1. How fans in Buenos Aires prepared for the World Cup final
    View video

    How fans in Buenos Aires prepared for the World Cup final

  2. Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss
    View video

    Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss

  3. 2014 World Cup showed why this is truly the beautiful game
    View video

    2014 World Cup showed why this is truly the beautiful game

  4. The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer
    View video

    The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer

  5. Fans react to Germany's win in World Cup final
    View video

    Fans react to Germany's win in World Cup final

  6. A match that proved too big for the Spanish referee
    View video

    A match that proved too big for the Spanish referee

  • Lighten up: Allardyce wants England players to have fun

    For Sam Allardyce, England's long journey back to respectability in world soccer starts with lightening up and having some fun.

    The Associated Press
  • Rooney to retire from England duty after 2018 World Cup

    BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) -- England captain Wayne Rooney says he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Manchester United striker will be aged 32 by the time the World Cup comes around.

    The Associated Press
  • Rooney will remain England captain, Allardyce says

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will stay on as England skipper under new manager Sam Allardyce. "Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue," Allardyce told the FA website…

    Reuters
  • Red Bulls MF Sacha Kljestan added to US roster

    HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been added to the U.S. team roster heading into two World Cup qualifying matches.

    The Associated Press
  • Messi hurts hamstring, doubtful for Argentina's WCup matches

    Barcelona says that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Messi will travel to join the Argentina squad, but his ''presence in his country's World Cup qualifying matches will depend on how the injury develops,'' Barcelona says.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA ethics investigator seeks to ban, fine Qatar official

    A FIFA ethics investigator has recommended that a senior Qatari official should be banned from the game for at least two-and-a-half years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,676) over allegations he failed to cooperate with a inquiry. The recommendation, announced by the global soccer body's ethics…

    Reuters
  • Netherlands coach Danny Blind leaves Depay off squad

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Manchester United winger Memphis Depay was left out of the Netherlands squad on Friday for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

    The Associated Press
  • 3 Olympic silver medalists named in Germany squad

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Three of the Olympic silver-medal team were called up by Germany on Friday for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norway.

    The Associated Press
  • Portugal starts World Cup qualifying without injured Ronaldo

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Portugal's first games since it won the European Championship as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in that tournament's final.

    The Associated Press
  • Lopetegui drops record-holder Casillas from Spain's squad

    MADRID (AP) -- New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui dropped longtime captain Iker Casillas on Friday for the start of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

    The Associated Press
  • Deschamps selects 3 new faces; but no Evra or Sagna in squad

    PARIS (AP) -- France coach Didier Deschamps selected three uncapped players on Wednesday for a friendly away to Italy and a World Cup qualifier in Belarus, while telling veteran left back Patrice Evra he needs to prove he can still keep performing at the highest level.

    The Associated Press
  • Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

    By Cecile Mantovani LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer's global governing…

    Reuters
  • FIFA prosecutors want 3 banned in South African fixing case

    FIFA ethics prosecutors want a six-year ban for a former South Africa Football Association president in a long-running case of fixed friendlies played ahead of the 2010 World Cup by the host nation. FIFA's ethics committee said Wednesday that investigators also asked for life bans to be imposed on…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA ethics panel seeks more South Africa match-fixing bans

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - A FIFA investigator has proposed at least a six-year ban and 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,393) fine for ex-South Africa football chief Kirsten Nematandani over alleged ethics violations connected to fixing international friendlies in 2010. "The investigations into…

    Reuters
  • Former FIFA president Havelange dies, aged 100

    Joao Havelange, head of soccer's ruling body FIFA from 1974 to 1998 and a former member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), died in a Rio de Janeiro hospital on Tuesday at the age of 100. "During his 24 years as president ... football became truly global, reaching new territories and…

    Reuters
  • Havelange reshaped FIFA but career ended in disgrace

    One of Joao Havelange's favorite utterances was that when he arrived at FIFA house to take over as president in 1974, he found $20 in the till and headquarters that were falling apart. When he left 24 years later, he said there was $4 billion in the coffers, $100 million worth of property and…

    Reuters
  • China among 7 candidates for Asian seats on new FIFA Council

    China aims to build its growing influence at FIFA by fielding a candidate in Asian elections for new seats on the world soccer body's ruling council that were created during anti-corruption reforms. The Chinese soccer federation's general secretary, Zhang Jian, is competing against candidates from…

    The Associated Press