The Death of Johan Cruyff and the South American Qualifiers in the News of the Week

  • Farewell to a Legend
    1/13 The football world is in mourning after the death of legendary Dutch midfielder Johan Cruyff. Moreover, the South American qualifiers were full of emotions.
  • Johan Cruyff dies aged 68
    2/13 Johan Cruyff dies aged 68: Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68 following a battle with cancer. Cruyff was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, subsequently undergoing a program of treatment and describing the recovery process as being "all hands on deck." However, Cruyff passed away in Barcelona. Cruyff is firmly established as one of the greats of the game following an esteemed career with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. Cruyff was also a three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or.
  • Johan Cruyff dies aged 68
    3/13 Johan Cruyff dies aged 68: Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68 following a battle with cancer. Cruyff was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, subsequently undergoing a program of treatment and describing the recovery process as being "all hands on deck." However, Cruyff passed away in Barcelona. Cruyff is firmly established as one of the greats of the game following an esteemed career with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. Cruyff was also a three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or.
  • Brazil 2-2 Uruguay
    4/13 Brazil 2-2 Uruguay: Suarez seals point on international return: Luis Suarez struck on his return to international football to seal a 2-2 draw for Uruguay away to Brazil in their World Cup qualifier. Brazil needed just 40 seconds to take the lead in Recife through Douglas Costa after the Uruguayan defense failed to deal with Willian's dangerous cross from the right. The home side doubled the advantage just after the midway point of the first half when Renato Augusto capitalized on Alvaro Pereira's failed clearance to smash the ball into the net. But Uruguay did not take long to pull one back, with Edinson Cavani converting from close range to breathe some life back into the game for the visiting side. Suarez was played through by Pereira and the nation's all-time leading goal scorer extended his record with an equalizer to ensure the points were shared.
  • Chile 1-2 Argentina
    5/13 Chile 1-2 Argentina: Martino's men fight back for three crucial World Cup points: Argentina had to fight back from a goal down, but did enough to gain revenge for the Copa America final defeat and down Chile 2-1 in Santiago. The South American champions enjoyed a fantastic start, taking the lead when Felipe Gutierrez crept between two markers to head home a corner after 11 minutes. But the goal galvanised Gerardo Martino's charges, and Angel Di Maria's equaliser was followed by a spectacular Gabriel Mercado scissor kick to give Argentina a first-half advantage they held until the end.
  • Bolivia 2-3 Colombia
    6/13 Bolivia 2-3 Colombia: Cardona's late show downs valiant home side: Substitute Edwin Cardona broke Bolivia's hearts as his injury-time goal earned Colombia a dramatic and potentially crucial 3-2 win in World Cup qualifier. Colombia was in cruise control at halftime as James Rodriguez set aside criticism of his form at Real Madrid to score the opener from Carlos Bacca's assist, before returning the favor for the AC Milan striker to make it 2-0. However, Bolivia was rewarded for a fast start in the second half when Juan Arce halved the deficit from the penalty spot and Alejandro Chumacero leveled with a superb strike from the edge of the box just before the hour. The visitors weathered a second-half storm, though, and Cardona's late intervention helped them move on to seven points in the CONMEBOL qualifying group for Russia 2018.
  • Netherlands 2-3 France
    7/13 Netherlands 2-3 France: France won in tribute to Cruyff: Blaise Matuidi scored with three minutes remaining as France recovered from a Netherlands comeback to win 3-2 in Amsterdam in a match that saw both teams pay tribute to Johan Cruyff. The sides honored Dutch great Cruyff, who died, by stopping the game for a period of applause in the minute of his iconic old shirt number – 14.
  • Germany 2-3 England
    8/13 Germany 2-3 England: Dier completes comeback following Kane, Vardy heroics: Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scored a goal apiece as the battle for an England starting berth at Euro 2016 intensified, but it was Eric Dier who netted the winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Germany. Tony Kroos and Mario Gomez had put the score 2-0 in favor of Germany.
  • Italy 1-1 Spain
    9/13 Italy 1-1 Spain: Aduriz poaches equalizer in international return: Aritz Aduriz marked his long-awaited return to the international fold by snatching a 1-1 friendly draw for Spain against Italy at Stadio Friuli. The 35-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker, winning his second cap after a wait of almost five and a half years, converted from close range with 20 minutes to play as the home defense's legitimate protests for an offside call against Alvaro Morata went unheeded. Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne dazzled as a second-half substitute and crowned an excellent team move to give Italy an ultimately shortlived lead in the 67th minute.
  • Djokovic: "Men should earn more that the women"
    10/13 Djokovic: "Men should earn more that the women": Novak Djokovic has got himself involved in the controversy surrounding the distribution of prize funds between men and women in tennis. The men's world No1 said that female players "fought for what they deserve and they got it" but added that the men on the ATP tour should "fight for more". He then added: "Stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men's tennis matches. I think that is one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. As long as it is like that and there is data and stats available and information ... upon who attracts more attention, spectators, who sells more tickets and stuff like that, in relation to that it has to be fairly distributed."
  • Serena Williams slams Novak Djokovic comments on equal pay
    11/13 Serena Williams slams Novak Djokovic comments on equal pay: World number one Serena Williams said she has been left disappointed by Novak Djokovic, who claimed men deserved greater prize money than women. Novak is entitled to his opinion but if he has a daughter - I think he has a son right now - he should talk to her and tell her how his son deserves more money because he is a boy I would never use sex to compare. We have so many great players, men and women, who have brought so much vision to the sport. Every athlete works extremely hard."
  • Los Angeles lands NBA All-Star 2018 game
    12/13 Los Angeles lands NBA All-Star 2018 game: Los Angeles has been selected to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced. The showpiece game will be played on Sunday February 18, at the Staples Center, home of the Lakers and Clippers. It will be the sixth time Los Angeles has hosted All-Star events, an NBA record. Los Angeles last hosted the All-Star Game in 2011.
  • Rays win historic exhibition vs. Cuba in Havana in front of President Obama
    13/13 Rays win historic exhibition vs. Cuba in Havana in front of President Obama: Finally, Major League Baseball returned to Cuba for the first time since 1999. The Rays beat the Cuban National Team 4-1 in a historic exhibition game at a jam-packed Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana. Among the dignitaries in attendance were President Barack Obama, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, MLBPA chief Tony Clark, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, and Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel Robinson. Cuban pitching legends Luis Tiant and Pedro Luis Lazo threw out the ceremonial first pitches.