Latest Russia National Soccer Team News

Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed

Sep. 15, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell. Two months since the tournament ended with France beating Croatia, the tolerant image presented by Russian law enforcement...

After WCup failure, Italy starts Nations League with a draw

Sep. 7, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Ten months after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy still doesn't look World Cup-worthy. Playing their first competitive match since last year's playoff loss to Sweden, the Azzurri required a late penalty to draw with Poland 1-1 at home on Friday in the UEFA Nations League....

Russian soccer club threatens to leave World Cup stadium

Sep. 5, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian soccer club that plays in one of the country's new World Cup venues has threatened to leave the stadium in a dispute over a rap concert. FC Rostov moved into the 45,000-seat Rostov Arena after the World Cup and its average attendances increased from below 10,000 at its old stadium...

Russian clubs struggle to maintain World Cup momentum

Sep. 3, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For Russia's top clubs, it's almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made an incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia's clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. Spartak Moscow was knocked out of the Champions League...

Ronaldo's Juventus drawn with Man United in Champions League

Aug. 30, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is going back to Manchester United and Paul Pogba will return to Juventus after the storied teams were drawn together at the Champions League group stage on Thursday. After winning four titles at Real Madrid, and one with United, Ronaldo aims to end Juventus' 23-year wait...

Salah takes on Egyptian federation over World Cup debacle

Aug. 30, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Emboldened by his global star power, Mohamed Salah has said out loud what many of his Egyptian teammates have been saying in private for weeks: Failure by the national federation to enforce discipline and stop meddling by sponsors was mostly to blame for the Pharaohs' miserable World Cup run...

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...