Soccer

Ukraine’s hopes of reaching the end of the World Cup this year with a loss to Wales

Ukraine failed to qualify for this year’s FIFA World Cup, football’s most prestigious tournament, after a 1-0 loss to Wales, but when your country is at war, it doesn’t really matter. The bloodshed continues, lives are still being lost. Yet for 90 minutes on a rainy evening in Wales, this game mattered, because there was …

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Lineup wrinkles pay dividends for USMNT and Berhalter in pre-World Cup win over Morocco

CINCINNATI — With just under six months to go world CupWednesday’s friendly against Morocco was the perfect time to United States Men’s National Team manager Gregg Berhalter to venture a bit into mad chemist mode both in terms of roles and personnel. There are times when such experiences can explode in a manager’s face. But …

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Ronaldo and Kane but no sons – trying to figure out the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

In 2009, a Manchester City a fan has emailed Professional Footballers Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor demanding to know how Ryan Giggs could have ended up on their shortlist of candidates for the Player of the Year award. A back-and-forth ensued, in which the City supporter pointed out how few games Giggs had started …

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Qatar Airways CEO defends 160 more daily flights in ‘climate neutral’ World Cup

Qatar Airways announced on Thursday that it has partnered with regional carriers to allow World Cup ticket holders fly to Doha and return from neighboring countries just for the day. Climate advocates say the decision goes against the tournament’s sustainability goals. “Please don’t believe people who only say negative [things]”, Akbar Al Baker told CNN’s …

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Madrid win Champions League final marred by crowd chaos

PARIS (AP) — Yet another Champions League title for Real Madrid, the undisputed king of Europe. Yet another showpiece European football match marred by chaotic crowd trouble and disorder. Madrid became European champions for a record 14th time – double the number of any other team on the continent – after beating Liverpool 1-0 in …

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Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League title on a night marred by security concerns

No matter how perilous the situation seems, no matter how unlikely victory seems, the team in white always seems to find a way to win. The night, however, was sadly marred by security issues outside the stadium, leading to fans breaking through the gates and others being targeted with tear gas in scenes that will …

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