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Gundogan, Ozil meet German president after Erdogan controversy

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Berlin (AFP) – Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan met Germany president Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday in a series of clear the air talks following their controversial photos alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil expressed a desire to visit me,” Steinmeier posted on Facebook alongside a picture of him with the Germany stars in Berlin.

Gundogan, Ozil meet German president after Erdogan controversy

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Berlin (AFP) – Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan met Germany president Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday in a series of clear the air talks following their controversial photos alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil expressed a desire to visit me,” Steinmeier posted on Facebook alongside a picture of him with the Germany stars in Berlin.

Ex-footballer Ferdinand refused pro boxing licence

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London (AFP) – Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said Thursday he was “disappointed” after being refused a professional licence by British boxing authorities.

Ferdinand, coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, was being backed by betting company Betfair as part of the “Defender to Contender” challenge.

Ex-footballer Ferdinand refused pro boxing licence

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London (AFP) – Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said Thursday he was “disappointed” after being refused a professional licence by British boxing authorities.

Ferdinand, coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, was being backed by betting company Betfair as part of the “Defender to Contender” challenge.

Everton ask fans to rate Allardyce

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London (AFP) – Everton have asked fans to grade the performance of under-fire manager Sam Allardyce by giving him a mark out of 10 in a club survey.

Allardyce has endured stinging criticism from Everton supporters unhappy about his direct style of football and the team’s inconsistent results since he took charge in November.

Leicester deny Mahrez has retired after bizarre Facebook post

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London (AFP) – Leicester City confirmed on Wednesday that star forward Riyad Mahrez is not quitting football after a bizarre post appeared on the player’s Facebook page announcing he was retiring.

The post said the Algerian was retiring after a medical consultation, prompting an outpouring of disappointment from fans but also claims it was fake.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Totti confirms retirement to take Roma role

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Rome (AFP) – Roma legend Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement on Monday and will take a directorship role at the Serie A club.

The 40-year-old played his final game for Roma in May after 24 years with the capital-city side.

He had been linked with a possible move to either Japan or Major League Soccer, but wrote on Facebook: “The first part of my life as a football player is over and now another more important one is about to begin.

Facebook to livestream Champions League football games

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New York (AFP) – Facebook will broadcast Champions League matches for American internet users under a deal with Fox Sports, which will host the livestreams on its pages, the channel said Tuesday.

The partnership will involve two group matches per day, four round of sixteen games and the four quarter-finals of the 2017-18 season, in the social media giant’s latest foray into sportscasting.

Facebook scores deal to stream MLS matches

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Washington (AFP) – Facebook has struck a deal to stream matches from US-based Major League Soccer, in the latest social network tie-up for live sports.

At least 22 matches for the 2017 season which are broadcast in Spanish on Univision Deportes will be streamed on Facebook Live with English language commentators, under the deal announced by Major League Soccer and Univision.

Facebook scores deal to stream MLS matches

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Washington (AFP) – Facebook has struck a deal to stream matches from US-based Major League Soccer, in the latest social network tie-up for live sports.

At least 22 matches for the 2017 season which are broadcast in Spanish on Univision Deportes will be streamed on Facebook Live with English language commentators, under the deal announced by Major League Soccer and Univision.

NBC

How ESPN+, Facebook Live and NBC Sports Gold are impacting soccer viewing: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 68, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• The impact of ESPN+, Facebook Live and NBC Sports Gold is having on soccer viewing in the United States,

• Our analysis of the last 7-days of scintillating soccer coverage,

• The departure of one of the great daily soccer news and highlight shows from television,

• How commentator Peter Drury summed up the spirit of the Beautiful Game this week,

• Which network broke a historic US television record this week for soccer,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

How ESPN+, Facebook Live and NBC Sports Gold are impacting soccer viewing: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 68, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• The impact of ESPN+, Facebook Live and NBC Sports Gold is having on soccer viewing in the United States,

• Our analysis of the last 7-days of scintillating soccer coverage,

• The departure of one of the great daily soccer news and highlight shows from television,

• How commentator Peter Drury summed up the spirit of the Beautiful Game this week,

• Which network broke a historic US television record this week for soccer,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

NBC’s Premier League Pass will hurt growth of EPL in USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 33, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• NBC’s big change to next season’s Premier League coverage,

• Which massive soccer competition is going to be debut games on Facebook Live,

• Our latest analysis of the Confederations Cup TV coverage,

• News about the Gold Cup TV schedule, and more.

NBC’s Premier League Pass will hurt growth of EPL in USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 33, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• NBC’s big change to next season’s Premier League coverage,

• Which massive soccer competition is going to be debut games on Facebook Live,

• Our latest analysis of the Confederations Cup TV coverage,

• News about the Gold Cup TV schedule, and more.

Changes NBC needs to make to improve its EPL coverage next season: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 28, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• More examples of how Liga MX is dominating soccer on US TV,

• News about FOX’s plans for the Confederations Cup,

• How NBC Sports can improve its Premier League coverage next season,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Manchester United

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Pick Premier League about why Mourinho's comments on money are correct even if he won't be listened to.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about how Lingard's stats outshine the best players in his position in the league.

The Guardian talks to Rhian Brewster about the racism he's faced in football.

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Scott writes for ESPN about Mkhitaryan's worrying form.

Scott writes for IBFootball about how the return of Zlatan could help Lukaku.

Scott writes for PickPremierLeague about Ashley Young's England recall.

BBC Sport reports on Patrice Evra's ban.

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Manchester United game against Benfica to stream live on Facebook

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Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday will be streamed on Facebook Live.

The match, which will be played at Estádio da Luz in Portugal, is scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm ET. On television, the game is only available via FOX Deportes, which can be streamed through fuboTV.

Manchester United game against Benfica to stream live on Facebook

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Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday will be streamed on Facebook Live.

The match, which will be played at Estádio da Luz in Portugal, is scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm ET. On television, the game is only available via FOX Deportes, which can be streamed through fuboTV.

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Scott reviewed the players against Rostov for ESPN.

Scott wrote for ESPN about how Zlatan's ban is Rashford's time to shine.

The Guardian talks about Suarez's cheating in Barcelona's incredible comeback.

The Telegraph claims Ibrahimovic has an offer from the MLS.

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Soccer on TV

Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games

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After streaming four English-language UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live this month, World Soccer Talk has learned that Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream the games.

So far this month, FOX Sports has streamed four Champions League games exclusively online and has prevented them being shown live on television.

Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games

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After streaming four English-language UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live this month, World Soccer Talk has learned that Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream the games.

So far this month, FOX Sports has streamed four Champions League games exclusively online and has prevented them being shown live on television.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The Confederations Cup once again takes center stage this weekend as the group stage closes out on Friday and Saturday. There is still much to play for in the World Cup warm-up event. Seven of the eight teams playing still have a shot at making the semi-finals.

Portland Timbers

Around The Forest: FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dead at 72

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Minnesota United signs New Zealand international, Sebastián Blanco goes on record about his favorite things and more!

Portland:

Plugged In | Sebastián Blanco's love for Argentine rock and Facebook | Portland Timbers
It's a busy world with apps, phones, music, books, video games and more.

U.S. Open Cup Draw: Time and livestream

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Sounders will face one of Republic, Earthquakes or Galaxy.

With the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup completely in the books, the Seattle Sounders will know their Round of 16 opponent shortly. U.S. Soccer has scheduled the draw for 8 a.m. on Thursday and it will be livestreamed on Facebook.

Video Assistant Referee

Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

The Rest

‘Too Good To Ignore’ – Yeovil Defender Tom James Awarded EFL Goal Of The Weekend For Magnificent Own-Goal Against Notts County (Video)

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Yeovil Town didn't leave Notts County with an awful lot to crow about after slumping to a heavy 4-1 defeat against the automatic promotion hopefuls.

However, the Glovers now have at least one accolade to show for their efforts after the EFL awarded their 'Goal of the Weekend' nod to defender Tom James.

Hack Attack? Riyad Mahrez Announces Shock ‘Retirement From Football’ On Official Facebook Page

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Leicester City fans likely suffered palpitations this morning when they awoke to find Riyad Mahrez had apparently announced his sudden retirement from football via his official Facebook page.

Right beneath his blue tick, the Foxes star declared that he was "staying away from football" forevermore after being told to do so by his doctors.

Lee Dixon Interview: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 58, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An interview with NBC Sports analyst Lee Dixon about the wonderful new documentary entitled 89 that’s now available in the United States through Amazon,

• News about Rebecca Lowe’s temporary replacement at NBC while she’s in Korea,

• Facebook is making big moves to try to acquire soccer rights and much more.

Italian FA Launch Investigation Into Piero Giacomelli After Referee Alleged To Operate Facebook Account Using Pseudonym ‘Jack O’Melly’

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It's been an iffy few days for Serie A referee Piero Giacomelli, who currently finds himself at the centre of an Italian football federation (FIGC) investigation into an alleged breach of their stringent regulations pertaining to personal social media use.

If you're struggling to place the name, Giacomelli was the referee who, after denying Lazio a penalty and administering Ciro Immobile with a soft red card during a recent league game against Torino, became embroiled in a vendetta that saw hundreds of angry Biancoceleste fans bombard his cafe's Tripadvisor page with negative reviews.

US World Cup disaster exposes USSF, FOX Sports and MLS: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 47, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• How FOX Sports reported on one of the biggest weeks in US Soccer history,

• Our experiences with YouTube TV and whether it’s a winner for soccer fans,

• Latest TV rights news for Serie A and LaLiga, as well as

• Our thoughts on Facebook Live’s latest coverage of the UEFA Champions League.

Diego Costa Pens Obligatory Open Letter To Chelsea Fans After Wrapping Up Atletico Madrid Return

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It's done. Diego Costa has officially returned to the employ of Atletico Madrid, with the striker's Chelsea exit confirmed by both parties on Tuesday night.

The transaction, said to be valued in excess of £50million, will take effect on the first day of January, 2018 the day on which Atleti's current transfer embargo is lifted.

Arsenal: Ian Wright Goes In Two-Footed On Mesut Ozil After Latter Implores Club Legends To ‘Stop Talking And Start Supporting’

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has bitten back at Mesut Ozil after the latter politely requested that overly critical ex-Gunners should "stop talking and start supporting" the current team in a social media message posted recently.

Marking the fourth anniversary of his arrival at the Emirates, Ozil published a lengthy message on Facebook in which the nimble German forward made reference to the nigh-on constant, one-note criticism he continuously receives from all and sundry all the time.

The Peel Episode 37: Texas Derby Feels

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Post Texas Derby feelings

Another Texas Derby match in the books and El Capitan is still up for grabs. Josh and Justin talk about the derby and the up coming Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match versus Sporting Kansas City and the league match at Colorado Rapids Soccer Club. Also, the just will discuss the call-ups for the USMNT for the Gold Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann dismisses links to Sunderland job

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Jurgen Klinsmann's name always seems to pop up when it comes to vacant managerial positions, but the former U.S. Men's National Team head coach insists his latest link isn't legitimate.

Over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported that German manager was being targeted as Sunderland's next manager.

Centennial 38's Thoughts On The Direction Of The Rapids

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Copying this from the C38 Facebook feed. I fully support this statement:

Centennial 38 would like to publicly express its concern and disappointment over the direction the Colorado Rapids has been taking over the last six months. Coming off of a historically successful 2016 season, supporters were buzzing with excitement.

MLS, Univision partner to broadcast matches live on Facebook

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MLS is set to unveil a whole new way of watching the league.

The league announced a new partnership with Univision and Facebook on Friday that will seeAa least 22regular season matches broadcast live on the social network. Matches typically broadcast on Univision in Spanish will be availableto live stream in English in the U.