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Salzburg finally get their glory vs. Leipzig in the 'Red Bull battle'

Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.
Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.

LEIPZIG, Germany -- They were loud and they were present. Three hours before kick-off, they gathered at the Richard-Wagner-Platz in Leipzig's city centre. Some were drinking beer while others waited in anticipation of things to come.

This was their night, this was their match and this was their club: RB Salzburg. But it wasn't their city, and not even their name. In Europe, they go by the name of FC Salzburg as UEFA don't allow sponsor names. (Their opponents, RB Leipzig, maintain plausible deniability...

Croatia FA denies leaders involvement in World Cup final ticket touting

Croatia suffered their worst-ever defeat in international competition as Luis Enrique earned his first victory on home soil for Spain.

Croatia's football federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected touting of World Cup final tickets.

Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia's 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July.

FIFA says it is "gathering information regarding the matter" and calls illicit sales "a serious issue."

The federation, whose president is 1998 World Cup striker Davor Suker, has promised to cooperate with the authorities.

It says there were "no indiscretions"...

FIFA to start funding flights for Women's World Cup teams

FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women's World Cup teams when they travel to the tournament in France.

FIFA official Emily Shaw also told a women's sports law conference total prize money will "significantly increase" from $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 edition.

She said the total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets from Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda.

FIFA has been urged to close an equality gap between women's and men's World Cups, as the 32...

France, Belgium become first joint leaders in FIFA rankings history

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands.
Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought in style, scoring the game-winning volley to propel France past the Netherlands.
Germany's Manuel Neuer admits that the team needed to change a lot of things after they failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup.
France's Paul Pogba admits he found the short break between the World Cup and the Premier League season tough, physically and is cautious he doesn't get injured.

France and Belgium have become the first-ever joint ranked leaders in the FIFA rankings.

The latest published rankings show the two European nations exactly level on 1,729 points, something that has not in its 25-year history. Since winning the World Cup, France picked up a draw and win against Germany and Netherlands respectively in the UEFA Nations League, while Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 and Iceland -- though the former was a friendly.

Brazil remain third, ahead of World Cup finalists Croatia,...

Ireland to join UK home nations in exploring 2030 World Cup bid

The Republic of Ireland will join England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in exploring a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup.

The English Football Association had already announced plans to assess a bid with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Football Association Ireland said in statement released Wednesday that it would join the feasibility study "following recent positive discussions."

England, who hosted the 1966 World Cup, failed in bids to host the event in 2006 and 2018.