Eight matches are being played tonight across the United States and Canada featuring some of the biggest names in world soccer including Manchester United, Liverpool, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma. For soccer fans that like to watch games on television, tonight is the biggest night since the World Cup Final ended on July 13.
The close season is, more than anything else, a time of change. Players and mangers come and go, club goals are reassessed and expectations molded. Similar to this summer, the corresponding months of 2006 also featured a World Cup, followed by its annual transfer merry-go-round.
That summer also featured change and uncertainty at one of the world's biggest clubs, Manchester United.
Manchester United have officially unveiled their new away shirt for the 2014/15 season.
United will be wearing a white shirt with black trim, black shorts and white socks as their away uniform for the 2014/15 season. The kit is designed and manufactured by Nike for the final season before adidas takes over the duty for 2015/16 season onwards.
With the announcement of Steven Gerrard's international retirement, after 38 games as captain and 114 appearances, attention was quickly turned to one question. Who will wear the captain's armband next for the Three Lions?
Frankly, England isn't littered with options. Perhaps that is part of the reason the English performed so poorly in Brazil.
Arsenal Football Club has announced its squad for this Saturday's friendly against New York Red Bulls in the 2014 New York Cup.
Arsenal footballers, manager Arsene Wenger and staff departed England earlier today on their way to New York City. Meanwhile, Arsenal supporters from across North American and England will be making their way to Harrison, New Jersey for Saturday's match, which kicks off at 5pm ET (and will be shown live on ESPN2).
How do we utilise Campbell this season? by KJ Joel Campbell has just tweeted that he's on his way back to England. It is too early to expect him to be ready for the game against the New York Red Bulls but I expect him to join up with the team next Thursday (as will [...]
As the Arsenal boss said the other day in his interview with Arsenal.com after the first pre-season game, having a summer tournament like the World Cup can make the club's preparations for the new season that bit more difficult. And with Arsenal having so many players like the French and German Gunners reaching the latter [.
Now I know we don't do politics, religion and all those things that make the world go round, but I felt I had to put a few words together to discuss the following. Many supporters have been asking for one of our major share holders to use his billions to buy Arsenal FC outright and spend some of that vast wealth on players.
Coming off of a season in which one Arsenal player, Olivier Giroud, scored more than half of the team's goals scored by forwards (22 out of 42), there was little doubt that the North London club would strengthen its front line before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. The Gunners quickly made moves by splashing $50 million for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and recalling youngster (and World Cup standout) Joel Campbell from a season-long loan at Olympiacos.
Arsene Wenger looks set to agree the £3million purchase of Nice and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, according to multiple sources. The deal has been reported on for a lengthy period of time and now it appears that the Gunners will be officially announcing the goalkeeper in the near future.
Ospina, 25, played in all of Colombia's World Cup games in an impressive run for the South Americans, before being eliminated by Brazil in the quarter finals.
With over a month still to go in the summer transfer window, Arsenal have already done some very good business, with David Ospina soon to be confirmed and with Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez already done and dusted. Plus, Arsene Wenger and Theo Gazidis have promised us more, so the Gunners will certainly have a [.
With the Premier League due to kick off in less than a month, Arsenal and all of our rivals are currently in pre-season, with plenty of training sessions, some friendly games and tours of far flung lands, as well as the odd tournament like the Emirates Cup. There are commercial reasons for some of this [.
I am still on a football break, if you can call it that. I missed Arsenal's first preseason match against Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon. I normally would have at least tried to watch this match. Over the last few years, I think I've only missed a handful of matches, competitive or otherwise.
DONE DEAL: Tottenham finally sign Liverpool target, plus two more deals confirmed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Swansea City left-back of last season, Ben Davies, has been confirmed as a new signing at Tottenham Hotspur today, fighting off interest from high-flying Liverpool. The Swans and the Lilywhiteshavebecome very co-operative of late with Michel Vorm also heading from South Wales to North London andGylfi Sigurdsson heading in the opposite direction.
Luis Suarez Replacing The Irreplaceable? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Be it the acquisition of a major international name, or the return of a prodigal hero, the flamboyant unveiling of a major signing by the world's biggest clubs has long since become part and parcel of the realm of modern football.
Iago Aspas, on loan at Sevilla from Liverpool, told the Spanish radio stationCadena Cope that he understands why his former team-mate Luis Suarez has been banned from playing. However, even though this latest offense is Suarez's third time biting someone, Aspas believes that the Barcelona striker's ban from all soccer-related activities is excessive.
Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star's final roll of the dice in 'favorite position' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Joe Cole has recentlycompleted an unexpected free transfer to struggling Premier League side, Aston Villa, and has stated that one of the key factorsbehind his decision was the chance to play in his favorite position: an attacking role in the center of midfield, just behind the strike-force.
Remy, Markovic, Can...Why it's an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan is a post from: Just Football
by Simon Denavi
Liverpool lived and died by the sword last season, with a simple philosophy to score more goals than they conceded. In the wake of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Brendan Rogers is having a second crack at this age-old football mantra.
Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have finalized the transfer deals between each club with Ben Davies and Michel Vorm heading to Spurs, while Gylfi Sigurdsson heads to Swansea.
But in this convenient series of transfer deals, who are the winners and losers? Surprisingly, there are more winners than losers in this deal, which is one of the reasons why the deals between both clubs make so much sense.
Chelsea has unveiled its third shirt for the 2014/15 season.
Chelsea's third shirt features an "electric blue" sound wave graphic on the front of the shirt that symbolizes the volume of support from the fans at every away game. Plus the shirt features the first use of dark navy since 2009/10 when Chelsea won the Premier League and FA Cup double, the only other time the club have worn a dark blue strip.
REVEALED: Chelsea 2014/15 Third Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea have unveiled their third 2014/15 kit by Adidas, with the new shirt offering a fresh, youthful design that includes the first use of dirk navy since 2009/10, when the club wonthe Premier League and FA Cup double.
Burnley recently announced their new kits for the 2014/15 season, with a traditional claret and blue and a daring all black away jersey.
As with such an historic club like Burnley, the home kit has been tampered with very little. Sky blue sleeves and piping surround the claret body, with the Puma logo on the right side of the chest and the Burnley crest matching it on the right.
For soccer fans in the United States, the Premier League has already rekindled many memories of getting up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons. The ritual among many adult soccer fans is now to watch Premier League games on NBCSN in those timeslots. But NBCSN has taken it once step further by bringing select Premier League matches into movie theaters every Saturday at 10am ET throughout the upcoming season.
Photos of Newcastle United's home shirt for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.
Honestly, I feel sorry for Newcastle United supporters. For a club with so much history (as well as several classic Newcastle shirts), it just feels that the club owners treat their fans as second class citizens.