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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Two months after the European Union and the Spanish government clashed over allegations seven Spanish clubs received billions of dollars in improper tax breaks, a Madrid court has charged the Barcelona team with tax fraud over the transfer of Brazilian forward Neymar. According to the Associated Press, Judge Pablo Ruz said there was enough evidence to merit charges over the player's $77-million move from Brazil's Santos last summer. Former team president Sandro Rosell is also being investigated over the deal.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Two months after the European Union and the Spanish government clashed over allegations seven Spanish clubs received billions of dollars in improper tax breaks, a Madrid court has charged the Barcelona team with tax fraud over the transfer of Brazilian forward Neymar. According to the Associated Press, Judge Pablo Ruz said there was enough evidence to merit charges over the player's $77-million move from Brazil's Santos last summer. Former team president Sandro Rosell is also being investigated over the deal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
In an agreement with the Orange Unified School District, a local soccer club will foot the bill for a new playing field at one of the district's vacant schools. The Orange Junior Soccer Club, a nonprofit, 3,000-member youth organization, has contracted with the district to build a soccer field at the former McPherson Elementary School and maintain it for five years.
SPORTS
July 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are one of world's 50 most valuable sports teams, but according to Forbes.com the franchise is not even in the top 30. Soccer club Real Madrid ranked No. 1 overall with a value of $3.3 billion. The top three are all "futbol" teams (with Manchester United and Barcelona after Real Madrid). The New York Yankees come in fourth with a value of $2.3 billion. The Dodgers are seventh at $1.615 billion. The Lakers are behind multiple NFL teams, starting with the No. 5 Dallas Cowboys ($2.1 billion)
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September 16, 1989 | Associated Press
Welsh soccer fans rampaged through a seaside suburb early Friday, fighting Greek fans and damaging three taverns before police arrested 14 of them, authorities said. Prosecutor George Koliokostas charged the 14 fans of the Swansea City soccer club with causing damage to property and said they would remain in custody until their trial today before a three-member magistrates' court. The Welsh club lost, 3-2, to Panathinaikos of Athens in a European soccer championship match Wednesday.
SPORTS
September 17, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Olympic gold medalists Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner and Stephanie Cox on Tuesday were allocated to the Los Angeles team that will begin play next spring in the new women's professional soccer league. The as-yet-unnamed team, operated by Galaxy owner AEG, will play at the Home Depot Center beginning in April. In a ceremony at the Sports Museum of America in New York on Tuesday, 21 members of the U.S.
OPINION
July 3, 2002 | RANAN R. LURIE, Ranan R. Lurie is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and a syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.
I have lived exactly half my life in these United States of America. The other part was spent in Canada, Britain, Israel, Germany and Japan. As such, I can say with more authority than most that this country is the finest place a person can choose to live. However, if soccer were to become part of the American national heritage, it would be an even better place.
SPORTS
January 9, 1990 | From Reuters
Old Trafford is to English soccer what Yankee Stadium is to baseball--home of the most glamorous team in the sport. Just as the dream of many young baseball fans is to follow in the footsteps of Babe Ruth by playing for the New York Yankees, the ambition for hordes of budding English soccer stars is to play for Manchester United. But United, rivaled only by Real Madrid in Spain as the most famous soccer club in the world, is in disarray.
NEWS
February 27, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Imprisoned black leader Nelson R. Mandela has instructed his wife to make no public statements about the controversy surrounding herself and her band of young bodyguards, Winnie Mandela's lawyer said Sunday. Looking grim, she refused to talk to reporters after her three-hour visit to Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, outside Cape Town. Her attorney, Essa Moosa, refused to give details on the meeting.
SPORTS
June 10, 1993
The Manhattan Beach-based Ajax women's soccer club, featuring U.S. national players Caren Jennings Gabarra, Joy Biefeld Fawcett and Amy Allmann, won the Region IV amateur championship last month and will defend its U.S. national amateur title in Indianapolis on July 16-18. Goals by Carrie Schmidt, Stephanie Poncher and Gabarra gave Ajax a 3-1 victory over Sacramento's Storm club in the regional final May 23 in Seattle.
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May 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Bayern Munich opened its long-anticipated club museum at Allianz Arena in May 2012, it was meant to celebrate the club's present as well as its storied past. Which is why visitors, after passing a succession of trophies, medals and other hardware won during the club's 113-year history, came to a display case that was vacant, save for the spotlight illuminating its emptiness. The spot had been reserved for another Champions League cup, the most coveted prize in club soccer. And while it takes equal measures arrogance and confidence to believe winning such an award was inevitable, Bayern Munich proved Saturday that such conviction was well-placed, beating Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, in a memorable Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium.
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April 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
England's Football Assn. will not order teams to observe a moment of silence in memory of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher before English Premier League, Football League, or FA Cup games this weekend. And that has proven unpopular with many club owners. Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, for example, has called for a minute's silence at London's Wembley Stadium ahead of his team's FA Cup semifinal Saturday against Millwall to remember Thatcher, who died Monday at 87. "We owe Mrs. Thatcher a minute's silence," Whelan told The Guardian newspaper.
NEWS
January 26, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Deadly clashes erupted in the Egyptian city of Port Said after 21 soccer hooligans were sentenced to death for killing rival fans in a riot last year that became a dangerous subplot to the nation's wider unrest and political schisms. Gunshots and tear gas volleys rang out between security forces and supporters of the Masry soccer club after the verdicts were read. Relatives of the accused attempted to storm the jail where soccer fans and former police officials charged in the 2012 stadium melee are imprisoned.
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August 9, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Manchester United, the 134-year-old English Premier League soccer club, will set a price later today for its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The club needs to raise capital to reduce its debt load after American billionaire Michael Glazer and his family finished taking controlling interest in 2005. Forbes lists the club's worth at $2.2 billion, tops in the sports world. Stock experts say the IPO will be set from $16 to $20 a share. And, they add, that might be too high.
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July 25, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Hanging with my homies at a Galaxy game — or are they hooligans? That's what I'm here to find out. To be specific, I am with the L.A.-based fan club of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, a boisterous but likable bunch of chaps with British accents and David Letterman hairlines. Most are transplants from across the pond, which leaves you thankful — after a few beers — that there is indeed a pond (I now think of it as more of a moat). Thanks to transplants like them, and the global spread of pro sports in general, U.S. interest in the Premier League seems to grow every year.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Real Madrid plans to open a $1 billion soccer-centric theme park on a United Arab Emirates man-made island in January 2015 that celebrates the history, triumphs and hubris of the richest football club in the world. PHOTOS: Real Madrid Resort Island in the Middle East The 100-acre Real Madrid Resort Island  will feature a roller coaster that extends out over the water, a SeaWorld-style dolphin show and a hologram soccer movie inside a climate-controlled theme park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Several times a week, aspiring young soccer players come to Juan Cervantes' house on Hamilton Street, pile into the back of his Chevrolet truck and head out to find a patch of grass. The kids are members of Seleccion A, a Costa Mesa soccer club made up largely of Latino boys with dreams of turning professional and going to the World Cup. Unlike other mainstream leagues, there are no set practice fields or enough uniforms to go around.
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July 28, 2007 | Jaime Cardenas, Times Staff Writer
Chivas de Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara is seen by many Mexican soccer fans as a visionary or a maniacal tyrant who more resembles a "Citizen Kane" figure than George Steinbrenner. The Mexican businessman spends money likeSteinbrenner, buys toys like Kane, but also has an artistic and entrepreneurial side that is simply Vergara.
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September 17, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Beware the bestowed nickname. Genoa's club president surely couldn't have known the onerous burden he was putting on Gian Piero Gasperini , then the team's coach, by nicknaming him "Gasperson. " Getting compared, even loosely, to legendary Manchester United Coach Alex Ferguson in the fond form of a nickname can only backfire. And in this case spectacularly. Gasperini was fired by Genoa in 2010, having been there since 2006. But the way events are unfolding for Gasperini at Inter Milan, where he replaced Leonardo , he will be lucky to survive for four more weeks, let alone four seasons.
WORLD
May 14, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
It is one of Libya's oldest and most venerable institutions, predating not only Moammar Kadafi's rule but independence in 1951, and boasting what is perhaps the country's most fervent fan base. But in a police state where soccer served as a substitute for resistance, the lads from the Al Ahli sports club angered the wrong crowd: Kadafi and his soccer-besotted son, Saadi. The club paid a steep price: Its grounds were demolished, its signature Al Ahli Benghazi soccer team was dissolved, its red-and-white colors were removed from public display.
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