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FIFA to upgrade flights and prize money for Women’s World Cup

By Graham DunbarThe Associated Press Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—In a concession to women’s soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams travelling to France for next year’s tournament. Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 […]

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Brexit divides EPL, FA over player visas

By David HellierBloomberg Wed., Sept. 19, 2018 Even English soccer is split over what do to about Brexit. As the U.K. government struggles to forge its own plan to leave the European Union, it’s told the Premier League to put together a joint proposal with the sport’s national ruling body for dealing with player visas […]

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Messi leads Barcelona in Champions League rout of PSV Eindhoven

By Samuel PetrequinThe Associated Press Tues., Sept. 18, 2018 PARIS—If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer’s pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game. Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick on Tuesday in Barcelona’s 4-0 win […]

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New Real Madrid tested in Champions League without Ronaldo

By Tales AzzoniThe Associated Press Tues., Sept. 18, 2018 MADRID—Things have changed for Europe’s most successful club. The Real Madrid team that will begin its Champions League campaign against Roma on Wednesday looks nothing like the one that dominated European soccer in the last few years. For the first time in nearly a decade, Madrid […]

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FIFA president averse to Spanish League games in U.S.

ZURICH—FIFA President Gianni Infantino is still not persuaded about playing Spanish league games in the United States. Infantino says on Tuesday he would “prefer to see a great MLS game in the U.S. rather than La Liga being in the U.S.” His statement repeated comments made last month in Washington DC after the Spanish league […]

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Former Canadian ’keeper Karina LeBlanc has bigger goals in mind

Former Canadian women’s national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc laughs when asked how it is that she retired from professional soccer three years ago but seems more involved in the game than ever. “It’s been crazy,” she said. “It’s been about reinventing who I am. I knew myself as Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but what […]

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Bayern Munich completes transfer for Canadian star Alphonso Davies

VANCOUVER—Bob Lenarduzzi says soccer phenom Alphonso Davies catches your eye the first time you watch him play. Lenarduzzi, the Vancouver Whitecaps team president, says Davies has the talent to justify the record-breaking deal confirmed Wednesday that will send the Canadian 17-year-old midfielder from Major League Soccer to German Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich. “You can hear […]

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Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies appears headed to Bayern Munich

By Gemma Karstens-Smith The Canadian Press Tues., July 24, 2018 VANCOUVER—Reports that Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies has finalized a transfer to a German soccer giant are bittersweet for his current coach. Multiple media reports Tuesday said the 17-year-old Canadian international midfielder is heading to Bayern Munich. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies is reportedly headed […]

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Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

GENEVA—World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA’s best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France’s World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament’s best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among […]

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World Cup sketches road map for Canada’s soccer journey

By Joe CallaghanSpecial to the Star Sat., July 21, 2018 As tourists wheeled their suitcases through the afternoon rush in Moscow’s Arbatskaya Metro station, a worker frenetically scraped and peeled back the adhesive patches that had directed World Cup fans to Luzhniki Stadium for the previous month and threw them into a trash bag. It […]