Center-back shortage hands Guardiola new dilemma in defense
First it was having a quartet of aging full backs unable to deliver on his demands. Then it was going eight months without a genuine left back.
City defender Laporte has knee op, set to miss rest of 2019
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is set to miss the rest of 2019 after undergoing surgery on his right knee, leaving the team short of center-back cover for its...
Kompany changes match-day role after Anderlecht’s poor start
BRUSSELS (AP) — Player-coach Vincent Kompany is giving up some match-day duties for Anderlecht after a winless start in the Belgian league.
Assistant coach Simon Davies says he will now take...
Kompany leaving Man City after 11 trophy-filled seasons
Vincent Kompany, one of the pillars behind Manchester City's rise as the major force in English soccer, said Sunday he was leaving the club after 11 seasons to become player-manager at former team...
Man City completes sweep of English trophies with FA Cup win
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City swept aside Watford to complete the first clean sweep of English men's football trophies.
The fourth piece of silverware of the season was sealed by four...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League with one round left after captain Vincent Kompany hit a sensational goal to beat Leicester 1-0 in a...
Father of Kompany elected mayor of Brussels municipality
BRUSSELS (AP) — The father of Belgium defender Vincent Kompany will become mayor of a Brussels municipality after his party won Sunday's elections.
The Manchester City defender says in a video message that his father is the "first black mayor in Belgium — ever" before erupting in cheers.
Good Kompany: Key Belgium defender fit again for semifinal
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — When Vincent Kompany walked off the pitch without waiting to be substituted during a pre-World Cup friendly against Portugal , Belgian football fans feared the worst.
Would the rock on which the Belgium team's defense is built miss another tournament two years after a groin injury sidelined him for the European Championship?
WORLD CUP: Belgium has exceptional talent but so many doubts
BRUSSELS (AP) — With a wealth of attacking options, Belgium should be a potent force going forward at the World Cup.
They might need to be, because with injury and fitness clouds over key defenders, the team could be vulnerable at the back.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Vincent Kompany was included in Belgium coach Roberto Martinez's 23-man World Cup squad on Monday despite picking up a groin injury during a friendly over the weekend.
The 32-year-old Manchester City center back, whose career has been blighted by injuries, walked off the field early in the second half of Belgium's 0-0 draw with Portugal on Saturday without waiting to be substituted after hurting his groin when overstretching in a challenge.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Influential Belgium center back Vincent Kompany is to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a groin injury he picked up Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with Portugal, amid fears he could be ruled out of the World Cup in Russia.
Kompany walked off the pitch without waiting to be substituted early in the second half after he overstretched in a challenge on Gelson Martins.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European champion Portugal held Belgium to a tame 0-0 draw Saturday, a result overshadowed by fears that defender Vincent Kompany may have sustained an injury early in the second half.
Without waiting to be substituted, the injury-prone Kompany walked off shortly after the break after appearing to overstretch while making a defensive challenge. It was not immediately clear if he was injured or left the field as a precaution.
WORLD CUP: Belgium has exceptional talent but so many doubts
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal.
But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
Collapse denies Man City title party in front of United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City fans were in tears, consoling each other with hugs in the stands as Manchester United reveled in its neighbor's misery.
Tears were supposed to flow on Saturday.
Tears of joy.
For City's third English Premier League trophy in six years.
The setup couldn't be sweeter for City.
United, the 20-time English champion in whose shadow City has lived for so long, was in City's Etihad Stadium fortress for the title clincher and derby. What could possibly go wrong?
United puts City’s title celebrations on hold with 3-2 win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United delayed the English Premier League title celebrations of fierce rival Manchester City after coming from two goals down to win 3-2 in a thrilling derby on Saturday.
Man City can win EPL with derby win over Man United
LONDON (AP) — Now it's on for Manchester City to win the English Premier League in the earliest and sweetest way possible: Victory over Manchester United in next Saturday's derby will seal the trophy for Pep Guardiola's runway leader.
"I have lived in Manchester long enough to know what it means," City captain Vincent Kompany said after Saturday's 3-1 win at Everton. "It will be lively and spicy but I don't mind."
STOKE, England (AP) — For Manchester City, a record-setting season in the English Premier League could yet have the perfect ending.
Beating Stoke 2-0 on Monday restored City's 16-point lead and increased the possibility that Pep Guardiola's side could clinch the title by beating fierce rival Manchester United at home in the derby on April 7.
"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," City captain Vincent Kompany said, with a smile.
League Cup: Man City old guard help Guardiola win 1st trophy
LONDON (AP) — After finishing his first season in England empty-handed, Pep Guardiola finally collected his first trophy with Manchester City on Sunday.
Thanks to some familiar faces.
Despite recruiting more than $600 million in talent in around 18 months, Guardiola relied on City's old guard to produce the 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final.
2018 WORLD CUP: Guide to the teams in Group G
MOSCOW (AP) — Guide to the teams in Group G at the World Cup:
It's time to deliver for a team that has featured exceptional talent over the past half dozen years but has yet to reach the semifinals of a major tournament.
It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars.
WATFORD, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero completed his most prolific season at Manchester City by scoring twice in a 5-0 win at Watford that secured Pep Guardiola's team third place in the Premier League and direct progress to next season's Champions League group stage.
The Argentina striker has endured one of his most difficult seasons at City — he was even dropped at times with Guardiola wanting more from him — but he finished it with 33 goals in all competitions.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Vincent Kompany's first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months helped Manchester City to a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday, lifting the team to third in the Premier League.
Kompany marked his latest return to the City defense by heading a 55th-minute opener before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero also contributed goals.
Guardiola: Kompany could return, Jesus transfer not complete
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return at Everton in the English Premier League on Sunday but Gabriel Jesus may have to wait for his debut.
Jesus, the Brazil striker signed from Palmeiras in the summer transfer window, officially joined City this month but his registration is yet to go through.
"When Palmeiras and the FA solve the problems he will be able to play," City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Kompany out for 4-6 weeks, City manager Pep Guardiola says
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It is estimated that 35 separate injuries have kept Vincent Kompany out for a total of 2½ years since he joined Manchester City in 2008.
Now, the unlucky defender could be facing another six weeks on the sidelines.
Injury-hit Kompany set for another spell out for City
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Injury-plagued Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set for another spell on the sidelines because of a knee ligament problem.
City manager Pep Guardiola said Tuesday that Kompany will be out for "weeks" and that the defender was traveling to a hospital in Spain for further assessment.
Carrasco’s late equalizer earns Belgium 1-1 draw with Dutch
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Yannick Carrasco scored a late equalizer and teammate Romelu Lukaku squandered two good chances as Belgium came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Netherlands in the 126th Low Countries derby on Wednesday.
Ajax captain Davy Klaassen had given the Netherlands the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute as the neighbors played a friendly to prepare for their World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
Kompany back in Belgium squad for Netherlands, Estonia games
BRUSSELS (AP) — Vincent Kompany, the oft-injured leader of Belgium's national soccer team, is back in the squad for upcoming games against the Netherlands and Estonia.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says it will depend on his performance for Manchester City this weekend before making a decision how much time Kompany would see during Wednesday's friendly in Amsterdam and the Nov. 13 World Cup qualifier against Estonia.
Aguero looking vulnerable as City evolves under Guardiola
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, center back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the most decorated period in its history.
One by one, it is being dismantled by Pep Guardiola.
Hart has been sent out on loan to Italy.
The injury-hampered Kompany no longer appears first choice.
Toure has been ostracized.
And the seemingly unthinkable is happening: Aguero is coming under pressure for his place.