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Saudi, UAE, Bahrain out of Gulf Cup amid Qatar crisis

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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Saudi, UAE, Bahrain out of Gulf Cup amid Qatar crisis

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain out of Gulf Cup amid Qatar crisis

DOHA: Gulf Cup organisers yesterday said Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had “withdrawn” from the Qatar-hosted tournament, amid a deepening political crisis in the region. Tournament bosses said they had received no response from the three federations to questions about their participation in the competition, scheduled to start on December 22. A deadline […]

Australia qualifies for 2018 WCup

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Australia qualifies for 2018 WCup

Australia qualifies for 2018 WCup

Jedinak scores second-half hat-trick SYDNEY: Mile Jedinak stepped up when it counted most, propelling Australia into next year’s World Cup with a hat trick yesterday in a 3-1 victory over Honduras that secured the next-to-last spot in Russia. The Australia captain was in doubt for the intercontinental playoff series with a groin injury that had […]

Khedira praises plucky Germany after France draw

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Khedira praises plucky Germany after France draw

Khedira praises plucky Germany after France draw

Didier Deschamps admits he was disappointed with the draw COLOGNE: Sami Khedira said world champions Germany proved their never-say-die spirit as Lars Stindl’s last-gasp equaliser preserved their 21-match unbeaten run in Tuesday’s 2-2 friendly draw against France. A first international double by Alexandre Lacazette in Cologne put France on the verge of a deserved victory […]

Makeshift England frustrate Brazil in 0-0 Wembley draw

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Makeshift England frustrate Brazil in 0-0 Wembley draw

Makeshift England frustrate Brazil in 0-0 Wembley draw

  Alves involved in a spat with Jake Livermore LONDON: Toothless Brazil flattered to deceive as the five-times world champions were held to frustrating 0-0 draw by a makeshift England side in a disappointing friendly at Wembley on Tuesday. Brazil manager Tite fielded all of his big guns, including the world’s most expensive player Neymar, […]

Gulf Cup deadline passes with no response

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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Gulf Cup deadline passes with no response

Gulf Cup deadline passes with no response

DOHA: A deadline given by Gulf Cup organisers asking Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to play in next month’s tournament, hosted by Qatar, has passed without response. Organisers told AFP yesterday that they would now meet later this week to decide whether to go ahead with the tournament. However, it looks increasingly […]

Italy suffer WCup ‘apocalypse’

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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Italy suffer WCup ‘apocalypse’

Italy suffer WCup ‘apocalypse’

Buffon quits, four-time champs miss out finals in 60 years MILAN: A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden. Coach Gian Piero Ventura also said he would consider his future after the Azzuri drew […]

Prove yourselves, German stars told for French test

Posted by on 13/11/2017
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Prove yourselves, German stars told for French test

Prove yourselves, German stars told for French test

Loew will again field an experimental line-up BERLIN: Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in today’s friendly against France as the defending champions’ sharpen their preparations for next year’s World Cup. Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris […]

Silva leads Spain’s assault on Costa Rica in friendly

Posted by on 12/11/2017
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Silva leads Spain’s assault on Costa Rica in friendly

Silva leads Spain’s assault on Costa Rica in friendly

MALAGA: Manchester City midfielder David Silva played a starring role as an irresistible Spain showed their class to thrash Costa Rica 5-0 in an international friendly on Saturday. Silva struck twice in the second half to further stretch the 2010 World Cup winners’ lead after Barcelona’s Jordi Alba had fired them into the lead in […]

N Zealand, Peru draw in WCup playoff

Posted by on 11/11/2017
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N Zealand, Peru draw in WCup playoff

N Zealand, Peru draw in WCup playoff

WELLINGTON: Oceania champion New Zealand held Peru to a 0-0 draw yesterday in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff that will decide the final qualifier for Russia next year. The teams will head to Lima next week for the second leg with the South Americans hoping to return to the World Cup […]

Italy set to face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

Posted by on 09/11/2017
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Italy set to face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

Italy set to face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

MILAN: For football giants Italy the next few days could be a nightmare as they face a double-headed playoff against Sweden to avoid the humiliation of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. “A World Cup without Italy isn’t a World Cup” has become the catchphrase of many Italians-four-time world champions-who […]

Opportunity knocks for young England and Germany hopefuls

Posted by on 09/11/2017
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Opportunity knocks for young England and Germany hopefuls

Opportunity knocks for young England and Germany hopefuls

LONDON: With both squads beset by injuries, today’s Wembley friendly between England and Germany represents an opportunity for fringe players and untested youngsters to stake claims to World Cup places. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are among the players to have withdrawn from England’s squad, while world champions Germany are without Manuel Neuer, […]

Football’s aristocrats Italy WCup record in real danger

Posted by on 08/11/2017
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Football’s aristocrats Italy WCup record in real danger

Football’s aristocrats Italy WCup record in real danger

Four berths up for grabs in Europe PARIS: The last burst of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup allows some nations a chance to dream, but for football aristocrats Italy, the next few days are a potential nightmare. The last nine places in Russia will be settled in seven frantic days starting today. There […]