June 30, 2016

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Bigger is better as unlikely heroes emerge at European Championship

NICE, France — Bigger is proving better at the first European Championship with 24 teams. Only the most uncharitable would argue that tournament first-timers Wales, Northern Ireland, Albania and Iceland didn’t more than earn their keep in the just-concluded group stage, with the last matches on Wednesday producing thrilling real-time fluctuations in who would play Read More…

Standout defender Cameron back in Houston for Copa semifinal

HOUSTON — Earlier this year, Geoff Cameron wasn’t quite sure what his role on the U.S. national team would be. Things are much different now. Cameron has paired with John Brooks to star in central defense and help the United States reach Tuesday’s Copa America semifinal against Argentina. “You could say it’s changed,” Cameron said Read More…

Brawls breaking out in advance of Euro match in Marseille

MARSEILLE, France — As cleaners hosed down sidewalks and swept up broken glass early Friday, the manager of an Irish bar near where soccer supporters from England fought overnight with locals in Marseille’s historic center said youths from the city’s gritty suburbs provoked the clashes. The brief clashes late Thursday revived bitter memories of days Read More…

Even after historic upset, Leicester players train after partying

LEICESTER, England — Even being the first championship winners in Leicester’s 132-year history didn’t get the jubilant players out of training on Tuesday. After partying late into the night, the squad had to swiftly swap beers for bibs as they resumed training, preparing for the final two games of one of the most astonishing seasons Read More…

World soccer leaders meet to elect new FIFA president

ZURICH — Soccer leaders prepared to elect a new FIFA president on Friday, with Asian confederation head Sheikh Salman of Bahrain the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter. Voting was scheduled to begin after 1300 GMT following speeches by the five candidates. No candidate is expected to win in the first round, where 138 votes from Read More…

U.S. women’s national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

The U.S. women’s national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas. The 2016 Olympics are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Brazil, where the Zika virus is spreading rapidly. Speaking at a Read More…

Votes awarding World Cup to Russia, Qatar sparked probe that brought down FIFA officials

LONDON — After five years of tumult, the far-reaching fallout from FIFA’s decision to send the World Cup to Russia and Qatar has brought down another two voters — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini — but not the hosts themselves. No FIFA executive has been directly punished over how and why they voted in December Read More…

FIFA executives Blatter, Platini get eight-year ban from organization

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 Read More…

‘What has happened to us?’ Soccer fans’ disrespect to Paris attacks causes soul-searching in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — On a night of European soccer matches between national teams, the scenes in London and Istanbul were a study in contrast. The British and French fans at London’s Wembley Stadium sang the French national anthem in solidarity over the Paris attacks, while in Istanbul hundreds of Turkish fans booed the Greek national Read More…

As Syria crumbles, so do dreams of soccer player-turned-refugee

IRBIL, Iraq — For a while, it seemed Nosheen Hanaan’s dream was coming true: The budding star qualified to be goalie on Syria’s national soccer team at the age of 18 after earning a reputation for his fierce blocking on al-Hurriya, a league team from the northern city of Aleppo. But that dream crumbled as Read More…