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Torino's midfielder Giuseppe Vives congratulates Ciro Immobile (R) after his goal during an Italian Serie A football match against Lazio on April 19, 2014 at the Olympic stadium in Rome

Immobile moves closer to Italy World Cup spot

AFP News - 7 hours ago Torino striker Ciro Immobile enhanced his claim for a place in Italy's World Cup squad with his 20th goal of the season on Saturday. The point left Torino eighth, still in contention for a Europa League spot, but two behind AC Milan, who eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Livorno. Torino's local rivals, league leaders Juventus, play later when they take on relegation-threat…

  • Barcelona's Neymar sits with his left boot off at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final against Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 16, 2014
    Neymar says injury won't keep him from World Cup play AFP News - 18 hours ago

    Brazilian football star Neymar said he would be well enough to play in the World Cup in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season. … More »Neymar says injury won't keep him from World Cup play

    Barcelona's Neymar sits with his left boot off at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final against Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 16, 2014

    Brazilian football star Neymar said he would be well enough to play in the World Cup in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season. The 22-year-old Barcelona player injured his left foot Wednesday during a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Spain's Copa del Rey final. FC Barcelona said …

  • Philippe Troussier, former head coach of the Japanese national football team, speaks at press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo, on June 16, 2006
    Troussier wants to end career with Japan at home Olympics AFP News - 18 hours ago

    Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier wants to end his career in the dugout by coaching the home country's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he told AFP. The 59-year-old … More »Troussier wants to end career with Japan at home Olympics

    Philippe Troussier, former head coach of the Japanese national football team, speaks at press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo, on June 16, 2006

    Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier wants to end his career in the dugout by coaching the home country's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he told AFP. The 59-year-old Frenchman, currently on a shortlist of candidates for the Morocco national job after three years in China, said it would be a perfect way to sign off after …

  • West Ham United fans celebrate in Birmingham, April 23, 2006
    West Ham youngster dies of cancer AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    West Ham's Australian striker Dylan Tombides died on Friday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. West Ham confirmed the news of Tombides' death in a … More »West Ham youngster dies of cancer

    West Ham United fans celebrate in Birmingham, April 23, 2006

    West Ham's Australian striker Dylan Tombides died on Friday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. West Ham confirmed the news of Tombides' death in a statement on their website. Tombides was first diagnosed with cancer while representing Australia during the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. "West Ham …

  • Colombian football player Radamel Falcao gives the thumbs up before a World Cup friendly football match at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella, near Barcelona, on March 5, 2014
    Falcao gets cautious World Cup green light AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will go to the World Cup but risks not being 100 percent fit, the surgeon who operated on the Monaco star's ruptured knee ligaments said … More »Falcao gets cautious World Cup green light

    Colombian football player Radamel Falcao gives the thumbs up before a World Cup friendly football match at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella, near Barcelona, on March 5, 2014

    Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will go to the World Cup but risks not being 100 percent fit, the surgeon who operated on the Monaco star's ruptured knee ligaments said Friday. But at the highest level, at the start of the competition, Falcao will not be 100 percent," Jose Carlos Noronha told the Lusa news agency. Falcao, …

  • A football fan collects his FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tickets after the designated ticketing pick-up centres opened in 12 host cities on April 18, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    World Cup ticketing centers open AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them. … More »World Cup ticketing centers open

    A football fan collects his FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tickets after the designated ticketing pick-up centres opened in 12 host cities on April 18, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them. Joao Bosco, 67, and Vanderson Balbino, 27, were both in place by 9 a.m to ensure they were first in line. "I've already spent double 8,000 reais ($3,000 …

  • Supporters cheer for their team next to a policeman at "La Bombonera" stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 5, 2013
    Argentina hooligans can go to Brazil World Cup: court AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Notorious Argentine "barras bravas" football hooligans can travel to the World Cup without intelligence being passed on beforehand to hosts Brazil, a court has ruled. … More »Argentina hooligans can go to Brazil World Cup: court

    Supporters cheer for their team next to a policeman at "La Bombonera" stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 5, 2013

    Notorious Argentine "barras bravas" football hooligans can travel to the World Cup without intelligence being passed on beforehand to hosts Brazil, a court has ruled. The court in Buenos Aires said that the Argentine government is not allowed to tell another country personal information about its citizens, a lawyer for …

  • A handout photo released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism shows an aerial view of Fontenova stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, taken on September 11, 2013
    Looting as police strike in Brazil World Cup city AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year's World Cup in Brazil, as police went on strike for a second day Wednesday. Radio reported … More »Looting as police strike in Brazil World Cup city

    A handout photo released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism shows an aerial view of Fontenova stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, taken on September 11, 2013

    Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year's World Cup in Brazil, as police went on strike for a second day Wednesday. Radio reported that a supermarket and bank were pillaged overnight in the absence of local police, who walked out late Tuesday in Brazil's third-largest city, located …

  • The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Jose Maria Marin (L) and vice president Marco Polo Del Nero inaugurate the new Granja Comary training center on March 25, 2014
    Brazil confederation votes new head unopposed AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Brazilian football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday voted for 73-year-old lawyer Marco Polo Del Nero as their 19th president, to succeed incumbent Jose Maria Marin … More »Brazil confederation votes new head unopposed

    The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Jose Maria Marin (L) and vice president Marco Polo Del Nero inaugurate the new Granja Comary training center on March 25, 2014

    The Brazilian football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday voted for 73-year-old lawyer Marco Polo Del Nero as their 19th president, to succeed incumbent Jose Maria Marin from next year. Del Nero, the son of a former Palmeiras player, was chosen unopposed by the chairmen of the 20 first division clubs and 27 regional federation …

  • Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz waves at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013
    Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup AFP News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World … More »Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup

    Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz waves at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013

    The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup. UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, …

  • Japan's defender Yuto Nagatomo (right) dribbles the ball as Australia's defender Luke Wilkshire dives to block during their Group B Asian zone qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Saitama on June 4, 2013
    2019 Asian Cup expanded to 24 teams AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Asia's football body Wednesday announced an expansion of the flagship Asian Cup from 16 to 24 teams but killed off the lower-level Challenge Cup as part of a regional … More »2019 Asian Cup expanded to 24 teams

    Japan's defender Yuto Nagatomo (right) dribbles the ball as Australia's defender Luke Wilkshire dives to block during their Group B Asian zone qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Saitama on June 4, 2013

    Asia's football body Wednesday announced an expansion of the flagship Asian Cup from 16 to 24 teams but killed off the lower-level Challenge Cup as part of a regional shake-up. The 2019 Asian Cup will climb to 24 teams but next month's Challenge Cup in the Maldives will be the last, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) …

  • Harry Kewell of the Socceroos pictured before the start of the World Cup Asian football qualifier against Bahrain in Sydney in June 2009
    Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new football stars AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad … More »Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new football stars

    Harry Kewell of the Socceroos pictured before the start of the World Cup Asian football qualifier against Bahrain in Sydney in June 2009

    The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup. The gifted Kewell, 35, made an emotional farewell on Saturday in front of 10,000 fans at Melbourne Heart's final game …

  • A screenshot from FIFA's ticket selling website shows high demands in all categories for the opening match of FIFA World Cup 2014 on August 20, 2013
    High demand as final Cup ticket window opens AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Governing body FIFA on Tuesday opened the final sales phase for World Cup tickets and reported 126,837 of 199,519 available for 54 of the 64 matches were snapped up within … More »High demand as final Cup ticket window opens

    A screenshot from FIFA's ticket selling website shows high demands in all categories for the opening match of FIFA World Cup 2014 on August 20, 2013

    Governing body FIFA on Tuesday opened the final sales phase for World Cup tickets and reported 126,837 of 199,519 available for 54 of the 64 matches were snapped up within four hours. Brazilian nationals bagged two thirds of the latest sales, FIFA said, accounting for 80,496 tickets with 46,341 tickets going to fans outside …

  • Borussia Dortmund's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in action at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, on October 3, 2012
    Injury-hit Gundogan extends Dortmund deal AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Injured Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a year's extension to keep him at Borussia Dortmund until 2016, despite playing just 56 minutes of Bundesliga football … More »Injury-hit Gundogan extends Dortmund deal

    Borussia Dortmund's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in action at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, on October 3, 2012

    Injured Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a year's extension to keep him at Borussia Dortmund until 2016, despite playing just 56 minutes of Bundesliga football this season. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder had been linked with top European clubs among them Barcelona and Manchester United. Dortmund coach …

  • Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz attends his team's 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Lebanon at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on February 6, 2013
    Iran start World Cup camp in S. Africa with only 11 players AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Iran took off to South Africa on Tuesday for their first pre-World Cup training camp with only 11 players and no goalkeeper, local media reported. The camp, set to last … More »Iran start World Cup camp in S. Africa with only 11 players

    Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz attends his team's 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Lebanon at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on February 6, 2013

    Iran took off to South Africa on Tuesday for their first pre-World Cup training camp with only 11 players and no goalkeeper, local media reported. The camp, set to last until May 7, is Iran's first significant gathering since qualifying for the 2014 tournament last June and comes just 57 days ahead of the team's first …

  • Everton midfielder Ross Barkley (R) stretches to block the ball from Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker (L) during the English Premier League match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northwest England, on April 6, 2014
    Everton coach Martinez amused by Barkley talk AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Tuesday laughed off speculation that Merseyside rivals Liverpool are preparing a huge bid for his England midfielder Ross Barkley. … More »Everton coach Martinez amused by Barkley talk

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley (R) stretches to block the ball from Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker (L) during the English Premier League match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northwest England, on April 6, 2014

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Tuesday laughed off speculation that Merseyside rivals Liverpool are preparing a huge bid for his England midfielder Ross Barkley. Barkley, 20, is expected to be a member of the England squad that travels to Brazil for this year's World Cup after a superb season at Goodison Park. His …

  • US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) look to the crowd after unveiling the FIFA World Cup Trophy on April 14, 2014, during a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington, DC
    USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy … More »USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

    US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) look to the crowd after unveiling the FIFA World Cup Trophy on April 14, 2014, during a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington, DC

    America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy …

  • Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (3rd R) chats with defender Sergio Ramos (2nd R) and forward Diego Costa (R) during a training session at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on March 4, 2014
    Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 sides competing in the World Cup in June, Brazilian financial daily Valor reported on Monday. The … More »Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad

    Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (3rd R) chats with defender Sergio Ramos (2nd R) and forward Diego Costa (R) during a training session at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on March 4, 2014

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 sides competing in the World Cup in June, Brazilian financial daily Valor reported on Monday. The squad of reigning champions Spain is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of 474.1 million euros for Argentina and 470.2 million …

  • German national football player Sami Khedira speaks during a press conference of the German national football team in Munich, Germany on September 3, 2013
    Khedira's World Cup chances boosted by return to training AFP News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    German midfielder Sami Khedira's chances of being fit in time for the World Cup were given a boost as he returned to training with his Real Madrid teammates for the first … More »Khedira's World Cup chances boosted by return to training

    German national football player Sami Khedira speaks during a press conference of the German national football team in Munich, Germany on September 3, 2013

    German midfielder Sami Khedira's chances of being fit in time for the World Cup were given a boost as he returned to training with his Real Madrid teammates for the first time in five months on Sunday. The 27-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage whilst playing for Germany in a 1-1 draw against Italy in November and …

  • Fiorentina's midfielder Giuseppe Rossi celebrates after scoring on October 20, 2013 at Florence's "Artemio Franchi" stadium
    Rossi return gives Italy World Cup boost AFP News - Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Italy international striker Giuseppe Rossi has given his country a pre-World Cup boost by returning to training with Fiorentina on Friday. Former Manchester United forward … More »Rossi return gives Italy World Cup boost

    Fiorentina's midfielder Giuseppe Rossi celebrates after scoring on October 20, 2013 at Florence's "Artemio Franchi" stadium

    Italy international striker Giuseppe Rossi has given his country a pre-World Cup boost by returning to training with Fiorentina on Friday. Former Manchester United forward Rossi injured his knee on January 5 but just two months out from the beginning of the World Cup in Brazil, he is now back in training in Tuscany. His …