2018 FIFA World Cup

FILE - In this file photo taken on , Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Switzerland's Loris Benito, left, is challenged by Qatar's Abdulaziz Hatem during an international friendly soccer match between Switzerland and Qatar at the Cornaredo stadium in Lugano, Switzerland. Exactly four years from now (Nov. 21), Qatar will be kicking off the World Cup in its own country, in front of 80,000 fans at Lusail Stadium, with around 300 million more watching on television. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
November 20, 2018 - 8:43 am
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country's national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in the...
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England's Harry Kane walks next to Croatia's Luka Modric, left, after 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 18, 2018 - 6:34 pm
GENEVA (AP) — England surged into the UEFA Nations League finals tournament on Sunday, and Belgium threw away its place in a stunning 5-2 loss at Switzerland. On a day of come-from-behind wins and twisting fortunes for the World Cup's beaten semifinalists, England edged Croatia 2-1 to avenge defeat...
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Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Switzerland and Belgium at the swissporarena stadium in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
November 18, 2018 - 5:59 pm
LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) — Top-ranked Belgium fell to a stunning 5-2 loss against Switzerland on Sunday, with Haris Seferovic's hat trick lifting his team into the UEFA Nations League finals. Belgium led 2-0 after 17 minutes thanks to Thorgan Hazard's two goals and was cruising toward the...
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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 18, 2018 - 3:05 pm
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane's goalless streak was only five minutes from extending to eight games when the captain finally found the net again for England. As Ben Chilwell floated a free kick into the penalty area, Kane slid in, stretched out his right foot and nudged the ball into the Croatia net. It...
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November 09, 2018 - 5:38 am
LONDON (AP) — A spike in consumer spending driven by warm weather and England's surprise advance to the semifinals of the soccer World Cup helped the British economy post its best growth in nearly two years during the third quarter, official figures showed Friday. However, the 0.6 percent quarterly...
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People stand outside Boca Juniors stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Boca Juniors will face Play River Plate for the Copa Libertadores final match. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
November 08, 2018 - 12:42 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — They're calling it "The Game of the Century" and "The Final of all Soccer Finals." They're not wrong. Think Celtics vs. Lakers, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, and England vs. Scotland all rolled into one and you still might not be doing it justice. The rivalry between...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new building of the Asia Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
November 07, 2018 - 11:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's biggest names would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday. Infantino, speaking to a small group of reporters at FIFA headquarters, said the governing body would punish players at clubs...
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Netherland's Memphis Depay, center, celebrates with Netherland's Quincy Promes, left, and supporters after he scored his side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 13, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition —...
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Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry holds two balls during a warm up prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 13, 2018 - 5:21 am
PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry is back where it all started. France's all-time leading scorer and an Arsenal great landed his first managerial job on Saturday after Monaco hired him as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed this week. The 41-year-old Henry started his professional career...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2015, file photo, the U.S. team celebrates with the trophy after it defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal that starts at the ground level among FIFA's 211 member associations, FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 10, 2018 - 8:22 pm
FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-...
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