ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Robert Lewandowski’s standing as one of the greatest ever strikers at club level is surely undisputed after a record-breaking season with Bayern Munich.
With 66 goals in 119 games for Poland, his status in the international game is well-established, too.
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Ángel Di María are headlining the Argentina squad that will to Brazil for the Copa America, seeking their national team's first major title since 1993.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Former United States international David Wagner was hired Thursday to coach Swiss champion Young Boys.
Young Boys said the length of Wagner’s contract will be revealed at a news conference on Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Karim Benzema limped off injured late in the first half and his replacement Olivier Giroud scored twice as France completed its European Championship warmup with a 3-0 home win against Bulgaria on Tuesday.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart's Congolese forward Silas Wamangituka has been playing under a false name and is a year older than previously thought.
The player, whose real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa, informed the club recently he had been the victim of “machinations of his former agent” and that he was really 22 years old, Stuttgart said in a statement on Tuesday.
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Germany warmed up for the European Championship with a 7-1 rout of Latvia on Monday in its last friendly game before the tournament.
Kai Havertz was involved in three of Germany’s five first-half goals before making way for Chelsea teammate Timo Werner for the second half, and Thomas Müller also scored – his first since he was recalled to the team in time for the tournament that starts on Friday.
MUNICH (AP) — Germany midfielder Linda Dallmann scored twice to help Bayern Munich clinch the women’s Bundesliga title with a 4-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
An own-goal from Laura Störzel and a last-minute goal from Lea Schüller — set up by Simone Laudehr in her final game before retirement — ensured Bayern finished the season with 61 points.
Euro 2020 Schedule: vs. Italy in Rome, June 11; vs. Wales in Baku, June 16; vs. Switzerland in Baku, June 20.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting signed a two-year contract extension on Friday, cementing his status as the backup to Robert Lewandowski.
Choupo-Moting joined Bayern in October on a free transfer for one season after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.
MUNICH (AP) — The Allianz Arena in Munich will fill about 20% of its capacity for games during the European Championship, the state government for Bavaria said Friday.
The 20% limit means about 14,000 fans will be able attend Euro 2020 matches in the 75,000-seat stadium.
The Socceroos previewed their first match in 567 days with a simple message: We're back.
It took just 55 seconds for the Australians to start proving it.
After the coronavirus pandemic forced a 19-month delay in their World Cup Asian qualifying campaign, it took less than a minute for Mathew Leckie to head in the opening goal of a 3-0 win over Kuwait on a sweltering Thursday night in Kuwait City.
Mike Krzyzewski will make a final run at a national championship with Duke.
The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in the history of Division I men’s basketball announced Wednesday that next season will be his last with the Blue Devils program he has built into one of college basketball’s bluebloods.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg hired Mark van Bommel as coach on Wednesday as the team prepares for its first Champions League campaign since 2015-16.
The 44-year-old former Dutch midfielder signed a two-year contract through June 2023, the Bundesliga club said.
BERLIN (AP) — With Joachim Löw departing after the tournament and a replacement already set to take over, expectations are low for Germany at the European Championship.
Quite low, especially considering the team's dismal performance as defending champions at the last World Cup and the 6-0 drubbing by Spain last year in the Nations League.
PARIS (AP) — The benefit of ending a long feud with Karim Benzema is that France coach Didier Deschamps will start the European Championship with arguably the tournament’s strongest attack.
Even the generally pragmatic Deschamps struggled to contain his enthusiasm when asked recently about a forward line featuring Benzema alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
A tough draw and the injury absence of its best player give Hungary quite a challenge at this year's European Championship.
Hungary coach Marco Rossi will have to do without attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai when his team plays three semifinalists from 2016 in Group F.
Poland’s dependence on Robert Lewandowski is the team's biggest concern for the European Championship.
The 32-year-old Lewandowski is already the country’s leading scorer with 66 goals in a record 118 appearances, and he just broke the Bundesliga’s 49-year-old record for goals in a season with 41 in 29 appearances for Bayern Munich.
Any European Championship offers young players a chance to make their name on the international stage. Even more so this time.
The coronavirus pandemic means three years have passed since the World Cup, so more players are making their major tournament debuts.
LONDON (AP) — GROUP A
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahçe), Mert Günok (İstanbul Başakşehir), Uğurcan Çakır (Trabzonspor)
Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of four specialist right backs selected in England's final 26-man squad for the European Championship on Tuesday, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were included despite ongoing fitness concerns which make them doubtful for group-stage matches.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is retiring from the club six months earlier than expected, and will be replaced by former goalkeeping great Oliver Kahn.
Rummenigge made the request to step down from his position on June 30, and not Dec.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin presented Fredi Bobic as its head of sport on Tuesday, hopeful he will be the one to help the underperforming club finally make good on big investments from financier Lars Windhorst.
One of Croatia’s breakthrough players this season has not been included in the country’s squad for the European Championship.
And he is not going to play for Germany, either.
Borna Sosa has been torn between two nations, and that will cause the 23-year-old Stuttgart defender with dual citizenship to miss Euro 2020.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund signed Swiss goalkeeper Gregory Kobel from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart on Monday.
The 23-year-old Kobel signed a deal through June 2026, Dortmund said in a statement.
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) — Toni Kroos has arrived at Germany’s preparation camp for the European Championship but the Real Madrid midfielder was to undergo medical tests Monday before he can start training with his teammates.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Ewa Pajor scored the only goal of the game in extra time as Wolfsburg lifted the women’s German Cup for the seventh year in a row Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Christian Pulisic became the first American man to play in a Champions League final on Saturday.
He came away with a winner's medal, too — and almost a goal.
The Chelsea forward came on as a substitute in the 66th minute with his team leading Manchester City 1—0 in Porto.
KIEL, Germany (AP) — Cologne kept its place in the Bundesliga on Saturday after recovering from a first-leg setback to beat second-division Holstein Kiel 5-2 on aggregate in the promotion-relegation playoff.
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) — Germany is still waiting for Toni Kroos to test negative for the coronavirus and join up with the team ahead of the European Championship, nearly two weeks after the Real Madrid midfielder first contracted the virus, coach Joachim Löw said Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid strengthened its defense by signing David Alaba on Friday after the defender ended his highly successful stint at Bayern Munich.
Madrid said the 28-year-old Alaba agreed to a five-year contact.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Looming over Liberdade Square, the giant European Cup replica that supporters of Chelsea and Manchester City crane their necks to photograph is a reminder of the prize being sought in Saturday's Champions League final.
It has been 24 years since Jovan Kirovski became the first American player to earn a Champions League winner's medal.
It is sure to happen for the second time on Saturday.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool bolstered its defensive corps Friday by agreeing to a contract with Ibrahima Konate from German club Leipzig.
Terms of the deal with the 22-year-old center back were not disclosed but British media reported the transfer fee was about $50 million.
Manchester City and Chelsea meet in an all-English Champions League final in Porto on Saturday. Here are some of the talking points in the match:
MUNICH (AP) — Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose has been forced to take a break from coaching due to thrombosis in his leg.
Klose, whose last day as assistant coach at Bayern Munich was Saturday, told Kicker magazine on Thursday that he will not be taking up any other coaching opportunities anytime soon.
KIEL, Germany (AP) — Holstein Kiel backtracked Thursday on an earlier decision against fans and will have up to 2,500 supporters present for its Bundesliga promotion playoff against Cologne on Saturday.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has signed defender Omar Richards on a free transfer from second-division English club Reading.
The 23-year-old Englishman signed a four-year deal with the German champions, the team said Thursday.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne edged a step closer to Bundesliga relegation with a 1-0 loss at home to Holstein Kiel in the first leg of their playoff on Wednesday.
Kiel substitute Simon Lorenz scored what could be a vital away goal in the 59th minute to give the second-division team the advantage ahead of their second leg on Saturday.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oliver Glasner was hired to coach Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, less than two weeks after his Wolfsburg team secured a place in the Champions League.
Glasner had just led Wolfsburg to fourth place in the Bundesliga, one spot above Frankfurt, to qualify for Europe's premier competition.
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — For Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning the Europa League would mean more than avoiding another trophyless season. He’s hoping Wednesday’s final will be the start of something bigger.
LONDON (AP) — Naming a 33-man provisional list, Gareth Southgate gave himself another week to deliberate on England's final European Championship squad.
To keep the three newcomers or not? How fatigued will the 12 players competing in this week's European club finals be?
PARIS (AP) — With coronavirus restrictions easing to allow fans back into stadiums, there will be some atmosphere at last in the 11 host cities at the European Championship.
BERLIN (AP) — Hansi Flick will take over as Germany coach after the European Championship, replacing Joachim Löw.
Flick signed a three-year contract effective from July 1 to succeed his former boss, who is ending his 15-year tenure after the tournament, the German soccer federation said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Defender DeAndre Yedlin and forward Jordan Siebatcheu earned spots on the 23-man U.S. roster for the CONCACAF National League semifinal against Honduras at Denver on June 3.
Midfielder Cristian Roldan and forwards Daryl Dike and Gyasi Zardes were among the cuts announced Monday by U.S.
GENEVA (AP) — Tottenham and Roma are starting on the road to Tirana next season.
The two clubs that recently fired and hired Jose Mourinho are the highest-ranked entries in the list being finalized this week for the inaugural Europa Conference League — the third-tier UEFA competition that kicks off in July.
VIENNA (AP) — Goalkeeper Heinz Lindner and striker Adrian Grbic have been dropped from Austria’s squad for the European Championship.
The duo had been included in a preliminary selection but was missing from the team’s 26-player roster for Euro 2020 announced Monday by coach Franco Foda.
BERLIN (AP) — Bochum defeated SV Sandhausen 3-1 on Sunday to earn Bundesliga promotion as second division champion with runner-up Greuther Fürth also clinching promotion on the final day.
Fürth came from behind despite playing the second half with 10 men to beat Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 and take advantage of Holstein Kiel’s 3-2 loss at home to Darmstadt.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski left it to the last minute of the last game before breaking the Bundesliga record with his 41st goal of the season on Saturday.
Lewandowski missed a host of chances before he finally struck in the 90th minute of Bayern's 5-2 win over Augsburg in the final round of the German league.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:
Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid enter the last round of the Spanish league with the title up for grabs between the crosstown rivals.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is bracing for a bittersweet end to the Bundesliga season amid a host of goodbyes on Saturday, when Robert Lewandowski will hope to break the league’s scoring record.
The Poland star needs just one goal to better Bayern great Gerd Müller’s mark of 40 in a season from 1971-72, though Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl doesn’t want to see the record broken.