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  • FIFA concerned but confident about Brazil violence 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:40 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - FIFA is concerned about recent violence in Brazil less than two months before it hosts the World Cup but remains confident the country will stage "the biggest party on Earth," FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said Thursday.

  • Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 10:18 pm
  • HONG KONG - A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

  • Minnesota United hosts FC Edmonton in home opener 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:29 pm
  • BLAINE, Minnesota - Minnesota United takes on FC Edmonton in its 2014 North American Soccer League home opener Saturday.

  • Brazil's Atletico Mineiro fires coach Autuori 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:44 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Defending Copa Libertadores champion Atletico Mineiro has fired coach Paulo Autuori after just 23 matches.

  • Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:29 pm
  • LISBON, Portugal - Substitute Lima scored in the 84th minute to give Benfica a 2-1 victory over Italy's Juventus in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal Thursday night.

  • Sevilla takes 2-0 lead against Valencia in Europa 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:15 pm
  • SEVILLE, Spain - Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored within four minutes of each other as Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of an all-Spanish Europa League semifinal on Thursday.

  • Report: Ex-Barcelona coach Vilanova in hospital 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:03 pm
  • BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish media is reporting former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is in hospital again because of a recurrence of the throat cancer he has been fighting for more than two years.

  • Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:32 pm
  • LISBON, Portugal - Substitute Lima scored six minutes from the end to give Benfica a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League first-leg semifinals on Thursday.

  • Fixer of Australian soccer games jailed 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:27 pm
  • MELBOURNE, Australia - A Malaysian man who organized an international match-fixing syndicate involving Australian soccer games in 2013 has been jailed for at least a year.

  • Brazil's Scolari confirms 9 names for World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:23 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has confirmed nine players who will make Brazil's squad for the World Cup at home.

  • Chelsea midfielder Ramires banned for 4 matches 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:48 pm
  • LONDON - Ramires will miss Chelsea's remaining matches in the English Premier League after being banned for four games for violent conduct.

  • Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:47 pm
  • SAO PAULO - All 12 host cities have "no choice" and "must" organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke's blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday.

  • Schalke exec criticized over possible Kremlin trip 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:24 pm
  • BERLIN - The chairman of the German soccer team Schalke is drawing criticism for suggesting his team would accept an invitation to Moscow from President Vladimir Putin. The Russian energy giant Gazprom is a team sponsor.

  • Italy bids for Euro 2020 matches at Rome stadium 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:50 pm
  • ROME - The Italian football federation is bidding with Rome's Stadio Olimpico to host matches during the 2020 European Championship.

  • Qatar, FIFA consider fewer 2022 World Cup stadiums 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:33 pm
  • DOHA, Qatar - Qatar World Cup organizers are discussing with FIFA whether to scrap plans to build four of its 12 stadiums for the 2022 tournament.

  • 4,000 officers to police Greek Cup final 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:24 am
  • ATHENS, Greece - Police say they will ban mass gatherings in central Athens amid heavy security measures planned for Saturday's Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Olympic Stadium.

  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:54 am
  • PETAH TIKVA, Israel - When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.

  • Miami Beach opposes Beckham's soccer stadium plan 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:36 am
  • MIAMI BEACH, Florida - Building a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami would create a traffic nightmare, according to officials and residents in the neighboring city.

  • Veteran striker Ivica Olic extends Wolfsburg stay 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:05 am
  • WOLFSBURG, Germany - Veteran Croatia striker Ivica Olic has extended his deal with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to 2016.

  • Atletico changes focus to Spanish title race 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:15 am
  • MADRID - Atletico Madrid's attention will return to domestic affairs, as it looks to defend its lead at the top of La Liga, with the club closing in on its first league title in 18 years.

  • PSG could seal 2nd successive French league title 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:45 am
  • Paris Saint-Germain is looking to seal its second successive title at Sochaux on Sunday and could do so without kicking a ball if second-placed Monaco fails to beat relegated Ajaccio on Saturday.

  • Platini: No Champs League bans in 1st FFP cases 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:53 am
  • PARIS - Clubs won't be excluded from next season's Champions League for breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules, according to UEFA President Michel Platini

  • Time running out for Bundesliga's bottom 3 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:47 am
  • BERLIN - Three rounds of games remain in the Bundesliga, increasing the pressure on the sides fighting to avoid the drop and those battling for European football next season. League champion Bayern Munich is preoccupied with overturning its narrow loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, while time is running out for Eintracht Braunschweig, Nuremberg and Hamburger SV. Stuttgart, which took a big step toward survival last weekend, gets the 32nd round of games underway at Hannover on Friday. Here are five things to know:

  • Juventus could clinch Serie A title 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:17 am
  • ROME - Closing in on its third successive Serie A title, Juventus will be watching very closely when second-place Roma hosts an AC Milan squad that is on a five-match winning streak Friday.

  • Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:09 am
  • MADRID - Real Madrid hopes a narrow home win put it in position to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002.