FIFA World Cup

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 4, 2006 filer, Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates his side's first goal by teammate Fabio Grosso in the extra time of the semifinal World Cup soccer match between Germany and Italy in Dortmund, Germany. World Cup winner Pirlo was named Thursday, July 30, 2020, coach of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
August 08, 2020 - 1:39 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo was named Juventus’ new coach on Saturday, hours after Maurizio Sarri was fired. Pirlo was given a two-year contract, Juventus announced. Sarri was fired after his first season in charge ended with the team’s Champions League exit. Despite winning...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, a view shows the Al Janoub Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Doha, Qatar. The 2022 World Cup will open with four games every day in a 12-day group stage and some matches that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. FIFA on Wednesday July 15, 2020 released the match schedule for the first World Cup to be played across November-December. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
July 15, 2020 - 8:14 am
LONDON (AP) — The 2022 World Cup will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage and matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. FIFA released the schedule for the first World Cup to be played in November and December on Wednesday, with kickoff...
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FILE - Feb. 15, 1995 file photo of Ireland soccer team manager Jack Charlton. Jack Charlton, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, has died it was announced on Saturday July 11, 2020. He was 85. (PA via AP)
July 11, 2020 - 6:18 am
Jack Charlton, an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland, has died. He was 85. Nicknamed “Big Jack,” and celebrated for his earthy “beer and cigarettes” image, Charlton was...
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May 20, 2020 - 3:32 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has signed a new contract to lead the Red Devils through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Belgian federation said on Wednesday that the 46-year-old Martinez, who previously coached Premier League teams Everton and Wigan, will also continue in his role...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018 file photo, former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Five years into a sprawling investigation of soccer corruption, the first courtroom trial in Switzerland is due to begin Monday, March 9, 2020 in a 2006 World Cup fraud case. Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, and German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer are listed by Switzerland's federal criminal court to testify in the trial of four soccer officials implicated in a suspect 6.7 million euros ($7.6 million) payment. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov, file)
April 29, 2020 - 6:59 am
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss investigators concluded Sepp Blatter knew that a World Cup broadcasting contract was breached illegally and that it would cost FIFA millions of dollars, according to a federal police file obtained by The Associated Press. Investigation reports sent to prosecutors in December and...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, newly elected CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani smiles as he receives applause from fellow delegates during the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City. A FIFA vice president says most international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume. Montagliani of Canada has been heading a FIFA working group formulating plans to deal with the implications of the world’s biggest sport being largely shut down since last month. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
April 13, 2020 - 7:06 pm
Most international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, a FIFA vice president said Monday. Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is president of the governing body for North and Central...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018 file photo, former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Five years into a sprawling investigation of soccer corruption, the first courtroom trial in Switzerland is due to begin Monday, March 9, 2020 in a 2006 World Cup fraud case. Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, and German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer are listed by Switzerland's federal criminal court to testify in the trial of four soccer officials implicated in a suspect 6.7 million euros ($7.6 million) payment. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov, file)
April 11, 2020 - 6:23 am
GENEVA (AP) — In a legal victory for former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him for suspected criminal mismanagement. The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation...
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April 06, 2020 - 11:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022...
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Former soccer star Ronaldinho, second from left, and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira walks escorted by police officers to declare to judge Clara Ruiz Diaz at Justice Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto were alleged to enter to the country with a false Paraguayan passport.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
March 07, 2020 - 9:34 am
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Former soccer star Ronaldinho and his brother were taken in handcuffs to a courthouse in Paraguay on Saturday following their arrest for allegedly entering the country with falsified documents. Prosecutors are seeking to extend the detention of 39-year-old Ronaldinho and...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 24, 2019 file photo, Jill Ellis, coach of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Newly hired American men's soccer coach Gregg Berhalter earned nearly as much from the U.S. Soccer Federation in the fiscal year ending last March 31 as women's counterpart Jill Ellis. Ellis, who took over as women's coach in May 2014, had compensation of $390,409 in the fiscal year. She went on to lead the Americans to their second straight World Cup title, was voted FIFA Women's Coach of the Year, then left in October. Any bonus she earned as a result of the title likely will be listed on the next year's tax return. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 19, 2020 - 6:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Newly hired American men's soccer coach Gregg Berhalter earned nearly as much from the U.S. Soccer Federation in the fiscal year ending last March 31 as women's counterpart Jill Ellis. Berhalter, hired on Dec. 2, 2018, had compensation of $304,113 from the USSF in the year ending...
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