The Early Lead: Soccer


Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Ukraine’s political strife is affecting its sports leagues

The political crisis in Ukraine is affecting more than the the country’s international relations — it’s also affecting its soccer and hockey seasons.

By Marissa Payne  |  09:07 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Soccer

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/08/2014

FIFA says no decision on Qatar World Cup move has been made

Moving the 2022 tournament to the winter months will not be considered until after this June’s World Cup.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer, World Cup

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Lionel Messi out 6-8 weeks with torn hamstring

Barcelona star has been bothered by leg injuries throughout this year.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lionel Messi, Soccer

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Soccer fans set fire to stadium in Belgrade (video)

The “Eternal Derby” in Serbian capital gets very smoky.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 10/30/2013

UEFA punishes soccer club CSKA Moscow for racism

The governing body for European soccer has ordered a prrtial closure of the Russian soccer club’s stadium following racial abuse of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

By Kelyn Soong  |  03:24 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cska moscow, manchester city, Soccer, uefa, yaya toure

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 10/16/2013

U.S. beats Panama, keeps Mexico’s World Cup hopes alive

By Kelyn Soong  |  03:26 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aron johannsson, FIFA, graham zusi, mexico, panama, Soccer, steve goff, u.s. soccer, world cup qualifier

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Real Madrid signs 9-year-old Takuhiro Nakai (video)

Just wait until the Japanese prodigy, known as Pipi, joins Cristiano Ronaldo.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, Soccer

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 10/08/2013

AC Milan ordered to play next match in empty stadium

Team will appeal decision to close San Siro as punishment for insulting chants.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:26 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AC Milan, Juventus, Serie A, Soccer

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Lionel Messi out two-to-three weeks for Barcelona

He’ll also miss two of Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers with a thigh injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:31 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Soccer

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 08/26/2013

2022 World Cup in Qatar likely to be moved from summer, FIFA chief says

Moving the tournament out of the hot summer isn't an easy matter, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:16 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sepp Blatter, Soccer, World Cup

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Jason Sudeikis: When football meets football (video)

It's what happens when the Premier League comes to NBC.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Soccer

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Christian Benitez died of heart failure, Qatari club says

Funeral for star player will be held Thusday in Ecuador.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:43 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christian Chucho Benitez, Soccer

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/07/2013

Soccer referee beheaded after stabbing player to death in Brazil

Altercation began when referee gave player a red card.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/16/2013

David Beckham to retire at the end of the season

Legendary soccer player will call it a career at the age of 38.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Beckham, Soccer

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Seattle man killed dribbling soccer ball to Brazil for World Cup 2014

Private investigator was making the walk to Sao Paulo for charity.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:22 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer, World Cup

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Sir Alex Ferguson gets royal sendoff from Manchester United

Legendary coach's final game will be Sunday at West Bromwich Albion.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Wayne Rooney

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/02/2013

8-year-old cancer patient has big game against Portland Timbers (video)

Atticus Lane-Dupre scores four goals as his team wins 10-9.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, Portland Timbers, Soccer

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Nazi salute by Greek soccer player brings outrage, ban for life

AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis says he was unaware of the meaning and significance of the gesture.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Giorgos Katidis, Soccer

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Pine marten bites Swiss soccer star (video)

Why chasing and picking up wild animals is a very bad idea, Part 153.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:19 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer, When animals attack

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/31/2013

David Beckham to play for free for Paris St.-Germain

Soccer star says that this won't be his last contract.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Beckham, Soccer

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal: A nice overhead kick (Video)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores four goals for Sweden against England, but the fourth, on a bicycle kick, leaves everyone breathless.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:33 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, Soccer

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Champions League: Celtic stuns Barcelona and Rod Stewart cries

Celtic's stunning 2-1 win over Barcelona brought out the waterworks from at least one longtime supporter.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barcelona, Celtic, Champions League, International Soccer, Soccer

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Soccer fans in Cyprus throw flare at injured player (Video)

Fans of Anorthosis Famagusta hurled an exploding flare at their own player while he was being treated for an injury during.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Brothel sponsorships help Greek soccer team weather recession

A Greek amateur soccer club has turned to two local brothels to keep it afloat during the country's continued economic struggles.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Soccer, Soccer

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Chelsea captain John Terry cleared of racial abuse

A London chief magistrate ruled there was insufficient evidence to support Anton Ferdinand’s claim that the former England national team captain racially abused him during an October match.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:28 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Euro 2012 hooliganism fears realized as 24 are injured in Polish-Russian clash

Riot police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to subdue Polish and Russian fans during a post-match brawl in Warsaw.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:31 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Euro 2012: Antonio Cassano says he hopes there are no gay players on Italy’s roster

Opinionated Italian striker hopes the country’s Euro 2012 roster is devoid of homosexuals.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:25 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Villareal coach Manuel Preciado dies of heart attack, one day after hire

New Villareal coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack Thursday, one day after he was hired by the Spanish club and one day before he was set to be introduced.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer