MILAN (AP) — Two of the top Serie A coaches are already feeling the pressure after Juventus and Inter Milan lost on a miserable day for some of the traditional greats of Italian soccer.
It was the first time since February 1955 that Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Roma have lost on the same day in the Italian league.
ROME (AP) — All of the big Serie A clubs face intriguing tests this weekend before the season’s first international break.
PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Whenever Edin Džeko plays against Viktoria Plzeň, the goals start flowing.
Džeko scored one goal and set up another Tuesday to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory over the Czech club in the Champions League.
MILAN (AP) — Bayern Munich continued its tradition of winning its opening Champions League game by beating Inter Milan 2-0 at San Siro on Wednesday and it would have been more comfortable had it not been for Nerazzurri goalkeeper André Onana.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Seven-time winner AC Milan opened its Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Salzburg on Tuesday.
PRAGUE (AP) — Viktoria Plzen is in familiar waters as it prepares to play Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
The Czech champion has faced European heavyweights before in the group stage but hopes the results will be different this time.
ROME (AP) — Alleged antisemitic chants by Juventus and Inter Milan fans are being investigated by Italian soccer authorities.
The chants, which allegedly included references to Jews, occurred on Saturday during Juventus’ 1-1 draw at Fiorentina and Inter’s 3-2 loss to AC Milan in the Milan derby.
MILAN (AP) — In front of the club’s new owners, Rafael Leão inspired AC Milan to a 3-2 victory over fierce rival Inter Milan in a fiery Serie A derby on Saturday.
With his teammates and coach Stefano Pioli, Leão celebrated wildly with the fans after the match as they joyously danced and sang “Pioli's on fire” (to the tune of “Freed from Desire").
PARIS (AP) — French champion Paris Saint-Germain offloaded several players Thursday on a busy last day of the transfer window but missed out on signing Inter Milan's central defender Milan Skriniar.
ROME (AP) — Inter Milan added veteran center back Francesco Acerbi and AC Milan acquired two more promising young players in 19-year-old Belgian midfielder Aster Vranckx and 21-year-old American fullback Sergiño Dest on a relatively quiet closing to the transfer window in Italy on Thursday.
MILAN (AP) — With new owners settling in, AC Milan will also try to own the city derby with Inter Milan on Saturday.
Milan announced the closing of its latest ownership change on Wednesday, when RedBird Capital Partners took a controlling interest and the New York Yankees a minority stake in the storied Italian club.
SION, Switzerland (AP) — Former Italy striker Mario Balotelli signed for Swiss club Sion on Wednesday, joining his ninth club in five different countries over the past decade.
“Sion has the huge honor of announcing the arrival of Mario Balotelli in its ranks,” the club said, adding the 32-year-old player signed a two-year contract after leaving Adana Demirspor in Turkey.
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Brighton is the big surprise after the first four rounds of the Premier League, with Graham Potter's team taking its unbeaten record to Fulham at the start of a midweek round of games.
ROME (AP) — Three rounds into Serie A and parity is again the theme of the Italian league.
After last season's title was decided on the final day of the season, there are already no longer any clubs with perfect records in this campaign.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan dropped its first points of the fledgling Serie A when it lost at Lazio 3-1 on Friday.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri’s substitutions made the difference as Pedro and Luis Alberto came off the bench to score two goals in the final 15 minutes after Inter forward Lautaro Martínez cancelled out Felipe Anderson’s opener.
Even when it still had Lionel Messi, Barcelona took an epic 8-2 beating from Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals two years ago.
And Bayern won 3-0 home and away against Barcelona in the group stage last season as the Spanish giant without Messi had its worse European season since before the Argentina great’s 17-year run in the team.
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Real Betis hosts Osasuna in a match between two of the teams that started the Spanish league with consecutive victories. Betis, the fifth-place finisher last season, got off to a good start despite coach Manuel Pellegrini not being able to register several players because of the league's financial fair play rules.
MILAN (AP) — Romelu Lukaku starred in his first home game for Inter Milan since returning from Chelsea, helping his team beat Spezia 3-0 on Saturday for two wins from two games in Serie A.
The Belgium forward was involved in two goals – scored in each half by Lautaro Martínez and Hakan Çalhanoğlu – and home fans applauded him enthusiastically when he made way for Edin Dzeko in the 68th minute.
Alexis Sanchez made his French league debut for Marseille but the veteran forward was unable to make a decisive impact in a 1-1 draw at Brest on Sunday.
Sanchez joined from Inter Milan and came on at the start of the second half.
MILAN (AP) — It took Romelu Lukaku just 82 seconds to mark his return to Inter Milan with a goal.
But it was Denzel Dumfries who decided the game with a stoppage-time winner to see Inter snatch a 2-1 victory at newly-promoted Lecce on Saturday, just as the Nerazzurri appeared to be heading for a surprise draw.
MILAN (AP) — Two Belgian strikers are likely to be in focus when the Italian league season starts Saturday.
While returning Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has already shown what he can do in Serie A, compatriot Charles De Ketelaere is something of an unknown quantity for city rival AC Milan.
ROME (AP) — Always known as a great motivator, José Mourinho is also excelling as a pitchman in his latest coaching job at Roma.
When “Mou” calls, players come running to the Italian capital.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan started pre-season the same way it ended its title-winning campaign, with two goals from veteran forward Olivier Giroud.
The goals in the 2-1 victory at Cologne in a friendly counted for a lot less than the double against Sassuolo that clinched Milan the Serie A title 55 days earlier, but it was a good sign for Giroud and his teammates.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United signed Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen to a three-year contract on Friday.
The 30-year-old Eriksen played for Brentford in the second half of last season, joining the London club almost eight months after collapsing from cardiac arrest at the European Championship.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Chile international Arturo Vidal has joined Brazilian club Flamengo on a free transfer after two seasons at Inter Milan.
“Today a dream I had all my life comes true. Now I am Mengão,” Vidal posted on Instagram, making a reference to Flamengo’s nickname.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea completed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City on Wednesday, with the winger signing a five-year deal.
Sterling earlier bid farewell to City after seven seasons in Manchester that included four Premier League titles.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan and four of its players have been fined by the Italian soccer federation for their antics during the Serie A champion’s trophy parade.
Milan has been fined 12,000 euros ($12,500) while defender Theo Hernández, goalkeeper Mike Maignan and midfielder Sandro Tonali have been fined 4,000 euros ($4,170) each.
MILAN (AP) — A busy few days in the transfer market continued for Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Serie A rival Roma.
Inter registered Mkhitaryan’s contract with the league’s governing body on Friday and also did so for 26-year-old Cameroon goalkeeper André Onana, who joins from Ajax.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus bid official farewells to Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi and Álvaro Morata on Thursday.
Dybala’s and Bernardeschi’s contracts expired on Thursday and they leave the club as free agents.
MILAN (AP) — Romelu Lukaku will again look to revive his career back in Italy after completing a sensational return to Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal, just 10 months after joining Chelsea for $135 million as the seventh most expensive soccer player ever at the time.
MILAN (AP) — Starting next season, the Italian league title will be decided by a playoff if the top two teams finish with the same number of points.
The Italian soccer federation announced the rule change after getting approval from the Serie A clubs.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The fallout for soccer from Russia's war on Ukraine saw UEFA block Sheriff Tiraspol on Friday from hosting European competition games in its breakaway home region in Moldova.
MILAN (AP) — Defending Serie A champion AC Milan will open the season at home against Udinese, only 83 days after securing its first league title in 11 years.
LONDON (AP) — Croatia international Ivan Perisic is joining Tottenham on a free transfer, the Premier League club said Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Perisic will join Tottenham on a two-year deal after his contract at Inter Milan expires at the end of June.
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EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE FINAL:
The final of the inaugural Europa Conference League features two established clubs, with Roma facing Feyenoord in Albania's capital Tirana.
MILAN (AP) — Ageing forwards mixed with young players and a coach who had never won anything. AC Milan wasn’t expected to win the scudetto.
Indeed, Stefano Pioli was almost fired and replaced by Ralf Rangnick two years ago, with Milan in advanced negotiations with the German coach before changing its mind.
MILAN (AP) — The city of Milan was swarming with a sea of celebrating red-and-black fans as AC Milan secured its first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo.
Thousands of supporters in the team's colors had started gathering in Milan's Piazza del Duomo, in front of the iconic cathedral, even before the Rossoneri clinched its 19th scudetto.
MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famous Piazza del Duomo will be thronged with celebrating soccer fans on Sunday.
Whether the square in front of the iconic cathedral is a sea of red-and-black AC Milan shirts or swarming with the blue-and-black of Inter Milan remains to be seen..
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan’s lengthy wait for the Italian league title will last another week at least.
Second-half goals from Rafael Leão and Theo Hernández saw Milan beat Atalanta 2-0 on Sunday and it now only needs one point from its final match to secure its first Serie A title since 2011.
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Arsenal looks to reclaim its place in the Premier League's top four, at the expense of north London rival Tottenham, with a win at Newcastle.
MILAN (AP) — The last time Juventus ended the season without a trophy, AC Milan took the Serie A title and Inter Milan won the Italian Cup.
This year could see a repeat of 2011.
The two Milan clubs are fighting it out at the top of Serie A, with Inter two points behind its city rival with two matches remaining.
ROME (AP) — Inter Milan remained on course for a league and cup double by beating Juventus 4-2 after extra time in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.
Ivan Perišić scored twice in extra time after Hakan Çalhanoğlu had converted a controversial late penalty.
MILAN (AP) — For Inter Milan, Wednesday’s Italian Cup final could be the first of two trophies.
Inter plays Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and then has two league matches in Serie A, where it is locked in an intriguing title fight with city rival AC Milan.
MILAN (AP) — Napoli won at Torino 1-0 despite missing a penalty and consolidated third place in Serie A on Saturday.
Fabián Ruiz scored in the second half after Lorenzo Insigne had another spot kick saved.
MILAN (AP) — Lautaro Martínez may have saved Inter Milan’s title challenge.
Martinez scored twice to help the defending champion recover from two goals down to beat Empoli 4-2 and move to the top of Serie A on Friday — for 48 hours at least.
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Real Sociedad tries to keep alive its chances of qualifying for the Champions League when it visits last-place Levante in the Spanish league.
ROME (AP) — Goalkeeping blunders continue to make a major impact on the Serie A title race.
Following inexcusable errors by Inter Milan’s and Napoli’s goalkeepers in recent matches, AC Milan was the beneficiary of a massive mistake by Fiorentina’s ’keeper in the final 10 minutes of a 1-0 win Sunday that kept the Rossoneri on track for their first Italian league title in more than a decade.
GENEVA (AP) — Title duels, top-of-the-table showdowns, and runaway league leaders set to be crowned.
European soccer has multiple stages set for drama this weekend entering the final month of a season that will peak with the Champions League final on May 28.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan is coping better without its veteran talisman than Inter Milan. And that's bad news for defending champion Inter heading into the final four matches of the Italian league season.
ROME (AP) — For four months, Inter Milan had been pointing to its postponed match at Bologna as a chance to gain ground in the title race.
Yet a goalkeeping blunder handed Bologna a 2-1 win Wednesday as Inter wasted a lead and a chance to reclaim the Serie A lead.