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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for four World Cup qualifying games

Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia        

Galaxy, USMNT midfielder Sebastian Lletget needs foot surgery, out 4-6 months

Lletget was injured while playing for the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras.        

Soccer club draws ire over signing of convicted murderer

Bruno Fernandes de Souza is free pending appeal after being found guilty of killing girlfriend        

No fairytale start for Grim: Italy beats Netherlands 2-1

Italy beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly Tuesday in caretaker coach Fred Grim's first and possibly only match in charge        

Ronaldo scores on return home as Portugal loses to Sweden

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his emotional return home but Portugal squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday        

Atlanta United's Martinez to miss 4 to 6 weeks with injury

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, who leads the MLS with five goals, will miss four to six weeks with a left quad injury        

Russia salvages friendly 3-3 draw with Belgium

Alexander Bukharov salvaged a 3-3 draw for Russia against Belgium to cap a comeback from 3-1 down        

Red Bulls hire South Africa's Bradley Carnell as assistant

New York Red Bulls hire Bradley Carnell of South Africa as an assistant coach        

Australia beats UAE 2-0 after 4 draws in qualifying

Australia defeated United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Sydney on Tuesday, ending a run of four games without a win to get qualification for the 2018 World Cup back on track        

European clubs deny Champions League changes favor wealthy

European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Champions League changes won't favor the wealthiest European clubs        

Portugal airport to be named after Ronaldo near his hometown

Madeira International Airport will be renamed after local star Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday        

New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region by beating Fiji 2-0        

World Cup Under-17 final in Kolkata, India in November

Kolkata will stage the Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals, third-place playoff and final in November        

After late goals broke Panama's hearts in 2013, US returns

Looking for its second straight win under coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. returned to Panama, where stoppage-time goals four years ago eliminated the hosts from contention for their first World Cup berth        

Brian to miss exhibitions vs Russia because of knee injury

Midfielder Morgan Brian will miss the United States' exhibitions against Russia next month because of a minor knee injury sustained last month against France        

Captain Neymar sees Brazil as best team in the world

In his first press conference as a Brazil player in more than 240 days, striker Neymar was not shy on Monday: he believes he is in the top moment of his career and plays for the best national team in the world        

Striker Jermain Defoe turns vegan to prolong soccer career

England striker Jermain Defoe believes trying to adhere to a vegan diet is helping to prolong his career        

Chapecoense to finally play Atletico Nacional for title

Bonded by an air crash which killed 71 people in November, Brazilian club Chapecoense and Colombia's Atletico Nacional will play a South American cup final next week        

Man City fined $44,000 for players' misconduct in game

The English Football Association has fined Manchester City 35,000 pounds ($44,000) for the misconduct of players during a Premier League game against Liverpool        

Rosicky out for rest of season after another Achilles op

Former Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has had an operation on an Achilles tendon and won't play for the rest of the season        

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