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Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid 3-1

Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid 3-1

Real Madrid plays Manchester United during a Guinness International Champions Cup match at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday.

August 02, 2014 7:30 pm
Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid

Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid

ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal – and even Cristiano Ronaldo's unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid.

August 02, 2014 7:30 pm
Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

MOSCOW | Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.

August 02, 2014 12:32 pm
Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Defying authorities in Ukraine, Russia is incorporating three Crimean teams into its own leagues _ a move that could strain relations between the host country of the 2018 World …

August 01, 2014 12:32 pm
Defender out of position comfortable facing Messi

Defender out of position comfortable facing Messi

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil | For a man about to face one of the game's most prolific scorers, Benedikt Hoewedes is remarkably calm and composed ahead of the World Cup final.

July 10, 2014 7:30 pm
Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann addresses the press in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 5:21 pm
Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

SAO PAULO | Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.

July 02, 2014 5:21 pm
Howard's memorable play marks U.S. World Cup run

Howard's memorable play marks U.S. World Cup run

SAO PAULO | Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast – and fans around the world, really – for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Match-fixer denies predicting result of a Cameroon World Cup game

Match-fixer denies predicting result of a Cameroon World Cup game

RIO DE JANEIRO | A convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine Tuesday that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup game.

July 01, 2014 5:01 pm
Soccer gets boost in U.S. from young, informed fans

Soccer gets boost in U.S. from young, informed fans

DENVER | Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint.

June 28, 2014 3:22 pm
US hopes to boost World Cup attack against Belgium

US hopes to boost World Cup attack against Belgium

SAO PAULO | No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking.

June 27, 2014 5:27 pm
Soccer gets boost in US from young, informed fans

Soccer gets boost in US from young, informed fans

United States soccer fans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to watch the World Cup in bars in America and stadiums in Brazil. A new, soccer-smart breed of fan is helping turn the United States into a country that finally seems to get what all the fuss is about.

June 27, 2014 3:22 pm
Amid the pay chaos, Africa makes World Cup history

Amid the pay chaos, Africa makes World Cup history

RIO DE JANEIRO | Somehow, amid the chaos, Africa has made history at this World Cup.

June 27, 2014 2:20 pm
FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO | Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters.

June 26, 2014 3:21 pm
Uruguay defends Suarez as FIFA scrambles

Uruguay defends Suarez as FIFA scrambles

RIO DE JANEIRO | As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.

June 25, 2014 5:05 pm
Alleged bite overshadows Uruguay victory

Alleged bite overshadows Uruguay victory

Underscoring a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought – and apparently even bit – its way to a 1-0 victory over Italy Tuesday to move to the World Cup's next round with Costa Rica, which sent England home without a single victory after a goalless draw.

June 24, 2014 5:56 pm
Standout results in Brazil fuel CONCACAF ambitions

Standout results in Brazil fuel CONCACAF ambitions

RIO DE JANEIRO | Success for North and Central American teams in Brazil is fueling the region's ambitions for future World Cups.

June 24, 2014 5:44 pm
Netherlands thrashes defending champs Spain in opener

Netherlands thrashes defending champs Spain in opener

SALVADOR, Brazil | The Netherlands thrashed the world champions 5-1 Friday in the World Cup's first shocker, toying with an aging Spanish team that has dominated global football for the past six years and avenging a loss in the 2010 final.

June 13, 2014 5:51 pm
Host Brazil opens World Cup with victory

Host Brazil opens World Cup with victory

SAO PAULO | "Tudo bem" — all good — as the Brazilians say.

June 12, 2014 7:07 pm
The heat will be on, and the U.S. soccer team is happy

The heat will be on, and the U.S. soccer team is happy

SAO PAULO | While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on!

June 10, 2014 6:34 pm
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