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Barça’s Carles Puyol Returns to Practice With Team

FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol was back practicing Friday with the full squad, although the defenseman only participated in some of the drills. Puyol, who last played in the round of 16 of the Champions League against A.C. Milan in March, is in the final stage of his recovery from a right-knee injury that required surgery to remove a cyst. continue reading »

Mexico Sacks Head Coach Following World Cup Qualifier Loss

Jose Manuel de la Torre is out as head coach of Mexico's national soccer team after the squad's latest disappointing result, a 2-1 loss at home to Honduras in World Cup qualifying. continue reading »

Honduras Upsets Mexico 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

Honduras pulled off a major upset of Mexico in World Cup qualifying, stunning El Tri 2-1 at Estadio Azteca to improve its chances of securing an automatic berth in Brazil. continue reading »

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi Pays $6.6 Million in Back Taxes to Spain

FC Barcelona super-striker Lionel Messi and his father have paid 5 million euros ($6.6 million) in back taxes owed to Spanish authorities, the superior court for the Catalonia region said Wednesday. continue reading »

Diego Maradona Files Complaint with Popular Argentine TV Host

Soccer legend Diego Maradona has filed a contempt complaint against popular Argentine TV host Susana Gimenez after she talked on the air about his youngest son, Diego Fernando, an accusation the celebrity termed "stupidity." continue reading »

Lionel Messi Shows Support for Madrid’s 2020 Olympic Bid

Argentine soccer star Leo Messi spoke out in Buenos Aires Tuesday in favor of Madrid's application to host the 2020 Olympics. "I believe it would be good for sport if Madrid prevails. Not just for what it is as a city, but also for the first-class athletes Spain has," the man many consider the world's best soccer player told Efe. continue reading »

Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti Confirms Lopez to Start Next Match

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Diego Lopez would be his starting goalkeeper for Sunday's Spanish league home match against Athletic Bilbao, although he said captain Iker Casillas would get the chance to play in the near future. continue reading »

Real Madrid’s Kaka Expresses Desire to Leave Team

Brazilian midfielder Kaka went public in La Coruña Thursday with his desire to leave Real Madrid for another European club where he would get more playing time. continue reading »

Barça Comes Back to Tie with Atletico Madrid in Supercopa First Leg

FC Barcelona's big acquisition of the summer, Brazilian phenom Neymar, scored midway through the second half here Wednesday to salvage a tie for the defending La Liga champs against a dynamic Atletico Madrid in the first leg of Spain's Supercopa. continue reading »

Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid Out for 3 Months with Broken Foot

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is expected to be sidelined for up to three months after fracturing a bone in his right foot during a practice Wednesday at the team's training facilities in Valdebebas. continue reading »

Atletico Madrid Looks to Take Down Fc Barcelona at Supercopa

The first Spanish soccer title of the 2013-2014 season - the Supercopa - is up for grabs starting Wednesday, with Atletico Madrid trying to pull off a big upset against powerhouse FC Barcelona. continue reading »

Isco Says Bale Would Be Great Addition to Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Francisco Roman Alarcon "Isco" said at a press conference here Friday that Tottenham's Gareth Bale would be a great signing for Los Blancos and create "quite a problem" for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who would need to find room on the field for the Welsh winger. continue reading »

Veracruz Celebrates 3-2 Victory Over Cruz Azul

Angel Reyna scored two goals and Jehu Chiapas added another one to lead Veracruz to a 3-2 victory over Cruz Azul on the weekend and take the lead spot in the Mexican Apertura soccer tourney. continue reading »

Pele Believes Neymar Could Surpass Messi, Ronaldo

Brazilian soccer legend Pele says he believes his 21-year-old countryman Neymar will eventually become a greater player than either Argentine four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi or Portuguese international and Real Madrid standout Cristiano Ronaldo. continue reading »

U.S. National Soccer Team Wins 5th Gold Cup with Win over Panama

The U.S. national soccer team claimed its fifth Concacaf Gold Cup after beating Panama 1-0 in front of some 50,000 spectators at Chicago's Soldier Field. continue reading »

Striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez Dies Suddenly at 27

Ecuador striker and former Club America player Christian “Chucho” Benitez has died of unknown causes at the age of 27. continue reading »

Leon and Pachuca Tied for Liga MX Lead after Argentine Luduena Scores

Pachuca defeated Tigres 2-1 on the weekend on a goal by Daniel Ludueña from midfield and is now tied with Leon for the Liga MX lead slot in the second week of Mexico's Apertura 2013 soccer tourney. continue reading »

Mexico Defeats Trinidad and Tobago, Advances to Gold Cup Semis

Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago on the weekend 1-0 in the Gold Cup soccer tourney quarterfinals here, thus advancing to the semifinals, where they will next face off against Panama in a knockout match. continue reading »

Real Madrid Coach Says Kaka Looks to Improve on Last Year

New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since being presented to the media late last month, said Brazilian midfielder Kaka was working hard and was determined to improve on last season. continue reading »

Throat Cancer Forces Vilanova to Step Down as Coach of FC Barcelona

Tito Vilanova has resigned as coach of FC Barcelona to continue treatment for the throat cancer he has battled for the past 18 months, club president Sandro Rosell said Friday during a hastily arranged press conference at the team's practice facility. continue reading »