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People watch the inauguration ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, of the Al Wakrah stadium, which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
May 22, 2019 - 3:15 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly...
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks from the bench prior to the Europa League semifinal soccer match, second leg, between Valencia and Arsenal at the Camp de Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
May 21, 2019 - 8:33 am
LONDON (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play for Arsenal in the Europa League final against Chelsea next week because of concerns about political tension between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is hosting the game. Arsenal said on Tuesday it reached the decision following discussions...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots to score in front Eibar's goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Ion Alcoba)
May 19, 2019 - 2:38 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice to hit the 50-goal mark for the sixth time in his career on Sunday while Real Madrid put a fittingly poor ending to its worst season in recent memory after losing in the final round of the Spanish league. Messi scored his 49th and 50th goals in all...
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San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, center back, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 18, 2019 - 10:31 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored four times to pass Landon Donovan for most career MLS goals, and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Chicago Fire 4-1 on Saturday. Wondolowski tied Donovan's record at 145 with his first goal in the 21st minute. Shea Salinas sent in a curling pass that...
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Front from left, Bayern's Arjen Robben, Rafinha, Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer lift the trophy to celebrate Bayern's 7th straight Bundesliga title after the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
May 18, 2019 - 12:51 pm
First came the tears, then the cheers. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben scored in their last Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich to clinch a record-extending seventh straight league title after routing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 on Saturday. Ribery was honored for 12 years of service before the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 3, 2017 file photo, Juventus fans leave San Carlo's square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy. Four young men have been convicted of the deaths of two women in the stampede they caused among soccer fans using an irritating spray to trigger panic so they could steal wallets and phones in the crowd, Friday, May 17, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
May 17, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ROME (AP) — Four young men have been convicted of the deaths of two women in a soccer stampede in the northern Italian city of Turin and given prison sentences of just over 10 years. The Italian news agency ANSA said the court on Friday ordered the sentences after convicting the men of involuntary...
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May 16, 2019 - 11:46 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd left no doubt. She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women's national team. "If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong," Lloyd said. "That's not my mindset." Lloyd may not like it, but she does it quite well. The 37-year-old Lloyd scored...
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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola holds the trophy as he celebrates with supporters at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2019 the day they won the English Premier League title. Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and see off Liverpool's relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
May 16, 2019 - 4:29 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says its club finance investigators have sent their Manchester City file to independent judges for a verdict. The English champion faces a one-year ban from the Champions League, potentially next season. The club finance panel opened its formal case against City in...
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The Women's soccer World Cup trophy is on display during its presentation in a Paris school, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. When FIFA released its global strategy for women’s soccer last year, it was met by some skepticism. But soccer’s governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan, against a backdrop of this summer’s World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
May 15, 2019 - 2:54 pm
When FIFA released its global strategy for women's soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport's governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer's World Cup in France. Sarai Bareman, FIFA's chief women's football...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2017, file photo, United States head coach Bruce Arena sits on the bench prior to a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal soccer match against Costa Rica, in Arlington, Texas. The New England Revolution have hired five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena as its coach and sports director. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
May 14, 2019 - 3:01 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Revolution are turning to one of the most decorated coaches in Major League Soccer to help revive a season and a franchise. Bruce Arena, a five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach, was hired Tuesday as the Revolution's coach and sports...
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