Soccer

  • Barcelona gets favorable draw in Champions League groups

    MONACO (AP) -- Barcelona was handed a favorable start to its title defense with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov when the Champions League groups were drawn on Thursday.

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  • U.S. asks Swiss to extradite Nicaraguan in FIFA case

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Switzerland to give priority to a U.S. request to extradite former FIFA official Julio Rocha in preference to a later request from his native Nicaragua, the Swiss Justice Ministry said. Six of seven soccer officials…

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  • Champions League draw results 2015: Chelsea should win Group G easily

    FC Porto are a good side, but Chelsea will expect to top their Champions League group. Dynamo Kiev are a decent enough team, but certainly not as talented as Porto. Maccabi Tel-Aviv, meanwhile, are firmly in the "just happy to be here" camp.

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  • Soccer-English League Cup 2nd round results

    Aug 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the English League Cup 2nd Round matches on Wednesday 2nd RoundWednesday, August 26Barnsley (III) - Everton 3-5 (halftime: 2-0, 90 mins: 3-3) AET Tuesday, August 25 West Bromwich Albion - Port Vale (III) 0-0 (halftime: 0-0, 90 mins: 0-0, penalty shootout:…

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    Man United praises Rooney, awaits rivals in UCL draw

    Three goals by Rooney and one by Ander Herrera secured Wednesday evening a place for Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League after knocking out Club Brugge with an overall 7-1. The Red Devils will know their rivals in the group stage after the draw scheduled Thursday in Monaco.

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  • Teenage forward Martial handed debut France call-up

    PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps included Monaco's teenage forward Anthony Martial in Thursday's 23-man squad for next month's friendly matches against Portugal and Serbia.

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  • Kid who looks exactly like Neymar signs for Irish club, freaks people out

    In the future, all kids will look like Neymar, but he's unique enough at the moment that people who look like him are notable. For example, 16-year-old Barry Cotter, who is a dead ringer for the Brazilian icon. A few fans of Limerick FC probably needed to be hospitalized after seeing this photo.

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  • Leverkusen beats Lazio 3-0 to advance in Champions League

    Bayer Leverkusen advanced to the group stage of the Champions League by beating 10-man Lazio 3-0 on Wednesday. Leverkusen will be the fourth German club in the group stage following its 3-1 aggregate victory. Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring in the 40th minute, Admir Mehmedi doubled Leverkusen's…

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  • FIFA disowns 'girls in schools' and Blatter comments by reform chief

    (Adds background on sponsors' reform meeting in Paragraph 13) By David Ingram and Simon Evans Aug 27 (Reuters) - FIFA on Thursday disowned comments made by the head of its reform committee, who had questioned why American authorities were investigating corruption in soccer, which he described as…

    Reuters
  • CSKA faces UEFA charge over flare landing on pitch

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's CSKA Moscow faces disciplinary charges after a flare was thrown onto the pitch during a Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon, UEFA said Thursday.

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    6 features we miss in FIFA 16

    It's that time of the year again. The new football season has just begun and that means a brand new FIFA game is available to consume all your spare time. FIFA 16 will feature a novelty with several national women's teams being represented this time. However, in the past the FIFA franchise had some…

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  • Soccer-News of Ibrahimovic's return crashes Malmo website

    The website of Malmo FF crashed following the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started his career with the Swedish champions, will return to the city with Paris St Germain for the group stage of the Champions League. After beating Scottish champions Celtic to make the group stage, Malmo were drawn…

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  • Kurzawa pens five-year PSG deal

    Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa has signed a five-year deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain, the Ligue 1 club confirmed on Thursday. Kurzawa, 22, will replace Lucas Digne who on Wednesday completed a loan move to AS Roma, with the French international serving as a back-up for first-team…

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  • Soccer-Sevilla complete signing of forward Llorente from Juve

    Sevilla have completed the signing of forward Fernando Llorente from Juventus and the 30-year-old former Spain international has agreed a three-year contract, the Europa League champions said on Thursday. Sevilla announced late on Wednesday Llorente was in the Andalusian capital for a medical and…

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  • Man United back in Champions League, Rooney scoring again

    Manchester United had double reason to celebrate on Wednesday - the team is back in the Champions League group stage and star striker Wayne Rooney is scoring again. Rooney ended a drought of 10 games without a goal stretching back to April 4 with a hat trick in United's 4-0 win at Bruges, helping…

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  • Mario Balotelli banned from having cool haircuts at AC Milan

    Silvio Berlusconi is the absolute worst. Want Backheel Breakfast in your inbox? Sign up for the email version here.Mario Balotelli has a reputation for acting a little strange (and occasionally destructively) off the pitch, so it's no surprise that AC Milan put some clauses into his loan contract.…

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  • Bayern, Leverkusen clash; Dortmund leading Bundesliga

    BERLIN (AP) — After perfect starts, something has to give when Bayern Munich hosts Bayer Leverkusen for the first Bundesliga clash of the season among Champions League participants. Borussia Dortmund, currently leading on goal difference after two league games, hosts Hertha Berlin, while Borussia…

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  • Sexwale 'weighing all options' about FIFA presidential race

    MONACO (AP) — Touted as a potential FIFA president, Tokyo Sexwale is "weighing all options" before deciding if he will enter the governing body's election race.

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