FIFA World Cup

May 27, 2018 - 4:04 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar admitted Sunday he is not 100 percent in shape after a week's training with Brazil in its World Cup preparations. The striker said he still feels discomfort in his recovering right foot but believes he will be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins June 14. "...
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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, left, fouls Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
May 26, 2018 - 7:29 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local): 2:20 a.m. Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp was unhappy with the tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that injured his star forward Mohamed Salah. Klopp described the arm-tangling...
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Brazil's Filipe Luis, right, embraces Neymar during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center In Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 26, 2018 - 1:06 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar finished his first full week of training with Brazil on Saturday in apparent good shape ahead of the upcoming World Cup after foot surgery. The striker continued his recovery, dribbling and passing at high speed in Brazil's last training session on home soil before...
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Brazil's William goes for the ball during a national soccer team practice session ahead of the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 25, 2018 - 8:36 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted "It was 7-1! It was 7-1!" in a reference to the team's humiliation against...
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In this March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's Isco Alarcon celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. With Spain's golden generation all but gone, it's up to a group of talented youngsters that include Marco Asensio and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon to try to take over the Spanish national team and lead La Roja back to its glory days. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
May 25, 2018 - 12:12 pm
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey. As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2016 file photo Germany's Toni Kroos, left, Thomas Mueller, center, and Mats Hummels applaud fans at the end of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country’s “golden generation” begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
May 25, 2018 - 9:46 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training camp in South Tyrol, Italy. "I don't know...
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FILE - The July 4, 1990 file photo shows England's Paul Gascoigne crying as he is escorted off the field by team captain Terry Butcher, after England lost a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against West Germany in Turin, Italy. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)
May 25, 2018 - 5:33 am
Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn't done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team's performance at the World Cup in Italy...
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Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
May 24, 2018 - 5:52 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup. Willian played with the two star strikers for about one hour in the first training with footballs at...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2016 file photo, Spain's Andres Iniesta controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Complex Marcel Gaillard in Saint Martin de Re in France. The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta, the personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos and the intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva will all be on display again at the World Cup, but mostly likely for the last time. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 6:13 am
MADRID (AP) — The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta. The personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos. The intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva. It will all be on display at the World Cup, but most likely for the last time. The remaining members of Spain's golden generation,...
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FILE - In this June 25, 1982 file photo, Algerian soccer fans show money to photographers, in Gijon, Spain, after the World Cup soccer match between West Germany and Austria, one of the most controversial in World Cup history. West Germany beat Austria 1-0, a result that meant both teams progressed to the next round at Algeria's expense. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:31 am
FIFA had been warned in 1978 that final group games should be played at the same time to ensure fairness. Four years later in Spain, one of the most controversial World Cup matches took place when West Germany played Austria in the "Disgrace of Gijon." Similar to earlier circumstances when...
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