Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Manchester City and Liverpool, last season's top two in the Premier League, were both made to sweat by determined opposition before opening their campaigns with hard-fought victories on Sunday.
Monaco's poor start to the season continued on Sunday as it lost 4-1 at Bordeaux for its second straight defeat in the French league.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Borussia Dortmund defeated third-division Stuttgarter Kickers 4-1 in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday, while Bundesliga side Stuttgart lost 2-0 at second-tier Bochum.
New season, new manager — same misery at Manchester United. Louis van Gaal failed to usher in the bright new era expected at United on Saturday, watching in frustration as the team opened the season with a home loss for the first time in 42 years.
Ecuador forward Joao Plata scored his 11th goal of the season to help Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday and into top spot in the Major League Soccer Western Conference.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain earned its first win of the season in the French league by defeating Bastia 2-0 on Saturday, but lost star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to an injury.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The new Premier League season gets underway on Saturday. Here AFP Sports looks at five questions that will emerge as key storylines in the forthcoming campaign:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Louis van Gaal era will begin in earnest for Manchester United on Saturday when they host Swansea City in the first match of the 2014-15 Premier League season.
Hey, China: Are you ready for some American football? The China American Football League plans to begin in the world's most populous country in 2015. The announcement Thursday comes less than a year after Marty Judge, co-owner of the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul, sponsored the first American football game in China.
Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte was confirmed as the new coach of Italy after signing a two-year contract on Thursday.