Latest Sepp Blatter News

The Latest: Argentina collapses vs. Croatia, could go home

Jun. 21, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 11 p.m. Croatia has stunned Argentina 3-0 to advance to the group stage of the World Cup and leave Lionel Messi and his teammates needing help to stay alive. The humiliating loss for one of soccer's most storied nations began to take...

More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Outside Moscow's giant Luzhniki Stadium, in a sea of Mexican and German fans frothing with World Cup pre-game fervor, four Chinese football enthusiasts huddled together and agonized: Should they sell their tickets? Dressed for the sold-out match in a Die Mannschaft jersey, 34-year-old primary...

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in...

Gabriel Jesus or Firmino? Brazil's dilemma vs Costa Rica

Jun. 20, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil's national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament. Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role? A favorite of Tite's since the coach took charge in...

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

Jun. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty...

Banned ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Banned by FIFA, Sepp Blatter was back at the World Cup on Tuesday expecting to see two games and hopefully Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former FIFA president landed in Moscow to fulfil a two-year-old invitation from the host nation's leader. Both did essential work to help ensure...

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

Jun. 14, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local): ___ 11:20 p.m. The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer. Spain is in chaos...

After Americans' win, 3 could be key for World Cup hosting

Jun. 14, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Three is the new magic number for hosting a World Cup. Victory for the U.S.-led North American bid with Canada and Mexico to stage the 2026 tournament could mean that single-nation hosts like Russia will be rare in future. FIFA president Gianni Infantino likes co-hosting, and it can better...

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...