Latest International soccer 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...

Spanish league plan for game in US chided by players' group

Aug. 16, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year partnership with...

Ronaldo's Juventus debut the pick of European soccer weekend

Aug. 16, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

The Italian and Spanish leagues get underway this weekend, a week after the English and French leagues started. In Germany, there are cup matches. What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend: ITALY Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his Juventus debut in the northeastern Italian...

Atletico beats Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup

Aug. 15, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the...

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...

FIFA defends bans for 'false' info, tarnishing reputations

Aug. 14, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who "tarnish the reputations of others" must be banned from soccer. The Associated Press revealed Monday that a new offense of defamation had been added to the document governing the conduct of participants in soccer, with scope for a...

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...

US player Timothy Weah scores first Ligue 1 goal for PSG

Aug. 12, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Timothy Weah, the son of former Paris Saint-Germain player and current Liberian President George Weah, scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain during a match against Caen on Sunday. The 18-year-old Weah, who also plays for the U.S. national team, took advantage of a mistake by...