FIFA World Cup

The crowd prepares to welcome the French soccer team for a parade a day after the French team victory in the soccer World Cup, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Paris.
AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias
July 16, 2018 - 10:55 am
By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — With the golden World Cup trophy in hand, France's victorious national team is returning home to a grand "Merci!" from a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost. "Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in the sports daily L'Equipe,...
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Belgium soccer fan reacts as they watch a 2018 World Cup soccer match between Belgium and England on a giant screen in Jette, Belgium.
AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
July 15, 2018 - 8:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup, setting off a fierce debate in the host nation about the roles and rights of women. Russian women who have dated the soccer fans have been shamed by some Russian commentators, denounced for...
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France's starting players pose for a team photo at the beginning of he quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File
July 10, 2018 - 9:38 am
By Angela Charlton, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — When France's xenophobic fringes disparage the country's diverse World Cup team as more African than European, fans say, "So what?" And then respond with a resounding "Allez les Bleus!" At a time when populist politicians are trying to choke off or...
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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris smiles as he answers to journalists during a press conference at the eve of their semi-final against Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, July 9, 2018.
AP Photo/Francisco Seco
July 09, 2018 - 1:40 pm
By Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarterfinals, and he's going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. The experienced Lloris, set to make his 103rd...
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Germany head coach Joachim Loew shouts during the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
AP Photo/Lee Jin-man
July 03, 2018 - 8:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is staying on despite the team's first-round World Cup exit. The German football federation (DFB) says it was informed by Loew that he wished to remain and "rebuild the team with a view to the upcoming tasks in the future." Loew held talks with DFB officials...
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In this picture taken Sunday, June 24, 2018, Andrei, who uses the stage name Star Vasha, applies make up before performing at a gay club during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
June 29, 2018 - 10:53 am
By Angela Charlton, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While World Cup fans pack the St. Petersburg Stadium fantasizing of soccer victory, Pyotr Voskresensky and fellow gay rights activists follow the matches in a quiet gallery across town decorated with beanbags and astroturf. They...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, a view of a 21-floor concrete structure building in Kaliningrad, Russia
AP Photo/Michael Corder
June 28, 2018 - 12:55 pm
By Mike Corder, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Lonely Planet calls it "hideous." FIFA describes it as "classic Soviet architecture." The locals, on the other hand, call it "The Monster" or the "Buried Robot," believing it looks like the head of a giant robot entombed up to its...
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Germany head coach Joachim Loew looks on near the end of the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. South Korea won the match 2-0.
AP Photo/Frank Augstein
June 28, 2018 - 10:56 am
By Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Coach Joachim Loew failed in his bid to combine the experience of past World Cup winners and the youth of talented newcomers, but the future holds much promise for Germany. The powerful Mannschaft, the dominant force of world soccer in...
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Peruvian players applaud after winning 2-0 during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
June 27, 2018 - 8:49 am
By Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Singing and dancing fans arrived in droves from South America after three decades of waiting to see the red and white of Peru play again in soccer's biggest tournament. What Peru delivered for the tens of thousands who followed every move of the...
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Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson holds his head as he lies on the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Germany won 2-1.
AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis
June 26, 2018 - 9:05 am
By Karel Janicak, Associated Press YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — A last-minute loss to Germany was difficult enough for Sweden to accept. A questionable celebration by German players near the Swedish bench added to the disappointment. And a wave of racist abuse aimed at midfielder Jimmy Durmaz...
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