No, I am not suggesting that Mikkel Diskerud is a pyromaniac. Or even that he loves old school Def Leppard. It is just time to shed a little (but not all) light on the chase scene for his free agent services. There will be a full MLS report on this probably tomorrow, but for now I can now confirm he currently has interest from clubs in MLS, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and two western European
FIFA today announced that after an 18-month investigation by former New York district attorney Michael Garcia, there is not sufficient evidence to justify stripping either Russia or Qatar of the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.
German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled that there was not enough evidence to justify re-opening the process.
Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sepp Blatter has been urged to publish the full Michael Garcia report
The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly reveal the details of Michael Garcia's report, that led to the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process.
3 Football Blogs we're enjoying this week: Manchester City's Bitter, post-Soviet football & Scotland is a post from: Just Football
Continuing our football blogs we're enjoying this week feature it's time to bring you three more to tuck into. After last week's long-awaited revival of the series this week we bring you another three sites which we don't think you should miss.
Hulk and Andre Villas-Boas: A Match Made in Heaven is a post from: Just Football
It's not always easy to pick out exactly how much of a player's performance is down to his manager as opposed to his own natural talent. Credit for sparkling form is therefore often dished out on the basis of how fashionable the manager or player is at the time.
FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying.
This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was, in fact, a practical joke.
Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not only will Telemundo be airing the world's largest soccer tournament four years from now, but they will also begin broadcasting additional FIFA soccer events starting in 2015.
For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the games global reach now spans everywhere from South Korea to Ghana, from Qatar to Belgium and FIFA has responded by taking the competition to new territories.
In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?
What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk..
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that his country will spend $20 billion on hosting the 2018 World Cup, which will see 11 host cities building stadiums and infrastructure spanning 1,500 miles across the country.
With the 2018 World Cup only four years away, let's take a look at the posters for the official World Cup host cities:
Kaliningrad Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Moscow Rostov On Don Sochi Saransk Volgograd Saint Petersburg Ekaterinburg Samara
Russia Unveils Official Posters For World Cup 2018 Host Cities [PHOTOS] is a post from World Soccer Talk.
Fabio Capello Where Did It All Go Wrong? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After leading Russia out of the 2014 World Cup without a single win, the Fabio Capello paradox seems to be stretching even wider. From a managerial genius of clubs to a managerial failure internationally, we uncover where Fabiohas gone so badly wrong.
Algeria advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in the nation's history with a 1-1 Group H draw against Russia. Fabio Capello's Russian side was highly touted entering the tournament but ultimately underwhelmed.
By contrast, Algeria who failed to record a goal in all three group games in 2010 were a high-flying side in this World Cup.
Algeria 1-1 Russia: North Africans through to the last 16 after smash-and-grab - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A second half goal fromIslam Slimani secured a crucial draw for minnows Algeria, with the point ensuring they progress to the last 16 for the very first time in their history, and condemning Russia to a third successive group stage exit.
Algeria vs Russia 2014 World Cup Goals Kokorin Slimani Akinfeev Laser Video June 26 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Algeria vs Russia 2014 World Cup Goals Kokorin Slimani Akinfeev Laser Video June 26 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Algeria vs Russia 2014 (Algerie Russie VIDEO BELOW) Arena da Baixada, Curitiba- 26 June, 2014- 21.
Who will the USA play on Tuesday? Will it be Belgium or Algeria. A draw for Algeria may be enough to help them advance depending on what South Korea does against Belgium. If Algeria finishes second in the group, they'll play Germany on Monday.
Where to watch -
For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.
Algeriav Russia Preview: Can ex-England boss guide Russia to Round of 16? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Group H draws to a close tomorrow with the North Africans, Algeria, playing Russia in Curitiba. Algeria are currently sitting on 3; from a win against Korea and a loss to Belgium, whilstRussia havejust a solo point; from their draw with Korea and they also lost to Belgium.
Belgium vs Russia World Cup 2014 Maracana Group H Origi Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Belgium vs Russia World Cup 2014 Maracana Group H Origi Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Belgium vs Russia 2014 (Belgique-Russia VIDEO BELOW) Maracana Stadium- 22 June, 2014- 17.
Belgium 1-0 Russia: Origi's late strike sends Red Devils through to the last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Belgium had to rely on 19-year-old Divock Orgi's strike late on as the Red Devils qualified for the last 16after edging past Russia at theMaracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The majority of the encounter will certainly not be remembered by the fans, with the game monotonous at times,but in the end it was Eden Hazard's individual brilliancewhich allowedOrigito secure the win andsend Marc Wilmots' side through to the knockout stages.
The game between Belgium and Russia was not one for the purists, and was an uninspired affair save for a moment of brilliance from Eden Hazard. Belgium managed to secure their berth in the knockout stages albeit unconvincingly whilst Russia must win and hope that the Red Devils do them a favor against South Korea.
On the last day in the second round of group matches, we witnessed the up and coming stars of Belgium take on Fabio Capello's Russia. Two teams with very different styles of play, Belgium playing attacking free flowing football while the Russians sat back trying to nick a goal on the break or from a set piece.
So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez's World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country's next nine international fixtures.
Gli Usa del tedesco Klinsmann cedono di misura alla Germania (non c'è stato il tanto annunciato "biscotto", con il pari passavano entrambe senza , ancora vittoriosa con lo scatenato Muller, capocannoniere del Mondiale con 4 reti in coabitazione con Messi e Neymar, ma festeggiano ugualmente l'accesso agli ottavi di finale.
And so, this is it. The final pair of group matches at Brazil 2014.
Belgium head the group and are already in the second round. They need a point to guarantee that they will finish top but in reality, they are likely to whatever happens, bar some very strange results. Their opponents, South Korea, have been completely unremarkable in the tournament but could still qualify with a win tonight.
Un gol di Origi, subentrato all'inconcludente Lukaku, regala al Belgio di Wilmots (decisiva la sua mossa, ndr) la vittoria contro la Russia di Capello e la qualificazione agli ottavi con 6 punti in due gare (3 gol fatti e uno solo subito, ndr). Si complica tantissimo, invece, la strada verso la fase ad eliminazione diretta [.
There have been big expectations to Belgium for this tournament. But the team has not lved up to the expectations despite winning their first two matches. Today Belgium and Russia combined to play one of the dullest matches of the tournament. It looked like a boring 0-0 until the last five minutes when Belgium finally decided to play some football, and Divock Origi scored the winner for
Today, Belgium will face Russia in the Maracanã in what is likely to be a pivotal encounter. Victory in the day's early kickoff (Noon Eastern time/1pm local time) would see either side take control of a wide-open Group H. Both teams last played on Tuesday, Belgium were unconvincing in their defeat of Algeria while Russia rallied to take a point in a labored match with South Korea.
Amidst huge protests against organizing 2018 World Cup in Russia that has led many to doubt about the venue, FIFA has declared full support for organizing 2018 World Cup in Putin's territory.
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has clearly opposed all boycotts of World Cup 2018 in Russia & has whole heartedly backed all preps undertaken by Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration for the esteemed mega event.
Ferma la Serie A, tocca alle Nazionali sfidarsi nelle gare di Qualificazione ad Euro 2016. Il Programma della 2^ giornata inizia questa sera, alle 20 e 45, con il big match tra Svezia e Russia. Ibrahimovic è in dubbio, solo all'ultimo sapremo se il campione svedese del Psg sar protagonista contro la nazionale di Fabio [.
Bad day at the office? Spare a thought for Cheadle Town FC...
FT: Cheadle Town 0-22 Russia U19
— Cheadle Town FC (@CheadleTownFC) October 5, 2014
A cursory glance at Cheadle Town's Twitter timeline shows Russia scored their first goal just four minutes in, before further adding to their tally in the 13th, 18th, 25th, 30th, 33rd, 38th, 42nd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 50th, 54th, 57th, 62nd, 67th, 68th, 69th, 73rd, 76th, 80th and 83rd minute before easing up for the final stretch.
In the time-honored tradition of annoying visitors ahead of a big match, there was a fire alarm pulled in Bayern Munich's Moscow team hotel on Sunday night (they play CSKA in the Champions League today). One photographer snapped the above pic of Arjen Robben standing outside in a blanket, and naturally a Photoshop genius somewhere went quickly to work.
What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk of soccer and the US Men's National team.
Portugal 2 - Ghana 1 NSC Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo A late Ronaldo goal sunk the Black Stars, who needed to win at least 2-1 to progress onward from the Group of Death. The United States somewhat comfortably moved on despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, in part because of this game's result. Belgium 1 - South Korea 0 NSC Man of the Match: Not Steven Defour A red card to Defour brought