World Cup

Brazil great Ronaldo hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Brazil great Ronaldo says he has been hospitalized in Ibiza since Friday because of flu. The 41-year-old Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, said on social media that “everything is under control now” and that he expects to return home on Monday. Ronaldo won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, the … Continue reading Brazil great Ronaldo hopes to leave hospital on Monday

RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil agree El Salvador friendly in Washington

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil will meet El Salvador in a friendly in Washington D.C. next month. The game will be held on Sept. 11, four days after coach Tite’s team take on the U.S. in another friendly in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Brazilian football confederation said on Friday. The two matches will be … Continue reading RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil agree El Salvador friendly in Washington

LIVERPOOL, England  | Digne joins Everton from Barcelona

LIVERPOOL, England  — France left back Lucas Digne has joined Everton from Barcelona as the second signing of recently hired manager Marco Silva. Everton announced the arrival of the 25-year-old Digne on Wednesday, a little over a week before the start of the Premier League season. Brazilian winger Richarlison has also joined the club this … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, England  | Digne joins Everton from Barcelona

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. | Horan’s late goal pulls US into 1-1 draw with Australia.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Lindsey Horan scored in the 90th minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Australia on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations. Horan scored on a bouncing header off a well-placed corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. The tie extended the Americans’ undefeated streak to 18 games. “I actually … Continue reading EAST HARTFORD, Conn. | Horan’s late goal pulls US into 1-1 draw with Australia.

ZAGREB, Croatia | Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

ZAGREB, Croatia  — The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has strongly criticized a far-right singer’s participation in the celebration welcoming Croatia’s national soccer team home from the World Cup. The center issued a statement on Wednesday that described Marko Perkovic — who goes by the stage name Thompson — as a “notorious” sympathizer of Croatia’s World … Continue reading ZAGREB, Croatia | Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

PARIS | World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

PARIS  — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France’s victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red — overhead. The crowd that waited for hours to greet … Continue reading PARIS | World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

BLANTYRE, Malawi | Madonna back in Malawi; now considering soccer academy

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country. The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in … Continue reading BLANTYRE, Malawi | Madonna back in Malawi; now considering soccer academy

PARIS | World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost

PARIS— With the golden World Cup trophy in hand, France’s victorious national team is returning home to a grand “Merci!” from a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost. “Eternal Happiness” said Monday’s headline in the sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope this euphoria will last for … Continue reading PARIS | World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost