When Lucas Perez was brought in from Deportivo La Coruna near the end of the summer transfer window, many fans and pundits assumed that the Spaniard would be a solid addition to the club. While not a world-class striker, Perez is a capable and versatile player. Whether being deployed up front as a center forward, out wide on the left flank, or perhaps even sitting just behind the number nine as a secondary striker, the 28-year-old certainly has the skill set to play for a top Champions League level club.
Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.
“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.
If you’re trying to find out how you can watch US Women’s National Team against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, you’ve come to the right place.
The US Women’s National Team competes in its first game on Wednesday in the second-annual SheBelieves Cup. As current holders, the pressure will be on the USA team to get a result against a German team that will be wanting to seek revenge.
If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Schalke in the DFB Pokal, you’ve come to the right place.
The quarterfinal of the DFB-Pokal features Bayern Munich hosting Schalke in a match that’ll determine which team advances to the semi-final. Despite Bayern being the obvious favorites, this could be Schalke’s ticket to save a disappointing season.
Madrid (AFP) – Real Sociedad missed the chance to leapfrog Atletico Madrid into fourth in La Liga as Pedro Leon’s 93rd-minute equaliser snatched a 2-2 draw for Eibar in a controversial Basque derby on Tuesday.
Juanmi’s header opened the scoring for Sociedad, but he was booked for showing a t-shirt honouring Pablo Raez.
Zurich (AFP) – Nigeria’s former football official Amos Adamu was on Tuesday banned for two years by world governing body FIFA for ethics violations.
Adamu, a former FIFA executive committee member and West African Football Union president, cannot take part in any “football-related activity at national and international level” for the next two years, FIFA said in a statement.
Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his side’s reliance on Lionel Messi is perfectly normal when you have “the best player in the world” on your side.
Messi has kept Barca’s La Liga title challenge alive with late winners in 2-1 wins over Leganes and Atletico Madrid in their last two outings to take his tally for the season to 35 goals in as many games.
Madrid (AFP) – Real boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy - but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.
Jese left Real Madrid for French champions Paris Saint Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($27 million).