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Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women's soccer

Dec. 10, 2018 4:53 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took his time...

Copa Libertadores saga ends as River Plate wins in Madrid

Dec. 9, 2018 7:54 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Madrid turned into Buenos Aires for a night Sunday, with tens of thousands of Argentine fans transforming Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu into a stadium of their own. River Plate fans were the only ones celebrating in the end, both at home and in Spain, after the historic victory over fierce...

US women to open 2019 at France, play Mexico in send-off

Dec. 6, 2018 6:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States women's soccer team will open next year with games at World Cup host France and Spain and finish a 10-game schedule leading to the tournament with a send-off match against Mexico at Harrison, New Jersey, on May 26. The defending world champion Americans play France at Le...

Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final

Dec. 6, 2018 6:42 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the second leg...

Column: South American soccer leadership fails players, fans

Dec. 1, 2018 10:46 AM EST

South America's soccer leaders have thrown in the towel. They are incapable of staging the biggest annual game on their own continent. A confederation of 10 nations can't find anywhere safe enough for River Plate and Boca Juniors to complete their Copa Libertadores final after proving incapable of securing the...

Spanish league sues soccer federation over match in US

Nov. 29, 2018 9:25 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league has taken legal action against the country's soccer federation in an effort to get approval for a regular-season match in the United States. A Madrid commercial court said Thursday the league filed a lawsuit accusing the Spanish soccer federation of unfair competition. The...

David Villa leaving New York City FC

Nov. 28, 2018 3:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa, one of the biggest stars in Major League Soccer, is leaving New York City FC. The 36-year-old Spanish forward and World Cup winner spent four seasons with the team as its first captain. He plans to continue playing but has not said where. Villa departs after scoring 80 goals in...

Portugal unaware of joint World Cup bid with Spain, Morocco

Nov. 20, 2018 5:58 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese official says Spain has made no approach about the possibility of presenting a three-way bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Morocco. Education Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, who oversees sports, says he has "no formal knowledge of any official announcement about a...

Spain wants 2030 World Cup bid with Morocco and Portugal

Nov. 19, 2018 11:31 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain wants Morocco to join a three-country bid with Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup. A government spokeswoman says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez conveyed the offer to Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani during a brief visit to the north African country. The spokeswoman, as is...

England rises again, Belgium slumps in Nations League drama

Nov. 18, 2018 6:35 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — England surged into the UEFA Nations League finals tournament on Sunday, and Belgium threw away its place in a stunning 5-2 loss at Switzerland. On a day of come-from-behind wins and twisting fortunes for the World Cup's beaten semifinalists, England edged Croatia 2-1 to avenge defeat when...