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Jul 21, 2017

Madrid, Barcelona to square off right after Club World Cup

Real Madrid will host Barcelona in an El Clasico match in late December, just after Madrid returns from playing at the Club World Cup. The Spanish League calendar, released Friday, pits Madrid against Barcelona on Dec. 20, a Wednesday, in the Spanish capital. That will ...

Ozil poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Jul 21, 2017

Ozil poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is close to signing a new contract with the Gunners, according to British media reports on Friday. The German World Cup winner's current deal runs out at the end of the 2017-18 season, but Arsenal is confident of wrapping up negotiations ...

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Jul 21, 2017

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Neymar is not for sale, according to Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu. "He is not on the market," Bartomeu told The Associated Press during an interview on Thursday. The 25-year-old Brazilian striker joined Barcelona for the 2013-14 season, and last October the club announced a three-year contract ...

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

/ Jul 20, 2017

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

FC Tokyo suffered its second straight defeat on its summer tour of Germany on Wednesday, losing 5-2 to Bundesliga side Mainz. Keigo Higashi leveled for Tokyo shortly after Gerrit Holtmann gave Mainz the lead six minutes into the second half. But goals from Danny Latza, ...

Chelsea works out deal to acquire Real Madrid's Morata

Jul 20, 2017

Chelsea works out deal to acquire Real Madrid's Morata

Chelsea has reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported €80 million ($92.2 million), the two clubs announced on Wednesday. "Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford ...

/ Jul 19, 2017

FC Tokyo falls to Augsburg in friendly

J. League first-division side FC Tokyo lost 2-1 in a friendly away to Takashi Usami's German club Augsburg on Tuesday. Michael Gregoritsch opened the scoring for Augsburg in the 51st minute. Shoya Nakajima leveled with a free kick for Tokyo in the 62nd, but Christoph ...

Honda hopes to make mark in Mexico with Pachuca

Jul 19, 2017

Honda hopes to make mark in Mexico with Pachuca

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda said he hopes to be a useful addition at his new club Pachuca, in the Mexican League, after he was unveiled as a member of the squad on Tuesday. "I am happy to be a member of the team and hope ...

Spanish soccer chief, son arrested during anti-corruption raids

Jul 18, 2017

Spanish soccer chief, son arrested during anti-corruption raids

Police arrested the head of Spain's soccer federation, throwing the leadership of the sport in the World Cup-winning nation into disarray a year before the next round of the elite championship takes place in Russia. Federation president Angel Maria Villar, 67, as well as three ...

Jul 18, 2017

Spanish club Getafe locks up Shibasaki with four-year deal

Midfielder Gaku Shibasaki has signed a four-year contract with promoted Spanish top-flight side Getafe, the La Liga club announced Monday. Shibasakispent the past half season in the second division with Tenerife, which missed out on promotion after losing to Getafe in the playoff final. The former ...

New Dortmund manager Bosz pleased with victory over Urawa

Jul 16, 2017

New Dortmund manager Bosz pleased with victory over Urawa

Peter Bosz said he was pleased to pick up his first win as manager of Borussia Dortmund after the Bundesliga side edged Urawa Reds 3-2 in a preseason friendly on Saturday. "Today's match was only a friendly but I am delighted," said Bosz, whose side ...