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It Could Be the Priciest Sports Memorabilia Collection Ever Sold

Sotheby's to auction 6 shirts worn by Lionel Messi in winning World Cup run

(Newser) - Sotheby's is to auction six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's winning run at last year's soccer World Cup in Qatar and thinks they could become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at potentially more than $10 million. The auction house said Monday...

Soccer Star's Kidnapped Father Is Released

Members of Colombian guerrilla group had abducted father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz

(Newser) - The father of a prominent pro soccer player has been released by kidnappers 12 days after his abduction in Colombia by members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army. The Colombian government announced the news about the father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz on Thursday, per the AP . The kidnapping...

FIFA Lays Down Hammer on Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief

Luis Rubiales is barred from sport for 3 years for misconduct after he kissed player during World Cup

(Newser) - FIFA banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish soccer federation, from the sport for three years on Monday for misconduct at the Women's World Cup final, where he forcibly kissed a player on the lips at the trophy ceremony. FIFA didn't publish details of the verdict...

Soccer Star Embodied Gentlemanly Greatness
Soccer Star Embodied
Gentlemanly Greatness

Soccer Star Embodied Gentlemanly Greatness

Bobby Charlton survived plane crash to become beloved United, World Cup leader

(Newser) - Bobby Charlton, a UK soccer icon who held Manchester United's scoring record for decades—after surviving a plane crash that killed eight teammates—and starred in England's 1966 World Cup championship, died Saturday. He was 86. Charlton not only made most lists of the sport's greatest players,...

2030 FIFA World Cup Will Be Held on 3 Continents

First 3 games will be played in South America

(Newser) - The 2026 men's soccer World Cup will be the first to be held in three countries—the US, Canada, and Mexico—but 2030 will go a step further with games in three continents. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced Wednesday that the tournament will be hosted by Spain,...

Cops Raid Spanish Soccer Federation's Offices

More bad news for the organization, which was just rocked by a sexism scandal

(Newser) - Spanish police raided the offices of the country's soccer federation on Thursday as part of an investigation into the payment of millions of dollars over several years by FC Barcelona to a former vice president of Spain's refereeing committee. The Guardia Civil confirmed to the AP that its...

More Bad News for Rubiales Over That Kiss

Jenni Hermoso has formally accused soccer federation president of sexual assault

(Newser) - The coach of the Spanish national women's soccer team is out of a job , but soccer federation president Luis Rubiales still has his despite his very public unwanted kiss. Rubiales has been defiant in refusing to step down after kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips in the wake...

Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
Infamous Kiss in Spain
Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
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Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer

Backlash against Luis Rubiales seen as an 'epochal moment' for nation's culture of machismo

(Newser) - As of Tuesday afternoon, Luis Rubiales remained president of the Spanish Football Federation. However, his ability to keep that post looks more uncertain by the hour because of the infamous kiss he planted on the lips of soccer player Jennifer Hermoso following Spain's World Cup championship. At this point,...

Coaches Quit as FIFA Suspends Spain's Soccer Chief After Kiss

11 coaches and staff members for women's team denounce Luis Rubiales' actions and resign

(Newser) - Global soccer's governing body suspended Luis Rubiales, the head of Spain's soccer federation, on Saturday while a disciplinary committee reviews allegations that he forcibly kissed a player during the Women's World Cup medal ceremony. Rubiales will be barred from all national and international soccer-related activities for an...

Women's Team Refuses to Play Over Postgame Kiss

Move comes as Spain's soccer boss says he won't step down

(Newser) - The president of Spain's soccer federation has defended his kiss of a player after the national team's victory in the World Cup by saying it was consensual. Jenni Hermoso answered that on Friday, the BBC reports. "I want to clarify, that at no time did I consent...

Kiss Showed Soccer for What It Is: 'The Misogynistic Game'

Unwanted kiss and Spanish federation's reaction is a disgrace, but not a surprise: Christine Brennan

(Newser) - The message behind the Women's World Cup was one of empowerment. But it "wasn't destined to last long, not in international soccer, not with its long history of ignoring women, not paying women equally and not particularly caring about the women's game." As Christine Brennan...

Spain's Women Just Won Their First World Cup

They knock off England in the soccer final, 1-0

(Newser) - Spain won its first Women's World Cup soccer championship with a 1-0 victory over England on Sunday. Spain won on a goal from Olga Carmona in the 29th minute, per the AP . The left back scored in back-to-back World Cup games for Spain, which had a tournament-best 18 goals...

After Enduring Women's Ban, Soccer Pioneer Cheers Change

Beating Spain in World Cup final would close book on 'huge injustice,' Gail Newsham says

(Newser) - Gail Newsham can't stop grinning as she prepares for England's soccer team to play in the final of the Women's World Cup. Newsham, 70, grew up at a time when women in England were banned from the sport—called football here—and helped lead a resurgence in...

Police Spot Mob Fugitive Among Soccer Fans

Italian suspect is picked up in Corfu after celebrating hometown team's title

(Newser) - Hometown passion for this year's soccer champions from Naples has betrayed the hideout of a longtime crime fugitive from Italy, who was captured while riding a motor scooter on a Greek island, Italian police said Saturday. Naples-based Carabinieri paramilitary police said the man, who was on Italy's list...

2023's World Cup Has a Cinderella Team

Women's team from Jamaica knocks Brazil out of Women's World Cup, advances to next round

(Newser) - It's been a tough battle to keep the Jamaican women's soccer team funded and functional over the years, but on Wednesday, all of those efforts paid off as the players knocked Brazil out of the Women's World Cup tournament with a 0-0 draw, advancing to the next...

US Came an Inch From Enormous World Cup Upset

Portugal hit the post, and 0-0 draw is good enough for USA to advance

(Newser) - Portugal's late near-miss helped reigning champion United States avoid the biggest upset in Women's World Cup tournament history on Tuesday. The Americans slipped through to the knockout round Tuesday despite a listless, uninspiring 0-0 draw against Portugal, per the AP . The US won only one game in group...

Lindsey Horan Scores Game-Saving Goal for US

They eked out 1-1 draw against Netherlands

(Newser) - When the United States was desperate for a spark, Lindsey Horan channeled her anger into a much-needed goal to keep the Americans unbeaten at the Women's World Cup. Horan was fuming after she was knocked over by Danielle van de Donk in the second half of Thursday's rematch...

BBC Apologizes After Reporter's Question to Soccer Player

Journalist asked Moroccan captain if there are gay players on her team

(Newser) - The BBC has apologized after one of its reporters asked the captain of Morocco's women's soccer team what many are calling a dangerous question. During a press conference before the team's Women's World Cup opener against Germany, which it went on to lose, Ghizlane Chebbak was...

ESPN Analyst 'Looking OK' After On-Air Collapse

Former soccer goalie Shaka Hilsop had a scary moment

(Newser) - A scary moment over the weekend for two ESPN announcers, after one witnessed the other collapsing during a live broadcast from California's Rose Bowl. It was just a few minutes before kickoff for a friendly match between the AC Milan and Real Madrid soccer clubs on Sunday when former...

Wrexham Is Coming for You, America
Wrexham Is Coming
for You, America

Wrexham Is Coming for You, America

Wrexham game at 51K-capacity stadium in North Carolina sold out in days

(Newser) - Three years ago, Wrexham AFC was a relatively obscure Welsh team struggling in the lower reaches of the English soccer leagues. Today, it launches a US tour with a game against Chelsea in North Carolina—and excitement is running high. The 51,000-capacity Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, home...

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