was expelled from the Black Stars’ camp at the last World Cup ahead of their final group stage match against Portugal.

    The attacker was alleged to have used abusive language toward then coach Kwesi Appiah and was indefinitely banned from the national team by Ghana’s FA.

    Boateng insists that he did nothing wrong and was the […]

  • Legendary Brazil captain Carlos Alberto dies aged 72

    Legendary Brazil captain Carlos Alberto dies aged 72

    Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres has died aged 72.

    The athletic right-back was widely considered one of the best defenders of all time and scored Brazil’s fourth goal in a famous 4-1 victory in the 1970 final over Italy in Mexico City.

    Alberto made over 400 league appearances in eight years with Santos between 1966 and 1974, winning the Paulistao championship four times as well as the Recopa Sul-Americana and Taca de Prata in 1968.

    He had begun his career […]

  • BIG SHOCKER!! “We Can’t Participate In The World Cup Qualifiers Because We Don’t Have Money” – NFF Open Up

    BIG SHOCKER!! “We Can’t Participate In The World Cup Qualifiers Because We Don’t Have Money” – NFF Open Up

    The Nigerian Football Federation has said it cannot afford to fly the Super Eagles to Zambia for next month’s third-round World Cup qualifier, CNN Africa reports.

    According to the media platform, the NFF said it is pleading to Globacom for aid.

    “As we speak, we don’t have any kobo (a denomination of Nigeria’s naira currency) in our purse,” an unnamed member of the NFF told CNN Africa.

    “The charges for the Airline alone is $200,000 for a 140-seater plane, and it will be […]

  • Manchester City’s Iheanacho, Arsenal’s Iwobi make Nigeria squad for World Cup qualifier against Zambia

    Manchester City’s Iheanacho, Arsenal’s Iwobi make Nigeria squad for World Cup qualifier against Zambia

    The red-hot Citizens’ forward leads Gernot Rohr’s squad for next month’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo in Ndola.

    Coach Gernot Rohr has named a strong 23-man squad to face Zambia in next month’s Fifa World Cup qualifier.

    The Super Eagles will be hoping for a winning start in their quest to book a ticket for Russia 2018 when they visit Chipolopolo in Ndola on October 9.

    Topping the list is red-hot Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Arsenal young sensation […]

  • World Cup: Don’t blame Rohr if Eagles fail to qualify – Babangida

    World Cup: Don’t blame Rohr if Eagles fail to qualify – Babangida

    Ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers billed to begin next month, former Super Eagles winger Tijani Babangida says the new technical adviser of the team, Gernot Rohr, is not to blame if Nigeria fails to qualify for the championship.

    Babangida, who served as the personal assistant to former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, said Rorh may add little or nothing to the team because his coming was rather too close to the qualifiers.

    According to him, Nigeria is not the favourite […]

  • Gernot Rohr- I have a good feeling about this job, my focus is to ensure Super Eagles can beat any team

    Gernot Rohr- I have a good feeling about this job, my focus is to ensure Super Eagles can beat any team

    Super Eagles Franco-German technical adviser Gernot Rohr has said he wants to strengthen the Nigerian team so they can be able to beat any other team but that first, he needs all his best players to play at their maximum best and avoid injury.

    Speaking to theNFF.com during his courtesy visit to the NFF headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, Rohr reiterated his belief that the Super Eagles can qualify for Russia 2018.

    “We will need all our best players to be at […]