FIFA World Cup

Qatar's forward Almoez Ali celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
February 01, 2019 - 6:21 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday's Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected. Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary...
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Women buy pastries and sandwiches from a bicycle vendor in the Roma Sur neighborhood of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, near a newspaper kiosk where Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma" is advertized. News of Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" being nominated for 10 Academy Awards had residents of the director's childhood Mexico City neighborhood joyfully mining their own memories and anticipating showing their children the film someday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 31, 2019 - 7:01 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials are predicting Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma" will sweep the Academy Awards and are already planning a mass celebration. Mexicans traditionally gather at the city's Independence Monument to celebrate victories in World Cup soccer matches. On Thursday,...
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January 25, 2019 - 8:23 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has a problem with World Cup guests who just won't leave. More than six months after France beat Croatia in the final, more than 5,000 foreigners who arrived on a visa-free system for fans last year have yet to leave the country, a senior policeman told Russian media on Friday...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 file photo, Russia's deputy prime minister in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies Vitaly Mutko attends a news conference after the Russia 2018 LOC Board meeting with FIFA participation in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, resigned Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018, as president of the Russian Football Union. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
December 19, 2018 - 8:11 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union. The RFU says Mutko stepped down during Wednesday's executive committee meeting. Russian soccer...
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This April 17, 2011, photo provided by ESPN shows Jon Champion during an FA Cup semifinal between Stoke City and Bolton at Wembley Stadium in London. Jon Champion is leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an exclusive contract with the network on Feb. 1. He plans to move to the Boston area, within commuting distance from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut. (Joe Faroni/ESPN via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 2:55 pm
Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN...
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France coach Corinne Diacre stands next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:30 p.m. France coach Corinne Diacre is urging her players not to let the pressure of playing at home get to them. The French have been drawn in Group A with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. They open at Parc des...
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United States' Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:35 pm
PARIS (AP) — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women's World Cup next summer in France. Host France will open the tournament on June 7 with a match against South Korea in Paris. The draw for soccer's premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala...
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December 07, 2018 - 4:02 pm
BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Josh Sargent scored on his first touch 2 minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-1 on Friday in the Bundesliga. Sargent, who left O'Fallon, Missouri, to join Bremen last winter...
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In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a River Plate soccer fan poses for a photo prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final match of the Copa Libertadores has been pushed back after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by fans as it drove to the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)
December 05, 2018 - 7:24 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second...
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Gregg Berhalter, the recently-named head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 04, 2018 - 11:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, was...
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