ZURICH - European champion Portugal has risen two places to No. 6 in the FIFA rankings. The United States has jumped six spots to No. 25 after its semifinal finish at Copa America.Argentina remains No. 1 despite losing to Chile in the ...
Jul 15, 2016
SAINT-DENIS, France - Portugal overcame the loss of injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat France, 1-0, in the European Championship final on Sunday, with a goal in extra time from substitute Eder securing their country's first football title.Just ...
Jul 11, 2016
MARSEILLE, France - France is heading back to soccer's elite, and Antoine Griezmann is the man leading the way.Griezmann scored both goals to give France a 2-0 win over world champion Germany on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) and a ...
Jul 8, 2016
LYON, France - Cristiano Ronaldo was tetchy and grouchy, then majestic. A bullet-header, a flex of his muscles for the cameras and an assist for Portugal's second.Just three minutes' work from the Portugal captain against Wales.It' ...
Jul 7, 2016
LYON, France - Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Gareth Bale to propel Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring a thumping header and then setting up Nani's goal in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).The goals ...
Jul 7, 2016
PARIS - Yes, it is cute but, no, it is not safe.Uefa explained on Tuesday why it does not want players' children to join in post-match celebrations at the European Championship.The scenes of toddlers in full Wales kit joining ...
Jul 5, 2016
SAINT-DENIS, France - The Icelandic thunderclap roar proved no match for the sheer talent of France as the hosts finally showed their title credentials at the European Championship on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).A crushing 5-2 victory lined up a semifinal ...
Jul 4, 2016
BORDEAUX, France - Despite missing more penalties in one shootout than it had done in 40 years of taking spot-kicks after extra time, Germany still managed to end its curse against Italy.Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger all missed in ...
Jul 3, 2016
NICE, France - Gary Cahill was lying face down on the field in disbelief. Dele Alli was squatting on the turf with his head in his hands. It was utter humiliation for England.First-time finalist Iceland embarrassed the inept stars of the ...
Jun 28, 2016
SAINT-DENIS, France - Spain's era of dominance at the European Championship came to an end Monday when Italy beat the two-time defending champion, 2-0, in the round of 16.Italy deserved its victory and was impressive from the ...
Jun 28, 2016
NICE, France - Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England, 2-1, in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament.England slumped to its most ...
Jun 28, 2016
UEFA will take no action against the Portuguese soccer federation for a fan running across the field to take a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo.The man evaded security lines to run across half the field from behind one goal at Parc des ...
Jun 27, 2016
TOULOUSE, France - In undoubtedly his best performance in a Belgian shirt, Eden Hazard showed exactly why his coach made him captain of the team.Hazard was the driving force behind Belgium's 4-0 drubbing of Hungary in a round of ...
Jun 27, 2016
LILLE, France - Germany's first penalty miss at a European Championship for 40 years proved but a footnote Sunday as the team eased into the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Slovakia.Goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and ...
Jun 27, 2016
TOULOUSE, France - Belgium's "golden generation" is finally living up to its billing at the European Championship.Expectations have long been heaped on a group of players led by Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, and the team has ...
Jun 27, 2016
SAINT-ETIENNE, France - Poland spent time preparing for a penalty shootout - and it showed.Pinned back in its own half for long spells by Switzerland as fatigue appeared to take its toll in extra time, Poland focused on the defensive virtues that ...
Jun 26, 2016
PARIS - Wearing a red shirt and white shorts just like daddy, Alba Violet Bale danced around the Parc de Princes field in celebration with her father.The 3-year-old girl hasn't been seeing much of Gareth Bale lately, and ...
Jun 26, 2016
SAINT-ETIENNE, France - As spectacular as it was, Xherdan Shaqiri's beautiful bicycle kick goal just wasn't enough.The Switzerland forward scored the goal of the tournament against Poland on Saturday, jumping with his back to the net before ...
Jun 26, 2016
CHANTILLY, France - Wayne Rooney used to go to major tournaments feeling the weight of a nation on his shoulders."I had to be the one to win us games, to win us tournaments," the England captain said Thursday (Friday, Manila time), opening ...
Jun 24, 2016
LILLE, France - Ireland's never-say-die mentality has finally paid off.Even when another early exit from a European Championship seemed unavoidable, Ireland refused to concede.A late goal from Robbie Brady was enough for Ireland to beat a reshuffled ...
Jun 23, 2016
LYON, France - Cristiano Ronaldo came through. Twice.The Portugal winger erupted from his scoring slump on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), netting his first two goals at the European Championship and putting his team into the round of 16.Ronaldo's strikes, ...
Jun 23, 2016
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