ESPN?s Simplemente Football weekly magazine programme is to feature an in-depth interview with the wayward Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona.

Argentine officials admitted on Thursday that they were pessimistic about the chances of a quick end to the players' strike, the second to hit the domestic game this year.

India will host an international soccer tournament next January.

Television distributor Venevision International has been chosen by satellite broadcaster DirecTV to sub-license the rights to the 2002 soccer World Cup in a number of Latin American nations.

SportsYA!, the Spanish and Portuguese language sports portal, has entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement with Uruguayan soccer club Atletico Penarol.

Latin American pay-TV sports network PSN is to broadcast more than 100 matches from two of the region?s soccer tournaments ? the Copa Mercosur and the Copa Merconorte.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that he wants to give Diego Maradona a role connected with soccer's governing body.

Angry football supporters wearing red noses protested outside headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday after the four-times world champions' shock defeat by Honduras the day before.

Sports rights marketing company Traffic has expressed dismay at poor ticket sales for the first two quarter-finals of the controversial Copa America.

France stayed ahead of Brazil atop of the FIFA world soccer rankings for a third straight month, while Germany climbed three places to fifth.

More than a dozen countries have declared an interest in hosting either of the next two editions of the World Club Championship, FIFA said on Thursday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on Friday for worldwide bans against players who are found guilty of using false passports.

Internet portal SportsYA.com has launched an interactive sports TV programme with Argentine TV network Azul TV.

Digital satellite television service provider DirecTV Inc. said on Tuesday it bought the Latin American broadcast rights to the World Cup soccer competition in 2002 and 2006 in a deal valued at $400 million.

Colombia will host next month's Copa America as planned despite a recent spate of bombings there, according to South American Football Confederation (CSF) officials.

The Argentine domestic season will finally get under way at the weekend two weeks later than planned after the second players' strike of the year delayed the start.