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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In this photo provided by Peru's Justice Palace press office, Peru's Football Federation President Edwin Oviedo is lead to jail in handcuffs in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Oviedo, who was arrested a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, will be held initially for 15 days as prosecutors investigate his alleged connections to a criminal network that paid for several judges to attend the World Cup in Russia. (Francisco Medina/Peru's Justice Palace via AP)
December 06, 2018 - 8:13 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The head of Peru's soccer federation was arrested Thursday, just a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Prosecutors said Edwin Oviedo would be held initially for 15 days during an investigation of his alleged role in a criminal...
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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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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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FILE - This Nov. 11, 2018, file photo shows Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter before a soccer game against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J. Berhalter has been hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the team after playing for the Americans at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
December 02, 2018 - 1:01 pm
Gregg Berhalter was hired Sunday to coach the U.S. men's national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an...
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The qualifying groups are shown on the video screen during the UEFA Euro 2020 European soccer championship qualifying draw at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
December 02, 2018 - 10:46 am
DUBLIN (AP) — Frustrated at seeing the Netherlands paired again with Germany, Ronald Koeman was candid. "I wasn't happy because they are strong," the Netherlands coach said at the 2020 European Championship qualifying draw on Sunday. "Germany is also not happy with Holland I think." The two leading...
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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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