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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jan. 20, 2023 02:35 AM EST

JAN 13-19, 2023 From the front line of the Ukraine war to climate protests in Germany, the Alpine Ski World Cup in Switzerland and the traditional purification by fire of animals in Spain, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the week...

After World Cup success, Morocco has renewed aims to host

Dec. 15, 2022 13:09 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The idea that Morocco could co-host the 2030 World Cup with near-neighbors Spain and Portugal seemed a bit crazy when it was floated four years ago. It doesn't seem so crazy now. Morocco has gained status inside FIFA and credibility with fans by...

Klinsmann opines on World Cup exits of Brazil and England

Dec. 12, 2022 10:51 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Missed penalty kicks cost both Brazil and England in their World Cup quarterfinal losses, and FIFA analyst Jurgen Klinsmann shared his theories on both matches on Monday. Brazil had too little time to adjust mentally after a 117th-minute equalizing goal by...

Dutch eliminated from World Cup in Louis van Gaal's finale

Dec. 10, 2022 04:04 AM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — The Dutch were outnumbered in their quarterfinal match at the World Cup. Argentina had one Lionel Messi and the Netherlands had none. And still, the Oranje came back and forced extra time in a knockout match for the ages by scoring in the 83rd...

Luis Enrique replaced as Spain coach after World Cup exit

Dec. 08, 2022 11:43 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Luis Enrique was replaced by Luis de la Fuente as Spain's coach on Thursday, two days after the national team was eliminated in the round of 16 at the World Cup. Spain lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw in regular and extra time. ...

Spain's 'tiki-taka' under attack again after World Cup loss

Dec. 08, 2022 08:18 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Morocco players fell back on defense and patiently watched as Spain kept passing the ball around midfield during their round of 16 match at the World Cup. Side to side, from one Spanish player to another. Pass after pass, Spain tried to find an opening...

World Cup Viewer's Guide: Quarterfinalists bid for title

Dec. 07, 2022 07:38 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After non-stop soccer for the past two weeks, the World Cup is taking a small break. There will be two days of rest before the quarterfinals start in Qatar with at least one surprising team still in contention to win soccer's biggest prize. Morocco...

Young Spain squad and its 'tiki-taka' stumble at World Cup

Dec. 07, 2022 06:11 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Spain lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Tuesday, failing to make it to the quarterfinals for the third straight time since winning its last world title in South Africa in 2010. La Roja also lost in a shootout in the...

The next World Cup will jump to 48 teams. Is bigger better?

Dec. 07, 2022 04:59 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The next World Cup will be the biggest ever after world soccer body FIFA took the leap from a 32-team field to 48 teams in 2026. It means more of soccer's so-called “little teams” that didn't make it to Qatar will be given a chance of a lifetime when the...

Moroccans celebrate historic World Cup win against Spain

Dec. 07, 2022 01:53 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Exuberant Moroccans poured into the streets of their capital and in cities across Europe on Tuesday, waving flags and honking horns to celebrate their national soccer team's historic victory over Spain at the World Cup. Morocco defeated Spain in a penalty...