Professional soccer

FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles during an awarding ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Putin awarded FIFA President Gianni Infantino with the Order of Friendship and praised the World Cup that Russia hosted last year as the best ever. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 10:32 am
LONDON (AP) — FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term. The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become "...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 4, 2014 file photo, Chelsea's John Terry and Frank Lampard walk around the pitch at the end of their English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London. Derby and Aston Villa meet at Wembley Stadium on Monday, May 27, 2019 in the League Championship playoff final as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League. Derby manager Frank Lampard and Villa assistant manager John Terry are recently retired former teammates for Chelsea and England who are in their first seasons in coaching. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran, file)
May 24, 2019 - 4:32 am
They've won the Champions League together, were teammates for three Premier League title-winning campaigns, and stood shoulder to shoulder at World Cups and European Championships. Whether in the blue of Chelsea or the white of England, Frank Lampard and John Terry were often inseparable. Now, with...
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Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 8:13 am
With a no-nonsense look etched on her face, Ada Hegerberg stares straight into the camera and says: "Now it's time for action." It's fitting the Norwegian superstar was chosen as the face of a recently launched campaign aimed at improving the profile and standards in women's soccer. Not just...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, President of Paris Saint-Germain soccer club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, gestures during the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. A French judicial official says the president of Paris Saint-Germain has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
May 23, 2019 - 8:06 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar's bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption"...
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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 - 12:46 pm
FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, the Women's World Cup trophy is displayed at the women's soccer 2019 World Cup draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris. Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together. Tickets were made available to print Monday, May 20, 2019, and ticket holders learned that their groups were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections, even families with young children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 21, 2019 - 5:12 pm
Responding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women's World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were...
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Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during a training session at London Colney, England, Tuesday May 21, 2019, ahead of the Europa League Final against Chelsea on Wednesday May 29. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 10:08 am
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Lyon's Delphine Cascarino, center, celebrates with Ada Hegerberg, right, and Lucy Bronze after scoring against Chelsea during the Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France. UEFA launched its five-year development plan for women’s soccer Friday May 17, 2019, in a breakthrough season leading to the World Cup in France. The strategy document, Time for Action, sets out how the European soccer body aims to double the number of women and girls playing, and change perceptions of their game. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
May 17, 2019 - 3:20 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — With the World Cup looming and women's soccer gaining ground around Europe, UEFA launched a new five-year plan for the sport on Friday. The strategy document, Time for Action , sets out how the European soccer body aims to double the number of women and girls playing the...
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In this Saturday, May 4, 2019, Francis Kalombo from Congo, right, shakes hands with players of Cosmos FC at a soccer field, in Moria village, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. A 10-minute walk from Europe’s largest refugee camp sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It’s a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about their tiny container-homes and crowded tents and instead worry about corner kicks and throw-ins. And it’s the place where 15-year-old Francis Kalombo became the first refugee to sign for a professional Greek soccer club. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
May 17, 2019 - 2:44 am
LESBOS, Greece (AP) — A 10-minute walk from Europe's largest refugee camp, across olive groves and open land scattered with thorns and wildflowers, sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It's a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about...
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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 - 2:57 am
GENEVA (AP) — Manchester City's possible one-year ban from the Champions League is in the hands of a panel of independent judges. UEFA said Thursday its club finance investigators have sent the file on the Premier League champions to the judges, but the governing body did not publish the...
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