• Atletico midfielder Nicolas Gaitan

    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid has presented Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan a month after securing his transfer from Benfica.

  • In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini, left, and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona attend the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Angel Maria Villar, UEFA's longest-serving vice president, is standing in the election to succeed Michel Platini as head of European soccer. The Spanish federation president announced his candidacy Tuesday, July 19, 2016 ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for September’s UEFA presidential election. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    Spanish federation head Villar seeks UEFA presidency

    MADRID (AP) — Angel Maria Villar, UEFA’s longest-serving vice president, is standing in the election to succeed Michel Platini as the head of European soccer.

  • Top CONMEBOL official Villar leaves scandal-hit body

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — CONMEBOL says its director general Gorka Villar has left the organization by “common accord.”

  • Pak marks 50 years since North Korea’s World Cup shock

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It has been five decades since Pak Du Ik scored the winning goal in North Korea’s shocking upset of Italy to reach the quarterfinals at the 1966 World Cup, a match that remains the country’s most memorable in football folklore.

  • Asia-wide crackdown on illegal gambling during Euro 2016

    BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol says a crackdown on Asian gambling dens and websites during football’s European Championship led to more than 4,100 people arrested and $13.6 million seized.

  • In this Dec. 25, 2015 file photo Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian sports head Mutko at risk from doping scandal

    GENEVA (AP) — The fallout of Russia’s state-backed cheating at the Sochi Olympics could add pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also is its top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

  • In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo the stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, under construction in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, July 18, 2016, has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

    Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal.

  • Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist, edging Will Grigg

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the 10-player shortlist to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for last season. Fan favorite Will Grigg missed out but got as many points as Paul Pogba.

  • Russia’s Alfa-Bank signs with FIFA as 2018 World Cup sponsor

    MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has filled the first of 20 sponsor slots for the 2018 World Cup in a new program that stalled during its corruption crisis.