Bremen loses 1-0 at home to Cologne in Bundesliga

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Werder Bremen slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Cologne on Friday, piling the pressure on coach Robin Dutt as the club remains rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Separate murder trials sought in soccer shootings

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The murder trial of two men charged in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead came to an abrupt halt Friday after an alleged gang member told jurors he had been promised witness protection in a plea bargain with prosecutors.

English FA charges club over alleged racist firing

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The English Football Association has charged third-tier club Gillingham over allegedly racially victimizing a player who was fired.

Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at end of season

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

8 people arrested in Latvia in match-fixing probe

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Eight people have been arrested in Latvia on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year.

Negredo fit, makes first squad for Valencia

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Alvaro Negredo has made Valencia's squad for the first time since breaking a foot before his move from Manchester City.

Germany makes financial surplus from World Cup

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The World Cup title has earned the German Football Federation a surplus of 4.5 million euros ($5.7 million) for the year.

Angerer, Wambach on short list for Ballon d'Or

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and U.S. all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach are on the shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the best female player in the world.

Suarez to return in 'clasico' after biting ban

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes for Barcelona on Saturday against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup.

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.