World Cup

Boxer Stadium during a San Francisco Glens soccer match in 2018. (Courtesy / SF Glens)

District supervisor hopes to renovate Boxer Stadium in time for 2026 World Cup

A San Francisco official will attempt to orchestrate a major renovation to…

 

In this Aug. 10, 1999 file photo Guenter Netzer, Fedor Radmann, Wolfgang Niersbach, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Franz Beckenbauer, head of the German bid committee, Horst R. Schmidt, secretary general of the German Football Association (DFB) and Michel Zen-Ruffinen, Fifa secretary general, from left, pose during the presentation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Bid of Germany at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Christoph Ruckstuhl/Keystone via AP, 1999)

German football federation denies 2006 World Cup bribe claims

BERLIN — The German football federation is denying allegations it used bribes…

 

Seattle Reign forward Megan Rapinoe, right, stands next to Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan before an NWSL soccer match in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Seattle won 1-0. Morgan, who is recovering from surgery on her right knee, did not play. (Don Ryan/AP)

Women’s soccer enjoying World Cup bump

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nowhere could the World Cup bump in women’s soccer…

 

United States' Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach, right, embrace as the team celebrates their win over Japan following the second half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship.   (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Team USA forges own identity — dominance

Fans jumped up and down and waved flags and screamed chants outside…

United States' Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach, right, embrace as the team celebrates their win over Japan following the second half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship.   (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
United States' Carli Lloyd has been a bright spot on a women's national team that hopes to follow in the footsteps of its 1999 counterpart. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Time to party like it’s 1999

We’ll watch the game in earnest, maybe a record 18 million of…

United States' Carli Lloyd has been a bright spot on a women's national team that hopes to follow in the footsteps of its 1999 counterpart. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
If he can remain healthy and productive, the Giants’ Buster Posey may be on a career path to the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Posey could be stuff of Cooperstown

Unless Kansas City fans find a way to vote a Royals catcher…

If he can remain healthy and productive, the Giants’ Buster Posey may be on a career path to the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Shhhh … Why no more outcry over Solo?

So now the conversation about Hope Solo involves soccer, only soccer, and…

(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kin Cheung-file/AP File PhotoFILE- In this Jan. 3

FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on Dec. 18

ZURICH — The final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will…

Kin Cheung-file/AP File PhotoFILE- In this Jan. 3
Alessandro Trovati/AP file photoSquaw Valley's Travis Ganong

American skier Ganong faces new challenge: college

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two months after winning his first World Cup…

Alessandro Trovati/AP file photoSquaw Valley's Travis Ganong
Anja Niedringhaus/AP File PhotoA FIFA task force on Tuesday

FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar

The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos. Seven…

Anja Niedringhaus/AP File PhotoA FIFA task force on Tuesday
Natacha Pisarenko/AP FIle photoAfter losing the last two games by a combined 10-1 Brazil and David Luiz

Brazil rethinks future after World Cup failure

SAO PAULO — The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil —…

Natacha Pisarenko/AP FIle photoAfter losing the last two games by a combined 10-1 Brazil and David Luiz
Felipe Dana/APMario Goetze (19) celebrates with his German teammates after scoring in extra time against Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final.

Germany's goal in extra time captures World Cup over Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO -- With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's…

Felipe Dana/APMario Goetze (19) celebrates with his German teammates after scoring in extra time against Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final.
Felipe Dana/APArgentina’s Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball as MVP of the World Cup

Messi’s World Cup ends on a bitter note

RIO DE JANEIRO — Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World…

Felipe Dana/APArgentina’s Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball as MVP of the World Cup
AP file photoWhile Germany

World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?

The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a…

AP file photoWhile Germany
Rodrigo Abd/APFans of the Argentina soccer team cheer their team while traveling from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Argentina will play against Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup.

Despite woes, Argentines united in World Cup run

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic…

Rodrigo Abd/APFans of the Argentina soccer team cheer their team while traveling from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Argentina will play against Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup.
AP Photo/Martin MeissnerNetherlands' Arjen Robben goes down under a challenge from Argentina's Martin Demichelis during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties

Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands…

AP Photo/Martin MeissnerNetherlands' Arjen Robben goes down under a challenge from Argentina's Martin Demichelis during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil
Matt Dunham/APA stomach ailment may keep Robin van Persie out of the Netherlands’ World Cup match today against Argentina.

Netherlands’ Robin Van Persie has stomach complaint ahead of semi

SAO PAULO -- Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie…

Matt Dunham/APA stomach ailment may keep Robin van Persie out of the Netherlands’ World Cup match today against Argentina.
AP Photo/Frank AugsteinGermany's Mats Hummels

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever on Tuesday with…

AP Photo/Frank AugsteinGermany's Mats Hummels
Themba Hadebe/APUnited States' goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup match against Belgium.

A World Cup to remember, a nice signing by the Warriors and more A's stadium drama

It's been a while since we went with the grab-bag approach, so…

Themba Hadebe/APUnited States' goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup match against Belgium.
Julio Cortez/APU.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased by his team’s performance in the World Cup

US shows it's still not ready to win World Cup

SAO PAULO -- Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready…

Julio Cortez/APU.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased by his team’s performance in the World Cup