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Dec 23, 2016

South Africa coach Mashaba fired

The coach of South Africa’s national team was fired on Thursday following a disciplinary hearing into his public outburst after a World Cup qualifier last month. Shakes Mashaba was suspended after a television camera caught him ranting at his critics, while reports claimed he ...

Solo talks about future, fights for equal pay

Dec 23, 2016

Solo talks about future, fights for equal pay

Hope Solo says she hopes that someday she can return to the U.S. women’s national team, but in the meantime she vows to keep fighting for equal pay for the players. Solo was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was ...

Crystal Palace fires manager Pardew as struggles continue

Dec 23, 2016

Crystal Palace fires manager Pardew as struggles continue

In charge of English soccer’s worst-performing team of 2016, Alan Pardew was already under heavy scrutiny at Premier League struggler Crystal Palace. Some unwise comments about the club’s American owners might just have made his position untenable. Pardew was fired as Palace’s manager on ...

Dec 22, 2016

Argentina finishes year atop FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi’s beaten Copa America finalist Argentina ends the year at the top of FIFA’s world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, was named “mover of the year.” Argentina finishes 2016 out in front of archrival Brazil to inherit the “team ...

Dec 22, 2016

Coach Holland leaving Chelsea for England

A leading member of Chelsea’s coaching staff has been hired as the No. 2 to recently appointed England manager Gareth Southgate. Steve Holland will leave his role as Chelsea’s assistant first-team coach at the end of the Premier League season to join up with ...

Bayern makes short work of Leipzig

Dec 22, 2016

Bayern makes short work of Leipzig

Bayern Munich eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory on Wednesday over promoted RB Leipzig in their top-of-the-table clash to claim the Bundesliga’s unofficial title of ‘autumn champion’ before the winter break. “We wanted to send a signal,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. The two ...

Japan captain Hasebe earns Frankfurt contract extension

Dec 21, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe earns Frankfurt contract extension

German first-division club Eintracht Frankfurt said Tuesday it has extended the contract of Japan midfielder Makoto Hasebe. Two-time World Cup captain Hasebe, 32, joined Frankfurt from Nuremberg in the summer of 2014 and his extension will keep him at the club until the end ...

Dec 20, 2016

Real Madrid transfer ban lowered to one window by CAS

Real Madrid’s ban on signing players has been reduced to one transfer window after the club’s appeal against a FIFA punishment for illegally buying under-age foreigners was partially upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday. A CAS statement said world ...