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Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev cleared of doping

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Spain's anti-doping agency closes its investigation on Russian striker Denis Cheryshev

PROBE. The investigation on Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev stemmed from an interview with his father. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

World Cup champ Lloris sorry after drunk driving charge

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:03 PM

French team captain Hugo Lloris has been released on bail after spending seven hours in jail

UNACCEPTABLE. France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says his actions were 'completely unacceptable' and takes full responsibility of the incident. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

The week in photos: June 30-July 6, 2018

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan with his face painted with the flags of England and Colombia cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Croatia to consult Messi's teammate for advice on thwarting Argentina star

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Lionel Messi eyes to beat Croatia after Argentina figured in a draw in its opening game against Iceland

MARKED MAN. Lionel Messi will be a marked man when Argentina meets Croatia in the World Cup. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

FOTO: Semarak prosesi pembukaan Piala Dunia 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Piala Dunia 2018 resmi dibuka!

MERIAH. Pembukaan Piala Dunia 2018 terlihat semarak dan meriah di Stadion Luzhniki, Moskow. Foto dari LIVE BLOG FIFA.com

Messi says Argentina future depends on World Cup

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The 30-year-old football superstar believes Spain, Brazil, Germany, France and Belgium are the leading contenders for the World Cup

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Messi and Argentina seek to win it all this time after falling short in the 2014 World Cup finals. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Dari gol bunuh diri Escobar hingga tandukan Zidane

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Pentas Piala Dunia kerap menghadirkan drama, baik di dalam maupun di luar lapangan

DIUSIR. Playmaker Prancis Zinedine Zidane diusir wasit setelah menanduk dada bek Italia Marco Materazzi dalam laga final Piala Dunia 2006. Foto instagram @fifaworldcup

Mohamed Salah included in final Egypt World Cup squad

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The Liverpool star is expected to miss Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay due to a shoulder injury

RARING TO COME BACK. Mohamed Salah is still recovering from a shoulder injury. File photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

Mar 22, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This may be the last chance for Messi to hoist the famous gold trophy

FRIENDLY. Argentina's forward Lionel Messi participates in a team training session at the City Academy training complex in Manchester, north west England on March 21, 2018 ahead of their March 23 international friendly football match against Italy at the Ethiad Stadium. Oli Scarff/AFP

World Cup of Pool set in Shanghai May 15 to 20

Mar 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Philippines is the winningest country in the World Cup of Pool with 3 championships

BATTLE. 32 two-man teams will vie for the 2018 World Cup of Pool and the prize fund of $250,000.

FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:14 AM

FIFA confirms it has written to the Spanish federation warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference

IN LIMBO. Despite threats, the RFEF and the Spanish government insist that Spain would go to the World Cup in Russia. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Hasil undian babak grup Piala Dunia 2018

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Portugal dan Spanyol berada dalam grup yang sama

Pengundian fase grup dilakukan di negara tuan rumah Piala Dunia 2018 Rusia. Foto dari Twitter/FIFAWorldCup

Gay fans warned over holding hands at Russia World Cup

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Anti-discrimination group Fare is producing a guide for supporters from the black and ethnic minority and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities

HOST NATION. People watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014.  Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

Russia faces 'very real' threat of attack at World Cup

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The world's most high profile sporting event, along with the Olympic Games, makes an ideal terrorist target

SHOWCASE. In this file photo, people watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Foul-mouthed Messi banned for 4 Argentina games

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Messi was found guilty of having directed insulting words at an assistant referee in the World Cup qualifier against Chile

SUSPENDED. Argentinian national football team player Lionel Messi arrives at the Hernando Siles stadium ahead of Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. He is suspended for 4 Argentina matches by FIFA for swearing at an assistant referee. Photo by JORGE BERNAL / AFP

Beer, burgers as US-Mexico fans mix ahead of World Cup qualifier clash

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Trump s inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico has raised concerns the game may be given a political edge but there appeared little sign of tension before match

PARTY. Mexico fans tailgate before the start of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the Mexico men's national team and the US men's national team in Columbus, Ohio on November 11, 2016. Paul Vernon / AFP

Stade de France falls silent for terror victims

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:45 AM

A capacity crowd of 80 000 at the national stadium falls silent prior to kick off in France s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sweden almost exactly a year on from the attacks which killed 130 people

MOMENT OF SILENCE. France's and Sweden's players hold a minute of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks ahead of their 2018 World Cup group A qualifying football match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 11, 2016. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

A little blood won't stop Neymar from playing flashy

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Brazil s striker isn t intimidated by defenders even after he was left bleeding heavily during a match against Bolivia last week

BLOODY FINISH. Neymar's flashy play sometimes makes him a target for rough tackles. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil goes top, Argentina stunned in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Brazil powers to the top of the table in South America s 2018 World Cup qualifying race with a win over Venezuela as Argentina is upset at home by Paraguay

Brazil's Willian (L) and Venezuela's midfielder Adalberto Penaranda vie for the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup football qualifier match in Merida, Venezuela, on October 11, 2016. GEORGE CASTELLANOS / AFP

Why boo Wayne Rooney at home? Southgate bewildered by fan reaction

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Despite being England s all time leading scorer and most capped outfield player respect continues to elude Wayne Rooney at home

BOO BIRDS. Wayne Rooney isn't the first England stalwart to be booed by home fans. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

England win in Southgate's debut, Germany cruises in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:36 AM

England tops Malta 2 0 while defending champs Germany stroll past Czech Republic 3 0

BLANKED. Daniel Sturridge (L) scored one of two goals for England as the home side kept a clean sheet against Malta. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Neymar left bloodied but still scores 300th career goal

Oct 07, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Neymar overcomes an elbow from a Bolivian defender as Brazil wins 5 0 in their World Cup qualifying match

DOWN BUT NOT OUT. Brazil cruised to an easy win but it wasn't all smooth for Neymar against Bolivia. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Tough love: Psychology of Argentina's Messi relationship

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:37 PM

As fans online plead Leo don t go psychologists neurologists and philosophers appear on chat shows and publish newspaper columns to analyze the hero s motivations and help the nation cope

STAY, MESSI. Calls for Lionel Messi, seen here in a September 2015 friendly, to stay with the Argentina national team grow louder. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Azkals – Yemen postgame thoughts: It Is What It Is

Nov 13, 2015 - 12:58 PM

The Philippines World Cup qualifying campaign is all but ended after a sorry 1 0 loss at home to Yemen on Thursday Dissecting a disheartening evening of football is not easy

Russia denies 'collusion' in 2018 World Cup bid

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Moscow denies it had colluded to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup after suspended FIFA head Sepp Blatter alleged a backroom deal saw Russia scoop the tournament

SUSPENDED. FIFA President, Swiss Joseph Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference during the 18th edition of the "Sepp Blatter Fussballturnier" in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, August 22, 2015. Photo by Laurent Gillieron / EPA

Azkals hold North Korea to scoreless draw in Pyongyang

Oct 08, 2015 - 5:54 PM

The Philippines denies points to North Korea for the first time in their previous 3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches

UNBREAKABLE. The Azkals showed toughness and grit in holding North Korea - and 50,000 wild fans - to a scoreless draw. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Life is no beach for Brazil football fans

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:41 PM

Citing everything from corruption to changes in playing styles Brazilians say the future of football in a country that won a record 5 World Cups is bleak

Brazil's football team has been hit by the loss of Neymar but may yet overcome Chile on Thursday and Venezuela on Tuesday. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Saudi Arabia-Palestine FIFA qualifier delayed

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Saudi Arabia cites exceptional circumstances for not wanting to play in Palestine as many Arab nations refuse to play in the West Bank saying it normalizes Israel

POSTPONED. Saudi Arabia's midfielder Taiseer al-Jassam (R) is defended by Palestine's Ahmed Mahajna (C) and Musab Battat (L) during their 2018 World Cup qualifying group A football match in the coastal Saudi city of Dammam on June 11, 2015. File photo by AFP

2018 World Cup draw: France, Netherlands in toughest group

Jul 26, 2015 - 2:13 AM

The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw results are out with France Netherlands and Sweden grouped together while United States gets a favorable group

LUCK OF THE DRAW. Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and Russia's striker Alexander Kerzhakov stand in front of a board displaying the groups following the preliminary draw for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) zone for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:11 AM

The draw will involve 141 national sides from all but the Asian Football Confederation as their qualification process has already begun

Men walk along a hall close to the Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg on July 22, 2015, where the Preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held on July 25. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Dooley leading Philippines to a bright football future

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has turned around the fortunes of Philippine football just as he had for the United States years earlier

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley congratulates Misagh Bahadoran after he scored against Bahrain on June 11. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Swiss prosecutors probe 53 'suspicious' transactions in FIFA case

Jun 17, 2015 - 5:22 PM

Attorney general Michael Lauber says the cases have been reported under Switzerland s anti money laundering alert mechanism

EYE ON FIFA. Swiss attorney General Michael Lauber speaks during a press conference on June 17, 2015 in Bern. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

At SEA Games, Indonesia football team 'determined' due to FIFA ban

Jun 12, 2015 - 5:14 PM

The Indonesian public are now placing their hopes on this team to be able to spring a surprise

GAME ON. Indonesia's midfielder Zulfiandi Zulfiandi (2nd R) dribbles the ball past Singapore players Anumanthan Mohan Kumar (2nd at L) and Stanely Ng Yong Woo in their football first round group A match at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 11, 2015. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Football: Computer data seized at FIFA HQ

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Swiss authorities are investigating the 2010 FIFA vote that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar

View of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 19 March 2010 Alessandro della Bella/EPA

Russia, Qatar may lose World Cups 'if bribery found'

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:52 AM

The comments by the head of FIFA s auditing and compliance committee come as bribery claims mount against disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. The FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 14 November 2014. Walter Bieri/EPA

Indonesia shrugs off FIFA suspension

May 31, 2015 - 1:01 PM

The ban means Indonesian teams cannot compete in world football including the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers

mMembers of the media waiting next to the logo of the world’s football governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich. Photo by EPA

How to fill the PSS for the Azkals' World Cup qualifier

May 15, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Putting an Azkals game at the 25 000 seat Philippine Sports Stadium might sound ambitious but with a few marketing strategies the Philippines could have a solid 12th man vs Bahrain

The PSS has a capacity of 25,000, but with the right marketing the Azkals could fill up a substantial portion of those seats. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Blatter: Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The world football chief reiterates his backing for the tournament after a British newspaper publishes fresh allegations about the bidding process

BLATTER IN MANILA. FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his message during the AFC's 60th Anniversary and Annual Awards held in Manila on November 30, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Putin inherits World Cup baton, promises 'unforgettable' 2018

Jul 14, 2014 - 10:58 AM

After spending more than the 50 billion on this year s Sochi Winter Olympics Putin faces another multi billion dollar bill for the project

FROM BRAZIL TO RUSSIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (L) during the official ceremony of handing over the FIFA World Cup 2018 signed certificate to Russia at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 July 2014. Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA