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Defense coming through for attack-minded Brazil at World Cup

Nov. 30, 2022 10:34 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For all the attacking power that Brazil brought to the World Cup, the defense has been impressing the most for the five-time champion in Qatar. After two matches, Brazil is yet to allow an attempt on target, and goalkeeper Alisson has been mostly a spectator. ...

Neymar to miss Brazil's last group game at World Cup

Nov. 29, 2022 11:17 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar will miss Brazil's last group game at the World Cup because of his right ankle injury, the team doctor said Tuesday. Rodrigo Lasmar said the Brazil forward will not recover in time to face Cameroon in the Group G game on Friday. Neymar...

Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup

Nov. 24, 2022 18:22 PM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar limping off the field with an ankle injury, Richarlison came through for the “Seleção.” A spectacular acrobatic kick followed an easy tap-in from close range as Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil's 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday at...

Bellingham scores, gets serenaded in his World Cup debut

Nov. 21, 2022 15:49 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — He started. He scored. He got serenaded. All in all, a pretty good World Cup debut for 19-year-old Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder, who hadn't even made his professional debut by the time the last World Cup was played four years ago, scored...

Right backs, left backs are Brazil's weak spots at World Cup

Nov. 17, 2022 04:46 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — When Brazil coach Tite uttered the name of veteran Dani Alves in his call for the World Cup squad, reactions around the country spanned from anger to disappointment. The Brazil coach, who has faced little criticism in his six years on the job, described his pick in...

World Cup prize money disparity is an obstacle to Equal Pay

Nov. 15, 2022 17:28 PM EST

World Cup prize money continues to be a sticking point for equality in soccer, despite the historic equal pay agreement between U.S. Soccer and its men's and women's teams. Earlier this year, the U.S. national teams decided to split prize money, which means that the haul from playing...

Not just Neymar: Tite plans Brazil's attack at World Cup

Nov. 14, 2022 15:25 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Wingers, false nines, target men and center forwards in the Brazil squad for the World Cup are giving coach Tite a nice selection headache up front. As the five-time champion aims to win the title for the first time in 20 years, Tite also knows his attack has...

Boxx appointed vice chair of US Soccer safety task force

Nov. 04, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Shannon Boxx, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the 2015 World Cup championship team, was appointed Friday as a vice chair of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s participant safety task force. Maryland State Youth Soccer Association executive director Greg...

Sophia Smith named National Women's Soccer League MVP

Oct. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith has been named the 2022 National Women's Soccer League Most Valuable Player. Smith had 14 goals in 18 matches for the Thorns, setting a team single-season record. She scored on all three of her penalty kick attempts and had four two-goal games. ...

Neymar to team up with youngsters for Brazil at World Cup

Oct. 27, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — When Brazil started playing Vinicius Jr. and Raphinha on the flanks during World Cup qualifying, Neymar surprised his coach by praising his new attacking teammates. “These kids are wicked, boss," the Paris Saint-Germain striker told Tite, who recalled the...