Soccer

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, Liverpool owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti arrive ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England. John Henry is preparing for his first Champions League final as Liverpool owner. The game on Saturday May 24, 2018 against Real Madrid comes eight years after Henry led a takeover by the Boston Red Sox ownership group of a club on the brink of financial collapse. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
May 24, 2018 - 10:57 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Preparing for the pride and angst of watching Liverpool contest the biggest game in club football, John Henry is ready to take stock of the often-fraught, eight-year journey as owner. The perilous plight of the club he inherited: The early mistakes as the Boston Red Sox...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017 file photo, Liverpool fans at the Kop sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, Liverpool, England. The famous tune will be sung Saturday by 16,000-plus Liverpool fans at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
May 24, 2018 - 9:58 am
"You'll Never Walk Alone" will be a hit this weekend from Broadway to Kiev. Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the 1945 show "Carousel," the ballad was adopted by Liverpool fans after a 1963 cover version by Gerry and the Pacemakers became a No. 1 single in Britain. A full-throated sing-a-long...
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FILE - In this Monday March 15, 2010 file photo, Sakari Orava, a Finnish orthopaedic surgeon poses at Mehilainen hospital in Turku, Finland. Sakari Orava is among the very few Finnish citizens to own a Champions League’s gold medal. He didn’t win it on the field, but on the operating table of his medical practice in Turku, a small city on the southwest coast of Finland. Over the years, legions of top soccer players, including David Beckham, have made the trip to Finland to go under the skilled knife of the world renowned surgeon. (Lehtikuva via AP)
May 24, 2018 - 9:52 am
PARIS (AP) — Sakari Orava is among the very few Finnish citizens to own a Champions League's gold medal. He didn't win it on the field, but on the operating table of his medical practice in Turku, a small city on the southwest coast of Finland. Over the years, legions of top soccer players,...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, former Japanese national soccer coach Vahid Halilhodzic speaks during his press conference in Tokyo. Halilhodzic filed a suit on Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Tokyo against the Japan Football Association, saying the dismissal damaged his honor and reputation.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
May 24, 2018 - 6:30 am
TOKYO (AP) — Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has filed a suit Tokyo district court against the Japanese soccer association, saying his firing damaged his honor and reputation. The Bosnian is asking for a written apology from JFA president Kozo Tashima and compensation of 1 yen — about 1 cent...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2016 file photo, Spain's Andres Iniesta controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Complex Marcel Gaillard in Saint Martin de Re in France. The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta, the personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos and the intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva will all be on display again at the World Cup, but mostly likely for the last time. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 6:13 am
MADRID (AP) — The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta. The personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos. The intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva. It will all be on display at the World Cup, but most likely for the last time. The remaining members of Spain's golden generation,...
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FILE - In this June 25, 1982 file photo, Algerian soccer fans show money to photographers, in Gijon, Spain, after the World Cup soccer match between West Germany and Austria, one of the most controversial in World Cup history. West Germany beat Austria 1-0, a result that meant both teams progressed to the next round at Algeria's expense. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:31 am
FIFA had been warned in 1978 that final group games should be played at the same time to ensure fairness. Four years later in Spain, one of the most controversial World Cup matches took place when West Germany played Austria in the "Disgrace of Gijon." Similar to earlier circumstances when...
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Former Barcelona player Andres Iniesta, right, holds his new uniform with Hiroshi Mikitani, left, owner of Vissel Kobe, during a press conference to join Japan's Vissel Kobe in Tokyo Thursday, May 24, 2018. Iniesta was introduced as the newest member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe on Thursday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 24, 2018 - 5:18 am
TOKYO (AP) — Andres Iniesta is, finally, a member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The former Barcelona great appeared at a packed news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with billionaire Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani. It was hardly a surprise. Iniesta tweeted a photo of himself and...
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From left, Argentina soccer players Eduardo Salvio, Marcos Acuna, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and Nicolas Otamendi attend a training session of the Argentina national soccer team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Argentine Football Association announced that goalkeeper Sergio Romero will not be able to play in the World Cup due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
May 23, 2018 - 2:25 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss the World Cup because of a right knee injury, the Argentine soccer federation announced. The AFA also said late Tuesday that the Manchester United reserve may need surgery. Romero was one of the three goalkeepers chosen by...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, PSG head coach Unai Emery claps, during the League One soccer match between Caen and Paris Saint-Germain at the Michel d'Ornano stadium in Caen, western France. The last time Arsenal unveiled a new manager, social media didn’t exist. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 the north London club announced the appointment of Unai Emery on Twitter. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
May 23, 2018 - 1:08 pm
LONDON (AP) — Unai Emery is the biggest change to come to Arsenal in 22 years, but the club's new head coach wants things to look very much the same when the Gunners are playing. The 46-year-old Spaniard became the Premier League club's first managerial hire since 1996 when the club ended weeks of...
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Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint Germain challenges for the ball with Jessy Deminguet of Caen during their League One soccer match at the Michel d'Ornano stadium in Caen, western France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
May 23, 2018 - 12:07 pm
PARIS (AP) — Adrien Rabiot made a "huge mistake" by asking to be taken off the list of reserve players for the World Cup, France coach Didier Deschamps said Wednesday. Speaking at France's training camp, Deschamps said Rabiot sent him an email earlier this week letting him know he was not prepared...
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