Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

Tunisia's defeat caps a miserable World Cup for Arab nations

Jun. 23, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Arab nations came to the World Cup with high hopes but they've been dashed. With four Arab teams in the tournament — the most ever — and one of the game's biggest stars in Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, some sensed this could be Arab football's breakthrough year. So far, Arab...

Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

Jun. 21, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the...

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo walked out for warmups at sun-splashed Luzhniki Stadium with diamonds affixed to each earlobe and a new goatee sprouting from his chin — like a goat, get it? Greatest of All Time. He sparkled, even before the opening whistle of Portugal's World Cup match against...

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

Jun. 15, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in...

The Latest: Ronaldo 3, Spain 3: Star's hat trick earns draw

Jun. 15, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, capped by a dipping free kick in the 88th minute as Portugal and Spain played to a wild 3-3 draw in the Group B opener for both countries.  Ronaldo scored twice in the first...

US gets Russia's World Cup vote as logic trumps politics

Jun. 13, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States was able to celebrate a World Cup victory in Russia after all. Thanks to assistance from the host nation at a FIFA Congress addressed by President Vladimir Putin. For all the geopolitical tensions between the superpowers, Russia had no qualms about pressing the electronic...

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

Jun. 13, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the...

Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

Jun. 12, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century. The soccer world gathers at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the European...

Russian police academy turns into World Cup nerve center

Jun. 12, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

DOMODEDOVO, Russia (AP) — Police from 33 countries are gathering under one roof for the World Cup as Russia prepares to deal with potential issues ranging from hooliganism and terrorism to backlash against local laws restricting LGBT rights. The police representatives from all 32 competing countries plus...

Champions League drama gives World Cup tough act to follow

Jun. 11, 2018 1:55 AM EDT

A spirit of chaos and adventure swept through this season's Champions League, serving up a record number of goals and almost non-stop drama when the top teams collided. It was club football at its most thrilling. Fans might never have had it so good. So can the World Cup, supposedly the zenith of the...