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Spanish federation withholds approval of match in US

Sep. 21, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person told The Associated Press that the...

England World Cup glee punctured by homecoming loss to Spain

Sep. 8, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Gareth Southgate's trademark garment has gone. England's World Cup feel-good factor also has faded. The football fervor that swept through the country during June and July was punctured by a 2-1 loss to Spain as England's homecoming that turned into a letdown at Wembley Stadium on Saturday....

Spain fans chant 'Gibraltar is Spanish' during England match

Sep. 8, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Spain fans chanted "Gibraltar is Spanish" during a match against England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, risking a sanction from soccer authorities. Spain has been trying to get back Gibraltar from Britain for 300 years after ceding it in 1713. The territory sits on the southern tip of Spain...

England seeks improvement after unlikely World Cup journey

Sep. 7, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

For English soccer, the first two-week international period of the new season often doubles as the next phase of a post-mortem into the national team's failings at a recent tournament. Not so much this time. As the squad gathered at its St. George's Park training base this week ahead of matches against Spain and...

PSG signs defender Bernat and striker Choupo-Moting

Aug. 31, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain left it late to make two signings before the French league's transfer window shut on Friday — and also released a batch of players. The French champion bought Spain defender Juan Bernat from Bayern Munich, thus resolving a problem at left back. PSG was without a...

Japan beats Spain 3-1 to win Women's Under-20 World Cup

Aug. 24, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

VANNES, France (AP) — Japan upset Spain 3-1 in the final to win the Women's Under-20 World Cup for the first time on Friday. Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and Fuka Nagano put their side in a commanding position before Candela Andujar claimed a consolation goal for the Spaniards in the 71st minute. Spain,...

Spanish league plan for game in US chided by players' group

Aug. 16, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year partnership with...

Ronaldo's Juventus debut the pick of European soccer weekend

Aug. 16, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

The Italian and Spanish leagues get underway this weekend, a week after the English and French leagues started. In Germany, there are cup matches. What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend: ITALY Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his Juventus debut in the northeastern Italian...

Atletico beats Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup

Aug. 15, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the...

Brazil great Ronaldo hopes to leave hospital on Monday

Aug. 12, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

Brazil soccer great Ronaldo said on Sunday that he has been hospitalized in Ibiza since Friday because of flu. The 41-year-old Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, said on social media that "everything is under control now" and that he expects to return home on Monday. Ronaldo won the World Cup...