International soccer

People set fires in garbage containers after a Catalan pro-independence protest outside the Camp Nou stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's match against fierce rival Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
December 18, 2019 - 4:35 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in the streets Wednesday night outside a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as authorities sought to keep Catalonia's separatist movement from disrupting the game viewed by 650 million people worldwide. The match in Barcelona'...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 photo US national goal keeper Zack Steffen, playing for the German Bundesliga soccer club Fortuna Duesseldorf, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press at the Stadium in Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 16, 2019 - 4:46 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Zack Steffen is the new Tim Howard. Sort of. The United States national team goalkeeper admired Howard growing up and now he’s being mentored by him in Europe. It’s been a breakout year for Steffen, who signed for Manchester City in July for a record transfer fee for an...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States players hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
December 13, 2019 - 1:05 pm
FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, Olympic athletes from Russia celebrate after winning the men's gold medal hockey game against Germany, 4-3, in overtime at the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Gangneung, South Korea. Sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday Dec. 9, 2019, mean there won't be a Russian flag or anthem, but athletes are still aiming for the Tokyo Olympics, and the Russian hockey players belted out the Russian national anthem, even without any music. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FILE)
December 10, 2019 - 2:01 am
Despite another doping ban, many Russian athletes will still be competing at the next Olympics. The sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday mean there won't be a Russian flag or national anthem at a string of major sports competitions, including next year's Tokyo Olympics...
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In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, a boys pops a wheelie as he rides his bicycle past a mural featuring Lionel Messi in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Soccer wasn't always Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his hometown, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and occasionally stealing lemons from a neighbor to make juice. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 09, 2019 - 11:12 am
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 09, 2019 - 10:01 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, employees work in Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. Russia is accused of manipulating an archive of doping data from a laboratory in Moscow, which was meant to be a peace offering to the World Anti-Doping Agency to solve earlier disputes. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
December 09, 2019 - 5:47 am
The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. Here is a timeline of the drug use, doping investigations and cover-ups: February 2014 — Russian President...
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December 04, 2019 - 11:15 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...
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US Megan Rapinoe is seen on the screen after she awarded as the best female soccer player during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 02, 2019 - 2:23 pm
PARIS (AP) — Megan Rapinoe has won the Ballon d’Or for the best female player of the year after leading the United States to World Cup glory in July. Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot as the top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player. England...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 file photo, US national soccer team coach Juergen Klinsmann watch the friendly soccer match between Austria and United States in Vienna, Austria. Klinsmann has been named the new coach of soccer club Hertha BSC Berlin after Ante Covic was fired with the team 15th in the German Bundesliga. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
November 27, 2019 - 9:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — Three years after being fired by the United States, Jürgen Klinsmann returned to coaching on Wednesday. Hertha Berlin hired Klinsmann after Ante Covic left with the team already in a Bundesliga struggle. It is a decade since Klinsmann has led a club, lasting only nine months at Bayern...
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