RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Now that the Copa América is over, several standout South American players are looking to transfer to top clubs in Europe. Some could be less expensive now than later, while...
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil without Neymar has proved to be better than Argentina with Lionel Messi.
In a performance that ended with "olé" chants from the crowd, Brazil beat...
Dani Alves leaving PSG after 2 seasons with the club
PARIS (AP) — Veteran Brazil defender Dani Alves is leaving French champion Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons with the club.
The 36-year-old attacking right back scored eight goals in 73...
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Copa America opener on Friday yielded a box-office record for Brazil with gate receipts of more than $5.7 million.
It was the atmosphere in the stands, though, that...
Brazil routs Honduras 7-0 ahead of Copa America
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil routed 10-man Honduras 7-0 Sunday in a show of strength in its last warmup match ahead of the Copa America tournament.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team's captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to...
Rennes win French Cup final shootout to end PSG reign
PARIS (AP) — Rennes won the French Cup after beating Paris Saint-Germain in a penalty shootout on Saturday, coming back from 2-0 midway through the first half to force extra time and...
Paris Saint-Germain again failed to clinch the French league title after losing 3-2 at Nantes on Wednesday.
PSG could have sealed it this past Sunday and the weekend before that but picked...
Vinicius Junior called up for Brazil for 1st time
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vinicius Junior has been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time for friendly matches against Panama and the Czech Republic.
Mbappe scores superb goal as PSG wins 1-0 at Saint-Etienne
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe displayed his match-winning abilities once again Sunday, scoring off balance with a superb volley as Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 to move 12 points clear at the top of the French league.
Latching onto a clever lobbed pass from veteran Dani Alves over the defense, Mbappe was at full stretch yet still hooked a powerful shot into the top left corner while sliding forward to meet the ball in the 73rd minute.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A recovering Neymar was confirmed and injured leader Dani Alves was replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a Brazil World Cup squad of few surprises on Monday.
The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil right back Dani Alves said he's at peace despite the knee injury that forced him out of the World Cup in Russia. The 35-year-old also revealed Saturday he knew he was going to miss the tournament as soon as he felt the first pains on Tuesday.
Alves, who is one of the main leaders of Brazil's team, said in a video that he wants fans and teammates to take nothing but good energies from him.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil right back Dani Alves will miss the World Cup, leaving the five-time champions without one of their main leaders.
Alves injured his right knee on Tuesday in the French Cup final win with Paris Saint-Germain. PSG said his anterior cruciate ligament detached. The Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement on Friday he needs surgery.
The 35-year-old Alves was examined by Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, who said he will be sidelined for about six months.
PSG at crossroads of history against Real Madrid
PARIS (AP) — A former Barcelona and Juventus defender, Dani Alves has all the credentials required to speak about what makes a club great.
Signed by Paris Saint-Germain last year as part of the French club's plans to win the Champions League, the 34-year-old Brazil right back believes his new team is at a crossroads.
Depay scores winner as Lyon beats league leader PSG 2-1
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored with a superb strike deep into injury time as second-placed Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday, handing the league leader its second defeat of the season.
PSG had defender Dani Alves sent off in the 57th minute but seemed assured of securing a point until Depay decided otherwise with about 30 seconds left.
French clubs flex new financial might with record spending
PARIS (AP) — French clubs bought four times more and sold twice as much during the transfer window than at the same stage last year.
Publishing the figures on Monday, the French league said the market experienced "a new dynamic."
With Paris Saint-Germain spending massively, French clubs paid out 697 million euros ($830 million) and made 619 million euros ($736 million).
SERIE A 2017-18: 5 teams to watch out for this season
MILAN (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the Italian league this season, which starts this weekend:
Following another Serie A-Italian Cup double, Juventus has had to deal with infighting and the departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, however, has again bought shrewdly in the offseason.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Brazil winger Douglas Costa is ready to provide a boost to a Juventus squad that has lost two key players in the transfer market.
Costa was presented Monday after joining Juventus on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich for 6 million euros ($7 million). The deal requires the Italian champion to purchase his full rights within a year for 40 million euros ($45 million).
ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday.
Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute.
"Compliments to the lads for a great match. We played an extraordinary first half," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Monaco still has much to learn.
Juventus was a class apart in both legs of the Champions League semifinals, with its veteran defense stifling the French league club's much-vaunted attack. Even more, it was the 34-year-old Dani Alves who inspired the Bianconeri to reach its second final in three years.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Dani Alves proved his critics wrong as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years.
Often described as being past his best when he joined Juventus from Barcelona on a free transfer last June, the 34-year-old Alves was often mocked during the season.
Serie A leader Juventus held by Atalanta to 2-2
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — Serie A leader Juventus was held by host Atalanta to 2-2 on Friday.
Juventus thought it won when Dani Alves headed in seven minutes from time but Remo Freuler leveled six minutes later.
"We just needed to stay with the game but we lost our shape, it happened in the first half but once we came back we should have closed the match. Usually we don't concede like that," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Juventus focused on winning the Champions League
MILAN (AP) — With a sixth straight Serie A title looking likely and another Italian Cup final on the horizon, Juventus has become almost obsessively focused on the Champions League.
There is a feeling in Turin that victory in Europe would crown its resurrection from relegation to Serie B in 2006 following a match-fixing scandal. But first, Juventus needs to get past FC Porto on Tuesday in the last 16, already holding 2-0 lead from the first leg.
Brazil says no fear of Messi in World Cup qualifier
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina's Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Messi's return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the hosts were frightened of the five-time world player of the year.
Pjanic and Higuain help Juventus ease to 4-0 win over Dinamo
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Juventus' big summer signings proved their worth as Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain helped the Italian side to a 4-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Pjanic scored one and set up another to put Juventus firmly in charge at halftime. Paulo Dybala and Dani Alves sealed matters after the break.
Mandzukic again off form as Juve struggles to 1-0 win
MILAN (AP) — It was meant to be the match where Mario Mandzukic showed he could be more than an understudy to Gonzalo Higuain this season.
Instead, the Croatia forward again appeared off form and disinterested as Juventus labored past Palermo 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
This was the first time the duo played together in a tactical experiment that appears to have failed. Juventus looked thoroughly unimpressive.
Higuain kept quiet as Juventus held 0-0 by Sevilla
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus star striker Gonzalo Higuain was largely anonymous as his new side was held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Sevilla in their opening group match in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Higuain transferred from rival Napoli for 90 million euros ($99 million) in the offseason after scoring 36 goals last campaign to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. He scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of a 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Saturday.
After big transfer campaign, Juventus eyes Champions League
ROME (AP) — After bringing in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia, the top priority for Juventus is clearly the Champions League.
Juventus has finished runner-up four times since it last won the trophy 20 years ago, including to Barcelona in 2015.