When you travel around a continent such as South America, you see boys playing soccer in the streets just like they did when their fathers were kids. All they really need is a ball. But for professionals these days, all they really need is a paycheck, which has been hard to come by in Peru.
In South America, many clubs havea large dependency on the Copa Libertadores tournament, which is a cash cow for South American teams.
With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard set to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Thierry Henry, by spending their final years as footballers in the United States, MLS has unfairly developed a reputation as a retirement leaguefor finished players. It's much more than that.
As a soccer fan living in the United Kingdom, I've heardfirst-hand the ignorant comments that MLS is commonly perceived as nothing more than a league for players past their prime — a place where former stars go to top up their pension fund and promote their image, before hanging up their boots for the final time.
Pepe is set to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper AS.
The Portuguese defender has been in talks with the club for several months, with earlier reports believing the centre-back would be offered a one-year extension in Madrid his current deal is set to expire in June 2016.
Premier League club Newcastle United is said to be considering a United States tour during the upcoming summer. While no specific cities or dates have been revealed just yet, it is thought that the club from northeast England are assessing their options for where to play their summer friendlies, and America appears to be at or near the top of their list.
The 11thof April boasts some intriguing Premier League fixtures but there's one game where football will be part of a larger tribute. That fixture is at the Hawthorns and it sees West Bromwich Albion face Leicester City.
The day and the game will be an emotional fare for every person connected to the Baggies as the club will honor a legend known to them simply as ‘the King'.
For most Manchester City supporters, the quality and design of the club's jerseys have been disappointing particularly when compared to the much more appealing Umbro shirts that preceded the Nike kit sponsorship deal.
But depending onyour opinion, Nike may have finally offered a ray of hope with its shirt designs for the 2015-16 season based on the leaked photos shown above and below.