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Haaland's goal prowess evoking memories of Ronaldo, Messi

Oct. 03, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The contrast could hardly have been more stark. While Erling Haaland plundered his latest hat trick in a season that threatens to see him smash English Premier League scoring records, Cristiano Ronaldo sat glum-faced on the sideline. Here...

English clubs underwhelming early in Champions League

Oct. 02, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

The Premier League has provided six of the last 10 Champions League finalists and its clubs were by far the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window, strengthening their already-deep squads and weakening some of their European rivals in the process. No wonder many were...

Soccer world reacts to disaster at Indonesia stadium

Oct. 02, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A minute of silence was observed before soccer matches around the world on Sunday in honor of victims of the disaster at a stadium in Indonesia that claimed at least 125 lives, and top players, coaches and leagues sent condolences and messages of support. Most of the...

Spain gives personhood status to Mar Menor salt-water lagoon

Sep. 21, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain granted personhood status Wednesday to what environmentalists call Europe's largest salt-water lagoon, which has suffered massive die-offs of marine life as it degrades due to coastal development and local farming. The new law came after a citizen-led push to provide...

By dancing, Rodrygo and Vinícius make stance against racism

Sep. 19, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — With a goal and a dance, Real Madrid’s young Brazilian forwards made a statement against racism in soccer this weekend. With their samba-like moves after a goal in the derby against Atlético Madrid on Sunday, Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior made it clear they are not...

Spain lauds Queen Letizia's modernizing role as she turns 50

Sep. 15, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Queen Letizia turned 50 on Thursday. It’s only a birthday but Spain is taking the opportunity to assess its scarred monarchy and ponder how the arrival of a middle-class commoner may help shake up one of Europe’s most storied royal dynasties into a...

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...

Real Madrid closes 2021-22 season with profit of 13M euros

Sep. 12, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid closed the 2021-22 season with a profit of 13 million euros ($13.2 million) and a cash balance of 425 million euros ($430.3 million). The club said on Monday the loss of income because of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020 reached nearly 400 million...

Spain, France kick off anniversary celebration of Picasso

Sep. 12, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Against the backdrop of Picasso´s iconic anti-war painting, “Guernica,” the culture ministers of France and Spain gathered Monday in Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum to kick off a year of commemorative acts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Spanish artist who...

Catalan separatists rally as movement frays 5 years on

Sep. 11, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Around 150,000 Catalan separatists rallied in Barcelona on Sunday, trying to reignite the independence movement that is fraying as it nears the five-year anniversary of its failed breakaway bid from Spain. For the past decade, the Sept. 11 rally held on...