Ian Darke, arguablythe country's most popularsoccer commentator, has signed a multi-year agreement with ESPN to continue as the company's lead play-by-play announcer. The news comes as a blow to FOX Sports who reportedly were interested in hiring him to commentate the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage of 18 matches in five days continues today at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by first-place Leicester City v. West Bromwich Albion at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 2, when Liverpool host fourth-place Manchester City at 3 p.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged his players to write themselves into the history of the club by winning their fifth league title in a row.
The Hoops have only achieved the feat twice before in their 128-year history with the last coming in the 1970s under the club's European Cup winning manager Jock Stein who eventually led the club to a record nine titles in a row.
CONCACAF has announced the kickoff times for all of the Copa America Centenario games that will be played on US soil this summer.
The good news for soccer fans is that none of the games clash with the Euro 2016 competition, so fans will be able to watch the best teams in Europe play on TV in the morning and afternoons, and then have a chance to watch soccer in-person in the evenings to see the stars from North and South America.
Modern day soccer players are widely seen as the epitome of health. Rigorous training regimes, strict dietary programs and advances in sports medicine ensure that these athletes have the best possible physique.
Nevertheless, even the body of a professional soccer player is not immune to illness.
Arsene Wenger challenged Arsenal to respond in this week's crucial fixtures after watching his team waste a glorious opportunity to close the gap at the top of the Premier League in Sunday's 3-2 loss at Manchester United.
Arsenal, seeking their first league title in 12 years, were bidding to stay within two points of surprise leaders Leicester City ahead of a home fixture against Swansea on Wednesday and a crucial visit to Tottenham looming on Saturday.
It is difficult to remember a time before Barcelona was an all-conquering force, and Pep Guardiola was hailed as a messiah amongst managers. The Catalan team has changed soccer as we know it both in terms of the way that they play, and the way that opponents need to play to stop them. Teams have been built from the ground up specifically with the idea of stopping Barcelona (Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid), academies have been set-up specifically to imitate La Masia (Manchester City), and their tactical formations have caught the eye of countless teams (Luis Enrique's Roma, Brendan Rodgers' Swansea City and early Liverpool teams, just to name a few).
Chelsea will aim to continue their good run of form when they play relegation threatened Norwich at Carrow Road on Tuesday (2:45pm ET kickoff on Premier League Extra Time on US TV).
The Blues triumphed at Southampton last Saturday where a late winner from Branislav Ivanovic sealed the victory for Guus Hiddink's men, their second consecutive league win for the first time this season.
Arsenal's title hopes took a hit on Sunday following the north London club's 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United. During a recent stretch in which the Gunners have misfired in front of goal, it was the Arsenal defense that stumbled at Old Trafford. The massive match against Manchester United was only the third game during Premier League play this season that Arsenal conceded three or more goals.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said that the balm of victory would help his hobbling players prepare for Wednesday's Premier League clash with London rivals West Ham United.
Harry Kane wore a face mask to protect a broken nose against Swansea City on Sunday and Dele Alli injured his foot in the warm-up, but both players finished the match with smiles on their faces as Spurs came from behind to win 2-1.
Gianni Infantino insisted Sunday that FIFA's reform package would close the door on a chapter of pain at world football's governing body and usher in an era of joy.
The package will limit Infantino's powers compared to those formerly enjoyed by the disgraced Sepp Blatter, and there will be a 12-year term limit for all top officials and their earnings will be fully disclosed.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley is joined by Laurence McKenna and Nipun Chopra to discuss the first cup final of the season. Will victory in the League Cup change Manchester City's course, and how much solace can Jurgen Klopp take from his first English cup final?
Then, the three hosts talk about the eight-match slate in the Premier League, one that saw Leicester City and Tottenham continue their winning ways while Arsenal stumbled at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal hailed Marcus Rashford as a "special talent" after the teenager marked his Premier League debut for Manchester United with a dazzling double in their 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Rashford had already scored twice on his first ever United start in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, and he continued his astonishing rise to prominence by tormenting the Arsenal defense at Old Trafford.
Willy Caballero proved an unlikely hero with three penalty saves as Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in a Wembley Stadium shootout on Sunday to win the English League Cup.
The game finished 1-1 following extra time, Philippe Coutinho equalising for Liverpool in the 83rd minute after Fernandinho had put City ahead early in the second half, and Caballero took centre-stage in the shootout.
Manchester City and Liverpool kick off on Sunday in the first chance for a team to win silverware this season.
Both teams come into the team under different circumstances. With Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini leaving this summer, this could be his one and only chance for his players to win a final trophy for him.
Louis van Gaal has upset plenty of Manchester United fans already this season and may do so again by resisting calls for teenager Marcus Rashford to start against title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Rashford had a dream senior debut on Thursday when, thrust in after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, the striker responded by scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Danish side FC Midtjylland as United overcame a first leg deficit for a 6-3 aggregate success in their last 32 Europa League tie.
Branislav Ivanovic's late header capped a stirring Chelsea fightback as the visitors scored twice in the last 15 minutes to win 2-1 at Southampton on Saturday.
Cesc Fabregas cancelled out Shane Long's first half opener in the 75th minute before Ivanovic completed the comeback in the 89th minute to extend interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten domestic run to 13 games since he took charge in December.
FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino on Saturday faced the mountainous task of reforming and uniting world football, with a pile of crises from the scandal-ridden Sepp Blatter era needing urgent action.
Infantino, an executive at European football confederation UEFA, promised an end to the dark days at FIFA following his convincing election win.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Spanish giants would be top of La Liga rather than nine points behind Barcelona if his team-mates matched his standards.
Ronaldo had a day to forget in front of goal as Real waved goodbye to any lasting hope of mounting a title challenge in a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday with even coach Zinedine Zidane admitting their challenge was over.
The main attraction in this weekend's Premier League fixtures involves traditional heavyweights Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday (live Sunday at 9am ET on NBCSN in the USA).
The Red Devils will be looking for revenge after the Gunners thrashed them 3-0 in the first clash of the season in early October, which ended a run of eight league games without a win against United for Arsene Wenger's men.
New photographs of Manchester United's jersey that they'll be wearing in the 2016/17 season have been leaked online.
The latest photographs give us the best look at what the Red Devils will be wearing next season. The shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer stays the same, but the design of the shirt is different than the current jersey.
NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage of 18 matches in five days is highlighted by two matches between top-tier Premier League teams, when fifth-place Manchester United host third-place Arsenal this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO, and Liverpool host fourth-place Manchester City on Wednesday, Mar.
Brazilian midfielder Hernanes has surrendered hope of a free-scoring role but said he is committed to the cause as Juventus look to stretch their Serie A lead against his former club Inter Milan on Sunday.
Hernanes hit five goals in 26 appearances for Inter in his final full season before moving to Turin for 11m euros ($12.
Wolfsburg are desperate to stop history repeating itself when they host Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday following Robert Lewandowski's historic five-gaul haul in the reverse fixture.
The Poland striker came off the bench and sent Bundesliga records tumbling with his nine-minute blitz single-handedly propelling Bayern to a 5-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg at Munich's Allianz Arena last September.
Paris Saint-Germain can provide further proof of the growing gulf in class between the champions elect and the rest of Ligue 1 when they travel to last year's runners-up Lyon on Sunday.
A fourth straight French league crown is well within sight for PSG, who could conceivably wrap up the championship next weekend, while Lyon's turbulent campaign has rendered last year's title challenge a distant memory.
Just days after an image of the US Men's National Team jersey for the 2016 Copa America Centenario has been leaked on the Internet, a photograph of Mexico's home jersey for the same tournament is now online.
According to FootyHeadlines, "Based on the same template as the Adidas Belgium Euro 2016 home kit, the new Mexico 2016 home jersey is green with a subtle stripes panel on the front and sleeves.
Arsene Wenger hopes to have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in a few weeks rather than six or seven but the Arsenal manager remains confident the England winger will be fit in time for Euro 2016.
The 22-year-old suffered a knee injury after a strong challenge by Javier Mascherano during Arsenal's Champions League defeat by holders Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday and eventually went off early in the second half.
Although the merits of cup competitions in English soccer have been discussed in great detail this week, those Liverpool supporters making the trip to Wembley for the League Cup final won't have to have their pilgrimage vindicated.
The Reds will face Manchester City under the iconic arch on Sunday, seeking to win a trophy for the first time in four seasons, their first under the tutelage of new manager Jurgen Klopp and this competition for a record ninth occasion.
Marcus Rashford, a teenage product of Manchester United's academy, enjoyed a dream debut by scoring twice in a 5-1 victory over Denmark's FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on Thursday that took the Premier League side into the last 16 of the Europa League.
The 18-year-old was only thrust into the starting side when Anthony Martial was injured during the warm-up.
Manchester United came from behind to beat Midtjylland 5-1 with a brace from debut striker Marcus Rashford while Tottenham beat Fiorentina 3-0 and Liverpool squeezed past Augsburg to make the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.
United had been trailing 2-1 from the first leg, and went 3-1 down on aggregate to the Danish champions before an own-goal, 18-year-old Rashford's brace, an emphatic Ander Herrera penalty and a late Memphis Depay strike saw United qualify 6-3 on aggregate.
Euro2016 is ahead of us, and, as always people keep talking about the favorites, about the best players. You will hear a lot of people claiming that it is obvious that the Germans will win the competition, or that England, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy will make it to the semi-finals. In this article we will take a look at the teams that might cause and upset and surprise everyone.
Former Germany international Per Mertesacker has been a mainstay in Arsenal's starting XI ever since his arrival to north London in 2011. The towering center back has averaged 48 total appearances over the last three seasons and played his 200th total match in red and white during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at home to Barcelona on Tuesday.
The first major piece of silverware in the English soccer season will be distributed this weekend in the League Cup final, as two of the Premier League's most entertaining outfits square off in what should be a fascinating tussle at Wembley Stadium.
That game is one of a selection of intriguing fixtures set to be staged on Saturday and Sunday.
Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo insists he could see out the remainder of his career at Real Madrid due to his love for the Spanish capital.
The Portuguese has been consistently linked with a move back to Manchester United or to Paris Saint-Germain despite becoming Madrid's all-time record goalscorer with 347 goals in just seven years at the club.
Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen.
Murtaza Ahmadi traveled with his family from eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador.
Manchester City may be toiling domestically at the moment but they produced a superb European away performance to beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.
Manuel Pellegrini's side did enough to win the game in the first half with Sergio Aguero and David Silva both scoring to underline their importance to City.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley is joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer to look back on the week in UEFA Champions League, one in which Manchester City moved closer to their first quarterfinal appearance while Arsenal felt the full force of defending champions Barcelona. Richard and Kartik also preview Thursday's Europa League action, where Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham will play for spots in the tournament's Round of 16.
This week, former Manchester United great David Beckham told reporters that he wants to see Jose Mourinho managing a Premier League team as soon as possible. Beckham's comments come amid speculation that the former Chelsea boss is hoping to replace Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United's manager. Most and if not all online betting sites currently have Mourinho as the favorite to replace Van Gaal.
The Euro2016 will feature 24 teams that are divided into 6 groups- A through F. Until this year 16 teams participated in the European Championships, and 16 teams will progress to the knock-out stage, including the first and second team from each group and the four best ranked third teams. We will take a look at the groups and the teams that are most likely to come on top of each group.
Exactly what Pep Guardiola wants to achieve in the rest of his football career, only he knows. But surely he has missed a trick by choosing to manage Manchester City over their local rivals United.
Considered by many football betting pundits and football figures to be the world's best coach, the 45-year-old has already accomplished more than most of his peers can ever dream of – two Champions League titles, La Liga three times, the Bundesliga twice (soon to be three, surely), two Copa del Reys, the German Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup on three occasions.
Tickets are now on sale for this summer's Copa America Centenario, which will be played across the United States in New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Orlando, Phoenix, Seattle, Pasadena, Foxborough, Santa Clara, Houston and Chicago.
If you want to buy individual tickets to any of the games, they're not available until March 4.
An alleged photograph of the US Men's National Team home jersey for 2016 has been leaked on the Internet.
Designed and manufactured by Nike, the home jersey for the USA team in 2016 will be black instead of the typical white jersey. It's a special shirt design that the USMNT will wear at the Copa America Centenario.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he will not be viewing Thursday's Europa League clash with Augsburg as an unwelcome distraction despite the game coming less than 72 hours before the League Cup final.
Klopp has the chance to lift a first piece of silverware as Anfield boss when the Reds face Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, but he is keen for European progress as well.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said suggestions he doesn't want to play for the Merseyside club are "astonishing and disappointing".
Sturridge's commitment to the Anfield club has been called into question during two years where his career has been blighted by injuries, with some even suggesting his religious beliefs were influencing his lack of availability.
A FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday reduced bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to six years but maintained they were still guilty of ethics breaches.
The appeal result was announced as UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and Asian football leader Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa stepped up their rivalry to take over as head of football's scandal-tainted world body in a vote on Friday.
This Friday, the members of FIFA will elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter. Impressively, both ESPN and FOX Sports are planning wall-to-wall coverage regarding the important development in soccer's governing body.
Here are all of the details you need:
•FOX Sports 1 —Live coverage begins at 3am ET / midnight PT on Friday morning.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's dream of his country winning the World Cup could come true in a decade, former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said, according to reports.
"Now, in 2016, it seems that every player wants to come to China for the same reasons," Eriksson, now the manager of Shanghai SIPG, said in Australia ahead of an Asian Champions League match against Melbourne Victory.
For soccer fans, this summer promises to be one of the best ones ever with a fantastic lineup of Copa America Centenario matches involving some of the greatest players in the world playing on US soil, while many of the other world-class footballers will grace our TV sets as they compete in the Euro 2016 tournament.
Manuel Pellegrini insisted his Manchester City players are fully focused as they look to end a run of three successive defeats in their Champions League last 16, first leg tie at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.
Pellegrini named a side with five teenage full debutants for the 5-1 FA Cup thrashing by Chelsea on Sunday, with the game in Ukraine in mind.
No matter where you live across the USA (or anywhere in the world), you can watch the BBC, ITV and other UK networks by signing up for a free 7-day trial to Unblockus, which is a smart DNS service that allows you to change your computer settings so the BBC and ITV websites think you're visiting from the UK.
AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic insists the fallen Serie A giants can fight for a place in next season's Champions League after a battling 1-1 draw with Napoli that dented their opponents' title hopes.
Napoli welcomed Milan to the San Paolo on Monday looking to capitalize on Juventus's stalemate at Bologna on Friday with a win that would have sent them a point clear of Juve at the top.
2016 is the year when we have a European Championship in soccer. This year's tournament is going to be held in France, the opening match will be played on June 10 and the final on July 10. This year, for the first time we will have 24, instead of 16 nations competing for the title- Champion of Europe.
Sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he is "happy not to have a job" at the moment and kept coy about taking the helm at Manchester United, saying that was "a one million-dollar question".
Mourinho spoke before students at a suburban secondary school in Singapore in conjunction with a scholarship foundation set up by Valencia Football Club owner Peter Lim, who is from the city-state.
Lionel Messi left Arsenal spellbound as the Barcelona striker's clinical double sealed a 2-0 last 16, first leg victory that put the Champions League holders firmly on course for the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Barca coach Luis Enrique joked this week that all he needed to do was shout 'Abracadabra' for Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to deliver the kind of magic display that would bewilder the Gunners.
With FIFA scheduled to vote for a new president to replace disgraced Sepp Blatter on Friday, two-thirds of fans do not trust soccer's governing body, claims anti-corruption group Transparency International.
The Berlin-based body on Tuesday announced the results of a new poll of 25,000 fans in 28 countries which shows deep distrust of FIFA.
David Beckham has come to the defense of under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, saying the Dutchman needs time to turn the club's fortunes around.
United's 3-0 FA Cup win over third-tier Shrewsbury on Monday gave Van Gaal some breathing space but the club still need to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit at home to Danish side FC Midtjylland Thursday if they are to progress in the Europa League.
An authorized biography of Sepp Blatter written by the shamed FIFA president's former spokesman will be released next month, the publisher said Tuesday, four days before an election to choose Blatter's successor.
"It is really a journey through Sepp Blatter's life," said Alain Diezig of publisher Werd&Weber.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has warned Arsenal they will be left spell-bound when he unleashes his bewitching forwards in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Enrique's side head to the Emirates Stadium for the last 16 first leg on a 32-match unbeaten run in all competitions and with their front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar having scored 91 goals between them this season.
Manchester United cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury on Monday that at least temporarily eased the mounting pressure on Louis van Gaal.
Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard netted the goals as United wrapped up a businesslike victory against their third tier hosts to secure a last eight date with West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Scandal-tainted FIFA is heading for a $100 million-plus deficit for 2015 and rival candidates for the leadership of football's world body have warned of catastrophe if some campaign promises are carried out.
FIFA has $1.5 billion in cash in the bank and its riches are a key battle for the five rivals who will take part in Friday's vote for a replacement for Sepp Blatter.
A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF.
Japan's Olympic soccer teams will train for the Tokyo 2020 Games at a complex currently being used as a base for thousands of workers cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Japan Football Association (JFA) said Monday that the Japanese men's and women's teams would hold their training camps at J-Village, once the country's centre of excellence until it was taken over by plant operators following the 2011 nuclear disaster.
Turkish football faced new questions over the credibility of the game Monday after an anarchic clash between Galatasaray and Trabzonspor ended with just seven footballers from the Black Sea side on the pitch and one of its players showing the referee the red card.
The Sunday night Super Lig clash between Galatasaray of Istanbul and Trabzonspor of Trabzon one of the most venomous rivalries in the Turkish game was marked by a litany of penalties, ill discipline and poor refereeing.
Lionel Messi and Argentina were given a chance for revenge after being drawn against reigning Copa America champions Chile in the group stage for this summer's special centenary edition of the tournament.
Argentina suffered an agonizing defeat to Chile in the climax of last June's tournament in Santiago as their major championship drought continued.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario offers the US Men's National Team a unique opportunity to test itself before the Hex begins later this fall. Since they did not qualify for the Confederations Cup in Russia, this is likely their best chance to be World Cup ready by testing themselves against the best teams in the Americas.
Manuel Pellegrini refused to apologise for his controversial decision to field a team of youngsters after Manchester City were dumped out of the FA Cup with a 5-1 thrashing at Chelsea.
Pellegrini stood accused of disrespecting the famous old competition as he selected six teenagers, with five making their full debuts, and then watched them suffer City's heaviest defeat since their Abu Dhabi-based owners bought the club in 2008.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley and Laurence McKenna look back on fifth round action in the FA Cup, with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Everton posting impressive victories en route to the quarterfinals. Richard and Laurence also discuss Rooney to China, Mourinho to Manchester, as well as mid-week Champions League matches for Arsenal and Manchester City.
The schedule has been finalized for this summer's Copa America Centenario, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament. The competition will feature many of the greatest teams in the world including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia as well as North American countries Mexico and the United States of America.
London sides Chelsea and West Ham both reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday as city rivals Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out by fellow capital club Crystal Palace.
Martin Kelly was Palace's unlikely hero at White Hart Lane as his first goal for the south London side and first for anyone since he scored 1,545 days previously for Liverpool at Chelsea in November 2011 on the stroke of half-time proved the difference.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 21st league goal in Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday after the referee made Bundesliga history by briefly stopping play when the home coach refused to go to the stands.
Confusion reigned for nine second-half minutes at Leverkusen's BayArena when Bayer coach Roger Schmidt refused match official Felix Zwayer's order to leave the sidelines which led to the game being halted.
This season has been one to make the Premier League weep with joy. Three establishment teams (Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool) are having or have had dramatic troubles and it's looking increasingly likely that the other pre-season title favorite, Manchester City, will have to make do with just a UEFA Champions League place.
The draw for the 2015/16 quarterfinals of the FA Cup have been made, and there are some cracking ties in store.
After Chelsea's 5-1 demolition of Manchester City in the FA Cup 5th Round, we now knowsix of the eight teams that have made into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The remaining question marks are Shrewsbury orManchester United (who play tomorrow), while Arsenal and Hull City have to go to a replay.
Arsene Wenger accepted his Arsenal side must be more ruthless against Barcelona than they were against Hull when the Champions League holders arrive at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Wenger's team were left frustrated as they were held to a scoreless draw by second-tier side Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against the Catalans.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has rejected suggestions the club's lengthy injury list can be used as an excuse for failure in their FA Cup fifth round visit to third-tier Shrewsbury Town on Monday.
Beleaguered manager Louis van Gaal has frequently blamed the club's injury woes for an unsatisfactory campaign which has seen his own future at Old Trafford brought sharply into question.
If you find out where to watch the draw for the Copa America Centenario on US TV and live streaming, here's all of the information you need.
The Copa America Centenario, a once-in-a-lifetime soccer event, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament, will feature some of the world's best teams and players competing from June 3-26, 2016, across the United States.
FA Cup holders Arsenal were left with an unwanted replay after a goalless draw against Hull in their last-16 clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Arsenal, bidding to become the first side since the 19th Century to win the FA Cup three years in a row, dominated the game but could not find a way past Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, who made several fine saves.
Leigh Griffiths grabbed a double as Celtic extended their lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points with a 3-0 defeat of Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Parkhead on Saturday.
Celtic had to wait until the 53rd minute to open the scoring thanks to a deflected Gary Mackay-Steven strike, and Griffiths added two more to take his tally for the season to 32 goals.
Burnley bolstered their bid to win automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Championship strugglers Rotherham on Saturday.
With leaders Hull holding Arsenal to a draw in the FA Cup and Middlesbrough not in action this weekend, Sean Dyche's team moved into second place courtesy of Sam Vokes' first-half penalty and Scott Arfield's late strike at Turf Moor.
West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Brunt was pelted with coins by his own club's fans after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Reading on Saturday.
Brunt had gone over to applaud Albion's traveling fans following their 3-1 loss to the second tier side, but the mood turned sour and he went down clutching his face as coins rained down from angry supporters.
Cheslea host Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round tie on Sunday knowing this is probably their best chance of winning any silverware this season (live on US TV on FOX Sports 2 from Sunday 11am ET).
The Blues have not been at their best this season by their standards but they still have a decent chance of finishing the campaign on a high if they manage success in the FA Cup or the Champions League.
Thomas Mueller netted twice on Saturday as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Darmstadt 3-1 in their last match before their Champions League clash at Juventus.
With second-placed Borussia Dortmund playing on Sunday, Bayern took their chance to go 11 points clear in Germany's top flight but Mueller had to dig them out of trouble at the Allianz Arena before Robert Lewandowski added their third goal.
Antonio Nocerino has become the newest European import to join Major League Soccer as the former AC Milan midfielder joined Orlando Citythis week. While Nocerino has spent the last two seasons shuttled between various teams in England and Italy, his experience and quality will provide Orlando City with a player that can link defense and attack; or score much needed goals from midfield.
Mario Balotelli may be the latest big name footballer to move to the Chinese Super League, as Liverpool look to offload the out of form striker to the Far East.
Currently, on loan at AC Milan, Balotelli has failed to crack the starting XI of the Italian team when fit. Recently, the striker was heavily criticized by manager Sinisa Mihajlovic after a poor two minute outing against Genoa.
With no FA Cup thisweekend and coming off the back of a 6 nil drubbing against Liverpool in the Premier League, Aston Villa's shockingly bad season continues to roll on and relegation seems inevitable.
Eightpoints separate them from the rest of the trailing pack and points are urgently needed if the Villa are to perform the greatest escape.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Pope Francis, President Obama and Mathieu Flamini. Believe it or not, these four have something significant in common. The actor, the Pope, and the president all are prominent advocates of climate change and you can now add Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini to the list.
It was revealed last November that Flamini co-founded a company nearly eight years ago that could potentially be worth billions of dollars.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said the title-chasers are "alive and kicking" as they look to stop Juventus opening up a four-point lead with a win against AC Milan this weekend (live in the USA on beIN SPORTS Monday at 3pm ET).
Napoli, bidding for their first Serie A title in 26 years, slipped to second place at one point behind Juve after the latter's 1-0 victory in Turin last week.
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp had fun with an English translator after his side's goalless Europa League draw at Augsburg on his first trip to Germany with the Reds.
Having previously said Liverpool have a good chance of winning what he describes as "the little Champions League", Klopp was frustrated as his side failed to take their chances in the round of 32, first leg in Bavaria on Thursday.
A leading supporters' organization said Manchester United had hit a "new low" as the local newspaper took the unusual step of calling for manager Louis van Gaal to be sacked following Thursday's Europa League defeat by unheralded Danish side FC Midtjylland.
Some United fans who made the trip to Herning, where match tickets cost as much as £71 (91 Euros, $101), were heard to turn on their own side with abusive chants as United suffered a miserable 2-1 loss.
With only a handful of matches left in the game calendar, the English Premier League title race is getting hotter than ever. There's nothing decided at this point of the season, as several teams still engaged in a fierce battle for the coveted title. But who is the favorite to take the crown? According to online betting website MyBookie.
Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong says the Hoops have to concentrate on their own performances as they prepare to host Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Parkhead on Saturday.
Nearest rivals Aberdeen, who fell to a surprise 3-1 loss to Inverness on Monday, have a chance to draw level with the Glasgow giants at the top of the Scottish Premiership if they can defeat Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday.
Barcelona can open up a nine-point gap at the top of La Liga ahead of their return to Champions League action against Arsenal next week when they travel to Las Palmas on Saturday.
The European champions extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 31 games with a seventh consecutive La Liga win thanks to a brilliant Lionel Messi double and Luis Suarez's 40th goal of the season in a 3-1 victory at Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.
A daunting Champions League showdown with Barcelona quickly follows Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round clash with Hull City, but Arsene Wenger is unlikely to make too many changes to his preferred line-up on Saturday.
Wenger's side are the Cup holders after successfully retaining the famous old trophy last season by thrashing Aston Villa 4-0 in the final.
Although the Premier League has been a fine watch this season, the FA Cup always provides soccer fans in with England an exciting change of pace.
The weekend provides two kind of clashes which make the competition so special too. The first is a tussle between two of the Premier League's established elite sides, each seeking to salvage something from a disappointing season.
Managers threatening to play a weakened team in the FA Cup has become a familiar sound in recent seasons and Manuel Pellegrini joined the chorus ahead of Manchester City's fifth-round tie away to Chelsea on Sunday.
At both ends of the Premier League, the financial incentive to either qualify for the Champions League or avoid relegation has led to many managers drawing on their extended squads for FA Cup ties.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta has been Arsenal's club captain since Thomas Vermaelen departed north London for Barcelona in the summer of 2014. While it was understandable why manager Arsene Wenger chose to implement Arteta as his captain, the former Everton star wasn't exactly the overwhelming selection by many Gunner supporters (including yours truly).
Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, came away from their trip to Italy to face Fiorentina with an excellent 1-1 draw that puts them in a strong position ahead of next week's return.
Mauricio Pochettino sent out a strong side, albeit one missing first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and with Harry Kane on the bench.
Pep Guardiola's horrendous injury list at Bayern Munich is "no accident or misfortune", but down to the wrong training structure at the German giants, says one of Germany's leading sports scientists.
Bayern face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League in Turin next Tuesday with Guardiola's squad so decimated by injury that he did not have a single fit center-back for Sunday's 3-1 league win at Augsburg.
Louis van Gaal refused to take the blame for Manchester United's latest humiliation as the embattled boss claimed bad luck was the reason for Thursday's humiliating 2-1 defeat against Danish side FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Van Gaal's side were expected to coast to victory in the last 32, first leg, but they failed to build on Memphis Depay's first-half goal as strikes from Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu rocked crisis-torn United.
Of the soccer games shown live on US cable and satellite channels last weekend, seven of the top 10 most-watched games were televised on NBCSN. Six of them were Premier League matches, while the seventh was the Olympic qualifying game between the United States and Mexico women's teams.
It was an exceedingly good Sunday morning for NBCSN's coverage of the Premier League as a combined audience of 1.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Friday's away trip to Bologna will be crucial to keeping title rivals Napoli at bay as the champions begin preparations for the imminent, bigger challenge of Bayern Munich.
Juventus, the four-time consecutive champions, sit top of Serie A with a one-point lead on Napoli after a 1-0 win over Maurizio Sarri's title-chasers in Turin.
Ah, 1992, what a year. George Bush and Boris Yeltsin declared a formal end to the Cold War; the Yugoslav Federation broke up; Los Angeles burned amid the Rodney King riots; the Czechoslovak Parliament much like Charles and Di's marriage councillor approved separation, and Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States.
Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Sevilla and a host of continental big guns as well as English clubs Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool swing into Europa League action in the last-32 knock out phase on Thursday.
In fact one clash has already begun on Tuesday as Turkey's Fenerbahce took a 2-0 advantage over rusty Lokomotiv Moscow, who were playing their first match since the Russian winter break began.
Pep Guardiola acknowledges Bayern Munich have a height problem ahead of their key Champions League clash at Juventus as an injury crisis has left them short at the back.
While striker Robert Lewandowski is head and shoulders above his rivals, scoring twice in Sunday's 3-1 win at Augsburg, injuries meant Bayern fielded a back four with an average height of under five foot nine inches (1.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley and Nipun Chopra look back at the return of Champions League, with Chelsea putting in one of their best performances of the season during a close loss at Paris Saint-Germain. The hosts also talk about Wayne Rooney's injury, Eden Hazard's nod toward PSG, as well as a busy Thursday for Premier League teams in Europa League.
Zinedine Zidane won't admit it yet, but 10-time winners Real Madrid remain on course for a sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final appearance after a clinical 2-0 win at Roma in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday.
World Cup winner Zidane won the competition as a player with Real in 2002 and as assistant to former Carlo Ancelotti when the 'Galacticos' claimed their record 10th European Cup or 'Decima' in 2014.
Julian Draxler netted twice as Wolfsburg sealed a 3-2 win at Gent on Wednesday to leave the Germans on course for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The 22-year-old scored either side of the break in the last 16, first-leg clash, with Max Kruse also on target, but two late goals from Gent gave the Belgian champions some hope for the return leg on March 8 in Wolfsburg.
Tottenham's incredible season is now met with an incredible dilemma. Even the most optimistic Spurs supporter, or staffer, could not have seen Spurs being two points off the top of the Premier League in February, right as another major glut of fixtures awaits. With this fixture congestion, the fear of a late season swoon, and the real prospect of a title staring Mauricio Pochettino and his men in the face, should Spurs dumpthe Europa League, the FA Cup, or even both?
Sao Paulo suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Bolivian underdogs The Strongest on a night of mixed fortunes for Brazil in South America's most prestigious club competition the Copa Libertadores.
A well-worked 62nd minute strike by Uruguayan Matias Alonso settled a fractious encounter at Sao Paulo's Pacaembu Stadium as the Bolivian minnows clinched their first away win in the Libertadores since 1982.
Jurgen Klopp returns to Germany for the first time as Liverpool coach on Thursday hunting a Europa League win at Augsburg in his quest to quench the Reds' thirst for silverware.
Fans have clamored for tickets for the round-of-32, first-leg clash at the WWK Arena in deepest Bavaria to see Liverpool, who are unbeaten in their six European games under Klopp and buoyed by Sunday's thrashing of Aston Villa.
Soccer fans in the United States who want to watch the Copa Libertadores but don't subscribe to FOX Deportes can finally watch the tournament from the comfort of their homes, offices or on the go with FOX Soccer 2GO.Plus, for the first-time ever, FOX's legal streaming service will offer the 2016 tournament in English, making the highly attractive club competition more appealing to soccer fans across the country.
FIFA's ethics committee on Wednesday sanctioned German football legend Franz Beckenbauer with a warning and a light fine for failing to cooperate with a probe into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The investigation into the controversial decisions to award the two tournaments to Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) culminated in the now famous 2014 report authored by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia, which FIFA has so far not released, citing procedural reasons.
Lokomotiv midfielder Dmitry Tarasov said he revealed a T-shirt praising Vladimir Putin after a match with Turkey's Fenerbahce as a gesture of support for the Russian president but did not intend to upset anyone, local media reported Wednesday.
"He's my president, I respect him and decided to show that I'm with him everywhere," the R-Sport agency quoted Tarasov as saying.
This past month has been a whirlwind for me. My 11-year-old daughter is on a travel soccer team, and now has also been selected to play for her middle school team. The additional responsibility means that her already congested soccer schedule has more than doubled, which makes life even crazier for me, taking her to practices, games and tournaments.
Leicester City's rise to the top of the Premier League table is nothing short of incredible. Heading into the current campaign, the Foxes were picked to be relegated to the second tier of British soccer by many pundits. The shocking turnaround from relegation prediction to title contenders is something that the Premier League has never seen before.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc heaped praise on Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan played the role of super-sub to give his side a 2-1 win against Chelsea in their Champions League last 16, first leg.
Cavani replaced Lucas in the 74th minute of Tuesday's game at the Parc des Princes and four minutes later beat Thibaut Courtois with a first-time finish from an Angel Di Maria assist to ensure the French champions will take a lead to London for the second leg next month.
The much-maligned Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain edged Chelsea 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Cavani beat the excellent Thibaut Courtois in the 78th minute at the Parc des Princes, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, to give the French champions the advantage ahead of the second leg on March 9.
In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.
While English soccerwas still bathing in Danny Welbeck's fairy-tale return for Arsenal, the West Midlands were in shock and utter despair, not least because of Aston Villa's0-6 annihilation by Liverpool, but also because of an inexplicably rudderlessperformance.
Nearly four decades ago, the Villa Park that now is characterized by deafening boos and countless critics used to be home to the glories of a proud English football club.
Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has signed with Hebei China Fortune, his new club said Wednesday, making the 30-year-old the latest European-based footballer drawn east by jaw-dropping sums.
Hebei described him as "the next Maradona" on a verified social media account.
The prospect of spoiling Zinedine Zidane's Champions League coaching debut with Real Madrid may be formidable, but Roma midfielder Seydou Keita believes his side can upset the 10-time record champions in their last 16, first leg clash.
"How we line up against them is down to the coach, but for me, we have to believe in ourselves and go on the pitch convinced," said the Malian ahead of Wednesday's tie in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Australia's top goalscorer Tim Cahill has had his contract terminated by Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, he said Tuesday, a year after he joined.
The 36-year-old veteran and former Everton star agreed to extend his stay just months ago, but said on Instagram: "I'm very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate my contract.
As Aston Villa slumped to a 6-0 home defeat against Liverpool on Sunday, their hope of avoiding relegation plunged. While Sunderland are recovering under Sam Allardyce, Villa are rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. While this Villa side will quite probably go down as a poor Premier League team, it will be no match for the Derby County team of the 2007-2008 season.
With the UEFA Champions League kicking off again, you can watch any of the games for free with a 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO, the legal streaming service that you can watch on your computer, phone or tablet from the comfort of your office, home or on the go.
FOX Soccer 2GO is offering a 7-day free trial to new subscribers of its live and on-demand streaming service.
Emirates stadium went absolutely crazy following Danny Welbeck's header deep into extra time against league-leading Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. Welbeck, who came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute, had missed nearly 10 months of action due to a serious knee injury prior to the weekend. The England international was on the pitch for only 12 minutes before turning the Premier League title race completely on its head.
When Mauricio Pochettino first set foot in White Hart Lane, the future Tottenham manager was struck by the simple message emblazoned all around the middle tier of the stadium.
'To Dare is to Do', translated from the latin 'Audere Est Facere', has been Tottenham's motto since long before Pochettino arrived in north London, but it serves as the perfect summary of the team's mission statement under the highly driven Argentine.
Liverpool have won their struggle to sign giant Cameroon central defender Joel Matip from Schalke 04 on a free transfer at the end of the season, the Bundesliga outfit confirmed on Monday.
The 24-year-old has made 239 appearances for Schalke since his debut at 18 in November 2009, but sporting director Horst Heldt admitted the club had lost their battle to persuade Matip to stay in Gelsenkirchen.
A Spanish teenager has been sentenced to six years in a juvenile detention center for his role in the death of a Deportivo de la Coruna fan last season.
In late November 2014,a 41-year-old Deportivo supporterwas killed during violence between radicalfans outside of the Vicente Calderon stadium prior to the contest between Deportivo and Atletico Madrid.
The first UEFA Champions League matches in 2016 kick off today with two matches in store, as well as two tomorrow, featuring many of the most talented teams in Europe.
If you live in the United States, all of the games will be shown live on television and live streaming. Here's the schedule so you can watch the matches live or set your DVRs to tape them (or, better yet, sign up for a free trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the games on your computer, smartphone or tablet).
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confessed that he had glimpsed the grim apparition of Premier League title failures past during his side's nerve-jangling 2-1 victory over leaders Leicester City.
At half-time of Sunday's table-topping showdown at the Emirates Stadium, Leicester led 1-0 through Jamie Vardy's penalty and Arsenal were staring down the barrel of an eight-point deficit to the summit.
It is fun to play out the remainder of the season in this epic title race following Arsenal's come-from-behind 2-1 victory against leaders Leicester City on Sunday, which tightened the Premier League race. While projections are our best guess as of now, this has been a crazy Premier League season and given the tendency of teams near the bottom of the table to rise up at various points, most of these predictions are not as straightforward as one might assume.
Manchester United are front runners in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The English club are reportedly ready to sign the player this summer for £70 million from the Bundesliga side.
Last week, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told share holders that the club has cash reserves of £121.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley and co-hosts Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer review gameweek 26 of the Premier League season. Did Danny Simpson deserve his yellow cards? Did Mark Clattenburg gift Spurs a goal in Manchester? The panel discusses all the controversies that leave Leicester City two points clear with 12 matches to go.
Arsenal's Danny Welbeck and Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen were the toast of north London after scoring potentially pivotal late winning goals in the Premier League title race on Sunday.
Welbeck headed in a heart-stopping 95th-minute winner to give Arsenal a last-gasp 2-1 win over leaders Leicester City, while Eriksen struck in the 83rd minute to earn Tottenham a 2-1 victory at Manchester City on his 24th birthday.
Bundesliga strugglers Augsburg insist they are relishing their forthcoming dream home ties against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Guardiola will bring Bundesliga leaders Bayern to Augsburg's WWK Arena for a league clash on Sunday before Klopp's Liverpool are the visitors next Thursday in the Round of 32, first-leg clash in the Europa League.
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from the 3-1 home defeat to Leicester City last weekend when they play Tottenham in the final Premier League match of round 26.
The Citizens have not been very consistent recently with three wins, two draws and a defeat in their last six games which has seen them drop to fourth place on the table, six points behind league leaders Leicester City.
It's a rarity that England's top four will all play each other on the same day. It's even rarer to have it happen this late in the season. Though it shouldn't be entirely a surprise in this the wackiest of Premier League campaigns, this Sunday's collision of 1st and 3rd then 2nd and 4th in the table will do quite a bit to decide the destination of the title.
On Sunday, one of the most pivotal matches of the Premier League season will occur when Leicester City, currently in first place, travels to play Arsenal, in their usual position of fourth place, in a contest that will have major implications on the Foxes and Gunners title chances.
Fans of Leicester City plan on boycotting the first five minutes of the match before entering the stadium due to the high prices at the Emirates and have encouraged supporters of the Gunners join them.
Kurt Zouma suffered an unsettling injury during Chelsea's Premier League match against Manchester United in last week's fixture at Stamford Bridge. His fall wasso awkward and his pain so obvious that United's Juan Mata immediately called for a stoppage of play, franticallysignaling tothe benchthat hisopponent neededtreatment.
The betting industry has done nothing but grow and many fear that it's the sole industry responsible for fixed matches that have plagued soccer for decades. We can safely conclude that sports betting has never been bigger. With all the new ways of placing bets through mobile applications and online betting sites, betting has even become a secure income source for successful soccer bettors.
In a stellar 12-year career, Lionel Messi has won the world player of the year award five times and broken endless goalscoring records, but he had never been named player of the month in Spain, until now.
The 28-year-old Argentine forward received the award for La Liga's player of the month for January on Friday, the first time he has won a prize inaugurated in 2013.
Diego Costa will wear a mask to play Newcastle United this weekend after breaking his nose in training.
The Spain striker, who clashed heads with Fikayo Tomori, a Chelsea under-21 player who had been invited to train with the first team, will be the second masked player in the side if he passes a fitness test.
NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage this weekend features a Super Sunday of action, highlighted by matches between the league's top four clubs this Sunday, Feb. 14. Coverage begins with first-place Leicester City visiting third-place Arsenal at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO, with fourth-place Manchester City hosting second-place Tottenham at 11:15 a.
The baton passed from Eden Hazard to Riyad Mahrez in the second minute of Leicester City's 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in December.
As Hazard ambled over to close Mahrez down on the Leicester right, the Algerian nonchalantly popped the ball between his legs before advancing and taking a shot at goal, leaving the Chelsea number 10 in his wake.
The 2016 edition of the International Champions Cup, a soccer tournament featuring many of the world's greatest teams, will return to North America and Europe this summer and will feature 12 games, said Charlie Stilitano, co-founder and chairman of Relevent Sports, in an interview with World Soccer Talk Radio.
If you're looking for tickets for either or both of Arsenal's friendlies in the United States this summer, here are all of the details you need.
First, Arsenal plays in the MLS All-Star Game on July 28 at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. That's followed by a friendly against Chivas Guadalajara at the Stubhub Center on July 31 in Los Angeles.
NBC's live coverage of the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester United led the way last weekend in the most-viewed soccer game on US television.
An average of 779,000 watched the game, which was televised live on the NBCSN from 11am to 1pm ET on Sunday, February 7.
Altogether, it was a great weekend for soccer viewing on US television with Southampton against West Ham as well as Leverkusen versus Bayern Munich being highlights in addition to a few popular Liga MX games.
It's a miracle how little football in the UK has been affected from match making scandals compared to other countries like Italy for example. So, there may be two possibilities for this, either football fixing in the UK is hard to detect or there is none. Nevertheless, there have been several incidents throughout the history relating to match fixing in the UK.
Jamie Vardy is adamant Leicester City remain unfazed by the mounting pressure of the Premier League title race as the shock leaders prepare for a summit meeting with Arsenal on Sunday.
For the first time this season, Claudio Ranieri's side find themselves the bookmakers' favorites to be crowned champions after their fairytale rise reached a new high with last weekend's stunning 3-1 win at title rivals Manchester City.
The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Charlie Stilitano, the Chairman and Co-founder of Relevent Sports, which organizes the International Champions Cup.
During the interview, Charlie previews what we can expect this summer from the ICC in North America, China and Australia, how the rise of soccer in China differs from the US, whether clubs are looking to penetrate China more than the United States, as well as his personal friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson and other luminaries from inside world soccer.
They both hold dual nationality but Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala can expect thousands of fellow Argentinians to be glued to their sets Saturday when Juventus host Napoli in a top-of-the-table clash in Italy's Serie A.
With 24 goals in as many league games Higuain is blazing a record-setting trail towards Serie A's 'Capocannoniere' (top scorer) award as Napoli target a first league title in 26 years.
John Terry is a "big name" player who would attract interest from several club sides in Qatar, his former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola said on Thursday.
The Italian was speaking publicly for the first time since his current side Al-Arabi was linked to the Chelsea captain following Terry's announcement last month that he would leave the English champions at the end of the season.
Another Saturday, another defeat. Charlton's loss at home to fellow strugglers Bristol City last weekend was another slap in the face for the long suffering Addicks faithful. The club, south of the River Thames in London, sit bottom of the Championship table and are four points adrift of safety. League One football seems a sad inevitability.
Paris St-Germain said Thursday that coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract until 2018, giving him a free rein for the tough Champions League campaign ahead.
Blanc's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the club's wealthy Qatari owners moved to tie in the 50-year-old to a new contract without waiting to see how the side do in looming decisive Champions League clashes.
Manchester United expect to make more than £500 million ($719.5 million, 35.4 million euros) in the 2016 financial year, the club announced on Thursday, despite continued underperformance on the pitch.
Second-quarter revenues rose by 26.6 percent to a record £133.8 million, with commercial revenues up 42.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley andNipun Chopra forgo the mid-week FA Cup replays to focus on what could be the defining weekend of the Premier League season, with the league's top four teams paired off in two Sunday showdowns. In the day's early game,first place Leicester City visit one of the two teams that have beaten them in league play this season, Arsenal, while the weekend's final match seessecond place Tottenham Hotspur travel to Manchester City to face the fourth place Citizens.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain's Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham's Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported.
Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world in the past six months seeking partners to invest $300 million (267.
Antoine Griezmann has been one of the standout players in Europe this season scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.
His outstanding performances have once again led to the former Real Sociedadforward being linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon next season just two years after his arrival in the Spanish capital.
Long-serving Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 after a short battle with cancer, the English second-tier club announced on Wednesday.
Gartside joined the Bolton board in 1988 and had served as chairman since 1999, overseeing the club's 11-year stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, which included four successive top-eight finishes.
The magic for which the FA Cup is famous around the world is that small town teams get a chance to prove themselves against the big boys, and often reach the latter stages of the competition. When it comes to winning the cup though, small clubs often fail in their ambitions and are an easy prey to the Premier League's elite.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are Arsenal's big guns (I'd also probably add Petr Cech as well), there is no denying that. The dynamic offensive duo are major talents and have been brilliant during the current campaign. Alexis has netted 10 total goals on the season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a knee injury and Özil is within shouting distance of breaking former Gunner Thierry Henry's Premier League season assist record.
The beginning of a remarkable demise for Manchester United was the 0-3 defeat against Arsenal in October. As you'd expect, especially in England, the manager is the one taking all the flak, and on this occasion, rightly so. To be frank, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United were never made for each other.
Germany international and Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes has shown some faith in the Royal Blues by signing a three-year contract extension until 2020, it was announced on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, who along with Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm was one of only three Germany players involved in each minute of the seven games in winning the 2014 World Cup, has played for Schalke since 2001.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has again distanced himself from the Chelsea manager's job amid claims he will replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.
Allegri, who steered the Turin giants to the Champions League final last year, has a contract until June 2017 but is reported to be the Blues' number one choice to replace former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
If ever there was a broadcast to sum up how the Bundesliga TV ratings are doing in the United States, this past Saturday was it. Startingat the same kickoff time of 12:30pm ET, FOX had Bayer Leverkusen (starring Chicharito) against Bayern Munich (Germany's number one team). On NBC, another terrestrial network, the game was Southampton versusWest Ham United.
According to reports from Spain, Pepsi is in "advanced talks" with Barcelona officials and could usurp Qatar Airways as the Catalan club's officials shirt sponsor next season.
The American multinational food, snack and beverage companyinitiated talks with the reigning Spanish and European champions over the past few days, and last week representatives from Barcelona were at Super Bowl 50 to hold face to face negotiations with corporate officials from PepsiCo Inc.
A lot of people take betting lightly and make decisions based on sheer luck. However, this ignorance can cause them to lose all their money. The most imperative thing to understand is that betting is not a child's game. There are professional gamblers out there for whom this is business, and they prefer doing extensive research before applying any strategy.
Angelo Ogbonna headed home in stoppage time of extra time as West Ham United stunned a youthful Liverpool team 2-1 in Tuesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park.
Philippe Coutinho's clever free-kick had cancelled out Michail Antonio's volleyed opener for West Ham and the game was seconds from a penalty shootout when Dimitri Payet curled a free-kick into the visitors' box from the right and Ogbonna rose at the back post to head in the winner.
Jurgen Klopp predicted brighter days ahead for his Liverpool youngsters after they fell to an Angelo Ogbonna buzzer beater against West Ham United in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday.
A team featuring two players aged 20, a 21-year-old, two 22-year-olds and 18-year-old midfielder Pedro Chirivella stood toe-to-toe with West Ham at Upton Park until Italian centre-back Ogbonna headed home in injury time of extra time to give the hosts a 2-1 win.
With opening day of the 2016 MLS season less than a month away, clubs across the league are putting the finishing touches on an offseason that has at different points been eventful, confounding, and fascinating.
It's been an interesting few months for MLS. There has been an exodus of top players – mostly, with the startling exception of Matt Miazga — to Mexico, and an exodus of the lowest earners in the league, mostly to the lower levels of American soccer.
Saturday's broadcast of Bayer Leverkusen versus Bayern Munich was watched by an average viewing audience of 318,000 people on FOX Deportes, according to data from Sports TV Ratings.
FOX Deportes televised the game live on Saturday, February 6th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm ET. The Spanish-language network is in 22 million homes across the United States, which represents 19% of the total households.
We recently discussed how American soccerplayers have featured less and less in top European leagues over the course of the last several seasons as MLS has become a stronger force financially. Since MLS has now seen the value in having core US Men's National Team (USMNT) footballersplaying in North America for marketing purposes, they have been willing to spend the type of money they have for years on foreign stars on domestic talent.
John Terry, 35, says he may be finished with Chelseaat the end of the season after revealing the club isnot planning on extending his contract. The big question surrounding the player is where next? He has been linked with clubs in China and the Middle East. But the obvious move for the defender is MLS.
As Claudio Ranieri returned to Leicester's Belvoir Drive training base on Monday to start plotting the latest chapter in his club's fairytale challenge for the Premier League title, it was hard to believe that just seven months ago the Italian's arrival at the plush facility was greeted with widespread ridicule.
Football fans in England are considering a mass walkout in protest at rising Premier League ticket prices, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
An estimated 10,000 Liverpool supporters left Anfield in the 77th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland in protest over plans to introduce a most expensive match ticket of £77 ($112, 99 euros).
Massimiliano Allegri has been urged to "walk to Chelsea" and take up the "fantastic offer" that has been tabled for the Juventus coach by the Premier league giants.
Both Allegri and his predecessor at Juventus, Italy coach Antonio Conte, have been linked with the Chelsea manager's job currently being filled on a caretaker basis by Dutchman Guus Hiddink following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Many sporting moments have made millions stop and say "whoa." It might not have been the Super Bowl, the World Cup Final or the Olympic 100 meter final, but the 61stminute of the Manchester City-Leicester City matchmade millions around the world gasp.
That was the exact scenario I experienced at the weekend.
Antonio Sanabria, now 19, played just two times for Roma in 2014/15. Twice used as a substitute by former Roma coach Rudi Garcia, Sanabria clocked a meager 33 minutes of time. Sent on loan to Spain's Sporting Gijon ahead of this season, Sanabria has emerged as the premier teenage goal scorer in Europe's top five leagues.
Greed is behind the proliferation of big-name players heading to the cashed-up Chinese Super League and it will not help the country's national team, China-based Australian star Tim Cahill said.
The Chinese record transfer fee has been smashed four times in the current transfer window, with Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira the third big signing in just over a week after Jiangsu Suning paid 50 million euros (US$56 million) for him to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Liverpool's owners will consider a review of controversial ticket price hikes after being shocked by a walkout protest by 10,000 fans, media said Monday.
The Fenway Sports Group held emergency talks after Saturday's protest and again Sunday, British newspapers reported. Fans have meanwhile threatened more walkouts in looming key games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
Diego Costa pounced in stoppage time as Chelsea nipped Manchester United's mini-revival in the bud with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday.
Jesse Lingard's smartly taken 61st-minute strike at a rainy Stamford Bridge had set United on course for a third straight win, which would have lifted them to within four points of the Champions League places.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane encouraged Croatian playmaker Luka Modric to shoot more often as his first league goal of the season salvaged a 2-1 win at Granada on Sunday.
Youssef El Arabi had deservedly cancelled out Karim Benzema's first-half opener for Real before Modric's fantastic strike into the top corner five minutes from time kept Real just four points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley andKartik Krishnaiyer review the 25th round in the Premier League, one that saw Leicester City consolidate their place at the top of the league with an impressive victory at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Richard and Kartik also discuss the specter of Mourinho at Chelsea and Manchester United, the fan protest at Anfield, as well as update listeners in Spain, Germany and the evolving race in the Football Championship.
The overnight TV ratings for Saturday's dueling broadcasts between Leverkusen-Bayern Munich on FOX and Southampton-West Ham on NBC are in, and the Bundesliga/FOX duo have been dealt a crushing blow as their game failed to beat NBC's coverage of the Premier League.NBC delivered an overnight rating of 0.
The last piece of the LA Galaxy's offseason overhaul fell into place on Wednesday, when the team announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong from AC Milan.
De Jong is, most likely, the final move of an offseason in which the Galaxy added and subtracted some twenty players – and the final move of a triumphant two weeks in which LA announced the signings of de Jong, Ashley Cole, and Jelle Van Damme.
Gonzalo Higuain hit his 24th goal in as many Serie A games as triumphant Napoli and Juventus moved closer towards a scudetto duel after slip-ups by title rivals Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
Higuain and Napoli have been transformed since Maurizio Sarri took over from Rafael Benitez last summer but it took a second-half penalty for the Argentinian to keep Napoli top of the pile in a cagey 1-0 win over 10-man Carpi.
Barcelona equaled a club record of 28 games unbeaten to move three points clear at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday.
The European champions were far from their best in coach Luis Enrique's 100th game in charge, but David Navarro's first-half own goal and Luis Suarez's strike in stoppage time was enough to secure a 10th consecutive win in all competitions.
Leicester City's fairytale season scaled new heights on Saturday as they opened up a five-point lead at the Premier League summit by winning 3-1 at title rivals Manchester City.
Centre-back Robert Huth scored twice, either side of a brilliant Riyad Mahrez goal, as Leicester recorded the finest win of their sensational 12-month rise from bottom to top of the English top flight.
Before Alexis Sanchez graced the Emirates pitch, Tomas Rosicky was Arsenal's Energizer Bunny. No, the Czech Republic international is not as prolific in front of goal as his Chilean teammate, but the "little mozart" brought creativity, energy and intensity to the Arsenal squad over the last 10 years.
Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday with the Blues still looking for the points to climb into the top half of the table after an away draw to Watford in midweek.
Guus Hiddink's side are still unbeaten since Jose Mourinho left the club last December but three wins and five draws from the last eight league games is hardly inspiring for a club of Chelsea's stature.
There's been no doubt that FOX Sports has done an excellent job with their Bundesliga coverage for the 2015/16 season. With a strong set of studio talent led by Ian Joy, the opinions of Eric Wynalda, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jovan Kirovski seem better suited for the Bundesliga, a league that they undoubtedly enjoy and know a lot about.
Manchester United's tentative resurgence will be tested this Sunday when Louis van Gaal pits his side against a Chelsea team slowly finding their feet under his countryman Guus Hiddink.
It is only two weeks since United were booed off at Old Trafford after a 1-0 home defeat by Southampton, but consecutive wins 3-1 at Derby County in the FA Cup and 3-0 at home to Stoke City in the league have convinced Van Gaal that his side can still win the title.
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has warned Reds fans to "be careful what they wish for" after a supporters group called for an Anfield walkout in protest at rising ticket prices.
Supporters' groups are planning to make their unprecedented protest in the 77th minute of Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland after Liverpool this week announced a new pricing structure for the 2016-17 season, which will see the most expensive match day ticket in the redeveloped Main Stand rise from £59 ($86, 76 euros) to £77.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about his ability to remain focused on the job at hand with the German champions after committing his future to Premier League side Manchester City as of next season.
"I'm like a woman, capable of doing multiple things at once," Guardiola told reporters on Friday, in his first appearance since signing a three-year deal to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at City next term.
Manchester City's home supporters will have their first opportunity to begin a drawn out farewell to Manual Pellegrini when their team face Leicester in a contest that will play a major role in deciding the Premier League title race.
Until Monday's announcement that City boss Pellegrini will be replaced by Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, it appeared this game would be all about first place in the table and the displays of City's Sergio Aguero and Leicester's Jamie Vardy, two of the division's most in-form stars.
Gary Neville could take charge of Valencia for the final time should he fail to deliver a league win at the ninth attempt when his side travel to fellow strugglers Real Betis on Sunday.
Neville's terrible run of five points from eight La Liga games since taking charge in December was compounded as Valencia suffered their heaviest defeat in 23 years with a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday.
Two players, one name, but who is best? Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo might share the same name, but we thought we’d sit down and calculate which one is the king. Calculate? Yes, we are comparing hard facts here, let’s see who will emerge victorious from a battle of numbers.
On the one hand, Ronaldo's professional soccer career spanned 18 years and during that time he played for a variety of clubs, including the mighty Real Madrid.
The first match of this weekend's Premier League action sees title contenders Leicester City travel to Manchester City knowing that a win at the Etihad will see them go at least five points clear at the top of the table.
The Foxes have been the most consistent side all season and they have continued to prove their naysayers wrong with each passing game.
The year 2016 got off to a good start for the USMNT with a 3-2 victory over Iceland. A last minute winner from Steve Birnbaum capped off an entertaining game. Now the US must turn their focus to the next game as they look to close the January Camp on a high note against Canada.
Sunday's win over Iceland was not the best performance from the US, but after the way 2015 played out most fans and coach Jurgen Klinsmann will take the win.
Chinese club Jiangsu Suning's 50 million euro ($56 million) signing of Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday saw the Chinese Super League overtake the English Premier League in spending during the winter transfer window, the transfermarkt website said.
Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira became China's third record signing in just over a week on Friday when Jiangsu Suning snapped him up for 50 million euros ($56 million) following earlier interest from English giants Liverpool.
China's latest monster move came only three days after Guangzhou Evergrande paid 42 million euros for Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez, and nine days after Jiangsu's 28-million-euro purchase of Ramires from Chelsea.
LastWednesday, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong who started the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final for the Netherlands and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City. De Jong is yet another prestige signing for MLS' signature club but raises questions about how he got to MLS and why he is signing.
The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with NBC Sports' lead announcer for the Premier League. Arlo White.
During the interview, Arlo White previews Southampton versus West Ham United, and discusses whether the Hammers can climb into the top four, as well as how the NBC crew watch the NBC coverage before games from the Premier League stadiums.
Congratulations to the Bundesliga and FOX Sports on the record-breaking audience of 468,000 who watched Stuttgart against Hamburg on the over-the-air FOX network last Saturday.
The 468,000 number is the biggest audience ever on US television for a live Bundesliga match. With it being the first of 8 live Bundesliga matches that FOX will be showing this season, the game won't hold the record for long.
Fearing a possible walkout on the Rio Olympics by its Women's World Cup championship side, the US Soccer Federation has filed a lawsuit against its women's players union.
The move, made late Wednesday in US District Court at Chicago, asked the court to confirm the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been in place since 2013 and is set to expire at the end of this year.
Whether it's World Soccer Talk, NBC Sports or the most watched news bulletin in the UK, people just cannot stop talking about Leicester City.
Leicester fans have been living in dreamland since April 18 after the club beat Swansea and that slim possibility of safety became clearer. Not to be swayed by the departure of Nigel Pearson, the arrival of Claudio Ranieri ensured that the dream continued.
MLS' Discovery Rule is attracting plenty of attention because of the dispute between Orlando City and DC United over the dealings with Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino. DC United has a discovery claim on the player and were attempting to negotiate with him until it emerged that Orlando City had offered him a contract worth about 22% more annually.
It is fairly safe to say that Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is not exactly the most well-liked player in the Barclays Premier League. Some of the Frenchman's criticism is justified (he does miss his fair chances in front of goal), some is not (Giroud has been labeled a "donkey" by many); however, when looking into the statistics, the striker certainly holds his own against other players in his position that cost three times the reported £9.
The battle for the FIFA presidency has turned into a grueling round-the-globe marathon for the five candidates but observers say they are avoiding the real problems facing the scandal-infected world football body.
With Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino leading the pack, many will descend on an African congress in Rwanda on Friday and quickly move on to Miami for a meeting of north and central American soccer nations.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila is adamant his side are good enough to retain their Scottish Premiership title despite Aberdeen cutting their lead at the top of the table to three points following a 2-1 defeat at Pittodrie on Wednesday.
A wonder strike from Jonny Hayes, who was playing with 18 stitches in his hand after being attacked by a dog, and a debut goal from Simon Church gave Aberdeen hope of a first top flight title in 31 years.
The majesty of Jamie Vardy's goal for Leicester against Liverpool on Tuesday night will live long in the memory ofsoccerfans who witnessed it. If you were fortunate to watch it live, it's was incredulous. If you watched it on delay, it was still sublime. But if you lived in the United Kingdom, it wasn't on TV.
Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side's 7-0 Copa del Rey semi-final mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in football but he refused to quit.
Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat-trick as Barca rendered next week's second-leg meaningless with what Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch described as one of the worst results in the club's history.
Everton defeated Newcastle 3-0 for their first home win in the Premier League since November on Wednesday as the struggling Magpies were left inside the relegation zone.
Aaron Lennon was on target after 23 minutes while Ross Barkley tucked away two late penalties although Everton should have won more comfortably, being denied by the woodwork three times in six second-half minutes.
On this mid-week edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, hosts Kartik Krishnaiyer and Nipun Chopra review the 24th round in the Premier League, once that saw Arsenal continue to lose ground at the top of the table while Leicester City, the league's cinderella story, continue to establish their title credentials.
As Jamie Vardy's breathtaking shot plunged into the Liverpool net on Tuesday, the thought dawned on Leicester City's Premier League rivals that their title challenge might just be for real.
Leicester were top at Christmas, but a run of three games without a win prised them from the summit, seemingly fulfilling the prophecy that the Foxes would not stay the course over the season's second half.
Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy and his Leicester team-mates have been revitalized just in time for their crunch Premier League clashes with Manchester City and Arsenal.
Ranieri's shock table-toppers travel to City on Saturday before facing Arsenal with their confidence sky-high after underlining their title credentials with an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande smashed China's transfer fee record Wednesday when they announced a deal to secure Atletico Madrid's unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for 42 million euros ($46 million).
Martinez, 29, is the latest Europe-based player to move to the cashed-up Chinese Super League and was described as a "goal poacher" and "fox in the box" in a Chinese-language statement on the club's website.
Arsene Wenger shrugged off criticism that he should have signed a world-class goalscorer in the January transfer window despite acknowledging that Arsenal's finishing has been rather poor in recent weeks.
The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday as the Gunners created plenty of chances in a 0-0 draw with Southampton, but ultimately were denied on numerous occasions by the sheer brilliance of Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Brazilian authorities charged Barcelona and Brazil star striker Neymar on Tuesday with tax evasion and falsifying documents over a seven-year period.
The federal prosecutor's office alleged that the striker committed the crimes between 2006, when he was just a promising youngster at Brazilian football club Santos, and 2013, when he signed for Barcelona.
Ex-FIFA official Theo Zwanziger, who described Qatar last year as "a cancer" on world football, was told in court on Tuesday that his comments were covered by freedom of speech.
The 70-year-old trained lawyer appeared in Duesseldorf's regional court after the Qatar Football Association (QFA) filed a civil lawsuit for damages over his comments concerning the Arab state's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
It happens every season: the exodus of mid-level players from NWSL, citing a need to spend time with their families or get on with their post-soccer careers. You know, because they strung together a life while they played soccer but it's not going to pay the bills forever, so it's time for a real world job that pays a livable wage.
It seems the Parc des Princes cannot stop producing bad eggs.
Earlier this month, highly-rated young defender Marquinhos became the latest in a string of Paris Saint-Germain youth prospects to complain about their playing time. In context, the act is hardly outrageous. Manager Laurent Blanc opted, in a low-priority cup game, to field fellow youth prospect Presnel Kimpembe in place of David Luiz or Thiago Silva.
Arsenal young guns Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem receive a lot of attention when people discuss the next big prospect to go through the youth ranks and into the first team of the north London side. However, 19-year-old midfielder Alex Iwobi is beginning to turn heads as well.
Leicester have bobbled and tried to seize control of the Premier League's top spotfor much of the season but their rivals for the title are still hot on their back. Manchester City and Arsenal are just a win away from disposing them of first place and Tottenham Hotspur are five points adrift.
However after this comes Manchester United who not an immediate threat to Leicester as they are 10 points behind, and this is when Leicester's campaign gets interesting.
European champions Barcelona continue their quest for a second consecutive treble when Gary Neville's off-form Valencia visit the Camp Nou in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.
Valencia's run to the last four of the Cup has been the only positive of a difficult start for the England coach in his first managerial role.
English Premier League clubs' gross spending on transfers in the January transfer window reached a five-year high of £175 million ($250.1 million, 230.1 million euros), financial consultants Deloitte said on Tuesday.
The figure represented the biggest collective mid-season outlay by English top-flight teams since 2011 (£225 million), when Liverpool sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for a then British-record £50 million and used the proceeds to buy Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
A dream four years in the making was finally realized when Pep Guardiola was announced as Manchester City's next manager, a development the club's billionaire owners hope will transform world soccer on and off the field.
On it, the respected 44-year-old, currently seeing out his final season with Bayern Munich, will be handed the simple target of winning the Champions League within the three-year contract he has agreed, and which will pay him a reported 20 million euros ($21 million) a season.
Manchester City finally announced the news that has been long anticipated Pep Guardiola will be the club's new manager on a three-year deal beginning next season. Guardiola will finish this season with Bayern Munich while Manuel Pellegrini will see out the season with Manchester City. The Blues remain alive in four competitions including the League Cup where Pellegrini's side will face Liverpool in the final.
With so many people choosing to consume media online rather than through a cable subscription, it's easy to see why sites like Netflix are so hugely popular. It's pretty easy to watch great movies or shows online these days, but what's not so easy is getting high quality sports streams.
The Premier League is broadcast in 220 territories around the world, with only 16% of global viewers actually in the UK.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits he could follow John Terry out of Stamford Bridge if he doesn't force his way back into the starting line-up on a regular basis.
Terry surprisingly revealed on Sunday that he is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after being told by the club's hierarchy that he won't be offered a new deal when his current contract expires.
Two of the 5 over-the-air TV networks in the United States will be broadcasting European soccer games at the same time on Saturday when NBC features Southampton versusWest Ham United, while FOX shows Bayer Leverkusen against Bayern Munich.
Originally, FOX's high-profile game between Leverkusen and Bayern Munich was scheduled unopposed from Premier League competition on Saturday.
A stellar cast of soccer figures including Jose Mourinho and Luis Figo appeared in support of Gianni Infantino's FIFA presidential bid at an event at London's Wembley Stadium on Monday.
UEFA general secretary Infantino, who is bidding to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter in the February 26 election in Zurich, was accompanied by a host of glittering names from the game as he outlined his plans for the first 90 days of his presidency.
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has been handed a fine and a one-match ban by Serie A officials following a series of incidents at Sunday's 3-0 derby defeat to AC Milan.
Mancini was sent from the touchlines in the second half after arguing with the fourth official when the referee failed to award a penalty after Milan 'keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma clashed with striker Eder.
In four in and half years of service to Atalanta, German Denis became a modern club legend. After 152 matches and 55 goals for the Orobici, Denis signed off as the club's all-time leading foreign goal scorer.
As he set to bid arrivederci to the club on Saturday night, Denis provided Atalanta supporters with one last moment to remember him by, as he slotted home an 82nd minute equalizer against Sassuolo, before leaving to a standing ovation.
Kelechi Iheanacho concedes that he may have to bide his time for a regular place in the Manchester City line-up, ahead of Tuesday's Premier League visit to struggling Sunderland.
The 19-year-old Nigerian scored a slick hat-trick in City's 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, taking his tally in all competitions this season to eight goals from just five starts.
After Panini's huge success with their 2014 FIFA World Cup sticker collection, Panini has returned with a brand-new collection. But despite the name 'FIFA 365,' which sounds like it'd be a collection focused on national teams, 'FIFA 365' instead focuses on the best club teams and their players from around the world.
Chinese soccer clubs are splashing their cash in Europe, as wealthy owners embrace President Xi Jinping's vision of the sleeping Asian giant becoming a new heavyweight in the sport.
As January's European transfer window began to swing shut on Monday, clubs in the top two tiers of Chinese soccer had spent more than 200 million euros ($216 million) collectively on players, according to website transfermarkt, which tracks commercial developments in the sport.
Barcelona star Neymar and president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be called to give evidence this week in the murky case over the deal which brought the Brazilian to the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013.
Bartomeu is due to attend Spain's national court on Monday with Neymar to follow on Tuesday.
Louis van Gaal will risk the wrath of Manchester United's fans again on Tuesday when his side resume their push for a top-four Premier League finish against Stoke City.
Having talked up United's title chances following their 1-0 win at Liverpool, the manager saw his team fall to an abject 1-0 home defeat against Southampton on their last league outing, after which they were booed off by angry fans.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.
Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi idolises the Argentine soccer star but a jersey of his favourite player is beyond the means of his poor family in the volatile province of Ghazni near Kabul.
On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, hosts Richard Farley and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss what we learned about the Premier League from the fourth round of the FA Cup, where only two more top-tier clubs were eliminated from the competition. The duo will also spend the show's first segment discussing news John Terry will not be offered a new contract at Chelsea as well as the transfers that took place during the last weekend of this year's winter window.
Chelsea captain John Terry dropped a bombshell on Sunday by announcing he will leave at the end of the season after the club decided not to renew his contract.
"I was in (for talks) last week before the Arsenal game and it is not going to be extended," Terry, 35, told reporters after his side's 5-1 win at second-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup fourth round.