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In this photo released by Villarreal Club de Futbol on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Giuseppe Rossi laces up his sneakers during a training with Spanish club Villarreal, Spain. The 32-year old Rossi, the American-born striker who played for the Italian national team before a series of injuries slowed his career, is back at Villarreal, the Spanish club where he thrived in his prime. (Villareal F.C via AP)
November 11, 2019 - 5:22 am
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi is back home — in Spain. The American-born striker, originally from New Jersey and who played for the Italian national team before a series of injuries slowed his career, is back at Villarreal, the Spanish club where he thrived in his prime. "It's been a...
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Fans wearing Seattle Sounders gear pose for a photo with a giant replica of the MLS Cup trophy, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Toronto FC is scheduled to face the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in the MLS Cup soccer match in Seattle, the third time the two teams will have met for the MLS championship. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 09, 2019 - 4:14 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — When Jordan Morris takes the field in his hometown Sunday it will be a scene he could only imagine as a kid when the Sounders were in their infancy. The team that helped changed the scope of Major League Soccer when it arrived a decade ago will host the MLS Cup final for the first...
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
November 09, 2019 - 8:56 am
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Champions League final will not be played in the United States in 2024. The person told The Associated Press that UEFA could potentially stage the showpiece club soccer final outside Europe one day but that cannot happen for the first time in 2024...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, President of FC Barcelona Josep Bartomeu pauses during and interview with the Associated Press at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Bartomeu told The Associated Press on Friday that "we are preparing this post Messi era." (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
November 09, 2019 - 6:29 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though Lionel Messi is still going strong, Barcelona's club president has already started to look ahead to that unwanted day when the club's all-time great steps off the Camp Nou field for the very last time. Josep Bartomeu told The Associated Press in an interview on...
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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 08, 2019 - 5:51 pm
Champions League broadcasts in the U.S. will move from Turner to CBS beginning with the 2021-22 season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement for U.S. English-language rights had not been...
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Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley talks to reporters Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle. Toronto FC will face the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in the MLS Cup soccer match in Seattle, the third time the two teams will have met for the MLS championship. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 08, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — When Michael Bradley left Italy and returned to Major League Soccer to join Toronto FC, he was the secondary attraction. Most of the attention was on Toronto's simultaneous acquisition of striker Jermain Defoe. Six seasons later, Defoe is long gone and Bradley is secondary to no one...
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November 08, 2019 - 3:20 pm
LONDON (AP) — An armed mugger was jailed for 10 years on Friday after attempting to rob Arsenal soccer players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac of luxury watches worth 200,000 pounds ($255,000). Harrow Crown Court in London heard that Ashley Smith and his accomplice did not count on Bosnia defender...
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England's Jill Scott speaks during the press conference at Wembley Stadium, London, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. Returning to play at Wembley Stadium for a third time is a chance for Jill Scott to reflect. Scott using another visit by Germany on Saturday to bask in the advances in women’s soccer in England. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 2:29 pm
LONDON (AP) — Returning to play at Wembley Stadium for a third time is a chance for England midfielder Jill Scott to reflect. But not so much on her experience five years ago against Germany. "I remember coming on," Scott said, "and missing a sitter." The 32-year-old Scott will instead use the...
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In this handout photo released by Villarreal F.C on Sunday, March 17, 2019, La Ceramica Stadium, home to Villarreal soccer club is seen in Villareal, Spain. Spain’s “Yellow Submarine,” as the team is known for its yellow uniform and low profile, is the pride of this industrial town of 50,000. And it’s that small family-run team, which often challenges powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona despite having a considerably smaller budget, that is getting a chance to showcase Spanish soccer in the United States.(Alfredo Lucas Lleonart/Villareal F.C via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 8:06 am
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is home...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 file photo, Chelsea's Didier Drogba during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England. The international soccer players now studying on an executive masters course could field one of the best school teams ever seen. After classes this week, Ballon d’Or winner Kaka was joined on the field by Champions League winners Florent Malouda and Julio Cesar and an array of one-time national team stars. Didier Drogba, though not playing, and Andriy Arshavin are also classmates for an 18-month education now in its third edition. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)
November 08, 2019 - 7:13 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The students taking an executive masters course at UEFA this year could field one of the best school teams ever seen. After classes this week, Ballon d'Or recipient Kaka was joined on the field by Champions League winners Florent Malouda and Julio Cesar and an array of one-...
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