England manager Roy Hodgson says that Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have "scotched" England's friendlies by scheduling post-season friendlies in the United States and, in Tottenham's case, The Bahamas.
Here's what Hodgson said:
"My thinking, which is based a lot on having been a club manager, is that they'll probably want a few days after the season ends, they won't want to go straight from the end of the season to us, so let them have a week and then we'll keep them a week and then they're free.
Soccer world, meet Jason Collins. On April 29 2013, the 34-year old professional basketball player became the first openly gay active athlete in the four major sports in the United States. Collins took the leap by writing his own article in Sports Illustrated, giving him a chance to tell his story.
What's next for Manchester United as the Red Devils try to predict a future without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm? The managerial mastermind jumped with joy as Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic stepped aside and allowed the living legend to hoist the Barclays Premier League for United's record 20th time.
And so the end has come once again, the moment every ardent soccer fan dreads; the final kick of the ball, the last high-pitched call of the whistle, and the customary sign-off from FOX Soccer and ESPN (in the States) and Gary Lineker and the boys (in the UK).
It has been a long and eventful season in the Barclays Premier League, a mixed bag of triumphs and tumult, and once again the red side of Manchester is caught up in jubilant victory songs.
In 30 seconds, this is everything that's wrong with FOX Sports. Even though the TV commercial below is focused on college football, it underlines what's broken with FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer. The sport should be the main focal point, not the announcer.
Titled"The Gus Johnson Effect: Everything's more exciting," the more appropriate title should be "The Gus Johnson Experiment: Everything that's wrong with FOX Sports.
New photographs of Arsenal's away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.
The new set of photos look to be professional ones from Nike (watermark excluded, of course). The images of Arsenal's new away shirt reveal a clean and classy design with a yellow shirt complemented by a blue trim.
Two weeks ago, we teased you with the trailer to a new short film by Copa90 entitled The Real Oviedo Story. As we mentioned, the Spanish club were close to going out of business, but thousands of people from around the world —including Premier League stars Michu and Santi Cazorla from the Premier League —pitched in and raised money to help save the club.
Aston Villa's Villa Park has been selected as the venue for the Premier League third-place playoff match, if the game will be necessary after Sunday to determine which team will finish third in the league this season.
If after Sunday's Premier League matches Chelsea and Arsenal find themselves level on points, goal difference and goals scored in the Premier League table, a third-place playoff match – the first time in the history of the Premier League will be necessary.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez will accompany his team immediately after the season ends on Sunday on the club's United States post-season tour where they'll play Manchester City in two friendlies — in St Louis and New York City.
Benitez's contract with Chelsea expires at the end of May, so he'll be managing Chelsea for their matches against Manchester City in St Louis on May 23 and in New York City on May 25.
Today's Copa Del Rey Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could have a lot of implications for the Premier League.
The match will be Jose Mourinho's final legacy at Real Madrid, where he has a chance to help the club win their 19th Copa Del Rey trophy. While Real Madrid have two league games remaining after this, the title has already been won by Barcelona, so he'll want to leave Real Madrid with another piece of silverware.