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Vital for World Cup teams: Silencing the non-playing blues

Because teams can only field 11 players at one time, there will be squad members at the World Cup who don’t get to play at all. Dealing with their frustrations, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Liverpool goes from qualifier to UEFA Champions League finalist

Liverpool advanced to its first Champions League final in more than a decade despite a 4-2 loss at Roma on Wednesday. The Reds scored two early goals and that was …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Real Madrid reaches 3rd straight UEFA Champions League final

Real Madrid conceded early again but held on to a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich to reach its third straight Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate. Joshua Kimmich scored for …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Euro nations offered up to $75M every 2 years in FIFA league

European football federations stand to earn up to $75 million every two years if FIFA’s plans for a new global league are approved. The extent of the windfall is outlined …


Liverpool considers itself warned of possible Roma comeback

Liverpool understands the danger it faces in the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday. The Reds, however, are confident they will not face the same fate as Chelsea and Barcelona did this …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Italian federation details talks with Roberto Mancini

The Italian football federation says it is in talks with Roberto Mancini about taking over the Azzurri’s vacant coaching job. Federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini tells the ANSA news agency that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 9:01 a.m.

Roma’s tactics for stopping Mohamed Salah: Never lose sight of him

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah moves so fast that it’s difficult to keep an eye on him. Yet that’s exactly the advice that Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has given his …


Patrik Schick should take pressure off of Edin Dzeko against Liverpool

Roma waited all season to see what Patrik Schick can do. And he showed recently can do plenty. The 22-year-old Czech Republic striker can impose his physical presence as a …


Chivas wins CONCACAF title, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

Mexico’s Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalty kicks to win the CONCACAF Champions League and the right to play in the Club’s World Cup for the first time in …


Around MLS: LAFC’s successful road trip paves way for stadium opening

LAFC is returning home for the opening of its brand-new downtown stadium. The club had to start with six matches on the road and did surprisingly well, especially for an …


Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no U.S.

Fox’s World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the soccer tournament. And four of the six broadcast crews will call …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

Real Madrid beats Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the …


Argentina shocked by abuse of minors at top football clubs

The growing scandal at two of Argentina’s most popular and successful clubs has shocked many in this soccer-mad nation and prompted the Argentine Football Federation to order a monitoring of …


Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Matt Miazga in top tier of U.S. Soccer player pool

Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams have played their way onto the top tier of the U.S. Soccer player pool along with defender Matt Miazga. Interim coach Dave Sarachan says …


Arsene Wenger says timing of his Arsenal departure not his decision

Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from Arsenal “was not really my decision.” That effectively confirms he was forced out of the English club he has managed for …


Liverpool’s unfashionable midfield the support act for Mohamed Salah

Liverpool is back in Europe’s elite with an unfashionable and functional central midfield that is proving just as effective as the star-laden engine room of a decade ago. Jordan Henderson, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Mohamed Salah magic leads Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma in UCL semis

Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to a 5-2 win over former club Roma on Tuesday. It …


European leagues oppose FIFA plan for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Top European leagues are set to oppose FIFA plans for adding more teams and playing days at the 2022 World Cup.


South American nations to vote for 2026 North America World Cup

The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup has gained the support of the 10 South American soccer nations. The announcement from CONMEBOL on Friday came two months before …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

FIFA wants to charge hosts of planned 24-team Club World Cup

FIFA wants to charge hosting fees for staging 24-team Club World Cup tournaments worth at least $3 billion each and planned to kick off in 2021. In a briefing document …


Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

Bayern Munich has hired Niko Kovac as coach starting next season. Bayern says the 46-year-old agreed to a three-year contract with the Bundesliga champions starting in July.


Madrid-Bayern, Liverpool-Roma in Champions League semifinals

A Champions League semifinal draw steeped in the competition’s rich history paired Real Madrid with Bayern Munich and then matched Liverpool with Roma. Two-time defending champion Madrid will first play …


England Spotlight: Seeking credit for goal after game earns Harry Kane online teasing

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the subject of online teasing after claiming credit for a goal after a match. Christian Eriksen was recorded as the scorer of both goals in …


FIFA keen on expanding World Cup to 48 teams for Qatar 2022

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen on hastening the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar in a move that might require the …


John Leicester: Ronaldo keeps his head in big “What if” moment

While all about him lost their heads, Cristiano Ronaldo kept his. Yet again he stepped up for his club, Real Madrid, while Gianluigi Buffon, at the tail end of 17 …


Spain Spotlight: More about survival than brilliance as Real Madrid advances

It was more about survival than brilliance this time for Real Madrid. There was no hat trick or bicycle kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. There was no midfield dominance by Toni …


Italy Spotlight: Juventus president calls for removal of UEFA’s Pierluigi Collina

Juventus is still fuming over the penalty that resulted in its elimination from the Champions League. Club president Andrea Agnelli has called for the removal of UEFA chief refereeing officer …


Germany Spotlight: Leverkusen’s young team primed for UEFA Champions League return

Bayer Leverkusen is on course for a return to the Champions League. Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich has created a competitive team capable of free-flowing attacking soccer thanks to the continued …


France Spotlight: A positional switch has changed fortunes for Memphis Depay and Lyon

A positional switch has led to a change in fortune for Memphis Depay. The notoriously erratic Depay has hit top form in the past three games after being moved from …


Gianluigi Buffon slams referee after late penalty and red card

Gianluigi Buffon harshly complained against the referee for awarding a late penalty and sending him off in what was likely his final Champions League match on Wednesday. English referee Michael …