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Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

Two of European soccer’s grandest clubs paid the price for fielding weakened teams on the final night of Champions League group play, with Real Madrid slumping to a record home loss and Manchester United squandering a surprise opportunity to top its group. On an evening when Lyon celebrated becoming the 16th and last team to … Continue reading Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

KIGALI, Rwanda | FIFA stalls decision on new competitions as Europe resists

KIGALI, Rwanda — A $25 billion overhaul of world soccer competitions is on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders and clubs saw FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday accept more consultation was necessary. A task force of regional confederation presidents headed by Infantino will explore in more detail the merits of the new formats, … Continue reading KIGALI, Rwanda | FIFA stalls decision on new competitions as Europe resists

MILAN | Ronaldo scores but Juventus’ perfect start ended by Genoa

MILAN  — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues. It wasn’t enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus’ perfect start to the season. Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his … Continue reading MILAN | Ronaldo scores but Juventus’ perfect start ended by Genoa

MADRID | Lopetegui booed as Madrid suffers worst scoring drought

MADRID — After seeing their team suffer its worst scoring drought and lose for the fourth time in five matches, Real Madrid fans ran out of patience. They loudly jeered coach Julen Lopetegui and his players after Madrid reached 481 minutes without finding the net in losing to Levante 2-1 at home in the Spanish … Continue reading MADRID | Lopetegui booed as Madrid suffers worst scoring drought

Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

It’s not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal’s national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus and amid a rape allegation against him. Ronaldo hasn’t been called up for the national … Continue reading Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

MILAN | Ronaldo scores 1st league goal for Juventus and adds a 2nd

MILAN — When the first goal finally came, it couldn’t have been any easier for Cristiano Ronaldo. It took the former Real Madrid forward nearly 320 minutes to score his first league goal for Juventus and he did it with the simplest of tap-ins. Ronaldo doubled his tally shortly after as the Bianconeri beat Sassuolo … Continue reading MILAN | Ronaldo scores 1st league goal for Juventus and adds a 2nd

VERONA, Italy | Ronaldo fails to score but Juventus wins 3-2 at Chievo

VERONA, Italy  — Juventus fans witnessed an unusual sight on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for their team. The Portugal forward made his Serie A debut as Juventus fought back to win 3-2 at Chievo Verona in the opening match of its title defense. Ronaldo had scored in both pre-season friendlies he played … Continue reading VERONA, Italy | Ronaldo fails to score but Juventus wins 3-2 at Chievo

VERONA, Italy | Ronaldo warms up to huge cheers ahead of Juventus debut

VERONA, Italy  — Cristiano Ronaldo warmed up at Chievo Verona with crowd-pleasing ball tricks ahead of his competitive debut for Juventus in the Serie A opener on Saturday. Juventus fans cheered Ronaldo’s every touch. Saturday’s game at the Stadio Bentegodi is sold out and there were long queues to get in more than three hours … Continue reading VERONA, Italy | Ronaldo warms up to huge cheers ahead of Juventus debut

Brazil great Ronaldo hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Brazil great Ronaldo says he has been hospitalized in Ibiza since Friday because of flu. The 41-year-old Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, said on social media that “everything is under control now” and that he expects to return home on Monday. Ronaldo won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, the … Continue reading Brazil great Ronaldo hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Spain’s Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks. Was it a surprise move? Absolutely. But the history of coaching dismissals in soccer and every other sport is littered with strange timing, strange decisions and strange … Continue reading Spain’s Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

Messi keeps Barcelona’s unbeaten run alive in La Liga

MADRID /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Even without being fully fit and despite playing only a few minutes, Lionel Messi still had enough to keep Barcelona from losing in the Spanish league. Messi, who recently missed two international friendlies with Argentina because of a leg muscle problem, scored an 89th-minute equalizer in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw … Continue reading Messi keeps Barcelona’s unbeaten run alive in La Liga

Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 win

MANCHESTER/March 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Frustrated and feeling increasingly uneasy, Manchester United fans unleashed a loud cry of “attack, attack, attack” with their team’s Champions League fate hanging in the balance against Sevilla. It was the Spanish side who answered the call. Within eight minutes, Sevilla had scored two goals and was heading into the quarterfinals … Continue reading Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 win

Aspas scores twice as Celta defeats Betis in Spanish league

MADRID/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Celta Vigo stayed within range of the Champions League spots by defeating Real Betis 3-2 at home with two goals by forward Iago Aspas in the Spanish league on Monday. Aspas scored in each half to lead Celta to seventh place after 21 matches. It is seven points behind fourth-place Real Madrid. Betis … Continue reading Aspas scores twice as Celta defeats Betis in Spanish league

Ronaldo nails 2 penalties as Real Madrid beats Valencia 4-1

BARCELONA, Spain/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties in the first half to lead Real Madrid past Valencia 4-1 on Saturday, intensifying their fight for third place in the Spanish league. Madrid’s first victory in five away matches in the league takes some pressure off coach Zinedine Zidane following his team’s shock elimination from … Continue reading Ronaldo nails 2 penalties as Real Madrid beats Valencia 4-1

More jeers for Real Madrid after home loss to Villarreal

MADRID/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Another poor result, another round of jeers for Real Madrid. Madrid’s struggles in the Spanish league continued when it lost to Villarreal 1-0 on Saturday, infuriating fans at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and increasing pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane. Pablo Fornals netted Villarreal’s winner in the 87th minute, prompting loud boos by the … Continue reading More jeers for Real Madrid after home loss to Villarreal

Zidane says it’s not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid

MADRID/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— As far as Zinedine Zidane is concerned, things are not as bad as they look for Real Madrid. Zidane downplayed Madrid’s recent setbacks, blaming critics for exaggerating the team’s struggles and wanting to create turmoil at the club. “I’m tired of hearing that Madrid is struggling,” Zidane said on Friday. “It’s easy … Continue reading Zidane says it’s not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid

With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track

MADRID/January 09, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training on Tuesday, saying it’s his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team’s struggles in the Spanish league. “Sometimes a talk is necessary,” Zidane said. “I’m … Continue reading With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track

Modric appears in Madrid court in tax fraud case

MADRID/January 09, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has appeared in court in a tax fraud case in Madrid. Officials said Tuesday Modric was in court for about 10 minutes along with his wife and lawyer. The player’s wife, Vadja, is also being accused of tax irregularities. Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid midfielder of defrauding … Continue reading Modric appears in Madrid court in tax fraud case

Ronaldo tells judge he has ‘never tried to avoid taxes’

MADRID/July 31, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Soccer:  Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish judge Monday that he has “never tried to avoid taxes.” The Real Madrid forward, who is from Portugal, was questioned to determine whether he committed tax fraud worth almost 15 million euros ($17.5 million). Ronaldo spent more than 90 minutes answering the questions of … Continue reading Ronaldo tells judge he has ‘never tried to avoid taxes’