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UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

AP Source: FIFA explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 World Cup co-hosts

A person with knowledge of the situation says FIFA is exploring Oman and Kuwait becoming co-hosts of the 2022 World Cup if it is expanded beyond Qatar. Although Qatar won …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in breakaway league

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says soccer’s biggest names would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League. He says the governing body would …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Trevor Noah jokes that Africa won the World Cup, draws response from French ambassador

After France triumphed Sunday in the FIFA World Cup, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah was ready to celebrate. “I’m so excited,” he said on his show Monday, grinning and breaking …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

England’s Gareth Southgate, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez tackle a game no one wants to play at FIFA World Cup

England’s Gareth Southgate and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez are working on a tricky coaching problem – how to motivate a team for a game no one wants to play? Southgate is …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, France to face Luka Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle. Whether France …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

England’s Harry Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

Croatia is going to its first World Cup final. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England. Croatia will …


World Cup kickoff: Ending a long wait on the line for both Croatia, England

It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Goal-fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there’s potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: England’s ‘easy’ path runs through Sweden

A key storyline in Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups at the World Cup will be England coach Gareth Southgate’s strategy in picking what part of the bracket his team is in. Southgate …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup, wins 2-1 in quarterfinal thriller

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1. The result sends Neymar home without living up to the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie follows France’s World Cup journey from afar

Killian Tillie wore his jersey Saturday to Hoopfest while signing countless autographs for fans at Gonzaga’s booth. It wasn’t his Zags’ basketball No. 33 uniform. It was France’s national soccer …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, Thierry Henry would have another link if France wins World Cup

Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry have similar histories. Henry is France’s leading scorer with 51 goals. The 19-year-old Mbappe is Les Bleus’ new sensation. They both played at the same …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: First quarterfinals feature familiar foes

The first day of quarterfinals at the World Cup includes several teammates from top clubs playing against each other. The France-Uruguay match features Antoine Griezmann playing against Atletico Madrid squadmates …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts at World Cup

Brazil coach Tite isn’t a fan of penalty shootouts. He just doesn’t have any better ideas. Tite said “a football match should never end by taking penalties.” Brazil will face …


FIFA rebukes Diego Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

FIFA’s patience with Diego Maradona’s World Cup antics has finally run out. Soccer’s world body said it “strongly rebukes” comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger’s handling …


Costa Rica says coach Oscar Ramirez out after disappointing World Cup

Costa Rica compiled a record of 9 wins, 6 ties and 4 defeats in 16 qualifying and three World Cup matches under Oscar Ramirez. Villalobos thanked the coach but said …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. …


Late header from Harry Kane gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out.


Belgium wakes up in 2nd half, rolls past Panama 3-0

Unlike the other World Cup favorites that struggled through their opening matches, Belgium looked every part the title contender.


Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn’t waste the chance.


Aleksandar Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

With a curling free kick that decided the outcome of the match, Aleksandar Kolarov immediately drew some comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo.


Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.


Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.


Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no U.S.

Fox’s World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the soccer tournament. And four of the six broadcast crews will call …


South American nations to vote for 2026 North America World Cup

The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup has gained the support of the 10 South American soccer nations. The announcement from CONMEBOL on Friday came two months before …


FIFA keen on expanding World Cup to 48 teams for Qatar 2022

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen on hastening the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar in a move that might require the …


UEFA to ask FIFA for 16 places at expanded 2026 World Cup

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup. Ceferin says “we think it’s realistic to ask for …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

FIFA risks quality of World Cup to bring more teams to party

During a 17-year FIFA presidency packed with madcap ideas and policy on the hoof, not even Sepp Blatter ultimately tinkered with the World Cup format. Blatter inherited a 32-team World …


Brazil overpass, World Cup project, collapses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a Brazilian World Cup host city, killing at least one person and trapping a commuter bus, two construction …