BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — With 100 days to go until the World Cup starts in Qatar, Human Rights Watch on Friday again urged FIFA and the host nation to improve compensation for migrant workers and their families.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has formally moved the World Cup start up by one day to give host nation Qatar an exclusive Sunday evening slot with a global audience.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The coach who helped Morocco qualify for the World Cup was fired Thursday, barely three months before the start of the tournament in Qatar.
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — United States forward Matthew Hoppe joined second-division Middlesbrough on Wednesday from Spanish club Mallorca in search of regular playing time that could earn him a World Cup roster spot.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil insisted that it won't play its suspended World Cup qualifying match against Argentina next month, arguing Wednesday that the risks are too high ahead of the tournament in Qatar.
GENEVA (AP) — Host nation Qatar is set to play in the opening game of its own World Cup tournament after all — and on a stand-alone day being added to the schedule barely 100 days before kickoff.
Soccer's marquee tournament is now set start one day earlier than originally scheduled seven years ago in a move that would allow Qatar to play Ecuador on Nov.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Veteran Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his new club Nacional of Uruguay crashed out of the Copa Sudamericana on Tuesday.
Atletico Goianiense of Brazil won 3-0 at home in Goiania to clinch the quarterfinals series 4-0 on aggregate.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chad's military government signed a pledge Monday with more than 40 rebel groups and opposition figures ahead of planned national reconciliation talks, though the deal did not include the country's main rebel group.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Chad's military government met Saturday with Qatar's ruling emir after months of talks between Chadian forces and rebel factions, hosted by the Arab country.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The Champions League will use a camera-based system to judge tight offside calls in the group stage starting next month, UEFA said Wednesday.
The Semi-Automated Offside Technology, which was also approved last month by FIFA for the World Cup in Qatar, uses multiple cameras to more accurately track players’ limbs and the point when a key pass is made.
GENEVA (AP) — In the 134 years since league soccer started in England, the European game has never scheduled such a disrupted season.
FIFA's decision to move the World Cup in Qatar from the normal offseason months to November and December in order to avoid the desert heat will slice into the European domestic season in a way not seen outside of international traumas like war or pandemic.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Luis Suarez went on as a substitute in his first match since returning to Nacional, but couldn't help his Uruguayan club avoid a 1-0 home loss to Brazil’s Atletico Goianiense on Tuesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana quarterfinals.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former captain Juan Reynoso was appointed as coach of Peru's national team on Tuesday, replacing Ricardo Gareca.
The 52-year-old Reynoso was hired “with the clear objective of (reaching) the 2026 World Cup,” Peru’s soccer federation said.
IGLS, Austria (AP) — Soccer’s World Cup forced the cancellation of a luge World Cup.
The International Luge Federation said Monday that what was scheduled as the opening weekend of its World Cup season — Nov.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazil forward Neymar will stand trial in Spain a month before the World Cup for alleged irregularities involving his transfer to Barcelona in 2013.
Neymar's parents, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and both the club and Brazilian team Santos are also set to go on trial after a complaint brought by Brazilian investment group DIS regarding the amount of the player's transfer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ian Darke will call play-by-play for Fox at this year’s World Cup after working the 2010 and 2014 tournaments for ESPN.
Darke becomes the third play-by-play commentator announced by Fox for this year’s tournament, to be played in Qatar from Nov.
ZURICH (AP) — Three-quarters of the 32 teams at the World Cup in Qatar will stay within a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) radius in and around the capital city, FIFA said Tuesday.
Qatar will be the smallest country ever to host the World Cup, barely a quarter of the size of the next-smallest, 1954 host Switzerland.
LYON, France (AP) — Left-back Nicolas Tagliafico joined ambitious French club Lyon from Ajax on a three-year deal Saturday.
Lyon said it paid 4.2 million euros ($4.3 million) to sign the 29-year-old Tagliafico, who has made 40 international appearances for Argentina.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top U.S. Air Force general in the Middle East warned on Thursday that Iran-backed militias could resume attacks in the region against the United States and its allies as tensions rise — assaults that could lead to a new Mideast escalation.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The absence of Premier League golden boot winner Son Heung-min and other stars from South Korea and Japan gives local players a late chance at the East Asian Championships to stake their claims for a World Cup.
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — German Bundesliga club Augsburg said Friday it has called off a friendly match with Qatari club Al-Duhail after criticism from fans.
Augsburg was due to play Al-Duhail during a training camp in Austria on Sunday but has now canceled those plans and will play fellow German club Schalke instead.
TORONTO (AP) — Canada will prepare for its first World Cup since 1986 with exhibitions against host Qatar and Uruguay.
The 43rd-ranked Canadians said Wednesday they will play No. 49 Qatar on Sept.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has fired head coach Dragan Skocic four months before the World Cup is set to begin.
IRNA, the national news agency, on Monday said the 53-year-old Croatian would not be taking the Iran team to Qatar.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gareth Bale wants the world to know Los Angeles FC is not the 18th hole of his soccer career.
The golf-loving Welsh forward intends to keep playing for club and country for several more seasons, and he hopes to fill those years winning trophies with his new stateside team.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Beer with alcohol is expected to be sold at World Cup stadiums in Qatar but fans may be allowed to take only non-alcoholic drinks to their seats.
FIFA and Qatari organizers are still working on plans to serve all fans who want to drink at games when the tournament starts in November in the Muslim-majority country.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will use Qatar University as its headquarters during the World Cup.
The Spanish soccer federation said FIFA has approved Spain’s request to stay at the university during the tournament in November and December.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Four months before competing at the World Cup, Ghana's national team added five new recruits who are now eligible to play in Qatar.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is realizing that all publicity is not necessarily good publicity.
Bayern’s chief executive, Oliver Kahn, defended the German soccer club’s contentious sponsorship agreement with Qatar on Monday, saying he was sure their partnership had helped bring positive change to the oil-rich Persian Gulf state.
LUTON, England (AP) — United States goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was loaned to Luton Town by Nottingham Forest for the coming season on Saturday.
Horvath joined Nottingham Forest a year ago on a free transfer from Club Brugge, where he won three Belgian league titles.
MILAN (AP) — A year after Qatar-owned beIN Sports spurned the bidding process over concerns about the Italian league’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia, Serie A finally assigned its television rights for the Middle East to Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA will introduce new technology to improve offside calls at the World Cup in Qatar this year, using a limb-tracking camera system.
FIFA said Friday it is ready to launch semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) that uses multiple cameras to track player movements plus a sensor in the ball — and will quickly show 3D images on stadium screens at the tournament to help fans understand the referee’s call.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran said Thursday it is ready for new indirect talks with the United States to overcome the last hurdles to revive its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with major powers amid a growing crisis over the country's atomic program.
BEIRUT (AP) — Qatar has donated $60 million to the Lebanese army, hard hit by the Mediterranean nation's unprecedented economic meltdown, Qatar News Agency reported Thursday.
The announcement came shortly after Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani arrived in Beirut, where he is expected to meet senior Lebanese officials.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers ended Wednesday in Qatar after failing to make significant progress amid a growing crisis over the Islamic Republic's atomic program, diplomats said.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan finance and central bank officials from the Taliban-led government departed for Qatar on Wednesday to meet with U.S. officials, the Taliban said. The meeting follows last week’s deadly earthquake, which brought into focus how relief and emergency aid efforts have stumbled under the weight of the country’s spiraling economic woes.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will put more World Cup tickets up for sale next week on a first-come, first-served basis.
Soccer's governing body said Wednesday that a total of 1.8 million tickets for the World Cup in Qatar have already been sold ahead of the next sales round, which opens Tuesday on the FIFA website.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and the United States began indirect talks Tuesday in Qatar aimed at finding a way to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with European Union official Enrique Mora in Doha after earlier meeting Qatari officials with Tehran's local ambassador.
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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the world’s biggest developed economies are looking for ways to cut off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oil money, which is helping finance the war against Ukraine.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita agrees with Pelé or whoever it was decades ago that first described soccer as the “beautiful game.”
Yamashita is one of three women picked by FIFA to be referees at the men's World Cup in Qatar, which opens on Nov.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The state-owned oil and gas company Qatar Energy said Monday it is joining a new industry-led initiative to reduce nearly all methane emissions from operations by 2030.
WATFORD, England (AP) — Fan groups said they persuaded English soccer club Watford on Monday to cancel a planned preseason game against Qatar over human rights issues.
The supporter groups Proud Hornets, representing LGBT fans, and Women of Watford published a joint statement expressing delight that club officials “listened to our concerns and canceled the game with Qatar.”
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles' office has denied there was any wrongdoing in the heir to the British throne accepting bags full of cash as charity donations from a Qatari politician.
The Sunday Times said the prince was given a total of 3 million euros ($3.2 million) by Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar.
CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years.
The talks focused on ties between the two nations and a set of other regional and global topics, including U.S.
With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection.
CAIRO (AP) — Qatar’s emir arrived in Cairo late Friday for talks with Egypt's president, his first visit to the country following years of frayed ties and a boycott of Doha by four Arab states, including Egypt.
MILAN (AP) — Defending Serie A champion AC Milan will open the season at home against Udinese, only 83 days after securing its first league title in 11 years.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has approved bigger 26-man squads for the World Cup in Qatar, deciding Thursday to extend soccer’s relaxation of rules that help coaches and players during the COVID-19 pandemic.
American investor John Textor became the main shareholder of French soccer club Lyon on Tuesday and immediately targeted the dominance of Qatar-funded rival Paris Saint-Germain.
Lyon last won the French title in 2008 and has struggled to compete as PSG spent lavishly to win Ligue 1 in eight of the past 10 seasons.