Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Dani Alves for Copa America

Soccer 05/27/19, 22:11

Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team's captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to deliver the title of the South American tournament on home soil.Brazil's football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that 36-year-old ...

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel extends contract for another year

Soccer 05/25/19, 07:16

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his contract at the French champion for another year until June 2021, despite a disappointing second half of the season.The German coach replaced Unai Emery on a two-year deal last summer and helped PSG defend its league title this season.PSG made a brilliant ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Timing right for France to make impression on big stage

Soccer 05/24/19, 17:49

France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage.With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine.She is happy ...

PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

Soccer 05/23/19, 06:09

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for corruption as part of an inquiry into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday.The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption" was filed against the beIN ...

Kroos out of Germany squad for European qualifiers

Sports 05/22/19, 06:55

Germany will be without Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos for its upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.Germany coach Joachim Loew left both of his Spain-based players - Kroos and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen - out of his squad for the games in Minsk on June 8 and ...

Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan earns France call-up

Soccer 05/21/19, 09:09

France coach Didier Deschamps called up three new players on Tuesday, including Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra and a friendly against Bolivia.Maignan, who was voted the league's best goalkeeper last week, was rewarded for his excellent season with French league runner-up Lille."Maignan ...

World Cup ticket buyers discovering seats aren’t together

Soccer 05/20/19, 19:21

Fans planning to attend the Women's World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together.Tickets were made available to print Monday and ticket holders learned that their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections — even families with young ...

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 ...

PSG coach: Signing Griezmann is “not realistic”

Soccer 05/17/19, 09:08

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a "realistic" goal as the French champion is looking to bolster its defense.The France striker announced this week he is leaving Atletico Madrid but has yet to reveal where he's going.With Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Edinson ...

UEFA launch women’s soccer strategy plan ahead of World Cup

Sports 05/17/19, 05:20

With the World Cup looming and women's soccer gaining ground around Europe, UEFA launched a new five-year plan for the sport on Friday.The strategy document, Time for Action , sets out how the European soccer body aims to double the number of women and girls playing the game, and to ...

French soccer looking to stop homophobia in stadiums

Sports 05/13/19, 06:51

The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans.Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and soccer authorities ...

Monaco in danger of relegation after disastrous season

Soccer 05/13/19, 04:32

Two years after sweeping aside some of Europe's best teams, Monaco could become the continent's laughingstock.A Champions League semifinalist in 2017, Monaco is in danger of dropping into the French league's second division. Following this weekend's 1-0 loss at Nimes, the Principality team is in 17th place with two matches ...

Neymar scores ahead of ban as PSG shakes off slump

Soccer 05/11/19, 13:07

Playing likely his final match this season in the French league, Neymar scored and delivered an assist as Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-1 Saturday to shake off its season-end slump.Neymar put PSG ahead with a diving header in the first half and then set up Angel Di Maria's goal in ...

PSG striker Neymar suspended 3 matches after clash with fan

Soccer 05/10/19, 05:07

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has been given a three-game ban for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month.The French soccer federation's disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.After Rennes beat PSG on penalties in the final, Neymar reacted angrily ...

Astonishing comebacks the new norm in the Champions League

Sports 05/09/19, 12:14

Ajax's disconsolate players collapsed to the ground and pressed their faces into the turf. The night before, Barcelona's startled players looked at each other in pure disbelief , wondering what exactly had happened.Two Champions League semifinal matches, two three-goal leads squandered.Astonishing comebacks are becoming the new norm in Europe's top ...

France’s top assist maker thrives in gypsy lifestyle

Sports 05/09/19, 08:22

Rife with drugs and weapons, the Cité Gély in the southern French city of Montpellier is a known hub for trafficking.The housing project where big expensive black cars share the streets with groups of youngsters riding their motorbikes without helmets is also home to one of France's most exciting players ...

Amazing matches highlight epic Champions League season

Soccer 05/09/19, 07:42

Remarkably and improbably, it will be Liverpool and Tottenham playing for the Champions League title on June 1.The all-English final in Madrid seemed all-but impossible before back-to-back, second-half comebacks in both semifinals.It was a fitting way for the finalists to emerge from a dramatic knockout phase.Tottenham's Lucas Moura, center, kneeling, ...

Lille moves closer to Champions League after draw with Lyon

Sports 05/05/19, 17:06

Lille moved even closer to qualifying for next season's Champions League after drawing 2-2 at rival Lyon in the French league on Sunday.Second place guarantees automatic entry into Europe's elite club competition and Lille is six points ahead of third-place Lyon with three games left. The team finishing third goes ...

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