Champions League

Arsenal facing make-or-break 6 days

Jan 17, 2019—It’s a six-day stretch that could make or break Arsenal’s season and prompt renewed scrutiny into the machinations of a club that appears to have issues at every level. A home game against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, soon followed by the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup. Lose … Continue reading Arsenal facing make-or-break 6 days

DORTMUND, Germany | Pulisic to join Chelsea as most expensive American player

DORTMUND, Germany  —Jan 02, 2019— Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Chelsea paid 64 million euros ($73 million) for the 20-year-old United States winger, who will be loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of this season. The … Continue reading DORTMUND, Germany | Pulisic to join Chelsea as most expensive American player

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

ROME | Roma’s inconsistency highlighted in loss at Udinese

ROME— Roma’s lack of consistency in Serie A was highlighted in a 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Udinese on Saturday. It was the third time this season that Roma had been beaten by a team near the bottom of the standings, along with defeats against Bologna and Spal. It wasn’t the buildup that Roma wanted ahead … Continue reading ROME | Roma’s inconsistency highlighted in loss at Udinese

Tottenham scrapes to another win in English Premier League

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth had an uncomfortable English Premier League debut last weekend. His second game in England’s top flight went a whole lot better. The 20-year-old Argentine center back scored a second-half goal to earn Spurs a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace that moved them level on points with second-place Chelsea and Liverpool in … Continue reading Tottenham scrapes to another win in English Premier League

PARIS | Even without Neymar, French leader PSG routs Amiens 5-0

PARIS — Neymar was not missed as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain crushed Amiens 5-0 on Saturday for a 10th straight league win. Neymar was given a few days off by coach Thomas Tuchel after playing for Brazil in the international break. PSG faces Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and is then … Continue reading PARIS | Even without Neymar, French leader PSG routs Amiens 5-0

NYON, Switzerland | UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

NYON, Switzerland — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup. The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League. The first … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

MANCHESTER, England | Alex Ferguson ’emotional’ as he returns to Old Trafford

MANCHESTER, England — Alex Ferguson has returned to Old Trafford for the first time since undergoing an emergency brain operation in May and will watch Manchester United host Wolverhampton in the Premier League later Saturday. Ferguson spent almost 27 years as manager of United before retiring in 2013 as the most successful coach in British … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Alex Ferguson ’emotional’ as he returns to Old Trafford

NYON, Switzerland | UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

NYON, Switzerland — Cristiano Ronaldo should learn next Thursday if he is banned from playing at former club Manchester United in the Champions League. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo’s first Champions League red card on Sept. 27. Ronaldo tangled with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the defender’s … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

MOSCOW | Russian clubs struggle to maintain World Cup momentum

MOSCOW — 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 League by Greek team PAOK Thessaloniki, … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian clubs struggle to maintain World Cup momentum

33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn’t important

TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo believes age is just a number as he vows to do his best to bring Juventus the Champions League success it craves. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million), and the world player of the year penned a four-year contract with the Serie … Continue reading 33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn’t important

MOSCOW | Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi stared, hands on hips, pain etched across a face once boyish and filled with limitless joy, now obscured by a brown beard and hardened by expectations for his nation unmet. Four hours later and 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) away, Cristiano Ronaldo’s eyes were wide in anger as he shouted in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

MOSCOW | Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host. Turki al-Sheikh suggested … Continue reading MOSCOW | Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

KAZAN, Russia | ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world. Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of the area. … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

LYON, France | Griezmann scores twice as Atletico wins Europa League final

LYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann punished sloppy Marseille with two expertly-taken goals as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League for the third time with a resounding 3-0 victory in Wednesday’s final. Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but had no answer to Griezmann’s mobility … Continue reading LYON, France | Griezmann scores twice as Atletico wins Europa League final

LIVERPOOL, England | Salah wins Golden Boot as Liverpool qualifies for CL

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah finished the season as the Premier League’s top scorer after setting Liverpool on its way to a 4-0 win over Brighton on Sunday that secured his team the final Champions League qualification place. With his 26th-minute goal at Anfield, Salah moved onto 32 goals for the season — a … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, England | Salah wins Golden Boot as Liverpool qualifies for CL

Chelsea top-4 hopes damaged, Huddersfield secures EPL status

All that is left to decide on the final day of the Premier League is whether Liverpool or Chelsea takes the final Champions League place. And it is advantage Liverpool — by two points and a vastly superior goal difference. Juergen Klopp has friend David Wagner to thank for Liverpool only requiring a draw against … Continue reading Chelsea top-4 hopes damaged, Huddersfield secures EPL status

LONDON | Tottenham beats Watford 2-0, boost hopes of EPL top-4 finish

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham regained its five-point cushion over Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification by beating Watford 2-0 on Monday, with Harry Kane netting the second goal to keep alive his chances of being the English Premier League top scorer. Dele Alli opened the scoring at Wembley Stadium for Tottenham, which won … Continue reading LONDON | Tottenham beats Watford 2-0, boost hopes of EPL top-4 finish

LONDON | Champions League back in Chelsea’s sights as rivals stumble

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea could squeeze into the Champions League after all. In the space of 20 days, Antonio Conte’s side has reduced Tottenham’s hold on fourth place in the English Premier League from 10 to two points. Cesc Fabregas was set up by Eden Hazard to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea that gave … Continue reading LONDON | Champions League back in Chelsea’s sights as rivals stumble

LONDON | Herrera sends Man United into FA Cup final with win vs Spurs

LONDON | April 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Ander Herrera kept Manchester United in with a shot of silverware this season by securing a place in the FA Cup final after beating Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday. Herrera struck in the 62nd minute at Wembley Stadium after Paul Pogba canceled out Dele Alli’s opener for Tottenham to send … Continue reading LONDON | Herrera sends Man United into FA Cup final with win vs Spurs

MONACO | Marseille crushes Lille 5-1 to keep pressure on Monaco

MONACO | April 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Marseille crushed Lille 5-1 on Saturday to stay level with Lyon in the chase for second in the French league and an automatic Champions League spot. They were one point behind Monaco, which was at Guingamp later Saturday. Four games remain after this weekend. Marseille winger Florian Thauvin scored … Continue reading MONACO | Marseille crushes Lille 5-1 to keep pressure on Monaco

BARCELONA, Spain | Barcelona unbeaten in record 39 straight La Liga games

BARCELONA, Spain | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Barcelona set a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten on Saturday, as it rebounded from its humbling Champions League exit by defeating Valencia 2-1 to continue its march to the domestic title. Philippe Coutinho set up goals for Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti to help Barcelona … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | Barcelona unbeaten in record 39 straight La Liga games