CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — José Pekerman, who has coached teams in three World Cups, was hired Tuesday to take over the Venezuelan national team.
The 72-year-old Argentine signed a five-year contract, the country’s soccer federation said, with the goal of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers have reached an agreement by which Qatar will resume subsidizing the salaries of public employees by sending fuel to the impoverished territory, a Hamas official said Tuesday.
MONACO (AP) — Moroccan runner Halima Hachlaf was banned for six years on Tuesday for a second doping offense.
Hachlaf, who ran in the 800 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, tested positive for a synthetic steroid hormone at a race in Rabat in January.
ZURICH (AP) — New Zealand’s path to the World Cup in Qatar will also start there when the Oceania qualifying tournament that was drawn on Monday is played in the host nation in March.
The Oceania games will be closely watched by the United States and Mexico which could yet land in a World Cup playoff next June against the best team from the Pacific region.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president Monday discussed his country's economic meltdown and an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Persian Gulf nations with the Emir of Qatar. The emir promised to help the small country ease its problems.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup in Qatar is sure to be without either Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Italy and Portugal, the current and previous European champions, were drawn into the same qualifying playoff bracket Friday, meaning at least one will fail to qualify for next year's tournament.
The fourth-place team from North and Central American and the Caribbean will play the Oceania champion in a one-game playoff for a World Cup berth.
The fifth-place nation from South America will play the fifth-place team from Asia for another berth, FIFA said.
Former Netherlands international John van’t Schip resigned as Greece coach Friday after failing to qualify for next year's World Cup in Qatar.
The 58-year-old former Ajax winger stepped down five weeks before his contract expired on Dec.
Bayern Munich’s annual general meeting ended in tumult with members yelling and booing the club’s directors for refusing to discuss its sponsorship arrangements with Qatar.
“We are Bayern! You are not!” irate fans chanted at club president Herbert Hainer, chief executive Oliver Kahn and other presidium members late Thursday.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Union of Journalists is urging all Danish journalists not to travel to Qatar to cover next year's World Cup, saying the Arab country cannot be trusted.
“I do not trust Qatar," said Allan Boye Thulstrup, the union’s deputy leader.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Security forces in Qatar detained two journalists from Norwegian state television for over 30 hours and deleted footage they gathered at a migrant labor camp as they tried to report on worker issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, authorities said Wednesday.
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Last race: Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton started from the pole in Qatar and was never threatened in his second consecutive victory. It allowed him to pull within eight points of leader Max Verstappen with two races remaining.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
LONDON (AP) — England's most successful manager for more than half a century, Gareth Southgate has agreed to stay in the job until 2024.
The 51-year-old Southgate isn't ready for a return to club coaching just yet, especially when there's a chance to improve on reaching the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of this year's European Championship.
The eight stadiums — all within a 30-mile radius of Doha — are now largely complete. The 2022 World Cup has been preserved after fending off hostility from neighbors, corruption investigations and concerns about worker abuses.
LOSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lewis Hamilton inched closer to the Formula One championship lead with a dominating victory Sunday in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix to earn back-to-back wins and chip away at Max Verstappen's points advantage.
LOSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes moved a bit closer to reclaiming control of the Formula One championship race by quickly figuring out the newest circuit on the calendar.
Hamilton overcame a nagging stomachache Saturday to beat rival Max Verstappen for the pole at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix, this week's host for F1's dramatic title fight.
LOSAIL, Qatar (AP) — The most dramatic Formula One title fight in at least a decade further intensified Friday when Christian Horner and Toto Wolff traded barbs at the same time the FIA denied Mercedes' right to appeal last week's non-penalty on championship leader Max Verstappen.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez was fired Friday amid his team's poor run in World Cup qualifying.
The Uruguayans are in seventh place in the 10-team South American qualifying group.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA changed the World Cup qualifying format for the intercontinental playoffs on Friday to be single-leg games at a neutral venue.
The winners of the matches will earn the final two spots at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday.
F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by the season finale in Abu Dhabi, where the series has raced since 2009.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sports leaders appointed by the Taliban have promised Olympic officials that Afghanistan will continue to allow its athletes and teams to compete internationally.
The International Olympic Committee announced the pledge Thursday after its delegation met in Qatar with leaders of the Afghan General Directorate of Physical Education & Sports.
PARIS (AP) — When Aurelien Tchouameni started his first game for France, the 21-year-old midfielder looked like he had been playing at international level for years.
There were no nerves as the Monaco player displayed uncommon composure and midfield control at Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier in September.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Sweden’s top soccer leagues signed an Amnesty International protest on Thursday that gives “a red card to FIFA” and demands that the governing body stand up for the rights of migrant workers in Qatar during next year’s World Cup.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha and video assistant Esteban Ostojich were suspended Wednesday after failing to give a red card to Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi during a World Cup qualifying match against Brazil.
MUNICH (AP) — Croatia defender Josip Stanisic has tested positive for the coronavirus after playing for his country's national team, German club Bayern Munich said Wednesday.
Stanisic came off the bench for the final minutes of the 1-0 win over Russia on Sunday, a result that earned Croatia a place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s national soccer team will wear “human rights messages” on their training clothes at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Denmark earned a spot in the tournament last month.
2022 World Cup: China coach Li Tie lets rip after side’s draw with Australia keeps slim qualifying hopes alive
The pressure of trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar finally seems to have got to Chinese coach Li Tie.
With his side forced to play all their games outside China because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fact they are still in with a chance is something of an achievement.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil and Argentina have already secured their direct spots at next year's World Cup, but are approaching Qatar very differently.
Brazil has tested — and will continue to test — several players for nearly all positions, even Neymar's, while dominated the South American qualifying competition.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Argentina secured a place in next year's World Cup after a 0-0 draw against Brazil on Tuesday, giving Lionel Messi his fifth and possibly final shot at winning the only major trophy missing in his career.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia took their last chances and qualified for the World Cup playoffs in Africa on Tuesday, but Ivory Coast didn’t seize the day and is the continent’s biggest team so far to miss out on next year’s tournament in Qatar.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Australia slipped out of the automatic World Cup qualification spots on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw with China in Sharjah.
The Socceroos had been on course for a first win in three games thanks to Mitchell Duke’s first-half header but Wu Lei’s penalty, eventually given after a VAR review suggested defender James Jeggo handled the ball with 20 minutes remaining, earned China the draw.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that it will resume allowing air travel to Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mongolia starting Dec. 1.
The government coronavirus task force said Russia will also lift the remaining restrictions on flights to Cuba, Mexico and Qatar, and increase the number of flights to Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Vietnam as of Dec.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Qatar-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera said that Sudanese authorities on Tuesday released its bureau chief, two days after he was detained in the African country.
Italy is facing another detour to get to a World Cup final.
The playoffs beckon for the Azzurri — just like four years ago — after stumbling to 0-0 at Northern Ireland on Monday, plunging the recently crowned European champion to a second-place finish behind Switzerland in their qualifying group.
Four years on from Italy’s darkest moment, it could be about to happen again for the Azzurri.
Italy was held to 0-0 at Northern Ireland in its final World Cup qualifier on Monday, while Switzerland beat Bulgaria 4-0 to clinch top spot in Group C and a place in next year’s tournament in Qatar.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Kenya won its final World Cup qualifying game on Monday to provide a moment of relief from the crisis engulfing its national soccer federation.
Michael Olunga volleyed Kenya ahead in the third minute on the way to beating Rwanda 2-1.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's deputy president said on Monday that his country is “not afraid of anyone" and won't be deterred from continuing drilling for oil and gas in disputed waters that have been a source of tension between Ankara and ethnically-divided Cyprus.
MADRID (AP) — Qualifying for the World Cup wasn't as easy as usual for Spain this time.
“La Roja” will be playing at the tournament for the 12th straight time, but the team needed to overcome some bumps in the road to get to Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants Portugal to rebound quickly after the stunning loss that kept the team from securing a spot at next year’s World Cup.
Playing at home and needing only a draw to clinch a berth in the tournament in Qatar, Portugal conceded in the 90th minute in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Serbia and was relegated to a playoff that will be held next year with 11 other nations.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of seven Australia-based women plan to sue Qatar's government for being forced to undergo invasive gynecological examinations at Doha's international airport after an abandoned newborn was found in a trash can there last year, their lawyer said on Monday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is already the first South American team to secure a direct spot in next year's World Cup. Second-place Argentina is nearly there, too.
Anyone thinking Tuesday's qualifying match between the teams will not be decisive hasn't considered how much pride will be at stake in the region's superclasico.
Spain, Serbia and Croatia are heading to next year's World Cup. Sweden, Portugal and Russia aren't — not yet, anyway.
Aleksandar Mitrovic's 90th-minute header left Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal stunned in a 2-1 win for Serbia in Lisbon, which gave Serbia an automatic qualifying spot at the World Cup in Qatar.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Spain didn't falter with a World Cup spot on the line and will make its 12th straight appearance at the tournament next year.
Substitute Álvaro Morata scored late as “La Roja” beat Sweden 1-0 Sunday to win Group B and earn the automatic spot for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s team facing the playoffs.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After the final whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo sat on the field by himself, shaking his head and looking desolate.
Some teammates came over to console him. A few opponents did as well.
A look at what’s happening in World Cup qualifying in Europe on Monday:
Four years after failing to qualify for the World Cup, European champion Italy needs a strong performance at Northern Ireland to be sure of a spot at next year’s tournament in Qatar.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Qatar-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera said Sunday its bureau chief in Sudan was detained by security forces, a day after mass protests against last month's military coup.