International soccer

May 27, 2018 - 4:04 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar admitted Sunday he is not 100 percent in shape after a week's training with Brazil in its World Cup preparations. The striker said he still feels discomfort in his recovering right foot but believes he will be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins June 14. "...
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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, left, fouls Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
May 26, 2018 - 7:29 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local): 2:20 a.m. Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp was unhappy with the tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that injured his star forward Mohamed Salah. Klopp described the arm-tangling...
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Brazil's Filipe Luis, right, embraces Neymar during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center In Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 26, 2018 - 1:06 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar finished his first full week of training with Brazil on Saturday in apparent good shape ahead of the upcoming World Cup after foot surgery. The striker continued his recovery, dribbling and passing at high speed in Brazil's last training session on home soil before...
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FILE - In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Banned former UEFA President and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to soccer after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing it was reported on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Since September 2015 Platini had the status of "between a witness and an accused person" in criminal proceedings opened against then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
May 26, 2018 - 5:58 am
PARIS (AP) — Banned former UEFA President and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to soccer after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing. Platini says in a statement it's "the end of a long...
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Brazil's William goes for the ball during a national soccer team practice session ahead of the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 25, 2018 - 8:36 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted "It was 7-1! It was 7-1!" in a reference to the team's humiliation against...
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In this March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's Isco Alarcon celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. With Spain's golden generation all but gone, it's up to a group of talented youngsters that include Marco Asensio and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon to try to take over the Spanish national team and lead La Roja back to its glory days. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
May 25, 2018 - 12:12 pm
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey. As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2016 file photo Germany's Toni Kroos, left, Thomas Mueller, center, and Mats Hummels applaud fans at the end of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country’s “golden generation” begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
May 25, 2018 - 9:46 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training camp in South Tyrol, Italy. "I don't know...
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FILE - The July 4, 1990 file photo shows England's Paul Gascoigne crying as he is escorted off the field by team captain Terry Butcher, after England lost a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against West Germany in Turin, Italy. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)
May 25, 2018 - 5:33 am
Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn't done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team's performance at the World Cup in Italy...
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Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
May 24, 2018 - 5:52 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup. Willian played with the two star strikers for about one hour in the first training with footballs at...
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FILE - In this Monday March 15, 2010 file photo, Sakari Orava, a Finnish orthopaedic surgeon poses at Mehilainen hospital in Turku, Finland. Sakari Orava is among the very few Finnish citizens to own a Champions League’s gold medal. He didn’t win it on the field, but on the operating table of his medical practice in Turku, a small city on the southwest coast of Finland. Over the years, legions of top soccer players, including David Beckham, have made the trip to Finland to go under the skilled knife of the world renowned surgeon. (Lehtikuva via AP)
May 24, 2018 - 9:52 am
PARIS (AP) — Sakari Orava is among the very few Finnish citizens to own a Champions League's gold medal. He didn't win it on the field, but on the operating table of his medical practice in Turku, a small city on the southwest coast of Finland. Over the years, legions of top soccer players,...
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