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UCL roundup: PSG, Man City shine; big names struggle

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City succeeded where storied rivals failed in their opening UEFA Champions League games.


UCL roundup: Erling Braut Haaland hits 3 as Liverpool, Chelsea lose

On a night when Europe’s biggest stars couldn’t find a way to score, teenager Erling Braut Haaland made it look easy. The 19-year-old Norwegian shone on his UEFA Champions League …


UCL preview: Ronaldo faces Atletico again; depleted PSG takes on Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid as Juventus faces Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, while Real Madrid visits a Paris Saint-Germain squad that will be without the attacking trio …


Neymar’s UEFA Champions League ban cut to 2 games

Neymar’s ban from the UEFA Champions League for insulting match officials on social media was cut Tuesday to two group games.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Ronaldo’s Juve gets Atletico rematch in Champions League group-stage draw

For Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, the quest for a first Champions League title will have contrasting assignments in the group stage. Tough for PSG after being paired in a …


UEFA postpones Champions League talks as clubs, leagues row

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has postponed a joint meeting with the heads of European clubs and leagues next month that was to help determine the future format of competitions, including …


Neymar loses appeal against 3-game UEFA Champions League ban

UEFA has rejected an appeal by Paris Saint-Germain against Neymar’s three-match Champions League ban in a case that can now go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. UEFA says …


Italian clubs oppose Juventus-led UEFA Champions League plan

Most of the top Italian clubs oppose Champions League reforms pushed by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to close off entries to the competition. The 20-team Serie A says a “significant …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Atletico leads Spanish challenge to UEFA Champions League revamp

Seven Spanish soccer teams have protested against a plan to transform the Champions League into a largely closed competition. They are openly opposing the European Club Association ahead of emergency …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 12:34 p.m.

Soccer notes: French President Emmanuel Macron angers UEFA over Champions League outburst

French President Emmanuel Macron has enraged the head of European football by using a speech at a FIFA reception to denounce a proposal to transform the Champions League into a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool beat Tottenham to win 6th European Cup

Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah scored a penalty inside two minutes and …


Spaniards with little to cheer for in UEFA Champions League final

It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade but the country’s streak of having at least one …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Financial case a cloud over unprecedented City titles’ feat

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he trusts the Abu Dhabi ownership saying the club has followed financial rules. He was speaking after a 6-0 rout of Watford ensured the …


UEFA investigators send Manchester City case to judges

Manchester City’s possible one-year ban from the Champions League is in the hands of a panel of independent judges. UEFA says its club finance investigators have sent the file on …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:36 a.m.

German, French clubs oppose more elitist UEFA Champions League

Soccer clubs in Germany’s top two divisions oppose a proposal to close off the Champions League in 2024 in favor of elite teams. The Bundesliga says all 36 members voted …


Atalanta has Italian Cup and Champions League to play for

Atalanta has both the Italian Cup final against Lazio and a spot in the Champions League still to play for. The team from the small northern city of Bergamo is …


Man City facing 1-season ban from Champions League

A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Tottenham stuns Ajax 3-2 to reach Champions League final

Lucas Moura completed a hat trick in the sixth minute of injury time as Tottenham pulled off another stunning Champions League comeback to beat Ajax 3-2 and set up an …


‘Mentality of giants’: Self-belief fueling Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool

Liverpool’s incredible 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals is a testament not only to the quality of the team Juergen Klopp has put together but also the …


Barcelona’s fall highlights team’s Lionel Messi-dependency

Lionel Messi wasn’t able to come to the rescue this time. Messi has come up with extraordinary goals and incredible assists for Barcelona over the years. And it was his …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

UEFA puts future Champions League ideas to league officials

UEFA has included promotion and relegation in its future vision for the Champions League and other club competitions. European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson says UEFA leaders proposed the ideas in …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Liverpool ousts Barca in historic UEFA Champions League comeback

Liverpool delivered the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona. The English club overturned a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

European leagues: Most clubs oppose changes in competitions

As European clubs and leagues tussle to shape the Champions League’s future with UEFA, leagues officials claim a “vast majority” oppose plans by elite clubs for radical change favoring the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Lionel Messi hits 600 goals with a brace, Barca beats Liverpool 3-0

Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after striking twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Donny van de Beek gives Ajax 1-0 lead vs Tottenham in CL semifinal

Donny van de Beek gave youthful Ajax a 1-0 Champions League lead over a Tottenham side depleted by injuries and suspension. It edges the Dutch side toward a first Champions …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen briefly plays on after clash of heads

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen had to be helped off the field shortly after attempting to play on following a clash of heads in the Champions League semifinal against Ajax. Vertonghen …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Barcelona manages Lionel Messi’s time ahead of Champions League

Barcelona will need the best of Lionel Messi when it plays Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday so it has worked as hard as …


Ajax rebuffs Champions League elite on and off the field

Ajax thumbed its nose to the money behind the biggest names in soccer by beating them on the field. The Dutch team’s astonishing run to the Champions League semifinals has …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

Mauricio Pochettino closer to collecting trophy not just plaudits

Mauricio Pochettino has collected many plaudits as a coach but never a major trophy. The biggest prize in European club soccer isn’t a bad place to start. Pochettino led Tottenham …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Tottenham stuns Man City to reach Champions League semis

Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years by ending Manchester City’s quadruple hopes on a breathtaking night in the Champions league that produced that …