FIFA World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new building of the Asia Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
November 07, 2018 - 10:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's biggest names would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday. Infantino, speaking to a small group of reporters at FIFA headquarters, said the governing body would punish players at clubs...
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Real coach Julen Lopetegui gestures as walks off the pitch after losing 5-1 during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 29, 2018 - 9:26 am
MADRID (AP) — Possibly for the last time, Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was in charge of the team again on Monday. A day after a demoralizing 5-1 loss to Barcelona, Madrid was back in practice with Lopetegui in command. But a board of directors' meeting later in the day was expected to end the...
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Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry holds two balls during a warm up prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 13, 2018 - 4:21 am
PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry is back where it all started. France's all-time leading scorer and an Arsenal great landed his first managerial job on Saturday after Monaco hired him as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed this week. The 41-year-old Henry started his professional career...
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United States' Michael Bradley (4) passes the ball to a teammate past Colombia's Edwin Cardona (8) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
October 11, 2018 - 11:24 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — This loss did not sting for Michael Bradley, far different from the previous one. Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja scored second-half goals to lead Colombia over the United States 4-2 on Thursday night in an exhibition that marked the return of Bradley to the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2015, file photo, the U.S. team celebrates with the trophy after it defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal that starts at the ground level among FIFA's 211 member associations, FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 10, 2018 - 7:22 pm
FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-...
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PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
October 08, 2018 - 5:01 am
PARIS (AP) — Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d'Or award as the best soccer player in the world. The Paris Saint-Germain striker helped his case over the...
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Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, center, answers questions during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Justice Department in Washington. Demers was joined by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady, left, and Mark Flynn, Director General for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 04, 2018 - 3:11 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian state hit the...
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, announces that Germany will stage the 2024 European Championships, during the Euro 2024 Host Announcement Ceremony, at the UEFA Executive Committee at the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
September 27, 2018 - 9:50 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Germany won the right to host soccer's 2024 European Championship on Thursday, beating Turkey following a politically charged campaign. Germany, which successfully hosted the 2006 World Cup, was the long-time favorite and won the UEFA executive committee vote 12-4. There...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, stewards pull a woman off the pitch after she stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The chief organizer of Russia’s World Cup says police stopped 170 people from invading the pitch during games before four members of the Pussy Riot protest group eventually stormed the final dressed as police officers. Organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin has downplayed security problems despite the pitch invasion that happened in the final between France and Croatia on July 15. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
September 25, 2018 - 9:58 am
MADRID (AP) — Two months after the World Cup final was disrupted by four members of the Pussy Riot protest group running onto the field, the head of the local organizing committee claimed security stopped 170 others from doing the same during the tournament. Organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed by FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland. A newly published legal document says FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets. That includes a luxury sight-seeing trip for a top official. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has published a panel's verdict explaining why it dismissed Jerome Valcke's appeal against a 10-year ban, it was reported on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP, File)
September 24, 2018 - 12:39 pm
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sight-seeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows. Jerome Valcke, then the FIFA secretary general, was urged in a 2013 internal memo to find "more cost efficient...
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