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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...

WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

Jul. 16, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Even FIFA accepts the soccer showpiece might never be so engrossing again. Russia might have staged the last 32-team World Cup. Or at least the last one not shoehorned in a crammed format at the end of the calendar...

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

Jul. 15, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light, President Vladimir Putin will face some challenges in extending the post-soccer glow at home and abroad. Well-organized, festive and friendly, the World Cup has shown off a welcoming and modern Russia in...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

Jul. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 12 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the tournament: PLENTY OF GOALS With just one scoreless draw in 64...

Column: Infantino fawns over Putin, politicizes soccer body

Jul. 15, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When Gianni Infantino is in the orbit of Vladimir Putin, the head of world soccer cannot stop beaming. Particularly when he's juggling a ball in the Kremlin or sharing screen time with Putin as they watched the World Cup. Two years after his election, FIFA's president gives the impression of...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at the World Cup's final day

Jul. 14, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup , which is down to its final day, featuring the title match Sunday in Moscow between France and Croatia. PUTIN REAPPEARS The Russian president has kept a fairly low profile at the World Cup considering he's more or less the man behind the...

Column: The World Cup? Fan-bloomin'-tastic

Jul. 14, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — There was high drama even before the first game, when Spain fired its coach. There'll be drama, promise, at the last game, too, with France aiming to block Croatian membership in the small club of World Cup winners. There were upsets so massive they shook soccer's established order —...

A capsule look at the France-Croatia World Cup final

Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow (11 a.m. EDT, 6 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Les Bleus have an average age of just over 26, one of the youngest in the tournament, and an exciting, speedy spark in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who will be difficult for Croatia to...

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

Jul. 12, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed. "I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled Thursday. Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach,...

The Latest: Pitana gets 1st and final whistles at World Cup

Jul. 12, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 9 p.m. FIFA has selected Nestor Pitana to referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday. The Argentine referee will blow the final whistle at Luzhniki Stadium on a tournament he began there by handling the opening...