Champions League

MADRID | Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women’s soccer

MADRID— 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 his time to address most of … Continue reading MADRID | Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women’s soccer

MADRID | River Plate wins Copa Libertadores

MADRID— River Plate has won the Copa Libertadores after beating fierce rival Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time on Sunday in Madrid to take the title 5-3 on aggregate. Juan Fernando Quintero scored four minutes into the second half of extra time in South America’s equivalent of the Champions League to make it 2-1 to … Continue reading MADRID | River Plate wins Copa Libertadores

MADRID | Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final

MADRID  — 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 second leg of the final of the Copa … Continue reading MADRID | Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — 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 leg of the globally anticipated … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence

DUBLIN | Video assistant referee set for Champions League this season

DUBLIN  — Video review is being fast-tracked into the Champions League this season. People with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that UEFA’s executive committee is set to approve video assistant referees from the round of 16 in February. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss … Continue reading DUBLIN | Video assistant referee set for Champions League this season

MUNICH | Bayern routs Benfica 5-1 to advance in Champions League

MUNICH  — Bayern Munich secured its place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 5-1 rout of Benfica on Tuesday, easing the pressure on coach Niko Kovac. Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice for the home side, ensuring Bayern qualified for the round of 16 with a game to spare … Continue reading MUNICH | Bayern routs Benfica 5-1 to advance in Champions League

PARIS | 7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage

PARIS  — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich put aside their domestic worries to impress on the European stage and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday, as both Manchester clubs, Roma, Ajax and Juventus also advanced to the last 16 with one game to spare. Following a 3-0 humiliating loss in … Continue reading PARIS | 7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage

LONDON | Arsenal is knocking on the Champions League door

LONDON — In its second season away from the Champions League, Arsenal is showing signs it intends to return to the elite competition. The Gunners won 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday to move within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea and the Champions League spots. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season … Continue reading LONDON | Arsenal is knocking on the Champions League door