FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia to go black and blue again at World Cup

MOSCOW— The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Croatia in the World Cup semifinal? Check. Playing in trademark red-and-white checkerboard shirts? Sorry. For the fifth straight game, Croatia will wear its change shirt of black and dark blue checks to play England on Wednesday for a place in the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia to go black and blue again at World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: Thousands welcome Russian team back to capital

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Thousands of fans have gathered in Moscow to welcome back the Russian team after its narrow loss in the World Cup quarterfinals. The fan zone in Moscow, usually used for public screenings of games, was packed as Russia’s squad and … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Thousands welcome Russian team back to capital

Spain and Portugal in same group at World Cup

MOSCOW/December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — Spain and Portugal, the last two European champions, were drawn Friday to meet in the first round of the World Cup, one day after Russia opens the tournament in one of the easiest groups of the competition. The Russians will play their first match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow … Continue reading Spain and Portugal in same group at World Cup

The Latest: Russia has some homework to do before World Cup

MOSCOW /December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) —  The Latest on the World Cup draw (all times local): ___ 7:45 p.m. Russia will have some homework to do before facing Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay at the World Cup. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says “we’ve never played any of these teams and I’ve never seen them.” Cherchesov … Continue reading The Latest: Russia has some homework to do before World Cup

World Cup finalists gather at Kremlin for tournament draw

MOSCOW/December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — Officials from the 32 World Cup teams have gathered in Moscow to find out who will play who at next year’s tournament in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to appear at the draw ceremony, which will take place Friday at the State Kremlin Palace. The draw will … Continue reading World Cup finalists gather at Kremlin for tournament draw

Amid troubled WCup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target

MOSCOW /November 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Even taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify, FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target. Italy’s loss in the playoffs wiped tens of millions of dollars off the value of an unsold broadcasting deal. One of FIFA’s … Continue reading Amid troubled WCup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target