Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

Sep. 28, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All roads now lead to Qatar. With the conclusion of the group stage of the Nations League, Europe's top soccer countries have played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. Here's how things are shaping up for a continent that has provided...

Scaloni to remain as Argentina coach through 2026 World Cup

Sep. 27, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

HARRISON, N,J. (AP) — Lionel Scaloni will remain as Argentina's national team coach through the 2026 World Cup. Chiqui Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, made the announcement after Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Jamaica in the Albiceleste's next-to-last tuneup...

Defender Reggie Cannon joins lengthy US soccer injury list

Sep. 25, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

Right back Reggie Cannon will miss the United States' last World Cup warmup against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday because of a strained left groin strain, the latest in the Americans' long injured list. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday that Cannon is expected to be sidelined for...

Lackluster US loses to Japan 2-0 in World Cup warmup

Sep. 23, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

With the World Cup approaching and final roster decisions looming, U.S. soccer players gave a dismal performance in a 2-0 exhibition loss to Japan on Friday in Düsseldorf, Germany. Daichi Kamada scored following Weston McKennie’s giveaway in the 24th minute and Kaoru Mitoma added...

New twist in Pogba extortion probe, with brother's videos

Sep. 23, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A police investigation into allegations that France soccer star Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with the release by one of the suspects, his elder brother Mathias, of a long string of videos taking aim at the 2018 World Cup winner, his...

World Cup captains want to wear rainbow armbands in Qatar

Sep. 21, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA came under pressure Wednesday from several European soccer federations who want their captains to wear an armband with a rainbow heart design during World Cup games in Qatar to campaign against discrimination. France and Germany, the last two World Cup champions,...

Chile loses FIFA appeal in World Cup case with Ecuador

Sep. 16, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Chile has lost its appeal to replace Ecuador at the World Cup in Qatar, but Friday's verdict by FIFA will lead the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA dismissed Chile’s argument that Ecuador player Byron Castillo was actually Colombian and ineligible to...

Musah hurt groin, to miss World Cup warmups, Cardoso in

Sep. 16, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yunus Musah will miss the United States' last two World Cup warmup matches because of a left groin injury, depriving the Americans of a chance for their preferred midfield trio to play together ahead of the tournament in November. Johnny Cardoso of the Brazilian club...

Viewer's guide for this year's World Cup in Qatar

Sep. 15, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all. Brazil bidding for a record-extending sixth title. One of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory — as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it — is just around...

Nike releases US World Cup jerseys some criticize as bland

Sep. 15, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike released the United States' World Cup jerseys Thursday, including a mostly white design for home matches that was criticized in advance by a pair of American players and some fans. The home jerseys have red and blue stripes on each sleeve, somewhat similar to...