Son backs friend Dele to bounce back from off-pitch issues (0:34)
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Neymar on 'painful' WC exit: I cried for five days

Neymar said he "cried for five days straight" after Brazil's 2022 World Cup exit to Croatia and added he considered international retirement.

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NYC mayor, NJ gov: WC final belongs in Big Apple

The world's biggest game needs to be played on the world's biggest stage said New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who along with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy are making a pitch to land the 2026 World Cup Final.

Martino: I don't know when Messi will be in Miami (1:35)
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Herdman: Canada needs more WC funding

Coach John Herdman challenged the Canada Soccer Association to increase resources ahead of co-hosting 2026 World Cup.


FIFA sec. general, top female official, to depart

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura is leaving after seven years as the highest-profile woman working in world soccer, the governing body said Wednesday.

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Bud back as WC beer brand despite Qatar fiasco

Budweiser will still be the official World Cup beer through the 2026 tournament in North America after brewer AB InBev renewed with FIFA on Thursday despite a troubled time with men's 2022 World Cup host Qatar.

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FIFPRO: Qatar WC dangerous for players' health

Nearly half the players competing at last year's World Cup experienced extreme or increased mental fatigue during an unprecedented season of fixture congestion, according to international players' union FIFPRO.

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NY, NJ promise '8 Super Bowls' for '26 World Cup

New York and New Jersey stepped up their bid to host the final of the 2026 World Cup by promising a spectacle on par with "eight Super Bowls" at a launch event on Thursday.

Scally urges next USMNT coach to keep it simple (1:12)