AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:13:12 -0500 Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/19/SOC--Brazil-New.Stadiums/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Brazil-New.Stadiums c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:325e SAO PAULO (AP) — It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums — again. FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:42:27 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/19/SOC-FIFA-WCup-Probe/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-FIFA-WCup-Probe c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f3e MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:23:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/18/SOC-FIFA-Meeting/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-FIFA-Meeting c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:27c5 MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report. Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:31:52 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/18/SOC--Qatar-Labor.Shame/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Qatar-Labor.Shame c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:26e2 DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands. Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:41:29 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/18/SOC--Qatar-Team.of.2022/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Qatar-Team.of.2022 c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2772 DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players. APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:36:18 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/17/SOC--FIFA-Garcia.Resigns/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA-Garcia.Resigns c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:20d7 GENEVA (AP) — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings. Blatter to AP: "Surprised" by Garcia resignation Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:02:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/17/SOC-FIFA-Garcia-Resigns-Blatter/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-FIFA-Garcia-Resigns-Blatter c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:216f MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter tells The Associated Press he is "surprised" by the resignation of Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process. Resignation statement from FIFA prosecutor Garcia Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:49:15 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/17/SOC--FIFA-Garcia.Resigns-Statement/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA-Garcia.Resigns-Statement c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:20d6 NEW YORK (AP) — Statement from Michael Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee: In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports 'fans' Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:54:55 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/17/SOC-Qatar-Fake-Fans/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Qatar-Fake-Fans c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:1fba DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The men grappled with each other to board the quickly filling bus. Others wriggled in through the windows, scaling the outside, using the large wheels as footholds and leaving scuff-marks on the white exterior with their shoes. What's next in World Cup bid corruption case Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:19:42 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/16/SOC--FIFA-WCup.Probe-Next.Steps/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA-WCup.Probe-Next.Steps c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:1a68 GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Qatar appear to be the big winners on the day American prosecutor Michael Garcia lost his appeal against FIFA. 1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:33:39 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/16/SOC--Henry.Retires/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Henry.Retires c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:1a6a PARIS (AP) — In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished. Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:51:20 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/16/SOC--Qatar-Power.of.Sport/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Qatar-Power.of.Sport c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:1a6c DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame. Real Madrid to face Schalke in Champions League Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:57 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/15/SOC--Champions.League.Draw/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Champions.League.Draw c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:13fa NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation. A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:03:37 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/11/SOC--WWI-Christmas.Truce/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WWI-Christmas.Truce c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-5ea PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — On the side of a wind-swept field covered with scorpion weed, a simple wooden cross marks a unique event in football history. US women draw 1-1 with China in Brazil tournament Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:30:47 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/10/SOC--Brasilia.Tournament/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Brasilia.Tournament c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-9c6 BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The United States women's soccer team conceded a second-half equalizer in a 1-1 draw against China in the opening match of the International Tournament of Brasilia on Wednesday. Ex-US goalie Friedel joining Fox as soccer analyst Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:09:15 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/09/SOC-Friedel-Fox/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Friedel-Fox c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-1250 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel is joining Fox as a soccer analyst. Pele leaves hospital, says illness was a 'scare' Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:39:46 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/09/SOC--Pele.Released/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Pele.Released c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-145e SAO PAULO (AP) — After going through a "scare" and spending time in intensive care because of a urinary tract infection, Brazilian soccer great Pele left the hospital Tuesday after a two-week stay. US lands in tough group for Women's World Cup Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:18:01 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/06/SOC-WWCup-Draw/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WWCup-Draw c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-2911 The United States drew seemingly the most difficult group for the 2015 Women's World Cup, with an opener against familiar foe Australia, a match with Sweden and former American coach Pia Sundhage and a first-round finale against perennial African champion Nigeria. Donovan hopes to lead Galaxy past Revs in MLS Cup Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:45:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/06/SOC-MLS-Cup/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-MLS-Cup c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-277b CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Everything is in place for a Hollywood ending to Landon Donovan's career. Soccer fans storm Cairo stadium ahead of match Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:01:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/12/06/SOC--Egypt/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Egypt c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-29ae CAIRO (AP) — Some 2,000 soccer fans stormed Cairo's main stadium Saturday ahead of a rare match that supporters are allowed to attend, Egypt's Interior Ministry said.