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Pelé's Family: COVID Is Behind Hospitalization

They say soccer great is not dying

(Newser) - The family of Brazilian soccer great Pelé says the three-time World Cup winner is not in imminent danger of dying, the AP reports. "He is sick, he is old. But at the moment, he is there because of the lung infection. And once he feels better, he will go...

Ailing Pele Reassures Fans
Pele Tells Fans He Has Hope

Pele Tells Fans He Has Hope

Soccer great, 82, is hospitalized in Brazil

(Newser) - From a Brazilian hospital, Pele assured supporters Saturday that he's "strong, with a lot of hope." The soccer great issued the statement on social media after reports that his health was worsening and World Cup fans in Qatar expressed support for his recovery, CNN reports. Pele said...

USA-Iran Match Is Huge, and Not Only Over Soccer

Teams face each other Tuesday in World Cup showdown

(Newser) - Teams USA and Iran play each other Tuesday in the World Cup, and the stakes are big for both teams on and off the field. The game begins at 2pm Eastern.
  • The soccer: The Americans must win if they want to advance to the next round. Iran will likely be

US Outplays England, but It's a Draw
US Outplays
England, but
It's a Draw

US Outplays England, but It's a Draw

Americans have to beat Iran on Tuesday to advance

(Newser) - The US men's team outdid the heavily favored English team in every way but scoring during their World Cup match Friday, battling to a 0-0 draw. As far as the tournament goes, the match didn't settle much: The US will have to beat Iran on Tuesday to reach...

Qatar Sets Record With World Cup Exit

Host nation fails to make it past the group stage

(Newser) - For Qatar, whose hosting of the World Cup was more than a dozen years and $220 billion in the making, it's over already. The Qatar squad set a record Friday in being eliminated from the World Cup; it's the first time a host nation's team has been...

Team Pushes Back at FIFA: Human Rights 'Non-Negotiable'

German Football Association protests after armband ban at World Cup in anti-gay Qatar

(Newser) - The captains of at least seven World Cup teams planned to wear rainbow armbands in support of LGBTQ+ rights during matches in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal , before FIFA threatened sanctions. Told the captains would receive yellow cards for the infraction or be removed from the field, per USA Today ...

After Controversial Interview, Soccer Star Is Out

Ronaldo is leaving Man U, huge news in world of soccer

(Newser) - Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United "with immediate effect," the Premier League club said Tuesday, days after he gave an explosive interview criticizing manager Erik ten Hag and the club's owners. It wasn't known where the 37-year-old Ronaldo will go next next after failing to secure...

It May Be the Biggest Upset in World Cup History

Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Sportswriters are running out of superlatives to describe Saudi Arabia's upset victory over powerhouse Argentina in the World Cup on Tuesday. CNBC calls the 2-1 win by the Saudis "one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history." The New York Times sees the loss for Argentina'...

Journalist Says Qatar Stopped Him Over His Rainbow Shirt

Grant Wahl was told before US-Wales match it was for his own protection

(Newser) - A CBS Sports writer said security employees in Qatar detained him Monday when he wore a rainbow shirt to the US-Wales World Cup match. A security guard told him the shirt was prohibited, said Grant Wahl, who wore it in a display of support for LGBTQ+ people, the Guardian reports....

As World Cup Starts, This Armband Is Forbidden

FIFA won't let European captains wear 'One Love' armband in support of LGBTQ rights

(Newser) - The World Cup is underway in Qatar, as is a controversy over LGBTQ armbands. Several European nations had sought permission for their captains to wear rainbow-themed "OneLove" armbands in support of gay rights—as they have been doing for a while in other world tournaments—but soccer's governing...

Soccer Stampede Is One of Deadliest Sports Events Ever
Soccer Stampede Leaves
at Least 125 Dead

Soccer Stampede Leaves at Least 125 Dead

Indonesia riot results in one of the deadliest sports events ever

(Newser) - (Update: The death toll has been revised from 174 to 125 after authorities realized some victims were counted twice.) Panic and a chaotic run for exits after police fired tear gas at an Indonesian soccer match left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled upon or suffocated,...

Ukraine to Resume Soccer in a Show of Resolve

No fans will attend, and play will stop if air-raid sirens sound

(Newser) - Under threat of Russian attacks in a war that stopped all soccer in Ukraine in February, a new league season starts Tuesday in Kyiv with the goal of restoring some sense of normal life. The elegant Olympic Stadium has staged the biggest European soccer games in the past decade, though...

Hope Solo Speaks Out on 'Worst Night of My Life'

Retired soccer goalkeeper says drinking that led to DUI spurred partly from postpartum depression

(Newser) - Nearly a month after pleading guilty to charges of driving while impaired in North Carolina in late March, while her twin toddlers were in the car, Hope Solo is talking publicly about what happened. Making an appearance this week on her Hope Solo Speaks podcast , the 41-year-old former soccer goalkeeper...

Now Musk Is Messing With Soccer Fans

Tesla/SpaceX CEO posted he was purchasing Manchester United, then said he was just joking

(Newser) - A tweet this week from Elon Musk in which he suggested he would soon be the owner of a top UK soccer team went over about as well as it did for Ted Lasso when he first showed up to coach Apple TV's fictional team. The Tesla and SpaceX...

An Ugly Arrest for Soccer Great Hope Solo

Hope Solo
Pleads Guilty

Hope Solo Pleads Guilty

Gets 30 days, fine in DWI case

(Newser) - Update: Hope Solo on Monday pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 30 days, with 30 days' credit given for the time she spent in an inpatient rehab facility . She was also hit with $3,100 in fees and fines and ordered to complete all recommended substance...

Player With Limb Difference Makes Debut With US Team

Carson Pickett played all 90 minutes in women's soccer team win over Colombia

(Newser) - Carson Pickett, who was born without a left hand and forearm, made history with the US national women's soccer team in Tuesday's 2-0 win in a friendly against Colombia. The 28-year-old became the first player with a limb difference to play for the USNWT, and she stayed on...

CTE Finds Its Way Into Another Pro Sport

Scott Vermillion, who died in 2020, is first Major League Soccer player to be diagnosed

(Newser) - It's long been known that football players are at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Now, another sport—one in which the head is often used during game play—is making headlines in connection with the degenerative brain condition. Researchers from Boston University's CTE Center say Scott...

England Soccer Fans Arrested for Doing Nazi Salute in Germany

Though police say overall the mood was very calm

(Newser) - Ahead of a Nations League soccer match between England and Germany Tuesday in Munich, a number of England fans were arrested for giving the Nazi salute. Doing so is a crime punishable by up to three years behind bars in Germany, though reports tourists are often merely hit...

Husband Charged With Murder of Former Soccer Star

University of Kansas mourns Regan Gibbs

(Newser) - The husband of former Universty of Kansas soccer star Regan Gibbs was arrested after he called 911 and her body was found in their Lawrence apartment. The Lawrence Police Department says Chad Marek, 26, was arrested at the scene and "domestic violence is being investigated as a contributing factor,...

US Women's Soccer Team Finally Gets Its Equal Pay

US Soccer Federation is first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money

(Newser) - The US Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men's and women's teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation announced separate collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that run through December 2028 with the unions...

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