Professional soccer

Finnish fans join players to celebrate their victory in the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Finland and Liechtenstein in Helsinki, Finland, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Finland won 3-0 and have qualified for a major soccer tournament for the first time in their history. (Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via AP)
November 15, 2019 - 5:46 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Flag-waving Finland fans poured onto the field, embracing each other and mobbing the players as fireworks exploded outside the stadium. A party decades in the making finally erupted in Finland after its national soccer team qualified for a major tournament for the first time on...
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Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
November 15, 2019 - 9:36 am
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Manchester City lost its attempt Friday to block an investigation into allegations it deceived UEFA while violating rules that monitor soccer club finances. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that City’s appeal against UEFA’s handling of the investigation was...
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November 15, 2019 - 5:01 am
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league says the match between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid in the United States next month has been called off because it lost a court battle against the Spanish soccer federation. The league says a Madrid court has denied an injunction to force the federation to approve...
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Guy Fawkes Night fireworks go off outside the stadium during the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Genk at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
November 14, 2019 - 8:34 pm
LONDON (AP) — The rights to broadcast Champions League games in Britain have been retained by BT Sport for another three seasons in a deal worth more than $1.5 billion, The Associated Press has learned. The telecommunications company will continue to show every game live and air highlights in the...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, former Arsenal soccer team manager Arsene Wenger arrives for the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards. FIFA says it hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. Wenger accepted FIFA’s offer more than two months after it was reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant head coach job. He will oversee the rules-making panel known as IFAB, coaching programs and technical analysis of games at FIFA tournaments. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
November 13, 2019 - 12:52 pm
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA’s offer Wednesday more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant head...
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In this photo taken on Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019, Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari speaks during the press conference in London. If Sanjay Bhandari was in any doubt about a key challenge leading English soccer’s anti-racism body, it was exposed by abusive social media posts marking his announcement. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)
November 13, 2019 - 12:21 pm
LONDON (AP) — If Sanjay Bhandari was in any doubt about a key challenge he faces leading English soccer’s anti-racism body Kick It Out, it was confirmed by abusive social media posts reacting to his appointment. “My first thought was just a little bit of shock,” Bhandari told The Associated Press...
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November 13, 2019 - 12:01 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham was banned Wednesday for all the German soccer club’s remaining Bundesliga games this year after knocking over an opposition coach. The defender body checked 54-year-old Freiburg coach Christian Streich with his shoulder during...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2018, file photo, Earnie Stewart, general manager of the U.S. men's national soccer team, and head coach Gregg Berhalter pose at a news conference in New York. The sporting director of the U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter's job is safe as men's national team coach despite some disappointing results. "When I evaluate Gregg and the coaching staff and what I've seen to date, I'm a pleased man, and an individual result is not going to change that. It's just not," sporting director Earnie Stewart said during a telephone conference call with reporters Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
November 12, 2019 - 2:59 pm
The sporting director of the U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter's job as men's national team coach is safe despite some disappointing results. Berhalter was hired last December after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. lost to Mexico 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold...
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Shakhtar's Brazilian player Taison, right, reacts as he leaves the pitch after he was red-carded for his reaction on racial abuse, while Dynamo Kyiv Mykola Shaparenko, center, calmed him down, during Premier League soccer match in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Shakhtar's Dodo, left, looks on. The Ukrainian Premier League on Monday called for an inquiry after a Brazilian player for Shakhtar Donetsk was sent off for responding to racist abuse with an obscene gesture. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Osipov)
November 12, 2019 - 1:22 pm
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police want to identify and find about 20 Dynamo Kyiv fans as part of an investigation into racist abuse directed at Shakhtar Donetsk player Taison. The Brazilian midfielder left the field in tears after reacting to the abuse in Sunday's game by showing an obscene...
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November 12, 2019 - 4:26 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has announced a new food sector sponsor for the European Championship, replacing McDonald's which owned the slot since 1992. UEFA says food delivery platform Takeaway.com has signed for the Euro 2020 tournament. The value was not disclosed. Until cutting short its...
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