Professional soccer

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo, Jose Mourinho arrives to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy. Tottenham has hired Mourinho as manager, a day after firing Mauricio Pochettino. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
November 21, 2019 - 9:51 am
LONDON (AP) — Call him the Humble One. After 11 months analyzing how his reign at a fractured Manchester United ended, Jose Mourinho believes he is taking charge of Tottenham emotionally stronger. The Portuguese was handed a route back into English Premier League management this week following...
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FILE - In this Friday, June 7, 2019 filer, Rocco Commisso, right, is flanked by former soccer star Giancarlo Antognoni as he waves to supporters at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy. Less than six months into his tenure as Fiorentina owner and president, Rocco Commisso is already starting to grapple with Italy’s infamous bureaucracy as he attempts to build a new stadium for the club. First, Commisso’s plan to overhaul the existing Stadio Artemio Franchi was rejected by the city committee that protects monuments. Now he is awaiting approval to build a new ground, perhaps near the city’s airport. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP, File )
November 21, 2019 - 9:22 am
ROME (AP) — Less than six months into his tenure as Fiorentina owner and president, Rocco Commisso is already starting to grapple with Italy’s infamous bureaucracy as he attempts to build a new stadium for the club. First, Commisso’s plan to overhaul the existing Stadio Artemio Franchi was rejected...
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Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino sits on the bench before the Champions League group B soccer match between Red Star and Tottenham, at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
November 19, 2019 - 6:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mauricio Pochettino was widely lauded as something of a miracle worker by elevating Tottenham into English soccer’s established elite and inspiring its improbable run to a Champions League final. In his sixth season at the north London club, the magic of the Argentine coach finally...
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Wales' Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Hungary, with team-mates Gareth Bale, left, and Joe Allen, right, during their UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
November 19, 2019 - 5:08 pm
For the first time in more than a year, Wales coach Ryan Giggs was able to start both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for the national team. The country’s two superstars combined to propel the Welsh into another European Championship. Ramsey headed home a cross from Bale in the first half and added a...
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Manchester United's Harry Maguire applauds to supporters at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
November 18, 2019 - 6:51 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United’s attempt to strengthen its underperforming squad has proved costly with debt rising more than 55% in a year to 384.5 million pounds ($498 million). The cost of signing Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James ahead of the new season in the...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates with his teammate Diogo Jota after he scored his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Luxembourg and Portugal at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 17, 2019 - 5:29 pm
PARIS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait a little longer for his 100th international goal, scoring only once as defending champion Portugal secured its place at next year’s European Championship with a 2-0 win at Luxembourg on Sunday. The Juventus star needed two goals for a century, but...
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Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi arrives at the team's hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, day ahead of a friendly soccer match against Uruguay. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
November 17, 2019 - 3:07 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again. Messi and his Argentine teammates...
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Arsenal's Beth Mead runs with the ball against Tottenham Hotspur, during their Women's Super League soccer match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 17, 2019. The match drew a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
November 17, 2019 - 2:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — The first Women’s Super League north London derby drew a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal secured a 2-0 victory at Tottenham. The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema...
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Germany's Toni Kroos scores his side's 4th goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Belarus in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
November 16, 2019 - 6:38 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday. For the Germans, it’s a record 13th straight time that they will appear at the tournament, continuing a run going back to 1972. The three-time champion advanced with a 4-0 win over...
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Everton's Lucy Graham, right, and Manchester United's Katie Zelem battle for the ball during the FA Women's Continental League Cup match at Haig Avenue, Liverpool, England, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
November 16, 2019 - 6:56 am
LONDON (AP) — Katie Zelem had to leave Manchester United to chase her dream, just to get a chance of making a career out of playing the game she loves. Zelem’s journey — from the return to United to becoming captain and a face of Adidas marketing — captures the rapid advances in women’s football in...
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