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Argentina's Federico Mancuello (R) vies for the ball against El Salvador's Arturo Alverez during an international friendly match at FEDEX Field in Landover, Maryland on March 28, 2015

Argentina manage without Messi in win over El Salvador

AFP News - 12 hours ago Argentina rested superstar Lionel Messi but were still too powerful for El Salvador in a 2-0 friendly win over the Central American minnows at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. A deflected Ever Banega strike on 54 minutes and a curling free-kick from debutant Federico Mancuello three minutes from time secured a straightforward win for the World Cup finalists as they build…

  • Turkey's midfielder Mehmet Topal (2nd L) vies with Dutch Forward Ibrahim Afellay (2nd R) during the Euro 2016 qualifying round football match on March 28, 2015 in Amsterdam
    Stoppage-time goal rescues draw for Dutch AFP News - 15 hours ago

    A stoppage-time equaliser attributed to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rescued a 1-1 draw for the Netherlands against Turkey in Amsterdam in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A on Saturday … More »Stoppage-time goal rescues draw for Dutch

    Turkey's midfielder Mehmet Topal (2nd L) vies with Dutch Forward Ibrahim Afellay (2nd R) during the Euro 2016 qualifying round football match on March 28, 2015 in Amsterdam

    A stoppage-time equaliser attributed to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rescued a 1-1 draw for the Netherlands against Turkey in Amsterdam in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A on Saturday night. A deflected strike by Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz in the 37th minute handed the visitors the lead in the Dutch capital and looked set to …

  • Xavi's signing is one of the biggest coups for Qatari domestic football in a country set to host the 2022 World Cup
    Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi AFP News - 15 hours ago

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. In a statement on their … More »Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    Xavi's signing is one of the biggest coups for Qatari domestic football in a country set to host the 2022 World Cup

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. In a statement on their website, Al Sadd said the deal was "still under negotiation", adding that "the FC Barcelona player is currently in Doha with his family to know more about …

  • Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves kicks a ball during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2015
    Dani Alves hit out at Dunga's Brazil overhaul AFP News - 17 hours ago

    Barcelona defender Dani Alves, on the Brazil sidelines since the World Cup, has criticised national coach Dunga for what he deems an excessive overhaul of the squad after … More »Dani Alves hit out at Dunga's Brazil overhaul

    Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves kicks a ball during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2015

    Barcelona defender Dani Alves, on the Brazil sidelines since the World Cup, has criticised national coach Dunga for what he deems an excessive overhaul of the squad after their Germany-inflicted Cup misery. Dunga has sought to bring in a variety of new faces since succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari last July.

  • A woman walks by a wall with an image of Chilean footballer Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla port, on February 17, 2015
    Sanchez plots revenge over Brazil AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Chile forward Alexis Sanchez plans to make the most of home advantage as the Arsenal star plots on revenge against Brazil in Sunday's friendly at the Emirates Stadium. … More »Sanchez plots revenge over Brazil

    A woman walks by a wall with an image of Chilean footballer Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla port, on February 17, 2015

    Chile forward Alexis Sanchez plans to make the most of home advantage as the Arsenal star plots on revenge against Brazil in Sunday's friendly at the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez is still smarting from Chile's World Cup exit at the hands of the hosts less than 12 months ago and he would love to make amends by leading his …

  • Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer puts on a shirt during a training session in Frankfurt am Main, on March 27, 2015 ahead of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match against Georgia
    Misfiring Germany under pressure against Georgia AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Germany coach Joachim Loew is set to name a full-strength side for Sunday's clash at Georgia as the world champions look to get their Euro 2016 qualification back on … More »Misfiring Germany under pressure against Georgia

    Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer puts on a shirt during a training session in Frankfurt am Main, on March 27, 2015 ahead of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match against Georgia

    Germany coach Joachim Loew is set to name a full-strength side for Sunday's clash at Georgia as the world champions look to get their Euro 2016 qualification back on track. The world champions find themselves in the unusual position of joint second in Group D, three points behind leaders Poland and level on seven with …

  • FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter attends the Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria on March 24, 2015
    Blatter says football must move away from Europe AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday that more moves are needed to export football away from Europe, as he gears up for a battle over Europe's World Cup places and … More »Blatter says football must move away from Europe

    FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter attends the Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria on March 24, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday that more moves are needed to export football away from Europe, as he gears up for a battle over Europe's World Cup places and his own reelection. In my 40 years at FIFA I have regarded it as my most important task to lead football out of Europe into the whole world," Blatter said. …

  • Italy's coach Antonio Conte reacts during their 2016 Euro qualifying match against Croatia, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, on November 16, 2014
    Conte primes Juve-inspired Italy for Bulgaria AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    World Cup flops Italy look to continue their strong start to Euro 2016 qualifying when they face Bulgaria away in a Group H clash that could revive memories of coach … More »Conte primes Juve-inspired Italy for Bulgaria

    Italy's coach Antonio Conte reacts during their 2016 Euro qualifying match against Croatia, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, on November 16, 2014

    World Cup flops Italy look to continue their strong start to Euro 2016 qualifying when they face Bulgaria away in a Group H clash that could revive memories of coach Antonio Conte's spell at Juventus. Italy are unbeaten after four opening games, having suffered their only setback in a 1-1 draw with group leaders Croatia …

  • Brazil's midfielder Luiz Gustavo (2nd L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during their friendly match against France, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 26, 2015
    Dunga delight as Brazil down France 3-1 AFP News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Brazil coach Dunga was delighted with the character shown by his side as they came from behind to beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris on Thursday to continue their … More »Dunga delight as Brazil down France 3-1

    Brazil's midfielder Luiz Gustavo (2nd L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during their friendly match against France, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 26, 2015

    Brazil coach Dunga was delighted with the character shown by his side as they came from behind to beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris on Thursday to continue their impressive post-World Cup form. The Selecao recovered from falling behind to a Raphael Varane header in the first half at the Stade de France to equalise …

  • Joachim Loew, coach of the German national football team, talks to players during a training session in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2015
    Germany's World Cup hangover concerns Loew AFP News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Eight months after the champagne corks popped following their World Cup triumph in Rio de Janeiro, head coach Joachim Loew has cause for concern as Germany's Brazil 2014 … More »Germany's World Cup hangover concerns Loew

    Joachim Loew, coach of the German national football team, talks to players during a training session in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2015

    Eight months after the champagne corks popped following their World Cup triumph in Rio de Janeiro, head coach Joachim Loew has cause for concern as Germany's Brazil 2014 hangover continues. Only Lukas Podolski's 81st-minute equaliser prevented Germany suffering a shock defeat to Asian champions Australia in Kaiserslautern …

  • Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese poses for photographers during the opening of a fitness studio in Berlin, on March 26, 2015
    Ex-Germany keeper Wiese eyes wrestling career AFP News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Ex-Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese says he has completed his first couple of training sessions to prepare for a career in the wrestling ring having packed on 40kgs (88lbs) … More »Ex-Germany keeper Wiese eyes wrestling career

    Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese poses for photographers during the opening of a fitness studio in Berlin, on March 26, 2015

    Ex-Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese says he has completed his first couple of training sessions to prepare for a career in the wrestling ring having packed on 40kgs (88lbs) of muscle. The 33-year-old, who was part of Germany's 2010 World Cup squad and retired last September after 269 Bundesliga appearances, has packed on muscle …

  • FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on December 2, 2010
    Qatar prepare for fresh World Cup challenge AFP News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Qatar and World Cups have been much in the news lately but it is the Gulf nation's football team that finally has the chance to make headlines from Thursday as they begin … More »Qatar prepare for fresh World Cup challenge

    FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on December 2, 2010

    Qatar and World Cups have been much in the news lately but it is the Gulf nation's football team that finally has the chance to make headlines from Thursday as they begin preparations for the 2018 tournament. Qatar will play Algeria and Slovenia on March 26 and 30 in two relatively high-profile friendlies in Doha just …

  • Brazil's head coach Dunga gives a press conference on March 25, 2015, on the eve of the team's friendly football match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris
    Dunga determined to keep 'essence of Brazilian football' AFP News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Brazil coach Dunga has promised that his team will not lose "the essence of Brazilian football" as they look to put last year's World Cup disaster firmly behind them. … More »Dunga determined to keep 'essence of Brazilian football'

    Brazil's head coach Dunga gives a press conference on March 25, 2015, on the eve of the team's friendly football match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris

    Brazil coach Dunga has promised that his team will not lose "the essence of Brazilian football" as they look to put last year's World Cup disaster firmly behind them. "We want to build a modern, compact, aggressive team but without losing the essence of Brazilian football -- the dribble and the creativity," said the former …

  • Newly re-elected UEFA president Michel Platini (left) receives congratulations from Senes Erik at the Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria on March 24, 2015
    Platini triumphs at UEFA and launches attack on Blatter AFP News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Football legend Michel Platini on Tuesday scored a hat-trick of victories for the presidency of UEFA and made an immediate attack on Sepp Blatter's leadership of world … More »Platini triumphs at UEFA and launches attack on Blatter

    Newly re-elected UEFA president Michel Platini (left) receives congratulations from Senes Erik at the Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria on March 24, 2015

    Football legend Michel Platini on Tuesday scored a hat-trick of victories for the presidency of UEFA and made an immediate attack on Sepp Blatter's leadership of world body FIFA. FIFA is to hold a presidential election on May 29. Blatter is the favourite to win but for the first time faces three rivals for his post.  …

  • Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer warms up prior to a Bundesliga match against Stuttgart in Stuttgart, southern Germany on February 7, 2015
    Germany's Neuer ruled out of Australia clash AFP News - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of the world champions' friendly against Australia on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Joachim Loew has confirmed. … More »Germany's Neuer ruled out of Australia clash

    Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer warms up prior to a Bundesliga match against Stuttgart in Stuttgart, southern Germany on February 7, 2015

    Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of the world champions' friendly against Australia on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Joachim Loew has confirmed. Loew said the 28-year-old, voted the best goalkeeper at last year's World Cup, will sit out the match at Kaiserslautern's Fritz Walter Stadion with a light …

  • Brazil's Minister of Justice, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, pictured at the presidential palace in Brasilia, on March 18, 2015
    Brazil investigates German claim of Cup graft AFP News - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Brazil said it has ordered an investigation after a German company said it had unearthed evidence that a subsidiary paid bribes to officials in connection with World … More »Brazil investigates German claim of Cup graft

    Brazil's Minister of Justice, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, pictured at the presidential palace in Brasilia, on March 18, 2015

    Brazil said it has ordered an investigation after a German company said it had unearthed evidence that a subsidiary paid bribes to officials in connection with World Cup contracts last year. The justice ministry told AFP on Monday that Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo would examine some $6.5 million worth of contracts …

  • Portuguese football legend Luis Figo (L), who is challenging for the FIFA presidency, says that a new victory for incumbent Sepp Blatter (R) will mean four lost years
    Figo says Blatter win will be four years lost AFP News - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Portuguese football legend Luis Figo, who is challenging for the FIFA presidency, said Monday that a new victory for incumbent Sepp Blatter would mean four lost years. … More »Figo says Blatter win will be four years lost

    Portuguese football legend Luis Figo (L), who is challenging for the FIFA presidency, says that a new victory for incumbent Sepp Blatter (R) will mean four lost years

    Portuguese football legend Luis Figo, who is challenging for the FIFA presidency, said Monday that a new victory for incumbent Sepp Blatter would mean four lost years. The 79-year-old FIFA president is favourite to win a fifth term at a congress on May 29. All four will appear at the UEFA congress in Vienna on Tuesday …

  • Germany's coach Joachim Loew (L) shakes hands with forward Miroslav Klose as he comes off the pitch during the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
    Goal-king Klose plans coaching career AFP News - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Germany's record World Cup goal-scorer Miroslav Klose plans to become a coach, as he contemplates retiring, and harbours dreams of working in the Bundesliga again. "The … More »Goal-king Klose plans coaching career

    Germany's coach Joachim Loew (L) shakes hands with forward Miroslav Klose as he comes off the pitch during the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014

    Germany's record World Cup goal-scorer Miroslav Klose plans to become a coach, as he contemplates retiring, and harbours dreams of working in the Bundesliga again. "The Bundesliga will be my goal, because I can't imagine that I'll always be a youth team coach," Klose, who retired from international footballer after the …

  • Thiago Silva (upright) is in the Brazil squad to play France on Thursday
    Restructured Brazil face French test AFP News - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Nine months on from their World Cup drubbing by Germany, Dunga's new look Brazil team remains a work in progress but a Thursday test at the Stade de France may give an … More »Restructured Brazil face French test

    Thiago Silva (upright) is in the Brazil squad to play France on Thursday

    Nine months on from their World Cup drubbing by Germany, Dunga's new look Brazil team remains a work in progress but a Thursday test at the Stade de France may give an indication of how far they have moved on. If understandably Dunga has made the next World Cup in Russia his priority the Selecao have two tests over the …

  • Khalifa Stadium in Doha which is undergoing complete renovation in preparation to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on November 13, 2014
    UEFA opposes World Cup compensation for European leagues AFP News - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    UEFA will not back any legal action by Europe's football championships seeking compensation for moving the dates of the 2022 World Cup, secretary general Gianni Infantino … More »UEFA opposes World Cup compensation for European leagues

    Khalifa Stadium in Doha which is undergoing complete renovation in preparation to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on November 13, 2014

    UEFA will not back any legal action by Europe's football championships seeking compensation for moving the dates of the 2022 World Cup, secretary general Gianni Infantino said Monday. "Of course not," Infantino told a press conference when asked whether UEFA would support the threat made at the weekend by the European …