Tottenham Hotspur have signed Danish creative midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen becomes Tottenham's third signing in the past 24 hours after signing Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela earlier in the day. Eriksen, Lamela and Chiriches also join the other new Tottenham signings this summer: Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho, bringing Tottenham's signings this summer to a whopping seven players.
Providing you aren't a supporter of one of the Premier League's more illustrious, well-off outfits, the final knockings of the transfer window are usually an agonizing, anxious period. Sure, it's built up to be a day of excitement. A day where teams can beat the clock to secure that dramatic, big money deal.
The winners of the 2013 UEFA Champions League face the winners of the 2013 UEFA Europa League today to determine who will lift the UEFA Super Cup trophy. The match features Bayern Munich against Chelsea, which is being played in Prague. For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go.
In the third episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we feature a deep discussion about defensive midfielders and whether they're on their way out at some of the top clubs in favor of a more attacking-minded footballer. Then we discuss whether most of the major European soccer leagues are moving to a duopoly where only two giant clubs rule the roost, while the remainder of the teams in the league try to catch up.
West Ham United midfielder Alou Diarra has been hit by a knee injury that will keep him out for the entire season. The injury comes as a blow both to the footballer and West Ham United. The French defensive midfielder, who can also play as a centre back, picked up the injury in the mid-week League Cup win against Cheltenham.
Tottenham Hotspur have signed midfielder Erik Lamela from AS Roma for a club record transfer fee.
Lamela, who can play either as a striker or an attacking midfielder â€“ much in the mold of Gareth Bale â€” is a 21-year-old playmaker who began his career at River Plate where he made 40 appearances before joining AS Roma in 2011.
This week's Fantasy Premier League tips focus on the precious wildcard. If well-timed, the wildcard can be an opportunity to make huge strides with your side as you yearn to climb the rankings. It is a tense feeling, that moment in the transfer section of the game when you click "Play wildcard" and open Pandora's Box.
Closing time is fast approaching on the transfer window, and whilst many deals are just starting to gather pace, one of the summer's major transfer sagas looks to be running out of steam. The future of Wayne Rooney has been a hot topic over the past few weeks, but with a move to Chelsea looking increasingly likely to fizzle out, the England forward will be readying himself for another season at Old Trafford.
Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given as a backup to Simon Mignolet at Anfield.
Given, who continues to be on the bench at Villa after American goalkeeper Brad Guzan occupies the starting spot, may move to Merseyside. The Irish goalkeeper is still one of the highest wage earners at Villa Park, and has three years remaining on his contract.
The draw for the group stage of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League has been announced, with the 48 participating teams finding our their fate today.
For fans of British football, both Tottenham and Swansea face challenging groups. Spurs will go up against Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala, Moldovan side FC Sheriff and Norwegian Cup runners-up Tromso.
Everton have dismissed Manchester United's bid of Â£36million for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, according toThe Guardiannewspaper. The revised bid is an improved offer from the Â£28million that United made 10 days ago. However, the offer is still less than what Everton chairman Bill Kenwright values the players at.
Two games into the season, Liverpool finds itself tied for second place near the top of the Premier League table with Tottenham Hotspur. It's the first time the Red have won their first two games of the season since 2008-09, a campaign that saw them finish in second place with 86 points.
More importantly, the club is now 5-0-1 during the first six games they have played without Luis SuÃ¡rez, who has four more matches left on his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Less than 48 hours after being arrested and charged with drunken driving, Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon looks set to move to Qatari clubAl-Jaish after the two clubs agreed a fee of around Â£5million, according to Sky Tyne & Wear.
While Sunderland played MK Dons Tuesday night at the Stadium of Light in the League Cup, Sessegnon was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being stopped by police in Newcastle.
Kartik Krishnaiyer recently sat down with World Soccer Radio host Nick Geber for the second episode of the new weekly World Soccer Talk interview show,Voices of Soccer.
In this audio episode, Krishnaiyer and Geber discuss a range of topics including his time with World Soccer Daily, the growth of soccer in the United States, his memories of Dave O'Brien and World Cup 2006 and much more.
Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Christian Eriksen is currently undergoing a medical after agreeing personal terms with the White Hart Lane club, according to a report on the Dutch television network Fox Sports Central.
Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing a Â£9.3million deal and a four year contract.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer from AnzhiMakhachkala.
In 2011, Eto'o became the world's highest paid footballer with a salary of â‚¬20 million after tax per season. After the Anzhi owner decided to shrink the team's budget this summer, Eto'o was put on the transfer market.
Inevitably, David Moyes' arrival at Manchester United was greeted with echoing sighs of disappointment from some fans. Many believe this was a safe and colorless appointment, one lacking the ambition and statement of intent shown by their rivals. Zero trophies to the Scots name and a distinct lack of European experience still has the United faithful holding him at arm's length.
Samuel Eto'o is set to rekindle his relationship with Jose Mourinho as Chelsea are close to signing a Â£7million per year deal for the Cameroon striker.
Mourinho has managed Eto'o at Inter Milan where they won the UEFA Champions League in 2010. Eto'o is expected to have his medical on Thursday before signing a one-year contract with the Stamford Bridge club.
Before the start of this campaign there was positivity a-plenty when talk turned to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's return and Frank Lampard's contract extension made for a delighted set of supporters, and the prospect of the two aforementioned club legends working with the heroes in the making like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard did much to heighten anticipation ahead of a brand new season.
Clearly incapable of going one solitary evening without watching soccer in some capacity, I chose to sample a League Cup tie involving one of my local sides on Tuesday night. Tranmere Rovers were playing Bolton Wanderers in the second round of the League Cup, so I decided to go along with some Tranmere-supporting mates to enjoy a midweek game.
Against all odds, Celtic mounted an amazing comeback tonight to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
After losing 2-0 in the first leg against Shakhter Karagandy, Celtic had to score two unanswered goals in order to tie up the match. And that they did. But with just minutes to go before the match was set to go to extra time, Celtic forward Anthony Stokes went on a mazy run as he dribbled through the Shakhter defenders, and then crossed the ball back into the box for James Forrest to ram the ball into the back of the net.
Not for the first time, and certainly not the last time, Goal.com has gotten its facts wrong on a story about the beautiful game. In this instance, the website published an article reporting that Seattle fans would be given a lead role in the American Outlaws supporters group, and that â€” according to the article â€” "The United States Soccer Federation and the American Outlaws supporters group will put the fan group's Seattle chapter in charge of all game day operations for all U.
AS Roma has announced that the club has agreed to sell Argentina striker Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for a transfer fee of Â£25million with the possibility of the amount increasing to Â£30million with add-ons.
The Serie A club released an official statement today, which reads:
"AS Roma announces that it has signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur for the outright sale of the rights to the player Erik Lamela in [a deal worth] 30 million euros.
Chelsea have officially confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Willian after the player had his work permit granted.
The 25-year-old footballer, who was signed from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, will wear the number 22 shirt at Chelsea.
According to the Chelsea club website, "Possessing trademark Brazilian skills, and with the guile and creativity to unlock tight defenses, during his time at Shakhtar Willian won four league titles, three Ukrainian Cups, three Ukrainian Super Cups and, most memorably, the 2009 UEFA Cup, which was clinched with a 2-1 over Werder Bremen.
Real Madrid midfielderMesut Ozil says he's staying at Real Madrid, and has brushed off transfer rumors that have linked the German international with a move to Manchester United.
Ozil said today:
"I totally identify with [Real Madrid]. Many things [have been] said in the press and although it is true that there is interest from other teams, I can assure you that I am only thinking about Madrid.
Kartik Krishnaiyer recently sat down with World Soccer Radio host Nick Geber for the second episode of the new weekly World Soccer Talk interview show,Voices of Soccer.
In the episode, Krishnaiyer and Geber discuss a range of topics including his time with World Soccer Daily, the growth of soccer in the United States, his memories of Dave O'Brien and World Cup 2006 and much more.
The average viewing audience for Monday's broadcast of Manchester United against Chelsea on NBCSN was 536,000. In comparison to previous Monday broadcasts of the Premier League during the early part of the season (August-December), it ranks as the number two all-time record, second only to the 540,000 who watched Manchester United against Tottenham in August 2011 on ESPN2.
US international striker Jozy Altidore scored his first goal for Sunderland tonight after joining the club this summer.
Altidore opened the scoring for Sunderland in the second half as the team fought back after going two-nil down to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Altidore's goal opened up the scoring for Sunderland, who then stormed to a 4-2 victory.
Editor's note: The following interview by Matt Jones marks the start of a brand-new series at World Soccer Talk, where we try to get inside the mind of some of the top writers in the business to better understand their art of football writing. Watch for more interviews in the coming weeks.
Today's two matches that are being beamed around the United States on television offer a reminder of where both clubs ended up last season. Arsenal scraped through and qualified for the play-off stages of the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool missed out on qualification for the Europa League and UEFA Champions League, and therefore face Notts County in today's League Cup match.
The debate on gay marriage â€” whether it should be legal, whether it is right, whether it is normal, whether it is important â€” is arguably the biggest of the last year, or maybe longer. It rages on with fundamentalist groups citing the Bible to defend their stance and the progressive groups accusing the former of being stuck in another century with their archaic thinking inspired by a "silly" religious text.
Founder/Editor of Howler magazine, George Quraishi, recently traveled to Greece to learn about the tumultuous world of Greek football and the complex but storied rivalries between clubs such as Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, as well as Aris and PAOK.
Quraishi also continues his journey to Greece and dives deeper into the corruption and financial difficulties of Greek football.
For the second week in a row, Newcastle United has been bumped from NBC's 10am Saturday featured Premier League match on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Last week, it was the dire 0-0 draw against West Ham United. This Saturday, Newcastle's clash against Fulham has been moved to Premier League Extra Time.
Video footage has just been released of a goal that Diego Maradona considers the best of his career. The never-before-seen footage shows an incredible run by Maradona in an international friendly that ended 4-4.
Maradona considers this goal even better than the one he scored against England in the 1986 World Cup
While the quality of the video footage is remarkably poor, there's no doubting that this was an incredible goal.
In 1999, the BBC aired a documentary about the Chelsea Headhunters, a gang of football hooligans. Irish investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre went undercover and infiltrated the gang, wearing a concealed camera and pretending to be a Chelsea hooligan â€” even to the point of getting a Chelsea tattoo to convince the hooligans that he was a lifetime supporter.
One of the highlights of every new season is waiting to find out what the BBC have done with the new opening to their famousMatch Of The Dayprogram that airs every Saturday night on British television.
Almost every season they change the opening credits to include the newly promoted teams as well as some of the stars and faces of the Premier League.
Manchester United played Chelsea today in the biggest match of the Premier League season to date.
Jose Mourinho surprised everyone by starting his team with no recognized strikers, and fielding attacking midfielders instead as their offensive threat. Meanwhile, David Moyes had his own surprise up his sleeve as he started Wayne Rooney despite being the target of another transfer bid from Chelsea.
With the pre-match banter between David Moyes and Jose Mourinho, the match between Manchester United and Chelsea began even before the players took the pitch.
When asked about the new management at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho replied:
"For me, the difference is in the routine of meeting a friend, of being together and relaxed for the match, [I] have the guarantee that after the match, independent of the result, we are together again, enjoying our time and having a laugh.
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium opened in July, 2006 for Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial match against Ajax. But the story behind how the stadium was built, within viewing distance of Highbury Stadium, is a fascinating one that many soccer fans, even Arsenal supporters, may not know.
Watch the following documentary entitled 'Building the Emirates Stadium' to learn the ins- and outs of how Arsenal's current home was created.
In March 2013, British television channel ITV aired a documentary entitled "The Laurie Cunningham Story" about one of the pioneers of English football.
He was the first black soccer player ever to be capped by England, which opened the door for other black professional footballers to gain international experience for their country (including Viv Anderson who became the first black athlete to play for the England national team, as well as Paul Ince who became England's first black captain in 1993).
In section one we evaluate Arsenal and their derby-day win against Fulham. Have reports of the Gunners demise been grossly exaggerated? Meanwhile Cardiff City Dragons announced themselves in the top league with a hard fought victory over Manchester City.
It's funny how many of those constantly calling on Arsene Wenger to "SPEND SPEND SPEND" previously criticized Wenger for bringing too many foreign players into the Premier League. Right now, no other top six side in England is so reliant on British players â€” particularly young British players â€” than Arsenal.
David Moyes was perhaps overstepping his bounds when he challenged the Premier League over Manchester United's difficult opening fixture schedule, but he can't be faulted for being too upset. A quick look at United's first few matches shows that they'll be facing some of their toughest challenges straight out of the gate.
Manchester City's defensive frailties were exposed today after Pablo Zabaleta was guilty of poor marking for all three of Cardiff City's goals in a shock defeat for the Premier League title chasers.
With Vincent Kompany and Mateja Nastasic injured in central defense, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini may want to address the lack of quality in depth by picking up defensive cover in the transfer window.
Chelsea have officially confirmed that they've agreed personal terms with Brazilian midfielder Willian, and that the deal is done. All that remains is for Willian to be granted a work permit. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Stamford Bridge club stole Willian away from Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday after the Anzhi footballer had agreed personal terms and completed a medical.
Today's two Premier League matches feature battles between teams from England and Wales. Not that either club features a ton of English and Welsh players on their team, but don't tell the football supporters who are going to the match that!
In the English corner, we have Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur going up against, respectively, Cardiff City and Swansea City.
Tottenham Hotspur are turning their attention to try to sign Italy and Roma left back Federico Balzaretti, according to a report in The Sunday Times newspaper today.
The paper also reports that it's unlikely that Fabio Coentrao will be included in the deal to let Bale go to Real Madrid, but that Tottenham â€” if and when they sell Bale â€” may want to spend some of that cash on Balzaretti.
Kartik Krishnaiyer recently sat down with Luton Town and Tampa Bay Rowdies legend Ricky Hill for the debut episode of the new weekly World Soccer Talk interview show,Voices of Soccer.
Watch the video version of the interview.
In this audio episode, Tampa Bay Rowdies coach (and former Luton Town and England striker) Ricky Hill discusses racism in English football, the perceived bias against the promotion of black coaches in England, how favoritism is rife in England where white English managers with poor records still continue to get hired in the country, as well as how English managers who coach overseas are perceived in England.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is ready to make an attempt to sign Brazilian striker Hulk on a Â£30million deal, but the club faces a tough mountain to climb as Zenit St Petersburg want Â£40million for him.
Villas-Boas is interested in reuniting with Hulk. The Portuguese boss managed Hulk when they were both at Porto.
It's been a sorry start to the season for Carlisle United both on the pitch and in the stands. After three years of steady progress up the League One table, the club are struggling to dust themselves off from the tumble that left them lodged in a disappointing seventeenth last term.
There is cause for concern on the terraces too with the Cumbrians hemorrhagingfans almost as readily as they are shipping goals.
Who said Italian soccer was boring? After returning to Serie A for the first time in 11 years, Hellas Verona defeated AC Milan 2-1 in the opening match of the 2013/14 Serie A season.
The match had everything â€” Thirty-six-year-old striker Luca Toni scored two goals on his Verona league debut, fans rioted with seats being thrown by both sets of supporters, and Italian TV commentatorTiziano Crudeli went mental on-air as Verona scored a shock win.
West Ham United have unveiled their new third shirt for the 2013-14 season.
While I loved West Ham's home shirt, this new West Ham United third shirt seems like a waste of an effort. I like that the Hammers colors of claret and blue and included on the side of the shirt, but the rest of the shirt features an unimaginative design and is yet another me-too black shirt.
The 2013/14 season of Serie A kicked off earlier today featuring Verona against AC Milan. The next match on deck is Sampdoria versus Juventus, which will be shown live on television â€” for viewers in the United States â€” on beIN SPORT beginning at 2:30pm ET.
Juventus will want to get their new season off to a bright start as they hope to win their third title in a row.
In English football, the Director of Football role remains a mystery to the average Premier League follower. Whilst some fulfill ambassadorial duties, the majority are there to cite transfer targets, facilitate deals and provide a go-between for the manager and board.
In the Premier League,it is a role that comes with something of a negative stigma.
Sunderland have made an offer of Â£6million for AS Roma and US international midfielder Michael Bradley, according to a reportin Italy. However, the Italian club values Bradley at between Â£8.5m-Â£10m, so the two clubs are currently at a stalemate in their negotations for the American World Cup star.
When NBC's coverage of the 2013/14 Premier League season kicked off on the weekend of August 17, NBC Sports Group executive Rick Cordella was blown away by the sheer number of hours that soccer fans consumed. "It's like March Madness every Saturday," said Cordella. Soccer fans in the United States streamed more than 5.
Despite everyone thinking that a deal had been done and dusted for Real Madrid to sign Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, the BBC is reporting this morning that the Spanish club have made two separate offers for Bale for the White Hart Lane club to consider. And the Spanish club are waiting to see which one Tottenham will accept.
In the second weekend of Premier League matches this season, Arsenal face two opponents this morning in the early kickoff (7:45am ET on NBC Sports Network, in the USA). The Gunners face Fulham and co-commentator Stewart Robson. Both are ready to knock Arsenal down to the ground given any opportunity.
The commentators for this weekend's Premier League matches on US television and Internet via NBC Sports have been revealed.
Arsenal supporters will be "pleased" to know that expert co-commentator Stewart Robson will be announcing the Gunners game against Fulham on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Arlo White returns to the commentary booth for the biggest matches on Saturday and Monday.
In the second episode ofThis Week In Socceraudio edition, we feature a riveting discussion about Financial Fair Play and how the repercussions of the new rulings will morph European soccer into an American closed system where promotion and relegation either disappear or change forever.
NBC Sports Group expects a new update for its Android version of the NBC Sports Live Extra app to be available either today or tomorrow, said Rick Cordella,Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital for NBC Sports Group, in an interview with World Soccer Talk.
Many soccer fans who own Android devices encountered issues with getting the NBC Sports Live Extra app to stream live Premier League matches during the opening weekend of the 2013/14 season.
It's a pleasure to see The Special One return to the Premier League. His antics provide the media with so much fodder to digest, swoon over and replay over and over again. Not to be undersold, however, are his transfer tactics.
It seemed as though the Gareth Bale transfer saga was finally coming to a close as Real Madrid were close to unveiling the Welsh winger as their latest addition.
Manchester City defender Mateja Nastasic, who was out injured and not expected to return to action until September, could be in the squad that travels to Cardiff City on Sunday for the club's second Premier League match of the season.
With Vincent Kompany ruled out for one month due to an injury, the return of the Serbian defender is encouraging news for City supporters.
The new season of Serie A soccer kicks off tomorrow with Verona against AC Milan as the first match.
This season promises to be one of the most interesting yet, certainly for a long time, as sides bolstered with intriguing signings go head-to-head for the Scudetto. Italian football has had its fair share of problems in bygone years.
Manchester United have made an informal inquiry to Chelsea about the possibility of bringing Juan Mata to Old Trafford, two sources have confirmed to ESPN today.
The Red Devils have been linked with several midfielders this summer including Cesc Fabregas, Luka Modric, Marouane Fellainiand Claudio Marchisio, but all of those attempts to sign the footballers were unsuccessful.
FOX Sports 1 made its soccer debut this week with two live UEFA Champions League matches on the new sports network.
On Tuesday, during the live broadcast of PSV Eindhoven against AC Milan, the FOX Sports 1 ticker that ran across the bottom of the screen during the game didn't report any soccer scores from the other matches.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of action for at least four weeks with a groin injury.
Kompany picked up the injury in the game against Newcastle United on Monday night. The news will come as a blow to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as he's now missing both his first choice centre backs due to injury.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that Willian has chosen Chelsea over Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho made the statement in a press conference today. The Brazilian midfielder still needs to complete a medical before he can take a giant step closer to officially becoming a Chelsea footballer, but the news will come as a massive blow to Tottenham Hotspur who were on the verge of signing Willian yesterday before Chelsea swooped in.
The repercussions of Chelsea swooping in for Willian out of the grasp of Tottenham Hotspur has had an immediate effect. Real Madrid were going to unveil Gareth Bale as their new signing today, but the Press Association is reporting that Tottenham have delayed the sale of Gareth Bale until the club can find an immediate replacement.
Real Madrid are prepared to make a late bid to try to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but the Merseyside club are bracing for an offer and are prepared to stand firm once again to try to keep the Uruguayan at Anfield.
The Guardiannewspaper reports that Liverpool owner John W Henry is still insistent that Suarez is not for sale.
In advance of reports that Gareth Bale will join Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspurtomorrow, the official Real Madrid club website has begun selling Gareth Bale shirts.
Now that the news has leaked that Real Madrid jumped the gun, the official Real Madrid online store has removed the mention of Bale, but as you can see pictured above (thanks to 101 Great Goals), Gareth Bale was listed on the website under the number 11 shirt.
Chelsea are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Willian and are close to agreeing a deal right under the noses of Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham were expected to announce the signing of Anzhi footballer Willian today after agreeing personal terms and the player passing a medical, but Willian was believed to be considering his options before deciding whether to sign with Tottenham.
Well, the first gameweek of the Fantasy Premier League season is complete. There's plenty to digest as we get a first real evaluation of how teams are shaping up in reality and what the repercussions are in fantasy. There is no other gameweek during the FPL season that has more impact on deciding what to do with your team more than the aftermath of GW1 heading into GW2.
With Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso being ruled out for 2-3 months due to a metatarsal injury, that has impacted Manchester United's chances of trying to secure a deal to sign Luka Modric, according to reports in the English press.
Manchester United are still trying to sign a creative midfielder, and Modric would have been an ideal fit especially considering that the Old Trafford club have been unable to lure Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona.
Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid have agreed a world transfer record fee of Â£85million for Gareth Bale to move to Spain, according to a report tonight in Spain.
Spanish radio station Cope claims that a deal has been reached, and that the announcement will be made official on Friday after the Bernabeu Trophy game is played tomorrow against Al-Sadd, which will feature a tribute to former Real Madrid striker Raul.
Believe it not or believe it maybe, but Metronewspaper is reporting tonight that Arsenal are set to make a Â£40million bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The newspaper doesn't attempt to include any source or attribution to the transfer rumor, and the likelihood of Benzema signing with Arsenal seems a long shot when the Gunners have much worse problems to resolve â€” namely finding a defensive midfielder and adding depth to their defense.
After cruising to their first win of the Premier League season, Chelsea faced a tough opponent in Aston Villa. Aston Villa showed no signs of offensive life until stoppage time of the first half, when Christian Benteke tied the game. Chelsea would take the lead after a Branislav Ivanovic header in the 73rd minute.
ESPN could be a pioneer in the television industry if it decides to offer all of its programming to online services that are in development by Sony, Apple, Google and others. According to ESPN President John Skipper, in an interview with Bloomberg, the executive said:
"A Web-based service would have to buy 'the whole suite of products.
In the second episode of This Week In Soccer, we feature a riveting discussion about Financial Fair Play and how the repercussions of the new rulings will morph European soccer into an American closed system where promotion and relegation either disappear or change forever. Plus we discuss FIFA World Cup 2022 and whether it makes sense to open up the World Cup 2022 tournament for a rebid.
Following the departure of David Beckham at the close of last season's successful MLS Cup run-in, speculation was rife in the U.S. soccer world about who would take the former England captain's place at the LA Galaxy. Beckham, along with U.S. international Landon Donovan and all-time leading Irish national team goal-scorer Robbie Keane, occupied one of the Galaxy's coveted designated player, or "DP" slots.
Arsenal faced a true test of its character tonight with a match against Fenerbahce in Istanbul, in front of a physical team and an intimidating atmosphere.
After being thoroughly beaten on Saturday against Aston Villa, could Arsenal take a big step in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League match in order to move a step closer to qualifying for the group stage of the tournament?
It's very likely that Southampton supporters are walking around this week with broad grins on their faces after an extremely promising weekend with the record signing of Â£15million striker Pablo Osvaldo following hot on the heels of an opening day away win over West Bromwich Albion. The Italian international was confirmed as having agreed a 4 year contract on Sunday evening and was introduced to the media on Monday afternoon.
The famous adage that "football is a funny old game" is very true. Not many would have predicted that Aston Villa would get a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend or believed that Wigan would beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final last year. However, more often than not, with careful analysis and an insightful approach, you can make informed decisions when pursuing betting tips around the beautiful game.
The 2013/14 season has only just begun, and we already have three massive matches in store for us this afternoon.
Depending on your club allegiances, the biggest match of the day could either be Fenerbahce vs Arsenal in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off, the Spanish Supercopa between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, or the Premier League match featuring Chelsea against Aston Villa.
Updated: Galatasaray strikerJohan Elmander says he's on his way to join Norwich City in the next challenge of his footballing career. And the Premier League club has now confirmed that Elmander has signed for Norwich on a season-long loan deal.
The 32-year-old Swedish striker, who played for Bolton, Toulouse, Feyenoord and several other clubs, is a tall, physical and clinical finisher in front of goal.
FOX Sports launched their new daily TV show earlier this week on FOX Sports 1. While the reviews for FOX Soccer Daily have been disappointing, one aspect of their show that has been overlooked so far has been something they slipped in to the intro.
Watch the following video:
The glaring line from the video that caught my attention was the following claim made by FOX:
Brazilian midfielder Willian has agreed personal terms with Tottenham Hotspur, and could complete a Â£30million deal either today or tomorrow, reports The Independentnewspaper. The Anzhi footballer is expected to complete his medical tomorrow to seal the deal.
The Brazilian is fairly unknown to the Premier League, but the player has high expectations following the reported Â£30million transfer fee.
Chelsea's attacking midfielder Eden Hazard is the player to watch this season. The magical Belgian burst onto the scene last year with Chelsea starting like a house on fire. His form dipped slightly midway through the year, but Hazard picked right back up and started to dazzle again.
This campaign, Hazard means business and had a pre-season that opened many people's eyes.
Arsenal will be hopeful that last season's hard work doesn't go to waste as they take on Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey today at 2:45pm ET (for viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 and FOXSoccer2Go). Arsene Wenger has called for a big performance in the UEFA Champions League play-off game as he aims to take pressure off the club and its players due to a disappointing start this past weekend.
Most of the viewers tuning in to the Crystal Palace against Tottenham Hotspur match on Sunday will have seen Palace's new home shirt for the first time. The one thing that was striking to me was that there were no shirt manufacturer logos visible on the shirt â€” at least not within TV viewing distance.
Everton are eager to sign Gareth Barry from Manchester City, but the Merseyside club have been unable to agree personal terms. The 32-year-old midfielder is on wages of Â£100,000 per week at City, and both Everton and Manchester City are now stalled to figure out how they can fund his wage demands.
The Arsenal team may not have gotten a lot of sleep last night after Fenerbahce supporters set off flares and firecrackers outside their hotel in Istanbul on the eve of the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off match.
Arsenal faces Fenerbahce today in a match where there's already a lot of pressure on Arsene Wenger to get a result.
PES 2014 will be launched on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on September 20, 2013.
Following EA's announcement yesterday at the video game conference Gamescon where a new gameday trailer and demo date was released for FIFA 14, Konami today revealed that the PES 2014 demo will be available on the PlayStation 3 on September 11, and for the Xbox 360 on September 12.
If at first you fail to succeed, try, try again. That's the motto of Chelsea in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Blues are set to test United once again, this time with a third bid for the wantaway Liverpudlian.
This is likely to be the last bid by Chelsea for Rooney since the transfer window will close soon, on September 2.
Kartik Krishnaiyer recently sat down with Luton Town and Tampa Bay Rowdies legend Ricky Hill for the debut episode of the new weekly World Soccer Talk interview show,Voices of Soccer.
In the episode, Tampa Bay Rowdies coach (and former Luton Town and England striker) Ricky Hill discusses racism in English football, the perceived bias against the promotion of black coaches in England, how favoritism is rife in England where white English managers with poor records still continue to get hired in the country, as well as how English managers who coach overseas are perceived in England.
If Newcastle United supporters were hoping the return of the Premier League might help dispel memories of a turbulent summer, they were sadly mistaken. In the final game of the opening round of league fixtures, the Magpies were hammered 4-0 by a rampant Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. In truth, but for Tim Krul and some wasteful finishing from the Citizens, it would have been a much, much higher scoreline.
Barcelona put seven past Levante, while Real Madrid recovered from a shaky start to beat Real Betis as the 2013/14 Primera Liga season got underway in Spain this past weekend. Villarreal celebrated their return to the top flight with a win, while Atletico Madrid also started with an impressive victory.
Liverpool have confirmed that full back Aly Cissokho has joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Valencia.
Brendan Rodgers has finally got his man. The 25-year-old, who is described as a"sprightly left-back with good speed and stamina," passed a medical earlier today before signing a deal that will see him join the club alongside new signings Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure.
NBC Sports Group has announced that a U.S. record 3.4 million people tuned in to watch the opening weekend of Premier League coverage. The average viewership for NBCSN matches topped last year's opening weekend cable matches by 43%.
The Premier League coverage by NBC spanned NBC, NBCSN, mun2, Premier League Extra Time channels and NBC Sports Live Extra.
NBC Sports Group has decided to move the Southampton versus Sunderland match, that was originally scheduled to air on Premier League Extra Time, to the 10am ET timeslot on NBC Sports Network this Saturday.
The match will feature two massive talking points, especially for the US audience. The first will be the second Premier League appearance by Jozy Altidore for Sunderland.
EA Sports have made several announcements today at the Gamescon video game show in Germany, which includes the demo release date for FIFA 14, a brand-new FIFA 14 gameplay trailer and news about the game being made available free in Europe.
Here's the latest news:
1. The demo for FIFA 14 will be available for theXbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on September 10-11, 2013.
Gary Neville is back for another season of Premier League football, and he returns to his regular role on Sky's Monday Night Football program where he continues to dive deep into analyzing tactics. He's joined this season by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
Neville continues to set the standard for the best soccer analysis on television.
In the last two weeks, we've seen two new daily soccer news programs launch on American television â€” FOX Soccer Daily and ESPN FC.
The addition of these two new shows meant that we bid adieu to their predecessors.FOX Soccer Daily debuted today on FOX Sports 1, replacing FOX Soccer News, the Toronto-based program that was produced in partnership with Rogers.
Brazilian left winger Willian has arrived in London today, and is expected to complete a medical before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth around Â£30million, according to a report inThe Daily Mail.
Last week, Liverpool were poised to make a Â£30million offer for Willian, but Tottenham Hotspur have leapfrogged the Reds in the pursuit of the highly-rated AnzhiMakhachkala attacking midfielder.
Manchester City's new Manuel Pellegrini era began with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle United tonight. The Blues created chance after chance throughout the match, which is nothing new for City against the Magpies. Newcastle has fared worse against City for the last several years than any other current Premier League side so it unwise to read too much into this result.
Fulham have signed Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Scott Parker on a three-year deal. The transfer fee is reportedly Â£2million.
Last week, Queens Park Rangers had agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Parker, but the player had to decide whether he wanted to take a step down to the Championship to play with Harry Redknapp's side.
An encouraging start to the season under their new manager was promptly shifted to the back of Evertonian minds on Monday morning. That was following the news that the Toffees had turned down a Â£28 million bid from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines a mere day before the start of the Premier League campaign.
Manchester City hosts Newcastle United in today's first Monday match of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
With Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham already getting off to a flying start, Manchester City will want to get all three points in Manuel Pellegrini's first Premier League match in charge of the Citizens.
Here in the United States, NBC's Premier League debut was amazing even to the point of engaging non-soccer fans and non-Premier League supporters. The studio shows hosted by Rebecca Lowe were informative and engaging.The only complaint I have was with the large number of commercials in the 7am-7:45am ETPremier League Livetimeslot leading into the Liverpool-Stoke City match.
Out of favor Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has gotten himself into more hot water after joking about his club's defeat at home against Fulham on the opening day of the season.
Bardsley, who infamously passed out on the floor of a local casino as his friends scattered Â£50 notes all over him just days before his final game of the 2012-13 season, hit out on Instagram against his club this past weekend, by posting a comment (using his Instagram account Bardoman26) that read:
The league returns this weekend but the pod try to dissect what that actually means for a lot of sides. As the transfer window is still open and the potential of so many sides is still to be decided (by who?) we take a look through the opening performances of the weekend and try to decipher what some managers were thinking.
Arsenal have made a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to the British media today.
The 27-year-old midfielder has consistently been one of the bright sparks at St James' Park after joining the club in 2011 from Lille. Already this summer there have been transfer rumors linking Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, so the fact that another club is interested in the footballer isn't surprising.
Southampton have signed AS Roma and Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo on a Â£12.8million deal with the fee rising to Â£14.5million with add-ons. The prolific striker will be unveiled at St Mary's tomorrow after signing a four year contract. The Saints have announced that the player should be ready to play against Sunderland this Saturday.
NBC Sports has announced that its telecast of the match between Swansea City and Manchester United on Saturday August 17 has posted the highest overnight rating in the United States history for a Premier League opener.
Saturday's coverage of Swansea-Manchester United drew an overnight rating of 0.
Roberto Soldado's penalty for Tottenham Hotspur today was enough to give Spurs three points to open the season away at newly promoted Crystal Palace. But the game was not as close as the scoreline would suggest. With every summer signing getting a debut, Andre Villas-Boas gave an indication of how Spurs are going to play this season.
After yesterday's opening matches in La Liga, Spanish football fans have a treat in store today with three back-to-back matches featuring Barcelona against Levante, Real Madrid versus Real Betis and, last but not least, Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid.
For viewers in the United States, all three matches are live on beIN SPORT.
Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius, who was injured and unable to play in the Welsh club's opening game yesterday, stood with the Cardiff supporters in the away section of West Ham United's Boleyn Ground.
The Â£7.5million signing decided to watch the game among the Cardiff supporters.
The Danish striker is expected to be fit for Cardiff City's next match, which is against Manchester City.
Croatian attacking midfielderAlen HaliloviÄ‡ has agreed personal terms on a Â£12.8million move to Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb, according to Croatian websiteJutarnji List.
The Croatian website reports that 17-year-old HaliloviÄ‡ agreed personal terms with Tottenham on Friday night. The website adds that if and when the "new Luka Modric" is signed, he'll immediately return to Dinamo Zagreb on loan until he's 18.
With the launch of the new Premier League season on NBC Sports, I had the opportunity today to give the NBC Sports Live Extra app a test drive both at home and on the road.
After remembering how bad the NBC Olympics coverage was on mobile devices, I had some trepidation. However, I was hopeful that the NBC Sports Live Extra app for iOS devices would be an improvement for the Premier League soccer games.
Fulham revealed their third shirt for the 2013-14 Premier League season today in their away match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Designed by adidas, Fulham's third shirt is navy blue with orange and white trim. Personally, the shirt reminds me of a cross between recent Stoke City away shirts and Sunderland's away shirt for the 2012-13 season, which had a different trim (cyan instead of orange).
Is this Portugal's new home shirt for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil?
The photograph below reveals a modern shirt designed by Puma and featuring the famous red colors that Portugal wear. The jersey features a green trim on the shoulders and neck, with a v-neck collar and unique horizontal stripe pattern on the front and back of the shirt.
The debut episode of NBC'sMatch Of The Daypremieres tonight on NBC Sports Network at 11pm ET.
NBC's version of the show with the same name as the iconic 50-year British highlights show is completely separate from the BBC version. NBC's version of Match Of The Day (or MOTD as the Brits call it) will be hosted by Rebecca Lowe and features analysts Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle.
The second day of the 2013/14 Premier League season kicks off today with a double-header. For viewers in the United States, NBC'sPremier League Liveprogram begins at 8am ET, which leads into the first match of the day (8:30am ET on NBC Sports Network) between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby.
Moments after Arsenal lost 3-1 at home against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season yesterday, an Arsenal supporter was interviewed and asked whether or not the match â€” the first home loss on opening day for Arsenal in two decades â€” could have gotten any worse.
The hardcore Arsenal supporter didn't hold back â€” criticizing Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal board and even the Arsenal Supporters' Trust.
We had 18 goals today in the Premier League for an average of 2.5 goals scored per match. The Saturday edition of Gameweek 1 featured the first Premier League match for David Moyes as the boss of Manchester United. Plus we saw Nicolas Anelka make his debut for West Bromwich Albion, the first Premier League match for Cardiff City and much more.
"Get your breakfast. Get your lunch, and get comfy," Rebecca Lowe told viewers at the beginning of NBC's opening day of coverage of the Barclays Premier League 2013/14 season.
For the next 7.5 hours, presenter Lowe alongside analysts Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle led us through a flawless presentation of Premier League Live, the new NBC pre-match show followed by Liverpool-Stoke, Arsenal-Aston Villa and Swansea-Manchester United, with plenty of pre-match, half-time and post-match analysis and interviews to keep soccer fans glued to their TV sets.
This summer so far, Premier League clubs have signed even fewer English footballers than usual from the Championship. Incredibly, there have been only five signings from the Championship in this window despite the fact that the 24 teams of the Championship have English talent that are capable of making the step up to the top flight.
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. For the first time in my 36 years of covering English football, I came across a listing of who the commentators will be for this weekend's round of top flight soccer.
Never before, as far as I know, has a list like this been made available ahead of the Premier League games â€” at least not publicly.
For our Premier League brethren to the north in Canada, here's the Premier League TV schedule for the first two weeks of the season (all times Eastern):
Saturday, August 17
7:45am â€” Liverpool vs Stoke City, Sportsnet 10am â€” Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Sportsnet 10am â€” Norwich vs Everton, TSN 10am â€” Sunderland vs Fulham, Sportsnet World 10am â€” West Ham vs Cardif, Sportsnet World Online 10am â€” West Brom vs Southampton, TSN.
Liverpool opens the 2013-14 Premier League season â€“ and Brendan Rodgers' second season in charge â€“ on Saturday when they host Stoke City.
After finishing in seventh place last season, the Reds are going on their fourth consecutive season without Champions League football, something that once seemed unfathomable for a club that is synonymous with European football.
I can already hear the protests about La Liga. It's just like the Scottish Premier League on steroids. All the best players outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona are leaving the country because of the massive debts that clubs are carrying. They don't bother defending over in Spain and players go down under a light wind.
Other than ESPN's wonderful opening segments on Saturday mornings that had Ian Darke and Steve McManaman at the grounds of English football stadiums around England plus the always informative half-time chats between Paul Dempsey and Pat Dolan on Setanta, this weekend will be the first time ever in Premier League US soccer history where we have pre-match, half time, post-match and shoulder programming that are actually worth watching.
As the news about Mikel Arteta's injury filters through the Arsenal ranks, the hope and excitement that awaited the new season among Arsenal supporters is slowly turning into fear and anger before a ball has even been kicked. Arsenal start their campaign in a tricky game against last season's survivalists Aston Villa, who managed to keep hold of their most prized asset Christian Benteke.
As if you needed any more reasons to get excited about the new Premier League season, here's another one. It's a brilliant promo for the 2013/14 season that combines iconic British images with video of supporters of Premier League clubs and more.
If you love the Premier League, turn up your volume, click the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner, lean back and take it all in.
A substantial number of Comcast Xfinity customers will have access to Premier League Extra Time this weekend for the launch of the 2013/14 season. However, despite NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) being owned by NBC Universal, which is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, not all Comcast markets will have the overflow channels available for opening weekend.
After what has been an excruciating summer for avid football supporters, with no World Cup and no European Championships to whet the appetite, the Premier League will be back in earnest this weekend. With all the off-season talk based on managerial changes and transfer sagas, the focus falling back to on-pitch matters will be most welcome.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a brand-new fantasy soccer game called Euro Fantasy League.
The concept of the game is quite appealing â€”you get to select a squad from the top five leagues in Europe, so you can assemble a dream team of players from La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Ligue Un and the Bundesliga.
NBC Sports has released a new tool to help fans of Premier League clubs in the United States find what channel numbers the matches will be on.
With a sea of different TV providers across the United States showing Premier League matches and many of them offering Premier League Extra Time, the tool simplifies the process of determining which matches will be shown on what channel numbers and at what time.
The 2013/14 season of La Liga kicks off this weekend. Champions Barcelona once again prepare to start the campaign with a new coach. Argentine Gerardo Martino took over at Camp Nou in less than ideal circumstances after Tito Vilanova was forced to step down to continue his battle with cancer and will need to instill continuity in the face of continued high expectations.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has resumed first team training with the Anfield club and has reportedly apologized to his teammates, according toThe Guardiannewspaper.
Last week Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had ordered Suarez to train on his own. But after reports this week revealed that Suarez had told his Uruguayan teammates that he planned on staying at Liverpool because of the support of the Liverpool supporters, today's move is a positive step forward for the controversial footballer who tried to force his way out of the club this summer.
The quality of this summer's new soccer shirt designs has been a mixture of some good, some bad but some ugly. However, we've combed through the better ones to come up with a list of the ten best dressed teams that will be hitting the pitch this season. Whether or not that'll translate to wins remains to be seen.
Fulham have agreed a deal with Aston Villa to sign striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan.
Fulham Manager Martin Jol said: "Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired. He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates.
Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to sign midfielder Scott Parker according to Harry Redknapp. The England national team midfielder now has to decide whether he wants to move to QPR and, if so, to agree personal terms.
Redknapp said today:
"We agreed terms with Tottenham, so it is up to Scott now what he does and to make his mind up whether he wants to come or not.
Galatasaray strikerJohan Elmander says he's on his way to join Norwich City in the next challenge of his footballing career.
The 32-year-old Swedish striker, who played for Bolton, Toulouse, Feyenoord and several other clubs, is a tall, physical and clinical finisher in front of goal. He's earned 71 caps for Sweden and has scored 19 goals for his national team.
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Valencia to sign French left-back Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan. However, the defender won't be available for tomorrow's game against Stoke City, and will be arriving on Merseyside next week.
For several weeks, the British press have been reporting that Brendan Rodgers had been keen on signing Cissokho.
If you plan on watching the Premier League via the Internet in the US this season, take a few minutes to equip yourself with all the tools you need to watch the games.
For residents of the United States, all 380 matches of each Premier League season through May 2016 will be available via live streaming free of charge as long as you have a TV subscription to NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) and your TV provider has an agreement in place to offer the service to you via an authenticated login.
Mexico's decisive 4-1 victory over Ivory Coast in New Jersey on Wednesday night could mark a turning point for El Tri after a troubled seven months this calendar year. The Mexican National Team is not new to prolonged slumps in World Cup qualifying. In 2009, under Sven-Goran Eriksson, El Tri took three points from its first three matches and were decisively beaten by Honduras and the United States.
It's not the news that Arsenal supporters wanted to hear on the eve of a new Premier League season. After having a scan on his thigh today, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is expected to be out of the squad for 4 to 6 weeks with a tornquadricep. That means Arteta will miss the UEFA Champions League playoff matches against Fenerbahce as well as the opening weeks of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
PES 2014 will feature a new, unique heart motion effect, which will keep track of a player's motivation during a match that can play a decisive role in how well or not the footballer performs to your command.
The concept is pretty simple. If a player does well in a match, his motivation and confidence receives a boost, which will make him more likely to execute tough moves such as a bending free kick, etcetera.
Every season, for the past six years, I've asked you â€” the reader â€” to post your predictions of how you think the 20 teams will rank in the Premier League. The challenge every summer is that your predictions need to be posted before the season begins, which means it's well before the transfer window closes.
We're just literally hours away from the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season and the anticipation has reached its pinnacle. But before everything kicks off, before our weekends become significantly busier, let's pause for a moment and revel in what we're about to experience.
The 2013 summer hasn't been without its share of entertaining football.
Editor's note:Today's Fantasy Premier League feature marks the debut of a brand-new weekly feature on World Soccer Talk â€” Fantasy Premier League Strategist â€” written by FPL expert Steve Rothgeb where he offers several inside tips to help you increase your FPL point score each week.
For the 2013-14 season of the Premier League on NBC Sports, every single match will be made available live on television and the Internet via a combination of NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC, Premier League Extra Time,NBC Sports Live Extra app and other NBC networks. However, not every single match will be available on demand for the beginning of the season.
After coming on as a substitute on his debut appearance for the England national team, Southampton striker Rickie Lambert scored a brilliant header with his first touch of the ball to defeat Scotland 3-2 at Wembley Stadium today.
It was classic Roy of the Rovers material from Lambert.
Many soccer fans in the United States are still puzzled whether or not they'll be able to access Premier League Extra Time, the overflow channel service where select TV providers will broadcast the games that are not being shown live on NBC or NBC Sports Network.
The reason for the puzzlement is because DirecTV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision's Optimum and AT&T Uverse are the TV providers who have revealed where their Premier League Extra Time channels will reside.
During half-time of Wednesday's game between England and Scotland on FOX Soccer, FOX Sports announced some of the UEFA Champions League games its networks will televise next week, which gives us the first indication of how the post-FOX Soccer demise and launch of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 will impact our TV viewing experience.
NBC Sports have revealed photographs of their Premier League set that they'll be using to broadcast the league when the action kicks off on Saturday, August 17 â€” beginning at 7am ET on NBC Sports Network (see TV guide here).
As you can see from the images above and below, the set looks fantastic.
So after all the tactical experimentation, the promising pre-season showings and the astute transfer dealings, Roberto Martinez is on the brink of his first Premier League match in his capacity as Everton manager. Carrow Road will be the venue for his opening Premier League game, as the Toffees start their season as far away from home as is possible in this division, with a trip to Norwich City.
Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott are set to start for England today in the nation's "friendly" against Scotland that's being played at Wembley Stadium in London. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast of the match begins at 2:45pm ET on FOX Soccer.
Approximately 20,000 Scottish fans have traveled south to London to cheer on their country in what promises to be a festive atmosphere.
This weekend, it all begins. We are set to lift the lid on nine months of excruciating, jaw dropping extravagant football in the Premier League. There will moments of absolute madness, redemption and compelling story lines among the most entertaining football on this planet. Over the course of the campaign, the top 20 teams of England's Premier League elite will battle it out for the title.
Sky Sports News reporter Nick Collins fell down during a live broadcast outside Wembley Stadium today.
Collins was reporting about Michael Carrick pulling out of the squad, when he suddenly lost his balance and fell down with a loud smash. Sky Sports News quickly returned to Jim White in the studio where they carried on to the next story.
In conjunction with NBC Sports Network launching its Premier League coverage beginning the weekend of August 17, the network is transitioning its name to NBCSN.
According to NBC Sports, "Starting with the Liverpool-Stoke City match â€” coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday â€” NBC Sports Network will increasingly be referred to by commentators and within on-screen graphics as NBCSN.
While NBC Sports debuts its Premier League coverage this Saturday, FOX Sports 1 launches on the same day with a schedule of NASCAR and UFC. However, unless any last minute deals can be finalized, the much hyped network won't be carried by DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks on opening day.
Hull City have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to sign midfielder Tom Huddlestone, according to Sky sources.
Neither Tottenham nor Hull City have confirmed the news yet, but it appears likely that the 26-year-old will be playing in the amber and black of Hull City next season after a deal that'll net Tottenham approximately Â£5million.
Message to Aston Villa supporters: Former club captain Stiliyan Petrov says that he doesn't want Villa fans to continue with the 19th minute tribute to him at Villa Park:
"Fans have asked me about it and I want to make clear that it was a great thing from the Villa fans, an unbelievable gesture which meant so much to me and my family through some of the toughest periods we had to endure.
Liverpool are poised to make a Â£30million bid for Brazilian midfielder Willian, the 25-year-old footballer who plays forAnzhi Makhachkala. The Russian Premier League team are facing a financial crisis and have put their entire squad up for sale with Samuel Eto'o hotly tipped to be heading to Chelsea.
Luis Suarez looks likely to stay at Liverpool Football Club due to the support he's received from Liverpool supporters who helped influenced his decision, according to reports coming out of the Uruguay national team camp.
The Uruguayan striker is in Asia this week, playing for his country in an international friendly against Japan (where he scored a goal against the Asian superpower).
Last month, I questioned Pep Guardiola's decision to sign Thiago and mentioned all the potential pitfalls that were to come with it. Eventually, after a couple of weeks, it seems as though the inevitable has happened. An experienced Bundesliga and Champions League winner in Luiz Gustavo looks set to be chopped from the squad in order to make more room for Thiago, an unproven Spanish youth player who has no experience whatsoever in the Bundesliga or UEFA Champions League.
First, we had videos. Then subway cars, which was then followed by viral videos and street posters. Now the latest phase of NBC's advertising campaign to increase awareness of the network's launch of the Premier League on US television on August 17 features their ads on taxis that are driving through the streets of New York City.
Real Madrid's hunt to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur has gone cold, after there have been some reports inThe Daily Telegraphthat Carlo Ancelotti is less interested in signing the player, and may have moved on to focus on other acquisitions instead.
The article in question (linked below) doesn't include any matter-of-fact evidence, but the hints clearly point that Real Madrid may be less interested.
With so many fantasy football games to choose from, it's easy to get lost in the sea of choices. But with the brand-new game called Euro Fantasy League, this fantasy game offers a major difference â€” you can select players from up to five of the top European leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue Un), all in the same team.
Crystal Palace have signed Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on a one-year deal.
While Chamakh has been the butt of jokes for a couple of years since joining Arsenal in 2010, this will be a wonderful opportunity at Crystal Palace to prove the doubters wrong in a team where he should have a regular starting spot if his performances are positive.
On May 16 2003, Hull City's manager at the time Peter Taylor signed a left-back for the club who had just been released by Division Two side Scunthorpe United. Ten years later, that player â€” Andy Dawson â€” has just played his last ever game for The Tigers in a 3-0 win over Real Betis.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has joined West Ham United on a four-year deal. The transfer fee is reportedly around Â£6million, which represents at Â£14million loss for Liverpool, who signed the player for Â£20million in 2011 from Aston Villa.
Downing will join up with former Liverpool teammate Andy Carroll.
Despite all of the changes in English football this summer with Jose Mourinho returning, goal-line technology debuting and Sir Alex Ferguson retiring, some things never change. Arsenal are still finding it hard to make any significant signings. Chelsea and Manchester City have spent over Â£100million between them while Arsene Wenger still believes his side can challenge for the title with or without new signings.
Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side will keep the Bundesliga race tight this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player I had hoped several Premier League sides would pursue instead, ended up with the European runners-up as somewhat of an afterthought. On Saturday in his Bundesliga debut he recorded a hat trick, made runs from a wide position, and linked up well with Marco Reus, Ä°lkay GÃ¼ndoÄŸan and Nuri Åžahin.
Since 2007, Arsenal have spent only 1% of their available cash flow in the transfer market according to an astonishing report by The Swiss Ramble today.
The soccer financial blog goes into exhaustive detail regarding Arsenal's impressive financial fair play status, but also reminds readers what Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis boasted at the beginning of this summer:
"This year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower.
Sunderland have completed the signing of Trabzonspor's Czech defender Ondrej Celustka on a season-long loan deal.
Celustka is Sunderland's tenth signing of the summer. The 24-year-old played for Slavia Prague in 2009 where he made 41 league appearances and scored three goals. According to the Sunderland club website, Celustka linked up with Trabzonspor â€” following a short spell on loan at Palermo â€” where he made55 league appearances for the Turkish Super Lig club.
Other than Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion have been the quietest Premier League club in the summer transfer window, but that's all about to change as Steve Clarke's side are set to finalize a deal to sign Udinese striker Matej Vydra on a loan deal in the next 24 hours, according toThe Daily Mail.
Tonight's transfer speculation in the media is a perfect example of why it's called the silly season. For the past 10 days, there's been plenty of talk about Bayern Munich's Luiz Gustavo being interested in moving to the Premier League, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressing an interest. However, there's nothing concrete there, butThe Guardianfinally ran a story about it.
So much for Wayne Rooney's mysterious shoulder injury that he supposedly picked up eight days ago in a closed-door friendly against Real Betis, the same injury that ruled Rooney out of friendlies against AIK and Sevilla as well as the FA Community Shield yesterday against Wigan Athletic.
Now, miraculously, Rooney returned to training today with England, where he started training 30 minutes early to prepare for this Wednesday's friendly against Scotland.
Manchester United lifted the Community Shield trophy on Sunday at Wembley after a comfortable 2-0 win against Wigan Athletic. However, it could have been so different if Wigan was able to bury their two golden chances to score to pull the Latics back into the match.
If you missed any of the highlights, or if you want to see them again, here they are in addition to interviews and other great footage:
Nemanja Vidic post-match interview:
Danny Welbeck post-match interview:
2013 FA Community Shield: Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic Match Highlights [VIDEO] is a post from World Soccer Talk.
The lower half of the table follows on in these preview podcasts. The podcast take a look at the second half of the table, hopeful teams: looking to promote their chances and not have to promote themselves the season after. The anxiety of relegation of the elation of staying up, teams start off with aims, both on and off the field.
It is back! The EPL Talk Podcast returns with a full roster. Welcome back! Want to know how the season is going to shape up? We are looking at the top half of the table. Champions, Top four, the chasing pack and hopefuls. There are so many exciting changes, they will play out in the coming weeks: some good things to look forward to.
Newcastle United played Braga yesterday at St James' Park in a rather uneventful 1-1 preseason draw, but one of the talking points coming out of the match was Newcastle United's choice of strip. They wore a new fourth strip, which their club describes as a "new members home kit."
The capture of Hill 937 during the Vietnam War was made famous in the movie Hamburger Hill. Hollywood glorified the struggle of American forces as they spent 10 days laying siege to a heavily fortified hill of dubious strategic value. Like the assault on Hill 937, Major League Soccer faces an uphill battle to capture the hearts and minds of the American people.
As Manchester City summed up their season by losing to Norwich on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League, fans around the Etihad continued to display banners and sing songs to their recently departed manager Roberto Mancini. It was hardly surprising that they did so. With City having previously gone 35 years without silverware, Mancini walked into the manager's office at the City of Manchester Stadium and procured not only the 2011 F.
Today's FA Community Shield game between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic (8:40am ET on FOX Soccer) will be memorable for several reasons.
One, for many of us, it'll be FOX Soccer's swan song in a meaningful English match before FOX pulls the plug on the channel in early September. Yes, FOX Soccer will be showing the England-Scotland friendly next week as well as a UEFA Champions League play-off match the following week, but today's match will be the last major English club match the network will show since FOX Sports World began showing English soccer in 1998.
Chelsea and Inter Milan faced off in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month. The quarterfinal of the International Champions Cup was a massive event that drew 42,000 fans to Lucas Oil Stadium, and filled the streets of Indianapolis. But there was something more important happening that day, something more subtle.
Newcastle United and LA Galaxy have been offered a cut-price deal to sign striker Samuel Eto'o from Russian Premier League sideFC Anzhi Makhachkala. The Dagestan-based team have gone bankrupt and have transfer listed their entire team.
Eto'o, who joined Anzhi in 2011 from Inter Milan, is the world's highest paid footballer.
After Hull City announced yesterday that they're changing their club name from Hull City AFC (in the UK) and Hull City Tigers (internationally), the Premier League has revealed toThe Daily Mailthat the new club name won't be endorsed for the upcoming season.
A Premier League spokesperson said:
"We have not been informed of a change in the name of the actual club, it is the company name that has changed.
The advertising campaign by NBC Sports to promote it's Premier League coverage continues to win plaudits with videos, billboards in Times Square and subway cars. And now, NBC has taken to the streets of New York City with a street poster that shows many of the NYC boroughs and neighborhoods matched up with Premier League teams.
Author ofSoccer In Sun and Shadow, Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano is best known in North America as the author of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. That novel made headlines (and vaulted to #2 on the Amazon sales list) when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez publicly handed US President Barack Obama a copy of the book, which is about the foreign exploitation of Latin America.
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani put an ad in an Italian newspaper today to formally say goodbye to Napoli supporters.
Cavani joined Paris-Saint Germain on a 5-year deal several weeks ago, but loved his playing time and his fans at the Serie A club Napoli. The Â£54million deal that PSG offered was too good for Napoli to pass up, so Cavani decided to say goodbye in a classy style â€” similar to how former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini bid farewell to the City supporters.
As if Brendan Rodgers didn't have enough on his plate. Now, his left winger Raheem Sterling will go on trial in September charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
The 18-year-old was arrested last night and spent the night in jail after being charged with common assault. Sterling went to court this morning and pleaded not guilty before being released where he went to Liverpool's training ground.
As the first of the traditional big leagues is set to kick off, the world will be watching with a renewed interest at the happenings in Germany's Bundesliga. After the league suffered heavily during the 2000's, the Bundesligahas regained its reputation as one of the world's best.
After Germany's painful experience at the European Championships in 2000, the league form also underwent some restructuring, and their steady supply of teams to the Champions League final halted when Zidane's memorable volley defeated Ballack's Leverkusen.
Every summer, Sky Sports typically releases a video in the lead-up to the new Premier League season. In previous years, former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray was featured along with the other presenters and personalities.
While Sky Sports hasn't, to my knowledge, released a video like that so far this summer, here's one that adds to the excitement of the new season featuring video of some of the classic grounds around the country and more.
Coverage of the 2013-14 season of the Bundesliga kicks off today. For viewers in the United States, the opening match of the season will be shown live on GolTV at 2:30pm ET featuring Bayern Munich versus Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern Munich stormed to the Bundesliga title early in April and overshadowed the rest of the league with a mammoth 25 point lead.
Liverpool owner John W Henry has come down hard on Luis Suarez, saying that the striker will not be sold to Arsenal or any other European club this summer.
"I'm unequivocal that we won't sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. I have not said it to Stan [Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder] but I had a personal conversation with others at Arsenal and told him [IvanGazidis] we would not sell to Arsenal.
Arsenal will have to defeat Turkish side Fenerbahce over two legs in order to reach the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, while Premier League side Swansea City will travel to Romania in the next round of the Europa League.
Istanbul-basedFenerbahce were originally banned from UEFA competitions over match-fixing charges in the Turkish league.
The U.S. Men's National Team moved up three spots to No. 19 in the FIFA world rankings, which were released on Thursday.
It is the first time the U.S. has made an appearance in the Top 20 since March 2011. They also moved ahead of rival Mexico, ranked No. 20, to become the highest ranked team in CONCACAF, also for the first time since 2011.
Over the past 10 days, the hottest tickets in town across the United States have been the International Champions Cup featuring eight world-class teams including Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, Valencia, Inter Milan, Everton and LA Galaxy.
In total, 306,344 people attended the games, with 289,344 watching the games in person on US soil.
Cue grumpy footballers who want to push their way out of clubs. Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez are playing with the reserves after both moody footballers are trying to force their way out of their respective clubs. In Luis Suarez's case, he's been forced to train with the reserves, while Wayne Rooney has chosen to play with the United reserves by his own free will.
Charter and Cox Cable have joined the list of TV providers in the United States who will be offering access to NBC Sports Live Extra in time for the 2013-14 Premier League season, which will provide online access (via web, tablet and mobile devices) to all 380 Premier League matches with a TV subscription to NBC Sports Network.
If you're a Time Warner customer and you watch the Premier League, it's good news and bad news today. The good news is that Time Warner subscribers will have access to Premier League Extra Time, the service that provides overflow channels that will air the live Premier League matches that are not being shown on NBC Sports Network or other NBC channels.
NBC Sports has announced their complete TV listings for the first three weeks of the 2013-14 Premier League season.
Beginning August 17, NBC Sports will show all 380 games on television and the Internet. But up until today, we didn't have all of the details of what games were going to be shown in the coveted 10am ET Saturday timeslot.
Following Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night in Miami, the majority of the focus of Jose's Mourinho's post match press conference was on his former life as Real Madrid boss. Given the context of this match, it was not surprising considering that Real Madrid was egged on by a partisan crowd in Miami whose bitter booing and hissing when Mourinho and John Terry were introduced pre-game reminded many why Real Madrid is so hated by many across the European continent.
Under new manager Roberto Martinez, Everton have experimented heavily with the 3-5-2 during this preseason. On Tuesday night at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, the Toffees were beaten 1-0 by Valencia in the Guinness International Champions Cup. Martinez had Everton set up tactically for the entire game in the 3-5-2 formation.
Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal with Toulouse to sign highly-rated midfielder Etienne Capua. The 25-year-old French defensive midfielder has to agree personal terms and pass a medical before the transfer can be completely finalized, which could happen as early as tomorrow or Friday, according to a French website.
Barcelona are set to make an official bid for David Luiz, Chelsea's defender/midfielder. The reported offer will be Â£35million, but Chelsea are expected to reject the bid. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said previously that Luiz is part of his future plans at Chelsea.
Is it transfer gossip, or is there a grain of truth to the story?
Today, GolTV will televise the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round second-leg match between Celtic and Elfsborg at 2:45pm ET.
FOX Sports owns the US media rights to the Champions League, but with FOX Soccer in re-run mode (except for International Champions Cup games) and its coverage of the UEFA Champions League not scheduled to begin on FOX Sports 1 until the week of August 18, GolTV has been permitted to show this one match on its channel.
In an exclusive interview with The Guardiannewspaper, Luis SuÃ¡rez has asked to leave Liverpool, claiming that the club promised him he could go if they failed to qualify for a spot in the Champions League.
SuÃ¡rez said he will take the issue to the Premier League to try and force a move before the league's transfer window closes on Sept.
EA Sports has released a new video today to highlight improvements to FIFA 14 that include better ball trajectories and improved shooting than compared to FIFA 13.
EA Sports' Aaron McHardy discusses 'Pure Shot' and 'Real Ball Physics' in the video below, to illustrate the improvements that have been implemented in FIFA 14, which is scheduled for launch this September.
Despite reports in the British press this morning (and again, no sources attributed) that Manchester United have opened talks with Everton over the potential signing of midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Everton manager Roberto Martinez was direct when he answered a question about transfer rumors regarding Fellaini and defender Leighton Baines.
Arsenal have taken Ligue 2 midfieldermidfielder Alharbi El Jadeyaoui on trial, to give him the opportunity to catch manager Arsene Wenger's eye.
El Jadeyaoui, 26, is a Moroccan international who plays for French Ligue 2 side Angers, and has played throughout France for several clubs. In 2009, he went on trial at Blackburn Rovers, but didn't impress enough to secure a longer deal.
The penultimate night of the 2013 International Champions Cup is underway with Inter Milan against Juventus playing to determine the seventh and eighth place finish, which is followed by Everton against Valencia for the fourth and fifth place spots.
For viewers in the United States, the games kicked off at 6:30pm ET on FOX Soccer.
FOX Sports has made the decision that Sky Sports News, the 24/7 news channel that used to be simulcast on FOX Soccer at hourly periods throughout the day, will not return to US television in its current form.
Despite initial reports that Sky Sports News would air in the early morning hours on FOX Sports 1, FOX has decided instead to integrate features and reports from Sky Sports News into its new FOX Soccer Daily show, which will debut August 19.
NBC Sports yesterday replaced their Gareth Bale billboard in New York Times Square with a brand-new advertisement to promote its coverage of the Premier League on US television and Internet.
The new billboard features a "Don't call it soccer" design by English street artist D*Face. While the new artwork is certainly newsworthy, the bigger story is the timing of Tottenham's Gareth Bale being removed from the advertisement â€” within 24 hours of Tottenham Hotspur removing a picture of Bale and Clint Dempsey from its official Twitter account.
NBC Sports has been incredibly busy in recent weeks with their promotion campaign leading up to the launch of their Premier League matches beginning August 17. In addition to all of the advertising on subway cars, billboards and television, the network will be launching three new shows. Two of them were mentioned last week â€” the Premier League Club Selection Show and Premier League Countdown.
NBC's promo video featuring former SNL comedian Jason Sudeikis has been a massive hit on the Internet. The video to promote NBC's coverage of the Premier League has already surpassed 2 million views, and it was only released four days ago.
Although tragedy struck Coach Ted Lasso when he was fired as the American coach at Tottenham Hotspur after just one day, Tottenham Hotspur's publicity team was kind enough to contact us to provide this 3-minute video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Ted Lasso at Tottenham's training center.
With World Cup 2022 dominating opinion columns and threatening to destabilize a competition still nine years away from us, the World Cup has never faced such an uncertain future. With the embers still warm from the fires that accompanied the Brazilian riots this summer, even the once untarnishable brand of the franchise is looking weathered, as slowly the media's coverage associates it more and more with corruption, profiteering and civil meltdown.
Wayne Rooney is prepared to submit a transfer request at Manchester United to force his way out of the club, according toThe Guardiannewspaper.
Reporter Daniel Taylor writes that "there is a strong possibility that he will have formalized his position at Old Trafford with a transfer request" and "Rooney is increasingly thinking he will have to [submit a transfer request] after United revealed they had turned down a second bid from Stamford Bridge.
With Tottenham's spending having reached Â£49million so far this summer on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, Arsenal supporters are becoming more frustrated by the day with the club's lack of activity in this transfer window.
The Gunners narrowly edged out their North London rivals Tottenham last season for the final Champions League spot, with a near flawless end to the season but as things stand it could be difficult to repeat this season.
Is it any coincidence that the three Premier League clubs who have players involved in the biggest EPL transfer stories this summer have ruled their players out from important friendlies due to "injury problems"?
Yesterday, Manchester United ruled out Wayne Rooney from today's friendly in Sweden because they said the striker had suffered a "shoulder injury" during a closed-door friendly against Real Betis.
US international striker Juan Agudelo has signed a pre-contract with Stoke City, and will formally join the club in January, according to a report by SBI.
Sources confirmed to SBI that Agudelo will join Stoke City in January after his current MLS contract expires on December 31. The report adds that Stoke City and Agudelo are trying to see if the striker can join The Potters in the current transfer window, but a transfer fee will need to be finalized in the next 27 days before the window shuts.
We're less than two weeks away from the kick-off of the 2013-14 Premier League season. To get your excitement levels up even higher than they already are, watch this new promo video that's produced by Kisdrogba Productions (which is no relation to Didier Drogba, unfortunately).
The four and a half minute video is backed with a surprisingly effective soundtrack including the song "I Will Wait" by the British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.
A steward was trampled by a horse Monday night after Preston North End supporters invaded the pitch to celebrate their Lancashire derby 1-0 win against Blackpool in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Preston grabbed a late winner after Tom Clarke scored at Deepdale in the 87th minute. But after the final whistle blew, hundreds of Preston supporters invaded the pitch to rub the victory in to the away end of Blackpool fans.
Liverpool are prepared to offload winger Stewart Downing and declare a Â£15million loss to let the inconsistent footballer move to Newcastle United for Â£5million, reports theLiverpool Echonewspaper.
Two years ago, the Reds signed Downing from Aston Villa for Â£20m. Late last year, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers warned Downing that if his performances didn't improve, he would be sold in the January transfer window.
Nottingham Forest have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season.
Forest's gray and black away shirt with red trim is straight out of the adidas template catalog offering few surprises. What's confusing, though, is that the away shirt looks more like a two-tone mix of gray and black (with red trim) in the above photo, but all black with red trim in the photo below.
Everton have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season.
Designed by Nike, Everton's away shirt is a unique style and color combination for them. The shirt fuses together the famous blue from the Everton home with yellow, which has often been a change color for Everton as recent as the 2011-12 season.
Whilst the Premier League was awash with off-field sentiment during the final knockings of last season, some on-pitch matters went by unnoticed. Other than the ten goals shared between West Brom and Manchester United on the final day, a couple of other score-lines stood out, mainly the final two games involving Norwich City.
Editor's note:World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer kicks off a brand-new weekly column that'll delve deeper into many of his insights from the past weekend of world football. Look for his column every Monday.
The Football League kicked off its 125thseason on Friday and the sentiment of the matches was well displayed by the league.
It's been a busy day at Loftus Road in west London as Queens Park Rangers are set to ship out another one of their players on loan. Loic Remy is headed to Newcastle United for his medical, while attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt is set for a Fulham medical ahead of a loan deal for the Moroccan footballer.
Clint Dempsey's transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Seattle Sounders is a triumphant victory for Major League Soccer, the Sounders and US soccer fans. Deuce now has the opportunity to become the new face of MLS, generating significant income from sponsorship and licensing deals in addition to his lucrative Â£100,000/week wages.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is set to extend his contract at the Spanish club to 2018, making him the highest paid footballer in Spain, according to a report today in Marca, the paper that's often referred to as the "mouthpiece of Real Madrid."
No official confirmation has been made by Real Madrid, but Marca reports the player will earn Â£14.
Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrlescored against AC Milan tonight in front of more than 39,000 fans in New York to send Jose Mourinho's side into a dream final against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. The final will be played on Wednesday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami to determine whether Chelsea or Jose Mourinho's former team Real Madrid will win the inaugural International Champions Cup trophy.
Chelsea play AC Milan tonight at MetLife Stadium in New York as part of the 2013 International Champions Cup. The winner will play Real Madrid in the final of the competition on Wednesday night in Miami. The loser will likely play LA Galaxy on Wednesday evening for the third place match.
For viewers in the United States, tonight's match between Chelsea and AC Milan will be shown live on FOX Soccer beginning at 6:30pm ET.
In the merry-go-round of the Gareth Bale transfer saga, the latest development is that a source close to Bale says that the Tottenham star is disappointed with Andre Villas-Boas's comments from yesterday where he said the player is not for sale.
Tottenham manager Villas-Boas said yesterday that Bale is not for sale, and that "These rumors of an imminent transfer are not true.
Seattle Sounders will unveil Clint Dempsey as their newest player tonight at 10:15pm ET. Watch the special presentation live via the video below.
The excitement is building to welcome former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey to Major League Soccer. This marks a mammoth move for the best supported team in the top flight American league, but it doesn't come cheaply.
Clint Dempsey has been unveiled as the newest star of Major League Soccer and Seattle Sounders. Deuce removed his top Saturday night to reveal a Seattle Sounders shirt with the number two and his name on the back of the shirt.
You can order your own Seattle Sounders shirt with the Dempsey name and number on the back.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas again confirmed tonight that star player Gareth Bale is not for sale.
The Welsh attacking midfielder didn't play in Tottenham's 5-2 defeat against AS Monaco on Saturday, but in the press conference after the match, he reiterated that Bale is staying with the club, but then put his foot in the mouth by saying that "We know that in football anything is possible.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was interviewed Saturday evening after his side's 2-2 draw against Napoli in the 2013 Emirates Cup.
During the interview with ITV Sport, the interviewer started the conversation with a few softball questions before asking several questions in a row about transfer targets and what Arsenal supporters can expect between now and the end of the transfer window in early September.
Everton plays Real Madrid tonight live at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The International Champions Cup semi-final will be televised live on the free-to-air FOX network, with the broadcast beginning at 8pm ET.
The winner will play in the final of the International Champions Cup on Wednesday in Miami versus either Chelsea or AC Milan.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey will be unveiled as a Seattle Sounders player tonight in a special presentation at 10:15pm ET in front of an expected sell-out crowd before the club's MLS game.
World Soccer Talk podcast pundits Kartik Krishnaiyer, Kris Heneage and Morgan Green have recorded a special edition podcast episode to discuss the developing story, to analyze what it means for Major League Soccer and for Dempsey, the player.
Just when you thought Real Madrid was having a relatively quiet summer on the transfer front, Gareth Bale's name pops up in the Spanish papers and every outlet is trying to one up the other in providing "up to the minute" updates on the situation. Everything from the transfer fee, Bale's demands, and potential players Spurs would get in return has dominated the headlines.
Two of the worst-kept secrets in the US sports media this year are, one, that FOX will be launching FOX Sports 2 this summer, and two, that FOX Soccer is going to be shut down in early September, to be replaced by FXX, a sister channel to FX. Despite plenty of press speculation, FOX Sports has tiptoed around both topics and has never publicly confirmed either of the two stories.
NBC Sports has launched a web app that helps American sports fans who are new to soccer to pick a Premier League club. Plus, for soccer fans who already have their favorite club, the app tests how much of an expert they are about their team.
The web app asks readers to choose between 'I have a team' or 'I need a team.
Arsenal kick off their 2013 Emirates Cup tournament with a home match against Napoli today. For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live today at 11:15am ET on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.
Plus, later this afternoon, AS Monaco against Tottenham Hotspur will be shown live on US television on beIN SPORT with the kick-off scheduled for 12:30pm ET.
Queens Park Rangers against Sheffield Wednesday kicks off at 10am ET today, live on beIN SPORT for viewers in the United States.
On this, the opening day of the Skybet Championship, the Championship season celebrates it's 125th year anniversary. And it gives us an opportunity to see how former Premier League side QPR does under manager Harry Redknapp under a Sheffield Wednesday side who finished in 18th position in the Championship last season.
Liverpool are playing Olympiacos FC today in a friendly that is Steven Gerrard's testimonial match after 15 years at Anfield.
For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown on beIN SPORT Espanol today on delay beginning at 10am ET. But here's video of the reception he received from the crowd at Anfield when he walked on to the pitch with his children.
Clint Dempsey is turning his back on Tottenham Hotspur, and looks set to agree a deal to return to Major League Soccer and be allocated to Seattle Sounders. The transfer deal is reported to be Â£6million, while Dempsey will be on wages of Â£100,000 a week making him one of the most expensive players in league history, according to Richard Farley of Pro Soccer Talk.
We laughed, chuckled and loved yesterday's two short promos by former SNL comedian Jason Sudeikis as Tottenham manager Ted Lasso. Now even better news is that NBC Sports has released the complete, unedited 4-minute version of the new Tottenham coach in action, and here it is.
Watch 'An American Coach in London':
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Former Saturday Night Live comedianJason Sudeikis appears in NBC's latest promo spots to highlight the network's coverage of the Premier League, which begins on August 17.
Jason Sudeikis becomes Tottenham Hotspur manager for a day to hilarious consequences. He plays the role of Coach Lasso, a true-blooded American football coach who is steeped in traditional American sport lingo.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Real Madrid's Â£87million bid for Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale is a joke. Meanwhile, Spanish media are reporting that Gareth Bale has asked not to be included in tomorrow's friendly against AS Monaco, so the player can avoid injury and his agent can finalize a deal.
The Football Special is back with a brand-new series for the new season. This one features segments on Arsene Wenger, Joe Kinnear, Gareth Bale, Mark Lawrenson, Luis Suarez and a brilliant tune about the summer silly season.
And the blokes over at The Football Special now have their own website atwww.
Today marks the release of Tampa Bay Rowdies: Trophies and Tradition, a mini-documentary that focuses on one of the great soccer legacies in North America.
Directed by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Joshua Tomlinson for World Soccer Talk, the 25-minute documentary takes a look at the history and current success of the Rowdies, and features interviews with club legend and Rowdies Technical Director Perry Van der Beck, Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill, Rowdies CEO Andrew Nestor, as well as members of Ralph's Mob (the Tampa Bay Rowdies supporters club) in addition to local journalist Bryan Burns and Fort Lauderdale Strikers President Tom Mulroy.
Fulham have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season, and have brought back some Fulham greats to help promote it.
Luis Boa Morte, Kit Symons and Rufus Brevett are pictured wearing the new Fulham away shirt, which is a tribute to the past.
According to the club website, "Fulham fans will note that the design of the new kit is based on the 2000/01 Away Kit in which the team were promoted to the Premiership after sealing a record 101 points tally.
A club official from Atletico Madrid has denied that the club has received any offers for Diego Costa despite speculation in the British press that Liverpool have made a Â£21.8million bid for the Brazilian striker.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid reject any possibility that the player will leave the club this summer, and that they expect him to play in Spain for the next season.
After a breathtaking season in which he won the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards plus the Football Writers Association Player of the Year, Gareth Bale has been attracting a lot of interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world, most notably Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Madrid's latest pursuit of the Welshman has become relentless.
Competitive English football is back this weekend, as what is arguably the most exciting league in Europe starts up again. The Championship English football's second tier was nothing short of exhilarating last season. The race to avoid relegation, the fight for playoff spots and clamor for automatic promotion went right down to the closing stages of the final games.
Last week, the media were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of NBC's brand new studios in Stamford, Connecticut. The new home of NBC Sports will also be the home of the network's coverage of the Premier League.
According to the Hartford Courant newspaper, some of the features of the new NBC Sports building in Stamford include:
The Football League, which was founded in 1888 and is the life and breath of English football, marks its 125-year anniversary this season and has released a six-minute film titled '125 Years Young' to commemorate the historic occasion.
The short film documents the history of the world's original football league competition, and features some of the earliest known footage of Football League matches from the Mitchell & Kenyon collection, including Newcastle United versus Liverpool from November 1901 and Preston North End v Notts County in October 1904.
Yesterday we shared with you photographs of the Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham subway cars that are running on the Times Square Shuttle in New York City as part of an advertising campaign by NBC Sports to promote its coverage of the Premier League that kicks off on August 17.
Jozy Altidore's recent transfer to Sunderland has excited many US soccer fans, not to mention the executives at NBC Sports; nevertheless, there is ample reason to take a more measured approach in defining our expectations of the 23-year-old. Yes, he scored 31 goals in the last campaign for AZ Alkmaar, as well as in four consecutive matches for the US men's national team.
A new photograph of Manchester City's third shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.
If this is Manchester City's new third shirt for next season, and it appears it is, it's the clearest photograph we've seen thus far. Designed by Nike, Man City's third shirt is white with sky blue and navy blue stripes down the left side of the shirt as well as on the right sleeve.
After last Saturday's win by AC Milan against Valencia in the opening game of the 2013 International Champions Cup, the second match of the competition begins tonight between Juventus and Everton. The two clubs face each other in San Francisco tonight with the coverage beginning at 11pm ET live on FOX Soccer, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Tottenham have agreed a deal with Valencia to sign Spanish striker Roberto Soldado. All that remains for the transfer to be finalized is for Soldado to pass a medical.
Tottenham reportedly paid Valencia Â£26million to sign Roberto Soldado.
According to Tottenham's club website, "The striker netted 80 times in 146 appearances during his time at the Mestalla who he joined from Getafe in 2010, after impressing with a tally of 29 goals in 60 league appearances.