2018 World Cup

Denmark beats Peru 1-0 on Poulsen's goal

Kasper Schmeichel's slew of saves made Yussuf Poulsen's opportunistic second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday at the World Cup.  The victory gave Denmark a crucial advantage in Group C, in which France defeated Australia 2-1 earlier in the day.

Driver of taxi that rammed into 8 pedestrians in Moscow tells police incident was not intentional

Police in Moscow say eight people have been injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians near Red Square and the famous GUM shopping arcade.

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Mexico needs a tighter focus to get to a fifth game — and beyond

Every four years Mexico goes to the World Cup with great expectations, advances out of its group, then packs it bags and heads home one game into the knockout round. This tournament's challenge to get past a fifth game opens with Germany in group play on Sunday.

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Iceland goalie stops Messi penalty kick; Argentina can't break Iceland in 1-1 draw

If Iceland had any opening-night jitters before the first World Cup game in its history, its players did a pretty good job of hiding them Saturday, with the smallest country ever to qualify for the tournament holding fifth-ranked Argentina, a country that has won it twice, to a 1-1 draw.

Goal line technology helps France secure 2-1 win over Australia

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup. Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half.

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World Cup: Saturday's matchups

World Cup: Saturday games — France-Australia (3 a.m.) Argentina-Iceland (7 a.m.), Peru-Denmark (9 a.m.), Croatia-Nigeria (noon). Here's a preview of the matchups.

Own-goal during injury time earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday at the World Cup. Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach a curling cross from the left but headed the ball past goalk...

Late goal by Jose Gimenez gives Uruguay a 1-0 win over Egypt

Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday in Group A of the World Cup. The Uruguay defender jumped in the area and headed home a free kick late in the 89th minute.

Trump on North America's successful 2026 World Cup bid: 'I worked hard on this'

President Trump said in a tweet Friday that he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Bob Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing...

For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games

Iran will play its first match against Morocco today. For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the game will spark a longing for the motherland but serve as a reminder of a regime they've come to loathe.

Mexico's World Cup star is accused of helping a drug lord

Mexican soccer legend Rafael Marquez, who is preparing to compete in his fifth World Cup, was sanctioned last year by the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly aiding a notorious drug trafficker.

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Where to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Russia. From June 14 until July 14, 32 teams will battle it out to crown themselves world champions. Want to watch? Here is where you can go watch the World Cup across the greater Los Angeles area.

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Russia beats Saudi Arabia 5-0 for first World Cup win in 16 years

Russia’s national team rode two goals from Denis Cheryshev and single scores from Yury Gazinsky, Artem Dzuba and Roman Zobnin to open the World Cup with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia before a crowd of 78,011 at Luzhniki Stadium.

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World Cup notes: Spain replaces coach Julen Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro two days before opener

Spain will go into the World Cup under new management after the country’s soccer association fired manager Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, two days before its tournament opener against Portugal in Sochi, Russia.

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World Cup: Egypt-Uruguay, Morocco-Iran, Portugal-Spain matches ready to kick off Friday

World Cup: Egypt-Uruguay, Morocco-Iran, Portugal-Spain matches ready to kick off.

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Russia foots huge bill to host World Cup, but what you see might not be what you get

Neither Marx nor Lenin lived long enough to see the first World Cup in 1930 but they’ve become part of the welcoming ceremony for the latest one, which kicks off Thursday with Russia playing Saudi Arabia.

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2026 World Cup is awarded to North America

The alliance of United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 World Cup by FIFA, bringing the premier event in international sports back to the U.S. after a 32-year absence.

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The 2018 World Cup is here. What team will you be rooting for?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14. The U.S. men's national team failed to qualify for the tournament, leaving many without a team to root for. Have you picked a team to watch? We want to know about it.

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Fans get excited for the 2018 World Cup

Fans around the world prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Leaders of North America's 2026 World Cup bid scurry to keep politics from trumping their advantage

United Bid, the North American campaign for the 2026 World Cup, is banking on projected profits of $11 billion to get it past Morocco in Wednesday's FIFA vote.

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Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez lead Colombia into World Cup competition

Four years ago, as Colombia prepared for its first World Cup in 16 years, Radamel Falcao struggled to get healthy.

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The party is just beginning for World Cup debutante Panama

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela took to Twitter in October to declare a national holiday after his country qualified for its first World Cup. Next week, Panama plays its tournament opener against Belgium, possibly necessitating another Twitter proclamation.

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Ramadan leaves Muslim World Cup players facing a tough choice

Omar Gaber made two commitments before leaving Egypt for Russia and the World Cup on Sunday. One was to his country, which hasn’t seen its national team play on soccer’s biggest stage in 28 years. The other was to his faith.

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Injuries leave questions for Germany, Mexico in World Cup Group F qualifying

Preview of Group F in World Cup 2018 in Russia: Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Sweden.

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On eve of World Cup, some fear the soccer will give way to chaos

Many worry that intolerance, Russian nationalism and the country’s virulent soccer hooligan subculture will create a toxic mix that could cause the 2018 World Cup to devolve into violent street clashes that will overshadow the competition.

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Defending World Cup champion Germany still has something to prove in Russia

Germany, the defending World Cup champion, has proved it can beat each team in its qualifying group. The Germans' biggest foe might just be history.

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Costa Rica confident even in a group that includes Brazil

Costa Rica didn’t lose a game in regulation in the World Cup four years ago in Brazil, where it was eliminated in a penalty-kick shootout.

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Argentina is easy favorite, but who else will advance from Group D

A look at the teams that make up Group D of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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Iceland comfortable with Cinderella title, but wants to prove it belongs in the World Cup

Even Disney couldn’t have written Iceland’s World Cup story better. There’s just one problem with that narrative: Like “Cinderella,” it’s a fairytale — albeit one the team has gone along with because, well, it’s made Iceland the tournament’s lovable underdog.

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World Cup Group C capsules

A look at the teams in Group C of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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Peru is back at the World Cup after 36-year absence and hopes for a long stay

No country has gone longer between World Cup appearances than tiny Peru, which returns to soccer’s biggest stage this month after a 36-year absence. And the country hasn’t stopped celebrating since it qualified last November.

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World Cup Group B preview: Cristiano Ronaldo has a pretty clear path to advance

Portugal is joined by Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B of the World Cup in Russia. Here's a look at each team.

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Who’s better, Ronaldo or Messi? World Cup could end the debate

Neither star has held soccer’s biggest prize and this summer’s tournament could be the last chance at capturing a World Cup title for both: Ronaldo will be 37 when the next World Cup kicks off in Qatar while Messi, his longtime rival in Spain’s La Liga, will be 35.

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World Cup Group A: Bob Bradley laid foundation for Egypt's first trip to World Cup in 28 years

Mohamed Salah was a quiet teenager who had made just one appearance for Egypt when Bob Bradley took over the country’s national team in the summer of 2011.

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Dos Santos brothers and Carlos Vela lead MLS World Cup contingent

Brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos of the Galaxy and forward Carlos Vela of LAFC were officially named Monday to Mexico’s 23-man World Cup roster but Vela’s LAFC teammate Laurent Ciman wasn’t as fortunate, with the central defender failing to make the final cut for the Belgium team.

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Fox Sports taking global perspective for U.S.-less World Cup

The U.S. won’t be in Russia but Fox will be, and the network is going all in, planning to broadcast a record 38 matches on network TV.

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Mexico left with few answers after 0-0 draw

Monday’s exhibition against Wales at the Rose Bowl was more about learning than about winning. The most important lesson learned from the 0-0 draw was that Mexico still have a lot of work to do before next month’s World Cup opener against Germany.

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Mexico faces roster issue ahead of friendly with Wales

Mexico goes into Monday’s friendly with Wales at the Rose Bowl carrying four players — midfielder Andres Guardado, defender Diego Reyes and the Galaxy’s brother duo of Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos — with injury concerns.

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Mexico and coach Juan Carlos Osorio heading for breakup no matter what happens at World Cup

The first step toward being fired as coach of the Mexican national team is being hired as coach of the Mexican national team. One follows the other as clearly as night follows day.

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A look at each of Mexico's disappointing finishes over the last six World Cups

Mexico has lost its first game in the knockout stage each time. As a result, El Tri goes to Russia still searching for that elusive fifth game, a milestone it achieved just once, in 1986, when it played host to the tournament and made it to the quarterfinals.

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A closer look at the technology inside the 2018 World Cup soccer ball

To design the most technologically advanced World Cup ball in history, Adidas had to go back to a time when TV transmissions were mostly black and white, soccer balls were made from heavy, unforgiving leather and the German sports-apparel giant was mainly a spectator at the World Cup.

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Win or lose, final thoughts stick with World Cup players who reached pinnacle

Fewer than 400 people know what it feels like to play in a World Cup final, a number that will swell slightly following this summer’s tournament in Russia. Unless you’re one of them, there’s no way to understand the high that comes from winning one — or disappointment and despair from losing one.

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World Cup teams making push for U.S. hearts, minds and money

With the U.S. out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986, who should you root for? From Mexico to Germany to Iceland, nations are lining up to capture the hearts and minds of American soccer fans.

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With the home team out, here are 10 World Cup teams worth cheering

The U.S. national team is sitting out this summer’s World Cup but that doesn’t mean U.S. fans have to remain on the sidelines.

After U.S. team misses qualifying for World Cup, ex-coach Bruce Arena writes about state of U.S. soccer

When Bruce Arena was asked to rescue a struggling U.S. national team in the fall of 2016, he was also asked to write a book about how he did it. He said yes to both requests. Neither one worked out quite the way he had hoped.

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As World Cup looms, U.S. players still lament loss in Trinidad

With this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia just five weeks away, many still can’t believe the U.S. won’t be there.

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Missing in action: Five other teams that won’t be in Russia for World Cup

Here are five teams other than the United States whose absence in Russia will be noteworthy.

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World Cup won't have a U.S. team, but it will have plenty of American officials

The United States, which does not have a team in the competition, will be the only country to have two center referees among the pool of 99 officials.

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The 10 best players never to reach a World Cup final

One man’s list of 10 superstars who made it to the World Cup but never to the final.