Latest Sweden National Soccer Team News

The Latest: Croatia, Sweden fined $50,000 for branded socks

Jul. 13, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 7:20 p.m. FIFA has fined Croatia and Sweden 50,000 Swiss francs ($49,990) each for players wearing non-approved socks in games against England. FIFA says one Croatia player "displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Coach of England wins the nation's heart by being a nice guy

Jul. 10, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer's World Cup. Coach Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down leader of a new generation of players who speak softly and...

Forget culture: in London, World Cup is only show in town

Jul. 10, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Deepika Divya Goordin was excited to go see Justin Timberlake perform in London on Wednesday night. But that was before England made it to the soccer World Cup semi-finals in Russia. Now she's trying to sell her 100-pound ($130) ticket because all that matters is to see whether her country's...

Can Southgate rouse England before Croatia match?

Jul. 9, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — It's time for Gareth Southgate to come up with a big speech of his own. After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at halftime. Now the...

The Latest: Official fined, banned; player only gets warning

Jul. 9, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A day after a player was let off with a warning, a Croatia official has been fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150) for making a pro-Ukraine video that soon appeared on social media after the team's World Cup quarterfinal win...

England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

Jul. 9, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

REPINO, Russia (AP) — Forget bending them like Beckham. At this World Cup, it has been a case of teasing them in like Trippier and angling them in like Ashley. Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russia — 42 percent, no less — and England has been the master of...

FIFA fines in World Cup cases can leave priority questioned

Jul. 8, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The World Cup rulings in FIFA's disciplinary court have not always been easy to comprehend. Sweden was slugged 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,700) for players wearing non-approved socks, and Croatia was hit with the same monetary penalty when a player took a non-sponsor's drink onto the field. Yet...

England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

Jul. 8, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — England has to win two more games to bring the World Cup home, but the enthusiasm some soccer fans displayed after their team advanced to the semi-finals met international expectations. Emergency services personnel complained Sunday about the "disgraceful" behavior of a small number of...

Pickford reshaping opinions of English goalies at World Cup

Jul. 8, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — It was just about the only thing Jordan Pickford got wrong all game. "It was a daft injury by myself," the England goalkeeper recounted. "I went to punch the (ground) and ended up punching my knee and hurt my thumb. It was a bit of anger. But I'm a man, not a mouse. I'm fine and I'll...