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Japan men's soccer team climbs to No. 27 in world rankings

Soccer Feb 7, 2019

Japan men's soccer team climbs to No. 27 in world rankings

Japan jumped 23 spots to No. 27 in the FIFA world rankings announced Thursday following its runner-up finish in the just-concluded Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Samurai Blue placed in the top 30 for the first time since 2013. They ranked No. ...

Soccer Dec 21, 2018

World Cup final attracted global audience of 1.12 billion

A combined global audience of 1.12 billion watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia in July, FIFA, soccer's global governing body, said on Friday. In total, FIFA said, a "combined 3.572 billion viewers — more than half of the global population aged 4 ...

Soccer Sep 26, 2018

Workers in Qatar World Cup final city went unpaid for months: Amnesty

Dozens of migrants working on Qatar's $45 billion World Cup final city of Lusail have gone unpaid for months, Amnesty International said Wednesday, the latest rights accusation against the 2022 tournament host. Mercury MENA "failed to pay its workers thousands of dollars in wages and ...

Ronaldo, Salah, Modric finalists for top FIFA honor

Soccer Sep 4, 2018

Ronaldo, Salah, Modric finalists for top FIFA honor

Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA's men's player of the year award on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah. Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but ...

Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane head FIFA coaching award nominees

Soccer Jul 24, 2018

Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane head FIFA coaching award nominees

Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane head the 11 candidates in a likely French domination of FIFA's best men's coach award. Deschamps led France to win the World Cup, and his 1998 World Cup-winning teammate Zidane coached Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title. Zidane, ...