2022 FIFA World Cup

U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen (1) untangles red streamers from his legs after fans showered the field with them when Mexico scored a goal during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. Mexico won 3-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
September 07, 2019 - 2:35 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The soccer gap between Mexico and the United States is far wider than the Rio Grande that separates the nations. Exactly a year before the start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Mexico handed the Americans their most one-sided loss in the rivalry since 2009. Javier...
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Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves poses for photos as he is presented as the new defender of the Sao Paulo soccer club at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
August 06, 2019 - 10:58 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 40,000 Brazilian fans showed up Tuesday night to see Dani Alves join his boyhood club Sao Paulo FC. The former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender said the move aims to keep him in shape for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, when he will be 39 years old. The...
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FILE - In this file photo dated June 17, 1986, Michel Platini, left, of France dribbles past Italian forward Alessandro Altobelli in their World Cup eight finals in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. France won 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament and Italy was eliminated. Affectionately nicknamed “Le Roi” (The King), Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, but his lofty reputation seems to have been tainted. (AP Photo, FILE)
June 19, 2019 - 1:45 am
Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly...
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FILE - In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested Tuesday June 18, 2019 over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
June 18, 2019 - 5:23 pm
PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his...
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Police officers guard the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris,Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
June 18, 2019 - 12:16 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting in Paris involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini and Qatar's future Emir swayed the 2022...
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Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 14, 2019 - 5:32 am
ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia...
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In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019, photo, a construction worker carries a fence at the construction site of the Tokyo Olympic Village in Tokyo. A former Olympian and head of a human-rights watchdog is asking the IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers to investigate worker safety at venues being built for next year’s games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
June 07, 2019 - 2:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — A former Olympian and head of a human-rights group is asking the IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers to investigate worker safety at venues being built for next year's games. Mary Harvey is the CEO of the Geneva-based Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the type of organization that...
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People watch the inauguration ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, of the Al Wakrah stadium, which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
May 22, 2019 - 3:15 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly...
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April 27, 2019 - 7:24 am
FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 14, 2019 - 2:43 pm
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has held talks with Kuwaiti politicians and soccer leaders about the country staging games at the 2022 World Cup if the Qatar tournament is enlarged from 32 to 48 teams. Infantino was flying to Qatar on Sunday night to talk to the World Cup leadership about his plans...
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