2014 FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi arrives to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk is up against five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi for the FIFA best player award and United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 23, 2019 - 4:03 pm
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on FIFA Best awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (all times local): 10 p.m. Lionel Messi has been crowned FIFA's world player of the year for the sixth time. The latest award for the Argentina and Barcelona forward moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also among...
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Brazilian Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker receives Best FIFA goalkeeper award during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. . (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 23, 2019 - 3:57 pm
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on FIFA Best awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The men's team of the 2018-19 season, as voted on by soccer players around the world, has been announced at the FIFA Best ceremony. The goalkeeper is Alisson of Liverpool and Brazil. In defense it'...
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Luis Scola of Argentina is fouled by Rudy Gobert of France as he goest to the basket during their semifinal match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 13, 2019 - 10:52 am
BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn't hesitate with the answer. "Everything," he said. The veteran Argentinian forward didn't need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the...
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Luis Scola of Argentina goes for a shot over Nicholas Batum, left, and Vincent Poirier of France during their semifinals match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 13, 2019 - 10:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Argentina is heading to its first gold-medal game in 15 years after beating France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal. Scola finished it in style, hitting a pair of consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth to push...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi gestures after failing to score during a Copa America Group B soccer match against Colombia at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
June 16, 2019 - 7:03 am
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in their opening game in the South American tournament on Saturday. Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez's opening goal in the second half with a high, diagonal pass...
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This April 17, 2011, photo provided by ESPN shows Jon Champion during an FA Cup semifinal between Stoke City and Bolton at Wembley Stadium in London. Jon Champion is leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an exclusive contract with the network on Feb. 1. He plans to move to the Boston area, within commuting distance from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut. (Joe Faroni/ESPN via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 3:55 pm
Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN...
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Netherland's Memphis Depay, center, celebrates with Netherland's Quincy Promes, left, and supporters after he scored his side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 13, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition —...
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Italian national soccer team's head coach Roberto Mancini speaks during a press conference ahead of Friday's Nations League soccer match against Poland, at the Coverciano training center near Florence, Italy, Monday, Sept. 32018. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)
September 03, 2018 - 2:26 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini bemoaned the dearth of Italian players in Serie A as he focuses on youth in his attempt to get the Azzurri back to the top of international football. The national team is at a low point after missing the World Cup for the first time in nearly six decades...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018 file photo, from left, Russia's Alexander Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, and Roman Zobnin celebrate the first goal of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two months on from the World Cup, Russia’s top clubs have struggled to show much momentum in European competitions or the transfer market. Smaller teams are posting record crowds at their gleaming new arenas, though fundamental questions remain over financial stability. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
September 03, 2018 - 7:52 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For Russia's top clubs, it's almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made an incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia's clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. Spartak Moscow was knocked out of the Champions...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement, effective immediately. In a statement issued Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, by the Sounders, the 35-year-old Dempsey said he believes it's the right time to step away from the game. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
August 29, 2018 - 6:02 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — All Clint Dempsey ever wanted to do was score goals and go fishing. He'll have plenty of time to do the latter after deciding his goal-scoring days are over. In true Dempsey fashion, he's stepping away from soccer on his own terms, with minimal fanfare on his own part but amid a...
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