BC-World Cup Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.
WCUP-THE LATEST — Breaking news on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.
WCUP-SCENARIOS — A look at four matchups in the World Cup quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WCUP-BEST PLAYER — After a decade of duopoly, the FIFA-run vote to crown soccer’s best player finally seems open to third parties after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup early. Whether Neymar can win over enough voters could hinge on his on-field behavior, not just his performance, and on whether Brazil wins the World Cup. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— With WCUP-BRAZIL-CRITICIZING NEYMAR — Brazil coach Tite has been a strong defender of Neymar at the World Cup, going out of his way to protect his team’s biggest star from critics condemning the player’s demeanor. Not long ago, Tite was the one fiercely attacking Neymar for his theatrics on the field. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 600 words, photos.
WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM — To get past Belgium in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Brazil has to do something it has not been able to do since it last won the tournament in 2002: overcome European opposition in the knockout stages. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— With WCUP-BRAZIL-THIAGO SILVA — Four years after becoming the symbol of Brazil’s catastrophic failure at its home World Cup, Thiago Silva is back to his best in Russia, a country where his then burgeoning career was almost tragically cut short years ago. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE — It will be France’s searing speed led by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Uruguay’s defense anchored by Diego Godin on Friday in the World Cup quarterfinals, with the winner facing Brazil or Belgium. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— With WCUP-REAL MADRID-MBAPPE — Real Madrid has denied reaching an agreement to sign France forward Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, two days after Madrid dismissed a report that it had offered to buy Neymar from PSG for a world-record transfer of 310 million euros ($360 million). SENT: 200 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-SWEDEN-ANDERSSON’S EFFECT — Bespectacled, thick set and with short, cropped hair, the 55-year-old Andersson has no global profile, although that might be about to change with a quarterfinal against England on Saturday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 550 words, photos.
Shot of the day: A girl cools off in a public fountain in Krasnodar, Russia. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)