World Cup Qualifiers

Israel thrash Austria

Back in Israel football exists. They love football and wish to push themselves to the next level. They did feature in the World Cup almost fifty years and at present many of their players are playing club football in Europe. In the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers, the performance of Israel is not at all bad and the thrashing victory over Austria last night hinted at their improvement.

England give Hungary fitting reply to racism

Keeping in mind the behavior of some of the mean-minded fans at Budapest, the way England won, was a fitting reply against racism.  

Sweden shock Spain

It was a night to celebrate for one of the hard-nut-to-crack sides in world football – Sweden as they handed Spain a shocking defeat at Stockholm. It might come as a surprise to many but they should never forget how tough Sweden could be and even the very best tasted their spirited displays in the past.

Bulgaria halt Italy

It was time for the European Champions Italy to showcase their display in the World Cup Qualifiers, but in a low-key affair, the Azzurri were held by the Bulgarians. Yes, Italy’s unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini has been intact because they shared points whereas a straightforward victory was expected.

Impressive Chile beaten by Brazil

One might argue that Brazil did not have the services of the major players who are playing club football back in Europe due to COVID-19 restrictions, but on paper Selecao still looked like a formidable unit. And, with someone like Neymar around, obviously, the in-form Brazilian unit was expected to play in a commendable fashion against Chile, who, so far, have cut an unsatisfactory figure. Well, it was not a night to remember for Brazil despite earning full points.

Commendable victory for Argentina over 10-men Venezuela

The Copa America champions showed their might in Venezuela by essaying a dominating victory.

10-men France draw against Bosnia

The memory of the Euro 2020 was quite shocking for the World Champions France and thus they wished to erase that with a commendable victory over Bosnia Herzegovina. Sadly, it turned out to be another painful affair as a ten-man French unit was halted by Bosnia.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Right on top of the world

When Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the fifteenth minute and after that, the Republic of Ireland went ahead, the Irish fans smelt a famous victory. And, there were reactions from the Irish fans towards Cristiano Ronaldo – they whistled towards him, but they forgot it’s not finished yet until and unless Cristiano Ronaldo decides when it would end.  

Brazil break the Paraguay jinx

Paraguay - quarterfinalists at the South Africa 2010 a decade ago, of course - are looking to book their first return since this time around, having missed out on Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. A surprise victory here could have vaulted them into the top four and keep them firmly on the front foot. But it did not happen.

Colombia stun Argentina

Obviously, Argentina were the favourites to win and their start was encouraging until the home side raised their game to stun Messi and co.

Brazil win at Porto Alegre

Amid the doubts of the upcoming Copa America, which has been shifted to Brazil and the rumours of head coach Tite’s resignation; Brazil faced Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Porto Alegre. Brazil looked underwhelming at the start, still, picked the tempo when Tite brought changes. In the end, the Selecao did not drop any points like Argentina and Uruguay.

Lionel Messi scores but Argentina drop points

After a dramatic and hectic football season in Europe, international football has commenced. Back in Europe, the preparation for the Euro is underway while in Latin America, the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are back. At the new and sparkling new Madre de Ciudades Stadium, Argentina logged horns with Chile and ended up sharing points.

North Macedonia create history by stunning the Germans

Germany suffered a loss in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the first time in 20 years. The last time they lost a qualifier was to England in 2001.

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo robbed

At Belgrade, Portugal logged horns with Serbia for the World Cup Qualifiers. With the kind of players Portugal have and the kind of form they are in at the moment, a victory was expected, but the match ended in a 2-2 draw and in a controversial manner.

Burak Yilmaz stuns Holland

Still, players like Yilmaz always dreamed of bagging something big at the international level, and the hat-trick against the Oranje last night would mean a lot for the old warhorse.

Brazil conquer Montevideo

No Neymar. No Philippe Coutino. No Casemiro. No Fabinho. No Eder Militao. Yes, without the abovementioned names, Brazil and Tite traveled to Montevideo to face Uruguay, who are one of those teams in world football that can unnerve Brazil. And,...

Argentina break the jinx in Peru

Argentina signed off the year 2020 with a victory. Like their arch-rivals, Brazil, they were the visitors against Peru. The Peruvians are not as competent as their heavyweight neighbours, but one can remember, how they posed a threat against...

Brazil would meet Uruguay with the intent to conquer Montevideo

Apart from Brazil vs Argentina, in South America, the clash between the Selecao and Uruguay is another contest, which garners huge interest among the football fans back in South America. Traditionally, their rivalry is known as also known as...

Brazil break the resistance of Venezuela

Neymar had been cut off from the Brazilian squad for the World Cup Qualifiers this week because of a groin injury which he sustained playing for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel said last week that it would...

VAR denies Argentina

Certainly, Paraguay are no pushovers in world football. If they cannot threaten you with attacking football, then, they would build a wall – solid enough – to deny you from scoring and neutralize your aggressive intent. As a matter...


World T20: Pakistan create history

For the first time in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup - Pakistan have beaten India and that too by a margin of 10 wickets. The Pakistanis started the match as underdogs, but they outweighed Virat Kohli's India in all the departments.