Spain's Bonmatí wins UEFA best women's player award and stands up for teammate amid Rubiales crisis
Spanish soccer star Aitana Bonmatí has used her acceptance speech at a UEFA awards ceremony to voice support for her teammate who was forcibly kissed after the Women’s World Cup final by the country’s soccer federation president.
Quarterfinal streak ends as Messi, Ronaldo both eliminated
Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will be in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. Ronaldo has won five Champions League titles in his career. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Back before iPhones, Twitter and Instagram even existed, there was Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo — or both — in the Champions League quarterfinals. Ronaldo has won five Champions League titles — one with Manchester United and the rest with Real Madrid, including three straight from 2016-18. The two have even met in the final, with Messi and Barcelona beating Ronaldo and Man United 2-0 in 2009.
American coach makes his mark by winning Austrian title
(AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FILE)DSSELDORF DJesse Marsch came to Europe to make a name both for himself and for every other American soccer coach. Marsch led Salzburg to this seasons Austrian league title, the most significant trophy won by an American coach in Europe. And, you know, I mean, its very sink or swim in Europe.In his first season as coach of Salzburg, Marsch had little trouble staying afloat despite a raft of problems. American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, however, led Stuttgart to promotion in Germany this season. After winning the Austrian title, Marsch says he wants to stay in the moment, rather than making longer-term plans.
Haaland goals secure Bundesliga runner-up spot for Dortmund
(AP Photo/Jens Meyer, Pool)BERLIN Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund sealed second place in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at third-place Leipzig on Saturday. On his first professional start, 17-year-old American Gio Reyna set up Haaland on a counterattack in the 30th minute. It means Dortmund is assured of second place with one game of the season remaining. Despite defeat, Leipzig is virtually assured of Champions League soccer next season. Dodi Lukebakio, who combined with Krzysztof Piatekto set up Cunha, scored Herthas second goal early in the second half, when Piatek gave him an easy finish.
Dortmund falls short again, losing to Bayern in key match
Dortmund's head coach Lucien Favre attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The German Bundesliga is the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. Its brutally hard, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. Asked if he was up to the task of winning trophies with Dortmund, Favre skirted around the question. All three were expensive signings for this season as Dortmund sought to finally break Bayerns hold on the title.
Onus on Dortmund to beat Bayern in quietest ever 'Klassiker'
Munich's Leon Goretzka celebrates scoring their first goal with Robert Lewandowski duringh the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020. (Andreas Gebert/pool via AP)BERLIN Borussia Dortmund has to beat Bayern Munich on Tuesday if anyone is to have a realistic chance of stopping the seven-time defending champion from claiming yet another Bundesliga title. The team was right on point.Both Bayern and Dortmund have been in record-breaking form with nine wins from 10 games since the seasons halfway stage. Haaland can be another (Robert) Lewandowski, former Dortmund and Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told Kicker magazine, referring to Bayerns Polish star who scored 12 goals in his last six games against Dortmund. Dortmund, the last team other than Bayern to win the title in 2012, has consistently come closest in recent years.