- AP Source: Lack of written contract led to FIFA suspensions Updated: Oct-12-15 5:33 pm
ZURICH - The toppling of soccer's most powerful and recognizable leaders may have been sealed when FIFA President Sepp Blatter agreed to pay Michel Platini, the head of European soccer, 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 million) in 2011.
- Giroud scores twice as France beats Denmark 2-1 Updated: Oct-11-15 5:22 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - France striker Olivier Giroud received a welcome confidence boost as he scored twice Sunday in a 2-1 win over Denmark in a friendly match.
- Doing just fine without Balotelli, Italy look ahead to Euros Updated: Oct-11-15 7:55 am
ROME - Italy is doing just fine without Mario Balotelli.
- Wales qualifies for Euro 2016 despite 2-0 loss to Bosnia Updated: Oct-10-15 5:24 pm
Despite a 2-0 defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales reached its first international tournament since 1958 on Saturday thanks to Cyprus beating Israel 2-1 in European Championship qualifying.
- El Shaarawy ends drought as Italy qualifies for Euro 2016 Updated: Oct-10-15 4:42 pm
Stephan El Shaarawy ended a three-year drought by scoring the winning goal as Italy beat Azerbaijan 3-1 Saturday to qualify for next year's European Championship.
- After Dortmund deeds, Klopp has Liverpool dreaming again Updated: Oct-08-15 4:25 pm
BERLIN - German football was left almost in a state of mourning when Juergen Klopp announced his departure from Borussia Dortmund after seven seasons in charge last April.
- Aguero nets 5 goals as Man City beats Newcastle 6-1 Updated: Oct-03-15 12:35 pm
MANCHESTER, England - Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a 20-minute spell as Manchester City used a second-half onslaught to beat Newcastle 6-1 Saturday and provisionally reclaim top spot in the Premier League.
- Real Madrid honors Ronaldo for setting scoring record Updated: Oct-02-15 9:02 am
MADRID - Real Madrid held a special ceremony to honor Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday after he became the club's all-time leading scorer.
- Robben out, Ajax winger El-Ghazi gets 1st Dutch call-up Updated: Oct-02-15 8:28 am
AMSTERDAM - Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has not recovered sufficiently from a groin injury to play in his country's crucial final two qualifiers for next year's European Championships.
- Wenger irate with critics, threatens media with walk-out Updated: Oct-02-15 6:28 am
LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed continued criticism of his team selection as "very, very, very, very boring" and threatened to walk out of a news conference Friday when questioned about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
- Beckham returning to soccer field to play in UNICEF game Updated: Oct-02-15 3:23 am
David Beckham will play in a football match for the first time since retiring more than two years ago, with Alex Ferguson managing his former Manchester United star again.
- United visits Arsenal back in familiar position - as leader Updated: Oct-01-15 12:26 pm
For the first time in 110 weeks, Manchester United enters a Premier League game as the leader. And a trip to Arsenal on Sunday is the perfect platform for Louis van Gaal's side to justify - and fortify - its spot at the summit.
- Marseille midfielder Diarra earns call back with France Updated: Oct-01-15 9:58 am
PARIS - Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra is back in France's squad for upcoming friendlies against Armenia and Denmark, five years after his last game with the national team.
- Ings, Alli get 1st England call-up for final qualifiers Updated: Oct-01-15 7:40 am
LONDON - Liverpool striker Danny Ings and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli have been called up by England for the first time for the last two European Championship qualifiers.
- Another record for Ronaldo, another win for Madrid Updated: Sep-30-15 7:02 pm
MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed the 500-goal mark and Real Madrid hailed him as the club's all-time leading scorer on Wednesday, while Manchester United and Manchester City rebounded from opening losses to remain in contention in the Champions League.
- Mata inspires Man United to 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg Updated: Sep-30-15 5:49 pm
MANCHESTER, England - Juan Mata scored one goal and set up another as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Wednesday for its first win in Group B of the Champions League.
- Bayern Munich, Lewandowski at top of AP Global Football 10 Updated: Sep-29-15 12:35 pm
LONDON - Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski took the top spots in The Associated Press Global Football 10 polls on Tuesday.
- United seeks Champions League win back at Old Trafford Updated: Sep-29-15 7:58 am
LONDON - Champions League football is back at Old Trafford.
- Chelsea, hurting at home, looks for relief in Europe Updated: Sep-28-15 10:35 am
LISBON, Portugal - Jose Mourinho's Chelsea has made a miserable start to the Premier League season, lying 15th after seven games, but it's top of Champions league G and hopeful a strong run in Europe's prestige tournament can ease the pressure at home.
- Barcelona to be tested without Messi in Champions League Updated: Sep-28-15 1:31 am
MADRID - Barcelona's first game without the injured Lionel Messi will be an important one in the Champions League.
- Rooney on target as Manchester United beats Sunderland 3-0 Updated: Sep-26-15 12:48 pm
MANCHESTER, England - Memphis Depay scored his first ever Premier League goal and Wayne Rooney added his first of the season as Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 to go top of the standings on Saturday.
- Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor Updated: Sep-21-15 9:48 pm
LONDON - Alex Ferguson lined up Pep Guardiola as his potential successor at Manchester United but the Spanish coach didn't call him before taking the Bayern Munich job.
- Injured midfielder Guardado set to miss US-Mexico match Updated: Sep-21-15 12:38 pm
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - Mexico international Andres Guardado of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with an injured left ankle, which should keep him out of Mexico's match against the United States on Oct. 10 in Pasadena, California.
- Ankle injury: Mexico midfielder Guardado out for 4-6 weeks Updated: Sep-21-15 11:01 am
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - Mexico captain Andres Guardado will miss his country's Confederations Cup playoff against the United States next month after tests confirmed that he sustained ankle ligament damage last week.
- Man United beats Southampton 3-2 in Premier League Updated: Sep-20-15 2:40 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, England - Anthony Martial scored twice on his first Premier League start as Manchester United came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.