Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Feb. 12, 2019 3:18 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Piercing the roar of the crowd, in the searing heat of Guadalajara, Mexico, Gordon Banks heard Pele shout "Goal!" Aiming a header to bounce off the hard field, Pele was certain the ball would creep inside the England goalkeeper's right post and threw his arms into the air to celebrate what he...

Carlsberg profits boosted in 2018 by World Cup, warm summer

Feb. 6, 2019 4:49 AM EST

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....

MLS champ Atlanta United signs Paul Pogba's older brother

Feb. 5, 2019 5:13 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed defender Florentin Pogba, whose younger brother Paul starred for France in the 2018 World Cup and plays for Manchester United. The reigning MLS Cup champions announced the signing Tuesday. Florentin Pogba has made 25 Europa League appearances with French club...

Lletget leads US to 2nd straight win under Berhalter

Feb. 2, 2019 7:34 PM EST

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 happier...

Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Dec. 30, 2018 9:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia's leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn't moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that...

Bradley on Berhalter's 1st roster, Guzan, Altidore left off

Dec. 20, 2018 1:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. captain Michael Bradley has an immediate chance to show new coach Gregg Berhalter he deserves to be considered for the next World Cup cycle. The 31-year-old midfielder was the oldest player and among just four veterans selected for a 27-man roster that will attend Berhalter's first...

Mutko resigns as president of Russian soccer federation

Dec. 19, 2018 9:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union. The RFU says Mutko stepped down during Wednesday's executive committee meeting. Russian soccer league...