Inter drops Icardi as captain, Icardi pulls out of match

Soccer 02/14/19, 09:12

Inter Milan pulled the captaincy from Mauro Icardi, and Mauro Icardi responded by pulling himself out of Inter Milan's next match.The dispute highlights the tense contract talks that have been going on between the 25-year-old Argentine player and the Italian club.Icardi's contract expires in 2021, and his agent-wife Wanda Nara ...

Napoli record-holder Hamsik finalizes move to Dalian Yifang

Soccer 02/14/19, 09:04

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said captain Marek Hamsik has joined Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League.De Laurentiis, speaking ahead of Napoli's Europa League game against Zurich on Thursday, said Hamsik "has gone."No financial details were released but local media reports say Dalian paid 20 million euros for Hamsik, ...

Man United finances show firing Mourinho cost $25 million

Soccer 02/14/19, 07:24

The firing of Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United $25 million.In its latest financial results, published Thursday, United lists 19.6 million pounds ($25 million) in exceptional items relating to the cost of dismissing Mourinho and six members of his coaching staff.Mourinho was fired in December after two and a half years ...

Rested Barcelona looks to find its stride again

Soccer 02/14/19, 06:54

In a slump and under pressure, Barcelona hopes it got to fully recharge ahead of the most difficult stretch of the season.After three consecutive draws, including two in the Spanish league that allowed Real Madrid to cut into its lead, Barcelona got a rare week off before facing a series ...

Bundesliga leader Dortmund in crisis after 4 winless games

Soccer 02/14/19, 06:15

Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund is going through its first crisis under coach Lucien Favre.Dortmund has failed to win any of its four games in February and has developed a propensity for collapsing toward the end of games. It has conceded nine goals in its last three matches.A 3-0 defeat at ...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Soccer 02/13/19, 19:33

A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain came to the Australian capital on Thursday to thank the prime minister for his freedom.Hakeem al-Araibi flew to Canberra on Wednesday, only a day after arriving home in Melbourne on a flight ...

Tottenham beats Dortmund 3-0 in Champions League 1st leg

Soccer 02/13/19, 17:13

Son Heung-min sparked Tottenham's second-half overwhelming of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday, setting the London club on its way to a 3-0 victory in the last-16 first leg.After being on the back foot throughout the first half, Tottenham took complete control once Son netted two minutes after ...

Substitute Asensio strikes late, Real Madrid beats Ajax 2-1

Soccer 02/13/19, 17:07

Substitute Marco Asensio scored a late winner as defending champion Real Madrid beat Ajax 2-1 Wednesday in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Champions League.Asensio, was unmarked at the far post as he tapped in a cross from the right by Dani Cavajal in the 87th minute ...

Declan Rice asks FIFA to switch from Ireland to England

Soccer 02/13/19, 11:24

West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice says he is asking FIFA to switch his international allegiance from Ireland to England.After months of uncertainty over which national team he would commit to, the 20-year-old Rice says the "extremely difficult decision" was made with his "heart and my head."With Irish heritage but ...

In France, footballers fight workplace bullying in court

Soccer 02/13/19, 03:04

As it does with many footballers, the day finally came when Anatole Ngamukol's club told the attacker it was time for him to move on.Embarking on a new season in the French league , Reims decided it had no further use for the player who had helped the French side ...

Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

Soccer 02/12/19, 17:09

Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain handed Manchester United a reality check under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 2-0 in the Champions League last-16 Tuesday to inflict the interim manager's first loss.Angel Di Maria was the architect of both goals in the first leg on his return to Old Trafford as PSG ...

World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Soccer 02/12/19, 05:36

Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a shot from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81.English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks' former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Soccer 02/11/19, 21:42

A refugee soccer player has returned home to a celebrity welcome in Australia hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted three months after he was detained in Thailand.Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs were waiting at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday when Hakeem al-Araibi arrived on a commercial ...

Brazil soccer club promises compensation for fire victims

Soccer 02/11/19, 16:24

Brazilian authorities are promising prompt financial compensation for the families of all victims involved in a fire that killed 10 young soccer players.The Flamengo soccer club's CEO refused to answer questions at a news conference Monday, as concerns mounted about the apparent lack of proper certification for its training center.The ...

Dortmund captain Marco Reus out of trip to Tottenham

Soccer 02/11/19, 12:53

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus will miss the side's Champions League round-of-16, first-leg tie at Tottenham on Wednesday due to a thigh injury.Club official Sebastian Kehl, who liaises with the players, says, "We would of course have liked to have him in London, alone because his presence is a bit ...

Soccer player Sala died of head, torso injuries in crash

Soccer 02/11/19, 11:54

A post-mortem found Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel.The evidence was heard at a coroner's hearing in the English city of Dorset on Monday, three weeks to the day since the crash.The single-engine aircraft was ...

Young midfielders Havertz, Brandt leading Leverkusen revival

Soccer 02/11/19, 09:15

Two young German national team players are leading Bayer Leverkusen's revival under new coach Peter Bosz.Kai Havertz, still only 19, has made himself an indispensable part of the squad and is getting better with each game, while 22-year-old Julian Brandt produced a man-of-the-match performance against Mainz on Friday.Brandt, who had ...

Update: Bahrain says it could still pursue refugee

Soccer 02/11/19, 05:56

The Latest on the release of Bahraini soccer player with refugee status in Australia who was released from Thai detention after extradition request was withdrawn (all times local):5:55 p.m.Bahrain says that it "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" a soccer player who has been granted refugee ...

Thai court orders release of Bahrain refugee soccer player

Soccer 02/11/19, 03:44

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention.Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said that Hakeem al-Araibi, who lives and plays professional soccer in Australia, was being ...

Ronaldo helps Juventus win but almost knocks teammate out

Soccer 02/11/19, 00:39

Cristiano Ronaldo played a role in all three Juventus goals on Sunday, but he also almost knocked out a teammate.The incident occurred an hour into Juve's 3-0 win at Sassuolo as Ronaldo kicked the ball straight into the face of teammate Sami Khedira, who instantly fell to the ground.Ronaldo had ...