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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 […]

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Female broadcasters make history by being first to call a men’s World Cup game

MOSCOW—The men’s World Cup is notable for women. Fox’s Aly Wagner and Telemundo’s Viviana Vila are the first in-match analysts on U.S. television for soccer’s showcase. BBC’s Vicki Sparks is making a similar breakthrough in Britain and ZDF’s Claudia Neumann in Germany. “It took me 10 years. It was very disappointing that it took so […]

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2 female sports reporters harassed by men at Russia World Cup

For women who work as sports reporters, #MeToo is not just a movement, it is often their everyday reality. In just the past two weeks, two women were harassed while reporting at the World Cup in Russia, the episodes captured in widely viewed videos. One of the women, Julia Guimarães, a reporter with TV Globo […]

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English soccer star Wayne Rooney signs with MLS’s D.C. United

By Stephen WhynoThe Associated Press Thu., June 28, 2018 WASHINGTON—Wayne Rooney is coming to Major League Soccer with D.C. United, the latest star to take his talents across the pond to the United States. Rooney follows the lead of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and retired countryman David Beckham by leaving Europe for MLS later in their […]

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Brazil in unusual territory as it opens World Cup play with draw

By Tales AzzoniThe Associated Press Mon., June 18, 2018 SOCHI, RUSSIA—This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The […]

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South Korea swapped practice numbers to confuse Swedish ‘spy’

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA—Sweden coach Janne Andersson makes no bones about spying on South Korea’s training sessions ahead of their game at the World Cup. The South Koreans responded by swapping players’ numbers around to confuse the Swedish “spy” because, in the words of coach Shin Tae-yong, “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.” […]