A Boca Juniors fan dressed as Maradona cheers outside the team's hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid's stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina's fiercest soccer rivals last Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 06, 2018 - 6:42 am
MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the...
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Atlanta United soccer player Josef Martinez is embraced by Angie Blank wife of team owner Arthur Blank after it was announced he had won the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 05, 2018 - 3:54 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez choked up a bit when he saw his grandparents in the front row. On most days, he's not susceptible to tears. This time, he couldn't help himself. A teary eyed Martinez claimed the MVP award from Major League Soccer on Wednesday after shattering the record for goals in a...
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In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a River Plate soccer fan poses for a photo prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final match of the Copa Libertadores has been pushed back after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by fans as it drove to the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)
December 05, 2018 - 8:24 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second...
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Gregg Berhalter, the recently-named head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 04, 2018 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, was...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani talks during the United Nations Conference on Afghanistan at the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Ghani ordered Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unacceptable. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo via AP, File)
December 04, 2018 - 9:32 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation. The report in the British newspaper on Friday...
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Ambulance workers hold flares outside the National Assembly in Paris, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Ambulance workers took to the streets and gathered close to the National Assembly in downtown Paris to complain about changes to working conditions as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties in the wake of violent anti-government protests that have rocked Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 04, 2018 - 6:38 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's response to violent protests (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The French soccer league says it has postponed Saturday's match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier amid expected anti-government protests. The match at the Parc des Princes stadium has been...
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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates with the Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 03, 2018 - 4:53 pm
PARIS (AP) — Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or award for the first time on Monday, ending the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. He was voted player of the tournament. "As a...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2018 file photo, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil smiles on the bench during the International Champions Cup match between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in Singapore. Mesut Ozil is becoming an issue for Arsenal and new coach Unai Emery. Ozil’s style of play doesn’t seem to suit the high-energy approach of Emery and the club’s board has a big decision to make on Arsenal’s marquee player in the upcoming transfer window. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)
December 03, 2018 - 5:50 am
The questions came thick and fast, and Arsenal manager Unai Emery had no real answers. At least he chose not to give any answers. Could Mesut Ozil have played in the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday? "He has backache," Emery said after Arsenal's 4-2 win, repeating the club's press...
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FILE - This Nov. 11, 2018, file photo shows Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter before a soccer game against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J. Berhalter has been hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the team after playing for the Americans at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
December 02, 2018 - 1:01 pm
Gregg Berhalter was hired Sunday to coach the U.S. men's national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an...
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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, and Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 02, 2018 - 12:45 pm
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal scored three goals in the second half to come from behind to beat Tottenham 4-2 in a dramatic north London derby on Sunday that saw clashes between players, fans lighting flares and throwing projectiles onto the field, two penalties and a red card. The Gunners extended their...
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