International soccer

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. In a speech during Real Madrid’s most recent general assembly, president Florentino Perez answered questions from club members, and when asked about plans to create a women’s team, Perez didn’t answer. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, FILE)
December 10, 2018 - 4:52 am
MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took...
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Argentina's River Plate players hold the trophy aloft as they celebrate their victory in the Copa Libertadores final soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
December 09, 2018 - 7:17 pm
MADRID (AP) — One of the most anticipated matches in South American soccer finally came to a conclusion in Madrid on Sunday, with River Plate celebrating victory over fierce Argentine rival Boca Juniors in the twice-suspended final of the Copa Libertadores. Nearly a month after the first leg was...
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Aya Miyama holds up the team name of Sweden during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 3:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...
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United States' Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 2:35 pm
PARIS (AP) — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women's World Cup next summer in France. Host France will open the tournament on June 7 with a match against South Korea in Paris. The draw for soccer's premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala...
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United States' Carli Lloyd smiles prior to the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 12:09 pm
PARIS (AP) — The 24 teams that qualified for the Women's World Cup are set to learn their opponents for the tournament's group stage next summer in France. Saturday's draw for soccer's most prestigious event is taking place inside La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river...
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Werder Bremen's Josh Sargent, right, celebrates with Max Kruse after scoring a goal against Fortuna Duesseldorf during a Bundesliga soccer match, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. Werder Bremen on 3-1. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Josh Sargent scored on his first touch 2 minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-1 on Friday in the Bundesliga. Sargent, who left O'Fallon, Missouri, to join Bremen last winter, scored after Davy...
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A Boca Juniors fan dressed as Maradona cheers outside the team's hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid's stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina's fiercest soccer rivals last Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 06, 2018 - 6:42 am
MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the...
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In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a River Plate soccer fan poses for a photo prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final match of the Copa Libertadores has been pushed back after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by fans as it drove to the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)
December 05, 2018 - 8:24 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second...
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Gregg Berhalter, the recently-named head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 04, 2018 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, was...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani talks during the United Nations Conference on Afghanistan at the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Ghani ordered Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unacceptable. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo via AP, File)
December 04, 2018 - 9:32 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation. The report in the British newspaper on Friday...
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