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Miguel Herrera gives a thumbs up as he walks onto the field before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Jamaica and Mexico in Philadelphia on July 26, 2015

Herrera's temper costs him job days after golden triumph

AFP News - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was sacked on Tuesday following allegations of an assault against a television journalist, just two days after guiding them to their seventh Gold Cup trophy in the United States. The combative 47-year-old -- who also coached Mexico to the last-16 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup last year -- is alleged to have attac…

  • Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, was sent off midway through the second half of Uruguay's stormy 1-0 Copa America quarter-final defeat after he flicked a hand into Jara's face
    Cavani banned for two matches over Jara incident AFP News - Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football … More »Cavani banned for two matches over Jara incident

    Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, was sent off midway through the second half of Uruguay's stormy 1-0 Copa America quarter-final defeat after he flicked a hand into Jara's face

    Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football Confederation announced. The ban means he will miss his country's first World Cup qualifying tie away to Bolivia in October. Cavani, who plays for French …

  • Busch Stadium, pictured on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri, will host the United States as it begins its quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth
    US to host first WC2018 qualifier at St. Louis AFP News - Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The United States will begin its quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth on home soil at St. Louis on November 13, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Monday. … More »US to host first WC2018 qualifier at St. Louis

    Busch Stadium, pictured on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri, will host the United States as it begins its quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth

    The United States will begin its quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth on home soil at St. Louis on November 13, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Monday. The Americans will meet either Aruba or St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the match at Busch Stadium, the home ballpark of Major League Baseball's St. Louis …

  • Having won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles with Dortmund under Klopp, Hummels will play under new Borussia coach Thomas Tuchel when their season opens at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on August 15
    German clubs are scared of Bayern, says Hummels AFP News - Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Most German clubs are afraid of playing against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich -- and it needs to stop, says Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels says. Bavarian giants … More »German clubs are scared of Bayern, says Hummels

    Having won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles with Dortmund under Klopp, Hummels will play under new Borussia coach Thomas Tuchel when their season opens at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on August 15

    Most German clubs are afraid of playing against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich -- and it needs to stop, says Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels says. Bavarian giants Bayern kick off the new season on August 14 at home to Hamburg and are bidding to become the first team to win four straight league titles, having won …

  • Zenit's forward Hulk, pictured in action on March 19, 2015, scored twice as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg
    Two-goal Hulk buries World Cup draw controversy AFP News - Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Brazilian striker Hulk scored twice to bury the controversy of being axed from the World Cup draw as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural … More »Two-goal Hulk buries World Cup draw controversy

    Zenit's forward Hulk, pictured in action on March 19, 2015, scored twice as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg

    Brazilian striker Hulk scored twice to bury the controversy of being axed from the World Cup draw as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg. Hulk had been set to feature alongside the likes of compatriot Ronaldo and Samuel Eto'o at Saturday's draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, …

  • Young England fans pictured at Wembley ahead of kick off in a friendly match against Scotland in 2013
    World Cup dates set for England v Scotland AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    England and Scotland will play their 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley on a Friday night, the English Football Association announced on Sunday. The return match at … More »World Cup dates set for England v Scotland

    Young England fans pictured at Wembley ahead of kick off in a friendly match against Scotland in 2013

    England and Scotland will play their 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley on a Friday night, the English Football Association announced on Sunday. The return match at Glasgow's Hampden Park has been set for Saturday June 10 2017, with a kick-off time of 5 p.m. England will open their World Cup qualifying campaign away against …

  • England's manager Roy Hodgson takes part in a practice session in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 13, 2015
    Scotland rivalry sparks Hodgson's imagination AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    England boss Roy Hodgson believes his side's pairing with Scotland for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will provide clashes of an intensity rarely seen in the preliminary … More »Scotland rivalry sparks Hodgson's imagination

    England's manager Roy Hodgson takes part in a practice session in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 13, 2015

    England boss Roy Hodgson believes his side's pairing with Scotland for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will provide clashes of an intensity rarely seen in the preliminary stages. The oldest sides in international football were drawn together along with Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta at a grand ceremony in Saint …

  • (L-R) Samuel Eto'o, Jerome Valcke and Rinat Dasaev hold the preliminary draw for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) zone for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015
    Tough 2018 World Cup task for South Africa AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    South Africa were handed a tough task when the draw for the preliminary African qualifying rounds of the 2018 World Cup was made Saturday in host nation Russia. Bafana … More »Tough 2018 World Cup task for South Africa

    (L-R) Samuel Eto'o, Jerome Valcke and Rinat Dasaev hold the preliminary draw for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) zone for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015

    South Africa were handed a tough task when the draw for the preliminary African qualifying rounds of the 2018 World Cup was made Saturday in host nation Russia. Bafana Bafana (The Boys), who have played in the global football showcase three times, were paired with fellow southern Africans Angola during a ceremony in Saint …

  • (L-R) Oliver Bierhoff, Jerome Valcke and Alexander Kerzhakov present the preliminary draw for the Union of European Football Associations zone for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015
    England drawn with Scotland in World Cup qualifying draw AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    England will renew one of the oldest rivalries in football against Scotland in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they were paired together at a lavish … More »England drawn with Scotland in World Cup qualifying draw

    (L-R) Oliver Bierhoff, Jerome Valcke and Alexander Kerzhakov present the preliminary draw for the Union of European Football Associations zone for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015

    England will renew one of the oldest rivalries in football against Scotland in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they were paired together at a lavish ceremony on Saturday. World champions Germany were put against the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in the draw made in …

  • The FIFA World Cup trophy stands at a hall close to the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg on July 24, 2015, on the eve of the Preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
    World Cup draw boost for African giants AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The top 13 ranked African football nations received a boost Friday when the draw procedure for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draws in Russia was unveiled. Algeria top … More »World Cup draw boost for African giants

    The FIFA World Cup trophy stands at a hall close to the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg on July 24, 2015, on the eve of the Preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

    The top 13 ranked African football nations received a boost Friday when the draw procedure for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draws in Russia was unveiled. Algeria top the African rankings and the other top 13 countries are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Cape Verde, Egypt, Nigeria, Guinea, Democratic …

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United warms up before his team competes against the San Jose Earthquakes during their International Champions Cup football match in San Jose, California on July 21, 2015
    Schweinsteiger out of Barcelona clash - van Gaal AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled out of Manchester United's friendly with Barcelona here Friday after picking up a minor injury. United boss Louis van Gaal said the … More »Schweinsteiger out of Barcelona clash - van Gaal

    Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United warms up before his team competes against the San Jose Earthquakes during their International Champions Cup football match in San Jose, California on July 21, 2015

    Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled out of Manchester United's friendly with Barcelona here Friday after picking up a minor injury. United boss Louis van Gaal said the 30-year-old German World Cup-winner would be rested from Saturday's game against Barcelona as a precautionary measure. Van Gaal said the former Bayern Munich …

  • A general view shows the construction site of the new football stadium in St. Petersburg on July 20, 2015, where St. Petersburg will host matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup
    Sponsors' pressure mounts on FIFA ahead of World Cup draw AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    FIFA will meet with key sponsors Visa, McDonalds and Coca-Cola next month as world football's governing body continues to come under pressure following a series of corruption … More »Sponsors' pressure mounts on FIFA ahead of World Cup draw

    A general view shows the construction site of the new football stadium in St. Petersburg on July 20, 2015, where St. Petersburg will host matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup

    FIFA will meet with key sponsors Visa, McDonalds and Coca-Cola next month as world football's governing body continues to come under pressure following a series of corruption scandals. Just 24 hours before the first official event for the Russia 2018 World Cup with the qualification draw in Saint Petersburg, secretary …

  • Zenit's forward Hulk, pictured in action on March 19, 2015, scored twice as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg
    Outspoken Hulk dropped from World Cup draw lineup AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has been dropped from Saturday's star-studded lineup for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw just 24 hours before the draw … More »Outspoken Hulk dropped from World Cup draw lineup

    Zenit's forward Hulk, pictured in action on March 19, 2015, scored twice as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg

    Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has been dropped from Saturday's star-studded lineup for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw just 24 hours before the draw takes place, FIFA confirmed on Friday. FIFA and the Local Oragnising Committee (LOC) attributed Hulk's absence from the ceremony due to his commitments with …

  • FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, speaking in Saint Petersburg on the eve of the World Cup qualification draw on Saturday, said that Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Visa had sent letters voicing their dissatisfaction after corruption charges were filed
    FIFA to meet disgruntled sponsors AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has announced that the troubled organisation is to meet with key sponsors who have voiced their displeasure at the corruption scandal … More »FIFA to meet disgruntled sponsors

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, speaking in Saint Petersburg on the eve of the World Cup qualification draw on Saturday, said that Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Visa had sent letters voicing their dissatisfaction after corruption charges were filed

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has announced that the troubled organisation is to meet with key sponsors who have voiced their displeasure at the corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body. Valcke, speaking in Saint Petersburg on the eve of the World Cup qualification draw on Saturday, said that …

  • Of the 208 FIFA eligible nations, 183 can still qualify and 141 will be involved in Saturday's draw
    The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw explained AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup will take place on Saturday in Saint Petersburg with 141 nations across five confederations waiting to find out their fate. … More »The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw explained

    Of the 208 FIFA eligible nations, 183 can still qualify and 141 will be involved in Saturday's draw

    The qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup will take place on Saturday in Saint Petersburg with 141 nations across five confederations waiting to find out their fate. Of the 208 FIFA eligible nations, 183 can still qualify and 141 will be involved in Saturday's draw with the Asian confederation the only absentee as their …

  • Fans will get their first taste of Robinho's distinctive style when the 31-year-old former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan frontman takes to the pitch against Bayern Munich
    Robinho, Paulinho perk up China's Brazilian blend AFP News - Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has stuck to a simple mantra since joining forces with Chinese powerhouses Guangzhou Evergrande in a shock move last month: go with what you … More »Robinho, Paulinho perk up China's Brazilian blend

    Fans will get their first taste of Robinho's distinctive style when the 31-year-old former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan frontman takes to the pitch against Bayern Munich

    Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has stuck to a simple mantra since joining forces with Chinese powerhouses Guangzhou Evergrande in a shock move last month: go with what you know. Hence the distinctive Brazilian flavour at the club now as the talents of superstars Paulinho and Robinho have been quickly snapped up by the World …

  • The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place in Saint Petersburg with host team Russia in disarray after the sacking of manager Fabio Capello
    Russia in disarray ahead of World Cup draw AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place in Saint Petersburg on Saturday with the national game of hosts Russia in total disarray. Rudderless without a federation … More »Russia in disarray ahead of World Cup draw

    The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place in Saint Petersburg with host team Russia in disarray after the sacking of manager Fabio Capello

    The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place in Saint Petersburg on Saturday with the national game of hosts Russia in total disarray. Rudderless without a federation chief or coach Russia are in serious danger of missing out on Euro 2016. The appointment of a new head coach has been seriously compromised by a lack …

  • The United States poses for a team photo prior to their match against Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Golf Cup Semifinal match on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia
    US national team to host mighty Brazil AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The United States men's national soccer team will host five-time World Cup champion Brazil in an international friendly on September 8 at Gillette Stadium, United States … More »US national team to host mighty Brazil

    The United States poses for a team photo prior to their match against Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Golf Cup Semifinal match on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

    The United States men's national soccer team will host five-time World Cup champion Brazil in an international friendly on September 8 at Gillette Stadium, United States Soccer announced on Thursday. "This is just a great match for fans of the US and fans of Brazil and soccer fans in general," said Brian Bilello, who is …

  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg to attend the 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed by a corruption scandal
    Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday to attend 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed … More »Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg to attend the 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed by a corruption scandal

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday to attend 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed by a corruption scandal.

  • Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko speaks during a briefing for journalists in Moscow on July 8, 2015
    Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism AFP News - Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko promised Thursday that the country will step up measures against racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup after a fresh race row … More »Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism

    Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko speaks during a briefing for journalists in Moscow on July 8, 2015

    Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko promised Thursday that the country will step up measures against racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup after a fresh race row hit its Premier League. Russia has a history of racist abuse in the game and authorities have been accused of turning a blind eye to the problem. "Racism …