Latest France National Soccer Team News

Romain Gall rebounding after fall to Sweden's 3rd tier

Nov. 13, 2018 6:54 PM EST

Signed with fanfare by Columbus 18 months earlier, Romain Gall was released by the Crew in February 2016 after making just four first-team appearances in 1½ seasons. Just 21 years old, the midfielder had seen his hopes with Major League Soccer and the U.S. under-20 national team crater. A little more than a...

Ronaldo says rape allegation affecting his personal life

Oct. 29, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's personal life is being impacted by the rape allegation against him, the soccer star said in an interview with France Football magazine. Excerpts from the interview were distributed Monday, with a full story expected to run in the French weekly magazine on Tuesday. "Of...

Power failure: Leading teams struggle across European soccer

Oct. 19, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

Glance across the European soccer standings and there is an unfamiliar look. At least one powerhouse team in each of the five biggest domestic leagues is finding it much tougher to challenge for the title two months into the season. Associated Press writers across Europe take a look at the struggles of AC Milan,...

US wins CONCACAF qualifying final 2-0 over Canada

Oct. 18, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Rose Lavelle is still trying to regain some of the confidence that was shaken when she was injured. Lavelle has been back to full strength for a while since battling a nagging hamstring injury, but it's the mental part that she's been working hard to overcome. On Wednesday night she...

Dutch humiliate Germany in Nations League, Gibraltar wins

Oct. 13, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition — beating host...

Monaco hires Thierry Henry as new coach

Oct. 13, 2018 5:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry is back where it all started. France's all-time leading scorer and an Arsenal great landed his first managerial job on Saturday after Monaco hired him as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed this week. The 41-year-old Henry started his professional career at the...

Women's soccer: Wait and see approach to FIFA strategy

Oct. 11, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

FIFA's new global strategy to grow the women's game is prompting both praise and skepticism. Soccer's governing body has been addressing the women's side of the sport in the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal announced this week that focuses on...

Mbappe making case for Ballon d'Or with four-goal game

Oct. 8, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d'Or as the best soccer player in the world. The Paris Saint-Germain striker helped his case over the weekend, becoming...

Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women's sports

Oct. 4, 2018 6:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women's sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports. The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets around the world, including the United States...

CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Chicago next July 7

Sep. 27, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Chicago's Soldier Field will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for the third time next year. The game will be played on July 7, CONCACAF said Thursday. That is the same day as the Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France, making a likely television doubleheader for Fox in the United States....