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World Cup, Euro 2024 already weigh on Nations League games

Sep. 20, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

The 13 European national teams going to this year’s World Cup will play their last competitive soccer games in the Nations League this week, two months before the tournament starts in Qatar. For the rest of continent’s teams — with the exception of Russia, which has been...

Viewer's guide for this year's World Cup in Qatar

Sep. 15, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all. Brazil bidding for a record-extending sixth title. One of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory — as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it — is just around...

World Cup Watch: Contractual tug-of-war may help Griezmann

Sep. 13, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Less could be more for Antoine Griezmann going into the World Cup. The France forward has been getting few minutes with Atlético Madrid because of a unique contractual dispute with Barcelona, but with his World Cup spot not really in danger, he may end up being one...

Mbappé, Haaland shine in Champions League, Benzema injured

Sep. 06, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland took their high-flying scoring acts into Europe as the Champions League returned on Tuesday, while last season's standout star Karim Benzema limped off with an injury after less than 30 minutes. Mbappé and Haaland both netted two goals as their...

Pogba's World Cup place in doubt amid scandal and bad knee

Aug. 31, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paul Pogba's knee injury could save France coach Didier Deschamps from having to make a painful choice. For the midfielder's fitness could prove to be the determining factor in deciding whether he plays at the World Cup, amid an extortion scandal that threatens to...

Viewer's guide for this year's World Cup in Qatar

Aug. 15, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all. Brazil bidding for a record-extending sixth title. One of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory — as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it — is just around...

Lionel Messi misses cut for Ballon d’Or list of nominees

Aug. 12, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was omitted from the 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award on Friday for the first time since 2005. The Argentina great edged out Poland striker Robert Lewandowski for the Ballon d’Or last year but wasn't nominated this time...

Madrid starts Spanish league defense aiming for title sweep

Aug. 11, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid starts the Spanish league season overflowing with confidence that it can retain the domestic title despite Barcelona spending big to add top talent to its team. Barcelona hosts Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a day before Madrid visits the newly...

Lyon aiming for past glory under new American owner Textor

Aug. 01, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The last time Lyon won the French league title in 2008, the club's new American owner was celebrating a prize of his own. John Textor's visual effects company won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on the making of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...