World Cup

Andorra end run of 58 defeats in 0-0 draw with Faroe Islands

Football minnows Andorra played to a 0-0 draw against the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Saturday to end a run of 58 straight defeats in competitive games spanning almost a dozen years.

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Moelgg prevails in Zagreb slalom after rivals falter

Italian Manfred Moellg kept his nerve to win the men's Alpine skiing World Cup slalom in Zagreb on Thursday after an array of challengers slipped up.

Stuhec keeps up perfect downhill season start with another win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec was unstoppable again on Saturday as she maintained her 100 per cent season record in World Cup downhill races with a victory in France.

Slovenia's Stuhec wins combined event for third ski season win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec stormed to her third ski season victory on Friday in a combined event which overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish.

Ronaldo double boosts Portugal; Belgium hit eight in WC qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 in Faro to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Depay lifts Dutch 3-1 past Luxembourg; Swiss remain perfect

Substitute Memphis Depay spared the Netherlands blushes on Sunday with a second-half brace for a 3-1 win in World Cup qualifying at minnows Luxembourg.

Italy and Spain win, joy for Ireland but Wales held in WC qualifiers

Italy, Spain and Israel all won to stay in the running in their tight World Cup qualifying group while Ireland also enjoyed an important win but Wales were held by Serbia in Saturday's European qualifiers.

Germany, England, France continue down road to World Cup

Germany, England, France continued their progress towards the 2018 World Cup finals on Friday, with wins against San Marino, Scotland and Sweden respectively.

Worker dies at World Cup stadium in Qatar

A worker has died in a "work-related" incident at a stadium in Qatar, local organizers for the 2022 World Cup said late Saturday.

Malta football chief: evidence of suspicious betting in WC qualifier

Malta's football chief says there is "overwhelming evidence" of suspicious betting around a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania last week which Malta lost 2-0.

Hart's heroics preserve England's 0-0 draw in Slovenia

Joe Hart's heroics preserved England's 0-0 draw against Slovenia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

France deal Dutch World Cup blow as Benteke races to fastest goal

France dealt the Netherlands a major blow in their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Dutch in Amsterdam on Monday.

Spain go top with impressive 2-0 win in Albania

Spain cruised to the top of World Cup qualifying Group G on Sunday with an authoritative 2-0 win in Albania on second-half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito.

Italy leave it late for 3-2 win at Macedonia

Ciro Immobile struck twice to lead Italy's rally in a 3-2 win at Macedonia Sunday to keep the Azzurri level on points with leaders Spain in their World Cup qualification group.

Portugal, France score their first wins in World Cup qualifying

Euro 2016 finalists Portugal and France scored their first wins in qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup on Friday, at the expense of Bulgaria and Andorra.

Croatia cruised 6-0 in Kosovo. Spain held 1-1 by Italy, Wales draw 2-2 in Austria

Italy managed to battle out a 1-1 draw at home to a lively Spain on Thursday in Turin, in a high-profile World Cup qualifier.

Kosovo exhilarated ahead of football homecoming with Croatia

Several years after declaring independence, Kosovo play a first competitive football game at 'home' - in neighbouring Albania.

Albania defeat Macedonia in World Cup qualifier

Albania defeated Macedonia 2-1 Tuesday in a football World Cup qualifier which had been abandoned the previous evening after a heavy rainstorm.

Kosovo make their point on international football stage

After becoming a FIFA member in May, Kosovo celebrate a first point and first goal in international competition after a 1-1 draw against Finland in a World Cup qualifying match.

Turkey hold Croatia to 1-1 draw; Spain, Italy, Wales off to winning starts

Spain, Italy and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales began their World Cup campaigns with victories while newcomers Kosovo earned their first point and scored their first goal in international competition in European qualifiers on Monday.

Kosovo boosted before World Cup opener as FIFA lets players switch

World Cup debutants Kosovo are being boosted Monday before their first-ever qualifier against Finland as players are still being assessed for eligibility, world governing body FIFA said.

Germany, England win away in World Cup qualifiers

Heavyweights Germany and England won away from home as European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup began Sunday.

Kosovo steps on world football stage

Kosovo take part in a major international competition for the first time in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but its unresolved diplomatic status still casts a shadow.

Swiss probe Beckenbauer, ex-DFB officials over World Cup payment

Swiss prosecuting authorities have opened criminal proceedings against football great Franz Beckenbauer and former senior German football federation officials in connection with a payment made around the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

FIFA sets ticket prices for 2018 World Cup

The cheapest price for a 2018 World Cup match ticket for non-Russia fans will be 105 dollars, football's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday.

Qatar World Cup still abusing workers, rights organization says

Human rights organization Amnesty International has again hit out at Qatar by saying workers' rights are still being abused in the preparations for the 2022 World Cup and called for football stakeholders to take action.

FIFA ethics committee probes awarding of 2006 World Cup to Germany

The FIFA ethics committee has started a probe against six men led by football icon Franz Beckenbauer in connection with the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

FIFA ethics committee looks at probe into German payments

FIFA's ethics committee is examining a law firm's report into investigations of payments made by German officials in connection with the 2006 World Cup.

Merkel calls for transparency amid football probes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more transparency in football in comments following corruption investigations which have affected the sport's governing body FIFA and the German federation DFB.

FIFA welcomes 2006 World Cup report; maintains victim status

Football's ruling body FIFA welcomes a report by external law firm Freshfields on the affair around the 2006 World Cup and says it is maintaining its status as a victim in the investigation.

Prevc secures ski jump World Cup title with 13th win of season

Four Hills tournament winner Peter Prevc of Slovenia captured his maiden World Cup title in Almaty Sunday.

Report: German World Cup organizers paid FIFA for increased grant

New research by a German news magazine has thrown fresh doubts on a claim that the country's 2006 World Cup organizers made a payment to FIFA to secure a grant of some 170 million euros (187 million dollars) from football's governing body.

Neureuther goes one better than dad by winning Japan slalom

Germany's Felix Neureuther won a World Cup alpine skiing slalom in Japan on Sunday, more than 40 years since his father Christian made the podium at the same venue.

DFB makes World Cup payment demand on Beckenbauer confidante

Germany's football federation is demanding a sum of 6.7 million euros (7.3 million dollars) from a confidante of Franz Beckenbauer in connection with a payment linked to the 2006 World Cup.

European clubs against expanded World Cup, back Infantino for FIFA

Leading European clubs will oppose any plans to expand the World Cup finals to 40 nations and are not considering a "super league" as an alternative to the Champions League, it emerged Tuesday from the European Club Association (ECA) general meeting in Paris.

Sundby, Riiber triumph for Norway at Holmenkollen

Norwegians Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Jarl Magnus Riiber earned home Nordic skiing victories at Oslo's Holmenkollen venue Saturday.

Poor weather scuppers alpine ski World Cup events

Alpine ski World Cup events in Germany and Slovenia were called off Sunday because of the poor course conditions at the two venues.

Women's World Cup slalom in Maribor abandoned

The women's alpine ski World Cup slalom in Maribor was abandoned Sunday after 25 starters on the first of the two planned runs.

Norway remain unbeaten in cross-country World Cup relays

World champions Norway remained unbeaten this season in cross-country skiing World Cup relay races, with the women untouchable while the men survived a late Russian scare on Sunday.

France end four-year drought with women's relay win

Marie Dorin Habert shot clean as she anchored France to a first women's biathlon relay victory in four years on Sunday.

Nilsson, Pellegrino win World Cup cross-country sprints

Stina Nilsson of Sweden and Federico Pellegrino of Italy won cross-country World Cup sprints in Planica, Slovenia Saturday.

Prevc wins in Innsbruck to close in on Four Hills title

Slovenia's Peter Prevc triumphed in the third stage of ski-jumping's Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck on Sunday to close in on the overall title ahead of Germany's Severin Freund.

Johaug moves top in Tour de Ski with record-equalling win

Norway's Therese Johaug won a record-equalling sixth straight cross country skiing distance race on Saturday and with her 15-kilometres success also took first place in the Tour de Ski standings after two stages.

Prevc wins in Garmisch and takes Four Hills lead from Freund

Slovenian favourite Peter Prevc won the second Four Hills Tournament event on Friday and moved top of the overall classification in the prestigious ski-jumping competition.

FIS: Zagreb races moved to Santa Caterina; Zauchensee for St Anton

The women's race originally set for January 3 will now take place January 5, while the men's race is scheduled as planned for January 6.

Alpine ski World Cup races in St Anton cancelled, Zagreb also in doubt

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