Camp Nou discovers Barca’s teen sensation; Hazard debuts
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A teenage sensation led Barcelona to a commanding victory over Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday, while Eden Hazard made his long-awaited debut for Real Madrid...
Hazard makes league debut as Real Madrid beats Levante 3-2
MADRID (AP) — The wait was finally over for Eden Hazard, who made his Spanish league debut with Real Madrid in a 3-2 win over Levante on Saturday.
Real Madrid says Modric sidelined with muscle injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says Luka Modric has a right leg muscle injury.
The club says the abductor injury was diagnosed on Thursday. It did not say how long the midfielder will be...
Italy hit by injuries as Germans and Dutch renew rivalry
If Germany's players are tired of facing the Netherlands, they're not showing it.
Two of European soccer's biggest rivals will meet for the fourth time in 11 months on Friday in European...
Hazard brothers both out of Belgium’s European qualifiers
BRUSSELS (AP) — Real Madrid's Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan have both withdrawn from Belgium's squad for upcoming European Championship qualifiers because of injuries.
Madrid and Barcelona coping with injury-ridden start
MADRID (AP) — Eden Hazard still hasn't set foot on the field for an official match. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez sat side-by-side in the stands while their teammates played in front of...
Rodríguez returns but Real Madrid held in home opener
MADRID (AP) — James Rodríguez's return to the Spanish league ended in frustration as Real Madrid conceded a late equalizer to draw its home opener 1-1 against Valladolid on...
Díaz added to Madrid’s injury list ahead of Valladolid game
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says midfielder Brahim Díaz has been sidelined because of a right leg problem, becoming the latest name added to the team's injury list.
Bale and Benzema lead Madrid to opening Spanish league win
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane's revamped Real Madrid got the spark it needed from a couple of veterans to get off to a winning start in the Spanish league.
Injured Hazard to miss Real Madrid’s league opener
MADRID (AP) — Eden Hazard has seen his competitive debut for Real Madrid delayed after injuring his left thigh.
Madrid said Hazard was injured in Friday's training and will miss the team's...
Madrid begins season with newcomer Hazard and unwanted Bale
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heads into the new season welcoming Eden Hazard but also having to deal with the conundrum of unwanted star Gareth Bale.
A look at the top new signings in the Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — After several summers of no major offseason signings, both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have spent big to revamp their squads in an attempt to dethrone Spanish champion...
Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards
GENEVA (AP) — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the...
Eden Hazard on FIFA 20 cover, talks up Pulisic
NEW YORK (AP) — Eden Hazard doesn't like comparisons. They've dogged him throughout his career, especially when talks turn to Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. But, when asked to compare himself to the...
Frank Lampard was hired as the first English manager of Chelsea in 23 years on Thursday, making a return to the club where he is the all-time record scorer from his trophy-laden 13 years as a...
Chelsea mired in uncertainty as challenges grow
If there's any English club that thrives in chaos and adversity, it's Chelsea.
And there's plenty of that at Stamford Bridge this offseason.
MADRID (AP) — Eden Hazard donned Real Madrid's all-white kit for the first time Thursday as the Belgium forward was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium...
Real Madrid signs Lyon left back Ferland Mendy
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has signed French left back Ferland Mendy from Lyon, making the defender the third addition to its squad this summer.
Real Madrid signs Eden Hazard from Chelsea
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea on Friday for its second major offseason addition, and reportedly its most expensive ever.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chelsea has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking youth transfer rules.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank.
The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams to...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — For Eden Hazard, it was the perfect goodbye. For Petr Cech, it was a painful way to retire.
Hazard scored twice past his former teammate as Chelsea sliced through...
Cech retires, beaten by the team he helped build
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — As Eden Hazard celebrated in a huddle with his Chelsea teammates, Petr Cech stood to one side, staring straight ahead.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The Latest on the Europa League final (all times local):
Eden Hazard says his Europa League-winning performance against Arsenal was probably his...
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard says he has made a decision over his future and told Chelsea. The forward just isn't making it public yet.
Hazard has a season remaining on his contract and has...
Chelsea secures third place in Premier League
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea wrapped up its Premier League campaign and third place with an uninspired goalless draw at Leicester on Sunday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England became the first country to provide two finalists in both European competitions in the same season after Chelsea and Arsenal made it through to the title match...
ZURICH (AP) — Chelsea's appeal against a one-year transfer ban was rejected Wednesday, leaving the London club to prepare for its return to the Champions League without being able to add new...
Pogba selected in Premier League team of the season
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player not from Manchester City or Liverpool to be selected in the Premier League's Team of the Year for the 2018-19...
LONDON (AP) — Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award, with defender...
Zidane says Madrid set to make changes after poor season
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid is set for changes this summer after a disappointing season.
"All my players are important and good, but we are going to make changes,"...
ZURICH (AP) — Chelsea's lawyers are at FIFA headquarters challenging the club's one-year transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules, with a verdict likely next week.
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's slalom through the opposition before scoring the Chelsea opener on Monday didn't exactly leave the West Ham fans speechless.
LONDON (AP) — Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his first Premier League start for Chelsea with an assist and a sparkling display in a 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday.
Hazard rescues draw for Chelsea against Wolves
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's stoppage-time strike for Chelsea recovered a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Hazard scored his 13th league goal of the season to...
Maurizio Sarri isolated at Chelsea after fans turn on him
LONDON (AP) — The volley of abusive chants from Chelsea supporters were aimed in a different direction this time. Toward the sideline at Stamford Bridge.
Players were spared on Monday, there was no need to dig out the "rats" banners from 2015, and supporters seem just fine with Eden Hazard and Co.
Typically loyal to their managers — and there have been a dozen alone this century — many Chelsea fans instead seem to be done with Maurizio Sarri even before the end of his first season in charge.
Sarri gets immediate response from rampant Chelsea
This time there was no need for Maurizio Sarri to get mad with his players.
The Chelsea manager could instead sit back and enjoy their performance in a 5-0 win over Huddersfield that lifted them back into the top four in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Higuain at double for 1st Chelsea goals in Huddersfield rout
LONDON (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Chelsea goals in a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Saturday, halting the slump after back-to-back English Premier League losses that created uncertainty about manager Maurizio Sarri's future.
In the striker's third game since joining on loan on Juventus, Higuain turned the ball into the net in the 16th minute and curled in Chelsea's fourth in the 69th.
"He has the quality," Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard said.
Chelsea coach Sarri questions Hazard’s leadership qualities
LONDON (AP) — Months after captaining Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, Eden Hazard had his leadership qualities questioned by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday and was urged to do more to fulfil his potential.
"In this moment, he's more an individual player than a leader," said Sarri, who hasn't been afraid to point the finger at Chelsea's players since arriving in England in the offseason.
Sarri must face up to own failings in Chelsea blame game
Maurizio Sarri has decided to go down a dangerous road by using a post-match news conference to criticize the attitude and character of his Chelsea players.
Memories were suddenly revived of a TV interview that Jose Mourinho gave after a game in December 2015, accusing the Chelsea team of "betraying" him. Mourinho was fired a few days later.
Chelsea strengthens grip on 4th place by beating Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea went six points clear in the chase for Champions League qualification by sending Newcastle into the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
While Willian's curling strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle, manager Maurizio Sarri was still unhappy with the labored performance and fragility.
Pedro Rodriguez collected David Luiz's pass before netting to put Chelsea in front in the ninth minute.
Fabregas says goodbyes as Chelsea advances in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Frustrated Chelsea held to 0-0 draw by Southampton
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea dropped two points in its bid for a Champions League return as Southampton ground out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard was twice denied by goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was making his Premier League debut, and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside as Chelsea's lack of attacking precision was evident once more.
Hazard reaches milestone in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford
WATFORD, England (AP) — Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard became the 10th player to score 100 goals for the club when his double clinched a 2-1 win at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Coach Maurizio Sarri criticized Chelsea's players after Saturday's shock home loss against Leicester and they produced the reaction he was looking for at Vicarage Road.
Vardy the matchwinner as Leicester beats Chelsea 1-0
LONDON (AP) — Leicester won at Chelsea for the first time in 18 years after a goal by former England striker Jamie Vardy clinched a surprise 1-0 away victory in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Eden Hazard struck the crossbar in the first half and teammate Marcus Alonso hit the post late on as fourth-placed Chelsea lost at home in the league for the first time this season.
A run of two wins in 12 games led to media speculation that Claude Puel's job as Leicester coach was in jeopardy.
Hazard stars in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard set up an early goal and then scored for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Playing in a "false nine" role in Chelsea's attack for the second straight game, Hazard laid on the opener for Pedro Rodriguez with a low center across the six-yard box in the 17th minute.
Title defense opens up as Chelsea ends City’s unbeaten start
LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions.
Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced attacking midfield role, N'Golo Kante got into space in front of goal to be set up by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the net.
Kante shows his better side, helps Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbor Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham's half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.
Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0
BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the right and the Paris Saint-Germain winger crossed for Batshuayi to slot the ball home.
Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.