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World Cup Viewer's Guide: Messi tries to avoid elimination

Nov. 29, 2022 12:55 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Two of the best players on the planet go head-to-head when Lionel Messi of Argentina and Robert Lewandowski of Poland meet with World Cup implications in what is likely Messi's final attempt to win the tournament. That match is part of an intense Wednesday at the...

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

Nov. 22, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and large swathes of Spain’s northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to put the pinch on human activities in the Mediterranean country. The measures will affect 6.7 million people,...

Lewandowski and Poland ready to face Mexico at World Cup

Nov. 21, 2022 10:35 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As Poland's all-time leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski is still missing something from his collection: A goal at the World Cup. That could change on Tuesday against Mexico, Poland’s opening opponent in Group C. A prolific scorer who moved to...

Luis Enrique more than just a coach for Torres at World Cup

Nov. 20, 2022 09:32 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Luis Enrique is more than just a coach for Spain forward Ferran Torres. He is also the father of the Barcelona player's girlfriend — and that’s no problem for them at the World Cup. Torres dates the 20-year-old daughter of Luis Enrique, Sira Martínez, and...

France star Karim Benzema out for World Cup with leg injury

Nov. 19, 2022 22:22 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One month after raising the Ballon d’Or in triumph to crown his remarkable rise, Karim Benzema’s dream of winning the World Cup is over before he has even played a game in Qatar. Defending champion France’s World Cup hopes took a huge blow with the news...

Spain defender Azpilicueta seeks success at 3rd World Cup

Nov. 19, 2022 09:16 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — César Azpilicueta is one of only six players with previous World Cup experience in Spain’s 26-man squad. Several others, including teenagers Pedri González, Gavi Páez and Alejandro Balde, and 20-year-olds Ansu Fati, Yéremy Pino and Nico Williams, will be...

Spain calls up Balde to replace injured Gayà for World Cup

Nov. 18, 2022 09:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain called up Barcelona defender Alejandro Balde to replace injured left back José Gayà on Friday, less than a week before the team's opening World Cup match against Costa Rica. The 19-year-old Balde has had a breakout season at Barcelona, playing both on the left...

World Cup could mean redemption for Brazil forward Neymar

Nov. 18, 2022 04:00 AM EST

When Neymar was preparing to play for Brazil at his first World Cup back in 2014, the hype surrounding him was considerable. He had just moved from Santos to Spanish club Barcelona as one of the most promising young players in the world. And he had impressed early on with the Catalan...

France faces weight of history in bid to retain World Cup

Nov. 17, 2022 04:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — As well as coping with injuries to key players again, France has the weight of World Cup history to contend with in Qatar. Good luck, Les Bleus. Not since Brazil lost the 1998 final to France has the defending champion come close to retaining the title....

WORLD CUP WATCH: European clubs have 73% of players selected

Nov. 15, 2022 11:38 AM EST

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer shapes to have some World Cup winners with 73% of players at the tournament coming from clubs in the sport’s richest continent. That’s despite Europe providing just 40% of the World Cup teams with 13 qualifying slots in the 32-nation...