Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

Calls in Russia to probe World Cup flood damage

Aug. 17, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An influential campaign group close to the Kremlin has called for an investigation into how stadiums and infrastructure built for the World Cup have failed to cope with floods. An embankment outside the stadium in Volgograd collapsed onto a road on the day of the final, while leaks were...

Goalkeeper Subasic retires from Croatia's national team

Aug. 15, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Danijel Subasic says he is retiring from international soccer, becoming the third Croatian player that reached the World Cup final to leave the national team. The 33-year-old Subasic joins defender Vedran Corluka and striker Mario Mandzukic in calling it quits. Subasic says "the time...

Qatar says Nepali worker dies building World Cup stadium

Aug. 14, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation. Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site. It offered...

Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic retires from national team

Aug. 14, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Mario Mandzukic is retiring from international soccer after 11 years with Croatia's national team, with his decision coming a month after he scored in the World Cup final. The 32-year-old Mandzukic made the announcement Tuesday on Instagram. In an emotional farewell message,...

Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won't punish you

Aug. 13, 2018 10:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key. Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word "corruption" missing. They also will discover how to avoid being banned for paying and...

The Latest: Ings leaves Liverpool for home in Southampton

Aug. 9, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on transfer deadline day in the English Premier League (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Danny Ings is going home. The 26-year-old striker has joined Southampton from Liverpool on an initial loan deal with an agreement struck between the Premier League clubs for the move to become...

Zlatko Dalic to stay as coach of Croatia's national team

Aug. 9, 2018 5:54 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic looks like he will be staying with the national team after leading it to the World Cup final. The Croatian soccer federation says president Davor Suker met with Dalic to discuss the coach's future. Dalic says in a statement he is "looking forward to the new...

Tennis head touts windfall for nations to approve World Cup

Aug. 7, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

Tennis leaders are offering to lob more cash at countries to persuade them to back plans for a $3 billion revamp of the Davis Cup. But the International Tennis Federation will be ceding some control of the final of its flagship men's event to investors bankrolling the World Cup of Tennis project, including tech...

Egypt keeper, oldest World Cup player, quits national team

Aug. 7, 2018 7:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match. El Hadary started the World Cup as Egypt's backup goalkeeper, but he played in his team's final group match in Russia, saving a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Saudi...

Community Shield: Man City show of strength, beating Chelsea

Aug. 5, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City's attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave. Winning the Community Shield demonstrated that beyond any doubt on Sunday. Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League champions...