Soccer

FILE - In this June 25, 2018, file photo, Egypt's Mohamed Salah chases the ball during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Thanks to his star power and a government keen to keep its most valuable international asset happy, Salah has won his latest tussle with Egypt’s soccer federation after his demands for better security and improved discipline for the national squad have been met. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 07, 2018 - 4:14 am
CAIRO (AP) — Thanks to his star power and a government keen to keep its most valuable international asset happy, Mohamed Salah has won his latest tussle with Egypt's soccer federation after his demands for better security and improved discipline at the Pharaohs' camps have been met. But how long...
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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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Members of the Wild Boars soccer team laugh during a public discussion in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. They spoke Thursday at an exhibition about their ordeal of being trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave, at one of Bangkok's largest shopping malls. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
September 06, 2018 - 10:14 am
BANGKOK (AP) — It was show time Thursday for the 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach who were trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand as they spoke at a public exhibition in one of Bangkok's largest malls. That was just the start of the day for the small-town...
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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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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, front, celebrates with teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's sixth goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Huesca at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Alonso)
September 02, 2018 - 5:41 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Newly promoted Huesca enjoyed short-lived celebrations on Sunday after stunning Barcelona with a goal just three minutes into their Spanish league game. But Lionel Messi provided a harsh reality check with two goals as the defending champions went on to demolish Huesca 8-2...
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks on the pitch before a Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Manchester City, at Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Martin Ricket/PA via AP)
September 02, 2018 - 5:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — After the furore that followed straight Premier League defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's team produced a routine 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku's first-half double put United in control before the second half briefly took a dramatic turn when Burnley...
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Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, left, celebrates with his teammate Gaston Ramirez after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Napoli at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
September 02, 2018 - 4:28 pm
ROME (AP) — Fabio Quagliarella's airborne back-heel volley against Napoli is already in the running for Serie A goal of the season. The former Italy striker athletically flicked the ball into the far corner to complete Sampdoria's 3-0 win over visiting Napoli on Sunday. In the Genoa club's first...
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