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LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in … Continue reading LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

MOSCOW | Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew 10th-ranked Spain, and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win