International Friendly: Republic of Ireland 1 Serbia 2

International Friendly: Republic of Ireland 1 Serbia 2

Shane Long gave Ireland a dream start by capitalising on an error from Branislav Ivanovic, but Serbia, 38 places higher than their opponents in the FIFA world rankings, showed their class in the second half to turn the friendly in Dublin on its head. 

James McCarthy's own goal ended a superb incisive move after 48 minutes and Filip Djordjevic's close-range effort on the hour mark completed the turnaround. 

The game was the first in which Ireland have ... » Read more


Cape Verde lose appeal over World Cup expulsion

Cape Verde lose appeal over World Cup expulsion

The Africans were kicked out of the final stages of the CAF qualifying competition for Brazil 2014 after being punished for fielding an ineligible player in the win over Tunisia in September.

They had topped Group B of African qualifying after their 2-0 win over Nabil Maaloul's men in Rades. However, FIFA found the Cape Verdean Football Association guilty of fielding Fernando Varela, despite the defender not having served a full four-match suspension for a red ... » Read more


Friendly: Paris Saint-Germain 0 Real Madrid 1

Friendly: Paris Saint-Germain 0 Real Madrid 1

The young striker netted in the 18th minute of the clash at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Thursday, before PSG wasted numerous chances to pull themselves level.

Laurent Blanc fielded a first-choice XI for the exhibition match, while ex-PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti chose to rest a number of Real's star names, though there was a starting berth for Cristiano Ronaldo.

And it was the Portuguese who got the first shot at goal, blazing his effort high and wide of ... » Read more


FIFA open up disciplinary proceedings against Simunic

FIFA open up disciplinary proceedings against Simunic

Croatia booked their spot as one of the 32 participants at Brazil 2014 with a 2-0 play-off victory over Iceland on Tuesday, but Simunic's celebration has drawn criticism.

Following the game, Simunic used a microphone to address the fans in Zagreb by shouting: "For the homeland". In response to Simunic's call, the fans said: "Ready!"

The call was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi puppet regime, the Ustashas, who ruled the state when thousands of ... » Read more


Ruutli's Estonia tenure ended

Ruutli's Estonia tenure ended

Ruutli, who also managed Estonia between 1999 and 2000, has led Estonia's national team for the past six years.

The highlight of the 59-year-old's tenure came when Estonia reached the UEFA Euro 2012 play-offs, but they lost to the Republic of Ireland 5-1 over two legs.

Estonian FA (EJL) president Aivar Pohlak said in a statement: "We made this decision after last Friday's friendly against Azerbaijan (a 2-1 ... » Read more


Simunic fined for 'spreading racial hatred'

Simunic fined for 'spreading racial hatred'

Croatia booked their spot at next year's showpiece in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Iceland on Tuesday, but Simunic's celebrations have attracted criticism.

After the match, Simunic took a microphone on to the field and shouted to the fans in Zagreb: "For the homeland". The fans responded to Simunic's cry by shouting: "Ready!"

The call was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi puppet regime, the Ustashas, who ... » Read more


Tabarez dismisses World Cup seeding advantage

Tabarez dismisses World Cup seeding advantage

The South American nation join Spain, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Colombia as one of the seven top-ranked teams in the draw, while hosts Brazil will also be a top seed.

But when quizzed on whether it would give his side a favourable draw, Tabarez insisted it was irrelevant.

He said: "If we had not been seeded we could get good opponents too.

"The other top seeds, and all other teams, Holland, England, Italy, they are all great teams ... » Read more


South Africa to lose ranking points from Spain clash

South Africa to lose ranking points from Spain clash

Bernard Parker scored the only goal as Gordon Igesund's men recorded a memorable win over the world and European champions, but a seventh substitution by Vicente del Bosque means the match is under threat of being declared void.

Pepe Reina replaced the injured Victor Valdes late on in the encounter after gaining the referee's permission, taking Spain beyond the six-substitution limit for international friendlies.

And FIFA have now confirmed to Perform that, under ... » Read more


FIFA World Cup Play-Off: Uruguay 0 Jordan 0 (agg 5-0)

FIFA World Cup Play-Off: Uruguay 0 Jordan 0 (agg 5-0)

A 5-0 first-leg win in Jordan last week all but guaranteed qualification but the Uruguayans still had to finish the job in front of their home fans on Wednesday.

Head coach Oscar Tabarez named an unchanged Uruguay starting line-up, with attacking weapons Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani occupying the two striking positions.

It was up to the Jordanians to make all the running, needing at least five goals to force the game into extra-time.

The away side started ... » Read more


Valbuena revelling in World Cup dream

Valbuena revelling in World Cup dream

After being on the brink of elimination after a two-goal loss in Ukraine, the French hit back with a 3-0 victory on home soil to seal qualification to Brazil 2014.

Valbuena outlined the resilience in the French squad that allowed them to get themselves back into the tie.

"We were close to a disaster and I think we were aware of what was at stake," Valbuena said.

"We said to ourselves we are all here for the same objective (qualifying for Brazil) ... » Read more