A crackerjack of a match happening Oct. 10 inside Pasadena's historic Rose Bowl is, of course, the big fire sucking all the oxygen from our domestic soccer "room." Meetings with a bitter border rival will do that, you know, and US versus Mexico is practically a brand. (I forget, does the hashtag dosacero take an exclamation point, or no?
Lviv (Ukraine) (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Wednesday as they cruised past Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Champions League Group A.
Laurent Blanc has overseen an almost perfect start to the French champions' campaign, and first half goals from Ivory Coast full back Serge Aurier and Brazilian defender David Luiz put last season's quarterfinalists in control.
Turin (Italy) (AFP) Alvaro Morata opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime and Simone Zaza hit his maiden Champions League goal at the death as Juventus dominated a listless Sevilla 2-0 to go top of group D on Wednesday.
Juventus, last season's beaten finalists, welcomed Unai Emery's Europa League champions to Turin looking to prove that the poor domestic form that has seen them slump to 15th in Serie A is simply a blip.
Madrid (AFP) Benfica inflicted Atletico Madrid's first home defeat in the Champions League since 2009 as they came from behind to move top of Group C with a 2-1 win on Wednesday. However, the Portuguese champions' victory was overshadowed by the behavior of some of their traveling fans, who threw flares at Atletico supporters after Nicolas Gaitan's equalizing goal.
Sergio Aguero struck a last-gasp penalty winner as Manchester City came from behind to ignite their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.
It had looked like a familiar story of frustration and Joe Hart brilliance for City as Lars Stindl finally beat the visitors' outstanding goalkeeper to give the hosts a 54th-minute lead at a raucous Borussia Park.
Malmö (Sweden) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Raul's Real Madrid scoring record as the Portugal star steered the Spanish giants to a 2-0 victory at 10-man Malmo in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.
Ronaldo ended an uncharacteristic three-game drought with the 500th goal of his career just before the half-hour mark in Sweden before adding a second late to guide Real to a second straight win in Group A.
Son Heung-min is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot in Tottenham's defeat of Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has settled impressively at White Hart Lane after making the B£22million move from Bayer Leverkusen last month. The South Korea forward has netted three goals in five Spurs appearances to date and would have had another was it not for the offside flag in the 4-1 Barclays Premier League win against City on Saturday.
He is still in pursuit of Raúl atop Real Madrid's all-time scoring chart, but on his way to that inevitable record, Cristiano Ronaldo has passed another milestone. With today's goal in Sweden against Malmo in UEFA Champions League, the 30-year-old iconnotched his 500th competitive goal, reaching the landmark in only 753 career appearances.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Daniel Sturridge has to be handled carefully to ensure they do not "break" him again.The England international missed six months of last season with a number of injuries, resulting in him undergoing a hip operation in May in an attempt to cure underlying issues.
As the number of soccer games available to viewers in the United States continues to grow year over year, the space is becoming more competitive. There's more choice now than there ever has been below.
But which networks and which leagues are doing the greatest job at encouraging viewers to tune into their broadcasts?
FIFA's financial reports, reviewed by AFP on Wednesday, raised questions about claims from Michel Platini that a payment he received from the organization was delayed for nearly a decade due to financial constraints.
Platini has been questioned by Swiss prosecutors in connection with a two-million Swiss francs ($2 million, 1.
Arsenal's 3-2 setback against Olympiacos at the Emirates on Tuesday set off the usual alarm bells among Gunners supporters as well as the annual 'bash Arsene Wenger' circus that ensues after the club puts up a result like this. Once again, the calls for Wenger's sacking from some quarters are premature and shortsighted.
Louis van Gaal has cast doubt on the idea that he will walk away from Manchester United in 2017 but admits delaying his retirement would be hard on his wife.
Van Gaal insisted on United's preseason tour that he would leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in 18 months' time.Sir Alex Ferguson claimed last week that the Dutchman would find it hard to depart, however.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with 'New FIFA Now' member Bonita Mersiades.
During the interview, the FIFA whistleblower discusses why it's time for an independent reform of FIFA, what listeners can do to support the movement, why there needs to be greater transparency at the FAs, her thoughts on FIFA trying to reform FIFA, the role that sponsors and TV companies are playing by pumping billions into FIFA HQ, what soccer could look like with a FIFA that isn't corrupt, and much more.
Last season, Juventus were in the UEFA Champions League final. They won Serie A. Now the same Juventus are mired in 15th place in Italy with just five points from six matches. What's gone wrong? Can the Old Lady recover?
Statistical indicators suggest Juventus are playing better than their results.
Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is an experienced manager at the club level, but the interim Mexico boss seemed a little shell-shocked after his first full international window in charge of thenational team.After a draw against Argentina early in September, the interim Mexico manager said he would call only players who can report on time to Oct.
Munich (Germany) (AFP) Robert Lewandowski's phenomenal goal scoring run continued on Tuesday with a hat trick in Bayern Munich's 5-0 mauling as Dinamo Zagreb's 45-match unbeaten run was halted in emphatic fashion.Lewandowski again ran riot in the Champions League home match as Mario Goetze and Douglas Costa also netted to put Bayern top of Group F following their 3-0 win at Olympiakos a fortnight ago before facing Arsenal away in three weeks.
UEFA chief Michel Platini is "still determined" to run for the FIFA presidency as successor to Sepp Blatter in next February's elections,he told AFP on Tuesday, despite "doubts" about his integrity.
On the same day, according to a report by journalist Paul Kelso, Swiss Attorney GeneralMichael Lauber says he cannot rule out raiding UEFA HQ as part of his investigation into the Blatter-Platini payment.
Turin (Italy) (AFP) Juventus have suspended Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres after he crashed his Ferrari into a bus shelter in Turin and failed a breath test, the Italian champions announced on Tuesday.The incident happened on Monday night when Caceres reportedly drove down a one-way street, lost control of his Ferrari, drove into a bus shelter and crashed into two parked cars.
Count Gary Neville among the people who were keeping an open mind about Anthony Martial, the Monaco attacker Manchester United made the most expensive teenager of all time in the last transfer window. But having seen the 19-year-old in person three times, and focusing specifically on him this weekend at Old Trafford, the Sky Sports analyst has been won over.
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Midfielder Michael Carrick is likely to miss Manchester United's Champions League home game with Wolfsburg on Wednesday due to injury, manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Tuesday.
England international Carrick was one of four players who sat out training on Tuesday, along with Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo, who is also expected to miss out.
Count Gary Neville among the people who were keeping an open mind about Anthony Martial, the Monaco attacker Manchester United made the most expensive teenager of all time in the last transfer window. But having seen the 19-year-old in person three times, and focusing specifically on him this weekend at Old Trafford, the Sky Sports analyst has been won over.
Had Iker Casillas written his own script, his vindication would have been Lisbon, a year-and-half-ago, when he wore the captain's armband as Real Madrid claimed their 10th European crown. But it's been a some time since San Iker could author his own fairytales. Over the past five years, a player that was once considered among the world's best goalkeepers has waned, doing so disputably, dramatically, and ultimately, sadly.
The Swiss justice ministry on Tuesday approved the extradition to the United States of Costa Rican national Eduardo Li, one the FIFA officials whose arrest in May ignited an unprecedented crisis in world soccer.
"The Federal Office of Justice (FoJ) has approved the extradition of Eduardo Li to the USA.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sky Sports soccer analyst Guillem Balague.
During the interview, Guillem discusses the situation in Spain with Barcelona and whether their La Liga future is in doubt if Catalonia gains independence. He also gives fascinating insight on Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his soon-to-be-released book on the Real Madrid star.
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson will be out for at least six months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Wilson, Bournemouth's top scorer with five goals, sustained the injury during his side's 2-1 defeat at Stoke City last Saturday and is due to undergo surgery next week before beginning his rehabilitation.
Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life from all football-related activity, the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee of the sport's world governing body said on Tuesday.
The former Caribbean federation president "was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF" said the Ethics Committee statement.
It's a question that has plagued every women's soccer league in the United States since the Women's United Soccer Association collapsed: How do you get people to come to games, and keep coming to games? How do you grab people's attention, then turn that into loyalty?
On the surface, it may seem like a fairly straightforward business question, but it's complicated by the long slog women's sports have endured just to get to this point, which is still no shining beacon of fairness and equality.
Number one soccer animator Richard Swarbrick is up to it again with another sensational animation. This time, it's Manchester United's Anthony Martial in action.
The video below features animation of Martial's goals against Liverpool and Southampton.
Swarbrick created the animated video for Shwapsies, an art collective on social media where designers create beautiful virtual stickers of some of their favorite footballers as an art piece instead of a photograph.
Madrid (AFP) A charge on two counts of tax fraud was launched against Barcelona player Javier Mascherano by Spain's public prosecution service, a court filing revealed on Monday.The Argentine is alleged to have failed to declare over 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million, £1.1 million) in 2011 and 2012 made through his image rights by ceding the rights to companies he owns in Portugal and the United States with favorable tax rates.
For the past five years, Serie A's been a bit of a bore. That's not referring to the ultra-defensive, play-out-a-goalless-draw-rather-than-risk-losing-a-point perception of Italy that so many hang on to. No, the games have been fine, and high-scoring thrillers are playing out with surprising regularity.
Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) Highly-rated Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has pledged his future to England after a tug of war with the Republic of Ireland, his club said on Monday. The 20-year-old represented Ireland at youth levels but some strong showings for Villa caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson.
Early success in Europecould have former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley on the brink of a prestigious move,if today's reports out of Norway are correct. The current Stabæk boss and former head coach of the Chicago Fire, New York/New Jersey Metro Stars, Chivas USA and the Egyptian national team is reportedly on the radar of Molde, the defending Norwegian champions whose league struggles and early exit from the UEFA Champions League playoffs left the team in search of a new boss.
Both the offices of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini issued statements today to try to counteract the negative publicity about the two top figureheads in world soccer given the criminal probe against Blatter from Friday, as well as Platini being questioned.
Sepp Blatter has told FIFA's staff that he will stay on as president while he cooperates with Swiss prosecutors who have opened criminal proceedings against him, his lawyer said Monday.
Here are the ten things we learned from week 30 of the 2015 MLS season.
1.Parity is paying off
Whether you like it or not, it's hard not to marvel at MLS' parity. In both the Western and Eastern Conferences, just six points separate teams one through six. Six teams are within three points of each other in the Supporters' Shield race as well.
The trailer for 'Ronaldo,' a documentary from the makers of Senna, has been released. And no matter whether you're a Cristiano Ronaldo fan or not, this looks like an intriguing insight into the story of CR7 and how he developed into one of the world's greatest soccer players.
Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorized film of one of the most celebrated figures in football.
A hat-trick by Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic set up Fiorentina for a stunning 4-1 win at the San Siro that ended Inter Milan's 100% start to the campaign and sent La Viola top of Serie A on Sunday.
Inter, who have not won the scudetto since their treble-winning feat of 2010, had boosted their early-season hopes by racing to a 10-point lead over defending champions Juventus after winning their opening five games.
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 7.
This week, they discuss how Manchester City got dislodged from the top of the table, whether Spurs have found their magic formula to go on a good run in the Premier League this season, whether Chelsea are vulnerable or not given their inconsistent performances, where Chelsea's weaknesses are, has Arsenal become more pragmatic and did Leicester play too open of a game, as well as Liverpool's huge win to beat Aston Villa and temporarily take the pressure off manager Brendan Rodgers.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's car came under fire from a barrage of stones as he left Nantes' Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday, according to reports on Sunday.
Champions PSG had extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 following a 4-1 victory but "around 20 fans from the Brigade Loire group" pelted the Qatari chief's car as he left, according to newspaper Le Parisien.
Juventus should shelve all talk of a fifth consecutive scudetto, said goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon after a latest Serie A reverse left them at risk of slipping 13 points behind leaders Inter Milan.
From the highs of reaching the Champions League final last season, when the Turin giants sealed a first league and Cup double in 20 years, Juventus have returned to earth with a bump.
Barcelona fans around the world were left stunnedfollowing the newsof Lionel Messi's injury during the early stages of yesterday's 2-1 win over Las Palmas.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner will be sidelined for 7-8 weeks after tearing a ligament in his left knee. The diminutive forward may miss Barcelona's next eight fixtures with many hoping the Argentine will be able to return in time for the November 21 showdown with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Premier League season was less than two weeks oldwhen I embarked on myjourney from London to Hong Kong. Forthe majority of the 12 hour flight, I was thinking of ways to not lose connection with the English gameso I could try to watch as many Premier League games on TV as possible, especially consideringthe 7-hour time difference.
The future of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his heir-apparent Michel Platini was in play Sunday, as they faced scrutiny by the soccerworld body's ethics committee that could end with suspension.
Committee spokesman Andreas Bantel told AFP he could not comment on individual cases, and refused to confirm reports that the committee had opened a probe against the two most powerful men in football.
Embattled Sepp Blatter was urged to stand down as FIFA president on Saturday after he was placed under a criminal investigation as his heir-apparent Michel Platini also came under scrutiny over a murky multi-million-dollar payment.
In a dramatic escalation of the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer, Swiss investigators accompanied by Swiss police swept into FIFA's headquarters on Friday as their attention turned to Blatter and Platini.
Listen to the seventh episode of Divers And Cheats, the show hosted by Kartik Krishnaiyer where he tackles a controversial topic that many in the soccer media ignore or don't want to touch.
In the latest episode of Divers and Cheats, host Kartik Krishnaiyer discusses why he believes English clubs should focus on domestic competitions over European ones, why European competition mattered to English clubs from 1968 to 1985 and from 1995 to 2012, how Financial Fair Play has helped clubs such as Bayern Munich, how English clubs do not have the ability to hoard players like European super clubs, and more.
Liga MX's Súper Clásico match between America vs. Chivas will be shown live on US television and streaming.
The two biggest rivals and the most successful clubs in Mexico are going head to head in El Súper Clásico this Saturday. After a slow start in the Apertura, Club América is on its way to the top of the league, with just 3 points behind league leader Club León.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:
Spurs vs Manchester City, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Manchester United vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN Leicester vs Arsenal, 10am, USA Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 10am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra Southampton vs Swansea, 10am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra Stoke vs Bournemouth, 10am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra West Ham vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra Newcastle vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCSN and NBC Universo
• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra
Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.
Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Friday that his side may have to "let go" of one of theirdomestic cup competitions if they are to achieve their dream of winning the UEFA Champions League.
PSG won a clean sweep of the domestic trophies last season, taking the French Cup and League Cup as well as the Ligue 1 title.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Daniel Feuerstein and Kartik Krishnaiyer.
During the interviews, Nate discusses a range of topics with Daniel and Kartik, including the latest revelations from the FIFA scandal, how Michel Platini ties into this, a preview of the CONCACAF Cup between Mexico and the USA, a preview of the US Open Cup and more.
Jaume Roures, a founding partner at MediaPro, announced on 'Catalunya Radio' the date and time of the first Real Madrid vs. Barcelona clash of the 2015-16 campaign.
MediaPro was named the agent for international broadcast rights for Spain's first and second divisions in July. That meant the company would determine the date and kick-off time of the clash between two of the world's most popular clubs.
Everton defender John Stones is "touch-and-go" to be fit for Monday's trip to West Brom, according to manager Roberto Martinez.The England center back sustained a knee injury in Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory at Reading, but a late decision will be made on whether he is ready to play at the Hawthorns.
David Beckham agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson's assessment that he was not a "world-class" player. The former Manchester United manager's latest autobiography includes a claim that he managed only four players deserving of that description during his long Old Trafford reign. Former England captain Beckham was a notable absentee from a list which comprised of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.
Zurich (AFP) The controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on November 21 and finish on December 18, FIFA confirmed on Friday after their executive committee met in Zurich.
FIFA had already announced in March that the final would be played on December 18 Qatar's national day and the start date confirmed on Friday means the tournament will run for 28 days, four days shorter than usual.
Zurich (AFP) Michel Platini may have emerged as the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of scandal-riddled FIFA, but it is his close links to the veteran Swiss that threaten to end his dreams of running world soccer'sgoverning body.
The current UEFA president and once one of the greatest players in the world when he starred for Saint-Etienne, Juventus and France in the 1980s, Platini has tried to position himself as the man to clean up an organization brought to its knees by endless corruption scandals in recent months.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley took the unusual move of apologizing for the club's dreadful start to the new season.Owner Mike Ashley's right-hand man, who oversaw the appointment of head coach Steve McClaren and the club's £52 million summer recruitment drive, has insisted the club's hierarchy will take "collective responsibility" for recent failures.
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes it is too soon to talk about midfielder Dele Alli playing for England.
Alli, who left MK Dons in the summer, has been a revelation this season, forcing his way into Pochettino's starting lineup with a series of sparkling displays.
England boss Roy Hodgson watched the 19-year-old play 90 minutes in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday and is believed to be considering the midfielder for matches against Estonia and Lithuania next month.
Jose Mourinho appeared to launch an attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Chelsea striker Diego Costa was retrospectively banned for violent conduct during last Saturday's defeat of Arsenal.Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week's 2-0 win.
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola walked out of his Friday press conference following repeated questions from regarding his future at the club.Guardiola has yet to sign an extension with the Bundesliga champions, and his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Despite winning the German league twice in his first two seasons, the former Barcelona manager has faced criticism for his side's performances, the Spaniard's tactics, man-management and team selection being the focal point of questioning from the club's supporters and the German media.
It's always entertaining when a division which has been dominated by a certain team starts with the champions a little out of sync, and that's what's happened in Serie A this season. No surprise, then, that two of our five selections this week do come from the Italian top flight, which has settled into an entertaining early groove.
Sepp Blatter has been interrogated by Swiss authorities today regarding an investigation intocharges of"criminal mismanagement" and "misappropriation" bythe FIFA President.
According to the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG),the organizationsuspects that in September 2005, Blatter signed an unfavorable contract with the Caribbean Football Union (with Jack Warner as the President at this time).
When the National Women's Soccer League was conceived, one team stood out for being the only club at the time to be affiliated with a Major League Soccer side. The Portland Thorns fell under the same umbrella as owner Merritt Paulson's Timbers and would share front office staff and facilities. It also meant they would have substantially more money than the other seven teams in the league, and their allocation of high-profile internationals like Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair and Tobin Heath did little to diminish the perception that they had been given the keys to daddy's car.
It's that time of the year for the annual release of the two most popular soccer videogame titles, FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). They're released by two companies vying for your gaming dollars and playing time. Fans in both camps will argue which game is better,and even though I won't be able to dissuade such arguments, I will try to be as objective as possibleon both games.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with American Outlaws' Dan Wiersema.
During the interview, Dan Wiersema discusses how the American Outlaws formed, some of the most memorable moments in the organization, how soccer fans can become a member, what to expect from the USA-Mexico game at the Rose Bowl, as well as insight regarding how the American Outlaws is run.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he is never complacent enough to think his job is safe but insists he is driven on by the "positive fear" it might not be.
The Northern Irishman has found himself under increased scrutiny this week after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Norwich was followed by them scraping past League Two Carlisle on penalties at Anfield in the Capital One Cup.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has condemned the disturbances by Gunners' fans following the end of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup victory at Tottenham, and vowed the club will fully cooperate with the authorities to help identify those responsible.
Midfielder Mathieu Flamini struck a stunning late winner to secure bragging rights in the north London derby.
In the wake of Celta Vigo's scintillating 4-1 victory over Barcelona (the only loss suffered by the Catalan side in their previous 25 matches in La Liga), much of the soccer-viewing public has been scrambling to find out exactly what happened.
Are Celta really that good? Or is this simply a product of injury-plagued Barcelona team that have already conceded four goals on three occasions this season.
England's elite may have fallen behind their counterparts on the continent, but the clubs just below the trophy-or-bust crowd are arguably better than ever. The handful of sides that would have been competing for a place in the Intertoto Cup (back when that was a thing) have gotten demonstrably better in recent years.
It was an improbable header from the tiny forward, but it wasn't disbelief that made Lorenzo Insigne burst into tears after heading in an equalizer early last season against Torino. For weeks, the then-23 year old had been enduring taunts in that same stadium, from hometown supporters who had turned on the local boy.
It tooka few days, but we've finally reached apoint of resolution, one that most not currently wearing Chelsea shirts saw as closest to correct. Diego Costa, the Premier League's preeminent bully, got his seemingly well-earned castigation from the English Football Association: a three-match ban that feels like a rolled-up newspaper swatting the nose of a naughty puppy.
Swiss prosecutors probing corruption in world soccerreceived a pledge from FIFA on Thursday that investigators would get access to the emails of suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke if certain conditions were met.
Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber has demanded access to all of Valcke's emails as part of his inquiry into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen.
During the interview, Hayley McQueen discusses her role as ambassador of the Football Foundation, what steps are being made to improve grassroots soccer, her relationship with her father (Manchester United legend Gordon McQueen), how she got her start in broadcasting, her connection to a well-known US soccer presenter, as well as insight into The Offside Rule podcast she co-hosts.
Watching Brendan Rodgers this season for Liverpool echoes chimes of another dearly departed Premier League manager who promised more than he could ever deliver to a hungry supporters base, and this might not be a comparison Liverpudlians will want to see: this feels like Andre Villas-Boas' second season with Spurs.
You would think that threeconsecutive wins (with 10goals scored and onlyoneconceded) would move the José Mourinho narrative in a positive direction; then again, that means you probably don'tknow José Mourinho. For all the turmoil the cantankerous Portuguese had mustered last time we convened, afew wins have yet to abate the storm.
Over the comingweeks, Stephanie Yang, new contributor toWorld Soccer Talk, will be tackling aseries of majorquestions facing the National Women's Soccer Leagueas it approaches itsthird offseason. In her first installment, Stephanie analyzes the league's expectedpartnership with Orlando City SC potentiallythethird Major League Soccer franchise to venture into the NWSL.
Holders Chelsea will visit Stoke City while Arsenal and Manchester United drew Championship opposition in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.The draw for the competition's round of 16 took place late Wednesday night, with Premier League-leading Manchester City given one of the round's tougher matchups with a visit from Crystal Palace.
Mathieu Flamini struck twice as Arsenal beat north London rivals Tottenham 2-1 in the third round of the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane. The French midfielder marked his first appearance of the season with a superb second-half volley to secure bragging rights for Gunners' fans.
Spurs had mounted a spirited comeback after Flamini's close-range strike following a fumble by stand-in goalkeeper Michel Vorm, and equalized at the start of the second half when Callum Chambers deflected the ball into his own net.
A certain school of thought says for everything we gain in life, we necessarily give something up. Skipping the philosophical debate and just accepting the premise, a perfect example is happening in Major League Soccer at this very moment.
When league planners expanded playoffs from eight to 10 teams back in 2010, I said it was the wrong move.
Long gone are the days when iconic Arsenal players such as Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour and Patrick Vieira graced the green pitch at Highbury. Not only were the legendary quartet of Gunners superb players, but they were the type of players that fans absolutely adored because of their toughness and will to win.
FOX Sports hasa Bundesliga problem. For the first five gameweeks of the2015/16 season, live Bundesliga games on the network are averaging just 42,000 viewers. Of immediate concernis the fact that the last two gameweeks have recorded two of the worst weekly averages for live games theleague has seen on FOX Sports since the opening weekend:29,333 and 47,000 respectively.
Today's Capital One Cup game between Tottenham and Arsenal will be shown live on US television and on a live stream. The eagerly anticipated north London derby, the first one of the 2015/16 season, will give one of the teams the opportunity to keep the bragging rights until the first derby is played in the league on November 8.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski scored the quickest 5 goals ever in the top 4 European leagues on Tuesday, netting the five goals within exactly 8 minutes 57 seconds after coming on as a substitute to overturn Wolfsburg's 1-0 lead into a 5-1 win for Bayern.
While the feat of scoring five goals within 9 minutes is extraordinary, it's fitting that Lewandowski's fifth and final goal was completely sublime.
"Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important."- Pope John Paul II
From the economic impact, to the enduring cultural benefits of autonomy, Spanish media is awash with debate surrounding the prospect of Catalonia seceding from Spain. An independent Catalonia would have massive repercussions, both off and on the pitch, the type of repercussions that could lead to FC Barcelona being banned from the Spanish league.
Rome (AFP) Former Brazilian soccerstar-turned-politician Romario on Tuesday described UEFA president Michel Platini as coming "from the same school" as his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter.
Now a Brazilian senator with an anti-corruption stance, the 1994 World Cup-winning striker was asked his thoughts on the upcoming leadership election at FIFA, world soccer'sgoverning body, where Platini is bidding to succeed Blatter.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Nipun Chopra.
During the interview, Nate and Nipun discuss Wayne Rooney's form for Manchester United, Sir Alex snubbing Rooney and Beckham, the impact that Anthony Martial has made on the Red Devils, their opinions about Diego Costa being suspended for 3 games, and much more.
Marseille (AFP) Three Marseille supporters were handed prison sentences between four and six months over violent incidents during the weekend clash between their side and Lyon.The three, aged between 18 and 29, may never see the inside of a jail cell, though, as they were released from the Marseille criminal court pending an appearance before the judge of first instance, who may decide to commute their sentences to community service.
Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner will learn Friday whether he is to be extradited to the United States to face charges linked to a corruption scandal sweeping football's world governing body. Warner, a 72-year-old a native of the Caribbean island, was indicted in May by a US grand jury on 12 charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were in top-form as Manchester City cruised to a 4-1 Capital One Cup victory at Sunderland to end a two-game losing run. The B£100million duo tore the Black Cats apart on a night when the Barclays Premier League leaders demonstrated a brutal efficiency in front of a largely horrified crowd of 21,644 at the Stadium of Light.
Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid will have to do without four first-team regulars for their challenging trip to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday after coach Rafael Benitez confirmed Sergio Ramos won't be fit to travel.
Ramos hasn't featured since dislocating his shoulder in last week's 4-0 win over Shakhtar and joins Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Danilo on the sidelines.
Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid moved to the top of La Liga as Antoine Griezmann's double handed them a 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday. Griezmann got the hosts off to the perfect start after five minutes and then sealed the three points from what was an otherwise unconvincing Atletico display from Jackson Martinez's stoppage time pass.
Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid moved to the top of La Liga as Antoine Griezmann's double handed them a 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday. Griezmann got the hosts off to the perfect start after five minutes and then sealed the three points from what was an otherwise unconvincing Atletico display from Jackson Martinez's stoppage time pass.
Ankle ligaments. The most buzz-worthy storyline for Mexico and U.S. fans ahead of October's playoff between the two nations for CONCACAF's 2017 Confederations Cup berth has revolved all around ankle ligaments; specifically, left ankle ligaments. And more specifically, the left ankle ligaments of Andres Guardado.
Pep Guardiola thought he could get by without his best forward, starting Roberto Lewandowski on the bench as a quick turnaround from weekend action saw Wolfsburg, last season's Bundesliga runner ups, visit Bayern Munich inthe league's sixth round. However, fortunate to go into halftime trailing only 1-0, the Bayern boss didn't hesitate to bring the Polish international on to startthe second half.
Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said the European champions will do everything in their power to try and register one of Arda Turan or Aleix Vidal before January. Both players were signed by the Catalan giants in the summer, but at the moment can't feature until the new year.
Barca were handed a one-year ban on registering new players, effective from January this year, after breaking FIFA rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 16.
London (AFP) Arsenal have won an appeal against Brazilian defender Gabriel's sending-off in Saturday's Premier League defeat to Chelsea, the Football Association confirmed on Tuesday.
Gabriel was dismissed following an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa late in the first half of the Gunners' 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and was facing a three-match ban for violent conduct.
Madrid (AFP) Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has categorically denied any wrongdoing after a report from Spanish daily El Mundo claimed he is being investigated for defrauding the Spanish tax authorities. Alonso is alleged to have failed to declare revenue from his image rights by ceding those rights to companies outside of Spain in tax havens or states with lower tax rates between 2010 and 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo has another chance to move ahead of Raul as Real Madrid's top goalscorer of all time on enemy territory as Los Blancos make the daunting trip to take on Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday (live at 3pm ET on beIN SPORTS Connect for soccer fans in the US).
Ronaldo is just two goals off matching Raul Gonzalez Blanco's record mark of 323 and has been described as Madrid's only "unquestionable" player by coach Rafael Benitez despite the star names in his squad.
Chances are, if you have a passion for the game of soccer and are not specifically a Chelsea supporter, you most likely (strongly) dislike the Blues from London. The Premier League bad boys are a mixture of arrogance, brashness and talent, with players and a manager that are immensely polarizing.
Marseille (AFP) Marseille president Vincent Labrune slammed "a minority of individuals who are trying to destabilize the stadium" and said security will be increased following unsavoury incidents that marred Sunday's Ligue 1 clash against Lyon. The 1-1 draw at the Velodrome was held up for 20 minutes when fans pelted the Lyon players and the pitch during a fiery encounter that forced the referee to suspend the match.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with writer Ian Plenderleith.
During the interview, Ian Plenderleith discusses his new book, Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League. Nate dives into the history of the league with Plenderleith, discussing the legacy of the US league, how popular it still is overseas, and how there are aspects of the NASL that influenced the modern game.
Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only world-class players he managed at Manchester United raises some interesting questions about those he left off the list.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the players who might feel aggrieved to be excluded and possible reasons why they were omitted.
Paris (AFP) French sports minister Patrick Kanner expressed his "shock and fury" on Monday after a weekend of Ligue 1 violence tarnished the image of hosts France just months ahead of Euro 2016.
The clash between Marseille and Lyon in the Velodrome Stadium on Sunday night was restarted after a 20-minute stoppage caused by missile-throwing fans, while there were also nasty scenes during Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Bastia and Nice in Corsica as Paris Saint-Germain's fans ran amok in the streets of Reims after a 1-1 draw.
There were plenty of parallels to draw between the fortunes of Everton and Ross Barkley lastseason.They were each jaded, tepid and lacking confidence. Fanatical supporters lost patience with both and were more than happy to make those feelings heard. The result was an underwhelming campaign; foreboding feelings of promise would go unfulfilled.
t took just a few minutes before social media began talking about it, before media outlets began writing their stories, leading off with Germany's former "it" coach, Jürgen Klopp, rather than focusing last year's next big thing, a man who was now was trying to give back his job.
On Sunday night, Lucien Favre handed in his resignation.
With six gameweeks completed in the Premier League, many of the teams from England's top flight league will be in action this midweek in the Capital One Cup. And there's one match in particular that stands out —the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.
If you live in the United States, you can watch Sunderland vs.
Spurs' somewhat sluggish start and typical transfer nonsense has obfuscated something quite interesting about the start of their season, something that needs to be highlighted more: The versatility in the squad might be the reason Spurs break through this season, even though expectations have been lowered.
Madrid (AFP) The head of the Spanish soccer league warned on Monday that champions Barcelona could not play in Spain's La Liga if Catalan nationalists succeeded in making their region independent.
"The law of sport is very clear: the only non-Spanish competitors are the Andorran clubs" from the small neighboring principality, said Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish Professional Football League.
While Borussia Moenchengladbach has been largely terrible this season. They have no points after five matchdays and took a thumping loss in their initial Champions League group stage match in Seville, but nobody expected this. Trainer Lucien Favre surprised the German soccer world by quitting Sunday after a 1-0 derby loss to FC Koeln.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by England'sFootball Association after an incident with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny which was caught on video.The FA has also charged Arsenal defender Gabriel with improper conduct for his behavior after being sent off on Saturday, and both Chelsea and Arsenal for failing to control their players.
Throughout various lists mentioning the greatest forwards in the world, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are always mentioned. Sure, Messi and Ronaldo play at a level above the rest, but the rest of these forwards are no better than Thomas Müller.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas can break a 40-year old club record for the longest streak without conceding a goal if the Costa Rica international maintains his current form against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
Currently, Real Madrid are the only La Liga sidenot to have conceded a goal this season, and Navas haskept clean sheets in all five of his starts both domestically and in Europe.
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 6.
The discussion focuses on topics such as Diego Costa being the instigator, how Arsene Wenger's poor preparation hurt Arsenal, the case of red cards hurting games, what Arsenal are capable of this season, and much more.
Diego Costa and Chelsea can today expect to discover from the Football Association if the striker has a case to answer for his role in Saturday's feisty victory over Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho was seething when Costa was retrospectively sanctioned in February for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can, part of a perceived "campaign" against his side which included a Sky Sports montage entitled 'Costa's Crimes'.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to shell out upwards of£250 million next summer in order to pry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid.
The French champions tested the Spanish giant's resolved this summer with a £110 million bid for the Portuguese forward, and it appears PSG officials have not given up their chase to land the three-time Ballon d'Or winner next season.
As the UEFA Champions League started up again lastweek, fans of English teams were left with the now familiar sight of the richest league in the world being put to shame by decidedly modest opposition. Three out of four English clubs lost, and two to teams that have markedly smaller budgets (although compare Manchester City's transfer window to Juventus' and it is clear who held the financial advantage going into that clash).
Anthony Martial continued his dream start to life at Manchester United as he scored twice in their comeback victory at Southampton.
Last year it was Robin van Persie who scored twice in a narrow win for Louis van Gaal's side at St Mary's but now United supporters have a new hero as their £36million deadline-day signing continued his impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Heung-Min Son charmed his new Tottenham colleagues with Korean food ahead of his matchwinning display in Sunday's 1-0 Premier League defeat of Crystal Palace.
Son, signed towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen, concluded a fine week by scoring the only goal of the game, in the 68th minute, to seal victory against Palace just four days after his first two goals for the club in their 3-1 Europa League win over FK Qarabag.
Frenchman Paul Pogba created one goal and scored another as Juventus finally claimed their first Serie A win of the season, while Francesco Totti hit his 300th goal for Roma in a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo.
After their worst start to the season in several decades, Juventus travelled to Genoa hoping to build on an impressive 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City in midweek.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes was critical of both his players and the match officials after he saw the Potters' two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with Leicester at the Britannia Stadium.
The hosts raced ahead as the fit-again Bojan Krkic marked his first Barclays Premier League start in eight months with a goal in the 13th minute, and Jonathan Walters then pounced on a Wes Morgan error to double the advantage seven minutes later.
Bayern Munich's emphatic 3-0 win at Darmstadt delighted coach Pep Guardiola as the Bavarian giants went top of the Bundesliga just three days after their Greek odyssey.
Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday and Bayern took their chance to go top of the league with a fifth straight win with goals by Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rode on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho issued a robust and colorful defense of Diego Costa following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat of Arsenal. Here Press Association Sport describes the exchange with journalists in Mourinho's post-match media conference.
Journalist: Arsene Wenger says Diego Costa deserved a red card did he?
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea restored order with a battling 2-0 win over nine-man Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The champions won at home for the first time in the Barclays Premier League this season as Kurt Zouma headed in and Eden Hazard's late shot ricocheted in off Calum Chambers.
The Blues, now unbeaten in eight league games with the Gunners, benefited from Arsenal indiscipline as Gabriel was sent off after a series of altercations with Diego Costa and Santi Cazorla followed for two bookable offences.
Despite Arsenal being hard done by after Diego Costa should have been red-carded in today's game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho went on an extraordinary rant against Arsene Wenger and his moaning.
If ever a manager deserved an opportunity to moan, it was today after Arsenal's defeat, which included two Arsenal players being shown the red card.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN FC's Michael Caley.
During the interview, Michael Caley discusses the fascinating world of statistical analysis in soccer, sharing insight into when a trend becomes a meaningful stat, why soccer has been slow to embrace analytics, how analytics can help teams, players and fantasy players, and some of the intriguing stats from the Premier League thus far.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:
Chelsea vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Swansea vs Everton, 10am, NBCSN Aston Villa vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time Bournemouth vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time Newcastle vs Watford, 10am,Premier League Extra Time Stoke vs Leicester, 10am, Premier League Extra Time Manchester City vs West Ham, 12:30pm, NBCSN and NBC Universo
• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra
Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.
Luke Shaw will be spared the torment of completing his 500-mile return to Manchester from Eindhoven by land. After three days' treatment at the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, Shaw is almost ready to return to England.
The Manchester United defender has been in the Dutch city since he broke his leg in two places following a tackle by Hector Moreno in PSV's 2-1 Champions League win over the Red Devils on Tuesday.
London (AFP) Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says England forward Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in Sunday's match against Norwich.
Sturridge has not played for Liverpool since an FA Cup win at Blackburn in April and managed just 18 appearances in all competitions last season due to a series of muscular problems, including a serious hip injury.
Madrid (AFP) Spanish soccer clubs have reduced their huge debt with the country's tax authorities by over 50 percent in the past two years, a report by the league and the country's sports council said on Friday. The debt to the tax authorities has dropped from a high of 650 million euros in 2013 to 317 million euros by September this year.
Arsenal's 2-1 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday was surely disappointing to Gunner fans. In fact, disappointing is probably not a strong enough word. After all, Arsenal went into the match as heavy, heavy favorites, and the Croatians had not recorded a Champions League group stage victory since 1999 prior to their historic win against the Premier League club.
Arsenal's continued robust financial figures must be backed up by results on the pitch, according to the chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association.
The Gunners' parent company announced a profit of £24.7 million and a cash reserve of £193.1 million in the same week as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat in their opening Champions League tie away to Dinamo Zagreb.
Since joining Chelsea in January 2008, Branislav Ivanovic has shown a steady improvement in quality and understanding of his particular role until this season. Originally signed for his versatility as a center and right back, the Serbian's game has evolved to include an attacking prowess now deemed necessary for the modern fullback.
Madrid (AFP) The Syrian refugee family whose plight was made famous when they were tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman as they fled were greeted by the stars of Real Madrid, including Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday.
Osama Abdul Mohsen and his two sons Mohammad, 18, and Zaid, seven, have been brought to Spain due to the initiative of Miguel Angel Galan, the director of a soccer coaching school in the Getafe suburb of Madrid.
Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has said he is optimistic that Welsh star Gareth Bale could just be sidelined for two weeks by an injury to his left calf. Bale hobbled off after just half an hour of Madrid's 4-0 win over Shakhtar on Tuesday with fears that he could miss the next month of action.
London (AFP) Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could face a five-match ban after a member of the public complained he had used sexist and abusive language against former team doctor Eva Carneiro, Britain's press reported Friday.
The Football Association said in a statement that it had "received an enquiry relating to an alleged incident during the Premier League fixture between Swansea v Chelsea on 8 August" but that it would make no further comment.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Gaz Drinkwater, aka Radio Gaz, from the popular YouTube channel, FullTime Devils.
During the interview, Gaz shares his thoughts about Manchester United's recent form and looks ahead to this Sunday's all-important game away at Southampton, as well as talking about how FullTime Devils got started and what it's like working on the YouTube channel.
Major League Soccer can be an odd and fascinating place. A great case in point came Wednesday night inside Yankee Stadium.
Two undeniable legends of the game – no hyperbole here, honest – were in the midfield, both delivering the goods as NYCFC clung desperately to playoff hopes wedged somewhere between "dead" and perhaps "mostly dead.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no interest in reopening a war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The rival coaches squared up in the dugout last season during the Blues' 2-0 win and then following Arsenal's victory in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley there was no handshake between the pair.
Last week, in an interview with the BBC, La Liga president Javier Tebas alluded to an impending disaster — depending on who you ask — when speaking about the inevitable losses of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Tebas estimated the exodus of the world's two best players could happen in the next three seasons, leaving the league with a massive gap to fill.
What happened to José Mourinho? He was always arrogant and crass, but at least he was entertaining. He hasn't always produced teams that were enjoyable to watch, but at least he won things. Whatever entertainment value he had disappeared somewhere in Madrid, and even though this season is still in its infancy, he doesn't look like winning much this year, either.
Son Heung-min scored a quick-fire brace on his home debut as Tottenham came from behind to beat Qarabag in their Europa League opener on Thursday night.
The big-money summer signing was deployed as the lone striker with goalless Harry Kane rested for the visit of the Azerbaijan champions the first time in almost seven months the England international has not started a game for Spurs.
Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale has an injured soleus muscle in the back of his left calf, the club said Thursday, without saying how long he would be sidelined. Bale was forced off after just half an hour of Madrid's 4-0 win over Shakhtar that opened the Spanish giants' Champions League campaign on Tuesday.
Zurich (AFP) FIFA on Thursday immediately suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke over misconduct allegations and put him under investigation. Valcke "has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice," said a FIFA statement.
"Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' Europa League gamble almost paid off as the club's young guns were held to a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux. Adam Lallana's brilliant-but-simple goal midway through the second half was the highlight of a dogged display as the England midfielder capped his first appearance in a month, but the goal was cancelled out by substitute Jussie nine minutes from time.
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United's revenues fell by 8.8 percent last season, but the club on Thursday predicted record revenues of £500 million ($776.4 million, 686 million euros) to £510 million for 2015-16.
United's failure to qualify for the lucrative Champions League saw revenues for the period 2014-15 fall by £38 million to £395.
In the past six months, many soccer officials may haveregretted having their photograph taken with Chuck Blazer during the decades where he worked hand-in-hand with some of the biggest names in the business. At the time, few would have expected Blazer to becomean informant tohelp bring down many officials within CONCACAF and FIFA.
There was a moment in Manchester City's UEFA Champions League opener against Juventus Tuesday when everything seemed to change. Paul Pogba's inch-perfect pass had just leveled the score after Vincent Kompany's bulbous forehead had thumped the home side in front. But when a tweak of the calf muscle sent Manchester City's captain off the field for an early shower, it happened a subtle yet visible tensing-up from the home team; a grim, familiar fog of doubt creeping into the minds of the players in sky blue.
Switzerland ruled Thursday that former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo should be extradited to face charges in the US, the first suspect facing a forced transfer in the corruption case that has shaken world football.
Figueredo, a Uruguayan national, was among the seven FIFA officials arrested in May at a luxury hotel in Zurich after being charged by the US justice department of using his office at world football's governing body to solicit bribes and kickbacks.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied Steven Gerrard's claim that there is a rift between him and captain John Terry.
Terry was an unused substitute as the Blues, whose Barclays Premier League defense has begun in miserable fashion, opened their Champions League Group G campaign with a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident his side can soon recover from another Champions League away performance to forget after seeing striker Olivier Giroud sent off in a 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
Dinamo made the most of their numerical advantage to record a first win in the Champions League since September 1999 as the Gunners, fielding no fewer than six changes, failed to find any sort of rhythm at the Maksimir Stadium.
Doha (AFP) Qatar has begun construction at the site where the 2022 World Cup final will be played, tournament officials said on Wednesday. Preparatory work, including the stationing of site offices and five kilometers of hoarding, have gone up at the site in Lusail, north of the capital, Doha.
As well as the final, the opening game of the 2022 tournament will also be staged at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium.
Speaking after Chelsea defeated Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Blues defender Gary Cahill said that Chelsea has already used a lot of its lifelines this season ahead of the game against Arsenal this weekend.
In an exclusive interview with Garry Hayes, Cahill said:
"We should be confident from what we did (against them) last season.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with author Christopher Rowley.
During the interview, Christopher Rowley talks about his new book, The Shared Origins of Football, Rugby and Soccer, where he examines how all three sports got their roots from the one same sport, as well as how the different sports formulated through the years.
The continuing battle being waged publicly over the value of Division 1 sanctioning within the US Soccer pyramid has the making of the start of another "soccer war," which the sport in North America can scarcely afford. While many fans of the game in the United States and Canada simply watch foreign leagues on their TVs or computers, others are deeply invested in community-based soccer projects and local professional clubs.
When Everton manager Roberto Martinez described John Stones as "more than a footballer" in the aftermath of his team's 3-1 over Chelsea, the majority of the soccer stratosphere would have thought he was being typically over exuberant. But anyone who trained an eye on defender's situation throughout the past few weeks, from an Everton point of view at least, will be quick to attest to the validity of that statement.
Madrid (AFP) A Spanish soccer coaching school said Wednesday it is giving a job to a Syrian refugee who made world headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him over as he fled.
Osama Abdul Mohsen, former manager of Syrian first division side Al-Fotuwa, was due to arrive late Wednesday in Madrid, where the CENAFE coaches' training school in the suburb of Getafe has offered him a job.
Marseille (AFP) Lyon and France playmaker Mathieu Valbuena has gone to court to claim 568,000 euros ($640,000; £414,000) in compensation from his old club Marseille following a dispute with his former agent.
Valbuena, 30, believes the money, which he paid to his former agent, Christophe Hutteau, in May as compensation for breaking their contract should in fact have been paid by Marseille.
Rome (AFP) An Alessandro Florenzi wonder goal earned Roma a share of the spoils as Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrated his 100th Champions League appearance without a goal in a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
Roma, dominated throughout by the defending champions, looked to be on their way to a sound defeat after Luis Suarez rose at Wojciech Szczesny's back post after 21 minutes to head home Ivan Rakitic's delivery.
Diego Costa scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea as the beleaguered Barclays Premier League champions claimed a much-needed victory by thrashing Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.
Willian, Oscar, with a penalty, Costa on as a substitute after being omitted as one of six changes following the loss at Everton and Cesc Fabregas scored as the Blues opened Group G with a 4-0 victory.
Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) A Thomas Mueller brace and a Mario Goetze snap shot lifted Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win over Olympiacos in their Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday as tensions boiled over on the terraces.
Mueller's first was a long range fluke in the 52nd minute and a nervy Bayern had been watching the clock before a late Goetze shot and Mueller penalty in time added on clinched the three points.
Berlin (AFP) Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger regrets the nature of his hasty exit from Bayern Munich and would still like the chance to say a proper farewell to the Bavarian giants. Schweinsteiger signed a three-year deal with Manchester United in July to turn his back on Bayern after 14 years and a host of titles, including eight Bundesliga-winners medals and the 2013 treble.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists the calf injury that forced him to leave the field against Juventus is no cause for concern. Kompany was replaced by summer signing Nicolas Otamendi after 75 minutes of City's Champions League opener, with the game finely balanced at 1-1. Alvaro Morata scored the winner for Juve just six minutes later, but that disappointment looks unlikely to be compounded by a layoff for their skipper.
Two days into this season's Champions League, and we may already have our goal of the tournament, with the crowd at Rome's Stadio Olimpico left in momentary raptures after a 50-yard shot from Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi went off Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen's post and in, completing one of the more remarkable long distance goals in recent memory.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Liga MX expert Jon Arnold.
During the interview, Jon Arnold discusses Chepo de la Torre getting sacked at Chivas by his brother, a look ahead to the CONCACAF Cup between USA-Mexico, what the most interesting storylines are from Liga MX currently, what's the latest regarding the hosting of Copa Centenario, and related news.
Arsene Wenger is confident Jack Wilshere will be back in action at Christmas and challenged his Arsenal side to show they mean business in the Champions League by starting the group campaign with victory at Dinamo Zagreb.
Midfielder Wilshere, 23, needs surgery to properly correct a hairline fracture in his left fibula, which will see a small plate inserted into the bone, and a rehabilitation time of around three months.
Let's talk about that looming Oct. 10 date, the one of such super-duper importance in our part of the soccer world. And then let's hack away at some conventional wisdom that needs taming a false narrative has spilled out, and it needs cleaning up.
The match is United States versus Mexico inside Pasadena's historic Rose Bowl.
Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez fears Welsh star Gareth Bale could be set for a significant spell on the sidelines due to a calf muscle injury. Bale was forced off after just half an hour of Madrid's 4-0 win over Shakhtar to open the Spanish giants' Champions League campaign on Tuesday.
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Surgeons on Wednesday operated on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he suffered a horrific double leg fracture in the Champions League defeat to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, the English club said. The 20-year-old spent the night in an Eindhoven hospital after being taken there during Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to PSV in their opening Group B game.
EA SPORTS today released the Official FIFA 16 TV commercial, which features Leo Messi, Sergio Aguero, Alex Morgan and Kobe Bryant.
The campaign kicks off with a two minute video dramatizing the competitive nature of soccer – Messi vs Agüero; Bryant holding his court; Morgan showing her intensity – and challenging their opponent to Play Beautiful, all to an accompanying over-the-top soundtrack.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has denied racism claims reportedly made by former team-mate El-Hadji Diouf.
In an interview with a Senegalese radio station, Diouf reportedly alleged that the long-time Anfield talisman "never liked blacks" and made life difficult for Italy international Mario Balotelli during his ill-fated spell on Merseyside last season.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and defender Jordi Alba hailed "incomparable" Lionel Messi as the Spanish league giants look to take the first step towards the defense of their Champions League crown against Roma on Wednesday.
Barcelona, 3-1 winners over Juventus in last May's final, are being tipped to become the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to successfully defend their crown.
After MLS scored anexcellent August with TVratings far exceeding the norm, MLS viewing audiences this past weekend took a big hit.
Out of the two nationally games on English-language TV, the average viewing audience was 77,000 (63,000 for the Toronto-New England game on ESPN2, and 91,000 for Orlando-Sporting Kansas City on FOX Sports 1).
The last time Roma met Europe's defending champions, things didn't go so well. Last season, Bayern Munich cracked open the side and left the giallorossi a broken, empty shell, too humiliated to even cry. After that 7-1 loss, Roma picked up just one more point in the Champions League group stage, booking their place in the Europa League thanks only to the fact that their -6 goal difference was better than CSKA Moscow's -7.
Luke Shaw looks unlikely to play again this season after he broke his leg in two places during Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven. Shaw was carried off on a stretcher while receiving oxygen after a tackle from behind by Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.
United confirmed the left back's injury was incredibly serious after the match.
Madrid (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo moved in front of Lionel Messi as the top goalscorer in Champions League history with a hat trick as Real Madrid opened their European campaign with a 4-0 win over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot before heading home to complete his second hat trick in four days and take his tally in the competition to 80, three ahead of his Barcelona rival.
Paris (AFP) Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani were on target as Paris Saint-Germain began their Champions League campaign with an ultimately comfortable 2-0 win against Malmo at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Di Maria scored less than four minutes into his Champions League debut as a PSG player to set the French champions on their way, but they missed a succession of opportunities before finally extending their advantage when Cavani headed home in the 61st minute.
Luke Shaw suffered an horrific suspected broken leg as Manchester United's return to the Champions League ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven. Luciano Narsingh and Hector Moreno found the net as the Dutch champions recorded a narrow triumph over United on their first Champions League match in 17 months.
Luke Shaw suffered a suspected broken leg in Manchester United's Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
With the score at 0-0, the United left back was taken out with a sliding tackle by Hector Moreno in the 15th minute of the group stage match in Holland. Replays showed Moreno had swept both of Shaw's feet from underneath him and his right foot lay at an angle, which indicated a break.
Berlin (AFP) Javier Hernandez is poised to make his Champions League debut for new side Bayer Leverkusen in Wednesday's clash at home to Belarus' BATE Borisov, according to his coach Roger Schmidt.
The 27-year-old Mexico striker signed a three-year contract when he joined from Manchester United last month and made his Bundesliga debut off the bench in the second half of Leverkusen's shock defeat to Darmstadt last Saturday.
Rome (AFP) Former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona on Tuesday blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, who is bidding to succeed the Swiss as head of world soccer, as two of a kind.
"I'm outside all that because someone called Blatter closed all doors on me," former Maradona told Naples television station PiuEnne.
Berlin (AFP) All 36 teams in Germany's top two leagues will wear "We're helping! #refugeeswelcome" logos on their shirts in this weekend's fixtures to encourage fans to help amidst Europe's immigration crisis. The logo will appear on the left sleeve of each club's shirt and is a joint initiative between logistics company Hermes, who have waived the right to have their logo displayed for one weekend, and German daily Bild.
The UEFA Champions League kicks off today with 8 matches played across the continent of Europe, featuring some of the biggest clubs in the world including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.
Whether you're at work, on the road or at home, you can watch almost all of the games live on television or streaming.
Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre joined an illustrious group on Monday. He became the latest manager fired by Chivas de Guadalajara the latest in a long line of incompetent business decisions that have turned Mexico's most important club into Mexico's most impotent club.
It's an impotency that can be seen beyond the technical area, both on the field and off.
They're just preliminary rosters — far from the final teams that Jurgen Klinsmann and Ricardo Ferretti will select for Oct. 10's playoff at the Rose Bowl — but the possibilities for the United States and Mexico are now narrowed to 35 and 32 players per side the players who were named to the teams' initial Confederations Cup playoff squads, as distributed by CONCACAF this morning.
On Monday Night Football, the Sky Sports show that focuses on the world's most popular sport, Gary Neville sat down with Ed Chamberlin and Jamie Carragher to examine and analyze what is it about Chelsea's performances that have been so poor, and what can be done to fix it.
It's too simplistic to say that it's just Branislav Ivanovic's fault.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with author David Goldblatt.
During the interview, Goldblatt discusses the rise in global popularity of the Premier League, what grassroots soccer looks like in England, his opinions about the 'welcome refugees' movement in Bundesliga, why radio is perfect for enjoying soccer, as well as an update on the latest book that Goldblatt is working on.
While Premier League midfielders such as Mesut Özil, Eden Hazard, and David Silva constantly receive praise for their outstanding play, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla seems to fly under the radar, despite his superb play since arriving from Spain back in 2012. Cazorla has managed to rack up more assists than any other Premier League player since joining the Gunners.
Liverpool have turned to an American orthopaedic specialist in an attempt to get to the root of Jordan Henderson's heel injury.
The Reds captain has missed the last three matches with the problem and despite treatment and rest medical staff have taken the decision to seek expert advice from New Jersey-based Dr James Cozzarelli.
It's the time of the year that most soccer fans look forward to — the return of the UEFA Champions League. Beginning in September, the biggest clubs in Europe start their journey through the Group stages as they try to progress through the competition and dream of an appearance in the final at the San Siro in Milan, Italy.
Slaven Bilic gave Steve McClaren another miserable evening as West Ham finally got their home campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over Newcastle. Goals in each half from Dimitri Payet proved enough to fire the Hammers up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and leave McClaren's Newcastle stuck in the bottom three.
Memphis Depay will not temper his celebration if he scores for Manchester United against his old club PSV.
Depay will return to the Philips Stadion for the first time on Tuesday since his £25 million move from PSV to Old Trafford. The Dutchman spent nine years at the club, rising through the youth ranks before becoming a first-team star.
Let's put it bluntly: Last week was a rough one for the US men's national team. Another round of international fixtures came and went, with disappointing results only topped by baffling managerial decisions. These were friendly games, which are the right time to be experimenting, so perspective is needed.
Though the most widely known "Fussballgott," Bastian Schweinsteiger, left Bayern Munich for Manchester United over the summer, faithful Eintracht Frankfurt fans have crowned their striker, Alexander Meier, with the same moniker.
Funnily enough, while Schweinsteiger was plying his trade with his new team against Liverpool over the weekend, Meier was making waves in a hell of a match against FC Koeln.
Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets the chance to face his hometown club, and the team with whom he started his career, as Paris Saint-Germain begin their Champions League campaign against Malmo on Tuesday.
The French champions and the Swedish title holders meet at the Parc des Princes in the opening round of games in Group A, and with Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk also in the section, PSG can ill afford a slip-up.
Back in July, Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco put an early chokehold on Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player honor, the one newly named for Landon Donovan. Giovinico was dominating to a degree rarely seen over 20 MLS seasons, operating with a killer combo of polish, verve and sophistication seen even less over the league's two decades.
Zurich (AFP) Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at FIFA, Switzerland's attorney general said Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached "halftime."
Switzerland's investigation targeting the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups began in May, after the US justice department unsealed charges against 14 people accused of massive graft at world soccer's embattled governing body.
The mutually rewarding relationship between super agent Jorge Mendes and Real Madrid specifically, its club president Florentino Perez is beginning to wind down.
Over the past several seasons, the former semi-professional soccer player, DJ and nightclub owner has represented a number of players in the Real Madrid squad: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao and Ricardo Carvalho, to name a few; as well as former manager Jose Mourinho.
The National Women's Soccer League will expand to Orlando next season, according to a report today in the Guardian. The franchise would be the 10th in the United States' women's professional league and the circuit's first foray into the U.S. southeast.
The franchise would be a notable addition in what will be a landmark year for the league.
FIFA has continued its investigation of Barcelona and is considering sanctioning the La Liga side further due to its unrepentant exploitation and trafficking of children into the club's youth academy, La Masia.
In April 2014, FIFA issued a two-window transfer embargo on Barcelona after the Catalan giants were found guilty of repeatedly breaking rules governing transfers of international players under the age of eighteen.
Manchester United take on PSV Eindhoven in their first Champions League group match on Tuesday.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the match in Holland.
1) WILL ANTHONY MARTIAL START?
Only ardent fans of Ligue 1 knew who Anthony Martial was before transfer deadline day even his new team-mates had barely heard of him but the Frenchman announced himself to the world on Saturday with a stunning goal on debut against Liverpool.
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone." Those were the sage words of Joni Mitchell and it certainly applied to Olympique Lyonnais' case, the big yellow taxi excepted of course.
On a cold, rainy evening yesterday at Stade de Gerland, Hubert Fournier's team huffed and puffed but were left frustrated against a well-drilled and disciplined Lille team superbly prepared by Hervé Renard.
Claudio Ranieri hailed the spirit and character of his players after seeing Leicester stage a remarkable comeback to defeat Midlands rivals Aston Villa 3-2.
The Foxes looked like losing their unbeaten start to the season after a couple of wonderful curling efforts from Jack Grealish, his first goal for Villa, and Carles Gil put the visitors firmly in the driving seat with less than half an hour to go.
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 5.
The trio discuss the strengths of the current Everton squad, why Chelsea have had so many poor performances, thoughts and opinions about the Manchester United-Liverpool derby, predicting what will happen to Jose Mourinho, Manchester United scoring goals without Wayne Rooney, and more.
Ryan Mason fired Tottenham to their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season as Sunderland were made to wait for theirs.
The midfielder stabbed home an 82nd-minute winner from substitute Erik Lamela's through-ball to snatch a 1-0 win the Londoners scarcely deserved after being second-best for much of what had gone before.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been released from his contract with Tottenham by mutual agreement.
Adebayor had not been included in the club's 25-man Barclays Premier League squad for this season or given a squad number.
A statement on Spurs' official website on Sunday morning said: "We can confirm that we have reached a mutual agreement with Emmanuel Adebayor which will see him released from his contract with the club.
Six games into the 2015/16 Championship season and with the transfer window finally closed, Queens Park Rangers' chancesofa quick return to the Premier Leaguelook remarkably better than any rational person would have believed at the start of the season.
After a 2-0 away loss to Charlton on the opening day the truth, the situation really began to resonate with every Rangers fan.
After acquiringManchester City in September 2008, new owner Sheik Mansour outlined a vision of the club being at the very forefront of the world game in terms of building for the future and developing talented players from within by boldly proclaiming;
"We are building a structure for the future, not just a team of all-stars.
The Designated Players from both teams took a backseat to less heralded teammates Saturday night as goals from Tesho Akindele and Michel propelled Dallas to a 2-1 home win.
Fouls – 35 total – marred the first-ever visit of NYCFC to FC Dallas. Both teams continue heading in opposite directions in their respective conferences, with FC Dallas tallying their third win a row, while NYCFC recorded a third straight loss.
Steve McClaren has no intention of allowing striker Papiss Cisse to leave Newcastle as he targets goals.
The 30-year-old Senegal international was the subject of persistent speculation over the summer and continues to be linked with clubs in the Middle East, where the transfer window does not close until later this month.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott justified his faith in his striking capabilities with a goal in the 2-0 win over Stoke.
Wenger was criticized for refusing to add to his strike options during the transfer window, but both Walcott and his replacement Olivier Giroud were on target at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners moved second in the fledgling Premier League table.
Thomas Mueller converted a controversial 90th minute penalty as Bayern Munich came back from a goal down to defeat Bavarian rivals Augsburg 2-1 while Borussia Dortmund also made it four Bundesliga wins from four on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski began the champions' comeback as the Polish international struck with 13 minutes left after Alexander Esswein had opened the scoring for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account for the season in spectacular fashion with five goals as Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol 6-0 on Saturday.
The Portuguese dispelled any doubts over his form by slotting home the opener from Luka Modric's wonderful pass before doubling his tally from the penalty spot after Gareth Bale had been felled inside the area.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Tyler Gooden, director of the upcoming soccer film 'The FC Start Movie.'
During the interview, Gooden discusses the incredible true FC Start story from World War II, the challenge in turning it into a movie, what the true story meant to the Ukrainians against the Nazis, and how the creative process works in putting together such a detailed film like this.
Much-maligned Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to remain on the sidelines for at least another month following a recent setback in his return from a leg injury. Wilshere, who was injured while training with his club last month, has yet to feature so far this season and has also missed out on the last two international matches for his country.
Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert, Jack Cork, Dejan Lovren. The list of first team players sold by Southampton over the last two years is truly a staggering one. Add youth products Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to that list and the talent drain from St.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:
Everton vs Chelsea, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Crystal Palace vs Man City, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Arsenal vs Stoke, 10am, USA Norwich vs Bournemouth, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra Watford vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra West Brom vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra Manchester United vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBC
• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra
Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.
They aren't technically local rivals (although England's northwest is a small place), but it's fair to say that Liverpool fans see their matches against Manchester United as more important than ones against Everton (and probably can't remember the last time they played Tranmere).
With Manchester City's recent rise, Manchester derbies arguably mean more in terms of final league position, but there are still two teams far away from the rest of the pack in English football's trophy count.
Wayne Rooney will be unavailable for Manchester United during Saturday's visit from Liverpool, according to late Friday night reports out of Manchester. England's new all-time leading scorer will be sidelined bya hamstring injury, with Marouane Fellaini expected to get his first start of the season.
Berlin (AFP) Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Borussia Dortmund following the departure of Juergen Klopp has revitalised the Westphalian club after a very underwhelming 2014-15 campaign.
Dortmund are the league's early pacesetters, above Bayern Munich on goal difference, after thumping wins over Borussia Moenchengladbach, newcomers Ingolstadt and Hertha Berlin, with a trip to lowly Hanover awaiting them on Saturday.
The NWSL postseason begins Sunday with four teams competing for the league's title, with a doubleheader featured live on FOX Sports 1 beginning on Sunday the 13th at 1:30 p.m. EST.
This begins the completion of one of the NWSL's most exciting seasons. The final four teams feature several women who played for their countries in the recent 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, including members of the world champions from the U.
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Louis van Gaal has attempted to quash reports of a "mutiny" among Manchester United's players despite admitting Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick led a delegation to express their concern about the mood in the team's dressing room.
Reports emerged this week saying United captain Rooney and senior midfielder Carrick had held crisis talks with the disciplinarian Dutch manager over his management style and tactical preferences.
What a difference two weeks makes? David de Gea was minutes away from joining Real Madrid.A stage had been built at the Bernabéu to introduce Florentino Pérez's latest Gálactico, and the Spanish international had a suit ready for the occasion.
A couple of weeks and a few rounds of finger-pointing later, Spanish Dave has signed a new four-year deal with the option of a fifth to keep him in Manchester.
Paris (AFP) UEFA will increase drug testing measures ahead of Euro 2016 in France, European soccer'sgoverning body said on Friday.
"In advance of the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, UEFA will conduct the largest pre-tournament testing program ever implemented. All players with the potential to be selected for participating teams will be subjected to testing from Jan.
Andy Carroll is in contention to make his return to the West Ham side in time to face boyhood club Newcastle on Monday night.
The 26-year-old has been sidelined since February when he required surgery on a serious knee issue.
But now he is fit and has been training with the first team for a fortnight, manager Slaven Bilic is ready to unleash him against his former side as the Hammers go in search of a first home Premier League win of the campaign.
Just the three massive derby matches this weekend for us to savor, as domestic soccer returns following an international hiatus.
England, Italy and Argentina will all have their biggest rivalries played out. In addition, there's a massive crunch clash from the Premier League and an encounter between the two previous champions in Spain at what should be another fervent stadium.
Remember when the Premier League was good? The days when two or three of its best teams would be in the semifinals of the Champions League, and the best of England was a match for the best anywhere? Ah, those were the days.
The premiership is still "good," obviously, in broad terms just not as good as it was, or as good as its rivals in Europe.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Matteo Bonetti from beIN SPORTS.
During the interview, Matteo previews the Milan derby, discusses whether Serie A is seeing a resurgence or a blip, and shares his memories of his least favorite game from San Siro (and for good reason).
In a Paris Saint-Germain team that includes players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti, it can be easy to overlook midfielder Blaise Matuidi. However, the France international may just be as important to his club as any of the aforementioned players.
Unbridled optimism is standard for Bayern Munich. Bayern is one of the rare clubs whose, no matter the circumstances, fans will always see the glass as half full. Even during last year's capitulation to Barcelona in the Champions League, the sense was that this was an aberration of some kind. Barcelona were not better than Bayern, they were simply better at the right time.
Bill Hamid may be the U.S.'s best goalkeeper, but he's not a part of the national team's
Tim Howard was the United States' goalkeeper, then he took a year off and Brad Guzan became the man between the sticks for Jurgen Klinsmann. Now Howard is back and, after the Confederations Cup final, the two goalkeepers will have a Battle of the Bald for the job.
FIFA's ethics chief on Thursday fired the opening salvo in the campaign to reform the scandal-tainted world governing body of soccer, calling for its president to serve a maximum of three terms.
Term limits, disclosing the salaries of FIFA presidents and executive members, a clearer organization of football's world governing body and a clampdown on regional soccerbarons were all included in a report released by Domenico Scala, chairman of the FIFA independent audit and compliance committee.
Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is an experienced manager, coaching various club teams without much of a break since taking over the Pumas team he played for in 1991. Aside from winning one match with Mexico in 1993, though, Mexico's September friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina were the interim Mexico manager's first taste of the international game.
Ronald Koeman believes Victor Wanyama has returned to training "a different person" from the man agitating to leave Southampton during the transfer window. The Kenya midfielder's request to leave St. Mary's amid interest from Tottenham was steadfastly rejected by Southampton, the south coast club retaining both Wanyama and Sadio Mane.
Two seasons ago, Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid pulled off one of the greatest feats in modern day soccer, breaking the Spanish duopoly and winning La Liga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona. To the neutral observer, it was nothing short of a miracle, but to those who followed the team closely, it was an effort of surgical precision.
Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to focus on getting behind the current players and not why the club failed to sign a replacement for injured forward Danny Welbeck before the transfer window shut.
England forward Welbeck is expected to be out until at least Christmas after he underwent surgery on a knee problem which caused him to miss the end of last season and the FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa.
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a knee injury. The 25-year-old right-back, who scored in Palace's 2-1 win at Chelsea a fortnight ago, suffered the injury in training.
"Unfortunately we've lost Joel Ward this week," said manager Alan Pardew. "After his great performance against Chelsea he's got injured in training and will definitely be out for three to four weeks, so that's a blow to us.
"Disappointing." "Frustrating." "Dire." Not words that would recommend the Derby della Madonnina, yet the writers keep trying. Perhaps it's nostalgia that keeps us tellingeveryone to tune into thisshowcase feature between Inter and Milan we long for the days that featured not just a plethora of goals, but those good ol' games filled with frenetic energy and steely determination, with sneaky elbows and multiple sendings-off, with Inter's Marco Materazzi donning a mask of Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi simply to ruffle a few more feathers.
The discussion around promotion and relegation, and the potential of it being implemented in the US/Canadian leagueshas grown in scope and intensity over the last few years. One camp of fans and analysts clearly state that American sporting culture is different than what we see in Europe or South America, and that promotion and relegation simply can never fit our system.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that the fee paid for teenage French striker Anthony Martial was "a ridiculous amount of money", but added that it simply reflects the "crazy world" of football.
Van Gaal said the 19-year-old, signed from Monaco for £36million up front and a possible total fee of £58.
Let's deal in cold, hard facts first. After eight games played, FC United of Manchester sit 10th in the table on eleven points. The purveyors of punk football have won three, drawn two and lost three. It's a solid if unspectacular start to life in the Vanarama National League North.
Beyond the ‘cold' and ‘hard' facts, FC should have nothing to fear after winning promotion to the National League North.
Imagine stepping on to a soccer pitch knowing that it could possibly be the last game of your life. Imagine kicking off knowing that you and your teammates are the only beacons of hope in a Nazi-occupied city. Imagine scoring a goal knowing that victory could have potentially tragic consequences. Imagine playing the match without fear despite carrying all those burdens.
After sputtering out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in dreadful fashion, the calls for Jurgen Klinsmann's firing as Head Coach further intensified. A Jeckyl and Hyde performance against Peru and the shellacking at the hands of Brazil in suburban Boston only tossed kerosene on the flames. A large contingent of US fans and media are pushing the Confederations Cup play-in match against Mexico as a "win or be gone" match for Klinsmann.
It was during a gruelling 2014-15 season that very nearly saw Newcastle United fall ignominiously through the Premier League trapdoor when already wafer-thin expectations and patience amongst the long-suffering Toon Army at St James' Park with the hierarchy finally snapped. The, frankly, dull and uninspiring fayre served up by what seemed to be an, at times, simply disinterested squad played out to a background of chronic underspending, fan protest and deafening silence from any of the boardroom bigwigs.
For the starting XI the goalkeeper has to be Boaz Myhill out of pure necessity with Ben Foster unavailable. The Baggies have enlisted the help of Anders Lindegaard, but nobody really knows how good he actually is. For Manchester United to let him leave on a free would suggest not very, but time will tell.
After a preseason of remarkable transfer activity on top of a new manager coming in, it's tough to fully assess where Watford are headedat this early juncture. But despite going into the international break without a win in any of their four games, there seems to be a solid foundation upon which to go forth.
Four teams two from the Premier League, two from Major League Soccer meeting in a mid-summer, trans-Atlantic, trans-federation battle. And we're not just talking about random teams that volunteer for the task. No, we're talking about a partnership between MLS and the EPL, one that would see each circuit's league and cup winners descend on New York each summer, creating a fan, television and marketing bonanza.
Don't know TV Azteca? For most of the U.S., there's a good reason for that. The Mexican broadcaster is a player in the FMF soccer worldand will be broadcasting Oct. 10′s Confederations Cup playoff between the United States and Mexico, but unless you're a Spanish speaker or a Liga MX diehard, you've probably never ventured onto the network.
The topic of promotion and relegation in US soccer is a divisive one, but it doesn't have to be that way.I believe that it's possible to have an intelligent discussion regarding the topic without comments threads being plagued with soccer fans calling each other names.
But what I am interested in hearing and reading is whatyouropinion is regarding promotion/relegation and whether you believe it has a place in US soccer or not.
No, the soccer sky isn't falling, even if it felt that way for some U.S. soccer supporters watching events unfold Tuesday night in Boston.
This wasn't Belize, after all, that was running circles around Jurgen Klinsmann's experimental crew of miscasts and positional applicants. This was Brazil, where good players practically fall out of first-floor windows, packed too tightly into whatever talent factories they've got working double shifts down there.
On Tuesday, EA Sports released the demo for FIFA 16. However, based on what I've seen so far in the demos for FIFA 16 and PES 2016, EA will have to work very hard to keep its footy crown as PES 2016 has made a big step up, while FIFA 16 has plateaued compared to previous versions.
Game setup and presentation
In the FIFA 16 demo, you get to choose fromChelsea FC, Manchester City, Inter and a few others.
We've entered year five of Jurgen Klinsmann's reign as U.S. men's national team coach, and his world remains a nebulous, volatile one. The progress fans were promised when he succeeded Bob Bradley has yet to arrive, and any hope that the program's reinforced foundations have a.) actually been reinforced, and b.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Garry Hayes.
Listen to our interview with Chelsea reporter Garry Hayes previewing this weekend's game between Everton-Chelsea, and discussing what improvements Chelsea need to make to get back on the road to winning.
If it seems like many soccer writers in this country have been recycling the same game recaps, features and columns about the US Men's National Team recently, your eyes are not deceiving you. After another harrowing performance against a team of pedigree in the international game, there are more questions than answers going into one of the most important games in recent US Soccer history.
Eden Hazard says Chelsea are finding life as Premier League champions challenging as "everyone wants to kill you".
The Blues are eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City after four points in four games and suffered a rare home loss Jose Mourinho's second at home in 100 league matches against Crystal Palace before the international break.
Wolfgang Niersbach, the current president of the German Football Association, was surprisingly combative in the wake of Germany's 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Scotland, a victory that severely damaged the British nation's qualifying hopes. "They [Scotland] are the ones, with Ireland and Finland, that wanted 24 [European championship]spots, but they still won't make it.
As per usual, we head into this weekend's match between Juventus and Chievo Verona with one side dominating the top of the standings, the other perilously close to the relegation spots. Except this time it's Chievo that's firmly out in front, while Juventus are at the bottom, surrounded by Serie A's freshly-promoted sides.
Underwhelming is one way to describe Manchester United's start to the new Barclays Premier League season. Seven points after four games and three ahead of last season's champions all looks good on paper, but the reality is something altogether different.
Whilst the new signings have slotted into the team Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schnederlin in particular have plugged gaping holes at right back and central midfield the sense remains that United are still missing the vital components to be successful this season.
Strikers in the game of soccer, much like quarterbacks in American football, receive more attention than any other position player in the sport. Whether it is positive attention or negative, these players are normally praised for leading their team to victory, or criticized in defeat.
Arsenal and France forward Olivier Giroud, however, may be the exception to this rule.
Converting a penalty kick in the 84th minute of England's 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday, Wayne Rooney passed Bobby Charlton on the England men's national team's all-time goal-scoring list, becoming the first Three Lions player to reach the 50-goal plateau.
Rooney's finish high into the left of the Swiss goal broke a tie with Charlton that he forged last week, when his goal against San Marino moved him even with the Manchester United legend's 45-year-old mark.
It probably wouldn't be unfair to suggest that, even with nine points from a possible 12, Crystal Palace haven't really exceeded expectations so far in the 2015-16 term. But that's no slant on the team's tremendous start.
After a strong finish to the previous term under the tutelage of the divisive but undeniably effective Alan Pardew, the Eagles recruited smartly during the summer window and seemed primed to go again.
Nationalism continues to rear its ugly head among soccer fans in Western Europe. While media coverage is extensive of any hint of racism, fascism or right-wing political behavior around matches in Eastern Europe, often times the ugliness in England and Spain is ignored.
Spain and England have become more accommodating to foreigners and those of different races who come to play in those nations, but many fans in those countries continue to be less than tolerant about domestic-based historical conflicts.
Over the course of Swansea's first four games played during the 2015/16 season, I would argue that the biggest test for the club was the match against Sunderland, not the games against Chelsea, Manchester United or Newcastle. To an outsider, that opinion may seem bizarre given the immense talent at Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as the threat that Newcastle poses.
A leading medical lawyerexpects FIFA to reinforce its support of the role of medical staff in treating players in the wake of the Eva Carneiro saga at Chelsea.
On Friday, the world governing body's medical committee will discuss the matter after Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn were catapulted into the spotlight when they were criticized by manager Jose Mourinho for rushing on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the opening match of the Barclays Premier League season, leaving the team with just nine players.
The U.S. men's national teamgot back onto the right track on Friday when they beat Peru 2-1 on a pair of Jozy Altidore goals. The next big challenge before facing Mexico in the Confederations Cup playoff is another South American opponent, Brazil.
It was very important for the U.S. to get back into the win column.
It seems as though a week can't go by without Barcelona being linked with a new endorsementdeal in some formor another, be it the club itself or one of the Catalan giants'star-studded players. While the highest profile members of the Barca squad probably need a sizeable Excel document to keep track of their various endorsements, even those lesser known players at the club are hot property in the eye of companies looking to use Barcelona's global popularity to boost their brand.
I must admit, I had never pondered this dilemma until Chris Baird was sent off for two fouls in one sequence in Monday's crucial Euro qualifier in Belfast.
With eight minutes left, with Northern Ireland down 1-0 to Hungary following an unfortunate yet dreadful goalkeeping error by Michael McGovern, Michael O'Neill's men pushed forward in hopes of an equalizer.
Danny Welbeck has not featured for the England men's national team since March. Now his managerfears recent knee surgery will sideline the Arsenal forward until the same time next year.
Roy Hodgson, speaking in the wake of England's 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over San Marino, expressed concerns about the injury status of both Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, but amid early word from Arsenal that Welbeck will miss "a period of months," the Three Lions bossshared fears he will not get one of his 33-time internationalback until shortly beforebefore next summer's tournament.
Saido Berahino has reported back for training at West Brom, Press Association Sport understands.
Berahino was expected back at the club's training base on Monday afternoon after being granted a period of leave following the fall out from his protracted move to Tottenham and he was there along with the rest of the Albion squad not on international duty.
Tony Pulis will welcome Saido Berahino back into his West Brom squad but will do so with some strong words for the controversial striker.
Berahino was the subject of several bids from Tottenham during the transfer window and attempted to force through a move, first by submitting a transfer request and then with a tweet in which he threatened "I can officially say I will never play (for club chairman) Jeremy Peace".
The Englishpress has a bad habit of building those in soccerup that aren't ready, and tearing those down who are close to reaching iconic status. With no person has this trend been more evident than with Wayne Rooney who rightly will be considered one of England's greats when his playing career is in the rear view mirror but currently gets dogged almost every time he fails to score for Manchester United, or when England underachieves in a major tournament.
The 2015-16 Premier League season is well under way, and transfer deadline day has passed. The usual frenzied activity of deadline day has now given way to the relative calmness and tranquillity provided by the international break. This brief respite in proceedings offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on how my beloved Norwich City have started their first season back in the Premier League following their glorious promotion in May.
Louis Van Gaal has a reputation for being autocratic and dictatorial. Although you wouldn't know it during his brief spell in England as manager of Manchester United, as the Dutchman seems particularly willing to any and all media suggestions regarding where he should play his captain, (and thus the player who seems guaranteed to play the most amount of games), Wayne Rooney.
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It's too easy to blame FOX Sports for the poor TV ratings due to their failure to begin promoting its coverage of the Bundesliga just two weeks before the season even though they knew they'd be televising the games since 2013 when they acquired the rights.
The reality is that the Bundesliga TV viewing figures are more a reflection of the current interest level in German soccer compared to other leagues.
The US Men's National Team was never as good a team as indicated when they beat the Netherlands and Germany away from home. Nor were they as bad as indicated when they played a sub-par Gold Cup. The truth often lies in between. And Friday night'sperformance against Peru followed much of the same script.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Terri Leigh.
During the interview, Nate chats with Terri Leigh about how she got her start in broadcasting, how she worked her way to FOX Soccer Report and ended up at beIN SPORTS in Miami. Plus, she discusses her roots in Canada, how she met her husband and what it was like watching the Women's World Cup from afar.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez admits the last few months have been a whirlwind for him after making his Premier League and England under-21 debuts within weeks of each other.
The 18-year-old was catapulted from Sky Bet Championship football with Charlton to the bright lights of the top flight in an impressive opening to his Anfield career with starts in the first four matches.
Former Bolton and Southampton striker Kevin Davies has called time on his playing career as he announced his retirement on Friday. The 38-year-old former England striker left Preston over the summer when his two-year contract expired after leading them to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last season following a career which saw him score 150 goals in 820 appearances.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed he considered calling up out-of-favor goalkeeper Victor Valdes in his latest selection. Valdes has made just two appearances since joining Manchester United in January after recovering from a knee injury.
The former Barcelona player has had a strained relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal and has not been given a squad number for the 2015-16 campaign.
Ever since its inception, Major League Soccer's primary goal has been growth, trying to cultivate an untapped sports fan group in this country. They've been relatively successful in that venture if you look at a variety of metrics, from number of teams to revenue to attendance.
A large part of that success can be attributed to the Designated Player rule.
It wasn't really supposed to go like this for Leicester City. Having lost a manager with an enormous personality and a key experienced midfield player, Claudio Ranieri didn't seem like a coach capable of carrying on the good work done by this team as of late. But it's definitely so far so good for the amicable Italian.
Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Brian Sciaretta and Alexander Einarrsson.
Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta to preview tonight's USA-Peru friendly as well as to discuss the latest news about the US youth players. Afterwards, Jason interviews Alexander Einarrsson to chat about Iceland's win against Netherlands, and how the Icelandic nation is now just one win away from qualifying for Euro 2016.
Has there been a more fascinating team in the Premier League this season than West Ham United? A new and completely different style of manager taking the helm for the final season at the Boleyn Ground meant that there was never going to be a shortage of drama for the east London outfit. But even by Slaven Bilic's standards, this has been a chaotic start.
World Soccer Talk's Arsenal correspondent Chris Moore faced an interesting dilemma this week when faced with the task of selecting his ideal XI for the Gunners. Take a look at his Arsenal progress report to see whether you agree or disagree with him.
Having a hard time picking my Arsenal starting XI for my article today.
Listen to the latest episode of Fantasy Soccer Insider, the weekly podcast that will share the latest news and tips to help you improve your fantasy game.
Hosted by fantasy soccer expert John Wallin, aka @FantasyGaffer, the latest episode features an interview with FPL Hints and Todd Shenk where they share their latest insight and analysis on which players to pick up from the transfer window, what tips they have for the international break, as well as answers to your questions.
If Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager was ever to play a game of Monopoly you would sense he would pass ‘GO' several times before making that first purchase, and there is no difference in his philosophy for buying players when it comes to the transfer market.
The transfer window has closed and Arsenal was the only club in the major European leagues not to buy a single outfield player.
What should have been a summer of celebration and excitement for the future turned into a nightmare for the USA. Jurgen Klinsmann's seat is getting ever warmer. With a Confederations Cup Playoff against Mexico looming on October, the next two games for the US are extremely important. The first step towards getting it figured out is against Peru.
We're four games into the English Premier League season, and even though it's not an effective barometer for eventual league success, some clubs will be happier with their performance than others. While teams like Chelsea will be disappointed with their start in the context of the millions upon millions they spent this summer, clubs like Leicester City have exceeded expectations thus far.
Aston Villa have had a stop start beginning to the season but have made some astute signings and look like a side with some quality players, who should comfortably avoid relegation. They have a young enthusiastic manager and a squad with plenty of players who have a point to prove.
Listen to the fourth episode of Divers And Cheats, the show hosted by Kartik Krishnaiyer where he tackles a controversial topic that many in the soccer media ignore or don't want to touch.
This week's topic is a revealing look at how social media has an impact on the sport of soccer in the United States, how it's covered and how topics are sometimes blown out of proportion by how social media reacts to specific soccer topics.
For the first time since 2008-09, Spurs have gone the first four games of a season without a win. Three points is good enough for 16thin the table, but is the state of affairs in N17 that poor? They outplayed Everton and were unlucky not to score, played better than Manchester United at Old Trafford, collapsed against Stoke only after their talismanic striker was forced off due to fatigue/injury, and contained a Leicester side that is current third in the table.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been left out of Tottenham's 25-man squad for the Barclays Premier League. The 31-year-old former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid forward had been expected to leave the club before the transfer deadline, but was unable to secure a move away from Spurs. The decision leaves the former Togo international facing the prospect of no regular first-team football for the rest of the year.
Geoff Hurst has praised West Ham's dealings at the end of the summer transfer window.
In a busy final 24 hours, the London club re-signed Alex Song in a season-long loan deal from Barcelona, recruited Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea, signed Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio on a permanent basis and loaned Matt Jarvis to Norwich.
While the bulk of the focus in the aftermath of the botched David De Gea deal has fallen squarely on the shoulders of Florentino Peréz, Ed Woodward and de Gea himself (shattered dreams, angry girlfriends, et al), the most helpless party in the entire debacle also happens to be the only one without fault.
Manchester United insist goalkeeper David de Gea will not be frozen out of the team even if he refuses to sign a new contract.
Reports in Spain have claimed de Gea is worried about being left out of the side after his move to Real Madrid collapsed on transfer deadline day, leaving the 24-year-old at Old Trafford at least until January and probably until next summer.
The English government has rejected a request from a host of supporters' clubs for an inquiry into West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium. The Hammers will take on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season, but the decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned ever since it was first announced two and a half years ago.
Pedro insists his decision to turn down Manchester United and sign for Chelsea last month had nothing to do with not wanting to work under Louis van Gaal. The Spanish forward has denied reports that suggested he did not want to play forvan Gaal because of the Manchester United manager's difficult relationship with former Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes and Spain international David de Gea.
Manchester City havemade an excellent start to the season. Three points clear at the top of the Premier League, the Blues are also eight points clear of last year's title winners Chelsea. However, with just one month in the book and Chelsea adding more firepower in the form of three-time Champions League winner Pedro, the title race is far from settled.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has instructed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to engineer talks with club officials in order to renew his current dealin England, according to the Spanish publication AS.
The newspaper claims the Spain international knows United bossLouis van Gaal is preparedto keephimon the bench for the remainder of the season until he agrees a new deal with the club.
Arsenal will be without England forward Danny Welbeck for several months after he underwent surgery to addressa knee problem. The 24-year-old, signed from Manchester United on deadline day in September 2014, last played for the Gunners in April, missing both the FA Cup final and end-of-season internationals.
The Premier Leagueis in danger of losing its fourth Champions League spot. One of three leagues that qualify three teams directly into the group stage, with a fourth given its chance through a pre-tournament playoff, the Premier League has enjoyed a privileged place thanks to years of Chelsea, United and Arsenal advancing deep in the competition.
During an exclusive interview following a press conference to announce beIN SPORTS' coverage plans for La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un, beIN SPORTS lead co-commentator Ray Hudson revealed to World Soccer Talk that the plan is for him to be sent on-location to co-commentate el Clasico games this season from Spain, as well as select Serie A games in Italy for beIN SPORTS.
No soccer supporter enjoys seeing player power implemented to the extreme. But we've had our fair share of it down the years.
It's probably why, with just minutes to go in the transfer window, West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino put out what is now an infamous Twitter message suggesting he would never play for the club again; a last ditch attempt to force a move through to Tottenham Hotspur, perhaps?
To say that Chelsea have started slowly this season would be a rather generous understatement. The reality is their first month has been poor, especially when held to the standard ofthe previousseason's impressive performances.
Last year, Chelsea hit the ground running, winning all four opening matches and doing so with a dominant form and eye-catchingthat had pundits weredubbingthem this generation's 'Invincibles.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer.
During the interview, Krishnaiyer discusses the news about NASL's lawsuit against US Soccer to question why the proposed new changes for Division 1 have changed where it can be argued that they're realistic and could put NASL out of business.
The Gunners began August on a high note, as they beat Chelsea to collect the Community Shield for the second consecutive season. Despite the big win at the start of the the 2015-16 campaign, confidence at the club was quickly shattered one week later, with Arsenal dropping their first league match to West Ham.
Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has advised Saido Berahino against his strike threat at West Brom.
The Professional Footballers' Association has offered its help to the Baggies and Berahino followingthe striker's suggestion on Twitter he was prepared to stop playingafter Albion blocked a move to Tottenham on Tuesday.
This December, beIN SPORTS will televise live La Liga games on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) as a way to condense the season given that the Spanish league will end earlier than usual this season due to the Euro 2016 competition.
The Spanish Primera League typically takes a winter break, but with the Euro 2016 tournament kicking off on June 10 (and players required to have a break in between the end of their club season and an international tournament), La Liga had to find a creative way to squeeze all 38 gameweeks into the season.
West Ham have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players following Mark Noble's dismissal at Liverpool. Midfielder Noble, who scored the second goal in his side's 3-0 Premier League victory at Anfield, was sent off in the 78th minute when referee Kevin Friend judged him to have fouled Danny Ings.
Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay's suspension after his red card against West Brom has been reduced to two games following a successful appeal by the club.
The 29-year-old Holland international was sent off in Stoke's defeat to the Baggies when, having been brought down by Craig Gardner and then touched on the face by his hand, he reacted by flicking his own hand into the Albion midfielder's face.
LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane, truly as good a forward as has ever stalked for goals in Major League Soccer, tops a lot of lists for me.
Before anyone gets too excited, or wonders if there's some kind of cash prize for that, let me explain that this is not necessarily a good thing. The man tops some "good" lists, but he tops some"bad" ones, too.
It's been better than last season for Everton, which is a positive. An opening day draw to Watford rekindled unfortunate memories of the previous term, but the Toffees showed what they are capable of with a rousing performing on the road at Southampton, swatting Saints aside with a wonderful 3-0 win.
Thanks to some sort of administrative SNAFU, the long-running David De Gea transfer ended in utter farce this week. In a rare (and let's be honest) very funny outcome, everyone lost. De Gea didn't get his dream move, Manchester United somehow couldn't lose the staredown without looking even more inept, and Real Madrid finally paid the price for being insufferably arrogant.
As transfer markets go, summer 2015 has not disappointed. We've had real mega-deals, dramatic screw-ups, and plenty of records broken; exactly what us fans feed on! The stats do make for interesting reading, withthe Premier League coming out way on top interms of money spent, switching up on the norm of selling players abroad for inordinate amounts of dosh.
If you thought that the international break would be a chore to get through, think again.
During the next week, there are over 70 international soccer matches scheduled that will be shown live on US television and Internet. They comprise everything from qualifiers for Euro 2016 qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations, CONCACAF and friendlies featuring some of the best teams in the world, as well as home nations from North America.
In fairness to manager Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have stood stringently by the principles thatsaw them into the top flight last season. And after four games, the Cherries will probably feel a little aggrieved to only be on four points.
Bournemouth learned some harsh lessons in an opening day loss to Aston Villa and were on the rough end of some poor refereeing decisions against Liverpool at Anfield.
Another deadline day has come and gone, and sure enough, Tottenham Hotspur supporters are angry. The Saido Berahino transfer saga ended with everyone on all sides steaming and fuming, and without a new midfielder to add, the tide has started to truly turn on Daniel Levy and ENIC. But, should it? Is there more to the lack of Harry Redknapp-style wheeling and dealing on deadline day than meets the eye, or the angry tweet?
Manchester United fans have been on something of an emotional roller coaster over the last 48 hours. David de Gea looked certain to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid, and then his deal collapsed just before Monday night's Spanish deadline. Tuesday brought much hope of a marquee signing, but the only men through the door at Carrington on Tuesday were an unproven Frenchman and a defender from Newport County.
CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napouthas told Argentine radio that the 2016 Copa American Centenario will be played in the United States, potentially providing clarity after months of speculation about the future of South America's upcomingcompetition.
In a Tuesday interview, Napout confirmed to AM 950 in Belgrano, Argentina, that the tournament was still scheduled to take place as planned despite doubts which surfaced after spring raids on a Swiss hotel led to the indictments of 14 individualsassociated with FIFA, including CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and Costa Rican executive committee member Eduardo Li.
Southampton have completed the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic. The 24-year-old former Holland Under-21 international has signed a five-year contract with Saints after a successful two years in Scotland.
A long-term target of Southampton, van Dijk will now compete with the likes of Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida and fellow summer recruit Steven Caulker for a place in Ronald Koeman's defense.
Completing theirsecond major signing of transfer deadline day, Everton haveannounced the permanent capture of Aaron Lennon, with the former Leeds United and Tottenham winger returning to Goodison Park on a three-year deal.
Lennon spent the second half of the 2014-15 Premier League season on loan with the Toffees before returning to Spurs this summer.
Manchester United has fired back in its escalating war of words with Real Madrid, responding to a statement the Spanish club posted to its websiteon Tuesday which attemptedto explain United's failures in transferring goalkeeper David de Gea to the Bernabeu.
United's statement, issued asthe club "[felt] compelled to provide some clarification," detailed a timeline which largelyparalleled the one in outlined by Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have defended their conduct over the failed bid to sign David de Gea and accused Manchester United of holding up the deal.
United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29 million for the sale of De Gea to the Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas heading in the other direction. But that deal fell through after the requisite paperwork was not submitted before the Spanish deadline of 11 p.
West Brom have rejected a third bid from Tottenham for Saido Berahino, Press Association Sport understands. The offer, which arrived late on Tuesday, was only marginally better than Spurs' previous bid, which would have risen to £21 million with clauses and add-ons. The Baggies have instantly dismissed Tottenham's third approach and remain determined to keep the England under-21 striker at The Hawthorns.
On Monday, The Financial Timesnewspaper reportedthat the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) has launched a legal case against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) regarding first division sanctioning.
In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine what D1standards should be.
Inter Milan have further bolstered their attacking options with the loan signing of Adem Ljajic from Roma.
The 23-year-old Serbian has beaten the Italian transfer deadline to move to San Siro for the 2015-16 season, to which Inter have made a bright start thanks to three goals from Stevan Jovetic, a summer arrival from Manchester City.
When Manchester United secured the signing of Angel Di Maria last summer for £60 million, it appeared that the Red Devils were back on their way to the Champions League following an extremely disappointing (to put it mildly) 2013/14 campaign. After all, Di Maria is a world-class midfielder and was the exact type of player in which Manchester United needed at the time.
West Ham have announced the signing of striker Nikica Jelavic from Hull as the Premier League club take their number of deadline day signings to three, following the signings earlier today of Victor Moses from Chelsea and Alex Song from Barcelona.
Jelavic has signed an initial two-year deal at Upton Park, where he will link up again with manager Slaven Bilic after playing for the West Ham boss during his time in charge of Croatia.
If one takes a closer look at the list of players bought by Louis van Gaal during his time as manager at Old Trafford (see below), one thing must start to worry a lot of Manchester United supporters, especially the British ones, but perhaps also those of us who were born before soccer became a full-fledged transnational and globalized entertainment industry – that is, in the time before it became politically incorrect to speak of national traditions and stereotypes and before the implosion of the nation-state.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of defender Papy Djilobodji from Nantes. The Ligue 1 club announced his departure for Stamford Bridge earlier on Tuesday's transfer deadline day, and the Premier League champions later confirmed the 26-year-old Senegal international defender's arrival on a four-year contract.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Monaco's Anthony Martial in a deal poisedto make the 19-year-old French forward the most expensive teenager in history. Althougha final fee has not been confirmed, previous reports placing Monaco's price at £36 million would be a new world record for player under 20 years old.
Though the summer or winter transfer markets have always linked player "X" from Bayern Munich to Manchester United, historically there hasn't been a mass movement between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Until this summer.
Thirteen Bundesliga players have crossed the pond from Germany to England this summer, with over 200 million euro poured into Bundesliga team coffers.