Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has hit back at criticism from the German media as the World Cup winner struggles for form and says Bayern Munich's success is not helping his club's cause.
Hummels found himself on the bench for second-placed Dortmund on Sunday in their 4-1 win at home to VfB Stuttgart, coming on for the last 10 minutes, after his mistakes led to Borussia conceding goals in their previous two games.
Many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to vent following their team's 1-1 draw against 16th placed Norwich City. The consensus among the majority of Gunners supporters was "title-winning teams don't play like that." While it was certainly a lackluster performance from the Gunners, championship clubs do, in fact, have hiccups.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Swansea should stick with their under-pressure manager Garry Monk.
Klopp's side moved into the Premier League's top six with a nervy 1-0 victory over the Swans at Anfield. The result means that Monk's side, who were fourth at the end of August, are only four points above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last 10 league matches.
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said evergreen striker Tim Cahill could play all the way to the next World Cup as the goals keep coming for the 35-year-old. The newly crowned Asian coach of the year said retirement was not on the cards for Australia's record scorer, who struck three this month against Bangladesh to reach 45 international goals.
Following the embarrassment of the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil had to go through a rebuilding period and reevaluate the talent that had been coming from the land of Pele. While a nation that seemed to have a world-class striker in every generation is still looking for a now-elusive no.
Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times, while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA's player of the year award for the first time.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Diego Costa despite the striker's unhappy reaction to being dropped to the bench for the scoreless draw at Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho admitted the pair had argued at half-time during the mid-week Champions League victory away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Costa's mood at White Hart Lane on Sunday suggested he had taken his demotion badly.
Arsene Wenger insisted he had no regrets over risking Alexis Sanchez in the 1-1 draw at Norwich despite the influential Chilean forward being forced off the pitch with a thigh injury. Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny were all added to a lengthy list of long-term casualties on Sunday after a match that left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League table.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declared that the Premier League champions had produced their best performance of the campaign after they drew 0-0 at in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Chelsea have had little to shout about of late and although the result served only to move them up to 14th place in the standings, Mourinho, who dropped misfiring striker Diego Costa, was encouraged by what he saw.
In the Premier League, a select few clubs can spend the GDP of small Pacific Island nations in order to improve their squad, and with every signing it can feel like the magic of the English game keeps being sucked away. Watching Jamie Vardy and Leicester does bring back a bit of that essential essence as to why the Premier League is the most-watched around the globe.
Rarely in the book world does a tomecome around that fundamentally alters the way we look at the subject for the better or worse. One such book is The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, two members of The Sunday Times Insight Team.
In the most important soccer book since the last exposé published by Declan Hill, this book is a deep dive into the data and information the Insight Team wrote about prior to the 2014 World Cup and the corruption around the 2022 World Cup bidding; However the book covers more details, more stories, and more scandals.
Anyone who has played soccer at any level will be familiar with certain truisms entrenched in the fabric of the game. At the highest levels of the game, though, the basic traits we're taught as we learn the game closing down opponents, working as a unit, springing into shape haven't always applied in the way.
Chelsea take the short trip to North London where they face high-flying Tottenham Hotspur in what is a crucial fixture for both sides (live on Sunday at 7am ET on the USA Network in the USA).
With only four points separating Spurs from league leaders Leicester City, Sunday's fixture represents a great opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino's men to stake a claim in the title race if results go their way in the other games.
When star winger Angel Di Maria arrived at Manchester United from Real Madrid in a huge £59.7 million deal, many assumed that the Argentina international would help transform the Red Devils into title contenders following an extremely disappointing 2013-14 campaign. While Di Maria started his first and only season in England well, picking up three goals and six assists in his first dozen league matches, the former Benfica standout failed to crack the starting XI in league play after March 4th.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy deserves the accolade of "great," Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. And Van Gaal, who has worked with some great strikers over the years, went as far as to say he would not discount the possibility that Vardy could keep his side in contention for the Premier League title.
This weekend's Premier League matches across NBC Sports in the United States features a first. It'll be the first time that NBC's lead soccer commentator Arlo White will be announcing a home game for his beloved club Leicester City. White will be joined by Lee Dixon from King Power Stadium on Saturday from 12:30pm ET on the over-the-air NBC network.
There are stories, and then there are stories we will always remember. Leicester City's rise from the bottom on the Premier League is becoming the latter. From the start of the 2014-15 season to this point, 13 rounds into the campaign, the Foxes have played as title contenders do. It should be no surprise to see them at the top of the table.
Mathieu Valbuena said Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema "indirectly" told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex tape of him with his girlfriend. In his first public comments on the scandal that has torn apart the French national team, Valbuena told Le Monde newspaper he was "very, very, very disappointed" at the actions of Benzema.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur are potential title challengers ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Sunday and refuses to rule out moves for Harry Kane and James Vardy. The Portuguese also denied that his Chelsea side have an advantage over Spurs, despite an extra two days' rest due to their European commitments.
This Sunday at 2pm ET, NBCSN will debut a brand-new Premier League Download episode. This time the subject is Crystal Palace, the south London club who have been in the headlines recently after potential investment from NBA and NHL investors in the United States.
To give Crystal Palace full credit, there's a lot of positive things to say about the club right now.
Since Jürgen Klopp arrived to manage Liverpool, a feeling of positivity and progression has reverberated around Anfield. Even during the sequence of draws before his first win, the squad showed encouraging signs of believing in his tactics, specifically the all-important gegenpressing. And while it is taking longer to mirror his old Dortmund team with the ball, without the ball Liverpool players have been working furiously to carry out Klopp's desires.
From a position of strength at the top of the Premier League a week ago, Manchester City suddenly face a test of their staying power against Southampton on Saturday.
City's shock 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool last Saturday saw them surrender the lead in the title race, with manager Manuel Pellegrini admitting the performance had been the worst he had seen since his arrival at Eastlands two-and-a-half years ago.
A Premier League record could be broken on Saturday afternoon, in a repeat of a fixture last season that produced one of the most thrilling games the competition has ever seen.
That match is one of two from English football's top flight, which feature on our list this week. The second also produced a storming contest last season, as the stuttering champions travel to a local rival who have been emboldened in the early stages of the campaign.
Things are heating up in North London between Arsenal and Tottenham, with last weekend's results leaving Spurs only two points behind the rival Gunners, who sit in fourth place in the English Premier League. But it is not just on the pitch where the competition is picking up. Both teams reportedly tracking the same Roma star as we approach a January transfer window.
On behalf of the entire team at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.
We're thankful for so many things. First of all, you! For being a loyal reader, listener and follower. Without you, World Soccer Talk wouldn't be anything, so we appreciate your comments as well as letting other people know about the site.
Determining the surest path to Major League Soccer success is tricky business; A league in ongoing evolution makes it so.
It's like raising children. What works in creating the most precious little kindergartener won't work as that kid turns 11 or 12. What compels best behavior for pre-teens probably won't do the job when they start driving.
If you're a member of a soccer team, Miller Lite is offering you a chance for an exclusive sponsorship opportunity worth up to $1,000 toward custom gear. Imagine the equipment, clothing and gear you could get for your team with that amount of money.
Anyone with a soccer team in the United States can participate.
Whatever your take on Daniel Levy, you have to admit that the Tottenham Hotspur chairman is a bit of a wizard in the transfer market. Hard as nails to deal with, his insistence on getting the best possible transfer deal, penny for penny, led Sir Alex Ferguson to say dealing with Levy was more painful than his hip surgery.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Everton writer Matt Jones.
In the interview with Matt, the Everton reporter discusses what the expectations are for the Toffees this season, whether Tim Howard has turned a corner in his performances for the Goodison Park club, his opinions about Jurgen Klopp and the job he's doing at Liverpool, what is it about Ross Barkley that makes him so special, how John Stones has "kaleidoscope legs" and more insight about the blue half of Merseyside.
Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that he was the target of "an inquisition" by FIFA's ethics committee, which has suspended him for 90 days and called for further sanctions over corruption charges.
Blatter, who led for FIFA for 17 years until his suspension in October, appeared in several Swiss media on Wednesday, defending himself against a range of allegations that have sparked widespread calls for reform at the top of world soccer.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said Wednesday he expected a "playoff" Champions League game against Olympiacos on Dec. 9 as the two teams vie for a spot in the knockout phase.
"It will be like a playoff game because the head-to-head counts and we have things to catch up with," Cech said on his website, as third-placed Arsenal trail the Greek side by three points in Group F with one match to play.
To say that 2015 has been a bad year for FIFA would be a rather big understatement as the level of corruption which continues to threaten the integrity of football grows stronger as each day passes by. Instrumental figures at the head of football's governing body continue to have their name tarnished by an on-going investigation carried out by FIFA-employed adjudicatory committee, and while they may be a number of cases taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, it could result in a serious reform that fans and media alike have been crying out for.
In an opportunity arranged by LFCTV, young Isaac was given an exclusive at Melwood with the new Liverpool boss, resulting in this adorable six-minute interview. From enticing Klopp into a Gene Simmons impression to the challenge of trying to expand his Scouse, Isaac managed something few would have thought possible, getting the effervescent Reds boss to seem even more open.
A first-half strike from Mario Mandzukic saw last season's beaten finalists Juventus into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over injury-hit Manchester City.
City, already qualified following their 3-1 win at Sevilla last time out, traveled to Turin looking to secure top spot in Group D as well as avenge their 2-1 defeat to the Bianconeri at the Etihad Stadium in September.
Louis van Gaal's Manchester United squandered an opportunity to reach the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to PSV Eindhoven.
On a night when Old Trafford marked 10 years since the death of United legend George Best, the hosts saw plenty of the ball but created few genuine chances, with Jesse Lingard hoisting their clearest opportunity over the bar mid-way through the second period.
Manchester United's supporters paid tribute to late club great George Best as their team played PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, 10 years to the day since he died aged 59.
Fans illuminated the screens on their smartphones and held them aloft during the seventh minute of the Champions League game, in a nod to the shirt number most closely associated with the richly talented Northern Irish winger.
UEFA on Wednesday ordered Dynamo Kiev to play their next three European matches behind closed doors and fined the Ukrainian team 100,000 euros for their fans' racist behavior during a match against Chelsea.
UEFA's charges against Dynamo Kiev related to "racist behavior...
As Jamie Vardy skipped past Chancel Mbemba's sliding challenge to slot past Rob Elliot, Vardy equalled the Premier League record of scoring in ten consecutive matches. The record is especially astonishing considering that Vardy was playing non-league football just three seasons ago.
Now, to sit atop the Premier League goalscoring charts with thirteen league goals is an amazing accomplishment.
A Singaporean accused of leading the world's largest football match-fixing syndicate was freed on Wednesday after a surprise court ruling seen as a blow to efforts to rid global sport of corruption.
Businessman Dan Tan, who was arrested in September 2013 but never tried, was released after the Court of Appeal ruled that it was "unlawful" to keep him detained because he did not pose a danger to public safety in Singapore.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with author Oscar Öberg.
In the interview with Oscar, the Swedish author and journalist compares Seinfeld characters to football managers, Sherlock Holmes and the comparison to Gary Neville, Jay Z and soccer, the golden age of Swedish footballers at Arsenal, the relation between standup comedy and soccer, as well as his book about Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester City must put their "difficult situation" behind them and use Wednesday's clash against Juventus as a test of their Champions League-winning potential, according to their coach Manuel Pellegrini.
City, who have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, face the Italian champions looking for revenge following their 2-1 defeat to Juve at the Etihad in September.
Chelsea cruised to an easy 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Haifa on Tuesday to close in on the last 16. The victory, coupled with Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 win at Porto, means Chelsea need only a draw at home to the Portuguese in two weeks to guarantee their passage to the knockout stage.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for 12 weeks, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday. Coquelin suffered a knee ligament injury during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and scans have now revealed the extent of the problem.
Speaking after Arsenal's vital 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Wenger said he doesn't expect the Frenchman back until the new year:
Security at the 2018 World Cup will be strengthened following this month's attacks in Paris, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko (above) promised on Tuesday. The vow came after the organizing committee met with inspectors from FIFA.
"We discussed the problems of security in detail," Mutko, who is also the head of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee, told reporters after the meeting.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (above) confirmed Tuesday that fan zones will be maintained but with increased security during Euro 2016 despite recent terrorist attacks which left 130 dead in France. The attacks included three large explosions caused by suicide bombers outside the Stade de France where the Euro 2016 final will take place during a friendly between France and Germany.
Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have been passed fit for Wednesday's Champions League home game with PSV Eindhoven, manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Tuesday. The two players missed United's 2-1 win at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, captain Rooney due to illness and Martial because of a foot injury sustained on international duty with France.
Barcelona's devastating attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are among eight players from the European champions named on a 40-man shortlist for the UEFA Team of the Year. Italian champions Juventus, beaten 3-1 in June's Champions League final, have six players on the list.
Editor's note: World Soccer Talk writer Oliver Huddlestone is currently traveling throughoutAsia and is sharing travelogues with us from the countries he visits. So far, he's shared his observations regarding trying to watch or play soccer from Hong Kong and Malaysia. Today's post is on Bali.
One of the most enjoyable things about listening to former players and managers talk is the stories about characters they've worked with in years gone by.
The quirks of iconic coaches such as Bob Paisley, Brian Clough, Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson, and perhaps how players like Paul Gascoigne, George Best, Roy Keane, Vinnie Jones et al were around the dressing room.
Saturday's El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona delivered an average of 1.8 total viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, according to Nielsen. A total of 1,106,137 watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 768,445 watched the game on the English-language beIN SPORTS network.
Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard will pull on the famous Reds' shirt once again after agreeing to play for the club's 'Legends' side in Australia next year. Gerrard is currently on a post-season break from his LA Galaxy commitments after joining the Major League Soccer club from Liverpool earlier this year.
Dundee are considering the possibility of playing a Scottish Premiership match against Celtic in the United States, according to reports on Monday. It is believed Dundee and Scottish champions Celtic have held talks about the prospect of playing a top-flight fixture in the USA, with Boston and Philadelphia mentioned as possible venues.
Juventus have confirmed attacking midfielder Hernanes will be sidelined for three weeks after scans revealed a tear in his right thigh. The Brazilian international, already out of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Manchester City due to suspension, suffered the injury in Saturday's 1-0 home win over AC Milan and is now set to miss upcoming league games against Palermo, Lazio and Fiorentina.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Francis Maxwell of TYT Sports.
In the interview with Francis, he discusses Cristiano Ronaldo's disappearing act in Real Madrid's game against Barcelona, the aftermath of El Clasico, his hosting role on TYT Sports, what it'd be like to have drinks with Roy Keane and Andy Gray, as well as which Premier League footballer could scare people with his stare, and much more.
The North American Soccer League (NASL) concluded its fifth season on Nov. 15 with the New York Cosmos' 3-2 win over the Ottawa Fury in the league's title game. The title was the Cosmos' seventh across the league's two incarnations, with the club currently benefiting from a league model that's drastically different from Major League Soccer (MLS).
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the broke news, and the hearts of Arsenal fans, on Monday by confirming defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin will be sidelined "at least two months" with a knee injury suffered during Arsenal's disappointing 2-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday. Coquelin is one of the most important players in the entire Arsenal squad and has arguably been the top performer among Premier League defensive midfielders in the calendar year.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Tuesday's Champions League clash against Olympiakos is effectively 'a final' for the Germans in the battle to finish top of the group. Both Olympiakos and Bayern have nine points in Group F, but Guardiola's Bavarians lead the table with an overwhelming goal difference and beat their Greek rivals 3-0 in Piraus in September.
No matter howyou spin Swansea's record so far this season, the situation looks bleak in South Wales. While the club has achieved victories against Aston Villa, Manchester United and Newcastle, it has been mired by a string of losses against Arsenal, Watford, Southampton, Stoke and Norwich, as well as draws against Sunderland, Spurs, Chelsea, Everton and —from this past Saturday —Bournemouth.
The judgement arm of FIFA's ethics committee on Monday opened a case against the body's suspended president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the corruption allegations surrounding both men due next month.
The panel of judges, known as the adjudicatory chamber, received the final report from the ethics committee's investigative branch on Saturday, which called for sanctions to be levelled against both men.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 9 games during Premier League gameweek 13.
During this week's episode, the trio discuss Leicester moving to the top of the table, the Manchester City-Liverpool goalfest, Arsenal's slip-up against West Brom, Manchester United's late win and much more.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino played down his side's title chances after they closed to within four points of the Premier League summit by overwhelming West Ham United 4-1.
Harry Kane scored twice, his seventh and eighth goals in five games, and defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker were also on target at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Pochettino's enterprising young team equalled the club record of 12 consecutive Premier League games without defeat.
Justin Meram scored the fastest playoff goal in Major League Soccer history Sunday and the Columbus Crew blanked the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals.
US midfielder Meram's tally after only nine seconds and Kei Kamara's goal in the 85th minute off stellar footwork by fellow African standout Cedrick Mabwati gave the Crew a major edge entering next Sunday's rematch at New York.
If you can get away with it, writing a book on leadership lessons is the greatest gig ever. If your book isn't good or has bad advice, by default the reader is to blame because, well, the author was successful so the advice must work! In a sense, these kind of books are aggrandized autobiographies that allow an author to trumpet their successes while simultaneously impart wisdom to the audience so that maybe they too can become a major winner just like X.
Plenty has been put on the shoulders of Everton's Ross Barkley. Around this time last year, his club manager said when Barkley retired he would go down as the greatest player his country ever produced. The soon-to-be 22-year-old is far away from accomplishing that massive expectation but he's in the midst of the best campaign in his young career.
For at least a brief while on Saturday, after a thrilling last minute goal gave them a win against Watford and before Manchester City and Leicester City played, Manchester United took a once-familiar spot on top of the English Premier League table.
Since Alex Ferguson ushered in an era of almost constant success in the 1990s and 2000s, United fans have been used to seeing their team atop the table, but normally with a style different than what's currently being played.
Over 600 million people watched El Clasico, and I, like them, switched the match on to watcha rivalry that is so conceited that it assumes every game is a classic. What I saw was a ton of incredibly well-paid, well-groomed players on both sides who were wearing the stress of the day on their faces.
Roberto Firmino scored his first Liverpool goal and made two more as Jurgen Klopp's team stopped Manchester City recapturing the Premier League summit with a brilliant 4-1 away win on Saturday.
City were bidding to return to first place after being usurped by Leicester City earlier in the day, but they were left in third after a sloppy and unfocused display at the Etihad Stadium culminated in their third defeat of the campaign.
Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez insisted he is more worried about recovering his players' confidence than being sacked after the Spanish giants were thrashed 4-0 at home by bitter rivals Barcelona on Saturday.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has only been in charge for 16 games, but back-to-back defeats now leave Madrid six points behind Barcelona in the title race.
Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their sensational goalscoring form as Barcelona moved six points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 thrashing of their bitter rivals at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Barca even had the luxury of leaving Lionel Messi on the bench, but the Argentine did make his return from a two-month injury layoff half an hour from time and played a part in Suarez's second and Barca's fourth goal.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling will be one of several players facing a former club when Liverpool visit on Saturday, but visiting manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of the reunion.
Sterling, 20, felt the ire of Liverpool's supporters after rejecting a contract offer from the club at the end of last season and subsequently joined City in a deal that could be worth up to £49 million ($74.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said players directly affected by the Paris terror attacks are mentally fit and ready to help the Italian champions continue their climb back up the Serie A table.In what is a crucial week for the Bianconeri, Juventus host a resurgent AC Milan on Saturday before welcoming Manchester City to Turin looking for the win that will secure their place in the Champions League last 16.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Dutch and Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert.
In the interview with Patrick, the beIN SPORTS analyst previews el Clasico, discusses what it's like to play for Barca against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu, who the favorite is in this game, what makes el Clasico so special, whether Messi will play, his favorite el Clasico memories, how this game is so global, what it was like seeing Luis Figo switching clubs, and much more.
In a last ditch bid to overturn a 90-day ban and thereby run for the FIFA presidency, Michel Platini lodged an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), his lawyers said Friday.The move comes after a FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday rejected the French UEFA supremo's joint bid with Sepp Blatter to overturn their suspensions which run until Jan.
When attention turns to the US men's national team each international break, many young American players abroad get forgotten. But some of them are making interesting progress, as well as showing great personality.
Adding to Gedion Zelalem, Emerson Hyndman, DeAndre Yedlin and others, here is a starting XI of under-19 players that could add to the youth sections of men's national team.
Leicester City have gone from being relegation candidates last season to comeback kings this season, a process that began toward the end of last season.
With Leicester glaring at relegation, the Foxes found it within themselves to launch one of the Premier League's greatest escapes. In their last 10 games of the 2014-2015 season, Leicester won seven and drew once, with their two losses in that time coming away to European qualifiers Chelsea and Tottenham.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said he will wait until an hour before Saturday's mammoth clash with Real Madrid before deciding whether Lionel Messi will start on his return from a two-month injury layoff.Messi has been sidelined since damaging knee ligaments against Las Palmas on Sept.
Jose Mourinho insists he will not ask the Chelsea board to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens in January.The manager is currently working to halt his side's alarming decline this season just months after they were crowned champions in May.
A woeful start to the season means Mourinho's side face Norwich City this weekend in 16th place, with the prospects of recovering to challenge for a top four finish already slim just 12 games into the Premier League season.
Mathieu Valbuena, the victim of a sex tape blackmail attempt over which fellow France international Karim Benzema has been charged, gave evidence before a judge investigating the affair for more than two hours on Friday.Valbuena was seen by an AFP journalist leaving the court in Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, in a black Mercedes at around 12:45 p.
Manchester United are facing a striking crisis with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial ruled out of Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford.Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed on Friday that Rooney, Martial and Marouane Fellaini will all be absent at Vicarage Road for the lunch-time kickoff in which a win for United would put them provisionally top of the table.
The viewing audience for el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is bigger than NFL's Super Bowl. According to estimates, approximately 400 million people around the world will tune in on Saturday from Noon ET / 5pm GMT to watch the match between the two biggest soccer clubs in the world.
But before a ball is even kicked, how do the stats compare between Real Madrid and Barcelona?
Manchester United will wear adidas jerseys next season that will be inspired by Newton Heath, according to a report by Footy Headlines. However United fans, don't panic. The club won't be wearing the green and gold shirts.
The Red Devils wore the green and gold shirts (see below) inspired by Newton Heath from 1992 to 1994.
The big Premier League match this weekend involves league leaders Manchester City in action against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (live on NBC at 12:30pm ET for viewers in the United States).
The Citizens have enjoyed a near perfect season so far and they are top of the table, level on points with Arsenal but have a better goal difference than the Gunners.
To say that Chelsea have had a lackluster start to their season would be generous. The Premier League champions are16th in the league, have been knocked out of the League Cup, have lost a staggering seven matches and have looked an altogether different team than the one which took the league by storm in 2014-2015.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Wally Downes, former Wimbledon footballer and now co-author of a new book about Wimbledon FC.
In the interview with Wally, he discusses his favorite stories about Dennis Wise and Vinnie Jones, as well as his opinions regarding whether Wimbledon gets unfairly pigeonholed as a route-one football team.
News broke on Wednesday, courtesy of Daily Mirror's John Cross, that Arsenal were set to announce a new contract extension for superstar Alexis Sanchez, and a deal keeping Mesut Özil in north London was next. Cross stated that the Chile international was about to receive a pay raise that would see his weekly salary reach £150,000, an upgrade on his current £130,000-a-week wages.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness as he chases a record-equaling goal in the Premier League.The forward missed England's games with Spain and France with a hip injury but trained on Thursday ahead of Saturday's trip to Newcastle.The Foxes will assess the 28-year-old over the next 48 hours with Vardy a game away from equaling Ruud van Nistelrooy's Barclays Premier League record of scoring in 10 straight matches when the Dutchman was at Manchester United in 2003.
Turkey's soccerauthorities on Thursday adopted an action plan on fan behavior to prevent a repeat of the whistling and shouting during a minute of silence for the Paris attacks victims that shocked observers.Some Turkish fans shouted "God is great" and booed the opposing Greek team during a minute's silence for the 129 people killed in the Paris attacks ahead of an international friendly in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Title-chasers Napoli are counting the cost of last week's round of international friendlies with fears forwards Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini will miss their next two league games.
Napoli, who sit two points off leaders Fiorentina, travel to struggling Verona on Sunday looking to maintain their title push before hosting fellow hopefuls Inter in a crucial game at the San Paolo next weekend.
Swiss investigators examining World Cup corruption told AFP they are looking into a growing list of suspicious financial transactions and want evidence from disgraced Qatari football powerbroker Mohamed bin Hammam (above).Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) which is looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups said there are now have more than 120 suspicious transactions linked to FIFA's decision to award the tournaments to Russia and Qatar five years ago.
Johan Cruyff is "convinced" he will come through his fight against lung cancer, the 68-year-old Dutch great said on Thursday.
"For me it is a battle, but it is a battle that I am convinced I will win," former Ajax and Barcelona star Cruyff said during his first public appearance after news of his illness was revealed last month.
Authorities in Turin said tough new security measures will be introduced for the Juventus versus AC Milan Serie A fixture on Saturday following the failed attempt by suicide bombers to gain entry to Paris's Stade de France.
With Europe and the world still reeling from the terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital, Italy on Thursday began tightening security following an announcement by the FBI that some of the country's tourist hot spots could be targeted.
Anti-graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) on Thursday blasted scandal-plagued FIFA's member national football associations for compounding the risk of corruption through a lack of transparency.The Berlin-based non-governmental organization said the various FAs' reluctance to publish financial information had contributed to tarnishing the image of soccer.
Bayern Munich appear to have it all figured out. A five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table; a mere four goals conceded, coupled with a goal difference of +33. They sit top of their Champions League group and are practically assured of a place in the knockout round. Even on an individual level, where injuries have hampered superstars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, FCB's helped Robert Lewandowski to an astonishing 14 goals from 11 league appearances.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for blood tests to be introduced as a matter of routine in professional soccer, insisting his sport is not immune to the scourge of doping.
The Football Association has contacted the Frenchman after he suggested, in a recent interview with L'Equipe Sport and Style, that he had come up against opposition who may have used performance-enhancing drugs.
This weekend the most popular, and perhaps most important, match in world soccer will take place: El Clasico. The matchup itself needs no introduction, pitting two of the biggest teams in the world against each other in what should be a tapestry of attacking soccer.
With Madrid's loss to Sevilla last matchday, Barcelona now sit firmly atop the La Liga standings, three points clear of their rivals.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists he is over his injury troubles and is looking forward to a "battle" against European champions Barcelona on Saturday.Bale has featured in just seven of Madrid's 15 games this season due to an ongoing calf problem that saw him miss Wales' friendly with the Netherlands last week.
The French national anthem will be played before all English top-flight games this weekend as a mark of solidarity over the Paris attacks, the Premier League announced on Thursday.It comes after fans joined together to sing 'La Marseillaise' prior to England's 2-0 friendly win over France at Wembley on Tuesday, four days on from the attacks that left 129 dead and over 350 injured.
Corruption is "systemic" in soccer, the head of FIFA's audit watchdog said Thursday, calling for soccer'sworld body to be more transparent in its reform moves.
"We have to accept that corruption is systemic in football. If we accept this, we can solve the problem," Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's independent audit and compliance committee, told a conference at the body's Zurich headquarters.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Daniel Sturridge for Saturday's trip to Manchester City, but he insists the striker has to put in more hours on the training ground to prove his long-term fitness.
The 26-year-old has played just 242 minutes across three matches this season after recovering from hip surgery which ruled him out of the final six weeks of the previous campaign.
A unprecedented series of security measures will be put in place for Saturday's La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona in response to the attacks that killed 129 people in Paris last week.The exact number of security personnel will be ironed out in a meeting on Thursday between representatives of both clubs, police and local and national government.
Sergio Aguero hopes to return for Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash with Liverpool on Saturday.The prolific Argentina striker has missed City's last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.A comeback for the 27-year-old who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance would be timely, with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde revealed his daughter was in Paris during the terrorist attacks.The 49-year-old was flying back to France on Friday when extremists struck outside the Stade de France, where the national team were playing Germany, and across the capital.
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If you are looking for the chance to sign a contract with a professional soccer team, look no further! U.D. Almeria, 2. division Spanish club, is now scouting their next player through The Fieldoo Challenge.
U.D. Almeria partnered with Fieldoo, a soccer career network that connects soccer players with opportunities to advance their soccer careers by connecting them with intermediaries/clubs.
CONCACAF has announced the venues for the Copa Centenario, which will be played across the United States in 10 cities in the summer of 2016.
The prestigious South American soccer championship, run by CONMEBOL, will partner with CONCACAF to host many of the best countries from both regions in the tournament, which will be played across the United States from June 3-26 in various venues.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with New York Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese.
In the interview with Gio, Nate asks him about winning the NASL Soccer Bowl against Ottawa, what it was like coaching Raul and Marcos Senna, what he loves about New York, his memories of playing for Swansea City, who he plans to sign to replace Raul and more.
Juventus and Milan are two giants of Italian and European soccer, but when they face each other on Saturday, it will be the first time since 2001-02 that neither club has occupied a top four position in Serie A.
On the bright side there are finally signs that Milan and Juventus have established some traction and are looking to aggressively track down the current top five.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes "life has to be stronger than fear" after the Frenchman reflected on the atrocities in Paris and the ongoing threat of terrorism.
Wenger was in the French capital last Friday when terrorists struck in coordinated attacks across the city, including three suicide bombers detonating vests outside the Stade de France where the national team were playing Germany.
It's difficult to grasp many salient takeaways after under-21 international matches, but in the case of Everton's Gerard Deulofeu, whose hat trick and pair of assists in Spain's 5-1 win against Georgia were followed bya brace in Croatia five days later, a pair of glittering showings were indicative of his very recent rise.
Despite it's recent decline, the Serie A has gifted us with some of the greatest sides in soccer history, from the post-war Torino side to the "Grande Inter" of the 1960's to Sacchi's AC Milan, Maradona's Napoli and Lippi's Juventus.
This XI encompasses players from different soccer eras, but they all have one thing in common: They were winners!
As an eternal pessimist, I have been able to see the storm clouds gathering over Carrow Road for some time now. Norwich City have started slightly better than I had expected this season, but we seem to be creeping ever closer to where it is I expect us to inevitably end up ... the Relegation Zone.
If one were to ask Louis van Gaal about it, all is well at Manchester United. In spite of an embarrassing exit to Championship team Middlesborough in the Capital OneCup, United are two points from the top of the Premier League and top of their Champions League group. However, the occasional booing at Old Trafford and the ever-increasing chants of "attack, attack, attack," or "We're Man United, we want to attack," are indicative.
Everton have announced a record turnover but post-tax loss for the 2014-15 season.In a statement of accounts released on Wednesday, the Toffees said their total turnover had increased from £120.5 million in 2013-14 to £125.6 million.That was despite a £3.1 million reduction in broadcast revenue from £84.
West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet is relieved he does not need surgery on his injured ankle.The French midfielder, who has scored five goals in 14 appearances this season, faces three months on the sidelines following a heavy challenge from Everton's James McCarthy on Nov.7.
Saturday's el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be beamed live across the United States exclusively on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español. But what coverage plans do the beIN SPORTS networks have in store?
Both clubs, who currently hold the top two spots on the La Liga table, are home to six of the top players in the world including Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.
It is hardly a secret that Arsenal have been on the lookout for a "world-class" center forward for some time. The Gunners madean approach for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, anthe ideal reinforcement for Arsene Wenger's club, during the summer; however, Real Madrid subsequently rejected the north London club's offer.
Manchester United were hit by another injury scare after Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches following France's 2-0 defeat to England.
United midfielder Michael Carrick was carried off on a stretcher during England's 2-0 defeat to Spain last week with an ankle injury, and on Tuesday they suffered another blow when Martial injured his left foot.
Ninth placeis probably where most would expect Everton to be come the end of the season, so the team's current standing in the table, occupying the aforementioned spot, could constitute an average start.
It merits some degree of progress. After the dreary 2014-15 term, Roberto Martinez has made positive strides as manager this season, despite questions lingering about his own pedigree and that of a squad which is talented, young, but has yet to fully click.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has warned off rival clubs interested in signing rising star Manuel Lanzini.The Argentinian midfielder is reportedly a target for Liverpool following his impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Lanzini has scored four goals so far this season, including one against the Reds in West Ham's 3-0 win at Anfield in August.
Almost 26 years to the day of Paul Caligiuri's famous goal at Hasely Crawford Stadium to send the US to World Cup 1990, the two nations met again, and played out an unsatisfying 0-0 draw on Tuesday night. Coming into the match, this was quite clearly the toughest match for the US on paper. A point would not have been a bad result considering the opponent and the form of Jurgen Klinsmann's men.
The followup of Friday's events in Paris with the cancellation of Tuesday's Germany-Netherlands friendly has shook the world. Four days after attacks in France included blasts outside the Stade de France during a France-Germany friendly, a suspicious package was found HDI-Arena in Hanover, prompting local police to evacuate the venue and cancel thescheduled match.
Jesse Lingard admits his small stature could have counted against him earlier in his career, and he is grateful Manchester United retained faith in his ability from a young age.
On Sunday, the 22-year-old forward was called into England's senior squad for the first time to face France at Wembley, prompting criticism from former international Danny Murphy who said Lingard and Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier were "nowhere near ready.
I assumed most Liverpool fans don't know what to make of the club's start to the season. Great performances away to Arsenal and Chelsea have been mixed with horror shows at home to West Ham and a shocking lack of ambition away to Manchester United, the biggest fixture of the season.
Withmore cause for fear spreadingacross Europe, today's tribute at Wembley Stadium becomeseven more poignant. Before an international friendly between England and France, the crowd assembled at the London venue honored the fallen in Friday's Paris attacks with La Marseillaise, signing the French anthem in unison as a sign of solidarity whileEurope confrontsan escalation of terrorism.
Let's not be foolish enough to pretend that we learned much from Friday's national team pushover four nights ago in St. Louis the easiest entryway possible for Jurgen Klinsmann's bunch into the World Cup qualifying process.
It was certainly a big victory for soccer in "The Lou," where a packed house helped cement a baby blanket-level of US comfort.
Crystal Palace expect to soon announce new investment from Americans David Blitzer and Josh Harris.The duo, who co-own the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL's New Jersey Devils, are reportedly close to completing a deal to take 18% of the London club, equal to co-chairman Steve Parish, who will retain day-to-day control.
Mario Balotelli will undergo surgery on Wednesday to resolve a groin problem and is expected to be sidelined until the new year.Balotelli has made just four appearances, scoring one goal, since returning to Milan this summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool.He has not featured since Sept.27.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has taken another step towards regaining full fitness by training with the rest of his teammates.The 26-year-old has yet to be available to Jurgen Klopp after sustaining a knee injury on the eve of the new manager's first match at Tottenham on Oct.17.Sturridge has played just 242 minutes across three matches this season after recovering from hip surgery which ruled him out of the final six weeks of the previous campaign.
After the Republic of Ireland grabbed a terrific 1-1 draw in Bosnia on Friday night, The Irish Herald's back-page lede boldly stated that the country now stood "on the brink of the most unlikely qualification for a major finals ever."
Even with an away goal and an outstanding defense to lean on, Ireland was tense and barely willing to believe in the buildup to Monday night's playoff second leg in Dublin with a trip to France and Euro 2016 on the line.
If you want to watch the USA's World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, the game won't be shown on ESPN, FOX Sports or Univision Sports. It will be shown live and legally on beIN SPORTS, NBC Universo and fuboTV. All of the details that you need to know are below:
It's hard to not be optimistic about the first few months of Spurs' campaign. Tottenhamhave gone 11 unbeaten in the Premier League and have only lost three times all season in 17 games. Young players are finding their way and becoming stars while the established stars are elevating their play to another level.
Arsenal have endured a fairly interesting start to the season. The Gunners are struggling to advance to the knockout phase of the Champions League competition following three losses out of four matches played in the group stage. Defeats away to Dinamo Zagreb and home to Olympiacos put tremendous pressure on Arsenal to get results in both matches against German giants Bayern Munich.
Rockmount is a brilliant short film about Roy Keane's youth career in Ireland and how he starts out on the road to success that led him to Manchester United and his national team.
The 11-year-old Roy Keane, played by actor Craig Keane Harrington, started his career at Rockmount, the club in Cork that helped him on his way to a professional career with Nottingham Forest and Brian Clough.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's injury worries have been alleviated slightly after both James Milner and Jordon Ibe returned to training.
Milner pulled out of the England matches against Spain and France after missing his first Premier League match for the club he joined in the summer with a hamstring problem sustained in the Europa League victory against Rubin Kazan 12 days ago.
Out of all of the clubs in the Premier League, Manchester United is the one that has won the most silverware and, therefore, poses the biggest challenge in picking a best starting XI of all time from its plentiful list of world-class footballers.
While there'll be debate about who has been left out of this starting XI, the 11 footballers featured below certainly are deserving of a place in this all-time Manchester United team.
British comedian and talk show host John Oliver tackled the topic of daily fantasy sports games on his Last Week Tonight show on HBO Sunday night. And Oliver didn't hold anything back in his criticism of the misleading advertising by two sites in particular — DraftKings and Fanduel.
For soccer fans, the story is particularly disturbing given that FOX Sports is a major investor in DraftKings, while MLS is a DraftKings partner.
The USMNT got World Cup Qualifying off to a good start with a 6-1 victory over St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Friday night. Now comes the more difficult of the first two qualifiers: a road game at Trinidad & Tobago. Road qualifiers in CONCACAF are always tricky affairs and this game should be no different.
FC Dallas is one step away from the MLS Cup after recording the most points in the league's ultra-competitive Western Conference in 2015. The team faces Portland in a two-leg tie with the right to represent the West in MLS Cup 2015 on the line. If Dallas advances and Columbus beats New York in the Eastern Conference final, Frisco will play host to MLS Cup 2015.
Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.
The 21-year-old suffered the injury during France Under-21s' win over Northern Ireland on Thursday night.
A Villa statement read: "Aston Villa can confirm defender Jordan Amavi has been ruled out for the rest of the 2015-16 Premier League season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the popular Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night in the United Kingdom, where he discussed his new film as well as his relationships with his son, family and girlfriends.
During the interview, CR7 also discusses other topics such as whether he may play for Manchester United again, the likelihood (or not) that he'll move to MLS for finish his career, and what his opinion is of English people.
After the USA's 6-1 win against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday night in World Cup qualifying, it's not too early to start thinking about Tuesday's tougher test when the US Men's National Team faces Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.
Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier will be a much tougher test for the United States.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Thomas Rongen.
In the interview with Thomas, the topic of heading in US youth soccer is discussed, whether the soccer authorities are more worried about getting sued than what's best for the game, if concussions in general are more the concern not heading, as well as Thomas's opinions on why the US players are not advancing as well or as quickly as they should.
Wojciech Szczesny is unconcerned about his future and is happy to wait until after next summer's European Championship to make any decisions.The 25-year-old Poland international goalkeeper is currently on loan at Roma after parent club Arsenal let him leave on a temporary deal having made a move for Petr Cech in the summer.
Jordan Amavi will undergo scans in France on Friday as Aston Villa wait for further news on his fitness.The left back suffered a knee injury in France under-21s' 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Thursday.
Press Association Sport understands France's medical team is optimistic the injury is not as bad as first feared after he went down making a challenge in the second half.
ST. LOUIS No question the United States men's national team needs freshening up. All national teams do, every four years as the World Cup cycle turns. Don't forget what Bruce Arena famously told us back in 2002: World Cup soccer is a young mans' game.
So the here and now of early qualifying looks like the ideal starting point for springier legs, a requirement for a long road to Russia, not to mention the big show itself in 2018.
David De Gea is "really happy" at Manchester United and has thanked manager Louis van Gaal and the fans for helping him settle back in after the dramatic collapse of his move to Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old Spain goalkeeper was left out of United's team by Van Gaal at the start of the season ahead of an anticipated return to Spain, but the deal fell apart in the final moments of the transfer window.
Real Madrid could be open to bringing Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu should the Portuguese coach leave Chelsea, according to former president of the Spanish club Ramon Calderon.
Mourinho remains determined to turn the fortunes of the Barclays Premier League champions around, but has seen his position come under scrutiny following a poor run of results which sees Chelsea in 16th place following the 1-0 defeat at Stoke before the international break.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner is hoping to shake off his hamstring injury in time to face his former employers Manchester City next weekend.
The 29-year-old was forced off in the Europa League win over Rubin Kazan last week and missed the Reds' clash with Crystal Palace three days later before withdrawing from the England squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Spain and France.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with New York Cosmos COO Erik Stoker.
In the interview with Erik, he discusses the NASL Championship final this weekend against Ottawa Fury, the latest news regarding the potential signing of Georgios Samaras, new updates on the Cosmos stadium and training ground, what the legacy of Raul and Marcos Senna will be on this Cosmos team, the competition in the New York soccer landscape, his personal experiences with the New York Red Bulls, as well as where you can watch the game on Sunday.
Thus far,2015 has been a disastrous year for the US men's national team. The failure to win the Gold Cup led to afailure to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup, losing to hated rival Mexico in the process. But with a new phase in the 2018 World Cup cycle beginning, there is a chance for the US to get their mojo working again and close an otherwise dismal year on a high note.
Mark Hughes is hoping Jack Butland's England recognition can pave the way for Ryan Shawcross to join him in the national set-up.
Stoke boss Hughes has consistently pushed Shawcross' international cause, but so far Roy Hodgson has overlooked the Potters defender.Shawcross has made only one appearance for England, which came three years ago when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Sweden.
Undisputedly, the finest man to ever don the goalkeeper's jersey for Everton, Neville Southall's career with the club spanned a staggering 17 years, in which he won two league titles, two FA Cups andthe European Cup Winners' Cup.
Stylistically, the Welshman was ahead of his time.
Listen to an exclusive interview with Landon Donovan by World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer.
In the interview, Landon chats about the importance of playing the US game in St. Louis this week, the psychology of playing smaller teams in the World Cup qualifying, as well as what makes his relationship with Everton Football Club so special and different than other clubs.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain.The 29-year-old, who was not involved in full training with his country on Tuesday or Wednesday, was the subject of a club-versus-country row during the previous international break when he played in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel despite assertions from City boss Manuel Pellegrini that he was unfit because of a calf injury.
This evening in Buenos Aires, two of the powerhouses in South American soccer clash in a pivotal game in the early rounds of World Cup qualifying.
After both Brazil and Argentina suffered poor performances in their last few games, it's imperative that the teams put in an improved performance in order to win over the critics and to help the nation inch closer to qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The life of a soccer manager is precarious at the best of times, but taking on the senior role at a Major League Soccer expansion club is clearly a triumph of hope over the experience of others. The dismissal last week of Jason Kreis by New York City FC only adds to the already dismal record of inaugural managers of Major League Soccer clubs.
Every year, soccer fans get excited for the new titles of Konami's PES and EA's FIFA video game franchises. As much fun as they can be, those whowant a more immersive experience are excited for the latest releaseof Football Manager.
Football Manager 2016, scheduled for release on November 13, definitely follows the adage of ‘if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Miles Jacobson, the studio director at Sports Interactive, the company that's responsible for the classic Football Manager computer game.
In the interview with Miles, he discusses the new features in Football Manager 2016, how statistics have enhanced the game, which footballers play the game, the story of how Rangers used Football Manager to try to scout one of the greatest players in the world before he was famous, how the game is being used as a scouting tool for clubs, how Brentford use technology and a moneyball approach to get an edge, how data changes everything, the partnership between Watford FC and Football Manager, and much more.
Twenty teams are already qualified for the largest-ever European Championship in France next summer, and by Tuesday, that the final field will be set. Between now and then, four playoffs will be decided, with games every day starting on Thursday. Here are previews of each of the two-legged ties:
As their fans never fail to remind us, Liverpool are the most successful club in English soccer, if you add up league and European titles (the European caveat would be completely unnecessary if not for a certain Scot and American capitalism, but that's another story). So it stands to reason that the club can put out a handy all-time XI.
SinceRoman Abramovichbought the clubin July of 2003, Chelseahavebecomeadifferentclub than they were in decades past, both in stature and in the eyes of global fans of the game. With the exception of Manchester City's likely progression over the next few years, Chelsea are rather unique in the Premier League.
Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Liberia.
Bony limped off in City's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.
Real Madridcaptain Sergio Ramos has chosen to endure the pain of a shoulder injury withthe assistance of cortisone injections into the damaged area in an effort to enhance his side's titlecharge both domestically and in Europe.
The 29-year-old's shoulder problem dates back to Sept.15, when the defender suffered the injury during a Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The public's awareness of soccer's concussion crisis has improved dramatically over the past year. With episodes such as Christoph Kramer's during the World Cup final, Hugo Lloris against Everton two seasons ago and many others, the tide has turned in concussion awareness an important and necessary step.
Most soccer fans aren't naïve to the cruel inevitability of the professional game. Yesterday's wow-wow hero is today's trade bait, or a conversation starter as a bunch of us Monday morning center backs discuss who should, shouldn't, might or might not wave goodbye to the international game.
So we knew the day would come when Clint Dempsey would no longer be around to rescue US pride with Deuce Face or, more importantly, to rescue US World Cup endeavors with one of his signature goals.
The first two seasons of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) championship has been a smashing success. The well-promoted league is essentially a 60-day mini-tournament thatis meant to keep the attention of those in a nation not accustomed to following high-level club soccer on the local level.
Both the Indian Premier League (IPL) competition in 20/20 cricket and Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States are instructive models to understand how the ISL has been successful.
FC Barcelonahave been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta ... and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI!
This side has players from different eras of Barcelona's illustrious history, from the side that dominated La Liga in the post-war years to Johan Cruyff's dream team and Guardiola's all-conquering stars.
The conventional wisdom in recent years around Major League Soccer has been to employ head coaches with some kind of North Americansoccer experience. Whether that'sas a former player or college coach, clubs have preferred to appointcandidates with some familiarity with the league. The thinking has been that these coaches can get the best from their respective teams, as they understand the intricacies and labours of MLS.
The North American Soccer League (NASL)has spent much of the last year trying to claim some degree of authenticity in its approach to the world's game. In contrast to the franchise model of Major League Soccer (MLS),which features a majority of new clubs using names that resemble that of older European ones, the NASL has been willing to embrace American soccer history and free market principles.
Choosing an all-time Arsenal starting XI is a fairly lengthy task. The north London outfit is one of the most successful English clubs in history and have had an extensive list of outstanding players feature for the team. Arsenal have collected 13 first division/Premier League titles and a dozen FA Cup trophies, more than any other club in history.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has reported good progress as he works his way towards a return to action against Liverpool a week fromSaturday.Aguero has not played for City since scoring five times in the 6-1 demolition of Newcastle on Oct.3, sustaining a hamstring injury soon after while on international duty with Argentina.
Arsenal entered the month of November with nine first team players sidelined due to injuries. With their thin squad, the Gunners sputtered during their two biggest matches of the month, losing to Bayern Munich 5-1 in the Champions League and drawing against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 on Sunday.
Sling TV has added support for Chromecast to allow soccer fans and cord cutters to easily cast their live and on-demand programming to TV sets.
With Google Chromecast (which retails for $35), you can insert the stick into an HDMI port on your TV and then use the free Chromecast app to "cast" programming from your computer, smartphone or tablet to your TV set or monitor.
Arsene Wenger has warned Chelsea and Tottenham they could struggle if and when they move to temporary homes.Chelsea may have to play their games away from Stamford Bridge if their proposals to redevelop the ground come to fruition, while Spurs will need to relocate from White Hart Lane when it is rebuilt.
West Ham and Chelsea have been fined £40,000 and £50,000 respectively by the Football Association following last month's BarclaysPremier League clash at Upton Park.Both clubs admitted misconduct charges of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during West Ham's 2-1 win.
Wayne Rooney stole the show at a WWE wrestling event on Monday night by 'slapping' Wade Barrett after he goaded him from inside the ring.Barrett, a Preston fan, has had a feud with Rooney ever since he accused the Manchester United and England captain of diving to win a penalty against North End in the FA Cup last year, and on Monday Rooney came face to face with the wrestler at RAW in Manchester.
It may be hard to imagine now, but at one time the New York MetroStars and Red Bulls were the underdogs in their rivalry with DC United. While DC won trophies and became a model franchise in MLS, New York rebranded, cycled through high-profile coaches and players, and continuously underachieved considering the wealth and marketplace it was afforded.
The growth in soccer in America has coincided with an explosion of blogs and podcasts covering the game. As an avid podcast producer and podcast listener myself, I have curateda list of my favorite 10 soccer podcasts. A few caveats
This is a list of general soccer podcasts, not club-specific podcasts.
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is convinced manager Louis van Gaal will bring success to the club and urged fans to show patience.
Supporters have begun to show dissent at the style of play the Dutchman has brought in at Old Trafford, and chants of "attack, attack, attack" were in evidence during Saturday's 2-0 win over West Brom.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Guardian journalist and author of the new book about Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest entitled 'I Believe In Miracles.'
In the interview with Daniel Taylor, the author discusses his new book about Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest entitled 'I Believe In Miracles.
Swansea have parted company with Spain forward Michu by mutual consent.The move had been expected since last summer when manager Garry Monk confirmed that the once-capped Spain international would not play for the Barclays Premier League club again, but talks over terminating the player's contract had dragged on until now, with both parties seeking to find a suitable settlement.
Success spoils you. For fans of big clubs, this entitlement creeps in over time. You get used to winning games, claiming trophies most seasons, and it's hard not to grumble when things don't go exactly according to plan. For some, supporters that expectation of constant excellence starts to manifest itself as impatience.
Arsene Wenger believes the way Arsenal's depleted squad battled back to secure a 1-1 draw in the North London Derby showed they have the character needed to mount a sustained Barclays Premier League challenge this season.The Gunners, thumped 5-1 away to Bayern Munich in their midweek Champions League tie, missed the chance to head into the international break top of the table and capitalize on Manchester City's goalless draw at Aston Villa earlier on Sunday.
Fabian Delph believes Manchester City fans protected him after his first return to Aston Villa.
The midfielder ran the Villa Park gauntlet in Sunday's 0-0 draw as he faced his former club following his controversial summer move.Delph initially rejected the chance to join City before producing a dramatic U-turn and signing for £8 million.
During the next 10 days, there'll be more than 44 games played during the international break that will beamed live across TV networks and streaming services across the United States. There's everything from important home and awayplayoffsin the Euro 2016 to determine who'll make it through to the tournament next summer, as well as important tests for the US Men's National Team in their first two World Cup qualifying matches.
David Moyes sacking from Real Sociedad creates a unique opportunity for several Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs to bring in a high level manager from abroad, one who understands the American game and player more than most. The former Everton boss has spent more time in the United States and around American players than just about any other European-based manager.
Per Mertesacker has revealed that Arsenal's players were "knackered" as they labored to a draw at home to rivals Tottenham.The Gunners had Kieran Gibbs' first Barclays Premier League goal in more than three years to thank for rescuing a point after Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead in the north London derby.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the first defeat of his Anfield reign can actually be of use providing the players learn something from the experience.
The German was obviously disappointed to go down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace, and although he accepts such reverses are part of the game, he believes it was a loss which was "absolutely not necessary.
Former England goalkeeper David James has expressed his concern that Louis van Gaal's style of management is inhibiting Wayne Rooney.
Much of the soccerManchester United have played since the Dutchman's appointment in 2014 has been predictable and provided a considerable contrast with the attacking focus so regularly seen under Sir Alex Ferguson.
West Ham have been dealt a massive injury blow with the news midfielder Dimitri Payet could be ruled out for three months.
The French midfielder has been a major factor in West Ham's fine start to the season following his £10.7 million summer move from Marseille.But Payet, who has hit five goals in 14 appearances, suffered an ankle injury after a challenge from James McCarthy in the 1-1 draw against Everton on Saturday.
New York City FC has appointed Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as the club's new head coach to replace Jason Kreis who was sacked last week.
Vieira, who was previously the head coach of Manchester City's Elite Development Squad, has signed a three-year contract with the club and will begin his role on January 1 in advance of the 2016 MLS pre-season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes fans will continue to stream for an early exit at Anfield until the team give them something to stay for.
The German admitted he felt alone as he saw numbers leaving following Scott Dann's 82nd-minute winner in Crystal Palace's 2-1 win, after Philippe Coutinho's third goal in two matches had cancelled out Yannick Bolasie's opener.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 10 games during Premier League gameweek 12.
During this week's episode, the trio discuss the Arsenal-Spurs derby, the race for the Premier League title, the clubs fighting to avoid relegation, as well as the other storylines from the weekend.
Chelsea is sinking without a trace in this Premier League season. While it has been obvious since a 1-3loss to Southampton early in October that the Blues were unlikely to repeat as Premier League champions, three league losses on the trot now make it increasingly difficult for Chelsea to finish in the top 4.
Arsenal will hope to bounce back from their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich when they play Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Sunday (11am ET kickoff on NBCSN in the United States).
The Gunners were absolutely shambolic in that midweek Champions League fixture and the result almost certainly means that they will miss out on qualification to the round of 16 stage for the first time in 16 years.
Even if both Spurs and Arsenal were languishing in the relegation zone, or even the third tier, the North London Derby would always be a game that defined seasons. So this Sunday's tilt, with Arsenal tied on points at the top of the table and having won five Premier League games in a row, and Spurs in fifth and unbeaten in 10 league games since their opening match, may be the most important derby in years.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is enjoying the Europa League and is confident it will not impact on his side's domestic form, which has just started to gather momentum.
The German took the strongest squad available to him to Russia for the 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan a significant contrast from predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who left six senior players behind for his only away game in Europe this season in Bordeaux.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy insists he is unstoppable and believes anything he touches turns to goals.
The England forward has netted in eight straight games and is closing in on a Barclays Premier League record.He is two games away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10-match scoring streak the Dutchman set in 2003 while at Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger has hailed Petr Cech as the perfect goalkeeper as the Arsenal number one closes in on the Premier League clean sheet record.The 33-year-old will equal David James' total of 169 clean sheets if he can keep out north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, with the record set to be broken in the coming weeks.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with One World Sports co-commentator and former New York Cosmos goalkeeper Shep Messing.
During the interview, Shep talks about how the New York Cosmos and NASL changed soccer forever in the United States, the moment when he first felt in love with being a goalkeeper, whether the story is true that he once sipped a beer after a game after being given it by a fan.
Stoke City host Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium in Saturday's late fixture with the visitors looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after losing back-to-back games against West Ham United and Liverpool.
The Blues relieved some of the pressure on their manager Jose Mourinho with Willian's late free kick securing the win for Chelsea in the midweek Champions League tie at home to Dynamo Kiev.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States (as well as listings of commentators):
Bournemouth vs. Newcastle, 7:45am, NBCSN Manchester United vs. West Brom, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Universo West Ham vs. Everton, 10am, USA Network Leicester vs. Watford, 10am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra Norwich vs.
Jose Mourinho's stadium ban for Saturday's match at Stoke was imposed after the Chelsea boss unleashed an expletive-laden halftime attack on referee Jonathan Moss and then refused to leave the officials' dressing room at West Ham's Upton Park.The Football Association on Friday released the written reasons for the case which Mourinho opted not to contest, instead missing Saturday's Premier League encounter at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
The assignments are in for this weekend's Premier League matches — the last before the international break returns. The biggest news of the weekend is the three man booth that NBC Sports has decided to use for the Arsenal-Spurs game with Arlo White joined by Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.
Plus, this Monday at 10:30pmET, NBCSN presents a new episode of Premier League Download: Tactics Session, hosted by Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe, who will provide in-depth tactical analysis on some of the season's biggest themes so far.
Adisastrous October for the United States men at both youth and senior levelslefttechnical director and senior head coach Jurgen Klinsmann withquestions to answer about the direction of his national team. But Klinsmann'sselection for November's World Cup qualifiers, a chance to shed light on thatdirection, still leavesplenty of questionsunresolved.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his squad can quickly recover from their Champions League humiliation at Bayern Munich by beating Tottenham but admits the growing injury crisis is a concern.The Gunners were thumped 5-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to leave hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages slim.
Jose Mourinho is still deciding what to do on Saturday after opting not to contest his one-match stadium ban when his team travel to Stoke.Mourinho must stay away from the Britannia Stadium following his hal-time dismissal at West Ham last month and is not permitted to have contact with his coaching staff during the match, although that is difficult to police.
When an established elite side are performing badly, you can't help but watch. In the case of Chelsea, who have been in meltdown since the first day of the Premier League campaign, that's been the case for a lot of fans, transfixed by the deterioration of class players and the undesirable antics of Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will miss Saturday's match at Stoke after opting not to appeal against his one-match stadium ban.
The ban means Mourinho must stay away from the Britannia Stadium and was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.
The Blues boss "admitted a Football Association charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behavior towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area" at Upton Park and was fined £40,000 alongside the stadium ban.
Mousa Dembele scored a stunning late winner as Tottenham beat Anderlecht 2-1 to move top of Group J in the Europa League.
A compelling contest at White Hart Lane looked to be heading for a draw after Harry Kane's first half finish was canceled out by Imoh Ezekiel, but Dembele sealed victory in the 87th minute with a superb strike into the top corner.
fuboTV hasannounced that the leading soccer streaming service is now available on the new Apple TV.
The fourth generation of the Apple TV was released last week. In addition to a new design (and a new price; $199), the device features Siri controls that allow you to give voice commands to control playback as well as use the universal search commands.
On their back of Real Madrid'slargely uninspiring 1-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain, the age-old debate between style or substance again emerged as a major point of contention amongfans of the club. Back in 2006, Fabio Capello was largely criticized for his "un-Madrid" style of play, and even the fairly recent Jose Mourinho tenure was marred by criticisms of his results-focused ideology.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with beIN SPORTS co-commentator Ray Hudson.
During the interview, Ray discusses a range of topics including exciting news about beIN SPORTS' coverage of el Clasico, his opinion on whether he'd like to be featured as an announcer in the FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer video game, his favorite dish in England, how he gravitated towards the media side of the business, as well as his memories of being a footballer in the NASL.
While many 20-year-old players are either out on loan to gain experience, in their team's youth squad or splitting playing time with a more accomplished teammate, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is already very much a key member of the team. The young right back has picked up right where he left off at the end of last season and has been even better to start the current campaign.
Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to rule out a move for Emmanuel Adebayor and hinted he would welcome the arrival of the former Tottenham striker.Adebayor, a free agent after the final year of his contract at Spurs was terminated in September, has this week been linked with a move to Vicarage Road.
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) was announced on Wednesday that a new soccer club was coming to Tennessee: Memphis City FC. The club will begin play in 2016 and will play at the 2,500-seat stadium at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, which is home to the University of Memphis men's and women's teams as well as to some of the biggest youth tournaments in the region.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes youngster Jordon Ibe can have a bright future if he is prepared to work hard.The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club as the Reds beat Rubin Kazan, 1-0, to record their first European away victory in almost three years.
After an encouraging start to his Anfield career, Ibe has been something of a peripheral figure this season, even under Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who promoted him to the first team.
One of the issues getting plenty of mileage deals around US soccer circles is the number of American players in major European leagues. That number is alarmingly low, especially when compared to the number of Mexican players playing at the same level. But one area where Americans have made considerable headway in just the last week is on the coaching front, with two new appointments giving American soccer fans reason to smile.
Jurgen Klopp is starting to build momentum at Liverpool after a third successive victory, the club's first away from home in Europe for nearly three years.Jordon Ibe's first goal for the club in his 30th appearance was enough to decide the encounter against Rubin Kazan, a match the visitors dominated with a calm and controlling performance for which the 1-0 scoreline did not do justice.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been ruled out of Saturday's home game against Everton through injury.Manager Slaven Bilic revealed the Senegal international has suffered a rupture in his thigh, which also forced him to miss last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Watford.
However, Bilic expects Sakho, who has scored five goals this season, to be fit in time to face Tottenham in a fortnight:
This week, ESPN's E:60 aired this segment (below) on what oneexpert compared to a medical outbreak the link between the crumb rubber pellets used on artificial fields and players diagnosed with cancer.
The causality, as outlined by experts interviewed by E:60's Julie Foudy, works like this: The small, rubber pellets used to pad turffields, made by dicing up used car tires, are ingested by players, be it via airborne particles or when players dive to the ground.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players fatigue will be no excuse if they flop against Anderlecht on Thursday.The Europa League clash is Spurs' second of three matches during a demanding six days for the club which began with a win over Aston Villa on Monday and ends with a crunch visit on Sunday to bitter rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has failed in his appeal against a suspended stadium ban, England'sFootball Association has announced.Mourinho was given the suspended ban, along with a £50,000 fine, for comments about the referee after his side's defeat to Southampton on Oct.3.
An FA statement read: "An Appeal Board has dismissed the appeal from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in relation to a decision made by an Independent Regulatory Commission.
The Jacksonville Armada FC completed the club's inaugural season this past Sunday sporting an announced record crowd of over 9,000 at the Baseball Grounds. This final match of the Armada's first season culminated what has been an off-the-field model of how to launch an expansion team in NASL. From superior marketing to outstanding market-wide branding, the Armada have been a hit.
Darrius Barnes knew something was wrong when he felt a twinge in his knee during an April 11, 2015 game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution defender had successfully warded off lingering knee problems for the last several seasons, but this tweak was different, and the ensuing swelling served as a gloomy omen.
Something curious is occurring this year as Major League Soccer teams gradually tumble from the championship chase, waking up from MLS Cup dreamland:The moment they are eliminated, these teams suddenly become more interesting.
Obviously, success is always compelling. We faithfully observe and applaud as clubs earn playoff berths and subsequently move forward toward the Dec.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out any chance of Steven Gerrard playing for the club again.However, the German would be happy to welcome him back in another capacity once his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy is over.
A report suggested there was a prospect the 35-year-old midfielder, currently in the Major League Soccer offseason, could don the red shirt again after a conversation with Klopp about training with the squad now he is back in England.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring interviews with MLS Digital Vice President Chris Schlosser and author Aidan Williams.
During the interview, MLS' Chris Schlosser explains that soccer fans are the most digitally-savvy sports fans in North America, how that helps MLS, Major League Soccer's plans for the MLS Playoffs and MLS Cup, as well as the latest news regarding 2016 streaming on MLS Live and ESPN3.
Jose Mourinho reveled in "my moment" after Chelsea's fans made their support for their embattled manager clear in a potentially crucial Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev.The adulation poured down from the stands on the self-proclaimed Special One, whose position appears perilous, and his Chelsea side eked out an unconvincing 2-1 win to ease the pressure a little.
Perhaps it was losing the opening match of the season to Manchester United, or maybe it has been the controversy freely flowing at Stamford Bridge, but for a team that is unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches, Spurs have been getting precious little attention so far.
Granted five of the 10 matches have been drawn, but there has been ample evidence – a 4-1 shellacking of Manchester City a prime example – that an on form Spurs are capable of beating any team in the Premier League, and with Chelsea's recent struggles, a top-four finish looks to be up for grabs.
Somewhere, amid the more gambling-addled outpostsof our world, there was surely a sports book that took bets: Who would be the last perfect team in this season's UEFA Champions League? Short odds Barcelona, with their group. Perhaps Bayern could have been a favorite. But Zenit St. Petersburg?Despite talents like Hulk and Axel Witsel, the odds would have been long.
Jose Mourinho was granted a reprieve as Willian's free kick earned a 2-1 Champions League Group G victory over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge.The adulation poured down from the stands on the self-proclaimed Special One, whose position appears perilous, and his Chelsea side eked out an unconvincing victory to ease the pressure a little.
Arsenal's Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after they were blown away by Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Gunners came to Germany full of confidence and with history on their side having never lost at the Allianz Arena, but they were second-best throughout as Bayern showed that defeat at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago was the merest blip in their superb start to the season.
Tony Adams has undergone minor heart surgery in Azerbaijan an operation the former England and Arsenal defender has said saved his life.
After racking up 669 appearances and 10 major trophies with the Gunners, the 49-year-old moved into management with Wycombe, Portsmouth and then Gabala.Adams is now the Azerbaijani club's director of football and recently went under the knife after feeling unwell.
Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole has withdrawn from an upcoming charity match at Old Trafford and revealed he has been suffering from kidney failure.
The 44-year-old, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell with United, said he is not well enough to play in the UNICEF Match for Children, which will take place on Nov.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has banished Andros Townsend from the first team after the winger's clash with a club fitness coach on Monday.Townsend was pictured pushing and arguing with Spurs trainer Nathan Gardiner on the pitch at White Hart Lane following the team's 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has accused Arsene Wenger of taking a "cheap shot" for blaming Aaron Ramsey's injury on them.Arsenal boss Wenger criticized Wales for playing Ramsey in last month's Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra after qualification for next summer's finals in France had already been secured.
Whether it's movies, TV or sports programming, the number of Americans streaming their favorite shows on computers, tablets, smartphones and set top boxes is continuing to increase. So much so that ESPN has lost 3.2 million subscribers in roughly a year. Many of those subscribers have cut the cord.
Louis van Gaal felt vindicated by Wayne Rooney's winner against CSKA Moscow after his decision to take off Anthony Martial was widely booed at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United manager responded to three successive goalless draws by starting with Martial as his central striker and playing the England captain in a withdrawn role in the Champions League Group B clash.
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has talked toSteven Gerrard about to train with the teamthis fall, the Independent reported on Tuesday. According to the report,discussions between Klopp and the current LA Galaxy midfieldercould eventually encompassa playing role, though only training through Jan.
Over four years after signing for Arsenal, Joel Campbell finally made his first Premier League start last Saturday. The Costa Rica international was forced an appearance in the starting XI due to yet another injury bug for the Gunners. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were both forced off of the pitch within 15 minutes of each other last week due to injuries, and Aaron Ramsey has been sidelined following the north London outfit's crucial 2-0 victory against Bayern Munich in mid-October.
John Terry insists Chelsea have no wish to be the enemy of everyone and want to be loved as he hit back at pundit Robbie Savage.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has adopted a siege mentality in an attempt to cope with Chelsea's myriad issues this season, not least a run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions which has left his position as manager under scrutiny.
Louis van Gaal dropped a clanger after Manchester United's win over CSKA Moscow by getting Chris Smalling's name wrong again.Van Gaal made the mistake of calling the defender "Mike Smalling" while sat alongside him at a press conference in San Jose during United's pre-season tour in July, and it seems the United manager is still to learn the center back's proper name.
Paul Scholes has once again hit out at the style of football implemented by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, describing it as "boring."
Scholes, who made more than 700 appearances for United in a hugely successful spell between 1993 and 2013, slammed the Dutchman's tactics last month after seeing his former club dumped out of the Capital One Cup on penalties by Championship side Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to take a strong squad to Russia on Wednesday for the Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan.Most of the players who were involved in the weekend win at Chelsea are scheduled to travel, although one definite absentee will be Joao Teixeira, who is ineligible for the competition.
Remi Garde inherits a struggling squad at Aston Villa with the side rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and confidence low after seven straight defeats.He faces Manchester City in his first game in charge on Sunday and has just days to get them prepare for the visit of the league leaders to Villa Park.
Gianfranco Zola admits he would love to return to Chelsea as manager, but the Stamford Bridge legend has backed the struggling champions to recover.
Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday after Saturday's damaging 3-1 defeat to Liverpool left them 15th in the Barclays Premier League and piled the pressure on boss Jose Mourinho.
New manager Remi Garde has told his players the Aston Villa dressing room must be a strictly English-speaking environment.Garde says French will be banned because he wants his new charges to speak a common language for the sake of unity.
As with all squads in the league, Villa are a multi-national group of players, and Frenchman Garde says there will be no favoritism.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with FIFA pro video gamer Dirty Mike.
During the interview, Dirty Mike discusses what life is like as a professional video gamer, how much money can be won in tournaments, how many hours per week he practices, some of the secrets to winning in professional games, as well as discussion of this Sunday's Arsenal-Spurs game and much much more.
Four games is too small a sample to draw conclusions about teams, but within in context of a six-game tournament, it's enough to start mapping out scenarios. That's what we're left with after play in UEFA Champions League groups A, B, C, and D passed the half way mark on Tuesday: uncertainly about what teams cando, but clarity about what they need to.
Wayne Rooney ended Manchester United's 404-minute goal drought by the scoring the winner against CSKA Moscow on a night of high emotion at Old Trafford.
The United support had vented their frustration at the players when they sauntered off the pitch at halftime having failed to score again, and then Louis van Gaal got it in the neck for replacing Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini in the second half.
It took a volleyed perfect ball from Jesse Lingard, but Wayne Rooney is finally back on the scoresheet. In the process, Rooneyhas ended Manchester United's404-minute goal-drought, ending the threat of a fourth straight scoreless draw by putting his team up on CSKA Moscow, 1-0:
Wayne Rooney breaks United's 404-minute goalscoring drought (all comps) for a 1-0 lead vs CSKA.
John Terry on Tuesday came out fighting in support of Jose Mourinho and refused to contemplate the embattled Chelsea manager being sacked.
Mourinho is under pressure from all angles not least to retain his job amid a miserable run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions and declined to reveal if he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich this week, merely pointing to the length of his contract.
Fabian Johnson has become the sixth American to score in UEFA Champions League, opening the scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the 18th minute todayin Germany against defending Serie A champions Juventus:
Gladbach and #USMNT star Fabian Johnson scores first-ever #UCL goal for 1-0 lead vs Juve.
Remi Garde has called his appointment as Aston Villa manager "an unbelievable honor" as chairman Randy Lerner admitted the club were "way behind."
Former Lyon boss Garde on Monday signed a deal until June 2019 with the midlands outfit bottom of the Barclays Premier League.He watched his new side in their 3-1 defeat at Tottenham and will take charge of his first game in Sunday's visit of Manchester City after replacing Tim Sherwood.
Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium ban and a £40,000 fine by the Football Association. The Chelsea boss was hit with a misconduct charge after being sent to the stands during his side's 2-1 defeat at West Ham last month.An Independent Regulatory Commission confirmed Mourinho's punishment.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with FOX Sports presenter Rob Stone.
During the interview, Rob Stone discusses what a typical day is like covering the UEFA Champions League for FOX, news about a new Champions League show to launch on FOX Sports this week, his opinions about the MLS Playoffs thus far, why he won't be surprised if Landon Donovan comes out of retirement to play again, who the next coach should be for the US National Team if the team stumbles in World Cup qualifying, and much more.
Tony Pulis has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following West Brom's defeat to Leicester.The head coach is alleged to "have used language and/or behavior in or around the tunnel area after the fixture which amounts to improper conduct," an FA statement said.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is happy for fans to continue booing the Champions League anthem. City have been reported to UEFA after jeering during the competition's traditional pre-match ceremony in a protest against the European governing body prior to last month's home clash against Sevilla.
Following a tough 2014-15 season, Everton entered the current campaign in search of cohesiveness and stability. The Merseyside club sputtered for much of the previous season and winded up finishing in the bottom half of the table. While some predicted that they would have a similar finish in this year's standings, Everton are showing that they are in fact an improved side.
New York City FC has parted ways with head coach Jason Kreis, the Major League Soccer club confirmed on Monday. The former Real Salt Lake had coach had just completed his first season with the MLS expansion team, posting 10-17-7 record in his onlyseason on the sidelines at Yankee Stadium.
From theclub's announcement:
Prior to the start of the season, it was agreed with the coaching team that securing of a playoff place was an appropriate target for this year.
ONE World Sports will premiere A Bridge to Cuba, a documentary following NASL team New York Cosmos and their journey to Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, Nov.7th.
Seamus O'Brien, founder and chairman of ONE World Sports, alsoowns the Cosmos.
The network traveled to Cuba alongside the teamin order to telecast their friendly against the Cuban national team, capturingthe first visit of a US professional sports team to Cuban soil since the US lifted its trade embargo inDec.
Remi Garde, who is set to become Aston Villa's new manager, is a protege of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, having enjoyed a modest playing stint with the Gunners in the late 1990s.Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, though, Wenger is not famed for mentoring a host of players who have gone on to enjoy successful coaching careers.
José Mourinho's futureat Chelsea is in the balance. That much should be clear by now. Mere months after winning the Premier League title, Chelsea is not even amongthe top four teams in London, never mind top four in the league. As the most successful manager in the club's history, Mourinho has probably earned the right to be given time, but that's not usually how things work at Stamford Bridge.
Former Lyon coach Remi Garde has been appointed Aston Villa's new manager with the club bottom of the Barclays Premier League.Herewe lookat how the five permanent bosses have fared during owner Randy Lerner's time at the club.
Martin O'Neill (August 2006 August 2010)
Games 190; Wins 80; Draws 60; Defeats 50
The manager was appointed by Lerner's predecessor Doug Ellis just before he sold the club to the American for £62.
Louis van Gaal has hit back at his critics again, reminding them that Old Trafford "was not always the Theatre of Dreams."
United topped the table at the end of September, but their form has dipped of late.Van Gaal's men have recorded three consecutive 0-0 draws against Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, who knocked United out of the Capital One Cup on penalties after the stalemate.
Jose Mourinho's difficulties at Chelsea have increased after it emerged former club doctor Eva Carneiro had made him the subject of an individual legal claim, in addition to her action against the club for constructive dismissal.Here we lookat the Portuguese's controversial start to the season, on and off the pitch:
August 8 Mourinho criticizes Chelsea first team doctor Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for naivety in running on to the field to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea.
Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Remi Garde as their new manager.The former Lyon boss has signed a deal until 2019 and will watch his new side in their Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham on Monday.Villa are bottom of the league having lost their last six games and sacked former boss Tim Sherwood last month.
Jose Mourinho is to be the subject of an individual legal claim from former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro in addition to the action she is bringing against the club for constructive dismissal, it can be revealed.
Press Association Sport understands that legal papers will be served on Mourinho this week as part of separate but connected claims against him and against the club.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 9 games during Premier League gameweek 11.
During this week's episode, they discuss the Jurgen Klopp against Jose Mourinho battle at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United's unremarkable form, Manchester City's close-call against Norwich, as well as the Arsenal juggernaut that continues to move forward.
Striker Arouna Kone's hat-trick saw a Gerard Deulofeu-inspired Everton rack up their biggest Premier League win in eight years with a 6-2 victory against a shell-shocked Sunderland.
Kone, whose partnership with fellow goalscorer Romelu Lukaku continues to flourish, will claim the headlines but the influence of the Toffees' 21-year-old livewire winger was a key component in only their second home league win of the season.
The man of the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho who scored two sensational goals. Both goals were almost identical with Coutinho twisting and turning to create space, and then smashing in an incredible shot into the corner of the net.
But it was the first of the two goals that were the most extraordinary.