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September 19, 2018 12:00 AM Infantino has doubts about La Liga match in Miami

BARCELONA: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed concern about La Liga’s proposal to stage a fixture between Girona and Barcelona in the United States. The two clubs have each approved a request submitted to the Spanish Football Federation for the match to be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on January 26. It was originally scheduled 4

September 11, 2018 12:00 AM China appoint Hiddink to lead Olympic 2020 charge

SHANGHAI: Highly respected Dutchman Guus Hiddink was named on Monday as the new coach of China’s under-21 football team, tasked with leading the country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 71-year-old joins another well-known veteran coach, the Italian World Cup winner Marcello Lippi, in taking a major role in China’s aggressive push to finally become a force

September 4, 2018 12:00 AM Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign at risk due to player contract dispute

COPENHAGEN: The Danish Football Association (DBU) is looking for replacements for regular national team players for this month’s matches against Slovakia and Wales after contract negotiations broke down. If the DBU fails to recruit players for the games, Denmark, who are ninth in the FIFA world rankings and reached the last 16 at this year’s World Cup, could 2

September 2, 2018 12:00 AM Lahore topple Pindi in U-15 Football match

LAHORE: Lahore U-15 football team continued their dominating performance on the second day in Punjab U-15 Boys Football Cup when they overwhelmed Rawalpindi by a big difference of 5-0 in the second match of championship at Punjab Football Stadium on Saturday. Sports Board Punjab is organizing the championship with the collaboration of Punjab Football

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Qatar ploughs ahead with World Cup plans despite crises

DOHA: Last year, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Sharif Al-Emadi said his country was determined to have everything ready for the 2022 World Cup well before fans started landing in the Gulf. “We don’t want to be painting while people arrive in the country,” he said, before going on to reveal Qatar is spending almost $500 million (430 million euros) a week on infrastructure 5

July 19, 2018 12:00 AM Marta Women FC officials congratulate France on WC win

KARACHI: Karachi’s Marta Women Football Club top management on Wednesday congratulated French president Emmanuel Macron on the title victory of France who regained the title after long 20 years when they beat Croatia 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow the other day. The club’s patron-in-chief Pirzada Ajmal Farooqui said that France, being the most accomplished 8

July 16, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan football team’s kit unveiled

LAHORE: Pakistan football team’s kit was unveiled here on Sunday at PFF secretariat, FIFA House. Footballers participating in the national camp for Asian Games and SAFF Cup attended the colourful ceremony held in this regard on Sunday. At this eve 3 different designs of the kit were displayed. Head coach of national team Jose Antonio Nagueira, Director 5

July 14, 2018 12:00 AM FIFA asks TV producers to cut down on fan close-ups

MOSCOW: FIFA said Friday it had asked TV producers to reduce the number of close-up shots of spectators at the World Cup final to avoid any “suggestions of sexual connotations”. The feed supplied by FIFA and used by TV stations around the world shows spectators in the stands to complement the coverage of the matches in Russia. The cameras sometimes zoom in on female 9

July 12, 2018 12:00 AM England, Uruguay fined for breaching marketing rules

MOSCOW: England were fined 70,000 Swiss Francs ($70,585.9) and Uruguay were given a 50,000 Swiss Francs sanction for breaking media and marketing rules during the World Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday. “Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World 13

June 22, 2018 5:49 PM Ahmed Raza’s journey from Sialkot to FIFA World Cup will be documented by SOC Films

Fifteen year old Ahmed Raza who conducted the coin-toss for Brazil vs. Costa Rica game on Friday expressed his delight on having his dream fulfilled. The Pakistani teenager on being a part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 has stated: “I could have never imagined that I would be here. I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium.” Hailing from Sialkot 9