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Odisha Minister Highlights Role Of Innovation In Reviving Sports Ecosystem

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Tuesday laid emphasis on the significant role that innovation, collaboration and technology can play in reviving the sports ecosystem during a videoconference with Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and sports ministers and senior officials of other states and union territories. He shared the initiatives that Odisha government had […]

Bhubaneswar To Host 8 Matches Of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Bhubaneswar: The capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, will host a total of eight matches of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup which is scheduled to take place from February 17 to March 7, next year. The All India Football Federation today released the updated match schedule for the tournament which said that six group-stage […]

Russia Banned For 4 Years From All Major Sporting Events

Lausanne: Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), including next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 2022. After the development, the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at any major sporting event. However, athletes who will be able to […]

Dream to see India host Olympics someday: Nita Ambani

London: Nita Ambani, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Founder Chairperson, Reliance Foundation, on Wednesday called upon the global leaders in sports to see India as a land of limitless opportunities, saying it is her dream to see India host major sporting events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in the […]

FIFA Unveils 2022 Qatar World Cup Emblem

Cairo: FIFA and the Qatari organising committee have unveiled the official emblem for the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf nation. When the clock struck 8.22 p.m. in Doha on Tuesday, a 3D projection of the logo appeared on giant screens and the surfaces of prominent buildings in Qatar and 24 other countries. “The […]

India announce preliminary squad for FIFA WC qualifiers

New Delhi: Igor Stimac, head coach of the senior India men’s football team, on Monday announced the 34 probables for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. India, who have been clubbed in Group E alongside Bangladesh, Oman, Afghanistan and hosts Qatar, will open their second round campaign of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 […]

2022 World Cup to keep 32-team format: FIFA

Paris: FIFA on Wednesday shrugged off any possibility of expansion from 32 to 48 teams at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. On January 10, 2017, FIFA Council unanimously decided in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition, which will be co-hosted by the US, Canada […]

Asia's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers drawn

Zurich: The draw for the first phase of Asia’s qualifying round for the World Cup in 2022 was made on Wednesday, featuring the continent’s lowest ranked nations. FIFA is still not clear as to how many teams will participate in the tournament with president Gianni Infantino keen on his plan to expand the tournament from 32 […]

FIFA mulls expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

Miami: The 2022 football Qatar World Cup may see an expansion from 32 to 48 teams, the FIFA President Giovanni Infantino, has said. “We have published to our council members a feasibility study which is quite a thorough document, where we came to the conclusion that, yes, it is feasible to move the World Cup in […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: Here’s the list of players in the race for Golden Boot

Moscow: The current edition of FIFA World Cup in Russia has been an unpredictable tournament so far. Many reputed players of various top teams have failed miserably in the tourney while youngsters have come up to grab limelight. In a tournament where teams like Italy, Netherlands and USA didn’t get a chance to participate and […]

FIFA 2018: Belgium stun Brazil to reach World Cup semis

Kazan Arena: A superb first half display by Belgium ended Brazil’s hopes of a record sixth World Cup crown as a Fernandinho own goal and a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike proved enough to win 2-1 and seal a semi-final spot. Although Brazil roared back in the second half with a headed goal from Renato […]

France beat Uruguay to reach World Cup semi-finals

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): France became the first team to reach the World Cup semi-finals as goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann gave them a deserved 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. It is the first time France have been in the last four since 2006 and sets up a mouth-watering clash against either Belgium […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: Andres Iniesta announces retirement after Spain's ouster

Moscow: A Spain legend Andres Iniesta announced his retirement from international football here on Sunday after their shocking loss to hosts Russia in the pre-quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. “It’s a reality that today is my last match with the national team. At the individual level, a wonderful stage ends,” the hero of […]

Croatia pip Denmark to enter FIFA World Cup quarters

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): Croatia defeated Denmark 3-2 (1-1) via penalty shootout here on Sunday to enter the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. After an ethralling start to the match which saw Mathias Jorgensen for Denmark and Mario Mandzukic for Croatia score within just four minutes, the teams could not be separated. In the penalty shootout, Ivan […]

FIFA 2018: Youngsters ready to seize limelight after Messi, Ronaldo ouster

Moscow: As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit FIFA World Cup 2018 after Argentina and Portugal’s defeats in their respective games yesterday, there is a new group of kids on the block ready to seize the limelight and form the next generation of global megastars. French teenager Kylian Mbappe announced himself in dramatic fashion on […]

World Cup - Round of 16 - Uruguay vs Portugal
Uruguay beat Portugal to enter FIFA World Cup quarters

Sochi: Striker Edinson Cavani fired a brace as two-time champions Uruguay defeated reigning European champions Portugal 2-1 here on Saturday to set-up a FIFA World Cup quarter-final against France. Cavani scored in the seventh and 62nd minutes while Portugal got their goal from Pepe in the 55th minute at the Fisht Stadium as Uruguay entered […]

FIFA World Cup: Belgium pip England to top Group G

Kaliningrad (Russia): Belgium topped Group G after beating England 1-0 here on Thursday in a clash between teams who had already qualified for the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Adnan Januzaj’s 51st minute strike proved to be the difference between the teams who were playing their third and final Group G game. With this win, Belgium […]

FIFA 2018: Japan in pre-quarters despite losing to Poland

Volgograd (Russia): Japan lost 0-1 to Poland in their final Group H contest here on Thursday but still managed to go through to the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Following the loss, thanks to Jan Bednarek’s 59th-minute strike, Japan have four points — the same as third-placed Senegal but the Asian powerhouse are ranked second in […]

FIFA 2018: Colombia knock Senegal out to qualify for pre-quarters

Samara (Russia): Colombia qualified for the pre-quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup riding on Yerry Mina’s second half winner to knock Senegal out in a crunch Group H encounter here on Thursday. After a barren first half, Mina (74th minute) headed in a corner to send Colombian players and supporters into delirium as they […]

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FIFA 2018: Switzerland qualify for knockouts after 2-2 draw with Costa Rica

Nizhny Novgorod: Switzerland sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Costa Rica in a Group E clash here on Wednesday. Blerim Dzemaili (31st) gave Switzerland the lead before Kendall Waston restored parity for Costa Rica. Josip Drmic (88th) helped the Swiss take back the lead […]

FIFA 2018: Brazil beat Serbia to enter pre-quarters

Moscow: Brazil eliminated Serbia with a 2-0 victory as the five-time world champions entered the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals by topping the Group E here on Wednesday. Paulinho (36th minute), Thiago Silva (68th minute) gave the South American powerhouse an easy victory which took their points tally to seven after all the three of their […]

Germany crashes out of FIFA World Cup

Kazan: Defending champions Germany crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stage after South Korea stunned the European powerhouse with a 2-0 victory in their final Group F contest here on Wednesday. From Group F, Sweden secured the top spot with six points, while Mexico, finished second with six points. Germany […]

World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs France
FIFA 2018: France, Denmark qualify for World Cup pre-quarters

Moscow: France and Denmark played out the first 0-0 draw of the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Tuesday as both teams progressed to the Round-of-16 in a tepid Group C match. Didier Deschamps’ France, already through to the second round before the game started, won Group C with seven points […]

Spain v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
FIFA 2018: Spain stave off brave Morocco to enter next stage

Kaliningrad (Russia): Morocco almost created the biggest upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before a late goal handed Spain a 2-2 draw in a Group B match here on Monday. Khalid Boutaib gifted Morocco a surprise lead in the 14th minute before Isco (19th) restored parity for Spain five minutes later. Youssef En-Nesyri gave […]

FIFA 2018: Portugal enter pre-quarters despite being held by Iran

Saransk (Russia): Iran held Portugal 1-1 in their final Group B match here on Monday but couldn’t stop the reigning European champions from entering the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal the lead in the 45th minute but Iran found the equaliser through a penalty conversion from Karim Ansarifard in the 90+3 minute. […]