NICE, France (AP) — French club Nice hired Lucien Favre as coach on Monday, replacing Christophe Galtier who is expected to take over at Paris Saint-Germain.
Nice said Favre returned after a first spell, from 2016-18, that was “engraved in the history” of the club.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Nottingham Forest has signed forward Taiwo Awoniyi after paying a club-record transfer fee to Union Berlin, making the Nigerian its first international signing since returning to the Premier League.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Florian Wirtz, widely considered one of the most promising attacking midfielders in European soccer, looks set to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.
The club said on Thursday the 19-year-old Wirtz signed a contract extension to 2027 on a contract that still had four more years to run.
MUNICH (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Sadio Mané as a “modern-day icon” of the English club after the Senegal forward's move to Bayern Munich for 32 million euros ($33.5 million) was finalized on Wednesday.
American winger Ulysses Llanez was loaned Friday from Wolfsburg of the German Bundesliga to St. Pölten in Austria's second tier for the second straight season.
Sadio Mané looks to be headed for Bayern Munich, ending his trophy-filled six-year spell at Liverpool in a move that would finally split up one of the most devastating forward lines in the history of English soccer.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig strengthened its midfield options by signing Austria midfielder Xaver Schlager from Wolfsburg on Friday.
Leipzig took advantage of a release clause in Schlager's contract.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich will start its bid for a record 11th consecutive Bundesliga title with a potentially tricky game away at Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt has won two of its last three games against Bayern ahead of their meeting Aug.
LONDON (AP) — Erling Haaland's English Premier League debut is set to come in an away match at West Ham when Manchester City opens its title defense at the Olympic Stadium.
The schedule for the league's 2022-23 season was released on Thursday, with Liverpool — the team widely expected to vie for the title with City again — starting away to promoted team Fulham.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool has taken another of Portuguese soccer’s best players to strengthen its forward line, with Uruguay striker Darwin Núñez completing his move to Anfield from Benfica for an initial fee of 75 million euros ($78 million) on Tuesday.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich completed the signing of Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax Amsterdam on Monday.
The Bavarian powerhouse said the 20-year-old Gravenberch signed a contract until 2027.
Erling Haaland has come home.
The Norway striker finalized his move to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund for 60 million euros ($63 million) on Monday to seal his return to England, the country of his birth.
GENEVA (AP) — Portugal left Cristiano Ronaldo at home and lost its unbeaten record in 2022 and the lead of its Nations League group on Sunday.
A goal after 57 seconds by Switzerland forward Haris Seferović was enough for a 1-0 win in Geneva despite late pressure by Portugal including two scoring chances for 39-year-old captain Pepe playing as an emergency forward.
MADRID (AP) — Bundesliga club Stuttgart said Saturday that midfielder Atakan Karazor has been arrested in Ibiza after an 18-year-old woman reported to police that she was raped by two German men on the Spanish island.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — German soccer club St. Pauli has refused the use of its stadium for a German Cup game because Leipzig is one of the teams involved.
Leipzig, the defending champion, was drawn at Hamburg-based FC Teutonia Ottensen in the first round.
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Augsburg has hired Enrico Maaßen as its coach ahead of the new season after coaxing him from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund’s under-23s.
Augsburg said Wednesday that Maaßen had agreed to succeed Markus Weinzierl, who quit unexpectedly at the end of last season, and that it had reached an agreement with Dortmund over his move.
MUNICH (AP) — Harry Kane’s late penalty earned England a 1-1 draw in Germany in their Nations League game on Tuesday, when Italy and Turkey registered wins.
Kane slotted the equalizer from the spot in the 88th minute, though there was controversy over referee Carlos del Cerro Grande’s decision to award it after a VAR check as Kane looked to be offside before going down in a tangle with Germany defender Nico Schlotterbeck.
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke appointed Frank Kramer as coach on Tuesday to help ensure the team's survival in the Bundesliga after one season in the second division.
The Gelsenkirchen-based club said Kramer has signed for two seasons and will replace Michael Büskens, who led the team to promotion as interim coach.
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Germany is looking for a marked improvement against England in coach Hansi Flick’s return to Munich for the Nations League encounter.
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored five goals for Argentina for the first time in a 5-0 rout of Estonia in a friendly match in Spain on Sunday, becoming the fourth-highest scorer for a national team in men's soccer.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen signed promising Czech striker Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague on Thursday to form a potentially exciting partnership with compatriot Patrik Schick.
The Bundesliga club said the 19-year-old Hlozek, who was reportedly also a target for Borussia Dortmund, had signed a contract through June 2017.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin hired Sandro Schwarz on Thursday as its coach after the Bundesliga club narrowly escaped relegation.
Schwarz is the latest in a string of coaches tasked with bridging the gulf between Hertha's grand ambitions of establishing itself as a major European club and its years of underachievement on the field.
Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman has been approved for a change of association from Germany to the United States, FIFA said Tuesday.
Tillman, who turned 20 on Saturday, was born in Germany to a father in the U.S military and a German mother.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Robert Lewandowski’s time at Bayern Munich appears to be over.
The Poland striker, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, said at a news conference ahead of his national team’s training camp on Monday that a transfer would be the best outcome for all sides.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were drawn Sunday against third-tier teams in the first round of next season’s German Cup.
Bayern starts its bid for a record-extending 21st title at Viktoria Cologne, and Dortmund will visit 1860 Munich.
SYDNEY (AP) — Two players who achieved recent European club honors were among a squad of 29 named by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold on Saturday for Australia’s final World Cup qualifying campaign in Qatar in June.
PARIS (AP) — Sadio Mané's last game for Liverpool could be on Saturday in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Senegal international’s future was a hot topic on Friday when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp held his pre-match news conference at Stade de France in Paris.
BERLIN (AP) — No coach, no president, no sporting director.
The turmoil of the last three years is showing no sign of abating at Hertha Berlin despite the team’s last-gasp survival in the Bundesliga this week.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick has signed a contract extension through 2027 with German club Bayer Leverkusen following speculation he could opt for a transfer to the Premier League.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich picked up Morocco right back Noussair Mazraoui on a free transfer from Ajax on Tuesday in the club’s first signing of the offseason.
The Bavarian club said in a statement that the 24-year-old Mazraoui signed a four-year deal through June 2026.
PARIS (AP) — In a season when soccer violence has made an ugly comeback, a potential menace hangs over Wednesday's Europa Conference League final between Dutch club Feyenoord and Italy's Roma in the Albanian capital of Tirana.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hertha Berlin took its final chance to clinch Bundesliga survival by winning at Hamburger SV 2-0 in the second leg of their relegation-promotion playoff on Monday.
Goals from Hertha captain Dedryck Boyata and Marvin Plattenhardt in each half overturned Ludovit Reis’ winner for Hamburg in the first leg and ensured Hertha remained in the top division by winning 2-1 on aggregate.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund signed midfielder Salih Özcan from Bundesliga rival Cologne on Monday and reappointed Edin Terzić as coach to take over from Marco Rose after his one season in charge.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is appointing Edin Terzić as coach for next season, entrusting the former interim manager to take charge on a permanent basis following Marco Rose’s dismissal last week.
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It’s the last chance for Hertha Berlin to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga and a wave of “schadenfreude” across the league.
BERLIN (AP) — Ten-man Leipzig came from a goal down in the German Cup final to beat Freiburg 4-2 on penalties for the club’s first trophy in its short history on Saturday.
Christopher Nkunku equalized in the 76th minute for 1-1 in normal time, sending the game to extra time, then penalties, where Freiburg captain Christian Günter and Ermedin Demirovic both missed.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Rangers ended a tumultuous week by winning the Scottish Cup after beating Hearts 2-0 after extra time in the final on Saturday.
Rangers lost the Europa League final on Wednesday night in a penalty shootout, and it went into another extra time on Saturday thanks to Craig Gordon’s save with his foot from Joe Aribo near the end of regulation time at Hampden Park.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Will Zalatoris is leading the PGA Championship with great shots and a good draw.
The notorious Oklahoma wind died in the afternoon on Friday at Southern Hills. Zalatoris took advantage with five birdies for a 65 and a one-shot lead over Mito Pereira of Chile.
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Seven-time champion Lyon will face titleholder Barcelona in Turin in a repeat of the 2019 final.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland have filed blackmailing charges against the former manager of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Cezary Kucharski publicly accused the Poland national team captain and his wife of tax irregularities in Germany and threatened to reveal the details if they didn’t pay 20 million euros ($21.1 million).
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is looking for a new coach after deciding not to continue with Marco Rose following what the Bundesliga club called an “unsatisfactory” season.
Dortmund said in a statement on Friday that the decision was taken after an internal review with the coach the day before.
BERLIN (AP) — Cultures and ideologies will clash Saturday when fan-run Freiburg plays Red Bull-backed Leipzig in the German Cup final.
Build-up has been dominated by a dispute over marketing rights, with Freiburg refusing to allow its crest or logos to be used for any joint commemorative merchandise with its opponent ahead of the soccer match.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin was left tottering on the verge of Bundesliga relegation on Thursday after a 1-0 defeat to Hamburger SV in the first leg of their playoff.
Ludovit Reis’ second-half goal in Berlin’s Olympiastadion gave the visitors the edge ahead of the teams’ return leg in Hamburg on Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Veteran forward Olivier Giroud was left out of the France squad and uncapped Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara summoned on Thursday for Nations League games.
AC Milan striker Giroud, who is on the verge of winning the Italian league, is only three behind Thierry Henry's national scoring record of 51 goals.
BERLIN (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt fans waited long enough.
When Rafael Borré struck the decisive penalty for Frankfurt to win the Europa League with a 5-4 shootout win over Glasgow Rangers in Sevilla, Spain, late Wednesday, thousands of fans who packed Frankfurt’s home stadium to watch in Germany flipped out.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday, saying the school was “buying” players with name, image and likeness deals.
The Aggies signed the top recruiting class in the country earlier this year.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt’s 42-year wait for a European trophy is over.
The German club ended its title drought with a penalty shootout win over Rangers in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
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Before the final round on Sunday, the Premier League has three games on tap that had been postponed earlier in the season.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers fans clashed on the streets of Sevilla a few hours before the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Several hundred Frankfurt fans were seen attacking a few dozen Rangers supporters outside a bar on the streets of the southern Spanish city hosting the final of the second-tier European competition.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were all called back into the 32-man Belgium squad on Wednesday ahead of upcoming Nations League matches.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez had rested the Red Devils' big names for matches in March to focus on players with fewer than 50 international appearances.