Professional soccer

September 08, 2018 - 3:36 pm
LONDON (AP) — Spain fans have chanted "Gibraltar is Spanish" during a match against England at Wembley Stadium, risking a sanction from soccer authorities. Spain has been trying to get back Gibraltar from Britain for 300 years after ceding it in 1713. The territory sits on the southern tip of Spain...
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Italy's Mario Balotelli during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Italy and Poland at Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 07, 2018 - 4:41 pm
ROME (AP) — Ten months after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy still doesn't look World Cup-worthy. Playing their first competitive match since last year's playoff loss to Sweden, the Azzurri required a late penalty to draw with Poland 1-1 at home on Friday in the UEFA Nations League...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo Germany's Mesut Ozil runs with the ball during a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
September 07, 2018 - 5:28 am
MUNICH (AP) — The start of Germany's post-Mesut Ozil era showed Germany is missing a player like Mesut Ozil. Without the Arsenal midfielder on the field, Germany tried hard but ultimately failed to break through France's defense, playing out a 0-0 draw Thursday in the UEFA Nations League. The 29-...
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September 06, 2018 - 12:41 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The next U.S. soccer coach will be announced by the end of the year, possibly ahead of November exhibitions against England and Italy. The coach will have to move to Chicago, work out of the federation's office and speak English. Former American midfielder Earnie...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 file photo, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp applauds fans after Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 in the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has made an intriguing signing in his technical staff which has only been made public in recent days: Thomas Gronnemark, the first throw-in coach in English soccer. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
September 05, 2018 - 4:58 am
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is covering every base in his bid to win the team's first English league title since 1990. During an offseason when Liverpool spent $200 million — more than any other Premier League club — to strengthen the playing squad, Klopp also made an intriguing signing in his...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2018, file photo, United States' Tim Weah reacts towards fans during an international friendly soccer match against Bolivia, in Chester, Pa. Weah, the 18-year-old son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberia President George Weah, says he turned down a possible loan to remain and learn this season at Paris Saint-Germain, where he just scored his first Ligue 1 goal. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
September 04, 2018 - 6:24 pm
WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Tim Weah knows he can't escape the name on the back on his jersey. The 18-year-old midfielder is the son of George Weah, the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and current president of Liberia. "I use that to my advantage," Tim Weah said at training with the U.S. national team this...
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Italian national soccer team's head coach Roberto Mancini speaks during a press conference ahead of Friday's Nations League soccer match against Poland, at the Coverciano training center near Florence, Italy, Monday, Sept. 32018. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)
September 03, 2018 - 1:26 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini bemoaned the dearth of Italian players in Serie A as he focuses on youth in his attempt to get the Azzurri back to the top of international football. The national team is at a low point after missing the World Cup for the first time in nearly six decades...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Brazil's Vinicius Junior gestures during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against Argentina's River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Real Madrid's teenage sensation Vinicius Junior got bitten on the head Sunday Sept. 2, 2018, during a scuffle against Atletico Madrid’s youth squad captain, Tachi, who apologized on Monday, saying it was a spur-of-the-moment reaction. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, FILE)
September 03, 2018 - 1:18 pm
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid wanted Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to gain experience in its B team. He got more than he expected when he was bitten on the head. The 18-year-old Vinicius, for whom Real Madrid paid 45 million euros ($52 million) last year, was bitten after a scuffle in a youth team...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018 file photo, Brazil's former player Ronaldo watches a match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. Former Brazil striker Ronaldo is taking over recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid. Ronaldo announced Monday, Sept. 3 he has become the majority stakeholder in the small club from northern Spain. The former star says he hopes to bring his soccer expertise to help the club improve and be successful in the top tier of the Spanish league. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
September 03, 2018 - 8:11 am
MADRID (AP) — Former Brazil great Ronaldo took over Monday as the majority stakeholder in recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid, saying he is bringing his soccer expertise to help the team succeed. Ronaldo now owns 51 percent of the shares of the club. He will preside over the board of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018 file photo, from left, Russia's Alexander Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, and Roman Zobnin celebrate the first goal of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two months on from the World Cup, Russia’s top clubs have struggled to show much momentum in European competitions or the transfer market. Smaller teams are posting record crowds at their gleaming new arenas, though fundamental questions remain over financial stability. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
September 03, 2018 - 6:52 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For Russia's top clubs, it's almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made an incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia's clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. Spartak Moscow was knocked out of the Champions...
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