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Zlatko Dalic to stay as coach of Croatia's national team

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic looks like he will be staying with the national team after leading it to the World Cup final. The Croatian soccer federation says president Davor Suker met with Dalic to discuss the coach’s future. Dalic says in a statement he is “looking forward to...


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Court says soccer's Maradona can pursue ex-wife case in US

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MIAMI (AP) — Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona can pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. against his ex-wife claiming she misappropriated some of his money to buy Florida real estate, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state 3rd District Court of Appeal decided that a lower court correctly refused to...


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Former Sweden coach Hamren set to take over at Iceland

STOCKHOLM (AP) — South African soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns says former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been released from his contract to take over Iceland’s national team. Swedish Radio says Hamren, who coached Sweden’s national team from 2009-16 and worked as technical director for the Sundowns,...


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Egypt keeper, oldest World Cup player, quits national team

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match. El Hadary started the World Cup as Egypt’s backup goalkeeper, but he played in his team’s final group match in Russia, saving a penalty in the 2-1 loss to...


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Poland defender Piszczek quits national team after World Cup

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland defender Lukasz Piszczek says he is quitting the national team following a poor World Cup performance. Piszczek wrote on Instagram that he was taking a “hard but rational” decision and was ending his “adventure with the representation.” In an interview for Wirtualna...


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England keen to extend Southgate's contract

LONDON (AP) — England manager Gareth Southgate’s employers want him to extend his contract beyond the end of the 2020 European Championship. Southgate’s popularity with the fans rocketed last month when England reached the semifinals of the World Cup, where the team was beaten by Croatia. He was...


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Neymar under fire after World Cup 'mea culpa' advert

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar’s decision to use a sponsored advert to admit he sometimes over-reacted to fouls at the World Cup has backfired, with Brazilian marketing experts saying it had made the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s image even worse. Under the title ‘A New Man Every Day,‘ Sunday’s video was...


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Brazil coach Tite extends contract until 2022 World Cup

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the national football confederation said on Wednesday. Tite, 57, who has been in charge since August 2016, is the first Brazil coach to extend his deal after a World Cup since Claudio Coutinho...


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Pavard's goal against Argentina voted best of World Cup

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ZURICH (AP) — Benjamin Pavard has beaten Juan Quintero into second place in a fans’ online vote to pick the best goal of the World Cup. France defender Pavard’s spinning right-foot shot against Argentina in the round of 16 came top out of 18 candidates for the award. More than three million votes...


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Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injury

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PARIS (AP) — France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semifinals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals. In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during the tournament in Russia three days before France...


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