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 ...

Brazil’s Athletico tops River Plate in 1st leg of Recopa

Sports 05/22/19, 21:58

Marco Ruben scored in the 25th minute and Brazil's Athletico beat Argentina's River Plate 1-0 on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana final.The Recopa is played between the winners of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana, the two most prestigious club tournaments in South America.The ...

Fans of Brazil’s Palmeiras pelt own team’s bus with rocks

Sports 04/11/19, 05:26

Fans of Brazilian soccer team Palmeiras pelted their own team's bus with rocks before a Copa Libertadores match against Colombian club Junior Barranquilla.The incident happened in Sao Paulo near the club's stadium on Wednesday. Images showed cracks on several windows of the Palmeiras bus.The defending Brazilian champions won the match ...

Uruguayan Football Fans detained in Brazil

Soccer 04/04/19, 12:33

Police say they've detained nearly 100 fans of Uruguay's Penarol soccer team following a brawl with fans of Brazil's Flamengo club hours before a Copa Libertadores match in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.The police department's press office says the confrontation broke out Wednesday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro's Leme Beach ...

Boca Juniors not renewing contract of coach Barros Schelotto

Soccer 12/14/18, 15:19

Boca Juniors will not renew its contract with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto after losing to fierce rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.Boca lost the second leg 3-1 in extra time last Sunday in Madrid, and 5-3 on aggregate. It was the first Copa final between the Buenos Aires ...

Podcast: sports worth watching on TV; the Copa Libertadores

Sports 12/11/18, 14:21

PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate what sports to watch and how to count real fans, then tell the cautionary tale of a game that became too popular and partisan for its own good.That game — the Copa Libertadores, arguably South America's prestigious soccer championship — ...

SAmerican soccer still wary after successful final in Madrid

Soccer 12/10/18, 07:44

The Copa Libertadores finally came to a conclusion, without incident.River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team's triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent's fiercest rivals.But there were doubts the happy ending ...

Argentine fans celebrate River Plate’s title at home

Sports 12/09/18, 20:48

The game was played in Madrid but the celebrating and suffering stayed in Argentina. River Plate won the Copa Libertadores tournament, beating bitter rival Boca Juniors in an eternal final that lasted a month and that was moved to Spain for the first time in history because of fan violence ...

Colombians have key impact on Copa Libertadores final

Soccer 12/09/18, 17:57

Two Colombian players made all the difference — one good, one bad — in the Copa Libertadores final on Sunday.Boca Juniors' Wilmar Barrios was sent off close to the start of extra time, and River Plate's Juan Fernando Quintero scored his team's second goal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.River added ...

River Plate, Boca Juniors set for Copa Libertadores final

Soccer 12/09/18, 11:20

Fans and players from fierce Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors are getting ready for the Copa Libertadores final later Sunday after the biggest game in South American club soccer was relocated to the neutral setting of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The scheduled kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. local ...

Thousands of Boca and River fans set for Copa final in Spain

Soccer 12/08/18, 12:54

Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans gathered outside their team's hotel in Madrid on Saturday, chanting "It doesn't matter where you play, we will always follow you," one day before Boca faces bitter Argentine rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.Thousands of Boca and River fans are already in the ...

Court rejects Boca Juniors appeal to disqualify River Plate

Sports 12/08/18, 08:17

A legal attempt by Boca Juniors to be awarded the Copa Libertadores title has failed.The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it rejected an urgent appeal by Boca filed Friday for an interim ruling to disqualify River Plate.The sports court says the "merits of the appeal will be examined at ...

Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores

Soccer 12/07/18, 10:38

Spanish authorities say a group of 400 to 500 "especially violent" fans from Argentina are expected to make the trip to Madrid for this weekend's Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.Officials say almost 4,000 security personnel will be deployed for Sunday's match, nearly double the number used ...

Two weeks later, Copa Libertadores set for finale in Madrid

Soccer 12/07/18, 06:14

Two weeks ago, River Plate fan Gigi Gibson traveled more than 10,000 kilometers to watch the Copa Libertadores final in Argentina.On Sunday, she will travel less than 10 kilometers from her home to attend the final in Madrid.Gibson was among 70,000 spectators who waited in vain for hours at River's ...

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe

Sports 12/07/18, 04:30

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:SPAINWhile the Copa Libertadores final is attracting most of the attention in Spain, the Spanish league goes on as planned.Barcelona will defend its lead in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on Saturday, while second-placed Sevilla visits Valencia. On the ...

Copa Libertadores: Boca wants to start focusing on match

Soccer 12/06/18, 16:43

Boca Juniors players have had enough of all the talk about the Copa Libertadores chaos and say it is time to start focusing on the match.The squad had its first practice session in Madrid on Thursday ahead of Sunday's rearranged final second leg against Argentine rival River Plate at Santiago ...

Copa Libertadores: Boca wants to start focusing on match

Soccer 12/06/18, 11:45

Boca Juniors players have had enough of all the talk about the Copa Libertadores chaos and say it is time to start focusing on the match.The squad had its first practice session in Madrid on Thursday ahead of Sunday's rearranged final second leg against Argentine rival River Plate at Santiago ...

Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final

Sports 12/06/18, 06:42

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 second leg of the final of ...

Boca squad arrives in Madrid for rearranged Copa final

Soccer 12/05/18, 14:48

Boca Juniors has arrived in Madrid for Sunday's Copa Libertadores final second leg against River Plate, kicking off preparations for the highly-anticipated match that was twice suspended because of fan violence in Argentina.A few dozen Boca fans greeted the team when it made it to the Spanish capital on Wednesday ...

Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence

Soccer 12/05/18, 08:25

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 leg of the globally anticipated "Game ...

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