International soccer

FILE - In this July 8, 1982 file photo, West Germany's Klaus Fischer scores the third goal and equalizes, in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against France, in Seville, Spain. West Germany defeats France in a penalty shoot out after a 3-3 draw. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
June 06, 2018 - 6:14 am
For many, the 1982 semifinal match between France and West Germany is the greatest World Cup game of them all. It had everything — goals, high drama, arguably the worst foul in the tournament's history and, for the first time at the World Cup, a penalty shootout. Taking place on a hot evening in...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
June 05, 2018 - 7:54 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin's Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the turbulent situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the...
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Brazil's Roberto Firmino, right, celebrates with team mate Neymar after scoring his side's second goal during the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
June 05, 2018 - 1:03 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There's no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil's humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. Supporters of the Selecao still ensure it echoes in their ears: 7-1. As high-profile Brazil players walked off the pitch following a recent training...
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Fifa President Gianni Infantino, center right, watches the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 04, 2018 - 4:06 pm
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA can afford to have Morocco host the 2026 World Cup, according to President Gianni Infantino, even if the rival North American bid promises billions of dollars more in revenue. Ahead of next week's vote by FIFA member federations in Moscow, Infantino said on Monday: "FIFA can...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures to supporters as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Champions League final soccer match, at the Cibeles square in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning his World Cup preparations on Monday June 4, 2018, surrounded by doubts about his club future, again bringing unwanted distraction to Portugal’s national team. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
June 04, 2018 - 10:10 am
Surrounded by doubts about his future at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing some unwanted distraction to Portugal's national team ahead of the World Cup. Ronaldo was expected to join Portugal's squad on Monday, with just about everyone wondering what he will say about his situation with...
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Croatia's Danijel Subasic, left, fails to stop a goal by Brazil's Neymar, second from right, during the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
June 03, 2018 - 1:51 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Exceeding all expectations ahead of the World Cup, Brazil striker Neymar made a spectacular return on Sunday after a three-month absence with a foot injury and celebrated an impressive individual goal with his surgeon. Playing for the first time since February, Neymar...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston celebrates his goal against the Houston Dynamo during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. When it was announced Waston would be part of Costa Rica’s 23-man roster headed to Russia for the World Cup, he was surrounded by his Whitecaps teammates, the announcement made by the club’s head coach Carl Robinson. The applause, the good wishes, the water-bottle shower that followed was a sign of the respect and admiration Waston has earned during the time with his club. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 03, 2018 - 2:14 am
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kendall Waston was surrounded by Vancouver Whitecaps teammates when the club's coach, Carl Robinson, informed him he had made Costa Rica's 23-man World Cup roster for the first time. The applause, warm wishes and water-bottle shower that followed were a sign of...
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Republic of Ireland's Alan Judge, top, celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mates during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)
June 02, 2018 - 7:47 pm
Facing far better opposition than earlier in the week, a young U.S. soccer team revealed its inexperience. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid's mistake led to Graham Burke's tying goal in the 57th minute, Alan Judge scored after Matt Miazga's defensive lapse in the 90th and Ireland remained unbeaten at home...
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FILE - In this Saturday March 17, 2018 file photo, a giant screen display the logo of Morocco 2026 inside of the reception before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca, Morocco. The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has outscored Morocco following inspections with FIFA labeling the North African proposal "high risk" in three areas, it was announced on Friday, June 1. The joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico scored four out of five while Morocco scored 2.7 following FIFA inspections. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)
June 01, 2018 - 8:32 pm
FIFA inspectors warned voters deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup that Morocco's plans pose a "high risk" to the tournament due to a lack of infrastructure, while awarding North America's bid a significantly higher score in an evaluation report. The destination of the soccer showpiece will be...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1999, file photo, U.S. national team forward Tiffeny Milbrett (16) advances the ball in the first half as world all-star defender Bettina Wiegmann (8) follows during an exhibition soccer match in San Jose, Calif. Millbrett will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, announced Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File)
May 31, 2018 - 8:11 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The look on Tiffeny Milbrett's face said it all. She was genuinely surprised when former U.S. teammate Brandi Chastain unexpectedly appeared at a family gathering in Portland and handed her a small box inscribed "National Soccer Hall of Fame." In it was a commemorative coin...
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