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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola looks on during their Champions League group F soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The English Football Association on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon to support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as both a player and coach.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
February 23, 2018 - 12:13 pm
LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of...
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February 23, 2018 - 8:20 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — AC Milan's hunt for the only European title it is missing will continue against one of the strongest possible opponents in the last 16 of the Europa League: Arsenal. The two favorites in the second tier European competition were drawn against each other on Friday. Both...
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Basque riot police clash with followers of Athletic Bilbao and FC Spartak Moskva before the match during the Europa League - round of 32, 2nd leg, between Athletic Bilbao and FC Spartak Moskva, at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Feb.22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
February 22, 2018 - 5:52 pm
Serie A leader Napoli wasn't good enough to advance in the Europa League on Thursday after it was knocked out in Germany by Leipzig. The last-of-32 round of matches was marred by a police officer's death in Spain after clashes with fans ahead of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow...
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Wigan's Will Grigg celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 22, 2018 - 12:22 pm
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend: ___ ENGLAND The first trophy of the season is up for grabs at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, and it's a chance for Pep Guardiola to get his hands on silverware for the first time with Manchester City. In the League Cup final, City...
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February 22, 2018 - 6:45 am
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct. Blatter tweeted on Thursday that "Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!" The 2010 World Cup was staged in South Africa. Referencing the...
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, right, gestures to the supporters at the end of the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between Sevilla FC and Manchester United at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
February 21, 2018 - 6:21 pm
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — The Sevilla crowd was ready to erupt when forward Luis Muriel appeared free from markers inside the area, with the ball in perfect position for his header just a few meters (yards) from the goal. From that spot, there was surely nothing Manchester United goalkeeper David De...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
February 20, 2018 - 6:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football. At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes. By...
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Wigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 19, 2018 - 6:27 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0. Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, and this time Will Grigg's late goal was enough for the League One side to pull...
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Wigan Athletic fans celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 19, 2018 - 6:20 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side's shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday. Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the...
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi competes for the ball with players from SD Eibar's Cote during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
February 18, 2018 - 7:28 pm
LONDON (AP) — As unlikely as it sounds, Lionel Messi is still waiting to score his first goal against Chelsea after drawing a blank in eight previous Champions League matches. The five-time World Player of the Year is likely to get another chance to break his duck this week and Chelsea manager...
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