Qualifiers

32 Qualified Teams for the 2014 World Cup

32 Qualified Teams for the 2014 World Cup

As Uruguay played out a 0-0 draw against Jordan in the second leg of their international playoff, they claimed the 32nd and final spot at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. While Ibrahimovic and Sweden miss out thanks to the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, almost all other favorites (including the previous eight winners) have qualified for the(…)

World Cup gets Ronaldo, loses Ibrahimovich

World Cup gets Ronaldo, loses Ibrahimovich

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat trick in a thrilling encounter in Stockholm to ensure his team a place in the 2014 World Cup finals as Sweden failed to reach the World Cup for the second consecutive time. After Portugal had won the first leg of this two legged playoff, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo(…)

Ivory Coast, Nigeria Qualify for 2014 World Cup

Ivory Coast, Nigeria Qualify for 2014 World Cup

Ivory Coast and Nigeria became the first African Nations to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Ivory Coast were heavily outplayed by Senegal in their second legged playoff in Casablanca but late heroics from Salomon Kalou ensured them a place in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Ahead 3-1 on aggregate following the first match of this(…)

Portugal vs Sweden: 2014 World Cup Playoff Preview

Portugal vs Sweden: 2014 World Cup Playoff Preview

One of the most anticipated game of the year will get underway in just a few days time, when Portugal take on Sweden in a bid to reach the 2014 World Cup. The match is also important because it will be either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovich who will be seen at the next year’s(…)

Injured Balotelli to miss Qualifier against Denmark

Injured Balotelli to miss Qualifier against Denmark

AC Milan and Italy forward Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s FIFA World Cup qualifier away in Denmark with a thigh problem. The former Manchester City striker missed the Azzurri training session on Wednesday after feeling a strain in his left leg. It later emerged that he had strained his left thigh. Balotelli, 23, had the problem assessed at a local hospital where doctors confirmed that he(…)

Beckham says England will reach Brazil

Beckham says England will reach Brazil

Football legend David Beckham believes England would make it through to next year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil as they prepare for their final two key qualifying matches. England face Montenegro and Poland at Wembley later this month and lead Ukraine by just 1 point in the Group H of the UEFA Qualification stage. However, a(…)

Ukraine, Peru to play next World Cup qualifier without fans

Ukraine, Peru to play next World Cup qualifier without fans

FIFA has ordered Ukraine to play their next World Cup Qualifier against Poland without the spectators after fans were accused of unsporting behavior in the match against San Marino. Ukraine was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs ($49,669) for several incidents involving fireworks during its Sept. 6 World Cup Qualifier against San Marino in Lviv. Fans were also found(…)

Lionel Messi to lead Argentina in final World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi to lead Argentina in final World Cup qualifier

Argentinian striker Lionel Messi will lead his national side in the final double-match of the South American Qualifying Tournament which will decide the teams that qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) announced the partial line-up for the two upcoming games with Peru and Uruguay to be played on October 11(…)

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