3 players quit Argentina women’s team in dispute over pay and conditions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Three players quit Argentina’s women’s squad on Monday in a dispute over not being paid and conditions at a camp ahead of two friendlies. Goalkeeper Laurina Oliveiros, defender Julieta Cruz and midfielder Lorena Benítez, all regular starters, walked out. “We reached a point in which we are tired of the injustices, … Read more

UEFA celebrates growth of women’s soccer as Barcelona lifts another Women’s Champions League trophy

BILBAO, Spain — It was a night of celebration for Barcelona after another Women’s Champions League title, and for the women’s game in general after another season with significant growth in the sport. Barcelona defeated Lyon 2-0 to win its third European trophy and to add to its recent dominance in the sport on Saturday, … Read more

For Jewish soccer club on the verge of reaching German Cup again, there is fear as well as pride

BERLIN — When Makkabi Berlin became the first Jewish club to ever play in the German Cup last year, it was a moment of pure joy and pride for a team founded by Holocaust survivors. A year later, Makkabi is on the verge of the same achievement again, but the emotions are vastly different this … Read more

Leverkusen’s unbeaten season puts the spotlight on an often-overlooked German city

LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Manchester, Barcelona, Milan, Leverkusen? An often-overlooked, small German city dominated by the pharmaceuticals industry is making an unlikely case to be considered one of Europe’s soccer capitals this season because of Bayer Leverkusen’s historic unbeaten streak. Coached by former Champions League and World Cup winner Xabi Alonso, the team finished an entire … Read more

Concussion replacements added for Copa America under the pink substitution pass system

LUQUE, Paraguay — Coaches at next month’s Copa America will be able to make a 6th and extra substitution in cases of suspected head trauma or concussion. South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL announced the decision Tuesday, making it valid for all its competitions once the Copa America starts in the United States on June … Read more

Juventus fires coach Massimiliano Allegri for his outburst toward the refs in the Italian Cup final

TURIN, Italy — Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. The move comes with only two games remaining in Serie A. Allegri lost his cool in stoppage time when he grew angry at a decision, ripped off his jacket and earned a red … Read more

Three soccer players arrested over alleged match-fixing involving yellow cards in Australian league

SYDNEY — Three A-League players were arrested Friday for alleged betting corruption after police claimed they manipulated the number of yellow cards they received in games last year, Football Australia said. New South Wales state police began an investigation in December 2023. Six months later, detectives have revealed that a “senior player” was alleged to … Read more

Villa’s Champions League qualification gets royal approval as Postecoglou questions culture at Spurs

Aston Villa’s players sprayed Champagne and received a congratulatory message from Prince William as they celebrated qualification for the Champions League to crown the club’s remarkable five-year turnaround in fortunes. Over at Tottenham, the atmosphere was much more downbeat. “I think the last 48 hours has revealed to me that the foundations are fairly fragile,” … Read more

Wonder goal for Ella Toone as Manchester United wins Women’s FA Cup with 4-0 rout of Tottenham

LONDON — Manchester United won its first major trophy by routing Tottenham 4-0 in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Ella Toone’s stunning long-range strike in first-half stoppage time set up victory for Marc Skinner’s team. United cruised to victory after the break through two goals from Lucia Garcia and another from … Read more

Torchbearers in Marseille kick off the Olympic flame’s journey across the country

MARSEILLE, France — Torchbearers are carrying the Olympic flame Thursday through the streets of France’s southern port city of Marseille, a day after it arrived on a majestic three-mast ship for the welcoming ceremony. The torch begins its 11-week journey across the country with about 10,000 bearers passing through more than 450 towns until the … Read more