Champions League

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  • Spain failing to keep standards: Pique

    Spain can no longer match the standards that won back-to-back European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012, Gerard Pique admitted after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 to Italy. The 2-0 defeat means that Spain, who also claimed their maiden World Cup in 2010, have now been embarrassed in two…

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  • Some fans, Argentina president want Messi to reconsider

    Some fans, players, and even Argentina's president want Lionel Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that he's quitting the national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on…

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  • Spain coach Del Bosque insists dominating era is not over

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Dethroned at the World Cup and now at the European Championship, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his team can soon reign again. The evidence of Spain's 2-0 loss on Monday to slick, hard-working Italy in the round of 16 told a different story. ''No, I don't…

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  • Spain have bright future despite Euro defeat - Del Bosque

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Holders Spain may have been inferior in a 2-0 defeat by Italy in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Monday but their exit did not mark the end of an era and they have a bright future, said coach Vicente Del Bosque Spain had dominated European football since 2008 by…

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  • PSG part company with Blanc amid Emery talk

    Laurent Blanc left his role as Paris Saint-Germain coach on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, with former Sevilla coach Unai Emery widely expected to replace him. "My collaboration with PSG ends today," said Blanc, 50. Emery, 44, is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc…

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  • The biggest winners and losers of the Copa America Centenario

    Lionel Messi missed in the penalty shootout and maybe his last opportunity to end Argentina's major title drought.

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  • Football's Alves begins new chapter with Juventus

    Rome (AFP) - Brazil international Dani Alves on Monday signed a two-year deal with Juventus, the Italian Serie A champions announced.

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  • Practice makes perfect: Griezmann heads France's attack

    As a small boy, Antoine Griezmann would run onto the pitch after watching the adults play and practice his headers over and over again. Griezmann has scored three goals, two of them headers, helping France out of couple of scrapes on its way to the quarterfinals. The first of those broke the…

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  • Factbox: Profile of Lionel Messi

    (Reuters) - Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who said he was quitting international soccer after Sunday's loss on penalties to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final and failing again to lift a major trophy with his national team. EARLY CAREER * Joined Barcelona as a…

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  • Laurent Blanc out as coach at Paris Saint-Germain

    Paris Saint-Germain fired coach Laurent Blanc on Monday, only months after he signed a new two-year contract. Without giving details, PSG said talks led to an agreement, signed Monday, that ''preserves the interests'' of both Blanc and the club. Assistant coach Jean-Louis Gasset and physical…

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  • Clues to weary Lionel Messi's international retirement

    Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later. The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world…

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  • Minnows grab slice of Champions League pie

    It is barely a month since Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy, Euro 2016 is only now warming up and the rest of the continent's footballers have their feet up at the beach. The opening qualifying round, a rare chance for Europe's minnows to enjoy a tiny slice of Champions League glory,…

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  • The Latest: Buffon plans to keep playing for Italy

    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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  • Morata expects game of his life from Italian friends

    Spain striker Alvaro Morata believes his clash with old friends when the European champions take on Italy at Euro 2016 on Monday is one of the biggest game of his young career. Morata is joint top scorer in the tournament with three goals from three games, but will face the unique challenge of…

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  • UK divorce terms with Europe will determine impact on soccer

    Britain's vote to leave the European Union could mean profound changes for the country's most successful sporting export if continental players can no longer easily join Premier League clubs. Since English soccer reinvented itself in the 1990s and eradicated the rampant hooligan culture, it has…

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  • Nothing impossible as Conte seeks Spain surprise

    Italy boss Antonio Conte has charged his players with the belief they can end Spain's eight-year reign as European champions in a blockbuster Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Monday. Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final and on penalties in the quarter-finals on way to winning their first major…

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  • Griezmann rescues France again at Euro 2016, scoring twice

    Antoine Griezmann again rescued France from another patchy and nervous performance at the European Championship. The diminutive forward's two quick goals early in the second half on Sunday helped see off a spirited Ireland side 2-1, sealing a spot in the quarterfinals. ''It was great to score in…

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  • Five facts about French hero Antoine Griezmann

    Five facts on Antoine Griezmann who rode to France's rescue with a second-half double to dig the Euro 2016 hosts out of trouble and reach the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. The scene of Griezmann's heroics were particularly sweet for the Atletico Madrid…

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  • What's at stake for Lionel Messi in Copa America Centenario final

    Lionel Messi can achieve something that Pele or Diego Maradona never managed to do: win the Copa America.

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  • Switzerland forward Breel Embolo makes $28M move to Schalke

    GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Schalke in the Bundesliga.

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