Posts Tagged Professional soccer

Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis

Benfica's Lima, from Brazil, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Juventus during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Benfica and Juventus at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Lima  scored once in Benfica's 2-1 victory. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Substitute Lima scored in the 84th minute to give Benfica a 2-1 victory over Italy’s Juventus in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal Thursday night.

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Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks during a news conference after inspecting the unfinished Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The stadium will host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia in June. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) — All 12 host cities have “no choice” and “must” organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke’s blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday.

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Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks during a news conference after inspecting the unfinished Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The stadium will host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia in June. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) — All 12 host cities have “no choice” and “must” organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke’s blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday.

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Schalke exec criticized over possible Kremlin trip

BERLIN (AP) — The chairman of the German soccer team Schalke is drawing criticism for suggesting his team would accept an invitation to Moscow from President Vladimir Putin. The Russian energy giant Gazprom is a team sponsor.

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Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014 photo, from left to right, Israeli Arab players Hanin Gamal Nasser, Walaa Hussien and Noura Abu-Shanab pose with their coach during a practice session in Petah Tikva, Israel. When the Israeli women’s soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel’s national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals _ he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. For Hapoel Petah Tikva, the addition of five Arab-Israeli women has made waves in the league, as Arab-Israelis often face discrimination in Israel on and off the field. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women’s soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel’s national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.

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