Skip to content

soccer

  1. Brazil’s Olympic coach wants Neymar to play at Rio 2016

    Jul 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    Brazil's forward Neymar (L) is challenge

    Neymar played in 2012, but there’s a new obstacle that could keep him out of 2016.

  2. Free Rio Olympic tickets will be offered to diversify crowds, reports say

    Jul 11, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

    Christ the Redeemer

    Olympics will be Brazil’s “top priority” come Monday.

  3. Obstacles for Tim Howard to return to Brazil for Olympics

    Jul 2, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT

    Tim Howard

    Age, qualification, crammed schedule are in the way.

  4. The ultimate Olympic World Cup field

    Jun 18, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

    Olympic World Cup

    What the World Cup groups would look like if nations were represented by their greatest Olympians.

  5. Flopping at World Cup impresses U.S. Olympic diving coach

    Jun 18, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

    Drew Johansen

    Coach judges Fred’s dive for Brazil a 9.5 on Olympic scale.

  6. Olympic stars show support for U.S. Soccer at World Cup

    Jun 16, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps, Mikaela Shiffrin and more follow U.S.-Ghana.

  7. World Cup stars who played in Olympics (photos)

    Jun 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar were Olympians before World Cup debuts.

  8. Remembering South Korea’s ‘Ohno celebration’ at 2002 World Cup

    Jun 9, 2014, 11:16 AM EDT

    Apolo Ohno

    South Korean goal scorer mimicked Apolo Ohno after controversial 2002 Winter Olympics.

  9. Qatar 2022 World Cup decision to come in 2015, official says

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    2013 AFC Annual Awards

    World Cup expected to be shifted to winter but not clash with Olympics.

  10. Lionel Messi named Youth Olympic Games ambassador

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

    Lionel Messi

    Soccer star to promote Buenos Aires event.

  11. Usain Bolt on playing for Jamaican soccer team: Anything is possible

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    Usain Bolt

    Jamaican coach hopes Bolt wants to play after 2016 Olympics.

  12. Olympic soccer star fails on ‘Happy Gilmore’ golf shot (video)

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Sydney Leroux

    Sydney Leroux is an excellent striker, but not of golf balls.

  13. Qatar 2022 World Cup in winter should not clash with Olympics

    Jan 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sepp Blatter

    The 2022 World Cup will not be played during the hot summer in Qatar, a FIFA official said, but the proposed time window would not cross into the 2022 Winter Olympics. “The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told France Inter Radio, according to…

  14. Nelson Mandela’s impact on sports

    Dec 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in prison during an era of racial oppression, died at age 95 on Thursday. Mandela’s reach was global, in many aspects. Some of his most enduring images came with a backdrop of sports. He grew up an amateur boxer who admired the…

  15. Sepp Blatter confirms he doesn’t want 2022 World Cup to clash with Olympics

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    Sepp Blatter

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said “consultations” are starting on moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter, but that it won’t overlap with the 2022 Olympics. “It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,” Blatter told reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday, according to Agence France-Presse. Blatter is also an International Olympic…

  16. Winter sports chief concerned about possible 2022 World Cup in November

    Nov 4, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Rene Fasel

    The Winter Olympics would surely be affected if the 2022 World Cup is moved to January or February, but even a potential November World Cup in Qatar is being met with concern by winter sports officials. “November is the start of the (winter sports) season for maybe, I would say, all the other federations,” Rene Fasel,…

  17. Michael Phelps, Pele to be in Subway commercial together

    Nov 4, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps extended his sponsorship deal with Subway and will join soccer legend Pele for a commercial, according to Sports Business Journal. The commercial would pair the most decorated Olympic champion of all time — 22 medals for Phelps — with the man many believe is the greatest soccer player of all time. Pele also won three…

  18. Usain Bolt ‘reconsidering’ retiring after 2016 Olympics, trains with Sergio Aguero (video)

    Sep 19, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt‘s having second thoughts about retiring, three years before his planned retirement. “I am definitely reconsidering (retiring after 2016),” Bolt said, according to the Telegraph. “I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring. “They think I should carry on, and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my…

  19. Great Britain’s Olympic soccer manager criticizes Gareth Bale for skipping London 2012

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    Gareth Bale

    Stuart Pearce, who managed the Great Britain soccer team to a quarterfinal exit at the London Olympics, recently singled out Welsh star Gareth Bale for pulling out Olympic consideration the night before the team was named last year. Bale, a 24-year-old attacking midfielder, transferred from England’s Tottenham Hotspur to Spain’s Real Madrid for a fee reported to…

  20. Lionel Messi promotes Madrid 2020 in video

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Lionel Messi

    The world’s biggest soccer star is promoting Madrid 2020 after all. FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi donned a Madrid 2020 shirt and praised the city’s Olympic bid in a video published by the bid’s organizers Tuesday. Last week, it was reported Messi turned down the chance to appear in a promo video for Madrid via his agents.…

  21. Lionel Messi turned down request to promote Madrid 2020 Olympic bid via his agents

    Aug 31, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Lionel Messi

    Madrid brought together some of Spain’s sports stars to help its bid to host the 2020 Olympics, but it struck out with the biggest name of all — Lionel Messi. Madrid 2020 approached Messi to participate in a promotional video for the bid, but the Argentine’s agents turned it down, according to Inside The Games,…

  22. Wambach wins FIFA Player of the Year

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    The U.S. women’s soccer team capped off an incredible year by taking home the top honors for both FIFA player and coach of the year at the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich Monday night. Striker Abby Wambach, who finished in the top-five for the award five times, became the first American in a decade to…

  23. Park Jong-woo suspended two games by FIFA

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Takeshiisland

    South Korean midfielder Park Jong-woo has been banned two games by FIFA for holding up a sign of protest while celebrating his team’s 2-0 bronze medal game victory over rival Japan in London. FIFA said Park was guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, and that they “took into account that the behavior of the player, even though…