2018 FIFA World Cup

France coach Corinne Diacre, left, and United States coach Jill Ellis pose 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 - 6:06 pm
PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped...
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December 06, 2018 - 4:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former FIFA official from Guatemala who was cooperating in the U.S. investigation of corruption in international soccer's governing body was sentenced on Thursday to time served. Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief Rafael Salguero had been under house arrest since 2016 while providing...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Peru's Football Federation President Edwin Oviedo poses for a photo during a press conference in Lima, Peru. Oviedo was arrested, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Prosecutors say he will be held initially for 15 days as they investigate his alleged connections to a criminal network that paid for several judges to attend the World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Fernando Sangama, File)
December 06, 2018 - 1:42 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The head of Peru's soccer federation has been arrested a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Prosecutors say Edwin Oviedo will be held initially for 15 days as they investigate his alleged role in a criminal network that paid...
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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 - 12:44 pm
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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In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 picture a worker walks inside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Eight stadiums scattered in a 30-mile radius that will host 32 teams from across the planet are in various stages of development, most of them trying to walk the treacherous line of paying homage to the region's history while simultaneously avoiding becoming an expensive and unused relic once the party ends and everyone else goes home. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
November 26, 2018 - 3:00 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud...
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ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 22 de abril de 2018, el capitán de Francia Yannick Noah durante un partido de la Copa Federación entre la francesa Pauline Parmentier y la estadounidense Madison Keys en Aix-en-Provence, Francia. Noah será capitán en la Copa Davis por última vez en la final ante Croacia. (AP Foto/Claude Paris, archivo)
November 22, 2018 - 9:37 am
LILLE, France (AP) — There will be an air of sporting "deja vu" when France takes on Croatia in the Davis Cup final. The two nations already faced off this year in the World Cup final, with France's national soccer team emerging victorious 4-2. Yannick Noah, the Davis Cup captain for France, is a...
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Everton's Lucas Digne, left, jumps for the ball with Everton's Richarlison, second left, and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
November 21, 2018 - 1:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — Just like the politicians, English soccer is divided by Brexit. With four months until Britain withdraws from the European Union and no consensus over the terms of the split from the bloc, there is also uncertainty about the players Premier League clubs will be able to recruit. With...
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England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Croatia at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
November 21, 2018 - 8:24 am
For Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA Nations League was an overwhelming thumbs up. Across the continent, skepticism seems to have been replaced by positivity as European soccer's latest innovation replaced many unpopular friendly games in a busy calendar. "The Nations League is even more successful...
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FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, France's team captain Yannick Noah reacts during the Fed Cup semifinal singles tennis match between France's Pauline Parmentier and United States' Madison Keys, in Aix-en-Provence, southern France. Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
November 21, 2018 - 6:46 am
PARIS (AP) — Laid-back in everyday life, Yannick Noah is meticulous when it comes to being a tennis coach. So over the last 10 days, the France captain has been paying close attention to anything that could derail his team's chances of winning an 11th Davis Cup title against Croatia this weekend. "...
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Italy's Matteo Politano scores his side's first goal during the international friendly soccer match between Italy and the United States at Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
November 20, 2018 - 8:09 pm
In his final match as U.S. soccer coach, Dave Sarachan gave Christian Pulisic the captain's arm band for the first time and sent out the youngest lineup since the American team started keeping records. Matteo Politano scored his first international goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage...
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