RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Three Brazilian stars will return to their European clubs boosted by their good performances and a Copa América title.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Philippe Coutinho arrived in Brazil for the Copa America expecting to play second fiddle to Neymar. But an injury and two goals have lifted him into a leading...
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — There was no lifting of a winner's trophy this time for Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona star had to settle on receiving the runner-up plate from Spanish King Felipe VI...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe Coutinho is facing his most important match since joining Barcelona from Liverpool when the Brazil midfielder returns to Anfield with a place in the Champions...
Barcelona fans still upset with Coutinho
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe Coutinho seems to have only himself to blame for the jeers that greeted him at Camp Nou.
Coutinho had a rough reception on Saturday when he went on as a...
Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Just when the Camp Nou crowd was getting nervous, Lionel Messi turned a close game into a complete rout.
Messi scored two goals before setting up two more for...
MADRID (AP) — More than a year after arriving as one of Barcelona's most expensive signings, Philippe Coutinho is still struggling to play up to expectations.
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.
EPL title-chasing Liverpool reveals record profit of $162M
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool has reported pre-tax profit rising to a record 125 million pounds ($162 million), fueled by last season's run to the Champions League final.
Turnover rose by 90 million pounds to 455 million pounds in the year ending May 31, 2018, according to extracts of the annual accounts published by Liverpool on Friday. Pre-tax profit the previous year was 40 million pounds.
Suarez, Messi lead Barca to 3-0 win over Eibar to keep lead
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez scored two goals and Lionel Messi added another to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Eibar and stay five points ahead of Atletico Madrid as the Spanish league reached its midway point on Sunday.
Messi scored his 400th league goal, and leads the competition this season with 17 through 19 rounds. Suarez is next with 14 goals.
Injured Coutinho, Marcelo dropped for Brazil friendlies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Real Madrid left back Marcelo have been dropped for Brazil's upcoming friendlies in England because of thigh injuries.
Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto and Juventus' Alex Sandro will be their replacements for games against Uruguay in London on Nov. 16 and Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Nov. 20.
Coutinho, who has a left thigh injury, and Marcelo, who injured his right thigh, would have started the games.
Cut-price Shaqiri proving the difference at Liverpool
It was one of the more under-the-radar purchases of the offseason, coming late on a Friday when soccer fans around the globe were eagerly anticipating the World Cup final between France and Croatia two days later.
Liverpool was signing a back-up midfielder for 13 million pounds (then $17.2 million), and it went largely unnoticed at the time.
Barcelona midfielder Coutinho out 2-3 weeks with leg injury
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a left leg injury.
Barcelona says on Thursday that medical tests revealed Coutinho has a "small tear" in an unnamed muscle.
Coutinho apparently was injured on Tuesday during the 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Coutinho will miss a Spanish league match on Sunday against Real Betis, and the international break when Brazil has friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon.
With Messi out, Coutinho, Dembele must step up for Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi out with a broken arm, the two most expensive signings in Barcelona's history have a perfect opportunity to step up and show their value.
Barcelona spent more than 300 million euros ($350 million) to sign Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho and France forward Ousmane Dembele last season as it reinvested the money — and then some — from Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona shocked by last-place Leganes in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Last-place Leganes stunned Barcelona with a 2-1 win in the Spanish league on Wednesday, handing the defending champions their second straight setback.
The result gives Real Madrid a chance to take over the league lead with a draw at Sevilla later Wednesday.
Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring early, but the host rallied with goals two minutes apart in the second half to earn its first win in six league games this season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Imagine having a team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo supporting Harry Kane up front, Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings alongside Isco in midfield, and Diego Godin the rock at the back.
That's the backbone of the best 11 players of the group stage of the World Cup, as selected by Associated Press staff covering the tournament in Russia.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With Neymar hobbling and struggling, the burden to keep Brazil going at the World Cup is suddenly falling on Philippe Coutinho.
The Barcelona playmaker already delivered an outstanding goal in the opener against Switzerland as Neymar was stymied by tough defending and poor fitness. And with the team's top star not expected to be at his best again for the game against Costa Rica on Friday, it will be up to Coutinho to step forward and try to lead the five-time champions.
Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.
The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.
AP PHOTOS: Heavyweights struggle on World Cup day 4
MOSCOW (AP) — Day 4 at the World Cup began much the way Days 1 and 2 ended: with a gorgeous, swerving goal off a free kick. This time, it was Serbian...
LONDON (AP) — While Neymar seems to be finishing his injury recovery and is set to play in Brazil's last pre-World Cup friendly at Austria on Sunday, midfielder Fred left Thursday's training in pain after a tackle.
Brazil coach Tite put Neymar in his main formation during training in London and removed midfielder Fernandinho from the starting lineup.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The most loved Brazilian at Anfield, especially after Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona, is Roberto Firmino. And it may seem likely that a striker who netted 27 goals for Liverpool last season would be strongly favored to be Brazil's No. 9 at the World Cup. But that doesn't intimidate 21-year-old sensation Gabriel Jesus, who has held that shirt for two years now.
LONDON (AP) — After saying last week that he was not 100 percent healthy, Neymar was left out of Brazil's main team Thursday at its World Cup training camp.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is still being hampered by a foot injury.
Before heading to London on Sunday, Neymar said he had not fully recovered after a week of training with the national team in Brazil. But he predicted that he would be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins on June 14.
LONDON (AP) — Brazil's Renato Augusto has injured his right knee and could miss the team's friendly against Croatia on Sunday in Liverpool.
The Brazilian football confederation said on Thursday that the midfielder has been feeling pain since Wednesday's training and is likely to be rested for the rest of the week.
The 30-year-old Augusto's place in Brazil's midfield was already under threat, with coach Tite having tested formations with Philippe Coutinho in his place.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Willian played with the two star strikers for about one hour in the first training with footballs at the Granja Comary ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.
LYON, France (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone spoke with an air of resignation when asked if the club can stop Antoine Griezmann from leaving.
The France striker's stock rose higher when he scored two expert goals on Wednesday night to help the Spanish club win the Europa League with a 3-0 win against Marseille.
"If he stays with us, we'll continue to grow and develop. He's a lad who has given so much," Simeone said.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Without Lionel Messi to save the day, Barcelona bid farewell to its quest to make history in Spain.
Barcelona lost 5-4 in a wild game at Levante on Sunday, ruining the champion's chance to become the first team to finish a Spanish league season without a defeat under its current format.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde left Messi— the competition's leading scorer with 34 goals— out of his squad to rest ahead of a demanding summer for the Argentina forward at the World Cup.
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.
A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.
Barcelona wins league title in an almost perfect season
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona is celebrating yet another Spanish league title to cap a nearly perfect season.
Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning La Liga for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday, remaining unbeaten after 34 rounds. Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho added a goal to give Barcelona a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna and an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona unbeaten in record 39 straight La Liga games
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona set a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten on Saturday, as it rebounded from its humbling Champions League exit by defeating Valencia 2-1 to continue its march to the domestic title.
UEFA to ease Champions League rules on January signings
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has relaxed its player registration rules so January signings can play for their new clubs in the Champions League and Europa League.
UEFA says starting next season clubs "may register three new eligible players without any restrictions."
Brazil coach Tite looks for rhythm in last friendlies
SAO PAULO (AP) — Going into his first World Cup as Brazil coach, Tite is looking for some rhythm.
It's the one thing, surprisingly, he thinks his team is short of. So Tite will use the upcoming friendlies against World Cup host Russia and defending champion Germany to find a proper No. 10, someone who can play at the heart of the midfield and keep his orchestra in sync.
Barcelona beats Malaga while Messi attends birth of son
MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona had no trouble handing 10-man Malaga another loss despite not counting on Lionel Messi, who missed the match to attend the birth of his third son on Saturday.
Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho scored in the 2-0 win for Barcelona before the hosts lost Samuel Garcia to a direct red card for a rash studs-first tackle into the foot of Jordi Alba on the half-hour mark.
Without Coutinho, Klopp’s Liverpool looks to bring down City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino likely spoke for lots of Liverpool fans when he posted a message to Philippe Coutinho via Instagram following his fellow Brazilian's move to Barcelona.
"Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother," Firmino wrote.
Patience, lower fee enabled Coutinho to seal Barcelona move
Philippe Coutinho completed his record-breaking move to Barcelona on Monday and thanked the club for its patience after the disappointment of the failed negotiations with Liverpool last year.
Liverpool rejected repeated bids in August but finally gave into Coutinho's demands to leave after sealing a transfer deal worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million), making the Brazilian playmaker Barcelona's costliest ever signing.
Coutinho must live up to cost, legacy of Barca’s Brazilians
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe Coutinho arrives at Barcelona bearing both his huge price tag and the legacy of the long line of Brazilian stars who have dazzled at Camp Nou.
The comparisons will be constant with Neymar, whose world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain in August provided Barcelona with the up to 160 million euros ($192 million) it needed to acquire Coutinho at a cost that would have seemed ludicrous just six months before. Only Neymar and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe surpass it.
Coutinho leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in $192M deal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe Coutinho is joining Barcelona after Liverpool agreed Saturday to sell the Brazilian in a deal that makes him one of the most expensive players in soccer history.
Barcelona did not reveal the cost of the deal for the 25-year-old playmaker but a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press that the transfer is worth 160 million euros ($192 million).
European soccer weekend: What to watch in main competitions
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:
After playing three games each inside 10 days, the Premier League teams are straight back in action as they enter the FA Cup.
Klavan grabs late winner for Liverpool at Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Ragnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.
The Estonia defender got on the end of a nod-down by fellow center back Dejan Lovren to grab the winner at Turf Moor, sealing Liverpool's third straight win and cementing fourth place in the standings for Juergen Klopp's side.
Liverpool grabs late winner; struggling Stoke loses again
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool scored a goal in the fourth minute of injury time to beat Burnley 2-1 away in the Premier League, while Mark Hughes' job as Stoke manager was looking increasingly fragile after the team's loss at home to Newcastle on Monday.
Ragnar Klavan headed home the winning goal at Turf Moor as Liverpool earned a hard-fought victory without three of its "Fab 4" attack, with Roberto Firmino demoted to the bench and both Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah declared injured.
Liverpool finds clinical edge to beat Swansea 5-0 in EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool handed struggling Swansea an expected 5-0 thrashing in the English Premier League on Tuesday.
The win kept Liverpool in the top four, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. However, Juergen Klopp's side was 17 points adrift of leader Manchester City, which plays Newcastle on Wednesday.
Having fired Paul Clement a week ago, managerless Swansea remained on the bottom of the table.
4 goals in 6 minutes as Arsenal, Liverpool draw 3-3 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal scored three times in five minutes to wipe out Liverpool's two-goal lead before capitulating again to draw a wild English Premier League encounter 3-3 on Friday.
Such were the depths of Arsenal's defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium. And that was only when Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 1-0 following Philippe Coutinho's header.
Salah reaches 20 goals as Liverpool thrashes Bournemouth 4-0
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah reached 20 goals in all competitions in his first season for Liverpool by scoring in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth that lifted his team into the Premier League's top four on Sunday.
In a devastating attacking display by Liverpool on the south coast, the Egypt winger was an inevitable scorer to move his league-high tally to 14 goals.
Coutinho scores 3, Liverpool routs Spartak 7-0 in CL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Four months after asking to leave Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick wearing the captain's armband to propel the club into the Champions League knockout stage on a record-setting night for English soccer.
The Brazil playmaker headlined a devastating display by Liverpool in its 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday, with the other three members of the attacking "Fab 4" — Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah — also scoring.
Liverpool completes Champions League sweep for England
PARIS (AP) — England has become the first country to have five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League after Liverpool completed a sweep for Premier League clubs with a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Liverpool, which won Europe's top competition five times, clinched Group E after Philippe Coutinho secured his first hat trick for the club.
Firmino, Coutinho sparkle as Liverpool thrashes Brighton 5-1
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah had a rare quiet day but it didn't stop Liverpool powering to a 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday for its biggest victory this season.
Roberto Firmino scored twice while Philippe Coutinho added another goal and set up three as Brighton failed to deal with Liverpool's ability on the counterattack at the Amex Stadium.