Transition game: Chelsea tops Arsenal in thriller
Arsenal was shaky at the back early and down 2-0. Before halftime, it was level. But Chelsea, via Marcos Alonso's late goal, was a deserved winner.
08/18/2018 - 02:37 PM
Mom Says Daughters Were Targets of Racial Slurs at School Soccer Match
Administrators at Alta High School in Utah are investigating allegations of racial slurs on the school's soccer field during a recent match.
08/17/2018 - 01:29 PM
Bernardeschi scores winner for Juve in five-goal thriller
Federico Bernardeschi provided a Hollywood ending to Juventus' Serie A opener against Chievo on Saturday.
08/18/2018 - 03:19 PM
Lewandowski avoids Bayern embarrassment against amateur team
A fourth-tier team of amateurs held Bayern Munich scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Robert Lewandowski ended chances of an unlikely upset in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday. SV Drochtersen/Assel, a team from a town of only 11,000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, frustrated the country's top team until Lewandowski's 81st-minute goal finally sent the Bundesliga powerhouse through 1-0. ''I'm happy we're still in the cup,'' Bayern coach Niko Kovac said after his first serious game in charge.
08/18/2018 - 03:03 PM
Fans queue up for France's new two-star World Cup shirt
French fans have been queuing for hours in Paris to get their hands on the new Les Bleus two-star kit
08/17/2018 - 06:09 PM
Recap: STL 5, MIL 2
8/17/18: Ozuna, Wong club 2 RBIs each in Cards' win
08/18/2018 - 12:22 AM
Maurizio Sarri 'sure' that Eden Hazard will remain a Chelsea player
Maurizio Sarri has said he is ‘sure’ that Eden Hazard will remain a Chelsea player beyond August 31. Although the English transfer window shut on August 9, clubs in Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, can make signings for another two weeks. Hazard has long been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to one of the Spanish giants, but the Belgian has said nothing to Sarri to indicate he wants a move away.
08/17/2018 - 09:05 AM
Gossip: Manchester United 'refuse to sell' Paul Pogba, Arsenal 'confident of keeping Ramsey' and more
Paul Pogba is seemingly keen for a Manchester United exit but Jose Mourinho has shut the door on a possible move to Barcelona It truly is an extraordinary saga when a club makes so many mistakes regarding one player that it is difficult to pinpoint the
08/17/2018 - 02:38 AM
Insigne scores beauty to put Napoli ahead
Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli the lead against Lazio in Serie A on Saturday with a wonderful goal on the hour mark.
08/18/2018 - 05:01 PM
Man City midfielder De Bruyne out for 3 months with injury
MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for about three months on Friday with a knee injury, dealing the Premier League champions an early setback for the new season. De Bruyne injured a ligament in his right knee during a training session on Wednesday but does not require surgery, City said. The injury means he will miss at least four of the six games in the group stage of the Champions League, which starts in September, and potentially the next 11 games in the 38-match Premier League season. The timeframe for De Bruyne’s recovery is also set to rule him out of all four matches for Belgium in the group stage of the new UEFA Nations League, with games in
08/17/2018 - 08:34 AM
Tite names the best players at the World Cup
Brazil head coach Tite said that he believes Luka Modric was the best player at the World Cup in Russia.
08/17/2018 - 07:15 PM
Jose Mourinho defends relationship with Paul Pogba... and insists only player he has fined is Anthony Martial
Jose Mourinho has insisted he has never had a “fight” with Paul Pogba and suggested it is up to the apparently unsettled Manchester United midfielder to explain what he meant when he said “there are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined”. In robustly defending his relationship with Pogba, who United steadfastly say will not be sold to Barcelona, Mourinho revealed that the only United player who had been fined during his time at the club was Anthony Martial. Martial upset Mourinho by leaving United’ pre-season tour to the United States early to fly back to Paris and then not returning.
08/17/2018 - 12:15 PM
Neymar deserves to be praised for his behaviour - Tite
Brazil head coach Tite believes Neymar deserves praise for the way he conducted himself while being targeted at the World Cup.
08/17/2018 - 07:14 PM
Pochettino claims he knows the secret to doing Alli's eye celebration
Eye eye: Dele Alli’s new celebration has everyone trying it out Even those of us who try to keep our distance from the hysteria which surrounds player celebrations have had a dabble when nobody’s looking. There seemed little to it when Deli Alli scored
08/17/2018 - 05:49 AM
FIFA fines Atletico Madrid for 3rd-party influence
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Atletico Madrid for third-party interference in a player transfer. FIFA says the transfer for an unnamed player included a contract which "enabled a third party to influence the club's independence in employment and transfer-related matters." Atletico, which beat Real Madrid 4-2 in the European Super Cup on Wednesday, was fined 52,500 Swiss francs ($52,720). FIFA cracked down on third-party ownership of players in 2015. Until then, investors were able to buy shares in players in some countries, raising questions over possible conflicts of interest. It's not the first time FIFA and Atletico have tangled over transfer issues. In 2016, FIFA banned Atletico from signing
08/17/2018 - 08:25 AM
FA deserve praise for England's World Cup performance - Wright
Former England striker Ian Wright says the FA deserve credit for England's run to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
08/17/2018 - 04:43 AM
Spain's top soccer league set to play regular-season matches in the US
Some of Spain’s top soccer teams -- including FC Barcelona and Real Madrid -- are slated to play regular-season matches in the United States for the first time in history as part of a promotional effort to boost soccer’s popularity in North America. The initiative is just one plan inked in a 15-year-deal between Spain's La Liga soccer league and multinational media and sports conglomerate Relevant, according to the English-language edition of Spain's El País newspaper. The deal means that U.S. fans will get to see players like Barcelona's Lionel Messi perform in games that count in the league standings -- not just in summer exhibition matches. “The aim of this extraordinary joint venture is
08/17/2018 - 07:00 AM
The 20 most popular rich-list football teams on social media
Earlier this year, financial services firm Deloitte released its annual Football Money League, charting the massive revenues of Europe's biggest football clubs. As the wallets of the continent's biggest teams continue to grow, so too do their online presences. Social media has become a crucial part of the way the largest clubs connect with their fans around the world, with some even hosting foreign language Twitter accounts. Social media is also increasingly driving revenue for clubs as brands target players with large followings for sponsorships. There is still some disparity, though, between the clubs with the most money and the clubs with the most fans (on social media, anyway). Scroll down
08/18/2018 - 05:58 AM
Atletico Madrid fined for breaching third-party regulations a year on from two-window transfer ban
Atletico Madrid have been fined €46,200 by FIFA for breaching regulations regarding third-party involvement. The La Liga club were punished and warned about their future conduct by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, following an investigation. It comes a year after Atletico were given a two-window transfer ban due to irregularities involving the signing of underage players from overseas.
08/17/2018 - 11:31 AM
Chelsea's Fabregas out with 'very unusual' injury
Liam Twomey Chelsea correspondent LONDON -- Cesc Fabregas will not feature for Chelsea against former club Arsenal as he deals with a "very unusual" injury, but Mateo Kovacic could make his debut, head coach Maurizio Sarri said on Friday. Both players missed Chelsea's 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with Kovacic having only arrived at Cobham on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid three days earlier and Fabregas remaining at the training ground to continue his rehabilitation. The Spain international remains unavailable but Kovacic is likely to be on the bench, though Sarri said he is some way short of peak fitness. "Fabregas is out for this match. I hope he will be able to be
08/17/2018 - 09:33 AM
Apex Friendship football seniors forge unique bond
The seniors on the team, who will be part of the first class to complete all four years at Apex Friendship, helped lay the foundation for the football team.
08/16/2018 - 07:08 PM
Serie A announce dates for postponed Sampdoria, Genoa games
Dates have been set for the Serie A games of both Genoa teams which were postponed after a bridge collapsed killing dozens in the northwestern port city, the Italian football league confirmed on Friday. Sampdoria will play Fiorentina at home on September 19 with AC Milan hosting Genoa on October 31. The games were to have been played on Sunday but were pushed back at the request of both teams after the collapse of the Morandi bridge on Tuesday killed at least 38 people and left the city devastated. The kick-off times will be confirmed at a later date. A minute's silence will be observed before all other matches this weekend with the Italian season kicking off with champions Juventus playing at
08/17/2018 - 02:05 PM
Stanford Cardinal and UCLA Bruins look to have a leg up in 2018 NCAA women's soccer season
What begins amid back-to-school sales and ends with people humming holiday carols? Well, yes, pumpkin spice latte season, apparently. But also the NCAA soccer season. It has been more than eight months since the Stanford women celebrated their national championship, so it's natural to be a little rusty when it comes to the names and stories that are likely to define the 2018 season. With games now underway, here's a look at key plot points. This season has a La Liga feel Spain's top soccer league regularly features age-old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid staging a roster arms race -- and a lot of teams chasing them without ever gaining much ground. College soccer has longtime rivals Stanford
08/17/2018 - 03:00 AM
Jurgen Klopp warns stars not to have a problem with squad rotation
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to his star players – if you have a problem with being left out of the team, you have a problem with me. Klopp has the best squad at his disposal since arriving at the club in 2015, with many fans believing they can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title all the way.
08/18/2018 - 04:45 AM
Manchester United mark return to women’s football with a new Liverpool rivalry
Media playback is not supported on this device If there was one thing that drove Sir Alex Ferguson to distraction, it was Manchester United's rivalry with other leading teams. From trying to "knock Liverpool off their perch" to "noisy neighbours" Manchester City and a rivalry with Arsenal that "made the Premier League", Ferguson knew that staying ahead of his enemies would drive his team to greater heights. Likewise, beating Manchester United provides inspiration for their opponents. And the same sort of rivalry can now flourish in the women's game after United decided to introduce a women's side for the first time in 13 years. United will operate in the FA Women's Championship this season, a
08/17/2018 - 07:50 AM
Ronaldo debut & rest of Serie A to go ahead as Genoa & Sampdoria games postponed over bridge collapse
Lega Serie A has confirmed that, while Genoa and Sampdoria's season-openers have been postponed due to the tragic Ponte Morandi bridge collapse on Tuesday, the remainder of the weekend's games will go ahead as scheduled. Massimo Ferrero, the president of Sampdoria, one of the city's two top-flight clubs, had called for all of this weekend's Serie A games to be postponed as a mark of respect but only the Blucerchiati's clash with Fiorentina at the Luigi Ferraris, and Genoa's meeting with AC Milan at San Siro have been called off.
08/17/2018 - 04:32 AM
Premier League Week 2 Preview: 5 Things To Watch
From the new coach already under pressure to the team heading back to their temporary 'home', here are five things to watch in Week 2 of the season. Unai Emery needs a good result It seems ridiculous to suggest Arsenal’s new manager, coming in after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign, could be under pressure after two matches. But this is the Premier League. Unai Emery saw his side comfortably beaten at home by Manchester City last week, and face another tough match on Saturday, away to London rivals Chelsea. Beating City was always going to be a big ask, but there were a few grumbles from the stands at Arsenal’s attempts to play out from the back, with goalkeeper Petr Cech looking particularly uncomfortable.
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
Chelsea loanee Clarke-Slater sent off for Vitesse
Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter was sent off for Vitesse in their Europa League qualifier against Basel.
08/16/2018 - 07:13 PM
Arsenal and Chelsea can't challenge Man City for the title - Wright
Ian Wright believes both Arsenal and Chelsea don't have the ability to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
08/16/2018 - 05:56 PM
Tite ushers in Brazil's new era ahead of Copa America
Brazil coach Tite confessed that after his country´s World Cup elimination he went for his daily walk along the Rio de Janeiro beach "at 6:00 in the morning, because there was no one else around." With time, sensing a more positive response from the streets, he started out later, no longer afraid of an angry reaction. But the quarterfinal elimination to Belgium still hurts. "I went mad because we didn't go further in the World Cup," he confessed. "I've been waking up at 2:00 in the morning to head the ball along with Roberto Firmino, shoot with Gabriel Jesus and try and take the arm of [Thiabut] Courtois out of the way!" As Tite called up his first post-World Cup squad for games next month against
08/17/2018 - 01:41 PM
Poundje scores wonder strike for Bordeaux
Bordeaux defender Maxime Poundje won't score many better than his wonder strike against Ukranian side FC Mariupol in the Europa League qualifiers.
08/16/2018 - 06:33 PM
City's Guardiola wary of Spurs game switch
MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola has indicated that he is not keen on the idea of switching Manchester City's clash with Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium, with the venue for the game in October still unknown. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he does not know where the match, scheduled for Oct. 28, will be played as delays hit the opening of the London club's new stadium, with a possibility that its date could be changed. Tottenham have moved their first three fixtures to Wembley, where they played home games last season, but switching the City match to the national stadium is complicated because an NFL game scheduled for the same day. Sources have told ESPN FC that there has
08/17/2018 - 10:07 AM
Mourinho says Man City 'disrespectful' in documentary
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Premier League rival Manchester City was "disrespectful" and lacking "class" in a behind-the-scenes documentary that was released this week. Amazon's eight-part documentary of City's title-winning year in the Premier League last season gave a TV crew almost unlimited access to players and managerial staff, offering insight into Pep Guardiola's locker room. You don't need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie," Mourinho said. Speaking in an interview with British broadcaster Sky Sports, Mourinho didn't refer to any particular passage of the documentary, entitled "All or Nothing: Manchester City." In one section, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne talked about his struggles when he was at Chelsea under Mourinho.
08/18/2018 - 10:34 AM
Salah, Mane and Firmino not in competition says Klopp
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's feared front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not in a goalscoring competition as the trio are focused solely on winning matches. The Reds started the new Premier League season with a 4-0 hammering of West Ham at Anfield last weekend, a contenst in which Mane scored twice, while last season's PFA Player of the Year Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge were also on target. After the game, Mane was asked about the competition among the team's forwards but Klopp – addressing the media before Monday's contest at Crystal Palace – believes none of his stars pay attention to the numbers achieved by their strike partners.
08/17/2018 - 10:00 AM
Where are Roy Hodgson's final Liverpool squad now?
Rewind: Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool legacy wasn’t much Kop Just the mere mention of Roy Hodgson’s name is enough to make Liverpool supporters squirm. His six-months in charge left Reds fans hiding behind their sofas and for those who actually still went
08/17/2018 - 11:50 AM
Nashville council attorney raises legal concerns with MLS stadium referendum proposals
Nashville was awarded a MLS team in 2017 and now the city is pushing to build a stadium for the team to play in In a new legal analysis, the Metro Council's attorney has raised legal concerns with a pair of resolutions that seek to hold a referendum in November on financing Nashville's proposed Major League Soccer stadium. Mike Jameson, the council's legal counsel, has advised that the resolution be rewritten and a substitute be filed to address the issues. The analysis, released Thursday, comes in response to two resolutions filed by At-large Councilman John Cooper, a top critic of the stadium project, and Budget and Finance Committee chairwoman Tanaka Vercher that seeks council approval to
08/17/2018 - 12:21 PM
Barca will use La Liga success as a platform for Champions League - Valverde
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has insisted that winning the Champions League is not the priority for his team this season.
08/17/2018 - 03:12 PM
Man City want to dominate English football, warns Walker
Kyle Walker warned Manchester City's rivals that Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions want to dominate English football. City celebrated a record-breaking season as they won the Premier League by 19 points ahead of neighbours Manchester United in 2017-18. It was City's third Premier League title and first since 2014, and full-back Walker revealed Guardiola's team are determined to enjoy prolonged dominance in England after opening their defence with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.
08/16/2018 - 09:20 PM
Source: Altidore target for Serie A, Ligue 1 clubs
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore could be headed back to Europe, a source with knowledge of the situation has told ESPN FC. Altidore, 28, has drawn the interest of a club in Serie A as well as in Ligue 1, and while the Serie A transfer window closes on Aug. 18, the French window doesn't close until the end of this month, providing some time to get a deal done. Altidore's agent, Lyle Yorks, didn't respond to a request for comment. Altidore underwent foot surgery back in May to remove bone fragments, and all told missed three-and-a-half months of the current MLS campaign. But he returned to the TFC lineup last month, and on Wednesday
08/16/2018 - 09:01 PM
Griezmann gave his team-mates a special gift for beating Real Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has splashed out on special gifts for all his Atletico Madrid team-mates after their European Super Cup victory over Real Madrid. While the trophy hardly holds the same gravitas as the Champions League, or the Europa League for that matter, Griezmann was keen to mark the occasion in a fitting manner.
08/17/2018 - 06:00 AM
Morales scores twice as Levante wins 3-0 at Real Betis
MADRID (AP) — Jose Luis Morales scored twice as Levante won 3-0 at Real Betis in the opening round of the Spanish league on Friday. Levante's 4-4-2 formation worked to clinical effect as his strike partner Roger Marti gave Levante the lead close to halftime, tapping in after right midfielder Jason cut through the Betis defense. Morales doubled the lead in the 54th minute, eluding four defenders before beating goalkeeper Pau Lopez with a fine finish, and then sealed the win five minutes into injury time following a Levante counterattack. Earlier Friday, promoted Real Valladolid drew 0-0 at Girona. Defending champion Barcelona hosts Alaves on Saturday, while Real Madrid's first game since selling
08/17/2018 - 06:48 PM
Western Stima duo suspended for a clash against Nakuru All-Stars
Western Stima will be without the services of two dependable players when they take on Nakuru All-Stars in a National Super League match on Saturday.
Stima will be all out for a win after they went down by a solitary goal to Bidco United last weekend
08/17/2018 - 03:56 AM
Dele Alli's viral soccer celebration is driving the UK mad — here's how you do it
In the UK, the "In My Feelings" challenge is already dead and buried. Instead, everyone is trying to replicate the soccer celebration of Tottenham Hotspur's mercurial midfielder Dele Alli. Like most viral challenges, Alli's celebration looks simple at first glance — like an upside down "OK" gesture — but it's infuriatingly difficult to master. Over the last few days, celebrities and the general public alike have tried with varying levels of success to recreate the celebration. The #DeleChallenge has even made it across the pond to the US: Some people have even speculated that you need to be double-jointed to master the post — but that's not the case. If you're still struggling to get your fingers
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
5 Things - Messi's incredible scoring record
Lionel Messi could become the first player this centruy to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons.
08/16/2018 - 06:49 PM
Steven Lowy to quit as Football Federation Australia leader
Steven Lowy has announced he's quitting as Football Federation Australia chairman amid political infighting over reform. Lowy succeeded his father, billionaire property magnate Frank Lowy, as chairman in 2015 and has guided the FFA through a turbulent period, including disagreement with FIFA over the national governance of the game. Lowy tells Fox Sports, "I've decided I won't seek re-election when my term is up at the end of November.
08/16/2018 - 10:35 PM
Man United's Pereira called up in Brazil's first post-World Cup squad
Just a week after making his first Premier League start for Manchester United, Andreas Pereira received a surprise first call-up to Tite's Brazil squad ahead of two friendlies next month. The Belgian-born 22-year-old midfielder was amongst a host of new, young, uncapped faces in Brazil's first post-World Cup squad, including Barcelona midfielder Arthur, also 22. Having started for Jose Mourinho's United in last week's 2-1 win over Leicester City, Pereira is joined in the Brazil squad by new club team-mate Fred. Pereira, whose father was a Brazilian footballer who spent most of his career in Belgium, represented both Belgium and Brazil at youth level. Flamengo pair Hugo, 19, and Lucas Paqueta,
08/17/2018 - 02:15 PM
Five-time German Cup winner Schalke reaches second round
BERLIN (AP) — Five-time German Cup winner Schalke reached the second round of the competition with a hard-fought 2-0 win at fourth-tier side Schweinfurt on Friday. Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb scored a penalty midway through the first half after Schweinfurt defender Philip Messingschlager was adjudged to have brought down Amine Harit. The home side held out until an own goal from Adam Jabiri with 15 minutes left ensured the Bundesliga side went through - and ended Schweinfurt's 15-game unbeaten run. Elsewhere, third-division Wehen Wiesbaden beat second-division St. Pauli 3-2 with two goals in extra time, and second-division Darmstadt won 1-0 at league rival Magdeburg. In Saturday's games, defending
08/17/2018 - 05:39 PM
Rapids' Castillo wants to stay after loan ends
Reuters Thriving in his first season in Major League Soccer, Colorado Rapids defender Edgar Castillo would like to remain with the team after his one-year loan ends after the 2018 season. Castillo, a 31-year-old U.S. international who was born in Las Cruces, N.M., joined the Rapids on a one-year loan with the option to buy from Liga MX side Monterrey. "I would not like to go back to Monterrey, because I do not want to go back to Mexico now," Castillo said in Spanish during an interview with newspaper Diario AS published Thursday. "I am very comfortable here, playing, enjoying it, with the confidence of the coach and having football that maybe I could not play recently. "It's nothing to do with
08/16/2018 - 06:54 PM
English Premier League Matchweek 2 odds, betting trends
Liverpool had the most impressive debut of the opening week of English Premier League action last week when it crushed West Ham United 4-0 at home. This Monday night, Liverpool heads out on the road to take on Crystal Palace in the final game of this matchweek. The road club is a -230 favorite on the Premier League odds for Monday night at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The test for Liverpool’s big offseason moves may not come until the team’s competition stiffens up down the road, but a 4-0 blowout win to open the season is a great place to start. Crystal Palace (+575 to win, +380 to draw) didn’t get its first win until Week 8 last season, but in 2018-19 it came in the season premiere
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
Enyimba must fight to win in Mali, urges Kano Pillars’ Nwagua Nyima
Nwagua Nyima has tasked Enyimba to fight for maximum points when they lock horns with Djoliba in a Caf Confederation Cup encounter in Bamako on Sunday. Usman Abdullah’s men will visit the Stade Mar 26 in the quest for a favourable result to revive their campaign, having crumbled to third with a 2-0 loss to Williamsville in Abidjan two weeks ago. “I believe they still have a bright chance to qualify from the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup,” Nyima told Goal.
08/17/2018 - 03:40 PM
USMNT Aug 17-19 viewing guide and open thread
A week before the Bundesliga kicks off most of the action is limited to secondary sources (beIN, ESPN3, Univision Deportes, etc.) but there are a number of opportunities throughout the weekend to watch former, current, or potential USMNT players in action. Perhaps in this final preseason weekend, it would be good to cover some ground rules for those who may be a bit newer to the site or this weekly column. We look to provide some insight into the opportunities you have to view USMNT players in action. Typically we focus on the viewing opportunities through the major networks, because they are the most widely available. ESPN, FS1 and NBCSN reach 4-5 times as many homes as beIN Sport Espanyol,
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
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