BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902. On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund. “It’s important to continue to make history and continue our good run,”
Jozy Altidore was the most prolific goalscorer on the United States men’s national team in 2016, scoring six times – and four times in World Cup qualifiers – despite missing the Copa America Centenario with an injury. Christian Pulisic – the 18-year-old phenom who has dazzled in his early days with the senior national team and his club, Borussia Dortmund, making him quite possibly the most promising young American men’s player ever – earned the Young Male Player of the Year award. “This is truly an honor to receive this award,” Altidore said in a statement.
DHAKA/DOHA (Reuters) - Bangladesh labor activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly. The suit, filed in FIFA's home city of Zurich with the backing of the largest labor union in the Netherlands, calls on FIFA to force Qatar to adopt "minimum labor standards" for migrant workers preparing for the tournament, including at least the right to quit a job or leave the country. The Gulf state has faced criticism of its treatment of foreign workers from Amnesty International, the Building and Wood Workers' International organization and others.