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  • Neymar's contract with Barcelona extended until 2021

    Neymar's contract with Barcelona has been extended until 2021 with a buyout clause that could reach 250 million euros ($278 million). Barcelona confirmed the deal on Friday. The announcement ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club.

    The Associated Press30 mins ago
  • No room for egos as France plays Euro 2016 underdog Iceland

    With an unassuming group of players lighting up the European Championship, Iceland's dazzling advance has been infectious. ''If someone wants to act like a star, we'll put them back in their place,'' France defender Patrice Evra said. France may be host of Euro 2016 and one of the favorites to…

    The Associated Press
  • Early Bird Transfer Wrap-up

    Steve Rothgeb breaks down the players who have moved to new clubs before the official summer window opened.

  • Del Bosque quits Spain coaching job and football

    Vicente del Bosque quit as Spain's coach after the defending champions crashed out of Euro 2016, ending one of football's most successful managerial dynasties. Del Bosque, 65, won a World Cup and a European Championship in a glorious era for Spanish football.

  • At Euro 2016, Ronaldo doesn't make same mistake twice

    Cristiano Ronaldo didn't make the same mistake twice. In a semifinal penalty shoot-out against Spain at the 2012 European Championship, Portugal's star played no part. Spain had won the shootout 4-2 and Ronaldo never even got to take his kick.

    The Associated Press
  • The Latest: Portugal beats Poland on penalties to make semis

    Portugal has qualified for the semifinals of Euro 2016 after beating Poland 5-3 in a penalty shootout. Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty moments after Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived to his left to save Jakub Blaszczykowski's spot kick. Poland went ahead in the second minute when…

    The Associated Press
  • Claude Puel hired by Southampton after 17 years in France

    Claude Puel ended his 17-year coaching stint in the French league on Thursday by taking over as manager of Southampton, ushering in a new era for the English Premier League club following the departure of Ronald Koeman. Southampton announced the hiring of the 54-year-old Puel on a three-year deal,…

    The Associated Press
  • Ibrahimovic - Towering football superstar with ego to match

    If Manchester United fans have been put to sleep by several dull seasons of late they are about to be awoken by the arrival of the strutting Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The giant striker with an ego as great as his astonishing talent said Thursday that he would be joining coach Jose…

  • Ibrahimovic says on social media he's joining Man United

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told the world his secret: He's joining Manchester United. The enigmatic Swedish striker said Thursday on his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts that his next club will be the English Premier League giant. Ibrahimovic would be joining as a free agent, with…

    The Associated Press
  • Five facts on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Ibrahimovic's goals have delivered league titles wherever he has gone from the Netherlands to Italy to Spain and France but never has he touched the Champions League trophy. United cannot give him it next season either as they failed to qualify, so he will just have to hope that they get a crack…

  • Southampton name Claude Puel as new coach

    English Premier League side Southampton on Thursday named Frenchman Claude Puel as their new coach on a three-year deal. The 54-year-old former Monaco and Nice boss replaces Ronald Koeman, who left for top-flight rivals Everton earlier this summer. Former Aston Villa coach Eric Black has been…

  • Brazil star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG

    Brazilian football star Hulk signed for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG on Thursday after passing a medical, the club said, as the cash-rich Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of spending. A press conference will be held Friday to announce "the Incredible Hulk" joining the team from Russian…

  • Czech coach Vrba quits national team, signs up with Anzhi

    Coach Pavel Vrba is leaving the Czech Republic national team after signing up with Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala, the Czech Football Association said Thursday. "We can only respect the wish of the coach who wants to try a job abroad," Czech FA chief Miroslav Pelta said in a statement. …

  • Italy ready for German 'Everest' Euro 2016 match, says Florenzi

    Beating world champions Germany to a semi-final place at Euro 2016 will be like scaling Everest, but a united Italy are ready to strap on the crampons, says Alessandro Florenzi. Antonio Conte's men upset predictions to win Group E after notably outclassing Belgium 2-0. On paper Germany have the…

  • Undefeated Iceland basking in underdog status at Euro 2016

    Iceland's players will go into Sunday's quarterfinal against France with exactly the same approach they had when sensationally eliminating England from the European Championship. As the smallest nation to appear at a European Championship, Iceland was not burdened by the expectations heaped on…

    The Associated Press
  • Iceland turn underdog guns on France

    England-slayers Iceland hope to harness their underdog status to put the psychological pressure on Euro 2016 hosts France in Sunday's quarter-final. "The pressure was always so much more on England - that was a game for them to lose," said Heimir Hallgrimsson, who combines his role as joint coach…

  • French champion PSG names Unai Emery as its new coach

    Unai Emery, who guided Spanish club Sevilla to its third straight Europa League title last month, has been named as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain. The French champion said in a statement Tuesday that Emery has signed a two-year deal, with the option for an extra year. The 44-year-old…

    The Associated Press
  • Paris Saint-Germain name Unai Emery as new coach

    Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday named Spaniard Unai Emery as their new coach on a two-year contract. Emery, 44, takes over from Laurent Blanc, who left his role with the Qatari-backed French giants on Monday, and his contract includes an option for an additional season. Emery had terminated his…

  • Conte theatrics a boon for Italy, and Chelsea fans

    A "great" Italian feat toppled Spain at Euro 2016, but Antonio Conte's touchline theatrics were just as dramatic for Italy and Chelsea fans during an emphatic 2-0 win over the defending champions. Former Juventus coach Conte was widely applauded on Tuesday for transforming a "mediocre" squad of…

  • Mane latest player to join Liverpool from Southampton

    Senegal forward Sadio Mane has become the latest player to leave Southampton for Liverpool, moving to Anfield for a reported fee of 34 million pounds ($45 million). Liverpool announced the signing of Mane on Tuesday on what the club said was a ''long-term contract,'' without disclosing financial…

    The Associated Press