Professional soccer

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo, Jose Mourinho arrives to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy. Tottenham has hired Mourinho as manager, a day after firing Mauricio Pochettino. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
November 21, 2019 - 9:28 am
LONDON (AP) — Jose Mourinho is portraying himself as a humble coach at the start of his Tottenham reign, and emotionally stronger. Eleven months after his firing from a fractured Manchester United, the Portuguese was handed a route back into English Premier League management this week following...
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Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino sits on the bench before the Champions League group B soccer match between Red Star and Tottenham, at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
November 19, 2019 - 6:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mauricio Pochettino was widely lauded as something of a miracle worker by elevating Tottenham into English soccer’s established elite and inspiring its improbable run to a Champions League final. In his sixth season at the north London club, the magic of the Argentine coach finally...
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Wales' Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Hungary, with team-mates Gareth Bale, left, and Joe Allen, right, during their UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
November 19, 2019 - 4:44 pm
Wales claimed the last automatic spot remaining in qualifying for next year’s European Championship by beating Hungary 2-0 in a winner-takes-all match in Cardiff on Tuesday. Aaron Ramsey scored a goal in each half to propel the Welsh to a second straight Euros, after they reached the semifinals in...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates with his teammate Diogo Jota after he scored his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Luxembourg and Portugal at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 17, 2019 - 4:22 pm
PARIS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait a little longer for his 100th international goal, scoring only once as defending champion Portugal secured its place at next year’s European Championship with a 2-0 win at Luxembourg on Sunday. The Juventus star needed two for a century, but could...
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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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Arsenal's Beth Mead runs with the ball against Tottenham Hotspur, during their Women's Super League soccer match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 17, 2019. The match drew a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
November 17, 2019 - 2:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — The first Women’s Super League north London derby drew a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal secured a 2-0 victory at Tottenham. The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema...
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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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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, former Arsenal soccer team manager Arsene Wenger arrives for the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards. FIFA says it hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. Wenger accepted FIFA’s offer more than two months after it was reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant head coach job. He will oversee the rules-making panel known as IFAB, coaching programs and technical analysis of games at FIFA tournaments. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
November 13, 2019 - 12:52 pm
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA’s offer Wednesday more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant head...
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South Korean national soccer team player Son Heung-min answers reporter's question upon his arrival after the soccer match against North Korea, at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang, but specific details of the game weren't immediately available. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game at Kim Il Sung Stadium and South Korean spectators and media were denied entry. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
October 17, 2019 - 3:17 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which...
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