Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Europe 11/08/19, 05:27

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 home to ...

Gatecrasher Tottenham takes on storied Liverpool in CL final

Soccer 05/30/19, 10:38

Familiar territory for Liverpool. So very unfamiliar for Tottenham.The second all-English Champions League final in history pits one of Europe's most successful clubs against a side unexpectedly gatecrashing the continent's elite.After losing last year's final to Real Madrid, Juergen Klopp's Liverpool has another shot at lifting the European Cup for ...

Alisson could be piece Liverpool missed in last year’s final

Sports 05/30/19, 05:43

The key to Liverpool's Champions League success this year may just be in the hands of Alisson Becker.Liverpool paid a record $85 million fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma at the end of last season after predecessor Loris Karius made several costly mistakes in last year's final.The ...

Salah seeking redemption in Champions League final

Sports 05/30/19, 04:23

His left shoulder in a sling, Mohamed Salah stood in a line at the airport in Kiev with the rest of Liverpool's disappointed players as they made their way back from the Champions League final last year.Heads were down. No one really wanted to talk. It was a fairly melancholic ...

Tottenham arrives in Madrid for Champions League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 14:23

Tottenham has arrived in Madrid for the Champions League final against Liverpool.The squad landed at Madrid's international airport on Wednesday evening, three days before Saturday's final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.The team will practice at Real Madrid's training center in the city's suburbs. Its final training session on Friday will ...

Spaniards with little to cheer for in Champions League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 09:46

It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain.Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country's streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when ...

Unprecedented security plan set for Champions League final

Sports 05/28/19, 07:45

Spain says it will deploy unprecedented security measures for Saturday's "high risk" Champions League final in Madrid.Spanish authorities say the police operation prepared for the final between Liverpool and Tottenham will be the biggest ever for a sporting event in the Spanish capital.Officials say the measures will surpass those put ...

Atalanta, Inter get Champions League spots on wild final day

Sports 05/26/19, 16:31

Inter Milan survived a dramatic end to its Serie A campaign on Sunday to secure a Champions League spot for next season, while Atalanta will make its debut in Europe's top club competition.Leading 2-1 in the 89th minute against an Empoli team fighting relegation, Inter's defense was in disarray as ...

Beckham scores as United faces Bayern 20 years after CL win

Soccer 05/26/19, 15:26

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wound back the years as the Manchester United manager came off the bench to score for Alex Ferguson's side against a Bayern Munich team in the "Treble Reunion" match — 20 years to the day after United won the 1999 Champions League final.Fans young and old descended ...

Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:21

Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday.Suarez said he ...

Valverde under pressure after dismal end to Barcelona season

Soccer 05/26/19, 10:14

A couple of weeks ago, few questioned Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona coach.The team had just won a second straight Spanish league title under his command and was close to making it to the Champions League final after beating Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.The team was also ...

Messi: Barca must say sorry for Liverpool defeat

Soccer 05/24/19, 14:13

Barcelona must apologize for its "lamentable" Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of Liverpool earlier this month, according to Lionel Messi.In his first Barca news conference for four years, the Argentina great said on Friday: "We are still recovering from what happened in Liverpool. At least I am."Our performance ...

Pochettino’s joke falls flat at Real Madrid

Soccer 05/24/19, 11:26

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's comments about Real Madrid's lack of hospitality didn't go over too well in the Spanish capital.Pochettino told Spanish radio station Cope, in a joking tone, that Madrid president Florentino Perez told him that he can sleep at Real Madrid City only when he becomes coach of ...

Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey title

Soccer 05/23/19, 07:35

Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend.The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final."It's the last game of the ...

DaMarcus Beasley to retire at end of Houston Dynamo season

Soccer 05/21/19, 15:54

DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season.The midfielder and left back turns 37 this week and is the only American to either play in four World Cups or appear in a European Champions League semifinal.Beasley said on Twitter ...

Brazil coach Tite under pressure ahead of Copa America

Soccer 05/21/19, 10:24

Having too many players to choose from is a problem most coaches relish.For Tite, it's a problem he could do without.The Brazil coach recently picked his squad for this year's Copa America, and it unsurprisingly included Neymar and Thiago Silva — two of the national team's most important players. But ...

Tottenham bans 3 fans for selling Champions League tickets

Soccer 05/21/19, 06:17

Champions League finalist Tottenham says it banned three season-ticket holders who offered to sell their match seats online for a profit.Tottenham was allocated 16,000 tickets for the game against Liverpool at Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1.The club says in a statement it is illegal for buyers to sell ...

Serie A race for 2 Champions League spots goes to final day

Soccer 05/19/19, 16:35

The race for the final two Champions League spots from Serie A will go to the last day of the season.Atalanta drew 1-1 at Italian champion Juventus on Sunday to move into third place in the Italian league, leapfrogging Inter Milan after the Nerazzurri lost 4-1 at Napoli.With one round ...

Pepe scores twice for Lille, Lyon seals 3rd in Ligue 1

Sports 05/18/19, 16:37

Lyon sealed third place and Champions League football after beating Caen 4-0 in the French league on Saturday while the in-demand Nicolas Pepe scored twice for Lille.Lille thrashed struggling Angers 5-0, with Pepe scoring in each half to lift his tally to 22 league goals. Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian ...

Lyon beats Barcelona 4-1 to win Women’s Champions League

Sports 05/18/19, 12:56

Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1 to win its fourth consecutive Women's Champions League title on Saturday.Ada Hegerberg scored three times in the first half to lead the French squad, which also won its sixth Champions League crown since 2011.Dzsenifer Marosan, also the captain of Germany, opened the scoring in the fifth ...

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