Latest Serie A News

AP Interview: Rossi back home in Spain for another comeback

Nov. 11, 2019 5:23 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi is back home — in Spain. The American-born striker, originally from New Jersey and who played for the Italian national team before a series of injuries slowed his career, is back at Villarreal, the Spanish club where he thrived in his prime. "It's been a rough...

'The problem is I'm Italian': Balotelli spurs racism debate

Nov. 7, 2019 7:26 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling. Figuratively speaking, at least. In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli's outburst has prompted more debate,...

Dortmund, Chelsea stage big Champions League comebacks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax. Napoli fluffed a chance to qualify for the knockout stage after drawing 1-1 home at home...

Balotelli threatens to leave soccer field amid racist chants

Nov. 3, 2019 6:11 PM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday. Visibly upset as he fought for the ball near the corner flag at the end of the stadium where the monkey chants were...

'Shame on you': Balotelli lashes out at fans for racism

Nov. 3, 2019 6:08 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli's most important kick on Sunday had nothing to do with the curling shot that he whipped into the top corner of the goal from beyond the box. Rather, it was the drop-kick the Brescia striker made moments earlier when he booted a ball high into the stands to express his...

Discriminatory chants prompt suspension of Roma-Napoli game

Nov. 2, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Discriminatory chants prompted a Serie A soccer game between Roma and Napoli to be briefly suspended Saturday. Referee Gianluca Rocchi made the decision in the second half after Roma fans aimed anti-territorial chants at Napoli. Such chants are often used by supporters to deride an opposing...

De Boer makes a most satisfying comeback with Atlanta United

Oct. 30, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Frank de Boer never seems to get flustered. The stoic Dutchman can switch from one language to another with ease. He speaks bluntly and rarely betrays any sense of doubt in his coaching abilities. Yet, this has been a year when he's had to show some flexibility. Maybe he didn't have...

Jeep deal makes Juventus shirts worth more than $100 million

Oct. 24, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus will now be making more than $100 million per season from its jersey sponsorships. The club announced a 25 million euro ($28 million) increase annually in sponsorship from Jeep automobiles, which like Juventus is controlled by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company. The new...

Italy's female soccer players aim to change law limiting pay

Oct. 24, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's surprise run to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup this year went a long way toward changing misconceptions about the female game in a country where the most popular sport is dominated by men. Out of a population of 60 million, more than 20 million spectators watched Italy's...

Lionel Messi and Liverpool shine in the Champions League

Oct. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage's midpoint. Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak...