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Croatia fans let off a flare in the stands during the team's match against Albania on Wednesday in Hamburg, Germany.
SOCCER
Jun 21, 2024
Serbian soccer association demands punishment for Croatia and Albania
The head of the Football Association of Serbia said a formal complaint had been submitted, claiming that Croatia and Albania fans chanted "Kill, kill, kill the Serb."
Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny tries to save a shot during his team's loss to Thailand in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday in Bangkok.
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 14, 2024
Chinese soccer fans send money to Singapore goalkeeper for heroics
The keeper became a hero for China after his saves during Singapore's match at Thailand helped China squeeze into the next qualifying round.
South Korea's Son Heung-min (right) fights for the ball with China's Yang Zexiang during a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday in Seoul.
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 12, 2024
China keeps World Cup qualifying hopes alive despite South Korea defeat
Japan, meanwhile, cruised past Syria as it completed its dominance of Group B.
"The era of the monopoly is now definitively over," said A22 CEO Bernd Reichart, seen on Dec. 21, after a ruling in Madrid on Monday regarding opposition to a proposed soccer European Super League.
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May 28, 2024
Spanish court orders FIFA and UEFA to halt opposition to Super League
A judge ruled that the governing bodies had violated European Union law.
Palestine Football Association President Jibril Rajoub called for Israel to be suspended from FIFA during the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok on Thursday.
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May 17, 2024
Palestinian soccer officials call for Israel to be banned from FIFA
FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the FIFA Congress in Bangkok that the sport's global governing body will take independent legal advice to consider the Palestinian demand.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino announces Brazil as the host of the 2027 Women's World Cup during the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok on Friday.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
May 17, 2024
Brazil named as host of 2027 Women's World Cup
FIFA chose to continue its push to expand women's soccer by taking the tournament to South America for the first time.
According to a FIFA report, Brazil's bid for the 2027 Women's World Cup offers good stadiums, with the country having already hosted the 2014 World Cup.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
May 8, 2024
Brazil's bid to host Women's World Cup tops European rival
According to the report, Brazil's bid offers good stadiums, having already hosted the 2021 World Cup.
Inter Miami’s signing of Lionel Messi has served to highlight the demand for top talent among U.S. soccer fans, said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
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May 7, 2024
MLS must attract best players to grow, says Infantino
Major League Soccer salary and roster restrictions mean that teams are unable to spend freely when it comes to signing top players.
A Spain player holds the Women's World Cup trophy after the team won the 2023 tournament, in Sydney on Aug. 20.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Apr 30, 2024
Mexico and U.S. withdraw joint bid for 2027 Women's World Cup
The two countries' soccer federations said they would now switch toward a bid for the 2031 tournament.
Saudi Arabia fans cheer on the national team during a World Cup qualifying match in Riyadh on March 21.
SOCCER / World cup
Mar 27, 2024
Ten years from home World Cup, Saudi Arabia sizes up 'huge challenge'
As the only bidder, Saudi Arabia was anointed host of the 2034 World Cup last October by FIFA.
North Korean fans watch the World Cup qualifying match between Japan and North Korea on Thursday in Tokyo.
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Mar 22, 2024
North Korea-Japan World Cup qualifier called off over 'unforeseen circumstances'
North Korea appears to have decided not to stage the match in its capital over worries about infectious diseases in Japan.
Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu holds a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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Mar 20, 2024
'Frustration' to drive Japan in North Korea World Cup qualifiers
The pre-tournament favorites and four-time champions exited the Asian Cup in the quarterfinals last month after losing 2-1 to Iran.
Japan fans during the women's team's Olympic qualifier against North Korea in Tokyo last month.
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Mar 20, 2024
Japan warns football fans not to go to North Korea for World Cup qualifier
Japan and North Korea play in Tokyo on Thursday as part of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, before the return fixture next week.
An Yong Hak, a former North Korean soccer player, in Yokohama on Thursday. An played 40 times in midfield for North Korea, and appeared with the team at the 2010 World Cup.
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Mar 18, 2024
North Korean World Cup player says Japan game more than just soccer
This week's qualifier is a special occasion for some ethnic Koreans in Japan.
The FIFA Series is designed to benefit national teams that do not have the opportunity to play teams from other confederations.
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Feb 27, 2024
Biennial FIFA series of friendly games to launch in March
The series is designed to benefit national teams that do not have the opportunity to play teams from other confederations.
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host the World Cup final on July 19, 2026.
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Feb 5, 2024
New Jersey selected to host 2026 FIFA World Cup final
The 2026 World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, FIFA announced on Sunday.
AC Milan's Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud after the team's match against Udinese. Fans in Udine, Italy, aimed racist chants at Maignan during the match, which was temporarily halted due to the abuse.
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Jan 21, 2024
FIFA boss condemns 'abhorrent' racism during games in Italy and England
The head of the world governing body said there was no place for discrimination of any kind in soccer or broader society.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi controls the ball during practice at Florida Blue Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
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Jan 16, 2024
Messi named FIFA player of 2023; Spain's Bonmati wins women's award
Messi, 36, voted the best player by national teams coaches, captains, journalists and fans, helped Inter Miami win the 2023 Leagues Cup.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric battles for the ball with FC Barcelona's Ilkay Gundogan during a match in October. Plans for a European Super League bringing together elite soccer clubs such as the two Spanish outfits won a surprise boost on Thursday.
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Dec 22, 2023
Teams shun European Super League despite shock court victory
UEFA and FIFA are "abusing a dominant position” by applying arbitrary rules on approval, control and sanctions, the top EU court said.
Manchester City players celebrate winning the Champions League final over Inter Milan in Istanbul in June.
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Dec 21, 2023
Super League vs UEFA: Court to rule on future of European soccer
The latest bid to set up a Super League of the biggest European soccer clubs collapsed swiftly under the weight of fan anger, but the idea did not die.

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