2018 FIFA World Cup

FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, the United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. People with knowledge of FIFA’s finances told The Associated Press that in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, FIFA’s reserves soared to $2.74 billion and revenue rose to $6.4 billion, but it also underscores the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
March 06, 2019 - 5:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — When world soccer executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that $753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino meets the journalists during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 05, 2019 - 11:28 pm
LONDON (AP) — 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 weathered the deepest crisis in its history, which erupted in...
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February 06, 2019 - 1:48 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg said Wednesday that its 2018 net profit rose to 5.31 billion kroner ($811 million) from 1.26 billion kroner a year earlier, on strong beer sales across its major markets, boosted by unusually hot weather in western Europe and the football World Cup...
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United States defender Sebastian Lletget (17) scores a goal over Costa Rica defender Waylon Francis (12) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
February 02, 2019 - 4:33 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sebastian Lletget headed the ball down and the emotions overtook him as soon as the ball went into the net. In the same stadium where he scored his first international goal before a devastating foot injury he feared might have ended his career, Lletget delivered a much...
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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 - 3:06 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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Germany coach Joachim Loew arrives for the 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 - 4:34 am
DUBLIN (AP) — Germany will face the Netherlands in a challenging qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship in a swift reunion between the sides after meeting in the UEFA Nations League. Only one point was collected from two matches against the Netherlands as Germany was relegated from the...
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Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Fulham, at Anfield Stadium, in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Barrington Coombs/PA via AP)
November 21, 2018 - 6:53 am
LONDON (AP) — Just like the politicians, English soccer is divided by Brexit. With four months until Britain withdraws from the European Union and no consensus over the terms of the split from the bloc, there is also uncertainty about the players Premier League clubs will be able to recruit. With...
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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 21, 2018 - 4:45 am
For Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA Nations League was an overwhelming thumbs up. Across the continent, skepticism seems to have been replaced by positivity as European soccer's latest innovation replaced many unpopular friendly games in a busy calendar. "The Nations League is even more successful...
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Italy's Matteo Politano scores his side's first goal during the international friendly soccer match between Italy and the United States at Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
November 20, 2018 - 5:09 pm
In his final match as U.S. soccer coach, Dave Sarachan gave Christian Pulisic the captain's arm band for the first time and sent out the youngest lineup since the American team started keeping records. Matteo Politano scored his first international goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage...
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United States national soccer team player Christian Pulisic takes part in their national soccer squad training session at the training facilities of Brentford Football Club in west London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The United States play England in an international friendly soccer match at Wembley stadium in London on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
November 14, 2018 - 10:20 am
LONDON (AP) — Back with the United States for only the second time in an injury-troubled year, Christian Pulisic has watched the Americans rebuild from afar after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. "I definitely need to be a more important piece of this team and continue to grow as a...
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