QATAR is now planning for a "complete normal" World Cup in 2022 after the rapid progress in producing vaccines for the coronavirus, the tournament CEO told The Associated Press on Sunday ahead of the European qualifying draw.Early in the pandemic that ...
Dec 7, 2020
DOHA, Qatar - Roberto Firmino clinched Liverpool's first Club World Cup title on Saturday, scoring in extra time to seal a 1-0 victory in the final over Flamengo to assert Europe's footballing dominance over South America.Liverpool captain ...
Dec 22, 2019
LONDON - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says China's spending power is a "danger" to global soccer.Conte's comments came with Oscar in talks to follow former Chelsea teammate Ramires by moving to the Chinese Super League.The 25-year- ...
Dec 17, 2016
ZURICH - Prince Ali bin al-Hussein wants Sepp Blatter to leave now as Fifa president, and let a leader from outside the sport oversee the next election and reforms of soccer's scandal-scarred governing body.The former Fifa presidential candidate ...
Jul 20, 2015
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Former star Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina's record goal scorer for the national team, says he once asked a doctor to amputate his legs to relieve intense pain in his ankles.Batistuta, speaking in a television interview in Argentina, ...
Aug 30, 2014
CURITIBA, Brazil - World Cup workers in the southeastern Brazilian city of Curitiba protesting at unpaid wages briefly stopped traffic on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) outside the stadium where four games will be played.More than 50 workers launched the impromptu strike at ...
Jun 7, 2014
SAO PAULO - The Brazilian city that will host the World Cup's opening match in a week was thrown into transit chaos Thursday (Friday, Manila time) as subway and overland commuter train operators went on strike, putting at risk the only ...
Jun 6, 2014
CHESTER, Pennsylvania - Greece and Nigeria played a scoreless draw in a pre-World Cup friendly Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time) at the home of the MLS Philadelphia Union.There were few scoring chances in one of the final tuneups for the 2014 ...
Jun 4, 2014
TAMPA, Florida - Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Kagawa and Yoichiro Kakitani scored second-half goals Monday night to help Japan warm up for its World Cup appearance with a 3-1 victory over Costa Rica.Japan failed to take advantage of several opportunities before ...
Jun 3, 2014
SAO PAULO - Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a court to suspend the airing of government advertisements touting the benefits that the World Cup will bring to the country, saying the ads are "absurdly divorced from reality."The federal attorney general' ...
May 28, 2014
STANFORD, California - Jurgen Klinsmann tried to dance around the questions: Why take unproven youngsters to the World Cup and leave Landon Donovan home?A day after announcing his momentous decision to drop the most accomplished player in American men's soccer, ...
May 24, 2014
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilians have high hopes for the World Cup giving their country a big boost from its month-long run that begins June 12.That includes soccer fan Jarbas Meneghini, a 46-year-old mechanic who has carved out a ...
May 21, 2014
SAO PAULO - Brazilian organizers will test the stadium hosting the World Cup opener one more time after a request from Fifa.The local soccer federation has agreed to change the Brazilian league schedule so another match can be played at the troubled ...
May 21, 2014
SAO PAULO - Brazilian organizers admitted there were problems but said they were mostly satisfied with the results of the final two stadium tests for the World Cup on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), including at the troubled venue that will host the tournament ...
May 19, 2014
SAO PAULO - Brazil arrives at a crucial moment in its preparations for the World Cup as two of its most troubled stadiums stage major test events Sunday (Monday, Manila time).With Fifa closely monitoring, local organizers will host Brazilian league matches at ...
May 18, 2014
SAO PAULO - The roof of the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in a few weeks will not be fully finished in time for the tournament, constructors said Friday (Saturday, Manila time).Construction company Odebrecht confirmed that a part of the roof ...
May 17, 2014
THE Philippine girls team reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Street Child World Cup after defeating El Salvador, 3-1, on Thursday in Rio De Janeiro.Agot of SOS Village Davao came up with a goal, while Payatas FC teammates Angelica and ...
Apr 3, 2014
SAO PAULO - Tickets remain for only seven of the 64 World Cup matches, with the Greece-Ivory Coast game the least popular one so far.With less than five days before the latest sales period closes, more than 2.5 million tickets ...
Mar 29, 2014
NEYMAR scored his second international hat trick to lead Brazil over South Africa, 5-0, Wednesday night and Cristiano Ronaldo had a pair of goals to set Portugal's scoring record in a 5-1 win over Cameroon as all 32 ...
Mar 6, 2014
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