• Feisty Brazil sets tone for World Cup

    The 2014 World Cup hosts are fighting for a bigger cause, in the streets and in the stadiums of Brazil.

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  • FIFA ending racism task force denounced as shameful betrayal

    FIFA's abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal on Monday as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to fighting discrimination. The Associated Press revealed Sunday that the anti-racism group was being dismantled after FIFA decided…

    The Associated Press
  • APNewsBreak: FIFA disbands racism task force, says job done

    FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior at matches in 2018 World Cup host Russia. ''I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,'' task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA disbands racism task force ahead of World Cup in Russia

    FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior in 2018 World Cup host Russia. ''I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,'' task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told The…

    The Associated Press
  • AP Interview: Infantino backs doping-tainted Russia, Mutko

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino hit out on Friday at attempts to ''undermine'' the World Cup in Russia, saying he will not judge the country on the investigation which documented a state-sponsored doping program that included soccer. Infantino told The Associated Press it was still ''very good''…

    The Associated Press
  • Loew eyes Germany's rising stars on road to Russia

    With Manuel Neuer confirmed as his new captain, Joachim Loew plans to blood Germany's next generation as part of his team's preparations to defend their World Cup title in Russia. Since winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, head coach Loew has lost five experienced veterans, each of whom made more…

  • Misfit Balotelli joins France's Nice

    Controversial Italian international forward Mario Balotelli has joined Ligue 1's Nice from Liverpool, the French side said on their website on Wednesday. The 26-year-old known as 'Super Mario', whose career has stalled over the last two years, has signed a permanent deal, Nice said, without…

  • PSG star Cavani open to Napoli return

    The Uruguay star has been flattered by the affection shown to him by fans of former club Napoli, and providing the Serie A club can reach an agreement with PSG, would be keen to return

  • Neymar hands in the armband after captaining Brazil to Olympic gold

    Neymar of Brazil celebrates with his gold medal. Brazilian soccer’s conquering hero Neymar has announced that he will step down as captain of the national team after leading it to gold medal glory in the Rio Olympics. The Barcelona forward lived up to his billing as the team’s star player and…

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  • Havelange, FIFA king who abdicated in corruption scandal, dead at 100

    Joao Havelange, who died Tuesday at 100, turned FIFA into a global business behemoth and helped bring the Olympics to Rio, only to resign in disgrace after a corruption scandal. The Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro confirmed that Havelange, who had been treated there in July for pneumonia,…

  • Brazil hopes to feed off famed Maracana in soccer semifinal

    Brazil will look for inspiration from playing at the historic Maracana Stadium when it faces Honduras in the semifinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday. The decisive game will mark the debut of many of Brazil's youngsters at the famed venue, which is expected to be packed with…

    The Associated Press
  • Russia worried over World Cup stadium dispute

    The Russian authorities and FIFA are concerned over a dispute that has halted construction of a key World Cup 2018 stadium, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday. Work on the futuristic 68,000-seater arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second city, was frozen last month because of a…

  • Nigeria sports minister apologizes for Olympics travel chaos

    Nigeria's sports minister apologized to the Olympic men's soccer team and took responsibility Monday for the travel chaos that resulted in players arriving on the same day as their first game in Rio de Janeiro. The team was delayed last week in Atlanta, with one official saying it was because they…

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  • Brazilian striker Pato joins Villarreal

    Sao Paulo (AFP) - Brazilian international striker Alexandre Pato has joined Spanish club Villarreal from Corinthians, the Sao Paulo outfit announced on Tuesday.

  • IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

    Russia's hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA's leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation. The IOC's move followed this week's second damning World Anti-Doping Agency report,…

    The Associated Press
  • Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal. In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium - provisionally…

    The Associated Press
  • World Cup host city fires contractor for major stadium

    The Russian city of St. Petersburg said Friday it has fired the general contractor building a trouble-plagued stadium which is to host World Cup matches in 2018. The stadium, provisionally called Zenit Arena, has taken almost a decade to build, prompting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to publicly…

    The Associated Press