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An impossible task? Calzona takes over Napoli 48 hours before facing Barca in Champions League

Feb. 20, 2024 15:08 PM EST

ROME (AP) — If Francesco Calzona didn’t already know most of Napoli’s players, it might be an impossible task: He became coach of the defending Serie A champion 48 hours before facing Barcelona in the Champions League. But Calzona knows Napoli through and through. He was an...

Inter Milan surge back on to Champions League stage. Barcelona and Napoli look to take last chance

Feb. 18, 2024 13:45 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — After Kylian Mbappé, Real Madrid and Manchester City seized center stage last week, the Champions League spotlight can now turn to shine on others. The four remaining first-leg games in the round of 16 this week feature the beaten finalist last season, the champions...

Messi and Inter Miami close messy preseason with 1-1 draw against Newell's Old Boys

Feb. 15, 2024 22:52 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi and Inter Miami closed out their tumultuous Major League Soccer preseason with a 1-1 draw against Messi's boyhood club, Newell's Old Boys, on Thursday night. It was the first time that the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner faced the club...

Messi vs. Mbappé on the global stage again? Argentina has qualified for the Paris Olympics

Feb. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The stars are starting to align for another Lionel Messi vs. Kylian Mbappé showdown on a global soccer stage to follow their epic World Cup final in 2022. The men’s soccer tournament at the Paris Olympics starts July 24 and Argentina has now joined host France in...

How private equity is changing the global soccer landscape with big investments in clubs and leagues

Feb. 06, 2024 18:58 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid is revamping its training facilities. Sevilla and Valencia are rebuilding their stadiums. Sporting Gijon is expanding its youth academy. Spanish clubs this week are meeting to showcase and discuss projects funded by their shares of the $2.1 billion...

Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala joins Bay FC on transfer from Barcelona

Feb. 01, 2024 12:56 PM EST

National Women's Soccer League expansion team Bay FC has acquired Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala from Barcelona. Oshoala is one of the top players in the history of Nigeria’s national team. She is the first Nigerian to score in three Women’s World Cups. Known for...

Reactions to the death of German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer at the age of 78

Jan. 08, 2024 18:53 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Reactions to the death of soccer great Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup both as player and coach for Germany, at the age of 78: ___ “The football world mourns the loss of the legendary Kaiser. His unparalleled versatility, graceful transitions...

Luis Suárez signs with Inter Miami, reunites with former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi

Dec. 22, 2023 16:47 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The long-awaited reunion of Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi is now a reality, after the Uruguayan striker signed with Inter Miami on Friday for the 2024 season. Suárez and Messi spent six seasons together at Barcelona, winning four Spanish league titles...

Soccer's Super League revived by court ruling against FIFA and UEFA. Many top clubs still against it

Dec. 21, 2023 14:41 PM EST

European soccer was rocked by a court ruling that revived the rebel Super League on Thursday, though it wasn't clear whether any clubs were joining Real Madrid and Barcelona in the breakaway project. The European Union’s top court said UEFA and FIFA acted unlawfully to block Super...

The Super League had its day in court and won. What is it and why do some fans and clubs object?

Dec. 21, 2023 12:39 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Thursday that soccer's governing bodies UEFA and FIFA acted contrary to EU competition law by blocking plans for a breakaway Super League. Emboldened by that ruling, organizers quickly revealed plans for the new...