LONDON - FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned.The robust financial results suggest FIFA has ...
Mar 6, 2019
SAO PAULO - Neymar's decision to use a sponsored advert to admit he sometimes overreacted to fouls at the World Cup has backfired, with Brazilian marketing experts saying it had made the Paris Saint-Germain striker's image even worse. ...
Jul 31, 2018
MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption.By ...
Dec 1, 2017
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo, 2-0, at home on Monday.Holding the momentum from its inspiring run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals, Iceland topped Europe Group I and advanced automatically ...
Oct 10, 2017
ESKISEHIR, Turkey - Iceland stayed on the path to becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup after beating Turkey 3-0 on Friday.With Finland surprisingly holding Croatia to 1-1, and Ukraine taking three points from Kosovo after a ...
Oct 7, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - A Russian stadium that is due to host a 2018 World Cup semi-final match has been officially completed after many construction delays and corruption scandals.The St. Petersburg stadium, provisionally called the Zenit Arena, has taken almost a ...
Dec 30, 2016
MADRID - Spain's new football coach Julen Lopetegui has promised to build on the success of predecessor Vicente del Bosque after being named as his replacement on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).Del Bosque's eight-year stint included World Cup ...
Jul 22, 2016
FROM the breathtaking view at a ski station in the French Alps to a horse race that "stops the nation" Down Under to the wackiest golf hole in the Arizona desert - make that the entire planet - sports fans will find the party. ...
May 30, 2016
DUTCH soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game as the personification of "Total Football," has died. He was 68.Family spokeswoman Carole Thate confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruyff had died in the Spanish city of Barcelona after a five- ...
Mar 25, 2016
GENEVA - The Fifa ethics committee opened a bribery investigation Tuesday into German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and other officials from the 2006 World Cup bid team.Ethics prosecutors acted amid rising suspicion of wrongdoing linked to the winning of hosting rights in ...
Mar 23, 2016
TOKYO - Osama Omari scored a hat trick and Mahmoud Al Mawas netted twice in Syria's 5-2 win over Afghanistan in a World Cup qualifying game played on neutral turf in Oman on Tuesday because of conflicts in both countries. ...
Oct 14, 2015
SEOUL, South Korea - On a night of big games in Asia, Japan will be under the most pressure as a defeat to Syria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday would cast doubt on its chances of making it to Russia. ...
Oct 7, 2015
THE Philippine national football team is scheduled to play only three more games in the country in the first phase of qualifiers for the 2018 Fifa World Cup and manager Dan Palami is asking for support from home fans."Let's take ...
Jul 21, 2015
NEW YORK - Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a US federal judge that he and others on the governing body's ruling panel agreed to receive bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World ...
Jun 4, 2015
AROUND the world, it's an almost endless cycle. While Germany's win at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is still fresh in the memories of soccer fans, qualifying is set to begin for the 2018 edition, with Asia&# ...
Mar 9, 2015
THE World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.Seven years before the 2022 tournament kicks off in the wealthy emirate, FIFA recommended a break with soccer tradition on Tuesday - moving its marquee tournament to November and December instead of ...
Feb 25, 2015
DOHA, Qatar - It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.So how embarrassing might the score be when Qatar - smallest host in World Cup ...
Dec 21, 2014
LONDON - The men's World Cup could be played "sooner rather than later" on artificial turf, Fifa said Wednesday in the latest defense of its decision not to stage the 2015 women's tournament in Canada on grass.World football&# ...
Oct 30, 2014
BERLIN - Germany's World Cup-winning team returned home to share the country's fourth title with hundreds of thousands of cheering fans in Berlin on Tuesday.The team's plane touched down at Tegel Airport midmorning after flying ...
Jul 15, 2014
PHILIPPINE men's football team coach Thomas Dooley hopes the Azkals will learn from Germany's run to the title in the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.The Germans showed how the beautiful game should be played in the sport's showpiece ...
Jul 15, 2014
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