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Azkals to face China, Syria in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Odds may be against them but the Philippine Azkals hope to be one of the top 4 Asian countries who will see action in the 2022 World Cup

THROWBACK. The Philippine Azkals make the  Asian Cup for the first time. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Atletico will take Griezmann grievance to FIFA

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Antoine Griezmann ends his five-year stint with Atletico Madrid as he joins Barcelona

KEY COG. Antoine Griezmann adds another dimension to Spanish giants Barcelona. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Women's World Cup victory a big win for gay community

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

According to Outsports, around 40 of the women who played in the World Cup are members of the LGBTQ community

BREAKTHROUGH. (from left to right) Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Ali Krieger are vocal about their LGBTQ pride. Photo from Megan Rapinoe's Instagram

US rejoices after women's football World Cup win

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The USA women's football team captures its second consecutive World Cup and a record-setting fourth overall

BACK-TO-BACK. The USA women's football team defends their throne in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Twitter/@alexmorgan


Trump congratulates US women's team on World Cup win

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:23 PM

US president Donald Trump tells the US women's football team the country is 'proud of you all'

CHAMPS. Megan Rapinoe and USA capture another FIFA World Cup. Photo from Twitter/@FIFAWWC


Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed women's World Cup

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

From winning the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot to the way she handled being attacked online by Donald Trump, Megan Rapinoe steals the show

FOOTBALL QUEENS. Megan Rapinoe leads USA to their fourth World Cup in 8 editions. Photo from FIBA Women's World Cup's Twitter account (@FIFAWWC)


Rapinoe blasts lack of respect for women's game before World Cup final

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:15 AM

‘There are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup final, this is like, cancel-everything day,’ says Megan Rapinoe

READY FOR ACTION. Megan Rapinoe assures fans that she will see action in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Photo from the US women's national team Instagram

Injured Rapinoe 'expects' to be fit for World Cup final

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Megan Rapinoe looks to see action after missing out on the semis clash against England

READY FOR ACTION. Megan Rapinoe assures fans that she will see action in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Photo from the US women's national team Instagram

Morgan takes USA to World Cup final as England misses penalty

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Team USA captain Alex Morgan scores the game-winner on her 30th birthday

BIRTHDAY GOAL. Alex Morgan celebrates her 30th birthday with a goal that powers Team USA to the 2019 Women's World Cup final. Photo from FIFA World Cup Instagram

Destiny? England eye World Cup final over U.S.

Jul 02, 2019 - 5:31 PM

England is not planning to fall short in its 3rd straight semifinal at a major tournament

DEFYING ODDS. Lucy Bronze hopes England can get past a streaking US team for a 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final berth. Photo from Lucy Bronze' Instagram

Alex Morgan 'happy' to sacrifice Golden Boot for team glory

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'It would be a great accolade but that's not my goal, my goal is to help this team win a World Cup,' says Team USA star Alex Morgan

FOR USA. Alex Morgan does not mind winning the Golden Boot, but sets her eyes on the 2019 World Cup title. Photo from Alex Morgan's Instagram (@alexmorgan13)

Netherlands reaches 1st women's World Cup semifinal over Italy

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Netherlands' 1st ever semis berth nails them a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

61. Vivianne Miedema scores her 61st international goal in only 80 appearances for the Netherlands. Photo from Instagram (@oranjeleeuwinnen)

Megan Rapinoe accepts House invite after snubbing Trump

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Megan Rapinoe is heading to the House of Representatives as she accepts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' invitation

STANDING FIRM. Megan Rapinoe stars with a brace in the quarterfinal match against host France. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

Record-breaking Lloyd propels USA into FIFA World Cup last 16

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Carli Lloyd now holds the distinction as the first player to score in 6 consecutive women's FIFA World Cup matches

SCORING MACHINE. Carli Lloyd adds another two goals to her tally. Photo from FIFA Women's World Cup's Twitter account (@FIFAWWC)


WATCH: Nantes takes Sala transfer dispute to FIFA

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:27 AM

Football clubs Nantes and Cardiff City continue to wrangle over payment of transfer fees following the tragic death of Argentinian Emiliano Sala

AFTERMATH. The death of Emiliano Sala has resulted to a bitter feud between two football clubs. Photo by Loic Venance /AFP

Azkals hold 85th-ranked Oman to a draw

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:23 AM

A draw marks a big improvement from the Philippines' previous performances against Oman 17 years ago

Azkals face unfamiliar Oman in international friendly

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine men's football team will clash with the 85th-ranked Oman for the first time in 17 years

TOUGH ROAD. The Philippine Azkals are the underdogs this time against ranked 85th Oman. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Ronaldo turns to Juventus challenge after FIFA best player snub

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner loses to former teammate Luka Modric for the award this time

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano FOCUSED. Ronaldo celebrates after he scored his first goal since he joined Juventus during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Sassuolo on September 16, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The midfielder led Croatia to the World Cup final and gave Real Madrid its third straight Champions League title

Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world's best

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:43 AM

For the first time in 12 years, Messi is not even nominated among the 3 finalists for the FIFA Player of the Year award

RIVALRY. Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi's (middle) decade-long battle at the top is threatened by Luka Modric. File photos by Philippe Marcou/AFP (Ronaldo), Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Messi) and Johannes Eisele/AFP (Modric)


No Messi in shortlist for FIFA best player award

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The Argentine star has been omitted from the top 3 for the first time since 2006

SNUBBED. Lionel Messi dominated the award with rival Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade. File photo Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP


France's Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Fans pick Benjamin Pavard's spectacular half-volley against Argentina as best goal

STUNNING. France's Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring an incredible goal  against Argentina during the last 16 round of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

French World Cup champions Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane headline the 10-man list

ON TOP. Just weeks after ruling the World Cup, the French players again dominate the list of candidates in the FIFA awards. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

U.S. host Trevor Noah answers French envoy over 'African-ness' of World Cup champs

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

' Why can't they be both?' asks 'The Daily Show' host

Heroes' welcome for France World Cup winners

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The Paris metro system temporarily renames 6 of its stations in honor of key players

GLORIFIED. France's national football team players parade down Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP

World Cup win symbolizes unity, diversity – French Ambassador in PH

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ambassador Nicolas Galey praises French-Pinoy Alphonse Areola for exemplifying a united spirit in France's World Cup campaign

DIVERSITY. France's World Cup champion team brings hope to country's marginalized immigrant population. Photo by Frank Fife/AFP

Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The World Cup final between Croatia and France saw two of the tournament's best players lead their respective squads

AWARD-WINNERS. Croatia's Luka Modric (left) wins the Golden Ball despite losing in the final while France's 19-year-old wonder Kylian Mbappe nabs the young player plum. Modric photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP and Mbappe photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


LOOK: Alphonse Areola is the first Filipino World Cup champion

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The 25-year-old goalkeeper is one of the 18 players in Les Bleus' young 24-man roster with immigrant backgrounds

CHAMPION. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, born to Filipino parents, is a member of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup. Photo from Areola's Instagram (@areolaofficiel)


IN PHOTOS: The highest scoring FIFA World Cup finals since 1966

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM

France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time

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. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Kylian Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in the World Cup

FRENCH LOVE. Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his teammates France's title romp over Croatia. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Croatia optimistic it can make World Cup history

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The small Balkan nation swells with pride as its football squad gears up for the World Cup final against fancied France

ECSTATIC. The World Cup fever is rampant in Croatia, one of the smallest nations to reach the World Cup final. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

'Golden generation' completes Belgium's best World Cup finish

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard score as Belgium shuts out England to clinch 3rd place

CONSOLATION. Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) celebrates with teammates Dries Mertens (right) and Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their second goal in the consolation match versus England. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A young but fancied France side hopes to avoid an upset from one of the smallest nations to reach the final

FOR ALL THE MARBLES. Kylian Mbappe (right) leads France's young charge against Domagoj Vida's Croatia. Photo by Gabriel Bouys and Adrian Dennis/AFP

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

After gut-wrenching semifinal losses, England and Belgium hope to salvage a 3rd-place finish

Deep striker: FIFA World Cup 2018 best scorers

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Check out the top 5 contenders for the Golden Boot award

FRONTUNNER. England's Harry Kane leads the top Golden Boot candidates. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Croatia reaches first World Cup final as England pain goes on

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:16 AM

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time winner sends Croatia to a title showdown against France

ECSTASY. Croatia's players Dejan Lovren (left) and Domagoj Vida celebrate at the end of their semifinal triumph over England. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Paris erupts as France struts to World Cup final

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A header from Samuel Umtiti seals France's semifinal triumph over Belgium

GAME HERO. French defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during France's semifinal match against Belgium. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

FIFA says rescued Thai boys won't attend World Cup final

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration,' a spokesman says

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach, gesturing as he sits inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province. Handout image by the Royal Thai Navy/AFP

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

France aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006 while Belgium looks to make history with its first

CLASH. Kylian Mbappe's (left) and Eden Hazard's teams will go head-to-head in the World Cup semifinal. Photos by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Mbappe) and Benjamin Cremel (Hazard)

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:16 PM

New Azkals head coach Terry Butcher eyes World Cup dream after the 2019 Asian Cup

FOOTBALL IS HERE. Football growth in the Philippines is also proven by the country's greater interest in the World Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Rooney lauds 'fantastic' England World Cup: 'We believe'

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The former Manchester United striker will make his MLS debut on Saturday, July 14

'WE BELIEVE'. Wayne Rooney wishes the England team good luck in the semifinals. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Croatia thrills as Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Luka Modric and his impressive Croatia side nip Russia on penalties to reach the semifinals

ECSTATIC. Croatia's players celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Russia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

England sinks Sweden to clinch World Cup semis berth

Jul 08, 2018 - 1:41 AM

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli send England into last 4 against a Sweden side that sees the Three Lions going 'all the way'

STEP CLOSER. Dele Alli (right) doubles England’s lead against Sweden in the second half. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Tactical masterstroke key as Belgium stuns 'bitter' Brazil

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Coach Roberto Martinez says the Belgian players 'deserve to be heroes' back home

SHOCKER. Belgium's Vincent Kompany (left) consoles Brazil superstar Neymar. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

France: Expect 'more to come' in World Cup semis

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Griezmann and Varane score as France eases past Uruguay to reach the last 4 for the first time since 2006

FRENCH BLISS. France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal with teen sensation Kylian Mbappe. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

World Cup last 8: Uruguay ready for France's unstoppable Mbappe

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The tournament's top defensive team warns French teen sensation Mbappe won't have the same freedom

FACE-OFF. It's speed versus defense for Kylian Mbappe's France team (left) and Luis Suarez's Uruguay side. Photos by Franck Fife and Pascal Guyot/AFP

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Sweden ends 24-year World Cup quarters wait

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden squeaks past Switzerland to reach the last 8 for the first time since 1994

GAME-WINNER. Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (center) gets congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP