KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk has hired Luis Castro as coach, with the Ukrainian champion turning to another Portuguese manager to lead a team relying heavily on Brazilian...
Roma hires coach Paulo Fonseca from Shakhtar Donetsk
ROME (AP) — Paulo Fonseca has been hired as coach by Roma from Shakhtar Donetsk to try leading the club back into the Champions League.
Roma said the Portuguese coach signed a two-year...
Teenager João Félix drawing comparisons to Ronaldo
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — When João Félix first found himself in the same locker room as Cristiano Ronaldo, he said it felt like being in a video game.
Inaugural Nations League surpasses most expectations
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The Estádio do Dragão was still filled as Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates congratulated each other and waited for the trophy presentation after Portugal won the UEFA...
Ronaldo’s Portugal wins 1st Nations League title
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Authorities are monitoring hooligans who are in Portugal for the UEFA Nations League.
Portuguese officials said Saturday some fans known to have caused problems in...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The final of UEFA's newest competition will feature another clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk, two players likely to be competing for the world player of...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — A judge has ordered Porto to pay nearly 2 million euros ($2.2 million) for releasing internal emails obtained from Portuguese rival Benfica.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Portugal defender Pepe will miss the Nations League final because of a shoulder injury.
The Portuguese soccer federation says Pepe will not play Sunday's final against...
LONDON (AP) — Fans of England's national soccer team have again become an "embarrassment" after a night of disorder at the UEFA Nations League tournament in Portugal, the English Football...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — UEFA says only a few tickets are available for the semifinals of the inaugural Nations League in Portugal.
UEFA says less than 200 tickets remain on sale for...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The inaugural UEFA's Nations League reaches its conclusion this week with the competition's Final Four in Portugal, when Cristiano Ronaldo will try to lead the hosts to...
Sevilla hires former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla says it has reached a deal to hire former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui for the next three seasons.
It will be Lopetegui's first coaching job since being fired by Real...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica has won its fifth Portuguese league title in six seasons after routing Santa Clara 4-1 on Saturday.
Benfica lifted its 37th league trophy by finishing two...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — A cheerful Iker Casillas was released from the hospital on Monday, five days after having a heart attack.
The veteran Porto goalkeeper said he was thrilled with his...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid's players and fans took a moment before Sunday's 3-2 Spanish league win over Villarreal to send messages of support to former star goalkeeper Iker Casillas as...
MADRID (AP) — Iker Casillas is expected to fully recover from a heart attack but Porto's doctor says it's too early to know if the veteran goalkeeper will keep playing...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has had a heart attack but is out of danger, Porto said Wednesday.
The Portuguese club said Casillas fell ill during a practice...
Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to CL semifinals
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — For the second year in a row, Porto had no answer to Liverpool's attacking trio of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Portuguese gas stations run dry amid truckers’ strike
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Gas stations across Portugal began to run dry Wednesday as a truckers' strike over pay and working conditions entered its second day.
Porto hopes veteran Casillas can lead team to a comeback
Porto didn't think twice when it saw an opportunity to bring in a veteran like Iker Casillas.
The goalkeeper was gradually losing his starting place at Real Madrid, the team where he thrived...
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Different round, same comfortable win. Porto must be sick of the sight of Liverpool in the Champions League.
Liverpool built a 2-0 lead over Porto heading into the...
Porto extends contract with Casillas for another season
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will stay with the club for at least another season.
The Portuguese club says Casillas' contract has been extended until...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A new generation of Manchester United players will have to get through Barcelona to win the Champions League.
Champions League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Friday for the Champions League:
Real Madrid signs young Brazilian defender Eder Militao
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.
Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday, overturning a one-goal deficit...
FIFA fines Porto $50,000 for breaching transfer rules
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA fined Portuguese league leader Porto 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) on Tuesday for allowing Malta-based investment fund Doyen to influence the club's transfers.
Brazil to play Panama in friendly at Porto
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's national team will play its first friendly of the year against Panama on March 23 in Portugal.
The Brazilian football confederation said Friday the match will be at FC Porto's Dragao stadium.
Brazil will then play the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.
Teenager Zaniolo scores 2 as Roma beats Porto 2-1
ROME (AP) — Nicolo Zaniolo had already made a name for himself in Italy this season. On Tuesday, he introduced himself on the European stage as well.
The 19-year-old Zaniolo became the youngest Italian player to score two goals in a Champions League match as he led Roma to a 2-1 win at home against Porto in the first leg of the round of 16.
Real Madrid enjoying winning run as Champions League returns
Three-time defending champion Real Madrid appears to have hit its stride again just in time for the return of the Champions League.
The knockout stages begin Tuesday with Manchester United hosting Paris Saint-Germain and Porto going to Roma in the first leg of the round of 16 games.
Madrid, confident after six wins and one draw from its last seven games across all competitions, visits Ajax on Wednesday, when the Spanish side will hope to record its seventh successive win over the Dutch club.
Benfica beats Sporting to move closer to Porto in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica beat Sporting Lisbon 4-2 Sunday to move within three points of Portuguese league leader Porto.
Haris Seferovic, Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Pizzi Fernandes scored for Benfica, which never trailed at Sporting's Jose Alvalade Stadium.
Special Once? Mourinho’s box-office career takes new twist
He started off as a translator before becoming a self-styled "Special One," as close as it gets to being a guaranteed winner of titles. Now he's unemployed, with a philosophy seemingly unsuited to modern soccer.
Jose Mourinho's firing by Manchester United on Tuesday is the latest chapter in a thrill-a-minute coaching career that began in the early 1990s and has been box office gold ever since.
Seven clubs, 25 trophies, countless spats and squabbles: It's been quite the ride with Mourinho.
Champions League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 16 of the Champions League:
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Manchester United (England) vs. Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Roma (Italy) vs. Porto (Portugal)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Tottenham (England) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Porto wins 3-2 at Galatasaray to finish CL group unbeaten
ISTANBUL (AP) — FC Porto finished the Champions League group phase with an unbeaten record after earning a 3-2 victory at Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Porto entered the match in Istanbul having already clinched first place in Group D, and will advance to the round-of-16 on a run of five consecutive victories.
The Portuguese leaders got goals from Felipe and Moussa Marega before halftime, with Sergio Oliveira adding another goal in the second half.
England to play Netherlands in Nations League semifinals
DUBLIN (AP) — England will play the Netherlands and host Portugal will face Switzerland in the semifinals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
The Portuguese will play the Swiss on June 5 at the 50,000-seat stadium in Porto. The English will face the Dutch the next night at the 30,000-capacity venue in Guimaraes.
The final of European soccer's new national team competition and the third-place game are scheduled for June 9.
4 advance in Champions League, Liverpool risk early exit
GENEVA (AP) — As four teams advanced to the Champions League knockout round Wednesday, last season's runner-up Liverpool edged closer to an early exit.
A 2-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the night's marquee match was Liverpool's fifth straight away defeat in the competition, and sparked wild celebrations in Parc des Princes.
Porto defeats Schalke 3-1 to win its Champions League group
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — With another dominant performance, Porto extended its winning streak by defeating Schalke 3-1 on Wednesday to guarantee first place in Group D of the Champions League.
Porto on verge of qualifying after beating Lokomotiv
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Porto all but secured a spot in the Champions League knockout stages after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 on Tuesday to end the Russian champion's qualifying hopes.
After scoring at Lokomotiv last month, Hector Herrera and Moussa Marega both netted again to help put Porto on 10 points at the top of Group D. With Schalke beating Galatasaray 2-0 in Tuesday's other game, Porto needs one point from its last two games to be sure of qualifying. Lokomotiv has lost all four games.
Shaky Porto beats Lokomotiv 3-1 in Champions League
MOSCOW (AP) — A win made in Mexico put Porto in control of its Champions League group Wednesday.
Jesus Corona scored one goal and set up another for his fellow Mexican Hector Herrera as Porto recovered from a shaky start to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1.
Herrera helped end any hope of a Lokomotiv comeback when his run behind the defense in the 76th minute prompted Solomon Kverkvelia into a rash tackle which earned a straight red card.
Benfica fined for playing bullfighting song after victory
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese soccer federation has fined Benfica in 765 euros ($878) for playing a bullfighting song after its victory over rival Porto on Sunday.
The song was played through the loudspeakers at the Stadium of Light almost immediately after the team's 1-0 win over Porto.
The federation said Benfica violated regulations by playing the song inside the soccer stadium.
Seferovic goal gives Benfica 1-0 win over Porto
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Swiss striker Haris Seferovic scored in the second half to give Benfica a 1-0 win over FC Porto on Sunday.
Seferovic struck a headed pass from Luis "Pizzi" Fernandes past goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 62nd minute.
Host Benfica held on in the final minutes after defender Cristian Lema was sent off with a second yellow card in the 83rd.
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria said it was a "hard win, but entirely deserved."
Porto beats Galatasaray 1-0 to take group lead in CL
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Moussa Marega scored a second-half winner to give Porto a 1-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving the Portuguese club tied for the Group D lead.
Marega headed home the only goal after a corner by Alex Telles in the 49th minute at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.
It was the third consecutive win in all competitions for the Portuguese champion, all without conceding goals.
Porto stunned by Guimaraes, Benfica draws 1-1 with Sporting
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 home loss to Guimaraes on Saturday, while Benfica needed a late goal by 18-year-old Joao Felix to draw 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese capital derby.
Defending champion Porto appeared to have the game well in hand after Yacine Brahimi and Andre Pereira both scored before halftime.
But Andre Andre converted a penalty in the 63rd minute and substitute Antonio Carvalho leveled in the 76th.
Porto defender Diogo Dalot moves to Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United completed the signing of Porto defender Diogo Dalot on Wednesday.
The Portugal under-21 international is the second acquisition in 24 hours for United manager Jose Mourinho, after the Premier League team reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Brazil midfielder Fred on Tuesday.
Dalot, a 19-year-old full back, has signed a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.
Sporting Lisbon has had better days.
Fans and club members want the president out.
The president says he is being blackmailed.
Club directors are at odds.
The coach is likely leaving.
The star goalkeeper has quit and other players are reportedly threatening to follow him.
Sporting is Portugal's third biggest club behind Porto and Benfica, but its hogging all of the angry headlines.
ROME (AP) — Roma has signed Spanish defender Ivan Marcano from Porto on a free transfer.
Marcano has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A club, with the option for a fourth.
Marcano, who turns 31 next month, said on Thursday he is "very happy" with the move "because Roma is a great club that is moving in the right direction, following a clear sporting project."
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation has extended the contract of national team coach Julen Lopetegui until 2020.
The federation made the announcement Tuesday, less than a week before Spain begins its preparations for next month's World Cup in Russia.
Lopetegui took over as coach after the team's elimination from the 2016 European Championship. He led the national team on an 18-match unbeaten streak and comfortably qualified for the World Cup in a group that included Italy.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Iker Casillas will play another season with Porto.
Casillas, who turns 37 on Sunday, extended his contract with the Portuguese champion on Thursday.
It will be the fourth season for the Spanish goalkeeper with Porto.