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Sporting, Porto face 1-year European bans for unpaid debts

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 outstandin...

Clubs want FIFA talks over health risks of January call-ups

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 th...

Italy and Portugal drawn in same World Cup playoff bracket

GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup in Qatar is sure to be without either Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo. Italy and Portugal, the current and previous European champions, were drawn into the sa...

FIFA: Opponents of biennial World Cup fear losing top spot

GENEVA (AP) — Opponents of the plan for biennial World Cups seem scared of being toppled from the top of world soccer, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday. Infantino’s speech...

Ski star Feuz laments lack of ski buzz in Olympic host China

GENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic medalist Beat Feuz is not thrilled about heading to Beijing for another Winter Games in a host nation with little ski tradition. The expected favorite ...

European powers joined by Sporting in Champs League last 16

The parade of European powers advancing to the Champions League knockout stage Wednesday was disrupted by Sporting Lisbon completing a stunning turnaround to join them. Manchester Ci...

Sami Khedira takes UEFA school route to soccer leadership

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — When Juventus asked players to take salary cuts and deferrals during the coronavirus pandemic, Sami Khedira’s curiosity in how the soccer industry works was reignited. ...

Dutch head back to World Cup; playoffs for Turkey, Ukraine

The Netherlands will be back at the World Cup after an eight-year gap, forcing Norway star Erling Haaland to wait until at least 2026 to make his debut on the biggest stage. The Dutc...

European leagues, fans team up to lobby for domestic soccer

GENEVA (AP) — Two Europe-wide fan groups that work with UEFA have teamed with national leagues aiming to lobby more effectively against projects they believe threaten domestic soccer. ...

European leagues see surprise leaders, slumping super clubs

GENEVA (AP) — Five of the 12 Super League founder clubs lie outside the Champions League qualifying places as domestic soccer pauses for the international break with surprise title challengers across ...

Olympic sport to talk with athletes amid anger over changes

GENEVA (AP) — Amid a bitter divide with athletes over the removal of horse riding from the Olympic event of modern pentathlon, the sport’s governing body on Monday invited them to talks this week. ...

2 skiers to miss Canada's WCup races due to vaccine mandate

GENEVA (AP) — Two Swiss skiers that do not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will miss the first men’s downhill race of World Cup ski season in Canada because the country requires internat...

Liverpool, Ajax cruise into Champions League knockout rounds

GENEVA (AP) — Liverpool and Ajax extended their perfect winning records in the Champions League on Wednesday to advance into the round of 16 — which is starting to take a 1970s throwback look. ...

Sepp Blatter, Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were charged with fraud and other offenses by Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday after a six-year investigation into a controversial $2 mi...

Domestic leagues eye review of Champions League 2024 changes

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA's plans for overhauling the Champions League could still be reviewed, the group that represents European domestic leagues said Friday, adding that it may challenge some details that...