Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

A Real Must-Win Game For USA Tonight

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The USA's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup could be over tonight if they fail beat Guatemala in Columbus.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is in this situation after Friday night's shock 2-0 loss in Guatemala. The defeat left the USA in third place in Group C with four points from three matches, having won, drawn and lost once so far.

Inter Milan CEO Wants Automatic Path To Champions League

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American sports executive Charlie Stillitano caused controversy last month we he spoke about the Champions League being a closed tournament, open only to the biggest clubs in Europe. Stillitano got hammered in the press, but this week Inter Milan CEO Michael Bolingbroke spoke about a similar process where the big names could still enjoy the riches of the Champions League regardless of their league position.

Are Real Madrid Planning To Flip Alvaro Morata To Arsenal?

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There are lots of TV shows based upon the premise of flipping a house. Buying something below market value and immediately sell (or flip) it to another buyer for a profit.

That is what Real Madrid is poised to do this summer, but instead of a house, they are looking to flip striker Alvaro Morata to Arsenal for an handsome profit.

Wenger Admits Top Four Finish In Doubt

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I have been saying it for weeks now. Arsenal are in danger of not only slipping out of the title race but out of the Champions League places also. And Arsene Wenger agrees.

In recent years Wenger has celebrated Arsenal's 20th consecutive top-four finish like winning a trophy. But when you have finished fourth in 6 of the last 10 seasons, that is becoming a harder sell to make.

Ouch – Neymar Ordered To Pay 45m For Tax Fraud

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This was not a good day for Neymar. A Brazilian court has ordered the Barcelona star to pay over $188.8 million reales (€45m) in back taxes, interest and penalties after being found guilty of tax evasion and tax fraud.

The Brazilian is expected to appeal the decision before the Brasilia Tax Appeals Board.

Turmoil In Madrid As Isco, James, Modric And Kroos Want Out

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This was always going to be a crucial summer for Real Madrid with their impending one-year transfer ban looming on the horizon.

But instead of focusing on who the Spanish giants will bring in, Madrid president Florentino Perez is faced with a potential unprecedented exodus as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Isco all want to leave the Bernabéu.

Arsene Wenger Oblivious To Arsenal’s Problems

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Wednesday night was a typical night for Arsenal fans as they saw their side get knocked out of the Champions League.

The Gunners were knocked out of the Round of 16 of the continental competition by Barcelona, following their 3-1 defeat at the Camp Nou; the defending champions won the first leg 2-0 in February and completed a 5-1 aggregate rout.

Neymar Wants Copa America And Olympics

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Neymar is setting himself up for a massive club v country battle after stating that he wants to play for Brazil in both the Copa America and Olympic Games this summer.

The Copa America tournament takes place in June while the Olympics don't start until August meaning that the Brazilian star could miss the start of the 2016-17 season in Spain if he plays in the Olympics this summer.

Wenger: I Built Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger says that he built Arsenal into the club it is today, while insisting that nobody can question his motivation.

The Gunners manager is under severe pressure from media and fans after Arsenal have seemingly thrown away the best chance they've had in over a decade to win the Premier League.

Premier League: Leicester City Take Another Step Closer To Title

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Leicester extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points as Rafael Benitez's first match in charge of Newcastle ended in defeat.

Shinji Okazaki's spectacular overhead kick earned the Foxes a win which, with just eight games left, moved them closer to their first league title.

PSG Show Class In Ligue 1 Title Romp

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It was another record breaking weekend for Paris Saint-Germain, who won their fourth consecutive, and sixth overall, French Ligue 1 title on Sunday, setting a new record by wrapping up the league after just 30 matches.

The French giants showed their growing dominance in Europe in midweek by knocking Premier League champions Chelsea out of the Champions League and continued their celebrations domestically with a sensational 9-0 victory at Troyes.

Why Cannot Arsenal Handle The Pressure And Expectations?

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It was another disappointing weekend for Arsenal fans as the two-time defending FA Cup holders were knocked out of the competition at home by Watford.

The defeat was the latest in what has been a miserable month for Arsene Wenger's side. Since Danny Welbeck's dramatic winner in added time against leaders Leicester on February 14, Arsenal have won one of their subsequent seven games, and that was away to Championship side Hull in the FA Cup.

Lionel Messi To Play In Copa America Not Olympics

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Great news for La Albiceleste fans as Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed that Lionel Messi will play in the Copa America this summer instead of the Olympics,.

Martino said on Argentina radio station La Red that it was "too much" for the Barcelona star to play in both events and also World Cup qualifiers.

McClaren Out Rafa In At Newcastle United

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I wrote on Wednesday how Newcastle United were in talks with Rafael Benitez to replace current manager Steve McClaren. Those talks obviously progressed well as the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has replaced McClaren as the new Newcastle manager.

Rafa has signed a three-year that that reportedly been includes an opt-out clause should fail to save the club from relegation.

Aguero Announces He Will NOT Sign New Deal At City

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The Premier League'e best striker has told Manchester City that is is not interested in signing a new contract as he will leave when his current one ends in 2019.

Sergio Aguero has confirmed that will return to Argentina to finish out his career when his contract at City ends

The 27-year-old still has three years remaining on his current deal and there had been suggestions City were on the verge of getting the Argentina international to commit the rest of his future to the club.

Has Chelsea Been Forcing Hazard To Play Injured All Year?

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One of the biggest mysteries in a bitterly disappointing season by Chelsea has been the form of Eden Hazard this season. The FWA Footballer of the Year and the PFA Players' Player of the Year winner was instrumental in Chelsea winning the League Cup and Premier League last season.

But this year Hazard has failed to come close to reaching the heights that he reached last season and his father says the reason for that is because he is suffering from a long-term groin injury, and that Chelsea are forcing him to play through it.

Europa League: Dominant Liverpool Beat United 2-0

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Liverpool drew first blood against Manchester United with a dominating 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash.

Daniel Sturridge's first-half penalty wasfollowed by Roberto Firmino's close-range effort 17 minutes from time.

had it not been for the continued brilliance of goalkeeper David de Gea, it would have been over as a contest before next week's return at Old Trafford.

So When Will Champions League Football Return To Stamford Bridge?

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Chelsea are set to be without Champions League football next season for the first time in Roman Abramovich's 13-year reign after Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent them crashing out.

It means that Chelsea, currently 10th in the Premier League and 10 points away from the top four with nine games left, must now lure a new manager knowing that a place in the Europa League is now their only realistic chance of European football next year.

Champions League: Ibra Stars As PSG Ease Past Chelsea

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Led by a brilliant performance by Zlatan Ibrahimović, PSG knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in the last 16 for the second year in a row.

Beaten 2-1 in Paris three weeks ago, Chelsea began determined to wipe out that deficit as soon as possible, Kevin Trapp springing to his left to parry Diego Costa's effort in the third minute.

Rafa To Newcastle United?

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According to various media outlets, Newcastle United are in talks with representatives of Rafael Benitez to replace current manager Steve McClaren.

The former England boss is under immense pressure in the North East, and rumors have been circulating for several weeks now that his days at the club are numbered.

Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic Heading To Old Trafford Next Season?

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There have been whispers for weeks now that Manchester United have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic about moving to the Premier League next season.

These whispers have now been confirmed by the French publication Le 10 Sport. Ibra is out of contract at the end of the season and reportedly the striker wants to play again for Jose Mourinho next season.

Benteke Admits Living Up To Expectations At Liverpool Have Been Hard

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has acknowledged that he has struggled at handle the pressure of his £32.5m move from Aston Villa last summer.

Sunday's controversial penalty against Crystal Palace was only his eighth since he moved to Anfield and Benteke revealed he had expected more from his time at Liverpool so far.

Wenger Calls David Ospina “World Class”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stretched belief a little far even for him by calling David Ospina is a "world-class goalkeeper" and has insisted he has never doubted the Colombian's ability between the sticks.

With first choice Petr Cech out for another four weeks with a calf injury, Ospina has been thrown back into the spotlight.

Barcelona Making Strong Case For Best Side Ever

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Barcelona's victory in Eibar on Sunday sees them move one step closer towards breaking four records that would confirm Luis Enrique's side as the best side ever in both Spanish and European football history. These are the records that Barca are chasing this season.

Back To Back Trebles
With an 8 point lead at the top of La Liga and a place in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla already booked, Barcelona are on track for an unprecedented back-to-back treble.

Orlando v RSL – 5th Highest Attended Match In World This Weekend

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It was a brilliant opening weekend for Major League Soccer with 36 goals across the 10 games giving fans plenty to cheer about.

The action on the field translated into fans in the stands as MLS averaged 26,152 fans for 10 games on Sunday. That put MLS sixth in the world in average attendance over the weekend, ahead of such leagues as the French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A and Dutch Eredivisie.

Chelsea To Present Conte On July 14

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Chelsea are all set to complete the appointment of Italy national team coach Antonio Conte as their new manager for next season after handing him a three-year deal worth around £5m (€6.5) per year. Compared to what Jurgen Klopp is getting at Liverpool and Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will get at City and United respectively, £5m a year for a top manager like Conte is a bargain basement prize.

Eva Carneiro Wants Public Apology From Jose Mourinho

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Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has demanded that Jose Mourinho has to make a public apology or the employment tribunal involving the former Chelsea team doctor will go to a full public hearing.

The demand emerged as Dr Carneiro and her lawyers met with officials from Chelsea at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon for a private hearing before an employment judge.

Champions League: Terry To Miss PSG Clash

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Chelsea will go into their crunch European tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night without their captain John Terry who has failed to recover from a hamstring injury. PSG head to Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 lead and Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink was hoping to have their inspirational leader back in the lineup.

United Defeat Illustrates Why Van Gaal Is Not Up To The Job

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It had been a great week for Louis van Gaal. Heading into the weekend's fixtures Manchester United had cut into Arsenal's lead over them by 6 points. United fans were dreaming of a top four finish once again. The Gunners draw in the North London derby on Saturday meant that a United win over West Brom on Sunday would have moved the Red Devils to within two points of third place.

Leicester Extend Lead At Top Of Premier League

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Leicester City took another big step towards an improbable Premier League title as they beat Watford 1-0 while Spurs and Arsenal drew in the North London derby.

Hours after seeing fellow title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal draw 2-2 in the north London derby, Leicester beat Watford 1-0 away to extend its lead to five points with just nine games remaining.

Serie A In Worse Financial Shape Than First Thought

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The financial state of Italian clubs was laid bare to the world this week and it extremely worrying for any fan of Serie A.

Collectively, clubs in Serie A lost a combined €365 million last season, up from the €220m combined losses they had incurred just 12 months prior.

Only seven of the 19 clubs made money while Parma were relegated to Serie D after going bankrupt.

Barcelona Set New Unbeaten Spanish Record

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Barcelona lead Real Madrid by 12 points in La Liga and defeated their rivals 4-0 earlier in the season ‒ and now the Spanish giants have broken their record by going 35 games unbeaten.

Luis Enrique's side set a new Spanish record after securing a 5-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Thursday night.

Liverpool To Tour USA This Summer

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Liverpool will be traveling to the US again this summer where they will once again participate in the International Champions Cup (ICC). Rumored opponents for Jurgen Klopp's side will play three games, including one against Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy game was the only one that Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre would confirm saying:

"Absolutely, [a friendly against L.

FSG Admit Problems At Liverpool After Takeover

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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have admitted that they 'underestimated how poor' the quality of the squad was when taking over in 2010.

As part of a long-running legal dispute between Mill Financial, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the club's former co-owner George Gillett, FSG's former counsel Edward Weiss was forced to testify.

Wenger Not In Mood To Discuss Gunners Fading Title Aspirations

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A frustrated Arsene Wenger admitted the Gunners have lost the right to dream about a first Premier League title since 2004, and must quickly recover from Wednesday's loss ahead of Saturday's north London derby clash at Tottenham.

Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams struck the goals to sink Arsenal, who took an early lead through Joel Campbell but then hit the woodwork three times.

Man United Fans Dreaming Of Europe Again

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What a difference a week has made in the Manchester United season. A week ago, United fans were worried about the club getting knocked out of the Europa League by Danish minnows FC Midtjylland.

But the arrival on the scene of Marcus Rashford has changed the mood around Old Trafford and with four wins in a row there is finally some optimism amongst United fans.

Klopp Happy As Liverpool Batter City

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You would always rather have the cup than the revenge but as a response to disappointment this was still rather special from Liverpool.

After Sunday's shoot-out defeat in the Capital One Cup final, Liverpool would not have relished seeing Manchester City again. Now, though, everything will not look quite so bad at Anfield.

Sergio Ramos And Cristiano Ronaldo Hand In Transfer Requests

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Blockbuster news out of Spain that Real Madrid superstars Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo both told club president Florentino Perez after their 1-0 defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid that they wanted to leave at the end of the season.

The defeat in the Madrid derby left Real 12 points behind leaders Barcelona in third place in La Liga and only 2 points ahead of fourth placed Villarreal.

Patrick Vieira: Coaching In MLS Is Difficult!

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He has only been in the job for four months but new York City FC manager Patrick Vieira already knows one things. Coaching in Major League Soccer more difficult than in Europe.

Former Arsenal star Vieira, who was appointed NYCFC manager in November, said learning about the league's structure has been "fascinating" ahead of his first game in charge on Sunday.