Professional soccer

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 - 12:15 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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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 - 9:38 am
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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Bayern's Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring his side's 5th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
May 18, 2019 - 8:32 am
MUNICH (AP) — 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 10 years of service before the game, and Robben for 12, and...
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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 - 1:57 am
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA club finance investigators have sent their Manchester City file to independent judges for a verdict which could be a one-year ban from the Champions League. The English champion is suspected of breaking rules that monitor clubs' commercial income and spending on player transfers...
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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 - 12:01 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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May 14, 2019 - 1:22 am
ROME (AP) — Roma captain Daniele De Rossi has surprisingly announced he is leaving his hometown club after 18 years. Roma made the announcement on its website, adding De Rossi will hold a news conference later Tuesday. The 35-year-old midfielder is expected to continue playing abroad following his...
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Liverpool players come out for the second half during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Despite a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool missed out on becoming English champion for the first time since 1990 because title rival Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
May 12, 2019 - 9:31 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — For about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending. Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at...
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Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte is hugged by teammate Kyle Walker, foreground right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
May 12, 2019 - 9:03 am
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — 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. The quality and intensity of the title race was emphasized by City requiring a 14th...
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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
May 12, 2019 - 8:56 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The wait goes into a third decade for Liverpool. Despite a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool missed out on becoming English champion for the first time since 1990 because title rival Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1 on an afternoon of fluctuating emotions on...
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Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's 'Class of 92' to cheer on Graham Alexander's side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 1:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's "Class of 92" players —...
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