Arsene Wenger chose one of the toughest periods of his Arsenal tenure to make one of his most reckless team selections.
Gamba Osaka won its first game of the J-League season on Sunday, beating Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 on a pair of goals from Shun Nagasawa.
Emanuel Mammana's first goal for Lyon was a timely one as it secured a precious point in a 1-1 draw away to Bordeaux on Friday.
Veteran midfielder Xabi Prieto scored two goals to help Real Sociedad win a 3-2 at Real Betis and climb up to fourth place in the Spanish league on Friday.
Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than 1-1 against struggling Deportivo La Coruna in a Spanish league match marked by an injury scare involving striker Fernando Torres on Thursday.
The Argentine government has authorized millions for back payments to players at the country's top soccer clubs. But union officials say the amount is insufficient to break a strike that threatens the start of the season on Friday.
Raymond Kopa, a former Real Madrid attacking midfielder known as "Napoleon" who became the first French player to win the Ballon d'Or, has died. He was 85.
Lynn Williams scored her second career goal and the U.S. women's soccer team kicked off its 2017 slate with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday night in a matchup of the world's top two teams.
On a night marked by the surprise announcement that coach Luis Enrique will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, his team routed relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon 6-1 to return to the top of the Spanish league on Wednesday.
Goals from high-profile recruits Oscar and Hulk helped Shanghai SIPG thrash 2014 winner Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in the Asian Champions League.