• Brazilian soccer player Hulk gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to fans waiting at the airport in Shanghai Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Forward Hulk is expected to join Shanghai SIPG in a deal local media is predicting could be a record for the Chinese Super League. (Color China Photo via AP) CHINA OUT

    Shanghai SIPG announces Hulk transfer from Zenit

    BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai SIPG signed Hulk from Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday, making the Brazilian forward the first high-profile signing in what is expected to be a mega-spending transfer window in the Chinese Super League.

  • Hungary's Adam Pinter, left, and Belgium's Radja Nainggolan watch the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Hungary and Belgium, at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    5 Belgium players to watch

    LILLE, France (AP) — Belgium is facing Wales in a European Championship quarterfinal on Friday. Here are five Belgium players to watch:

  • Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates with his daughter Alba after the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Wales and Northern Ireland, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Wales won 1-0. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    5 Wales players to watch

    LILLE, France (AP) — Wales is facing Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal on Friday. Here are five Wales players to watch:

  • Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba moving to Russian league

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic Football Association says national coach Pavel Vrba has ended his contract to manage in the Russian Premier League.

  • Germany's Jonas Hector, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller, from left to right, celebrate  at the end of  the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Slovakia, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Germany vs Italy: Heavyweights collide at Euro 2016

    BORDEAUX, France (AP) — They’re Europe’s most successful soccer nations. They’re arguably the form teams at this European Championship. They’re the two countries that almost always rise to the occasion in major tournaments.

  • In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Argentina football legend Diego Maradona speaks on the second day of the SoccerEx Asian Forum conference in Southern Shuneh, Jordan. Maradona urged fellow Argentines on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, to leave Lionel Messi alone over the current star’s decision to retire from Argentina’s national team following its loss to Chile in the Copa America championship match. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

    Maradona urges Argentines to leave Messi alone over quitting

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Soccer great Diego Maradona is urging fellow Argentines to leave Lionel Messi alone over the current star’s decision to retire from Argentina’s national team following its loss to Chile in the Copa America championship match.

  • Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal with Belgium's Radja Nainggolan during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Hungary and Belgium, at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Belgium plots on how to break down obdurate Wales

    BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Containing Gareth Bale doesn’t appear to be Belgium’s top priority heading into its European Championship quarterfinal against Wales.

  • France supporters wave flags on the stands before the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between France and Ireland, at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    France keen to keep fans on board against Iceland

    CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) — Like a theater audience demanding to be entertained, French football fans can be a fickle lot.

  • Spain's Aritz Aduriz, left, and Italy's Daniele De Rossi go for the ball during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Italy’s midfield worries piling up ahead of Germany clash

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Italy coach Antonio Conte has some fresh worries over his team’s midfield ahead of its European Championship quarterfinal clash against Germany on Saturday.

  • Iceland joint-coaches Heimir Hallgrimsson, left, and Lars Lagerback speak to the media at their European Championship tournament base in Annecy, French Alps, Wednesday June 29, 2016. Iceland has become the darling of the European Championship thanks to its underdog status and an uncompromising 4-4-2 formation that has made the team unbeatable so far in France. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)

    Undefeated Iceland basking in underdog status at Euro 2016

    ANNECY, France (AP) — 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.