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Korean boy bands, soccer stars march to different beats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Boy band BTS hit the top of the charts not long after Son Heung-min and his South Korean soccer team stepped atop the Asian Games podium. The performers and athletes brought plenty of acclaim to the country, but it has spar..

Germany looking for fresh start after disastrous World Cup

MUNICH (AP) — Expect a complete transformation despite the same personnel when Germany plays World Cup champion France on Thursday. Germany coach Joachim Loew is still in charge, Reinhardt Grindel is still the head of the country’s soccer associatio..

Benfica vows to fight Lisbon prosecutors’ corruption charges

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica says it will fight corruption charges that could lead to the Portuguese soccer club being banned from competition. The Lisbon attorney general’s office says it is charging Benfica in connection with alleged attempts t..

Serie A captains rebelling over standardized armbands

ROME (AP) — Led by a dedication to deceased Fiorentina defender Davide Astori, several Serie A players are rebelling over the introduction of standardized armbands for captains. The Italian league announced on Tuesday that if captains don’t wear the..

PSG striker Mbappe handed 3-match ban for red card

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has been suspended for three matches after being sent off during a French league game last weekend. The 19-year-old striker, a member of the France squad which won the World Cup in July, received a re..

Severely weakened Denmark lose 3-0 to Slovakia

TRNAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Denmark, fielding a severely weakened team containing footballers from the third tier of the national league and futsal players because of a pay dispute involving its top performers, was beaten 3-0 by Slovakia in a friendly on..

USMNT roster for Brazil includes a number of MLS stars

The youthful U.S. men’s national team roster pulled together for Friday’s match against Brazil includes a number of Major League Soccer standouts. The Red Bulls and the Columbus Crew each have three players on interim coach Dave Sarachan’s roster he..

Revolution hand New York City FC 1st home loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Wright scored his first MLS goal in the 71st minute and the New England Revolution beat New York City 1-0 on Wednesday night for FC’s first home loss of the season. New England (8-10-9) snapped a nine-game winless streak to mov..

‘Don’t you dare sell Paul Pogba’ – Rio Ferdinand issues warning to Manchester United

By Reuters Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United not to sell Paul Pogba. With speculation about the France midfielder's future once again rife amid reports of interest from Barcelona, former United defender Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to keep...

Why A Soccer European Super League Is ‘Closer Than Ever’

By: Robert Kidd Increasing influence from US investors and uncertainty over future TV rights deals mean a breakaway European Super League in soccer is “closer than ever”. That is the verdict of Vysyble, a consultancy that examines the financial performance of soccer clubs. “Three...

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