Ranieri woe as Roma is beaten by lowly Spal
MILAN (AP) — Roma's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League diminished on Saturday as it surprisingly lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Spal in Claudio Ranieri's second match back as interim...
ROME (AP) — Claudio Ranieri won his first game back in charge at Roma but it was far from comfortable.
Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick scored in the first half, and...
ROME (AP) — Roma appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach on Friday, a day after firing Eusebio Di Francesco following the Italian team's elimination from the Champions League.
Monchi leaves Roma in more Champions League fallout
ROME (AP) — Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, has left the club following its Champions League exit.
Roma says "the two parties have reached a mutual agreement...
‘Risk-free’ Ranieri lasts 3½ months at Fulham
Shad Khan's overly bold words always seemed like they could come back to bite him.
In welcoming Claudio Ranieri as Fulham manager in November, Khan — the American billionaire owner of the...
Premier League struggler Fulham fires manager Ranieri
LONDON (AP) — Claudio Ranieri was fired by Fulham on Thursday, even though owner Shad Khan said the manager isn't fully responsible for failing to lift the London club out of the Premier League...
Southampton beats Fulham in Premier League relegation battle
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton climbed out of the Premier League's relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday that pushed the visitors closer to the drop.
EPL’s delay introducing VAR helps West Ham defeat Fulham
LONDON (AP) — Edging closer toward relegation, Fulham might not get the chance to benefit from video review when it finally arrives in the Premier League next season.
Dubious Hernandez goal helps West Ham beat Fulham 3-1
LONDON (AP) — A controversial goal by Javier Hernandez helped West Ham to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against relegation-threatened Fulham in the Premier League Friday.
Fulham’s survival hopes take hit with 2-0 loss at Palace
LONDON (AP) — Fulham's hopes of survival in the English Premier League took another hit with a 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
An improved display in defeat against Tottenham and a 4-2 victory over Brighton had presented Claudio Ranieri's Fulham with some momentum, but the team was outplayed by Palace and again contributed to its downfall, which was secured by goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp.
Ranieri “wanted to kill” Kamara after missing Fulham penalty
LONDON (AP) — Claudio Ranieri said he "wanted to kill" Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara after he missed a penalty before a late goal sealed a 1-0 win over relegation rivals Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Kamara argued with fellow striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the team's designated penalty-taker, before eventually taking an 81st-minute spot kick that was saved by goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Fulham off the bottom after 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton
LONDON (AP) — Fulham climbed off the foot of the Premier League after drawing 1-1 at home to Wolverhampton on Wednesday.
Captain Aleksandar Mitrovic was a constant thorn in Wolverhampton's side and several times went close to scoring in the first half at Craven Cottage.
Fulham finally broke through in the 74th minute through Ryan Sessegnon after visiting goalkeeper Rui Patricio punched Alfie Mawson's effort straight to him.
No laughing matter for Benitez as Fulham holds Newcastle
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Comedy fan Rafael Benitez had little to smile about after his Newcastle side was held by bottom club Fulham to a drab 0-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Newcastle did not have a single shot on target at St James' Park, leaving Benitez, who said ahead of the game that he loved English comedies, stony-faced on the touchline.
West Ham make it four wins in a row against Fulham
LONDON (AP) — West Ham roared to a fourth straight English Premier League victory after goals by Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio earned a 2-0 win over bottom club Fulham on Saturday.
On a freezing night at Craven Cottage, Manuel Pellegrini's side went ahead after 17 minutes when Felipe Anderson surged forward before laying the ball back for Snodgrass to score for the second time in as many games.
Fulham’s Ranieri denied win over former club Leicester
LONDON (AP) — Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was denied an "emotional" victory over the team he famously led to an improbable Premier League title in 2016 as Leicester recovered from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.
The London club was on course to move out of the relegation zone when Aboubakar Kamara gave the home team a 42nd-minute lead by shooting home from an acute angle after latching onto Aleksandr Mitrovic's flick-on.
Ranieri’s task at struggling Fulham: Getting back to basics
Before burgers must come the basics.
The arrival of Claudio Ranieri as Fulham coach should ensure an end to the chaotic selections, loose defending and naive approach that marked the promoted team's turbulent first three months back in the Premier League under his predecessor Slavisa Jokanovic.
Soccer is a simple game to Ranieri, who values hard work, togetherness and typically a straightforward 4-4-2 formation more than anything else.
Fulham hires Claudio Ranieri after firing Jokanovic
LONDON (AP) — Claudio Ranieri is back in the Premier League with Fulham, two years after overcoming 5,000-1 odds to win the title with Leicester.
The 67-year-old Italian coach was hired Wednesday by Fulham, which announced the firing of Slavisa Jokanovic at the same time. The London club is in last place in the league.
NANTES, France (AP) — Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri is leaving the French club at the end of the season.
Ranieri confirmed his departure on Thursday, a day after club president Waldemar Kita said the Italian manager would be in charge of his final game this Saturday against Strasbourg.
In a statement released by Nantes, Kita thanked Ranieri and his staff for "all the work done this season. We wish them a lot of success in their future projects."
ROME (AP) — Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini is the top candidate to become Italy coach after Carlo Ancelotti reportedly turned down the job.
Mancini tells RAI state radio, "There has not been contact with the (Italian football) federation but, for a coach, the Italian national team would be a source of honor and prestige."
Italian media reported over the weekend that Ancelotti informed the federation he was no longer interested.
Italy bosses speak to Mancini about becoming Azzurri coach
ROME (AP) — The Italian soccer federation talked to Roberto Mancini on Friday about the possibility of becoming the next coach of the national team and also plans to approach Chelsea coach Antonio Conte about a possible return.
The 53-year-old Mancini, who has coached Manchester City and Inter Milan, is among several candidates for the role — along with Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri.
Ranieri’s defensive tactics bring success to Nantes
PARIS (AP) — Relying on his good old catenaccio, Claudio Ranieri won't replicate with Nantes his historic triumph with Leicester in the English Premier League two years ago.
Still, the Italian manager is enjoying a tremendous stint at the helm of the French side.
Though behind the four clubs in the French league chasing Champions League qualification, Nantes has proved to be the best of the rest. At the Christmas break, Nantes was six points ahead of sixth-place Nice.
Mahrez salvages 1-1 draw for Leicester against West Brom
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester failed to climb out of the English Premier League's relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion extended the team's winless run to six matches on Monday.
Riyad Mahrez salvaged a point for Leicester with an 80th-minute equalizer at King Power Stadium, but it was another ponderous display by the hosts, who could be set for another season of struggle after their improbable title-winning campaign of 2015-16.
Lyon stays unbeaten but drops points in 0-0 draw at Nantes
PARIS (AP) — Lyon maintained its unbeaten start to the French league but failed to break down a stubborn Nantes in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
Lyon enjoyed more possession with Brazilian defender Marcelo and forward Bertrand Traore having chances saved early on.
Nantes, which is coached by Claudio Ranieri — the Italian who led Leicester to English Premier League glory two seasons ago — showed good organization but scant threat for most of the game considering it was the home side.
PARIS (AP) — Lille's attacking potential this season was on display as coach Marcelo Bielsa's new team started its French league campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.
After finishing a disappointing 11th last season, Lille hired the Argentine coach — known as "El Loco Bielsa" (Crazy Bielsa) to his fans — with the aim of returning to the Champions League while playing an exciting brand of football.
Nantes receives permission to hire Claudio Ranieri
NANTES, France (AP) — Claudio Ranieri will try to revive his career in France after the French soccer league gave permission to Nantes to hire the former Leicester manager on Tuesday.
According to several media reports in France, the Italian coach will sign a two-year deal and will be assisted by four deputy coaches.
Nantes had asked for a special dispensation because Ranieri has reached the coach's age limit of 65.
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Jamie Vardy extended his hot scoring streak to ease champion Leicester's Premier League relegation fears with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich on Saturday.
With only its second away win of a dismal title defense, Leicester moved nine points clear of the bottom three with four matches remaining.
Vardy struck in the 43rd minute at the Hawthorns for his eighth goal in 12 matches since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri as manager for the rest of the season.
Ranieri refuses to blame players on firing by Leicester
LONDON (AP) — Claudio Ranieri refuses to accept Leicester's players were behind his firing as manager of the unlikely English champions.
"I can't believe my players kill me. No, no, no," Ranieri said on Monday in his first interview since his dismissal in February.
The Italian coach told British broadcaster Sky Sports that "maybe there could be someone behind me" at the club who betrayed him, but didn't give any names because he is a "loyal man."
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Sunderland manager David Moyes' tough week got worse as his team lost 2-0 at resurgent champion Leicester to remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League on Tuesday.
Strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy scored second-half goals for Leicester, which has won six straight games in all competitions under Craig Shakespeare since he replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester's revival continued under manager Craig Shakespeare as Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the Foxes a 2-0 victory over Stoke in the English Premier League on Saturday.
It was Leicester's fifth straight win in all competitions since Claudio Ranieri was fired and meant Shakespeare became the first English manager to win his first four league games.
MILAN (AP) — Former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri will receive a special prize at the Italian manager of the year awards.
The ceremony for the award, which is known as the Panchina d'oro (golden bench), is on Monday near Florence.
It recognizes the best coaches of the previous season from the top three divisions of Italian football, as voted for by their peers.
Leicester striker Vardy says he gets death threats
LONDON (AP) — Jamie Vardy has gone from Premier League champion to a target of hatred.
The Leicester striker said he has received death threats amid the bitter fallout from manager Claudio Ranieri being fired by his club last month.
Vardy was named as one of the players who had conversations with Leicester's owners before Ranieri was dismissed as a result of last season's improbable champions being plunged into a relegation scrap.
LONDON (AP) — Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez revived memories of Leicester's title-winning campaign Saturday as the recovery under Craig Shakespeare continued with a 3-2 victory at West Ham that eases the champion's relegation fears.
Since manager Claudio Ranieri's firing, the Premier League champions have reeled off three successive victories to move six points clear of the relegation zone and sealed a first-ever place in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Can Shakespeare add another chapter to Leicester tale?
LONDON (AP) — Like his famous namesake, English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, Leicester City's manager Craig Shakespeare is hoping he can add a few blockbuster dramas to his own story.
Appointed caretaker manager after the English champion sacked Claudio Ranieri last month, Shakespeare has brought such a revival over three games that the 53-year-old will stay in the job until the end of the season.
Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues
What to watch out for in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Manchester City and Liverpool expected to be slugging it out for the title on the home stretch. Instead they meet at Anfield on Sunday in a tussle just to be among the four Champions League qualifiers.
City, which is reeling from its Champions League exit at Monaco, is only a point ahead of Liverpool in third place.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Riyad Mahrez reproduced his brilliance of last season by scoring from a jinking solo run Saturday to help Leicester recover for a 3-1 win against Hull in a Premier League match between two teams battling relegation.
The Algeria winger cut inside from the right wing, deceived Hull's defense with three quick turns and a shimmy outside the area, before driving a right-foot shot inside the near post in the 59th minute to make it 2-1.
Leicester beats Liverpool in its first match post-Ranieri
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester began life without manager Claudio Ranieri by easing its English Premier League relegation fears after a stirring 3-1 home victory over Liverpool on Monday.
In its first game since Ranieri was sacked last Thursday by the club's Thai owners, Jamie Vardy scored twice for last season's struggling champion.
Leicester team on defensive breaking silence on Ranieri exit
LONDON (AP) — Two days after Claudio Ranieri's firing, Leicester players went on the defensive on Saturday to insist they didn't play any role in the manager behind their astonishing English Premier League title triumph losing his job.
Leicester in relegation zone after results go against champs
LONDON (AP) — Hours after fired coach Claudio Ranieri bid farewell to the Leicester players, the calamitous champions slipped into the English Premier League's relegation zone.
It was Crystal Palace's 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday that ensured Leicester will take to the field at the King Power Stadium on Monday against Liverpool in the bottom three.
Column: Leicester’s fall doesn’t tarnish an improbable title
These are ugly times at Leicester.
The team heads into the weekend with a new, temporary manager and barely above the relegation zone in the English Premier League, seemingly doing everything it can to eradicate whatever good vibes are left from its inspiring run to the championship just nine months ago.
Column: Leicester’s fall doesn’t tarnish an improbable title
These are ugly times at Leicester.
The Foxes head into the weekend with a new manager and barely above the relegation line in the English Premier League, seemingly doing everything they can to eradicate whatever good vibes are left from their inspiring run to the championship just nine months ago.
Ranieri says his ‘dream died’ after being fired by Leicester
LONDON (AP) — Dignified and charming to the end, Claudio Ranieri broke his silence after his firing from Leicester by saying that winning the Premier League at the unfashionable club will make him "smile every day."
Ranieri, however, also said that his "dream died" when he was told by Leicester's board on Thursday he was no longer manager of the team he guided to the title at odds of 5,000-1 last season.
Player power strikes again as Ranieri unseated at Leicester
For many, Claudio Ranieri deserved a job for life at Leicester.
English champion Leicester fires Ranieri as relegation looms
Masterminding one of the greatest upsets in sporting history wasn't enough for Claudio Ranieri to keep his job at Leicester.
Ranieri was fired by Leicester on Thursday, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at preseason odds of 5,000-1.
A look at where it went wrong for Ranieri at Leicester
Nine months ago, Claudio Ranieri was being hailed as a miracle worker and serenaded by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli after guiding Leicester to the English Premier League title at preseason odds of 5,000-1.
Now, the charming Italian is out of a job after the Leicester fairytale turned sour quicker than anyone could have expected.
A look at where it has gone wrong for Ranieri and Leicester:
Ranieri criticizes Leicester for lacking ‘desire and heart’
LONDON (AP) — Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri criticized his players for lacking "desire and heart" in a 1-0 loss at third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, the latest setback for the stuttering English champion.
Leicester, which is one point above the relegation zone in a woeful defense of its Premier League title, is without a victory in its last eight matches.
Millwall played most of the second half with 10 men and won thanks to a 90th-minute goal.
Leicester loses again with fairytale turning into nightmare
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer's greatest fairytale is proving to have the gloomiest of sequels.
Leicester, the unfashionable English club which enchanted the sporting world by winning the Premier League as a 5,000-1 outsider last season, plunged closer to the relegation zone in its woeful title defense after losing 2-0 at Swansea on Sunday.
Leicester offers ‘unwavering support’ to manager Ranieri
LONDON (AP) — The on-field turmoil engulfing ailing English Premier League champion Leicester led to the club issuing a public show of support for manager Claudio Ranieri on Tuesday.
Leicester has imploded since winning the league so unexpectedly last May and is only a point above the relegation zone having lost 13 of its 24 games.
Leicester salvages FA Cup draw to avoid humbling at Derby
DERBY, England (AP) — Leicester relied on Wes Morgan's late goal to avoid an FA Cup humbling at second-tier side Derby on Friday, with the Premier League champions salvaging a 2-2 draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Relegation fears real for Ranieri and struggling Leicester
LONDON (AP) — The momentum that carried Leicester to the Premier League title last season has been replaced by genuine worries of relegation.
Leicester has only 21 points from 22 games this season, the worst record for a defending champion since Ipswich had the same in the 1962-63 season.