Saturday, 13 Apr, 2024


South Africa name Mosimane coach

JOHANNESBURG: Pitso Mosimane was named national coach of South Africa Thursday in succession to Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreria. The announcment at a national football association news conference in Johannesburg was widely expected as Mosimane has been a Bafana Bafana (The Boys)

Goalkeeper Dudek extends contract at Real Madrid

  MADRID: Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has signed a new one-year contract with Real Madrid, the Spanish club announced on Thursday. The 37-year-old has been the regular understudy to Spain`s number one keeper Iker Casillas since joining the club from Liverpool in 2007, playing just

Rooney emerges unscathed from court battle

MANCHESTER: Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney will pay just nominal damages to his former agents Proactive after an attempt to sue him for 4.3 million pounds (6.6 million dollars). Rooney will have to pay only a "restitutional remedy" amounting to around 90,000 pounds

1,000 World Cup crimes committed in South Africa: police

  JOHANNESBURG: Nearly 1,000 crimes, mainly thefts and muggings, took place in and around stadiums on match days during the World Cup, South Africa`s police minister said on Thursday. A total of 290 incidents were reported to police inside the 10 venues of the month-long tournament

100th-cap Klose eyes Ronaldo`s all-time record

ERASMIA: On the eve of his 100th cap, Germany striker Miroslav Klose admits he is eyeing Ronaldo`s all-time record for the most amount of goals at the World Cup finals.Klose will make his 100th appearance for Germany in Saturday`s World Cup quarter-final against Diego Maradona`s Argentina

Robinho form big plus for unbeaten Brazil

JOHANNESBURG: Robinho celebrated his first goal at the World Cup and a man-of-the-match performance as Brazil cruised past Chile and into the quarter-finals on Monday. The five-time champions spanked their South American rivals 3-0 with defender Juan and striker Luis Fabiano also on the

Dunga worried by Kaka`s yellow peril

JOHANNESBURG: Coach Dunga admitted Kaka`s flurry of yellow cards was giving him concern as five-time world champions Brazil charged into the quarter-finals at the World Cup at Ellis Park on Monday. The former world player of the year picked up his third booking of the tournament as

Capello admits England must change to progress

RUSTENBURG: Fabio Capello has given an insight into how he sees the future England as he picks over the ashes of his team`s miserable World Cup exit. The England manager, who says he wants to stay in the post, has been told he must wait two weeks before his employers, the Football

Brazil defeat Chile 3-0, face Dutch in last eight

JOHANNESBURG: Goals by centre-back Juan and strikers Luis Fabiano and Robinho propelled Brazil to a 3-0 win over Chile on Monday and into a World Cup quarter-final with Holland. After a tepid opening Juan headed in powerfully on 34 minutes to settle Brazilian nerves. Four minutes later

Dutch advance after victory over Slovakia

DURBAN: Arjen Robben and Wesley Sniejder fired the Dutch team to a 2-1 victory over Slovakia here on Monday to set up a World Cup quarter-final against either Brazil or Chile. Robben made a 20-minute appearance against Cameroon in the Netherlands` final group game after recovering from a

Downing Street lowers England flag

LONDON: The English flag hoisted over British Prime Minister David Cameron`s Downing Street office for the World Cup was lowered Monday, hours after the nation`s crushing 4-1 defeat by Germany."It`s been replaced by the Union flag," a Downing Street spokeswoman said, referring to the red,

Hong Kong police smash record football gambling ring

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said Monday they have smashed a record 170 million Hong Kong dollar (22 million US dollar) gambling ring that took illegal bets on World Cup football games and horse racing. Authorities arrested four men linked to Hong Kong`s notorious triad gangs and seized

Argentina beat Mexico 3-1 to reach World Cup quarters

JOHANNESBURG: Argentina booked a World Cup quarter-final with Germany on Sunday after seeing off Mexico 3-1 in the last 16, Carlos Tevez netting a brace and Gonzalo Higuain also on target prior to Javier Hernandez`s consolation.After Mexico had made a bright start, Manchester City`s Tevez

Maradona demands protection for Messi

JOHANNESBURG: Diego Maradona shrugged off the latest World Cup referee blunder on Sunday to demand more protection for Lionel Messi, Argentina`s prize asset and key to the country`s title hopes. Argentina saw off Mexico 3-1 to book a quarter-final clash against Germany but the Mexicans

Angry English press demands that Capello quit

LONDON: English commentators launched scathing attacks Monday on their football team`s dire performance against Germany which ended the country`s World Cup hopes, as calls mounted for Fabio Capello to quit. Newspapers saved some of their criticism for the referee in the game who

Two shot dead in Texas World Cup dispute

WASHINGTON: Two men were shot to death by a gunman at a party in Texas after a heated argument over an upcoming World Cup soccer match, the online edition of The Dallas Morning News said Sunday. Four men were apparently involved in the early morning altercation at a house in Dallas,

England fans let rip at ref as Germans savour revenge

BLOEMFONTEIN: Humiliated England fans let rip at their team, manager and the referee after being dumped out of the World Cup Sunday as Germans savoured their rivals` pain over a disallowed goal after nursing a 44-year grudge. Many of the fans who had paid a small fortune to travel to

Officials help Germany humiliate England

BLOEMFONTEIN: Germany inflicted England`s record World Cup finals defeat on Sunday after a 4-1 victory in their Last 16 match that was overshadowed by one of the worst refereeing mistakes in the tournament`s history. Germany`s superior movement and ruthless finishing made them worthy

Bookies pay out for Lampard `goal`

LONDON: Frank Lampard`s `goal` against Germany in their World Cup last 16 match on Sunday may have been mistakenly ruled as not having crossed the line, but England`s bookmakers have decided to pay out on it in any case. Ladbrokes will pay out on their popular `Geoff Hurst special

West Indies coach slams careless batsmen

BRIDGETOWN: Ottis Gibson felt let down again by the way West Indies batted on the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Saturday. The West Indies coach bemoaned the uncommitted approach of the batsmen, which resulted in his side being bowled out for a modest 231