Latest International soccer News

Economic woes taking toll on Chinese football clubs

May. 24, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Economic woes are taking a toll on China’s professional football clubs, with 11 being disqualified for failing to pay wages and five closing shop on their own terms, including last season’s Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai. Low attendance and gaudy contracts for...

The Olympic Stadium stands empty as Mexico City faces its lockdown to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Sunday, May 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Mexico cancels soccer season because of coronavirus pandemic

May. 22, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Liga MX canceled the remainder of its spring season without crowning a champion for the first time, a decision caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. Teams had played 10 of the Clausura's 17 dates before suspending play March 15. The league said in a statement Friday...

FILE - In this May 1, 1972 file photo German soccer star Uwe Seeler shoots a penalty during his farewell match in Hamburg, Germany. Former West Germany and Hamburger SV forward Uwe Seeler is to have an operation for a broken hip after a bad fall at home. (AP Photo/Helmuth Lohmann, file)

Former Germany, Hamburg great Uwe Seeler breaks hip in fall

May. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Former West Germany and Hamburger SV forward Uwe Seeler is to have an operation to repair a broken hip after a bad fall at home. “The honorary captain of the German national team will have to be operated on later today,” Hamburg said on its website Friday. “The...

US Soccer Federation chief legal officer Lydia Wahlke quits

May. 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lydia Wahlke has resigned as chief legal officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation, two months after she was placed on administrative leave. The federation announced her departure in a note to staff Thursday and said she will be a consultant through Sept. 15. Wahlke was put on leave after USSF...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The Latest: Pennsylvania working on sports virus guidelines

May. 20, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018, photo, Belgian soccer team coach Roberto Martinez reacts on the balcony of the city hall at the Grand Place in Brussels. Martinez has signed a new contract to lead the Red Devils through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Roberto Martínez signs new deal as coach of Belgium

May. 20, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberto Martínez signed a new contract to lead Belgium through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying Wednesday he had “unfinished business” with the top-ranked national team following the postponement of this year's European Championship. Martínez took charge in 2016...

In this May 9, 2020 photo, 28-year-old defender Mahrous Mahmoud holds up his Egyptian national football team jersey he trains with, inside his home, in Manfalut, a town 350 kilometers (230 miles) south of Cairo in the province of Assiut, Egypt. Mahmoud should be on the field at this time of year playing as a defender for Beni Suef, a club in Egypt's second division. But like millions in the Arab world's most populous country, he has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Pandemic turns Egyptian soccer player into a street vendor

May. 19, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MANFALUT, Egypt (AP) — On a hot Saturday afternoon, Mahrous Mahmoud is busy as can be. The professional soccer player, however, is working up a sweat in a different way these days — as a street vendor. At this time of the year, Mahmoud would be on the field playing as a defender for Beni Suef, a...

American Indiana Vassilev, Aston Villa reach 2-year deal

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

American forward Indiana Vassilev has agreed to a two-year contract with Aston Villa after making his Premier League debut in January. The 19-year-old made his senior team debut on Jan. 4 against Fulham and made his first Premier League appearance 14 days later at Brighton. He has four appearances overall during...

Players of Hoffenheim and Hertha warm-up in the empty stadium prior to the Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC Berlin in Sinsheim, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kienzle/AFP pool via AP)

The Latest: NASCAR’s Pocono races might be run without fans

May. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County,...

In this May 17, 2020, photo, cheering mannequins are installed at the empty spectators' seats before the start of a soccer match between FC Seoul and Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean professional soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty stands during a match Sunday in Seoul. In a statement, FC Seoul expressed

SKorean soccer team accused of putting sex dolls in seats

May. 18, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match. FC Seoul expressed “sincere remorse” over the controversy, but insisted in a statement that it used mannequins — not sex dolls — to mimic a...