Being a defending champion at World Cup isn't always easy

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Being a defending champion at the World Cup has proven to be a tough challenge in recent years. Four of the last five winners, including Germany this year, h...

Japan target win over Poland to take top spot in Group H

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Akira Nishino knows there are a few ways for his Japan squad to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup for the third time in five tournaments. He on...

Saudi Arabia beats Egypt 2-1 at World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The oldest person to play in a World Cup match gave up a pair of goals Monday, allowing Saudi Arabia to beat Egypt 2-1 in a match between two teams that had already been elimi...

Egypt goalkeeper El Hadary becomes World Cup's oldest player

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest person to play in a World Cup match on Monday. In the team's final game of the tournament, Egypt coach Hec...

England scores 6 but falls well short of World Cup record

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — England's 6-1 rout of Panama is the biggest winning margin at this year's World Cup. However, it falls well short of the tournament record. Here's a look at ...

With last-gasp winner, Germany adds to comeback collection

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — World Cup watchers, write off Germany at your peril. Once again, Germany dug deep Saturday to eke out a late victory to keep its World Cup hopes alive. ...

Tactical changes get Nigeria's World Cup back on track

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Coaches often get the criticism when things go awry on the pitch, and arguably don't get enough of the credit when things turn out just right. Ahmed Musa has...

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Ic...

Nigeria's young goalkeeper shows no sign of stage fright

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The youngest goalkeeper at the World Cup on the youngest squad of the tournament is up to the challenge. Francis Uzoho, who made his debut for Nigeria in Nov...

Iceland has to beware comedown from Argentina high

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The last time Iceland pulled off a huge surprise at a major tournament, it was stung by a big letdown. That's something the team will be wary about when it f...

Ronaldo moves atop Europe's international scoring list

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's teams win trophies, but he takes home quite a bit of hardware himself. On Wednesday, the five-time FIFA player of the year added another ...

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of ...

Nigeria needs win against Iceland after opening defeat

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Few teams in this World Cup have underperformed their potential as much as Nigeria. And while it's still early in the tournament, few have exceeded expectations more than Icel...

Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest World Cup red card

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez will be relieved about one thing. His third-minute dismissal in the team's opener with Japan on Tuesday at the World Cup isn't the fastest i...

It's been a journey for Maguire from England fan to player

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Two years ago during the European Championship, Harry Maguire was a fan in France watching his beloved England. Now, he's the first Leicester City to represent the country at ...