FIFA World Cup
  • France's soccer team celebrate after defeating Ukraine during the World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg soccer match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. France beats Ukaine 3-0 in playoff second leg to qualify for World Cup.

    Greece, Ghana and Algeria also earned berths, and Mexico took a 5-1 lead into the second leg of its playoff against New Zealand.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 19, 2013, 11:04 PM EST
  • In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, former soccer stars Romario, left, and Ronaldo give a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over the World Cup in Brazil, criticizing each other's conflicting comments about what the tournament means to the country's population.

    In a clash of Brazilian soccer greats and World Cup champions, Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over what the showpiece tournament means to the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 08, 2013, 11:36 AM EST
  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots to score against AC Milan during a group H Champions League soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.


    Barcelona beat AC Milan 3-1 Wednesday night to clinch a berth in the second round of the Champions League.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 06, 2013, 7:06 PM EST
  • Real Madrid's Pepe, right, duels for the ball against FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

    Barcelona leads the global soccer poll following a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid while Liverpool striker Luis Suarez earns top player spot. 

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT
  • Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo adjusts his glasses during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Rebelo is not expecting waves of protests during the World Cup next year, saying the Brazilian people will be more worried about celebrating the tournament than complaining of its cost.

    Aldo Rebelo doesn't think Brazil will face anti-government protests similar to those that took place during the Confederations Cup this year.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT
  • Aron Johannsson, center, of the U.S. celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Panama in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match, in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The United States rallied for a 3-2 win at Panama on Tuesday night that left Mexico's World Cup hopes alive and knocked out the Panamanians.

    Panama was about 90 seconds from advancing to a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth. Now they're out and Mexico is in. 

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 16, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT
  • United States' Landon Donovan, right, scores a goal as Mexico goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona watches during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Argentina has climbed to second place behind World Cup champion Spain in the monthly FIFA rankings, and the United States moved up six places to No. 13.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT
  • United States fans hold up scarves as they sing the national Anthem before the start of the qualifying soccer match against Mexico in a World Cup, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.

    The U.S. ensured it will be Brazil-bound after Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored second-half goals in the now traditional 2-0 home qualifying win over Mexico on Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 11, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT
  • In this April 3, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan controls the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Monterrey in Carson, Calif. Donovan has been left off the 29-man U.S. roster for a training camp ahead of a trio of World Cup qualifiers next month.

    Seeking its seventh straight World Cup berth, the U.S. travels to Jamaica on June 7, plays Panama four days later in Seattle and then faces Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18.

    LAST UPDATE : May 16, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT