FIFA World Cup

This April 17, 2011, photo provided by ESPN shows Jon Champion during an FA Cup semifinal between Stoke City and Bolton at Wembley Stadium in London. Jon Champion is leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an exclusive contract with the network on Feb. 1. He plans to move to the Boston area, within commuting distance from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut. (Joe Faroni/ESPN via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 3:55 pm
Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN...
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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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Werder Bremen's Josh Sargent, right, celebrates with Max Kruse after scoring a goal against Fortuna Duesseldorf during a Bundesliga soccer match, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. Werder Bremen on 3-1. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Josh Sargent scored on his first touch 2 minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-1 on Friday in the Bundesliga. Sargent, who left O'Fallon, Missouri, to join Bremen last winter, scored after Davy...
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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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In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a River Plate soccer fan poses for a photo prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final match of the Copa Libertadores has been pushed back after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by fans as it drove to the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)
December 05, 2018 - 8:24 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second...
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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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Pablo Perez of Argentina's Boca Juniors, walks on the pitch of the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium wearing an eye patch, after the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores was rescheduled for Sunday, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. The match was rescheduled after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by River Plate fans, injuring several players including Perez. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
December 01, 2018 - 10:44 am
South America's soccer leaders have thrown in the towel. They are incapable of staging the biggest annual game on their own continent. A confederation of 10 nations can't find anywhere safe enough for River Plate and Boca Juniors to complete their Copa Libertadores final after proving incapable of...
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