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 key story lines in the World Cup semifinals. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m., photos.
WCUP-ENGLAND — England coach Gareth Southgate and midfielder Jordan Henderson address the media a day ahead of their team’s World Cup semifinal match against Croatia. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
WCUP-CROATIA — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic and defender Dejan Lovren address the media a day ahead of their team’s World Cup semifinal match against England. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM — France and Belgium field possibly the two most talented attacking sides in the World Cup in Tuesday’s semifinals in St. Petersburg. The winner will advance to the final on Sunday in Moscow. France won the World Cup in 1998 while Belgium is in the last four for the second time, after 1986. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.
WCUP-DIVERSITY — The four teams left in the World Cup are all European, yet their roots reach across borders and seas, tracing histories of colonization or migration. While populist politicians are now trying to choke off or reroute migration flows, diversity is the new normal in soccer, and what matters to fans isn’t where players’ ancestors came from, but whether they shine on the field. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
WCUP-EUROPEAN DOMINANCE — Finding a reason Europe has gained a stranglehold on the World Cup requires delving deep into a thick book of seemingly mind-numbing regulations. For more than a decade now, UEFA has required all Champions League and Europa League teams to also operate at least four youth sides — from under-10s to under-21s. They ensure a pipeline of talent is coming into the European soccer system coached at the biggest clubs. National teams are also beneficiaries. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos.
WCUP-ENGLAND’S LEADER — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and political turmoil, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue vest and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of World Cup victory. Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down coach of a new generation of players who speak softly and let their victories silence critics. England supporters have found that refreshing after years of underperforming teams led by players like David Beckham, who became as much a celebrity as an athlete. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 900 words, photos.
WCUP-RUSSIAN PARIS — Residents of the village of Paris in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia gather in a cafe called “Paris” to watch the World Cup semifinal match between France and Belgium. The village got its name from the Paris Commune, but now the village is simply called Paris. Many locals are rooting for France. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos, video.
WCUP-THAI SOCCER TEAM — The youth soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand will be unable to accept FIFA’s invitation to attend the World Cup final. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 320 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND-MATCHUP — A capsule look at Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal match between Croatia and England in Moscow. SENT: 840 words, photos.
WCUP-FRANCE FANS — Supporters gather at the Hotel de Ville to watch the match against Belgium. UPCOMING.
WCUP-BELGIUM FANS — Supporters expected to gather at Queen Astrid Square to watch the match against France. UPCOMING.
Shot of the day: England striker Harry Kane holds a rubber chicken while playing a game with teammates during a training session in St. Petersburg a day ahead of his team’s World Cup semifinal match against Croatia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)