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-KICKOFF — A look at the last two matchups in the World Cup quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM — Brazil and Belgium meet in a World Cup quarterfinal packed with top-flight talent from Europe’s best leagues, a match that could produce a goal bonanza or be decided by Brazil’s stingy back line. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. With sidebars.
WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE — France is headed back to the World Cup semifinals after a 2-0 win over Uruguay thanks to a quality header from Raphael Varane and a goal that Antoine Griezmann, who afterward professed his great respect for the Uruguayan people, almost seemed sorry to have scored. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m. With sidebars.
WCUP-ENGLAND-PEP EFFECT — The Pep effect is back for a third World Cup. Titles for Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014 were attributed partly to Pep Guardiola’s influence on Barcelona and Bayern Munich, whose players filled six starting spots in each final. Guardiola could be having the same impact on England. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WCUP-ENGLAND-SOUTHGATE’S VEST — England coach Gareth Southgate has unwittingly become the World’s Cup style icon, and could single-handedly bring back the vest — or waistcoat, to use the term preferred in Britain — as he tries to win his nation’s first title since 1966. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-CROATIA-SHADOW OF ’98 — Twenty years ago, Croatia made a memorable World Cup debut, reaching the semifinals and finishing third. It remains a moment of pride for the country, and has overshadowed every successive Croatia team. The current squad has a chance to match what that 1998 team did if it can beat Russia on Saturday night in a match Croatia will be heavily favored to win. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WCUP-RUSSIA-NEW STARS — Russia’s no-nonsense coach, defiant goalkeeper, towering attacker, aging defender and Spanish-bred winger have gone from laughingstocks to national heroes in a startlingly short span. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WCUP-CHASING FONTAINE — Harry Kane can forget about Just Fontaine. Sixty years on, Fontaine’s record of 13 goals in a single World Cup still looks unbeatable. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WCUP-RUSSIA-FERNANDES’ REVIVAL — Mario Fernandes was only 21 when he put his career at risk by rejecting to play for Brazil’s national team. Seven years later, he will be playing in the World Cup quarterfinals, with Russia, in an astonishing turnaround for the talented right back. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
WCUP-SWEDEN-GRANQVIST — Even though Andreas Granqvist has a lot going on right now, he claims he’s not overwhelmed. The Sweden captain welcomed his baby daughter from afar early Friday while his team gets ready for its World Cup quarterfinal match against England on Saturday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 600 words, photos.
WCUP-US RATINGS — U.S. English-language television viewers for the World Cup’s round of 16 in Russia were down 27 percent from four years ago, leaving the tournament 38 percent below 2014′s level. SENT: 400 words, photo.
SOCCER OTTER — Harry the Sochi otter predicts the outcome of the Russia vs Croatia match. SENT.
— Scene setters and live exteriors from match sites Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, as well as fan gatherings in home countries.
WCUP-RUSSIA-GOLOVIN’S HOMETOWN: A photo gallery from the remote Siberian coal-mining hometown of Russia midfielder Alexander Golovin. By Aleksey Yarkov. SENT: 250 words, photos.
MATCH MOMENTS: A photo gallery of the day’s best action will be available by 5 p.m.
Shot of the day: France’s Benjamin Pavard and Uruguay’s Cristian Rodriguez go head-to-head for a ball in their World Cup quarterfinal match in Nizhny Novgorod. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)