Posts Tagged Professional soccer

Chelsea big favorite in Champions League group

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

The start of the season could not have gone any better for Chelsea — four straight Premier League wins, the emergence of a striker who can’t stop scoring and a spot into one of the easiest groups of the Champions League.

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Atletico Madrid tops AP soccer poll

Atletico de Madrid’s Arda Turan, top, celebrates his a goal with teammates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)

LONDON (AP) — Spanish champion Atletico Madrid replaced Chelsea at the top of the AP Global Football 10 on Tuesday after beating Real Madrid 2-1 over the weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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FIFA audit panel member stood down from duty

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has removed a member of its financial monitoring panel who has been implicated in corruption.

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Bilbao counting on home advantage in return

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, left, duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao has a long-standing tradition of only fielding players with Basque connections, a policy that has sometimes worked to its advantage but more often made it hard to progress at Europe’s top level.

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Barcelona hosts APOEL in Champions League

FC Barcelona's Dani Alves, center, controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Apoel in a group F Champions League on Wednesday Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique will make his Champions League debut as Barcelona coach when the team hosts Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday at the Camp Nou.

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