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Ronaldo Saudi move to signal likely end of elite club career

Dec. 31, 2022 15:00 PM EST

Less than two weeks after his great rival Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr and likely signalled the end of his career in elite club soccer. In agreeing a contract until 2025, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner...

Loyal to Santos, Pelé toured and scored in Europe

Dec. 30, 2022 10:34 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Pelé or Diego Maradona? Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Endless arguments over the greatest player in the history of men's soccer can often see cheap hits aimed at Pelé, who died Thursday at age 82, with the claim that he wasn't tested on the European stage...

Messi's hometown in Argentina yearns for World Cup victory

Dec. 16, 2022 08:03 AM EST

ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Fernanda Quiroga still remembers how Lionel Messi played soccer in what were then dirt roads around their working class neighborhood in Rosario, Argentina’s third-largest city. “(Messi) was always kicking something, a ball, a bottle cap,” said...

Spanish court acquits soccer star Neymar in fraud trial

Dec. 13, 2022 16:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish court on Tuesday acquitted soccer star Neymar and his fellow defendants in a fraud and corruption trial related to the Brazilian’s 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona. Brazilian company DIS had accused Neymar, his father, and the former...

Koeman's next in Dutch bench after World Cup exit

Dec. 10, 2022 09:14 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Now it's Ronald Koeman's turn to hop on the Netherlands' coaching merry-go-round. A day after Louis Van Gaal's third stint as Oranje coach ended with a penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals, Koeman's second term began Saturday. ...

Messi snarls, taunts and thrills in World Cup classic

Dec. 10, 2022 07:28 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Whether it was in the rule book or not, Lionel Messi was going to do just about anything to get to the World Cup semifinals. Soccer fans saw another side to Messi in Argentina’s wild penalty-shootout victory over the Netherlands — a side that can only really...

Samuel Eto'o sorry for altercation outside World Cup game

Dec. 07, 2022 03:07 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cameroon soccer federation president and former star player Samuel Eto’o apologized for kicking a man to the ground in what he called a “violent altercation” outside a World Cup stadium early Tuesday. Eto’o had paused to pose for photos with fans near...

Moroccans celebrate historic World Cup win against Spain

Dec. 07, 2022 01:53 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Exuberant Moroccans poured into the streets of their capital and in cities across Europe on Tuesday, waving flags and honking horns to celebrate their national soccer team's historic victory over Spain at the World Cup. Morocco defeated Spain in a penalty...

Twilight for Busquets, last of Spain's champs at World Cup

Dec. 06, 2022 16:48 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Sergio Busquets stood in the center circle, hands on hips, a blank look on his face. He reached soccer’s top step with Spain and now had been stung by La Roja’s third straight elimination from a major tournament on penalty kicks, this time 3-0 to Morocco...

Spain coach Luis Enrique opens up at World Cup

Dec. 03, 2022 09:54 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Bicycle rides. Streaming sessions. Instagram posts. Honest talks about sex, politics and his late daughter. Luis Enrique, not long ago seen as one of the most uptight coaches in soccer, has opened up at the World Cup. He has been...