Russian World Cup hopes hit by Shirokov blow

Russia coach Fabio Capello said the 32-year-old midfielder, scorer of 12 goals in 41 international appearances since making his debut in 2008, will have to undergo knee surgery in Finland next week. “On Monday Shirokov will fly to Finland to undergo knee surgery there,” Capello told a news conference after the 2-0 win over Morocco […]

Banyana Banyana complete preparations ahead of Botswana clash

The squad held their final training session at the Isak Steyl Stadium, University of Technology in Vanderbijl Park where the match will be played on Saturday, 07 June 2014.   Kickoff is at 15h00. Head coach Vera Pauw concentrated mainly on tactics in their one-hour training session. ”We are looking forward to this match and […]

Ribery and Grenier ruled out of World Cup

Montpellier’s Remy Cabella and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin will replace the duo, whose absence was announced by Didier Deschamps at a press conference in Clairefontaine ahead of his side’s departure to Brazil. Ribery had been following an individual training programme to overcome a back problem and failed to prove his fitness after rejoining the full squad […]

Brazil hope to lift 2014 World Cup on Home Soil

After the first two (Uruguay 1930 and Italy 1934), the hosts had to wait 32 years before they could lift the Trophy again, with England the team to oblige in 1966. Following two wins by the hosts in 1974 (Germany FR) and 1978 (Argentina), there was another 20-year break before France became the sixth and, […]

World Cup will be a success – Blatter

“We at Fifa, we are confident, it will be a celebration,” Blatter told reporters in Sao Paulo, the city which will host the opening match of the finals on June 12. Blatter’s comments came as Sao Paulo was plunged into transport chaos after a strike by subway workers on Thursday. It was the latest in […]

Ronaldo, 29, failed once more to train with the rest of his teammates

Ronaldo, 29, failed once more to train with the rest of his teammates, as they went through their paces ahead of Friday’s friendly with fellow World Cup qualifiers Mexico in the United States. Portugal play the strongly-fancied Germans on 16 June but, at this rate, they could be without their star player and talisman, who […]