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Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Nov. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is...

Copa Libertadores final moved from Santiago to Lima

Nov. 5, 2019 6:55 PM EST

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — South America's soccer body CONMEBOL decided on Tuesday to move the Copa Libertadores final from Santiago to Lima because of a weekslong wave of demonstrations in the Chilean capital. CONMEBOL announced the move after a meeting with representatives of the two finalists —...

FIFA won't rebuke Club World Cup host China on human rights

Oct. 24, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino glossed over questions about human rights violations in China while celebrating the country's selection as the first host of soccer's expanded Club World Cup. "We have a social responsibility due to the magnitude and the power that football brings with it," Infantino said after the...

FIFA inviting some non-champions to enlarged Club World Cup

Oct. 23, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

Based on qualification procedures seen by The Associated Press, teams can qualify for FIFA's expanded Club World Cup without having to win a regional competition — even at the expense of some champions. The FIFA Council on Thursday is set to approve China as host of the inaugural edition of the 24-team...

Players to go on strike in Spanish women's soccer league

Oct. 23, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Players in the Spanish women's soccer league have decided to go on strike after failing to reach a deal with clubs over working hours and minimum wages, the latest fight by female athletes worldwide for greater equality with men. Around 200 players met in Madrid late Tuesday and voted in...

Real Madrid, Tottenham get vital wins in Champions League

Oct. 22, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

Just when some of Europe's top teams risked failing to advance from their Champions League groups, they steadied the ship. Real Madrid and Tottenham both earned their first European wins of the season Tuesday against overmatched opponents — but in very different style. Real had to work hard to win 1-0...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

Oct. 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — This month's Spanish league "clásico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital. The league wanted the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns,...

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Oct. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States. The Spanish soccer federation has been asked to allow Villarreal's home game against Atlético Madrid on Dec. 6 to be moved to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The...

Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team wants to play its Spanish league "clásico" match against Real Madrid at home despite a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital on the same day. The Spanish soccer league wants the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to...