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  • Barcelona's Neymar (L) and Lionel Messi (R) react after Real Madrid won the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

    Barcelona Faces End of Winning Era

    BARCELONA, Spain—Barring a drastic turn of fortune, Barcelona is on the brink of finishing its worst season since former coach Pep Guardiola molded it into... Read more

  • Altidore’s Playing Time A Concern For Klinsmann

    Jozy Altidore’s disappointing first season with England’s Sunderland has less than a month remaining, and it appears as though the American’s struggles for playing time... Read more

  • Marc De Grandpre Rejoins Red Bulls

    HARRISON, N.J.— Marc de Grandpre is returning to the New York Red Bulls as head of commercial operations. De Grandpre became the team’s managing director... Read more

  • Belgium Coach Wilmots Extends Contract By 4 Years

    BRUSSELS— Belgium’s soccer federation has extended the contract of coach Marc Wilmots through the 2018 World Cup after he led the Red Devils to soccer’s... Read more

  • Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy at the end of the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Real Madrid Wins 19th Copa Del Rey Title

    VALENCIA, Spain— Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real... Read more

  • Atlanta Lands MLS Expansion Team For 2017

    ATLANTA— Atlanta has become the newest city in Major League Soccer with an expansion franchise that will begin play in 2017. The team announced Wednesday... Read more

  • Soccer Coming To Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E!

    STAMFORD, Conn.— Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it will... Read more

  • Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, center, celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2014 Copa del Rey Final Score: Real Madrid Wins

    It’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid in the 2014 Copa del Rey final soccer game on April 16. UPDATE: Real Madrid won 2-1 on Gareth Bale’s goal... Read more

  • HKFA Cup Quarter Finals Decided, as Second Division Race Continues

    With the 2013-14 HKFA First Division Championship claimed by Kitchee last week, attention this week switched to the HKFA Cup Quarter Finals involving all First... Read more

  • A general view of the still unfinished Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The stadium that will host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, will hold nearly 70,000 people in the opener, but after the World Cup its capacity will be reduced to about 45,000. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Tests Games Scheduled At Stadium Of WCup Opener

    SAO PAULO— Brazilian club Corinthians says it has scheduled at least three test events at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in... Read more

  • MLS Fines Crew Defender Gonzalez For Embellishment

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The MLS disciplinary committee has fined Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez an undisclosed amount for embellishment intended to deceive the referee. The infraction... Read more

  • The figure 96, made up of fans scarves, fills the centre circle before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday April 15, 2014. About 30,000 people, including Liverpool players past and present, are expected to attend a memorial service at Anfield marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans. Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, the managers of Liverpool and Everton, will deliver readings as Merseyside unites to remember those who died in Britain’s worst sports tragedy. (AP Photo/PA, Martin Rickett)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Memorial Service Marks Hillsborough Anniversary

    LIVERPOOL, England— Scarves donated by soccer clubs across the world were laid out in the center circle at Anfield, forming the shape of the number... Read more

  • Men work at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The stadium which remains under construction is slated to host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. About 20,000 temporary seats are being installed behind the goals to increase the stadium's capacity to nearly 70,000. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    2014 World Cup: Tickets for Two-Thirds of Games Already Sold Out

    SAO PAULO—Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours... Read more

  • Gerardo Torrado (R) of Cruz Azul celebrates the victory against Tijuana in their CONCAF Champions semi-final football match at the Azul stadium, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Cruz Azul vs Toluca CONCAF Champions League Final: Date, Time, Live Streaming, TV Channel

    Cruz Azul takes on Toluca in the CONCAF Champions League final soccer game on April 15. The match is set to begin at 8 p.m... Read more

  • hinji Kagawa (L) and Juan Mata of Manchester United congratulate Javier Hernandez of Manchester United (C) on scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 5, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

    Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández Trying to Prove He Belongs on El Tri for 2014 World Cup

    Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is struggling to impress David Moyes, the new manager of Manchester United, and Miguel Herrera , the coach of Mexico’s national soccer... Read more

  • Former Greece Soccer Captain Enters Politics

    ATHENS, Greece— The captain who led Greece to the 2004 European Championship title is running for election next month to the European Parliament. Theo Zagorakis... Read more

  • Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, right, keeps the ball from Manchester City's Yaya Toure during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Reus, Liverpool Top Of AP Soccer Poll

    LONDON— Liverpool has taken team of the week honors for the fourth time this season in The Associated Press weekly soccer poll after a 3-2... Read more

  • Syrian Youth Soccer Player Killed In Mortar Attack

    DAMASCUS, Syria— The Syrian soccer association says a national youth team player has been killed in a mortar attack in the central city of Homs... Read more

  • Before their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium against Manchester City Liverpool supporters hold banners prior to a minute's silence in tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster of 25 years ago on 15 April 1989, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Memorial Service To Mark Hillsborough Anniversary

    LIVERPOOL, England— About 30,000 people, including Liverpool players past and present, are expected to attend a memorial service at Anfield marking the 25th anniversary of... Read more

  • FIFA Puts Nearly 200,000 World Cup Tickets On Sale

    SAO PAULO— FIFA says nearly 200,000 tickets will be available in the last online sales phase for the World Cup in Brazil. Soccer’s international governing... Read more


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