Halilhodzic confident Japan learnt lessons in Korean rout

By Michael Church TOKYO, Dec 17 : Manager Vahid Halilhodzic stressed he is the right man to lead Japan at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer despite seeing his side suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of South Korea. The 4-1 result on Saturday evening was Japan’s biggest defeat on home soil […]

International return for Zlatan gets Sweden talking

By Philip O’Connor STOCKHOLM, Nov 14 : The final whistle which signalled that Sweden had qualified for the World Cup was still echoing around the San Siro when the speculation began – will retired record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic return for the finals in Russia? Sweden had just secured a 1-0 aggregate victory over Italy with […]

Qatar World Cup workers pay recruitment fees, work 18-hour days – report

By Tom Finn DOHA, Apr 5 : Hundreds of Asian workers pay recruitment fees for jobs building World Cup stadiums in Qatar and some end up working for nearly five months without a day of rest, according to an investigation funded by the Gulf state’s World Cup organising body. Conditions for workers from India, Nepal […]

Messi banned for four international matches

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Mar 28 : Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, starting with Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at a match official, FIFA said today. The decision was announced less than six hours before kickoff of the match in La Paz and means […]