International soccer

Scotland's Kim Little, center, vies for the ball with Japan's Narumi Miura, right, and Japan's Yuika Sugasawa, left, during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Japan and Scotland at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 14, 2019 - 11:27 am
RENNES, France (AP) — Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, Zvonimir Boban, FIFA's Deputy Secretary General for Football, holds the lot of Germany during the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to AC Milan as its chief football officer, it was announced Friday, June 14, 2019. Boban has been the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues. FIFA says he is leaving within days. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)
June 14, 2019 - 9:18 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to the club closest to his heart, AC Milan, as its chief football officer. Boban, the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues, is leaving within days, FIFA said Friday announcing the news . Boban teams up...
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Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 14, 2019 - 5:32 am
ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia...
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Australia's Chloe Logarzo, top, celebrates with a teammate at the end of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Brazil at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Australia defeated Brazil 3-2. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 13, 2019 - 2:32 pm
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — An own goal gave Australia a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Brazil at the Women's World Cup, even after Marta added a record 16th career tournament goal. Marta, who sat out Brazil's opening game with a left thigh injury, became the first player to score in five...
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In this May 13, 2019 photo, transgender Caua Fraga, 23, shows the tattoo on his chest that reads in Portuguese "Resistance", before a training session with the Bigtboys transgender men's football team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the two dozen Bigtboys players, the training pitch is also one of the few places where they feel at ease and can talk about their experiences, good and bad, without fear. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
June 12, 2019 - 10:56 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — On a late May afternoon, the Bigtboys soccer team played its first match, a friendly game on a flood-lit neighborhood pitch bordered by chain-link fencing. With only four months of weekly training in the bag, the Bigtboys lost 9-1 to the more established Alligaytors. But just...
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Young fans wearing Japanese flag hair ribbons sit on the stand prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Argentina and Japan at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 12, 2019 - 7:59 am
PARIS (AP) — FIFA has withdrawn a claim that 1 million tickets have been sold for the Women's World Cup and now says the total includes people paying nothing to attend games, including VIPs and even medical staff. FIFA deleted a tweet posted on Tuesday that said: "One million tickets for the @...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Lyon soccer player Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match against FC Barcelona, in Budapest, Hungary. The world’s best player won’t be at the Women’s World Cup but the world’s best team will be, with both sides taking a stand for equality. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP, File)
June 11, 2019 - 5:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — The match between host nation France and Norway could have been a reunion for star Ada Hegerberg and her club teammates. Hegerberg has refused to play for Norway the last two years as she's pushed for equality throughout the game and respect in her country. Hegerberg's stance removed...
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Cameroon fans cheer on their team during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 11, 2019 - 2:53 pm
NICE, France (AP) — FIFA's attempt to hype Women's World Cup ticket sales didn't go exactly as planned. The sport's governing body gave the impression that tickets for the tournament in France were hard to come by when it boasted to the public a month ago: "You can still buy tickets for a few...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, gestures with Joao Felix, right during a training session at the Bessa stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Portugal will face Switzerland Wednesday in a UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
June 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — When João Félix first found himself in the same locker room as Cristiano Ronaldo, he said it felt like being in a video game. "It was weird. I had never seen him live, so close to me like that," the Portuguese teenage sensation said. "I told my friends later that it looked...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 25, 2019, file photo, United States women's national soccer team head coach Jill Ellis smiles during a training session at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Ellis has criticized FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, for scheduling two other finals, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America, on the same day as the Women's World Cup championship game. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
June 10, 2019 - 5:23 pm
REIMS, France (AP) — Thailand can dream. It just might not do any good against the U.S. national team. Thailand kicks off the Women's World Cup on Tuesday with a daunting challenge against the defending champion United States. The top-ranked Americans are seeking their fourth overall World Cup...
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