Soccer

  • Neymar scores nearly impossible goal for Brazil

    Brazil lead France 2-1 after this absolute gem from Neymar.

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  • Hodgson urges Kane to build on perfect debut

    England manager Roy Hodgson backed Harry Kane to enjoy a long and distinguished international career after the Tottenham Hotspur striker marked his debut with a goal after only 80 seconds. With Kane having scored 29 goals for Spurs this season, there was huge expectation about his England bow and…

    AFP
  • Montenegro-Russia qualifier abandoned after brawl

    The European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned Friday after two Russian players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd, including its goalkeeper being hit in the head by a flare. The Group G game was called off with the score at 0-0 after Dmitry…

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Barcelona plan academy in Denmark to find new Laudrups

    The dream of Danish kids hoping to emulate Michael Laudrup and play for Barcelona moved a step closer on Thursday with the announcement of the Spanish club's plans to set up an academy near Copenhagen. Allan Simonsen, who became the first Dane to represent the Catalan club when he joined in 1979,…

    Reuters
  • Spain beats Ukraine 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifier

    SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored in his first start for Spain to secure a 1-0 win at home over Ukraine in a European championship qualifier on Friday.

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  • Marquinhos extends PSG deal

    Paris (AFP) - Brazilian international defender Marquinhos has extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain by a year until 2019, the Ligue 1 champions confirmed on Thursday.

    AFP
  • FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches. He said FIFA was “irresponsible” to decide the allocation…

    Reuters
  • Frank Lampard is in New York City to watch NYCFC play this weekend

    Lampard is in the Big Apple, where he'll spend time with his future teammates and watch them play Sporting KC.

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  • El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Eleven soccer players and two foreign businesspeople accused of match-fixing involving El Salvador's national team were acquitted of criminal charges Friday.

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  • Backheel Breakfast: Daniel Sturridge has yet another injury

    The Liverpool striker's had awful luck this year, but will this injury hurt his team much at all? It's been a ridiculously unlucky season for Daniel Sturridge, who keeps picking up injuries just as he's getting fit from a previous one. He was finally back to full fitness and playing fairly well,…

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  • Mendy delivers sting as Scorpions win

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Hosts Gambia edged Mauritania 1-0 on Friday as a week of football friendlies involving African national teams reached the third day.

    AFP
  • Red Bulls-Crew Preview

    There's been some debate this week about how New York Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips has been affected playing without Thierry Henry. Columbus Crew SC is more concerned with how Red Bulls newcomer Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam will affect the midfield. Saturday night's contest between the…

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  • Hodgson thrilled for Kane but worried for Welbeck after win

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - England manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with scorer Harry Kane's instant impact on his international debut in the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania on Friday but said the gloss had been taken off by an injury to Danny Welbeck. Kane, a leading contender…

    Reuters
  • Stoke manager Mark Hughes signs new contract through 2018

    STOKE, England (AP) — Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract through 2018.

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  • Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea

    De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months. There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid…

    AFP
  • Haber header gives Canada 1-0 win over Guatemala

    By Simon Evans A 16th minute header from Marcus Haber gave Canada a 1-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly match at Lockhart Stadium on Friday. Canada begin their World Cup qualification campaign in June against the winner of the preliminary qualifying game between Dominica and the British Virgin…

    Reuters
  • Russia qualifier abandoned after trouble

    The Euro 2016 qualifier between Montenegro and Russia in Podgorica on Friday was abandoned with the score at 0-0 after trouble forced the German referee to stop play on two separate occasions. Referee Deniz Aytekin first stopped play for around half an hour after visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev…

    AFP
  • Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

    Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof. Deniz Birinci, the international relations coordinator of the Cyprus…

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  • France vs. Brazil 2015: Final score 3-1, Seleção sweep away French challenge

    The first half was very even in this friendly, but a wondergoal from Neymar in the second half was the decider as Brazil beat France. We were treated Thursday to a friendly match that wasn't just a duel between two very good teams, but also gave us a rematch of the 1998 World Cup final, when France…

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  • Miralem Pjanic ready for Roma exit, as Liverpool seek replacement for Steven Gerrard

    Reports claim Pjanic is ready to leave Roma after four years in the Italian capital.

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