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BC-World Cup Digest

July 5, 2018
BC-World Cup Digest,557

Editors:

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.

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DEVELOPING

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WCUP-THE LATEST — Breaking news on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.

WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at four matchups in the World Cup quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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WORLD CUP-MIGRANT WORKERS — Behind the veneer of Russia’s smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans who revel through city streets despite dealing with discrimination and poor working conditions. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

WCUP-FRANCE-MBAPPE VS HENRY — France’s all-time leading scorer and its 19-year-old phenom have plenty in common. Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe attended the renowned Clairefontaine youth academy before joining Monaco, where they started as left wingers and developed into center forwards. Like Henry, Mbappe’s game is built on blazing speed and consistent finishing. Now, Mbappe is on the verge of surpassing Henry’s accomplishments in a World Cup. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ALSO OF NOTE

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WCUP-SWEDEN-ENGLAND-PREVIEW — Having intentionally steered England into what’s widely considered the weaker half of the World Cup’s knockout bracket, Gareth Southgate is now casting the upcoming quarterfinal against Sweden as “bloody difficult.” By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With WCUP-SWEDEN-BERG — Sweden striker Marcus Berg has scored everywhere he has played in his long career — except the World Cup. With a quarterfinal showdown against England looming, Sweden’s coach is keeping faith in the 31-year-old journeyman despite a string of misses in Russia. By Mike Corder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— With WCUP-SWEDEN-ENGLAND — Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who’s Swedish, says the team would have a better chance of beating Brazil than Sweden in their World Cup quarterfinal Saturday. SENT: 200 words, photo.

WCUP-RUSSIA-CROATIA — It doesn’t matter that few Russian fans ever expected the hosts to reach the World Cup quarterfinals — midfielder Alexander Golovin, Russia’s creative breakout star, is already thinking about the final. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WCUP-JAPAN COACH — Despite leading his team to a thrilling and unexpected ride at the World Cup, Akira Nishino will not be back as Japan’s coach. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 400 words, photos.

WCUP-BRAZIL-MEAN MASCOT — It took an angry-looking bird to get Brazilians hooked on their World Cup mascot. Brazil historically never fully embraced the tradition of mascots in sports, but things changed when the soccer federation turned its cute-looking canary into a mean figure that represents the fans’ anger following the humiliating World Cup loss at home four years ago. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 12 p.m.

WCUP-STALIN’S SECRET BUNKER — Joseph Stalin’s secret WWII bunker has become the unlikely meeting point for thousands of cheerful Latin American fans who have taken over the city of Samara during the World Cup. By Luis Andres Henao. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.

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VIDEO

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JAPAN THAI FOOTBALLERS — The Japanese national team sends a good luck message to youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave. SENT.

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PHOTOS

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Shot of the day: Two municipal workers stand ready to clean an area at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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