THEN AND NOW: See how World Cup host Russia looked in Soviet times and how it has changed
They are images from what now seems like a different world, black and white glimpses into what was then the USSR.
In 1980, the Cold War was in full flow. The Soviet Union and NATO-allied countries led by the United States had vast nuclear arsenals, enough to destroy the world several times over, targeting each other.
New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier
LAUTOKA, Fiji (AP) — New Zealand beat Fiji 2-0 on Lautoka Saturday to take a substantial early advantage in the home and away matches which make up the third stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region.
Leeds United striker Chris Wood scored from the penalty spot in the 48th minute and Marco Rojas sealed the win with a goal seven minutes later as New Zealand dominated both territory and possession.
GENEVA (AP) — The FIFA official who led inspections of 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.
Harold Mayne-Nicholls's hearing at CAS could be the first time that evidence from former FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation into the World Cup bid contests is tested in a court outside the FIFA judicial system.
FIFA’s 5 options for a 2026 World Cup of 48, 40 or 32 teams
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has detailed how it could expand the World Cup in a 64-page analysis of five options for the future of its signature tournament.
The document, seen by the Associated Press, was sent this week to FIFA Council members who on Jan. 10 should decide the shape of the 2026 World Cup.
Though retaining the 32-team format is on the table, FIFA and president Gianni Infantino are clearly committed to change.
Niersbach quits FIFA Council after losing appeal against ban
LONDON (AP) — The rebranded FIFA Council lost its first member because of a scandal.
Wolfgang Niersbach quit the ruling body on Friday after losing an appeal against a ban from soccer in relation to Germany's 2006 World Cup bid.
The FIFA ethics committee imposed a one-year ban this year after finding Niersbach guilty of failing to report findings about possible unethical conduct and conflicts of interest during the bidding process.
Soccer officials investigate El Salvador match-fixing claim
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Regional soccer officials said Tuesday that they are investigating claims by Salvadoran national team players that they were offered money to help Honduras advance in World Cup qualifying play.