Soccer

  • With no Blatter, Hayatou to present trophy at Women's WCup

    With Sepp Blatter staying away, FIFA Senior Vice President and African soccer head Issa Hayatou will present the trophy at the Women's World Cup final in Canada, a senior official at Hayatou's Confederation of African Football said Wednesday. Hayatou, the president of the African confederation and…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil to ask former coaches to help improve local football

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian football confederation will summon former national team coaches to help find ways of improving football in the country after a series of disappointing results.

    Associated Press
  • Britain's Prince William hopes 'Lionesses' roar into final

    Britain's Prince William surprised the England women's football team ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Japan in Canada later Wednesday with a phone call to the squad wishing them good luck for the match. William, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and second in line to the throne behind his…

    AFP
  • Soccer-Swansea sign Portugal forward Eder

    Swansea City bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Portugal forward Eder from Braga on a three-year-contract, the Premier League side announced on Wednesday. The 27-year-old, who has 18 caps, played in all three matches as Portugal were knocked out in the group stage of the 2014…

    Reuters
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  • Soccer-Gundogan extends Borussia Dortmund contract

    Germany international Ilkay Gundogan signed a two-year contract extension at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, ending speculation about his immediate future. "I am glad that we finally have clarity and I can continue playing for Borussia Dortmund," Gundogan said in a statement on the…

    Reuters
  • Gervinho denies 'obscene' demands to Al-Jazira

    Roma striker Gervinho has hit out at claims he requested a helicopter and a private beach as part of the deal that would take him from the Serie A club to Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates. Gervinho was set to end his two-year spell with the Serie A club and join Al-Jazira this week on a…

    AFP
  • Soccer-Sweden's Under-21s show there'll be life after Zlatan

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM, July 1 (Reuters) - Having spent so long depending on the outrageous individual talent of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedes have often wondered what the future holds after his retirement. Despite a squad of players cobbled together from a shaky domestic league and…

    Reuters
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    World Cup Soccer Showdown With American Pride on Display

    Americans cheer for women's Team USA in Montreal as they face off with Germany.

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  • Bayern Munich signs Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa

    MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich signed Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Can England’s Lionesses Upset Defending Champs Japan?

    Heading into the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, England was not the sexy choice. The Lionesses were undefeated in World Cup qualifiers, outscoring their opponents 52-1, but few insiders expected them to challenge the game’s giants: Germany, the United States and Japan. Then came the victory over…

    FiveThirtyEight
  • Liverpool confirm Clyne signing

    Nathaniel Clyne has become the latest pre-season arrival at Anfield after Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they had signed the England defender from Premier League rivals Southampton. A Liverpool statement said the full-back had "penned a long-term contract with the Reds". Clyne is the sixth player…

    AFP
  • Tuesday's Sports In Brief

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not be traveling to Canada for Sunday's Women's World Cup final, FIFA said, as criminal investigations into soccer's governing body continue in the United States and Switzerland. Secretary general Jerome Valcke will also be absent from the biggest event in women's…

    The Associated Press
  • Argentina odds-on favorites to lift Copa America

    By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Argentina are odds-on favorites to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993 by beating Chile in Saturday's final. Chile swept through the group and knockout stages with relative ease but benefited from being drawn against weaker teams, with referee…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Big-spending Dynamo set bad example - Russian official

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, July 1 (Reuters) - Dynamo Moscow's exclusion from European competition for one season should be a lesson to other overspending Russian clubs, Vyacheslav Koloskov, honorary president of the Russian Football Union, told Reuters. Dynamo, who won the Soviet championship…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Holtby leaves Tottenham on permanent move to Hamburg

    German international midfielder Lewis Holtby completed a permanent move from Tottenham Hotspur to SV Hamburg on Wednesday after spending last season on loan with the former European champions, who narrowly avoided relegation from the Bundesliga. Holtby, 24, joined Spurs in January 2013 but was…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Netherlands appoint Blind to replace Hiddink

    (Adds detail) By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, July 1 (Reuters) - Danny Blind was named the new coach of the Netherlands on Wednesday, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned this week after a run of poor results. Blind, who enjoyed a hugely successful career as a defender at Ajax Amsterdam and also coached…

    Reuters
  • Neid's luck runs out as Germany prepare third-place play-off

    Coach Silvia Neid had said she hoped that Germany still had some luck left after snatching a semi-final berth at the Women's World Cup by beating France on penalties. Instead of the final Neid's world number one team are now preparing a third-place playoff to leave the tournament with their "heads…

    AFP
  • Mexico vs. Honduras 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

    Can they do better against Honduras than they did against Costa Rica? Over the weekend, Mexico did not impress in their first Gold Cup warmup match, drawing Costa Rica. On Wednesday, their fans will be demanding considerably improvement against another formidable and possible knockout stage…

    SB Nation