BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian soccer league condemned the “unacceptable" behavior of fans involved in pitch invasions Sunday at two top-flight matches.
The match between Standard Liege and Charleroi was stopped in the 88th minute after Standard fans threw flares and took to the field, with Standard trailing 3-0 at home.
A 90-minute performance of off-the-ball intensity by Cristiano Ronaldo. A rare clean sheet. And something even more unlikely — a goal by Fred, off his weaker right foot.
Ralf Rangnick is already working his magic at Manchester United.
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After a thrashing by his former club in the Merseyside derby, Everton manager Rafa Benitez is under increasing pressure heading into a home match against Arsenal that wraps up the 15th round of games in the Premier League.
LILLE, France (AP) — American forward Timothy Weah is set to miss Lille's crucial Champions League group match at Wolfsburg on Wednesday after picking up a thigh injury.
Weah did not play in Lille's 2-1 win against Troyes in the French league on Saturday because of the injury.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea won the Women's FA Cup on Sunday to clinch a domestic treble for the first time.
Australia striker Sam Kerr scored a second-half double as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in the final of a competition that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United for the first time in a home game against Crystal Palace, hoping to build on the team's recent momentum.
CHICAGO (AP) — Luchi Gonzalez was hired Saturday as Gregg Berhalter's assistant coach with the U.S. men's national soccer team, switching places with Nico Estévez.
Gonzalez, 41, became coach of Major League Soccer's Dallas team on Dec.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Malmo defended its Swedish league title with a 0-0 draw against Halmstad in the final round on Saturday.
The point was enough to ensure Malmo finished ahead of Stockholm club AIK on goal difference for its 22nd domestic league title.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Callum Wilson scored late in the first half and Newcastle went on to beat Burnley 1-0 for its first victory in this English Premier League on Saturday.
Newcastle ended a 14-game winless run and earned desperately needed points as it tries to climb out of the relegation zone.
GRANADA, Spain (AP) — Substitute Santiago Arias scored late to help Granada recover from an own goal and secure a 2-1 win at home over Alavés in the Spanish league on Friday.
Arias struck the winner with four minutes remaining, shortly after defender Luis Abram swept a cross by Alavés into his own net with a poor clearance attempt.
GENEVA (AP) — Portuguese soccer clubs Sporting Lisbon and Porto were threatened with a one-season ban from the Champions League and other European competitions on Friday if they fail to pay outstanding debts within two months.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have presented an alternative scheme to the Spanish league’s own future investment plan, the three clubs said Friday.
The clubs refused in August to participate the league’s proposed investment scheme with private equity firm CVC, which the league said would inject 2.7 billion euros ($3.2 billion) into Spanish soccer.
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Chelsea leads Manchester City in the Premier League by a point but manager Thomas Tuchel has not been happy with his side’s last two performances.
MUNICH (AP) — No spectators will be allowed in the stadium next week when Bayern Munich hosts Barcelona in the Champions League because of stricter coronavirus measures, the governor of the German state of Bavaria said Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — Horst Eckel, the last surviving member of West Germany’s 1954 World Cup-winning team, has died. He was 89.
The German soccer federation said Eckel died Friday. It did not give a cause of death.
ZURICH (AP) — Protests by South Africa and Benin regarding incidents during last month's World Cup qualifying games were dismissed by FIFA on Friday, confirming that Ghana and Congo have advanced to the playoff round.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s national men’s soccer team has replaced Li Tie as head coach with the country struggling to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The Chinese Football Association said Friday that Li had resigned and was being replaced by fellow former national team player Li Xiaopeng.
LONDON (AP) — Aggression by England fans at the European Championship final exposed an “embarrassing" part of the national culture that endangered lives and should lead to fans being barred from stadiums if they are chanting abuse and under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an investigation into the disorder has concluded.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Andre Blake shook his head at the photo that captured the Jamaican goalie carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his Philadelphia Union teammates.
Blake was swooped up by the Union after stopping two penalty kicks that ushered the franchise straight into easily the biggest game in its Major League Soccer history — Sunday’s Eastern Conference final against New York City FC.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Atlético Mineiro came from two goals down to clinch its first Brazilian championship title in 50 years with a 3-2 win at Bahia on Thursday.
Atlético turned the game around with three goals in five minutes as striker Hulk first netted a penalty in the 73rd and Keno then scored twice to complete the comeback.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch will miss the team's visit to Union Berlin in the Bundesliga as the American remains in isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Nico Estévez was hired Thursday to coach FC Dallas, joining the MLS team after serving as an assistant for the U.S. men's national team since 2019.
The 41-year-old Estévez has coached at different levels for more than 22 years.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid announced Thursday that he is retiring after 33 years as a head coach, 25 of them with the Huskies.
Reid, 61, ends his career with a record of 457-149-78 and four national championships.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The No. 19 San Diego State Aztecs have to make one more trip to the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, this time to host the Mountain West Conference championship game Saturday against Utah State in their temporary home at a soccer pitch.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A homeless man with a history of random violence fatally stabbed a 14-year-old boy riding his bike during a chance encounter and without apparent motive, a Florida police chief said Thursday.
GENEVA (AP) — The group representing Europe’s top soccer clubs expressed “deep concerns” on Thursday about the health risks to players traveling worldwide in January for national team games like at the African Cup of Nations.
MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court has tossed out an appeal by the Spanish league against a prior decision favoring the Spanish soccer federation’s refusal to allow a league game be played in the United States, the federation said Thursday.
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Just one point separates the Bundesliga title challengers. Bayern Munich looks beatable. Erling Haaland is back and scoring for Borussia Dortmund.
Normally that would make for a mouthwatering “Klassiker,” but yet again German soccer's biggest game is overshadowed by the coronavirus.
BERLIN (AP) — German politicians agreed on Thursday to slash the maximum attendance at outdoor sports events to 15,000 people, though some states still plan to have empty stadiums.
Rising infection rates in recent weeks and the emergence of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus caused concern ahead of the talks between the state and federal leaders.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ralf Rangnick has been granted a work permit to start his interim tenure as Manchester United manager, the club said Thursday.
The 63-year-old German will be presented as coach on Friday and take charge of the team for the first time in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Gerson finally quieted his critics with a decisive goal. Marseille now hopes the Brazilian has silenced them for good as the nine-time French champions mount a credible challenge for a Champions League spot.
LONDON (AP) — Neal Maupay scored with an overhead kick in the 89th minute to give Brighton a 1-1 draw at West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Maupay converted his acrobatic finish from a cross by substitute Tariq Lamptey to leave West Ham waiting for a first Premier League win over the Brighton in nine attempts.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
With Ralf Rangnick awaiting his work visa following his appointment as Manchester United's interim manager on Monday, Michael Carrick will lead the team into its Premier League game at home to Arsenal.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Health authorities ordered all members of Portuguese soccer club Tondela to go into isolation on Wednesday in the latest setback related to a new surge in coronavirus cases in the country.
WATFORD, England (AP) — The Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea was halted for about 30 minutes on Wednesday after a spectator suffered cardiac arrest at Vicarage Road.
Both teams were taken off the field by the referee after play was stopped after about 13 minutes following the medical emergency in the Graham Taylor Stand.
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Interim coach Sean Nahas has been named permanent head coach of the North Carolina Courage.
Nahas replaced Paul Riley, who was fired in September after two former players accused him of sexual harassment and coercion.
Players Christine Sinclair, Alexia Putellas, Formiga and Quinn were among the winners Wednesday of the Women's International Champions Cup Best XI.
Chelsea coach Emma Hayes and Saudi Arabia national team coach Monika Staab were also honored, along with journalist Suzy Wrack, soccer executives Nadine Kessler, Tom Corbell and Meskerem Goshime.
Nashville's Walker Zimmerman has won Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year award for the second straight season.
Zimmerman, who also plays for the U.S. national team, is the third player overall and first in more than a decade to earn the MLS award in consecutive years.
PRAGUE (AP) — A postponed Women’s World Cup qualifying game between the Czech Republic and Belarus will be played in 2022, the Czech soccer association said Wednesday.
The match was postponed after several players on the visiting team tested positive for the coronavirus.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — José Pekerman, who has coached teams in three World Cups, was hired Tuesday to take over the Venezuelan national team.
The 72-year-old Argentine signed a five-year contract, the country’s soccer federation said, with the goal of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.
American midfielder Gio Reyna resumed training with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, nearly three months after injuring his right hamstring.
Dortmund tweeted a photo of the 19-year-old at practice.
DONCASTER, England (AP) — The England women's team posted the biggest win in its history on Tuesday, routing Latvia 20-0 in a World Cup qualifier.
There were 10 different scorers and four had hat tricks — including Ellen White, who became the team's all-time leading scorer and now has 48 goals for her country.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It was every sports bettor's dream: Being able to bet on a game after it had already ended.
But the 86 New Jersey gamblers who thought they were beating the system had their bets on a British soccer game voided, and the two betting companies involved got fined.
Newcastle’s agonizing wait for a first win in the Premier League this season is heading into December.
It's 14 games and counting without a victory for the northeast club, which recently came under Saudi ownership, after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich that pitted the bottom two teams in the league against each other on Tuesday.
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal and Granada cruised past sixth-division teams in the opening round of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Villarreal trounced Victoria CF 8-0 and Granada routed Club Deportivo Laguna 7-0 to advance to the second round.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have made interim coach Vanni Sartini their permanent head coach.
Sartini agreed to a two-year deal through the 2023 season, the Whitecaps announced Tuesday.
The Kansas City Current have acquired midfielder Sam Mewis from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for defender Kiki Pickett and a first-round pick in the upcoming National Women's Soccer League draft.
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Arriving with the best attack in the Premier League, Liverpool looks primed to pile on the misery for local rival Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The president of a club enduring a COVID-19 outbreak is planning to sue the Portuguese league official who said his team wanted to play last weekend despite having only nine players.
LONDON (AP) — A former soccer coach serving a 34-year prison term for sexually abusing boys has denied being linked to Manchester City during the 1980s after eight men who say he abused them made claims for damages against the Premier League club.