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Messi has option to leave Barca next summer

Sep. 7, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...

Spain: Woman's body identified as missing Olympic skier

Sep. 4, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police found the body of former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist Blanca Fernández Ochoa in a mountainous area near Madrid on Wednesday after days of searching for her. Police said a tracking dog near a peak in the forested area came across a woman's body, which friends said...

2nd French game in 3 days halted after homophobic banners

Aug. 30, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

METZ, France (AP) — A second French league game in three days was interrupted due to banners deemed homophobic as Paris Saint-Germain beat Metz 2-0 Friday. Referee Frank Schneider stopped the game briefly after the banners were unfurled in the first half. He then allowed play to resume some minutes later...

In 1 game, Bale shows he can still contribute at Real Madrid

Aug. 19, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Just like that, Gareth Bale is part of the solution for Real Madrid again. After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team. Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish league opener on...

Bayern held 2-2 at home by Hertha in Bundesliga opener

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After agreeing to sign Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, Bayern Munich was held to 2-2 by Hertha Berlin in the opening game of the Bundesliga on Friday. Bayern's inability to break down what looked like a shaky Hertha defense aptly illustrated its need for a player like...

UEFA postpones Champions League talks as clubs, leagues row

Aug. 15, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

Changes to the Champions League are unlikely to be decided this year after UEFA on Thursday called off joint talks with the heads of European clubs and leagues who have spent months arguing over a potential radical overhaul of the formats of European competitions. European Club Association chairman Andrea...

MLS gets another chance to chip away at Mexico's dominance

Aug. 13, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Major League Soccer has another chance to chip into Mexico's continental dominance. Reigning MLS Cup champion Atlanta United will host the second annual Campeones Cup on Wednesday night, facing Liga MX powerhouse Club América in a game that certainly means more to the home team and its...

MLS-leading LAFC signs Ecuadorian defender Diego Palacios

Aug. 12, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ecuadorian defender Diego Palacios has joined Major League Soccer-leading Los Angeles FC. LAFC announced its latest acquisition Monday. The 20-year-old Palacios spent last season in the Netherlands with Willem II, starting 32 games for the Eredivisie club. He began his pro career with SD...

Neymar to miss start of French league amid transfer talk

Aug. 10, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Neymar will miss the start of the French league season as Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Saturday that the Brazil star could leave the club this summer. Neymar, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid, was not included in the PSG squad that will start the defense of its...

Sounders land Cecchini, Silva before transfer deadline

Aug. 8, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders have acquired midfielder Emanuel Cecchini on loan from Spanish side Malaga and signed forward/midfielder Luis Silva ahead of the summer transfer window. Cecchini's loan from Malaga will cover the rest of this season and all of the 2020 season. Cecchini, 22, has been...