Prandelli rings changes, explains choices

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, who had been sidelined with a groin problem, will spearhead Italy when they host the European minnows in Perugia on Wednesday. However only two midfielders — Juventus’s Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain — from the 11 that started against Ireland at Craven Cottage on Saturday have retained […]

Aurier: Elephants want revenge

FIFA.com spoke to the Côte d’Ivoire defender, who is about to embark on his first international tournament with the Elephants. Long before the 21-year-old became an international footballer, he was a fan and fondly remembers watching his national team participate in previous World Cup finals. “I followed the World Cups in 2006 and 2010. I […]

Scolari tells his side to sharpen up

Scolari blasted his side after a Sunday training session which he said he “didn’t like at all” owing to poor marking and perceived sloppiness. And with only ten days to go to their opening World Cup match against Croatia in Sao Paulo, the man who led the Selecao to glory in 2002 insisted it was […]

Falcao blow for Colombia

National coach Jose Pekerman named his tournament squad on Monday evening during a press conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Falcao, who suffered a serious knee injury when on duty for his club side Monaco in January, was left off the 23-man list, with Pekerman deciding he would not be ready. Colombia World Cup squad:Goalkeepers: David […]

NIGERIA’S FINAL 23 FOR BRAZIL 2014

GOALKEEPERS: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim DEFENDERS: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami MIDFIELDERS: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Reuben Gabriel  FORWARDS: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor