Professional soccer

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 - 3:44 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 - 3:22 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 - 2:07 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 - 1:30 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 - 1:42 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 - 5:28 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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England's Harry Kane, right, celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and Montenegro at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
November 14, 2019 - 7:08 pm
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane scored a first-half hat trick as England secured qualification for the 2020 European Championship with a 7-0 victory over Montenegro on Thursday in the team’s 1,000th game. On a landmark night that saw England field its youngest starting lineup in 60 years, the 22-year-old...
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Guy Fawkes Night fireworks go off outside the stadium during the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Genk at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
November 14, 2019 - 4:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — UEFA has sold the rights to broadcast Champions League soccer games in Britain for more than $1.5 billion with BT Sport signing up for another three seasons, The Associated Press has learned. BT will continue to show every game live and air highlights for three seasons from 2021-2024...
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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 - 11:52 am
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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FILE - In this June 9, 2019, file photo, United States head coach Gregg Berhalter responds to fans after an international friendly soccer match against the Venezuela, in Cincinnati. The sporting director of the U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter's job is safe as men's national team coach despite some disappointing results. "When I evaluate Gregg and the coaching staff and what I've seen to date, I'm a pleased man, and an individual result is not going to change that. It's just not," sporting director Earnie Stewart said during a telephone conference call with reporters Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
November 12, 2019 - 12:41 pm
The sporting director of the U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter's job as men's national team coach is safe despite some disappointing results. Berhalter was hired last December after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. lost to Mexico 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold...
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