• This night aerial, June 24, 2014, file photo, shows the illuminated Arena Pantanal where Japan and Colombia met up for their group C World Cup soccer match, in Cuiaba, Brazil. Two documentaries recently screened in Brazil on 2015, argue that hosting the World Cup was detrimental to the South American powerhouse. Taxpayers, the films show, ended up stuck with the bill for stadiums that cost several times their initial estimates. Some were built in cities such as the remote agricultural capital of Cuiaba, which does not have a first-division soccer team. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    New films scrutinize Brazil’s World Cup legacy

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Last year’s World Cup in Brazil may have been the “cup of cups” for soccer fans, but for Brazilian taxpayers, who forked out some $11.5 billion for the month-long tournament, its legacy has proven negative, according to two new films.

  • Belgium's Dries Mertens, center, celebrates with Radja Nainggolan, left, after he scored against Israel during a Group B Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match between Belgium and Israel at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Belgium tops Group B, FIFA ranking after 3-1 win over Israel

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens helped Belgium secure top spot in Group B and first place in the FIFA rankings with a 3-1 victory over Israel in their European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.

  • Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar vents his anger after missing a chance to score during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, at the ArenA stadium, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Netherlands loses 3-2 to Czech Republic, misses Euro 2016

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands squandered its last chance of reaching the playoffs for next year’s European Championship in a humiliating 3-2 defeat by 10-man Czech Republic on Tuesday.

  • Italy's players celebrate after their teammate Alessandro Florenzi scored during a Euro 2016 qualifying group H soccer match  at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Croatia qualifies for Euro 2016 with help from Italy

    ROME (AP) — With some help from Italy, Croatia qualified for its fourth consecutive European Championship after a 1-0 win at Malta on Tuesday.

    Updated: 3:24 pm

  • Qatar's Mohammed Kasola, right, celebrates with Hasan Al Haydos after scoring against Maldives during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group C, qualifying soccer match between Qatar and Maldives in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    Syria beats Afghanistan, overhauls Japan in Asian qualifying

    TOKYO (AP) — Osama Omari scored a hat trick and Mahmoud Al Mawas netted twice in Syria’s 5-2 win over Afghanistan in a World Cup qualifying game played on neutral turf in Oman on Tuesday because of conflicts in both countries.

  • In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and UEFA president Michel Platini talk before the semi final soccer match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

    Inside FIFA case: How Blatter, Platini could face long bans

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA investigators are yet to be convinced there was any long-standing verbal agreement that led to Sepp Blatter secretly sanctioning the payment of 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 million) to Michel Platini.

  • Austria's coach Marcel Koller looks on before the Euro 2016 soccer qualifying group G match between Austria and Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Swiss coach Marcel Koller guides Austria to Euro 2016

    VIENNA (AP) — For all the sporting rivalry between the neighboring countries, it took a coach from Switzerland to help Austria qualify for a European Championship for the first time.

    Updated: 9:15 am

  • VW fallout: Wolfsburg postpones planned training center

    WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen-backed Bundesliga club Wolfsburg postponed the construction of a youth training center Tuesday because of the German car manufacturer’s emissions-rigging scandal.

    Updated: 7:48 am

  • Moldova's Vitalie Bordian, right, fights for the ball with Russia's Aleksandr Kokorin, left,  during the Euro 2016 group G, qualifying match between Moldova and Russia, at the Zimbru Stadium, in Chisinau, Moldova, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Roveliu Buga)

    UEFA charges Moldova over fans’ racist flags at Russia game

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Moldova soccer association over crowd issues, including racism, during a European Championship qualifier against Russia.

  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gets ready to shoot a free kick during the Euro 2016 qualifying group I soccer match between Portugal and Denmark at the Municipal Stadium in Braga, Portugal, Thursday, Oct. 8 2015. Portugal defeated Denmark 1-0. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

    Ronaldo receives Golden Boot award for Europe’s top scorer

    MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo received his record fourth Golden Boot award on Tuesday after leading all scorers in Europe’s domestic leagues last season.