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Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

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Moscow police are investigating a taxi crash that injured eight people, including two Mexican World Cup fans, when the driver plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square. More>>

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

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Brazil joins the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia after 1-1 draw against Switzerland. More>>

Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

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Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0. More>>

Mexico's Marquez in 'great shape' at fifth career World Cup

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Mexico defender Rafael Marquez is feeling "in great shape" after becoming only the third man in history to play at a fifth career World Cup. More>>

Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

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Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn't in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team's historic World Cup debut. More>>

Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

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Parity has come to the World Cup, where five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. More>>

Russia's World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun

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A taxi crash near Red Square has raised concerns among some World Cup fans about security. More>>

The Latest: Top teams have trouble winning at World Cup

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Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan that witnesses perceived as racist. More>>

Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team

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Panama was thrilled to earn its first berth to the World Cup but that excitement was tempered when the team drew Belgium for its opening match. More>>

Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award

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Voted man of the match, Egypt goalkeeper declines trophy sponsored by Budweiser on religious grounds. More>>

Stunned Germany hopes to avoid early World Cup exit

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Germany didn't play the way it usually plays, and coach Joachim Loew will have to figure out why. More>>

Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

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Overlooked Diego Costa in good position to leave his mark at World Cup. More>>

A 'milestone' World Cup win kicks off celebration for Mexico

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Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio says his team executed his game plan to near perfection in its World Cup-opening win over defending champion Germany. More>>

Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official

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Serbia captain dedicates game-winning goal in World Cup against Costa Rica to ailing federation sporting director. More>>

England reconnects with disaffected fans with image makeover

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Whatever happens to England on the field at the World Cup, at least the reception facing the squad should be less brutal. More>>

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

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Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. More>>

Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

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Amid price hikes and growing discontent with the government back home, fans of Egypt's national team are counting on Mohamed Salah to ease their pain both on the field and off. More>>

Ronaldo with chance to prove he can also thrive at World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo is out to show he can also dominate on the biggest stage in world soccer. More>>

UK police say almost all banned fans surrendered passports

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British police 98 percent of fans banned from traveling to the World Cup have surrendered their passports. More>>

Maradona responds to report of racist gesture to Asian fan

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Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan at a World Cup game in Moscow that witnesses perceived as racist. More>>

Birthday news: Salah fit for Egypt's next World Cup match

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Birthday cake for Salah at Egypt team hotel at World Cup. More>>

World Cup Day 2: Patriotic Duty _ Make Your Kid Play Soccer

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Former World Cup and current Major League Soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger explains how a strong commitment to youth development programs enabled Germany to reclaim its place as a soccer superpower. More>>

The Latest: Croatia beats Nigeria on own-goal, penalty kick

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Five friends from Croatia have ridden 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from Zagreb to Kaliningrad for the World Cup. More>>

TV ratings down for World Cup opener

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The overnight rating from major markets of Fox's World Cup opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia on Fox was less than half of the overnight for the first game of the 2014 tournament, hurt by a much earlier kickoff and less glamorous teams. More>>

Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

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Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia in Group C. More>>

Brazil coach Tite adored for turning around national team

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Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not perfect. More>>

Anti-racism group blames local officials for eviction

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A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city. More>>

Kickoff: Brazil, Germany face high expectations at World Cup

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Brazil's quest for World Cup redemption is set to begin, along with Germany's title defense. More>>

Mexico coach spots weakness in Germany's defense

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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio spots weakness in Germany's defense. More>>

Cossacks to display 'military skills' in World Cup city

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A senior official in Russia's southern Rostov region says Cossack patrols in the World Cup city of Rostov will "display their military skills" and not replace the role of police. More>>

Egypt's El Hadary may be consigned to history by rising star

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A string of spectacular saves in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay earned goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy the man of the match distinction and an outpouring of admiration at home in what is a dream World Cup debut for the 29-year-old. More>>

Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

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Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup. More>>

Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

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Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A of the World Cup. More>>

Ivanovic poised to set record for Serbia at World Cup

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Serbia's World Cup opener against Costa Rica will have added significance for Branislav Ivanovic. More>>

Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup

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Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup. More>>

Spain still behind De Gea after forgettable World Cup opener

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In the big picture of what the World Cup opener meant for Spain and earning a point, David De Gea was exactly right following the 3-3 draw with Portugal. More>>

Highly touted Belgium starts with World Cup newcomer Panama

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The celebration after Panama qualified for the World Cup was wild and emotional, enough that Panama City essentially shut down in honor of reaching soccer's showcase event for the first time. More>>

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

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Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. More>>

No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans

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A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches. More>>

Costa Rica fans get surprise call about free World Cup trip

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Costa Rica fan Martin Gomez hung up the phone twice, thinking it was a prank call or a scam. More>>

The Latest: Ronaldo 3, Spain 3: Star's hat trick earns draw

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The head of the Palestinian Football Association faces FIFA punishment for urging fans to burn photos of Lionel Messi if Argentina played a World Cup warmup game in Jerusalem. More>>

Chin-stroking implies Ronaldo thinks he is the GOAT

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Cristiano Ronaldo stroked his chin as he celebrated a goal; perhaps because he thinks he is the GOAT or the greatest of all time. More>>

Column: In Iceland, packing salt to face Messi at World Cup

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Column: In Iceland, packing salt to face Messi at World Cup. More>>

In World Cup's shadow, layoffs and anger at Russian factory

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Worker protests over pay cuts, layoffs and working conditions at the Red October steelworks are threatening to cloud Volgograd's first World Cup match. More>>

Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

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Iranian fans at the national team's first match at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting the Iran's ban on women attending soccer matches back home. More>>

Croatia's golden generation keen to live up to expectations

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For Croatia's golden generation, the great expectations held key players outshines even those of the team's fanatical fans at the World Cup. More>>

Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland

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Lionel Messi will be the headliner of the Group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. More>>

Trump says he 'worked hard' on World Cup bid, thanks Kraft

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President Donald Trump tweets that he 'worked hard' to bring World Cup to North America, thanks Patriots owner Kraft. More>>

No team but 2 referees for US at World Cup in Russia

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While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. More>>

Nigeria captain says his team has had warm welcome in Russia

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Nigeria's coach and captain have brushed aside fears of racism in World Cup stadiums and say that the country's young players have enjoyed a warm welcome in Russia. More>>

Peru coach says Guerrero fit for World Cup, ready to play

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Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will not commit to playing recently reinstated striker Paolo Guerrero in their World Cup opener against Denmark on Saturday. More>>

Iceland charms before World Cup debut against Argentina

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Iceland is showing the charming, funny, friendly style that won friends worldwide ahead of a World Cup debut against Argentina. More>>

The Latest: No guarantees Guerrero will start for Peru

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Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will not commit to playing recently reinstated striker Paolo Guerrero in their World Cup opener against Denmark. More>>

Rome mayor hopes to build new sports stadium despite scandal

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Rome's mayor is hoping to go ahead with construction of a new sports stadium but says she will review the plans following a new corruption scandal. More>>

Rebooted Brazil seeks redemption against gritty Switzerland

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Still atoning for its 7-1 loss to Germany four years ago, Brazil seeks to complete its transformation against hard-to-beat Switzerland. More>>

France coach indulges Griezmann before World Cup match

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France coach Didier Deschamps has always been clear with his players since taking charge six years ago: there is no "I" in team. More>>

Putin and Russia get their 1st win at the World Cup

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Substitute Denis Cheryshev scores two goals to lead host Russia over Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup. More>>

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

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Saudi women in Russia to support their team in the World Cup, but also reinforce image of a new Saudi Arabia. More>>

Spain ready to leave World Cup coaching woes in the past

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Spain can't wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past. More>>

Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin's showcase World Cup

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off is about much more than sports. More>>

Tiny Iceland faces Messi, Argentina in big World Cup debut

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The smallest nation ever to play at a World Cup has a big start against Lionel Messi in Moscow on Saturday. More>>

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez seeks redemption at World Cup

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Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is looking for redemption at the World Cup in Russia. More>>

New Jersey begins taking legal sports bets

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Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state. More>>

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

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The French Football Federation has set up 'Casas Bleues' to provide hospitality for backers of Les Bleus who have traveled to Russia for the World Cup. More>>

USA! USA! Wait, We Didn't Make The World Cup?

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U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan likes Mexico with a U.S. team to cheer at World Cup, but worries a generation of American kids may not give soccer a second look. More>>

Rainbow flag on display during Putin's World Cup speech

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The opening day of the World Cup showed different sides of Russia's approach to gay rights, with the rainbow flag displayed during President Vladimir Putin's speech at the first game and a British LGBT activist detained for holding a protest. More>>

Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid, putting an end to widespread speculation that the France forward would leave to join Spanish rival Barcelona. More>>

Russian official urges love at World Cup after backlash

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Russian lawmaker urges love at World Cup after backlash to colleague's comments that advised against it. More>>

Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown

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Scalpers are still operating at the World Cup despite claims of a crackdown by FIFA and Russia on illicit ticket sales. More>>

The Latest: Murphy places state's first legal sports bets

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Gov. Phil Murphy has placed New Jersey's first legal sports bets after state won US Supreme Court decision last month. More>>

Spain and Portugal both distracted before World Cup opener

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Spain and Portugal head into their World Cup opener rife with distractions for both Group B teams. More>>

Whirlwind World Cup awaits Fox's lead voices Strong, Holden

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How the World Cup will resonate with American viewers is one of the big questions facing Fox's lead broadcast team of John Strong and Stuart Holden. More>>

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

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FIFA is preparing to choose between Morocco and a joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. More>>

The Latest: Moscow workers set for World Cup day off

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Some workers in Moscow will mark the World Cup with a day off in a push to ease the Russian capital's notorious traffic jams. More>>

Tough start for Emery as Arsenal opens EPL against Man City

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Unai Emery has been handed the toughest possible start to his tenure at Arsenal: A match against Premier League champion Manchester City. More>>

Atlanta's hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid

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Atlanta's burgeoning soccer scene has prominent role in North America's successful bid to land the 2026 World Cup. More>>

Spain replaces fired Lopetegui with Hierro for World Cup

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The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country's opening World Cup match against Portugal. More>>

Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

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Relatively short Argentina is putting special emphasis on height during training for its World Cup opener against towering Iceland, the tournament's tallest team. More>>

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia's World Cup

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Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. More>>

Lawmaker urges Russian women to be vigilant with WCup fans

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Senior Russian lawmaker warns local women against casual relationships with foreign soccer fans coming to Russia for the World Cup. More>>

Spain's Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

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Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks. More>>

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

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Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) displayed the pictures of seven journalists jailed in Russia on a Paris plaza in a show of protest, one day before the World Cup kicks off. More>>

Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup

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Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup. More>>

Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

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Russia World Cup opens with Germany looking to be first team to repeat as champion since Brazil in 1962. More>>

US has FIFA edge over risky Morocco in 2026 World Cup vote

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North America bid has FIFA edge over Morocco in voting for 2026 World Cup. More>>

The Latest: US Navy confirms Mediterranean rescue operation

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The new Spanish foreign minister has said that by taking in the migrants aboard a rescue ship refused by Italy and Malta, Spain is looking to push European Union leaders to address the bloc's migration policies later this month. More>>

Salah mending but still questionable for World Cup opener

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Salah dribbles for the first time since Champions League shoulder injury, but playing in Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay remains uncertain. More>>

Morocco casts doubt on NAmerican profit pledge for 2026 WCup

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Leaders of North American and Moroccan bids to host the 2026 World Cup are pitching their plans to FIFA voters. More>>

11 dead as boats collide in Russian city hosting World Cup

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11 people killed when barge collides with paddleboat near Volgograd in Russia, a World Cup host city. More>>

Telemundo hopes viewers like World Cup better in Spanish

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Promoting Andres Cantor's excited and lengthy shouts of "Goal!" NBC's Telemundo network hopes English-language viewers in the United States will watch its World Cup coverage rather than tune into Fox's debut. More>>

Ghana official suspected of corruption resigns from FIFA

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Under investigation in Ghana for alleged corruption, FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi has resigned from the world soccer body. More>>

The Latest: FIFA presidential election period set to open

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FIFA has formally let both 2026 World Cup host candidates go on the ballot paper for Wednesday's vote. More>>

The Latest: Toni Nadal happy to be just an uncle in Paris

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Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have won the French Open for their first Grand Slam title in women's doubles. More>>

Prospect of 2022 Qatar World Cup jumping to 48 teams fading

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Talks on exploring a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been taken off the agenda at FIFA's annual congress on Wednesday. More>>

Green's goal gives US surprising 1-1 tie at Cup-bound France

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Julian Green scored in the 44th minute and a young United States team held on against tremendous pressure to tie World Cup-bound France 1-1 at Lyon. More>>

Ex-Liverpool player, manager Kenny Dalglish knighted

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Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish was knighted on Friday. More>>

Sadio Mane was the 'quiet kid' with the superstar talent

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Sadio Mane was the 'quiet kid' with the superstar talent. More>>

Cossacks under scrutiny as they prepare to guard World Cup

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Russia plans to deploy thousands of Cossacks to guard the World Cup, but the traditional paramilitary groups face criticism for their strident nationalism and attacks on protesters. More>>

English Premier League confirms winter break from 2020

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A February winter break will be introduced in the English Premier League from the 2019-20 season, the Football Association announced on Friday. More>>

AP Interview: Hope Solo says don't vote for US World Cup bid

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Hope Solo now wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests: FIFA's vote on the 2026 World Cup host. More>>

Dining Russian-style at the World Cup

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For many fans of food and football, a World Cup in Russia is unfamiliar territory. More>>

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

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Israel's headline-seeking sports minister is facing a barrage of criticism after Argentina called off a World Cup warmup match in Jerusalem because of pro-Palestinian protests. More>>

Argentine soccer fans write stadium anthems

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Fans of an Argentinean Soccer Team Have Been Writing Tunes That Have Become Popular in Stadiums All Over The World. More>>

Sochi's empty stadium reflects Russian sports struggles

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Sochi's World Cup stadium is a spectacular, sweeping structure but it hasn't hosted a game in nearly a year. More>>

WORLD CUP: Shootout decides World Cup match for 1st time

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Penalty shootout makes its World Cup debut in Spain at 1982 tournament. More>>

Putin's World Cup a prestige boost for sanctions-hit host

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Vladimir Putin's Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. More>>

UK culture secretary throws Murdochs a lifeline to Sky

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Britain's culture secretary is set to offer his verdict on 21st Century Fox's 11.7 billion-pound bid ($16.4 billion) to buy the 61 percent of the U.K. satellite broadcaster Sky it doesn't already own. More>>

Brazil aims to change echo of defeat to sound of celebration

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There's no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil's humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. Supporters of the Selecao still ensure it echoes in their ears: 7-1. The 2018 squad is determined to make amends. More>>

Infantino says FIFA can afford Morocco to host 2026 WCup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino says it can afford to have Morocco host the 2026 World Cup, even if the rival North American bid promises billions of dollars more in revenue. More>>

Ronaldo begins World Cup preparations amid Madrid doubts

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Surrounded by doubts about his future at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing some unwanted distraction to Portugal's national team ahead of the World Cup. More>>

A dream of uniting UK soccer fans swerves to the far right

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The Football Lads Alliance was set up to oppose extremism, but soon found itself drawn into the world of Britain's growing far right. More>>

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

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Brazil striker Neymar made a spectacular return on Sunday after a three-month absence with a foot injury and celebrated a superb individual goal with his surgeon. More>>

Balance between club and country gets tricky with World Cup

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It's a delicate balance for players in Major League Soccer with the opportunity to play in the upcoming World Cup. More>>

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