Posts Tagged Men’s soccer

Michel Platini won’t run against Sepp Blatter

In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini gestures during a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, saying Thursday Aug.28, 2014  there was "no shadow of doubt" about his decision. The former France great was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a successful World Cup strengthened the FIFA president's position. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini won’t fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.

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Bayern set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid

Real Madrid Xabi Alonso right, duels for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Gabi during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich hopes to complete the transfer of Real Madrid defender Xabi Alonso in the next day or two, club officials said Thursday.

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Bayern visits slumping Schalke in Bundesliga

In this Dec. 22, 2013 file picture AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia, of Morocco, mimics shooting as he celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Catania in Rome's Olympic Stadium.  Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich says  Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014 it has reached a deal with Roma to sign Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia. Benatia will travel to Munich soon to undergo a medical and is expected to sign a five-year contract. Bayern says it has agreed with Roma not to disclose the terms of the deal. But Italian media reports say Roma was asking between €25 million (US $32.98 million) and €30 million for the defender. Bayern was looking for a defender after Javi Martinez tore knee ligaments, an injury that will keep him sidelined for about six months. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia,file)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Despite predicting that his injury-hit team would struggle in the first half of the season, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich got off to a winning start in its bid to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title.

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Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A

SSC Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, right, laments after his team lose their match 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao,  during their Champions League playoff second leg soccer match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

ROME (AP) — The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences.

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Some things to know about the Spanish league

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Cordoba at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MADRID (AP) — After an opening draw, Atletico Madrid again will be searching for its first win of the season without coach Diego Simeone on the sidelines.

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