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PSG's Neymar, third left, runs with teammates during a training session at Camp des Loges in Saint Germain en Laye, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 10, 2019 - 9:26 am
PARIS (AP) — Neymar will miss the start of the French league season as Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Saturday that the Brazil star could leave the club this summer. Neymar, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid, was not included in the PSG squad that will start the defense of...
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In this July 21, 2019, photo, a sign that reads "Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist" is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle. Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is drawing attention in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
August 09, 2019 - 7:28 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is stirring controversy in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers have banned signs and flags...
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Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves poses for photos as he is presented as the new defender of the Sao Paulo soccer club at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
August 06, 2019 - 10:58 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 40,000 Brazilian fans showed up Tuesday night to see Dani Alves join his boyhood club Sao Paulo FC. The former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender said the move aims to keep him in shape for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, when he will be 39 years old. The...
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August 06, 2019 - 9:40 am
DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney will be leaving Major League Soccer after less than two seasons to return to play in England and be closer to his family. The 33-year-old former England captain will remain at DC United until the end of the season before joining second-tier Championship team Derby...
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August 06, 2019 - 9:00 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former FIFA official with fraud over the true purpose of a 6.7 million euro ($7.5 million) payment before the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, its...
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August 06, 2019 - 7:41 am
DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney is closing in on a return to England as player-coach at second-tier side Derby County from January and leaving DC United at the end of the Major League Soccer season. Derby owner Mel Morris told reporters outside the team's ground in northern England that "we are...
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi addresses the crowd prior of the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
August 05, 2019 - 1:53 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's exhibition games in the United States against Napoli after leaving his first preseason training session with the club because of a strained right calf. The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday's training session because of "...
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi addresses the crowd prior of the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
August 05, 2019 - 6:51 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Lionel Messi has strained his right calf and will not travel to the United States for two preseason games. The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday's training session because of "discomfort in his right leg." The club did not say when it expects...
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Manchester City's players celebrate with the trophy after the English Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 04, 2019 - 2:08 pm
LONDON (AP) — After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season, Manchester City opened the new campaign by lifting the Community Shield following a shootout victory over Liverpool on Sunday. City netted all five penalties — the last by Gabriel Jesus — and backup goalkeeper Claudio...
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Manchester City's İlkay Gündoğan celebrates with team mates after the penalty shootout during the English Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 04, 2019 - 12:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season, Manchester City opened the new campaign by lifting the Community Shield following a shootout victory over Liverpool on Sunday. City netted all five penalties — the last by Gabriel Jesus — and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo...
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