Low rues Reus loss, explains Mustafi decision

“It’s extremely regrettable both for him and for us,” he said. “Marco was in top form and he had made a fantastic impression during our training camp and in both our games against Cameroon and Armenia. You could just see how much he was enjoying his football. He had played a key role in our […]

Banyana Banyana wallop Botswana

Goals from woman-of-the-match Leandra Smeda, who scored a brilliant brace, and veteran Portia Modise put Banyana Banyana in the driving seat in the first half. Although they took the foot off the pedal in the second half, they were still able to put the icing on the cake with a late strike from Fulutudilu to […]

Reus: A dream has ended from one second to the next

The attacking midfielder tore ankle ligaments in Germany’s final warm-up match against Armenia on Friday night. The German Football Association (DBF) announced on Saturday morning that the 25-year-old faces a lay-off of six to seven weeks, meaning he will not be fit for the World Cup, shattering.  “I really don’t know how I am meant […]

Okubo's late goal saves Japan

Japan fell 2-0 behind during the first half, conceding a close-range header from Christopher Katongo and a sweetly-struck 20-yard strike from Nathan Sinkala. Keisuke Honda’s penalty cut the deficit and Shinji Kagawa had a stroke of luck for an equaliser when his apparent cross bypassed everyone on its way into the net.    Honda prodded […]

Reus out of World Cup after ankle tear

The Borussia Dortmund winger tore ankle ligaments in Germany’s final warm-up match against Armenia on Friday night.  The German Football Association announced this morning that the 25-year-old faces a lay-off of seven to eight weeks. “It’s extremely regrettable both for him and for us,” said head coach Joachim Low on Saturday.  “Marco was in top […]

Global football stars come together for adidas ‘house match

Herzogenaurach, Germany – Adidas has brought together some of football’s biggest stars past and present for a football match like no other. Released today, the ‘House Match’ video features footballing icons David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane with Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura and is part of the adidas “all in or nothing” 2014 FIFA World […]

Argentina in Brazil – The essence of football rivalry

At the time it did indeed make sense. The conflict for control of the Cisplatina Province, which led to the independence of Uruguay, had ended decades ago, and Brazilians and Argentinians had even fought alongside one another as allies in the Paraguayan War in 1864. Years later, the diplomatic dispute in 1895 to precisely define […]

U-20 graduates set to shine in Brazil

At both Colombia 2011 and Turkey 2013, participating coaches were all in agreement: although performing well at the tournament was obviously important, the overall goal was to enable future senior team players to accrue crucial experience. The time has now come to see if that objective has been achieved. Three of this year’s crop of […]