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Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances

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Lionel Messi's frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina's worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. More>>

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited a public school in central Beirut, where many of the students are Syrian. More>>

Russian players who could become hot transfer targets

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Russia's success at the World Cup might mean big transfer offers for some players, almost all of whom play in their home country's league. More>>

Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

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A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup. More>>

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo is turning this into his World Cup with a goatee and goals after scoring for the fourth time in the tournament and leading Portugal over Morocco. More>>

Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru

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Kylian Mbappe scores in 1st half, France holds on to beat Peru 1-0 and advance to the second round at the World Cup. More>>

Suarez scores as Uruguay and Russia advance at World Cup

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Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. More>>

Say what? Croatia coach: Argentina the 'easiest game for us'

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic's analysis of the World Cup game against Argentina requires a double take. More>>

The Latest: Rakitic casts vote for Messi in GOAT debate

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Soccer's international governing body says it is "extremely satisfied with the level of refereeing" at the World Cup and has hailed video review as a success. More>>

Changes coming to Colombia's team at World Cup after loss

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Changes are coming to Colombia's team at the World Cup after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan. More>>

Sampaoli: Messi 'shouldn't shoulder all the responsibility'

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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli says Lionel Messi "shouldn't shoulder all the responsibility" for the team's fate at the World Cup. More>>

Ronaldo moves atop Europe's international scoring list

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Cristiano Ronaldo just became Europe's top international scorer of all time, and that puts him atop a very impressive list. More>>

Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he's ready

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Neymar has returned to practice two days before Brazil's next World Cup game against Costa Rica. More>>

Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated

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Cristiano Ronaldo made European soccer history by scoring in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco, a result that makes the North African team the first to be eliminated from the World Cup. More>>

Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica

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Neymar will start for Brazil in an unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup. More>>

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

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Burger King says it's sorry for an ad in Russia offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to women who get pregnant from World Cup players. More>>

Former US soccer star Alexi Lalas talks diving at World Cup

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Former U.S. National Team member and FOX analyst Alexi Lalas says officials crackdown on "diving" robs game of some interesting tactics. More>>

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

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The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not Kosovo. More>>

Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

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Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. More>>

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

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Sepp Blatter came to Moscow to see Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention. More>>

The Latest: Argentina collapses vs. Croatia, could go home

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Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he met Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and talked about the Russia team's good start to the World Cup. More>>

Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia

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Lionel Messi faces pressure to deliver for Argentina at World Cup, keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo. More>>

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

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Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark and new life at the World Cup. More>>

Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled

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Nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play have some of the biggest names at the World Cup off to a shaky start. More>>

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

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A look at who's in and who's out at the World Cup after Thursday's matches. More>>

On a roll in Russia, Mexico begs World Cup fans to behave

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Mexico's biggest worry at the World Cup may be its fans instead of its next opponent, struggling South Korea. More>>

Outspoken Spain defenders making headlines at the World Cup

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Spain's outspoken central defenders aren't wary of controversy, not even at the World Cup. More>>

FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses

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At its first World Cup in 20 years, Morocco has a horrible set of results to show for efforts on and off the field. More>>

Colombia captain wants World Cup team to use past resolve

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Radamel Falcao wants Colombia to draw on its past mental strengths in the qualifiers to save its World Cup in Russia. More>>

World Cup stadium offers experience like no other venue

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World Cup stadium offers experience like no other venue. More>>

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

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Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup, defeating Poland 2-1 on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half score by Mbaye Niang. More>>

Gabriel Jesus or Firmino? Brazil's dilemma vs Costa Rica

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Brazil coach Tite has to decide who of Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino starts up front in the match against Costa Rica. More>>

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second appearance at the World Cup with a chance to help Portugal eliminate Morocco from the tournament. More>>

Fearless Loftus-Cheek set for England chance at World Cup

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to start for England in place of the injured Dele Alli for the World Cup game against Panama. More>>

Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

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Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup experience because of belief that the nation's team and youth programs discriminate. More>>

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

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Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations, but was eliminated from the World Cup after only two matches. More>>

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

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Ahmed Musa has made a spectacular entrance into the World Cup by scoring twice in Nigeria's 2-0 victory over Iceland. More>>

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

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A look at who's in and who's out at the World Cup after Friday's matches. More>>

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

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Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup, and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage. More>>

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

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Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup. More>>

Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

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Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. More>>

UN puts together a 'Youth World Cup' in New York

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While the World Cup plays out in Russia, dozens of New York City children are set to play in a U.N.-sponsored youth version of the global soccer tournament. More>>

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

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Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup and gave Argentina a gift. More>>

Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup

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Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup. More>>

Mexico fans try new chant with eye on avoiding more fines

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Mexico fans are trying out a new chant so the country's federation avoids another FIFA fine. More>>

Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

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Russia's World Cup soccer team transformed from near-laughing stock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. More>>

Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup

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World Cup champion Germany is on the ropes after dropping its opening match to Mexico and next faces Sweden. More>>

Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup

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Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup. More>>

The Latest: Musa gives Nigeria 1-0 lead vs Iceland

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Costa Rica is starting Bryan Oviedo ahead of Francisco Calvo in an attacking change for the World Cup match against Brazil in St. Petersburg. More>>

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

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England coach Gareth Southgate was taken to the hospital after dislocating his right shoulder while running near the team's World Cup base. More>>

Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

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Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage. More>>

After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team

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A photo of a scribbled team lineup, spotted in the hands of an assistant coach, threatens to sour the unusually cordial World Cup relations between the England team and its traveling media pack. More>>

The 1994 own goal that led to murder of Colombian WCup star

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Former U.S. National Team defender and captain Marcelo Balboa and filmmaker Michael Zimbalist join co-host Jim Litke to recount tragic death of Andres Escobar. More>>

Try as he might, Salah couldn't do enough to give Egypt win

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At the end, Salah could not deliver for a disorganized Egypt in first World Cup since 1990. More>>

England, injured coach want no more surprises against Panama

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England and injured coach want no more surprises against World Cup first-timer Panama. More>>

Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest World Cup red card

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Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest red card in World Cup history. More>>

Senegal saves Africa from embarrassment at World Cup

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Senegal is leading the way for African teams at the World Cup. More>>

Player union blasts concussion management at World Cup

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Players' union FIFPro is blasting concussion management at the World Cup after Moroccan plays after admitting that he can't remember the previous match. More>>

Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

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Big-timers Brazil and first-timers Iceland hit the pitch Friday at opposite ends of the World Cup spectrum. More>>

Saransk swells from building boom of World Cup proportions

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The World Cup brought a building boom to Saransk, and residents hope the benefits last beyond the final match. More>>

Netflix options story of soccer team that welcomed refugees

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The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be on Netflix. More>>

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

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Brazil's jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has made his debut as a football pundit. More>>

Banned ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

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Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Saudi coach says players not rattled by plane incident

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Saudi Arabia coach says his players not rattled by engine malfunction on flight to Rostov-on-Don. More>>

Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

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With Neymar hobbling and struggling, the burden to keep Brazil going at the World Cup is suddenly falling on Philippe Coutinho. More>>

Coaches of Spain, Iran big fans of each other at World Cup

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The coaches of Spain and Iran at the World Cup are big fans of each other. More>>

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

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Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who figured the absence of Shinji Okazaki left Japan little hope of competing with Colombia at the World Cup. More>>

Colombian singer at World Cup reports hotel theft in Moscow

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Russian police say that $800,000 worth of valuables have been stolen from Colombian singer Maluma's hotel room in Moscow while he's visiting Russia to support the Colombia team at the World Cup. More>>

Japan princess in Russia to support team at World Cup

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A Japanese princess is supporting her nation's team at the World Cup, becoming the first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russia in more than a century. More>>

Ibrahimovic, Rippon, Bird featured in ESPN Body Issue

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, and 63-year-old golfer Greg Norman are among the athletes who will be featured in ESPN the Magazine's 10th anniversary Body Issue. More>>

Tick, Tock: Time running out for Messi to deliver World Cup

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Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup title. More>>

Aussies undeterred by opening loss at the World Cup

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Australia is confident against Denmark despite opening the World Cup with a loss to France. More>>

Engine bursts into flames on plane with WCup team, none hurt

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Officials say an engine of a Russian airplane carrying Saudi Arabia's soccer team to a World Cup host city caught fire during landing, but nobody was hurt. More>>

World Cup Episode 3: 'Please God, Give the Goal!'

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Soccer's Common-Sense Version of Instant Replay Proves the Tool Can Be Used Without the Delays That Make NFL and MLB Games Difficult to Watch. More>>

Late header from Kane gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

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Harry Kane scored two goals, including an injury-time header, to give England a 2-1 victory over Tunisia at the World Cup. More>>

The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

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Sweden and South Korea are drawing 0-0 at halftime at the World Cup. More>>

FIFA charges Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur

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FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur during the team's 1-0 win over Germany. More>>

World Cup telecasts experiencing quality issues Down Under

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An Australian telecommunications company with streaming rights to the World Cup has allowed the SBS network to televise matches for 48 hours while it attempts to resolve a series of disruptions that have plagued the service. More>>

Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

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With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year's World Cup. More>>

Russian lawmaker wants to ban 'mockery' of soccer team

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A Russian legislator says he wants to ban and "mockery" of the national soccer team _ and fine violators 10,000 rubles ($160). More>>

Bahr, last living member of team that upset England, is dead

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Walter Bahr, the last living member of the U.S. soccer team that upset England at the 1950 World Cup, has died at age 91. More>>

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

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World Cup clash between Egypt, Russia in World Cup could test relations between two old allies. More>>

Argentina coach plans major changes to team at World Cup

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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major surgery to his team for the South Americans' next World Cup match. More>>

Mane vs Lewandowski: star power for Senegal, Poland

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Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Poland captain Robert Lewandowski lead their nations into a World Cup match after stellar club seasons for Liverpool ad Bayern Munich. More>>

Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

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Five-time World Cup champion Brazil finds itself in unfamiliar territory after a draw to open the World Cup; the last time it didn't win its first match, Pele had just retired. More>>

'Iranian Messi' feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

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Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun is feeling at home at the World Cup in Russia. More>>

Mexico dreams big at World Cup after beating Germany

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Mexico is starting to dream big after beating defending World Cup champion Germany. More>>

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

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Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the Samurai Blue unsettling moments at the World Cup. More>>

Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. More>>

Kremlin is relieved that no one died in Moscow taxi crash

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A Kremlin spokesman says the Russian government is relieved that nobody died in a weekend taxi crash in Moscow that injured two Mexican World Cup soccer fans and six other pedestrians. More>>

The Latest: Pogba goal for France now an Australia own goal

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Sweden starts with Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen in attack in its opening game at the World Cup against South Korea. More>>

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

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Brazil joins the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia after 1-1 draw against Switzerland. More>>

Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award

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Voted man of the match, Egypt goalkeeper declines trophy sponsored by Budweiser on religious grounds. More>>

Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

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Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0. More>>

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

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Moscow police are investigating a taxi crash that injured eight people, including two Mexican World Cup fans, when the driver plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square. More>>

Mexico's Marquez in 'great shape' at fifth career World Cup

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Mexico defender Rafael Marquez is feeling "in great shape" after becoming only the third man in history to play at a fifth career World Cup. More>>

Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

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Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn't in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team's historic World Cup debut. More>>

Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

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Parity has come to the World Cup, where five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. More>>

Russia's World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun

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A taxi crash near Red Square has raised concerns among some World Cup fans about security. More>>

The Latest: Top teams have trouble winning at World Cup

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Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan that witnesses perceived as racist. More>>

Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team

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Panama was thrilled to earn its first berth to the World Cup but that excitement was tempered when the team drew Belgium for its opening match. More>>

Stunned Germany hopes to avoid early World Cup exit

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Germany didn't play the way it usually plays, and coach Joachim Loew will have to figure out why. More>>

Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

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Overlooked Diego Costa in good position to leave his mark at World Cup. More>>

A 'milestone' World Cup win kicks off celebration for Mexico

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Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio says his team executed his game plan to near perfection in its World Cup-opening win over defending champion Germany. More>>

Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official

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Serbia captain dedicates game-winning goal in World Cup against Costa Rica to ailing federation sporting director. More>>

England reconnects with disaffected fans with image makeover

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Whatever happens to England on the field at the World Cup, at least the reception facing the squad should be less brutal. More>>

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

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Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. More>>

Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

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Amid price hikes and growing discontent with the government back home, fans of Egypt's national team are counting on Mohamed Salah to ease their pain both on the field and off. More>>

Ronaldo with chance to prove he can also thrive at World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo is out to show he can also dominate on the biggest stage in world soccer. More>>

UK police say almost all banned fans surrendered passports

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British police 98 percent of fans banned from traveling to the World Cup have surrendered their passports. More>>

Maradona responds to report of racist gesture to Asian fan

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Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan at a World Cup game in Moscow that witnesses perceived as racist. More>>

Birthday news: Salah fit for Egypt's next World Cup match

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Birthday cake for Salah at Egypt team hotel at World Cup. More>>

World Cup Day 2: Patriotic Duty _ Make Your Kid Play Soccer

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Former World Cup and current Major League Soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger explains how a strong commitment to youth development programs enabled Germany to reclaim its place as a soccer superpower. More>>

The Latest: Croatia beats Nigeria on own-goal, penalty kick

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Five friends from Croatia have ridden 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from Zagreb to Kaliningrad for the World Cup. More>>

TV ratings down for World Cup opener

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The overnight rating from major markets of Fox's World Cup opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia on Fox was less than half of the overnight for the first game of the 2014 tournament, hurt by a much earlier kickoff and less glamorous teams. More>>

Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

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Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia in Group C. More>>

Brazil coach Tite adored for turning around national team

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Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not perfect. More>>

Anti-racism group blames local officials for eviction

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A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city. More>>

Kickoff: Brazil, Germany face high expectations at World Cup

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Brazil's quest for World Cup redemption is set to begin, along with Germany's title defense. More>>

Mexico coach spots weakness in Germany's defense

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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio spots weakness in Germany's defense. More>>

Cossacks to display 'military skills' in World Cup city

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A senior official in Russia's southern Rostov region says Cossack patrols in the World Cup city of Rostov will "display their military skills" and not replace the role of police. More>>

Egypt's El Hadary may be consigned to history by rising star

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A string of spectacular saves in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay earned goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy the man of the match distinction and an outpouring of admiration at home in what is a dream World Cup debut for the 29-year-old. More>>

Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

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Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup. More>>

Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

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Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A of the World Cup. More>>

Ivanovic poised to set record for Serbia at World Cup

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Serbia's World Cup opener against Costa Rica will have added significance for Branislav Ivanovic. More>>

Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup

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Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup. More>>

Spain still behind De Gea after forgettable World Cup opener

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In the big picture of what the World Cup opener meant for Spain and earning a point, David De Gea was exactly right following the 3-3 draw with Portugal. More>>

Highly touted Belgium starts with World Cup newcomer Panama

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The celebration after Panama qualified for the World Cup was wild and emotional, enough that Panama City essentially shut down in honor of reaching soccer's showcase event for the first time. More>>

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

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Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. More>>

No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans

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A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches. More>>

Costa Rica fans get surprise call about free World Cup trip

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Costa Rica fan Martin Gomez hung up the phone twice, thinking it was a prank call or a scam. More>>

The Latest: Ronaldo 3, Spain 3: Star's hat trick earns draw

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The head of the Palestinian Football Association faces FIFA punishment for urging fans to burn photos of Lionel Messi if Argentina played a World Cup warmup game in Jerusalem. More>>

Chin-stroking implies Ronaldo thinks he is the GOAT

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Cristiano Ronaldo stroked his chin as he celebrated a goal; perhaps because he thinks he is the GOAT or the greatest of all time. More>>

Column: In Iceland, packing salt to face Messi at World Cup

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Column: In Iceland, packing salt to face Messi at World Cup. More>>

In World Cup's shadow, layoffs and anger at Russian factory

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Worker protests over pay cuts, layoffs and working conditions at the Red October steelworks are threatening to cloud Volgograd's first World Cup match. More>>

Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

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Iranian fans at the national team's first match at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting the Iran's ban on women attending soccer matches back home. More>>

Croatia's golden generation keen to live up to expectations

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For Croatia's golden generation, the great expectations held key players outshines even those of the team's fanatical fans at the World Cup. More>>

Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland

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Lionel Messi will be the headliner of the Group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. More>>

Trump says he 'worked hard' on World Cup bid, thanks Kraft

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President Donald Trump tweets that he 'worked hard' to bring World Cup to North America, thanks Patriots owner Kraft. More>>

No team but 2 referees for US at World Cup in Russia

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While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. More>>

Nigeria captain says his team has had warm welcome in Russia

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Nigeria's coach and captain have brushed aside fears of racism in World Cup stadiums and say that the country's young players have enjoyed a warm welcome in Russia. More>>

Peru coach says Guerrero fit for World Cup, ready to play

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Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will not commit to playing recently reinstated striker Paolo Guerrero in their World Cup opener against Denmark on Saturday. More>>

Iceland charms before World Cup debut against Argentina

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Iceland is showing the charming, funny, friendly style that won friends worldwide ahead of a World Cup debut against Argentina. More>>

The Latest: No guarantees Guerrero will start for Peru

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Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will not commit to playing recently reinstated striker Paolo Guerrero in their World Cup opener against Denmark. More>>

Rome mayor hopes to build new sports stadium despite scandal

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Rome's mayor is hoping to go ahead with construction of a new sports stadium but says she will review the plans following a new corruption scandal. More>>

Rebooted Brazil seeks redemption against gritty Switzerland

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Still atoning for its 7-1 loss to Germany four years ago, Brazil seeks to complete its transformation against hard-to-beat Switzerland. More>>

France coach indulges Griezmann before World Cup match

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France coach Didier Deschamps has always been clear with his players since taking charge six years ago: there is no "I" in team. More>>

Putin and Russia get their 1st win at the World Cup

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Substitute Denis Cheryshev scores two goals to lead host Russia over Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup. More>>

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

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Saudi women in Russia to support their team in the World Cup, but also reinforce image of a new Saudi Arabia. More>>

Spain ready to leave World Cup coaching woes in the past

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Spain can't wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past. More>>

Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin's showcase World Cup

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off is about much more than sports. More>>

Tiny Iceland faces Messi, Argentina in big World Cup debut

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The smallest nation ever to play at a World Cup has a big start against Lionel Messi in Moscow on Saturday. More>>

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez seeks redemption at World Cup

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Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is looking for redemption at the World Cup in Russia. More>>

New Jersey begins taking legal sports bets

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Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state. More>>

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

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The French Football Federation has set up 'Casas Bleues' to provide hospitality for backers of Les Bleus who have traveled to Russia for the World Cup. More>>

USA! USA! Wait, We Didn't Make The World Cup?

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U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan likes Mexico with a U.S. team to cheer at World Cup, but worries a generation of American kids may not give soccer a second look. More>>

Rainbow flag on display during Putin's World Cup speech

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The opening day of the World Cup showed different sides of Russia's approach to gay rights, with the rainbow flag displayed during President Vladimir Putin's speech at the first game and a British LGBT activist detained for holding a protest. More>>

Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid, putting an end to widespread speculation that the France forward would leave to join Spanish rival Barcelona. More>>

Russian official urges love at World Cup after backlash

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Russian lawmaker urges love at World Cup after backlash to colleague's comments that advised against it. More>>

Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown

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Scalpers are still operating at the World Cup despite claims of a crackdown by FIFA and Russia on illicit ticket sales. More>>

The Latest: Murphy places state's first legal sports bets

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Gov. Phil Murphy has placed New Jersey's first legal sports bets after state won US Supreme Court decision last month. More>>

Spain and Portugal both distracted before World Cup opener

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Spain and Portugal head into their World Cup opener rife with distractions for both Group B teams. More>>

Whirlwind World Cup awaits Fox's lead voices Strong, Holden

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How the World Cup will resonate with American viewers is one of the big questions facing Fox's lead broadcast team of John Strong and Stuart Holden. More>>

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

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FIFA is preparing to choose between Morocco and a joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. More>>

The Latest: Moscow workers set for World Cup day off

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Some workers in Moscow will mark the World Cup with a day off in a push to ease the Russian capital's notorious traffic jams. More>>

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Atlanta's hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid

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Atlanta's burgeoning soccer scene has prominent role in North America's successful bid to land the 2026 World Cup. More>>

Spain replaces fired Lopetegui with Hierro for World Cup

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The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country's opening World Cup match against Portugal. More>>

Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

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Relatively short Argentina is putting special emphasis on height during training for its World Cup opener against towering Iceland, the tournament's tallest team. More>>

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia's World Cup

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Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. More>>

Lawmaker urges Russian women to be vigilant with WCup fans

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Senior Russian lawmaker warns local women against casual relationships with foreign soccer fans coming to Russia for the World Cup. More>>

Spain's Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

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Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks. More>>

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

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Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) displayed the pictures of seven journalists jailed in Russia on a Paris plaza in a show of protest, one day before the World Cup kicks off. More>>

Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup

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Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup. More>>

Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

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Russia World Cup opens with Germany looking to be first team to repeat as champion since Brazil in 1962. More>>

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