BC-World Cup Digest
Jul. 08, 2018
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-KICKOFF — A look at what's coming up at the World Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1 p.m.
WCUP-FIFA FINES — Tens of thousands of dollars for wearing the wrong socks. A fraction of that for a neo-Nazi banner. FIFA's fines — and the rationale behind them — for various infractions by players, teams and fans at the World Cup can seem curious. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1 p.m.
WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM — Considering the attacking might of both sides, a goal-fest looks possible when France and Belgium meet Tuesday night in the World Cup semifinals. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WCUP-ENGLAND-PICKFORD — Jordan Pickford is reshaping the global reputation of English goalkeepers with his standout performances in England's surprising run to the World Cup semifinals. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WCUP-BELGIUM-KOMPANY — Belgium coach Roberto Martinez's gamble on including an injured Vincent Kompany in his World Cup squad has paid off, as the influential defender has gradually regained his fitness and helped steer his country into the semifinals. By Mike Corder. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-SPAIN-HIERRO OUT — Pressed into service the day before the World Cup began, Fernando Hierro is out as coach of Spain's national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run. SENT: 600 words, photos.
WCUP-ENGLAND-CROATIA-HISTORY — Croatia was there at England's lowest ebb this century in international soccer, and it'll be there as the English team tries to peak. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.
WCUP-EXHAUSTED CROATIA — They've gone 120 minutes twice since July 1. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts. They're dealing with injuries to key players. What kind of recovery Croatia can muster over the next three days will determine if it has a chance of taking out England and reaching its first World Cup final. By Tim Booth. SENT: 600 words, photos.
WCUP-CROATIA-VIDEO — FIFA has issued a formal warning to a Croatia player who praised Ukraine in a video after his team beat World Cup host Russia. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 350 words, photos.
WCUP-FRANCE-HENRY — France striker Olivier Giroud is turning the presence of French great Thierry Henry as a coach on the Belgium bench into an extra source of motivation for Tuesday's semifinal, which is France's first since 2006 and only the second ever for Belgium. By John Leicester. SENT: 500 words, photos.
WCUP-IGNASHEVICH — The penalty kick Sergei Ignashevich converted in Russia's shootout loss to Croatia will be the last kick of his career. The veteran defender announced his retirement a day later. SENT: 200 words, photo.
BRAZIL WCUP TEAM RETURNS — Players from the Brazil team - including Neymar - return to Rio after losing to Belgium. SENT.
RUSSIA WCUP PERUVIANS — Two Peruvian fans who came to support their team have decided to stay in Russia and look for work. But a number of challenges face them now including learning Russian and obtaining a work visa. SENT.
RUSSIA WCUP CHINA —Briefing with FIFA and Wanda on China's presence at the World Cup with Hengming Yang (Wanda's Sports CEO) and Philippe Le Floc'h (FIFA's Chief Commercial Officer). SENT.
— Pursuing Uruguay team departure, and fans in St. Petersburg ahead of France-Belgium semifinal.
Shot of the day: A man and a child stand next to oversized Russian matryoshka dolls in a public park in Samara. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)