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.
Atletico Madrid beats Getafe to move closer to Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Despite being depleted by injuries, Atletico Madrid kept pressure on Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league standings.
Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez scored first-half goals as Atletico defeated Getafe 2-0 on Saturday to move within two points of leader Barcelona, which on Sunday visits Girona.
Diego Simeone's team earned the comfortable home victory even though it was missing injured players such as Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Angel Correa and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.
Atletico rebounds from Dortmund debacle to take Liga lead
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid bounced back from its worst defeat under coach Diego Simeone by beating Real Sociedad 2-0 to take the lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.
Atletico was one point ahead of Barcelona and Espanyol. Barcelona can reclaim the lead on Sunday when it hosts Real Madrid in the season's first clasico.
Paulinho back with Brazil for 2 London friendlies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has returned to Brazil for friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon in November.
Brazil coach Tite announced his squad on Friday for the two matches in London on Nov.16 and 20. Both games will be at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year old Paulinho returned to China's Guangzhou Evergrande after the World Cup. He was not called in the two squads announced after the tournament in Russia.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar finished his first full week of training with Brazil on Saturday in apparent good shape ahead of the upcoming World Cup after foot surgery.
The striker continued his recovery, dribbling and passing at high speed in Brazil's last training session on home soil before the national team sets up camp in London on Monday.
The Brazilian has been recovering from right foot surgery in March.
MADRID (AP) — Brazil left back Filipe Luis has played his first game since breaking a bone in his left leg as he works to recover his fitness for the World Cup.
Filipe Luis started for Atletico Madrid in its Spanish league match against Espanyol on Sunday.
It was the defender's first game since he broke his fibula and had to undergo surgery on March 16.
MADRID (AP) — Brazil left back Filipe Luis is expected to recover in time for the World Cup after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left leg on Friday.
Atletico Madrid said Luis was expected to be sidelined for about two months after doctors successfully installed a plate in the left fibula he broke on Thursday in the Europa League.
The injury put in doubt Luis' participation in the World Cup in Russia, depending on the severity.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Neymar out injured, Brazil coach Tite has brought in Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose for upcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany.
Other newcomers include Valencia goalkeeper Neto and Besiktas midfielder Talisca.
Tite said Monday that Neymar's absence will help Brazil learn to play without its main striker.
Brazil loses yet another left back for World Cup qualifiers
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has replaced another injured left back for its last two South American World Cup qualifiers in October.
Jorge of Monaco will replace Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid, who injured his left thigh.
Luis needs at least 15 days to recover, the Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement on Thursday.
Brazil brings in Danilo, Fred, Diego for last qualifiers
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has brought defender Danilo, midfielders Fred and Diego, and striker Diego Tardelli for the last World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile next month.
Gremio midfielder Arthur has been called up for the first time.
Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup in March. It goes to Bolivia on Oct. 5, and faces Chile on Oct. 10.
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Manchester City).
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid and Leicester have a lot in common these days.
Relying on gritty defense and quick counterattacking, the teams meet at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
"They remind us of the best Atleti," Atletico left back Filipe Luis said. "They have very good players. It's a solid team that defends very well."
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has won its last five games.
Atletico Madrid has won its last five games.
Something has to give in their derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
"This is the perfect moment to play this match," Atletico defender Filipe Luis says.
The stakes are big for both.
Real leads La Liga and is in pursuit of its first Spanish league title since 2012. It has a two-point lead over Barcelona, which plays at Malaga later in the day.