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Swiss loss sets up enticing rematch with Serbia at World Cup

Nov. 28, 2022 17:30 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Switzerland’s loss made its upcoming World Cup rematch all the more enticing, and with a lot more on the line. Ever since the match schedule was made in April, the Group G game between Switzerland and Serbia has been one to keep an eye on. Not just because of...

Qatari fans hit back at Germany by recalling Özil in protest

Nov. 28, 2022 05:17 AM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Qatari soccer fans hit back at Germany’s World Cup protest on Sunday by holding pictures of former Germany player Mesut Özil while covering their mouths during the match against Spain. A group of fans held copies of a hand-drawn sketch of Özil, while...

FIFA charges Germany for no player at news conference

Nov. 28, 2022 04:42 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Germany was charged in a disciplinary case by FIFA on Monday, though not for its players’ “hands covering mouths” protest before playing a World Cup game last week. FIFA said it opened a case against the German soccer federation for not bringing players to...

Queiroz slams Klinsmann's criticism of Iran's World Cup team

Nov. 27, 2022 08:58 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Iranian soccer federation and national team coach Carlos Queiroz have angrily hit back at former Germany great Jurgen Klinsmann for saying that Iran's World Cup players use dirty tactics because its in their “culture." Both the federation and Queiroz on...

Serbia charged over locker room Kosovo flag at World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 10:41 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Serbian soccer federation was charged by FIFA on Saturday for hanging a political banner about neighboring independent state Kosovo in the locker room before playing Brazil at the World Cup. It showed a map of Serbia that included the territory of its former...

Rainbow struggle playing out on sidelines of World Cup

Nov. 25, 2022 14:20 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Aside from the competition for the World Cup title, one of the most hotly contested issues in the tournament in Qatar is over rainbow colors. In the first week of the tournament, seven European teams lost the battle to wear multi-colored “One Love” armbands...

Maradona's World Cup absence 'strange' for Messi, Argentina

Nov. 25, 2022 13:55 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For the first time since the 1978 World Cup, Argentina is without Diego Maradona on soccer’s biggest stage. The team could use him more than ever as the South American team is off to a rocky start at the tournament. Friday marked the second...

FIFA tells Wales that fans can wear rainbow hats in stadiums

Nov. 24, 2022 12:38 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Welsh soccer federation said FIFA has offered assurances that fans wearing rainbow symbols will be allowed at Friday's World Cup game against Iran. The federation had asked FIFA for clarity on reports some Wales fans were stopped from taking rainbow bucket...

Germany players cover mouths at World Cup in FIFA protest

Nov. 23, 2022 16:31 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Germany's players covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match on Wednesday to protest against FIFA following the governing body's clampdown on the “One Love” armband. The Germany team lined up in the traditional formation...

Belgium politician wears 'One Love' armband at World Cup

Nov. 23, 2022 15:50 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Belgium’s foreign minister wore a “One Love” armband when she met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at her country’s World Cup match against Canada on Wednesday. Hadja Lahbib was pictured wearing the colorful armband — regarded as a symbol for...