Pele: Neymar is under too much pressure

“Neymar is young, it is a heavy pressure for him to get all the responsibility. Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times but have not lifted the trophy” He said. Neymar, 22, has not played in a World Cup but has scored seven goals in Brazil’s run of nine successive wins. The […]

Luka Modric to lead Croatia against the Samba boys

The 28-year-old midfielder has been so influential this season that he started 11 of Madrid’s 13 Champions League matches – including the 4-1 final victory over Atletico Madrid which resulted in the Spanish club claiming a record 10th triumph in the competition.The former Croatia manager Bilic has been so impressed that he feels Modric can ­maintain that […]

Jerome Valcke: There will be no replacement for Bennett

“During these days, adequate rehabilitation (twice a day) has been provided to Mr Bennett, however, this represents an additional load on the medical team, which has to ensure recovery massage and specific treatments to referees and assistant referees actively involved in the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Valcke. As a result, the FIFA Referees’ Sub-Committee […]

World Cup blow for referee Bennett

Bennett was selected as support referee for the world football spectacle taking place in Brazil from 12 June -13 July 2014. However, the diligent official picked up an injury in a routine training session at the Zico Centre in Rio on Tuesday, 3 June where the niggling injury was detected.   “The medical investigations revealed […]

Ronaldo scored brace when Portugal beat Republic of Ireland 5-1

With their next attack, on three minutes, Portugal took the lead, as Silvestre Varela crossed from the right and striker Hugo Almeida rose unmarked to crash home a header. Ronaldo’s next contribution, on 10 minutes, was to slip awkwardly as he tried to turn, drawing gasps from the 46,000 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in […]

Ronaldo leads rampant Portugal to big win

The Real Madrid striker, who missed his country’s previous two warm-up games because of thigh and knee injuries, was not at his brilliant best for long periods of a one-sided friendly in the United States. But coach Paulo Bento will just be relieved to see his captain and talisman back after an injury layoff that […]