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Opponent Wants Soccer Team Killed in Crash Made Champion

76 people died when Chapecoense's plane crashed Tuesday

(Newser) - After Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense lost most of its players in a plane crash Tuesday, the team it was on its way to play for the South American championship has requested Chapecoense be awarded the trophy, the AP reports. According to the Telegraph , Colombia's Atletico Nacional says naming Chapecoense... More »

Embarrassed, US Soccer Boots Coach Klinsmann

Reeling from 2 losses, team ends coach's controversial tenure

(Newser) - Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the US men's soccer team, the AP reports, ending a contentious five-year love-hate relationship on the job. US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for US Soccer.... More »

Could This Be Our First US Soccer Superstar?

Christian Pulisic is only 18 and already a phenomenon

(Newser) - Sweeter than his hometown of Hershey, Pa., is the potential represented by 18-year-old Christian Pulisic for American soccer fans: the chance for the US to claim its first bona fide soccer superstar. The Ringer profiles Pulisic, who takes to the pitch for both US Soccer and Germany's Borussia Dortmund... More »

Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard

This time, the cross-country team ranked female athletes, sometimes lewdly

(Newser) - When Harvard suspended its men's soccer team last week for the rest of the season due to an "appalling" system of ranking female players, one of the reasons the school gave for its harsh punishment was the fact that team members weren't exactly communicative and cooperative at... More »

Harvard Men's Soccer Team Suspended Over Lewd 'Reports'

Team had ranking system for female players

(Newser) - What could have been a season for the record books has ended in disgrace for Harvard's men's soccer team. The team, ranked first in the Ivy League, was suspended for the rest of the season after the discovery of what the university calls an "appalling" ranking system... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

Hope Solo Proves Herself a 'Pure Loser and Lout'

After calling Team Sweden 'a bunch of cowards'

(Newser) - Goalkeeper Hope Solo had some thoughts on the Swedish team that knocked the US women's soccer team out of the Rio Olympics on Friday. "A bunch of cowards," she tweeted. Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post had some thoughts of her own. She calls out Solo for... More »

Portugal Stuns France to Lift First Major Cup

They win Euro 2016 despite Ronaldo injury

(Newser) - Portugal's players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn't withstand the pain of his injury any longer. The Portuguese had to win their first major trophy the hard way on Sunday, stunning France 1-0 after extra time in the European... More »

Another Blow for Messi—This Time in Court

He's guilty of tax fraud but likely won't serve jail time

(Newser) - Another blow for Lionel Messi: The star soccer player was sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud in a Barcelona court Wednesday, but don't expect that to keep him from the soccer field. Messi is unlikely to serve time behind bars since jail sentences under two... More »

Messi Chokes, Abruptly Ends International Career

Star's heat-of-the-moment decision could hurt his legacy

(Newser) - Soccer star Lionel Messi, hailed by many as one of the best to ever play the game, missed a penalty kick in a shootout in Sunday's Copa America final and abruptly announced he would stop playing for his Argentina national team, reports the AP . Messi has led his Barcelona... More »

Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'

(Newser) - In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a... More »

Violence Erupts During Soccer Match Between Russia, England

Fighting takes over Marseille, France, during Euro 2016

(Newser) - Fights broke out all day in Marseille, France, before and soon after Russia managed to earn a 1-1 draw against England on Saturday at the European Championship, the AP reports. England and Russia fans rioted before the soccer game in a third straight day of violence. Police in the Mediterranean... More »

Soccer Player Shown With Bandaged Hand After Kidnapping

Alan Pulido was seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday night

(Newser) - Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before... More »

English Soccer Team Pulls Off 5,000-to-1 Miracle

The odds on finding Elvis were better than Leicester's

(Newser) - Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away. And when the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, they raised their arms in triumph. One of the greatest sporting achievements in English history was complete.... More »

Soccer Star on Lack of Equal Pay: 'We Are Done With It'

Carli Lloyd explains why US women's players filed suit against US Soccer

(Newser) - Carli Lloyd loves playing soccer—so much so that she helped the US national women's team to two gold Olympic medals and the 2015 World Cup . What she doesn't love: the estimated 40% wage discrepancy between men and women players paid by US Soccer, leading her to join... More »

5 Women Stars Hit US Soccer With Equal Pay Complaint

USWNT players say they're paid 40% of what male counterparts make

(Newser) - Five players acting on behalf of the US women's national soccer team have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation, alleging they're paid 40% of what their male counterparts earn, despite winning three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. In a federal complaint filed with the... More »

17 Children Killed in Suicide Bombing at Soccer Tournament

At least 32 people total were killed during awards ceremony

(Newser) - At least 32 people were killed—more than half of them boys between the ages of 10 and 16—when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an amateur soccer tournament Friday in Iraq, AFP reports. Officials were handing out trophies to players following the tournament outside the town of... More »

Brandi Chastain Will Donate Her Brain for Concussion Study

Not many brains donated to CTE research are from women

(Newser) - Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, has pledged her brain for concussion research. The 47-year-old Chastain announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation on Thursday. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a... More »

Soccer Player's Punch Leaves Ref With Brain Injury

Player was angry about getting ejected: cops

(Newser) - Police are searching for a soccer player who gave a referee a traumatic brain injury on Sunday morning in San Francisco. During an adult-league game, the 33-year-old referee gave a player a yellow card for a violation, which the player apparently argued, police tell the San Francisco Chronicle . The referee... More »

Soccer Fan Tricks Wife, Names Baby After Team

Wife says she found out true inspiration two years later

(Newser) - The fact that a soccer fan named his daughter after his favorite team is maybe not so exceptional. The fact that he managed to hide the inspiration from his wife for two years is. Clare Smith of New South Wales, Australia, wrote to a magazine to confess that she thought... More »

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