SKorea seeks punishment for NKorea over World Cup qualifier
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean soccer association said Friday it has requested that North Korea be punished for blocking rival fans and media from attending a World Cup qualifier...
South Korean soccer team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be...
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.
Revitalized Italy on brink of record 10th straight win
MILAN (AP) — From soccer flops to the brink of making history, Italy has come a long way in the two years since its embarrassing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Canada beats US 2-0, ends 34-year, 17-game winless streak
TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. keeps coming up with underwhelming performances in its first year under Gregg Berhalter, whose tenure as American coach is starting to draw criticism.
Palestinians, Saudis play to draw in historic match
AL-RAM, West Bank (AP) — A historic soccer match between the Palestinian and Saudi national teams has ended in a 0-0 draw.
Tuesday's World Cup qualifier marked the first time the Saudi side...
President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Criticized around Europe for the racist behavior of Bulgarian fans and under pressure from the country's prime minister following a run of poor results, the president of the...
North Korea and South Korea play to a 0-0 draw
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea and South Korea played to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday in an empty stadium in Pyongyang.
The World Cup qualifying match, the first competitive meeting between...
Spain looking for a partner for Ramos in defense
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué were the pillar of Spain's defense for years and were crucial to the team's success over the last decade.
Tottenham star Son set for ‘Korean Derby’ in Pyongyang
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Son Heung-min may be the biggest soccer name in South Korea and across Asia but the Tottenham forward's fame struggles to penetrate North Korea. As the two neighbors meet...
Turnaround: Italy qualifies for Euros with 3 games to spare
ROME (AP) — Two years after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy's turnaround could not be more emphatic.
The Azzurri overcame Greece's defensive tactics for a 2-0 win Saturday and...
McKennie has fastest hat trick as US overwhelms Cuba 7-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weston McKennie got the U.S. off to a record-setting start against Cuba in the Americans' CONCACAF Nations League debut.
McKennie scored 32 seconds into the game and had...
England loses 1st qualifier in decade, Ondrasek dream debut
PRAGUE (AP) — England lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifier for the first time in 10 years on Friday as FC Dallas forward Zdenek Ondrasek scored in his international debut for the...
Czechs stun England in Euro qualifying; France, Portugal win
It was a night of European soccer to forget for England, and one to remember for Andorra.
England conceded a late goal against the Czech Republic on Friday and paid the price with its first...
Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered...
Gio Reyna to play for US at U17 World Cup, like dad Claudio
CHICAGO (AP) — Gio Reyna, a son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, was among 21 players announced Thursday for the American roster for the 2019 Under-17 World Cup in...
South Korea beats Sri Lanka 8-0 in World Cup qualifier
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Shin-wook scored four goals and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min added two as South Korea thrashed Sri Lanka 8-0 in a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup on...
Brazil draws 1-1 with Senegal as Neymar reaches 100 caps
SINGAPORE (AP) — Brazil was held to a 1-1 draw by Senegal on Thursday in a friendly in Singapore that marked Neymar's 100th match with the national team.
FIFA bans Ugandan official over 2014 WCup ticket resales
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned the president of Uganda's soccer federation for two months over the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup.
2022 World Cup qualifying: Australia beats Nepal 5-0
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Forward Jamie Maclaren scored three goals for his first international hat trick to lead Australia to a 5-0 win over Nepal on Thursday in Asian qualifying for the 2022...
Seoul unsure if North Korea will air World Cup qualifier
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it's unclear if North Korea will allow a live broadcast when it hosts the South's national soccer team for a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang...
Neymar set to mark 100th game with Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Ahead of his 100th game with Brazil, Neymar is adamant that he still deserves special treatment in the national team despite never having won a major title in his nine years...
FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last...
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Major powers close to Euro 2020 spots though France in fight
Most of the continent's major soccer powers are in cruise control as they close in on qualification for next year's European Championship.
Some are likely to secure their place in the finals...
Qatar’s World Cup challenge magnified by track worlds issues
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of...
Ex-Germany, Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger is retiring
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is retiring from soccer, ending an 18-year professional career.
The 35-year-old midfielder made 121 appearances for...
Platini plans comeback, legal fight after 4-year FIFA ban
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Four years after a ban for financial wrongdoing thwarted his chances of becoming FIFA president, Michel Platini is free to work in soccer again on Tuesday.
FIFA bans indicted El Salvador official for taking bribes
ZURICH (AP) — A former president of the El Salvador soccer federation has been banned for life by FIFA for taking bribes from commercial deals for World Cup qualifying games.
FIFA bans official for cash conflicts at youth World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA banned an ally of disgraced former vice president David Chung for financial wrongdoing linked to Papua New Guinea hosting the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.
Swiss attorney general gets 4 more years amid FIFA fallout
ZURICH (AP) — Embattled attorney general Michael Lauber has been given four more years in office by Switzerland's lawmakers despite criticism of his handling of corruption investigations linked to...
South Korea World Cup visit to Pyongyang confirmed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has confirmed that it will play its upcoming World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang, allaying concerns that the Oct. 15 game would be moved...
AP Interview: Kaka urges Neymar to stay at PSG, lead CL push
LONDON (AP) — From lifting the World Cup to being named the world's best player, Kaka ascended the highs Neymar is still chasing.
So after more tumult in Neymar's career, Kaka has some...
Canada gains for CONCACAF hexagonal qualifying berth
Canada closed in on a spot among the top six teams who will compete for three World Cup berths in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
Prince William told British PM to imagine FIFA voter naked
LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled being told by Prince William to imagine an American FIFA voter naked to ease nerves at a presentation for England's World Cup...
Germany keeps falling in FIFA rankings led by Belgium
ZURICH (AP) — Germany fell one place to No. 16 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which are still led by Belgium.
As the 11th highest ranked European team, 2014 World Cup winner Germany...
Uncertainty over South Korea’s World Cup visit to Pyongyang
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's soccer association is unsure whether its World Cup qualifier against North Korea next month will take place in Pyongyang or on a neutral ground.
Argentina moves to World Cup final, tops France 80-66
BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn't hesitate with the answer.
"Everything," he said.
The veteran Argentinian forward didn't need to give...
Peru shocks Neymar, Brazil 1-0 on Abram’s 85th-minute header
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luis Abram scored his first international goal on a header in the 85th minute, and Peru ended Brazil's 17-game unbeaten streak since last year's World Cup with a 1-0 victory...
Morris’ late goal gives US 1-1 exhibition draw vs Uruguay
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With both teams missing many of their regular starters, the United States displayed some style and flair against fifth-ranked Uruguay.
Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday,...
Brazilian-born Elkeson seals China’s World Cup win
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Brazilian-born striker Elkeson scored twice on his debut for China in a 5-0 win over the Maldives in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, just a month after becoming a...
Sargent, Ream get hometown starts for US vs Uruguay
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Sargent and Tim Ream got starts in their hometown of St. Louis as U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made seven lineup changes for Tuesday night's exhibition against...
England, Ronaldo keep up scoring form in Euro qualifying
PARIS (AP) — England's scoring form was on display again in European Championships qualifying on Tuesday. So was Cristiano Ronaldo's.
England made it four wins out of four in Group A with a...
England beats Kosovo 5-3 in wild Euro 2020 qualifier
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — England recovered from conceding a goal after 35 seconds to score five times in the first half in a wild 5-3 win over Kosovo on Tuesday, maintaining the team's perfect...
The Latest: Hong Kong fans boo Chinese anthem at soccer game
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans have booed and turned their backs when the Chinese national...