• The Canadian Press

    Tchouaméni looking to impress again as France plays Denmark

    PARIS (AP) — Amid mounting injuries and off-field problems, at least France coach Didier Deschamps has one less thing to worry about heading into the World Cup: Aurélien Tchouaméni looks a very good option to start in midfield. Tchouaméni is 22 with only 13 caps but is already playing with the maturity of a seasoned international and, with Paul Pogba's place in Qatar looking in doubt, his form is most welcome for Deschamps. Tchouaméni was excellent as France, missing nine regulars including goal

  • The Canadian Press

    Tensions in France squad ahead of Nations League matches

    PARIS (AP) — France's last competitive soccer games before the World Cup should be a chance for coach Didier Deschamps to test his best team. But as France prepares to play Austria in the Nations League on Thursday, tension hangs over the defending champion because of ongoing issues off the field. They concern the French Football Federation president, an injured key player embroiled in an extortion scandal, and striker Kylian Mbappé's row over image rights. Oh, and there's the threat of relegati

  • The Canadian Press

    Historic day of defeats for big teams in Serie A; Monza wins

    MILAN (AP) — Two of the top Serie A coaches are already feeling the pressure after Juventus and Inter Milan lost on a miserable day for some of the traditional greats of Italian soccer. It was the first time since February 1955 that Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Roma have lost on the same day in the Italian league. Promoted Monza probably didn’t expect its first-ever Serie A win to come against Juventus but it managed to beat Massimiliano Allegri’s side 1-0. Juventus played most of the match wit

  • The Canadian Press

    Bologna loses 1-0 to Empoli in Motta's 1st match in charge

    MILAN (AP) — Thiago Motta’s first match in charge of Bologna ended in disappointment as his team hit the woodwork twice in a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow struggler Empoli in Serie A on Saturday. Filippo Bandinelli’s second goal in as many matches was enough to give Empoli its first win of the season. Motta started as Bologna coach on Monday, replacing Siniša Mihajlović, who was fired the previous week. Youth squad coach Luca Vigiani had been in charge for the 2-1 victory over Fiorentina last wee