FIFA World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, welcomes FIFA President Gianni Infantino for the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 12:06 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he wants FIFA to help ensure last year's World Cup has an effective legacy. "Ahead of us we now have a different task, to use everything that was done for the World Cup, to use it effectively, and on this issue we are also counting on...
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FILE - In this Thursday March 4, 2004 file photo Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, presents former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks with a photograph showing Banks saving a header from Pele in the 1970 World Cup, at a press conference in London, to mark FIFA's 100 year anniversary. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)
February 12, 2019 - 3:16 pm
LONDON (AP) — Piercing the roar of the crowd, in the searing heat of Guadalajara, Mexico, Gordon Banks heard Pele shout "Goal!" Aiming a header to bounce off the hard field, Pele was certain the ball would creep inside the England goalkeeper's right post and threw his arms into the air to celebrate...
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February 06, 2019 - 4:48 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg said Wednesday that its 2018 net profit rose to 5.31 billion kroner ($811 million) from 1.26 billion kroner a year earlier, on strong beer sales across its major markets, boosted by unusually hot weather in western Europe and the football World Cup...
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United States defender Sebastian Lletget (17) scores a goal over Costa Rica defender Waylon Francis (12) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
February 02, 2019 - 7:33 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sebastian Lletget headed the ball down and the emotions overtook him as soon as the ball went into the net. In the same stadium where he scored his first international goal before a devastating foot injury he feared might have ended his career, Lletget delivered a much...
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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 - 7:21 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 - 8:01 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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United Arab Emirates' goalkeeper Khalid Eisa fails to stop the kick by Qatar's forward Almoez Ali 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)
January 29, 2019 - 2:46 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Amid shoes being thrown in insult, Qatar won its politically charged match against host United Arab Emirates 4-0 Tuesday and advanced to the Asian Cup final. The Qataris, who will host the World Cup in 2022, have won all six of their matches and have yet to...
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January 25, 2019 - 9:23 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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France forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto, centre, vies for the ball with US forward Christen Press, left, and defender Becky Sauerbrunn during a women's international friendly soccer match between France and United States at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Katoto scored once in France's 3-1 victory. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
January 19, 2019 - 5:52 pm
Kadidiatou Diani scored twice and France ended the U.S. national team's 28-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday in Le Havre, France. The top-ranked United States had not lost since falling 1-0 to Australia in 2017, The Americans were 25-0-3 over the span. Marie-Antoinette Katoto also...
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Saudi Arabia's midfielder Hussain Al-Mogahwi, background, reacts after he scored his goal during the AFC Asian Cup group E soccer match between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
January 16, 2019 - 4:06 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the...
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