International soccer

December 04, 2019 - 12:15 pm
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...
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US Megan Rapinoe is seen on the screen after she awarded as the best female soccer player during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 02, 2019 - 3:23 pm
PARIS (AP) — Megan Rapinoe has won the Ballon d’Or for the best female player of the year after leading the United States to World Cup glory in July. Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot as the top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player. England...
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Luis Enrique speaks during his official presentation as Spain's new head soccer coach in Las Rozas on the outskirts Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)
November 27, 2019 - 8:59 am
MADRID (AP) — Returning Spain coach Luis Enrique on Wednesday accused Robert Moreno of being disloyal for not wanting him to regain the job until after the 2020 European Championship. Moreno was promoted from assistant coach to take charge of Spain in June when Luis Enrique left to be with his ill...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian flag is held above the Olympic Rings at Adler Arena Skating Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel on Monday Nov. 25, 2019, has recommended Russian athletes be forced to compete as neutrals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and other major upcoming events. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 25, 2019 - 4:46 pm
MONTREAL (AP) — Russian athletes should be forced to compete as neutrals at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo and other major events, a key World Anti-Doping Agency panel recommended on Monday. WADA’s compliance review committee proposed a four-year ban on hosting major events in Russia and a ban for...
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November 19, 2019 - 9:31 pm
Josh Sargent scored the first of his two goals 34 seconds in, Jordan Morris also had two goals and the United States routed Cuba 4-0 at George Town, Cayman Islands, on Tuesday night to reach the semifinals of the first CONCACAF Nations League. The U.S. finished 3-1 in Group A along with Canada and...
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Spain head coach Robert Moreno sits on the bench during the Euro 2020 group F qualifying soccer match between Spain and Romania at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
November 19, 2019 - 7:02 am
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique is returning as Spain coach five months after stepping down because of his daughter’s illness. He is taking over from former assistant Robert Moreno, who coached the team through qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. His last match was on Monday, a 5-0 rout of...
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Canada's Vasek Pospisil celebrates a point during the Davis Cup tennis match against Italy's Fabio Fognini in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 18, 2019 - 1:55 pm
MADRID (AP) — Costume-wearing fans, boisterous crowds, exciting matches. Old traditions were preserved when the revamped Davis Cup began a new era on Monday in Madrid. As the 18-team Davis Cup Finals got underway in its new weeklong World Cup-style format at the “Magic Box” tennis complex, fans...
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Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi arrives at the team's hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, day ahead of a friendly soccer match against Uruguay. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
November 17, 2019 - 3:07 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again. Messi and his Argentine teammates...
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Finnish fans join players to celebrate their victory in the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Finland and Liechtenstein in Helsinki, Finland, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Finland won 3-0 and have qualified for a major soccer tournament for the first time in their history. (Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via AP)
November 15, 2019 - 2:42 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Flag-waving Finland fans poured onto the field, embracing each other and mobbing the players as fireworks exploded outside the stadium. A party decades in the making finally erupted in Finland after its national soccer team qualified for a major tournament for the first time on...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish La Liga, speaks during the World Football summit in Madrid, Spain. A Spanish court is going to decide Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 whether the Spanish league will be allowed to play the Villarreal-Atletico Madrid game in the United States next month. The league accuses the Spanish soccer federation of unfair competition for not giving its approval for the game scheduled for Dec. 6. The dispute is the latest between league president Javier Tebas and federation president Luis Rubiales, two outspoken figures in Spanish soccer who have been at odds over a series of issues. (AP Photo/Paul White, file)
November 15, 2019 - 6:28 am
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now. The game between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid next month was called off after the league lost a...
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