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Sports >> Soccer

Day 9 winners/losers: Why Brazil is still favored
Brazil hasn't been at its best at the 2018 World Cup, but it got its breakthrough late on Friday, and showed why it's still the title favorite.
06/22/2018 - 04:12 PM

 

Mexico star pleads with fans to stop chanting homophobic slur during World Cup games
Mexico’s star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has appealed to fans attending the team’s World Cup games to stop chanting homophobic slurs against their opponents. His team’s shock 1-0 victory over Germany in the opening round of group stage matches was overshadowed somewhat by their fans allegedly crying “p---” every time the opposing team’s goalkeeper took a goal kick. The term is homophobic slang for a male sex worker. On Monday, FIFA announced they had opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after the reported chants. Mexico, along with a number of other Latin American countries, were fined by FIFA during World Cup qualifiers because of similar slurs at opposing players. Although
06/21/2018 - 10:15 AM

 

Uganda police arrest 15 refugees after four killed in fight during World Cup game
By Andrew Bagala KAMPALA (Reuters) - A fight erupted in a refugee camp in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match and four people were killed, police said, adding they have arrested 15 refugees from South Sudan in connection with the bloodshed. Uganda is host to an estimated 1.4 million refugees, including more than a million from South Sudan where a five-year-old civil has killed tens of thousands and uprooted an estimated quarter of the population of 12 million. Fighting in South Sudan has increasingly followed ethnic lines.
06/22/2018 - 01:59 AM

 

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage. Both players put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania's flag. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers. "I think about this, I don't want to speak," said Shaqiri, who also took off his shirt after scoring. "In football, you have always emotions. You can see what I did, and it's just
06/22/2018 - 04:16 PM

 

UPDATE 3-World Cup Standings
Jun 22 (OPTA) - Standings for the World Cup on Friday Stage : Group Stage Group A P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Russia 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 6 2 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 3 Egypt 2 0 0 2 1 4
06/22/2018 - 03:55 PM

 

Saudi Minister Tweets Barb at UEFA Chief in TV Rights Row
From left, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) The Associated Press By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the 2022
06/21/2018 - 05:38 PM

 

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup
next prev MOSCOW –  Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday — wearing the laminate fan ID card required for all people attending World Cup games in Russia.  "We had small talks," Blatter, who converses with Putin in German, told reporters Thursday. "We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team." The 82-year-old Blatter is serving a six-year ban from official football duties for financial misconduct
06/21/2018 - 06:53 AM

 

Saransk swells from building boom of World Cup proportions
Valerie Fayzullina expresses a hopeful sense of wonder as she stands near a wire sculpture of a soccer player, in the shadows of eight new apartment high-rises and a freshly finished stadium that will host stars as big as Cristiano Ronaldo this month. Like many Saransk residents, Fayzullina was incredulous upon learning the World Cup was coming to her quiet, obscure community 400 miles east of Moscow in rolling hills where white puffs of pollen from poplar trees create the illusion of summer snow flurries. "Knowing how my city was — like, the state of my city back then — I'm like, 'We're not ready,'" Fayzullina, who'll soon turn 24, said in English, recalling the announcement in 2012 that Saransk would be among 11 Russian cities hosting soccer's global tournament. Ultimately, the new buildings forming the Tavla complex next to the stadium are supposed to house permanent residents in around 900 apartments.
06/22/2018 - 06:32 AM

 

Feline fortune-teller Achilles backs Brazil to beat Costa Rica
Five-times champions Brazil have struggled to get out of the blocks and were held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opening Group E match last week. Achilles lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum and is deaf, which according to his caretakers, helps him go about making predictions without distractions.
06/22/2018 - 06:53 AM

 

Peru and Morocco played beautiful soccer, and the World Cup punished them for it
If there is a lesson to be learned from the first few eliminations of this World Cup, it is a bleak one. Russia 2018 does not care for your pretty football. Peru and Morocco have both spent two games weaving delightful patterns between both boxes, but haven’t actually managed to score any goals. As such, they’re going home. For those that have accepted their inner Galeano — the beggars for good soccer, hands outstretched, pleading for a pretty move — this is serious gutpunch. Apart from anything else, it’s a tragedy of scarcity. This World Cup will be made up of 64 games, but Peru and Morocco will only be involved in a paltry six. And two of those will be meaningless, at least for our beautiful
06/22/2018 - 01:00 AM

 

After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team
next prev MOSCOW –  A photo of a scribbled team lineup, spotted in the hands of an assistant coach, threatens to sour the unusually cordial World Cup relations between the England team and its traveling media pack. Four years after the team leadership banned reporters for snooping on closed training sessions in Brazil, the latest prying took place in open training. While counterparts had their lenses tracking the players before Sunday's game against Panama, the London Evening Standard newspaper's Jeremy Selywn snapped a piece of paper in the hands of Steve Holland showing players in formation. Now the England camp is actually asking media: Are you with us or against us? "Try to keep it to yourself
06/22/2018 - 10:59 AM

 

Liverpool to lose $82m Alisson to Real; Klopp turns to Lazio GK?
Dominant Brazil needed stoppage time to find a way past Costa Rican backstop Keylor Navas and pick up a 2-0 win in Saint Petersburg on Friday. Neymar embarrassingly saw an awarded penalty overturned when he flopped instead of shooting following a tug from Giancarlo Gonzalez, but Philippe Coutinho toe-poked a shot through Navas’ legs in the first of six stoppage time minutes. Neymar would later add a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time from Douglas Costa. Brazil finishes the group stage with Serbia, while Costa Rica waits on Switzerland. Brazil controlled the first 12 minutes of the match, but Costa Rica just missed a bid to make it 1-0 against the run of play. Deportivo La Coruña midfielder
06/22/2018 - 02:11 PM

 

England fans filmed giving Nazi salutes at World Cup
(CNN)A video showing a group of England fans singing anti-Semitic songs at a Russian bar is being investigated by British police. The footage was reportedly shot in Volgograd, where England was playing Tunisia in its opening World Cup game on Monday. "The abhorrent behavior seen in this video is completely unacceptable and it will not be tolerated," said Detective Superintendent Caroline Marsh, Britain's investigations lead for the Russia World Cup, according to Reuters.
06/21/2018 - 09:32 AM

 

Hierro's not here to be Spain's caretaker
Sid Lowe KAZAN, Russia -- "I'm the national team coach," said Fernando Hierro, pausing for a moment before adding: "We have to get used to that." He stopped again, laughed a little and then said: "We all do, don't we?" It had taken a good few days and it had taken a match or two as well, standing there on the touchline, but now it seemed that he at least was doing just that. Late on Wednesday night in Kazan, Spain had just defeated Iran 1-0. It was Hierro's second game in charge but there was something about it -- something about what he said, too -- that made it feel almost as if it was his first. This is the beginning of something. Whether good or bad remains to be seen, but it was different.
06/21/2018 - 02:08 PM

 

Why Mexico is the World Cup's biggest loser despite sterling start in Russia
Mexico soccer fans flooded the streets of Mexico City to watch their long-shot game against Germany. Two monitoring systems picked up an artificial temblor during the celebration of Mexico's first and only goal. MOSCOW — It doesn’t feel like it after such a spectacular start to the tournament, but Mexico is the biggest loser at the World Cup. Wait, check that, it is the biggest loser in history. That’s right. No team has lost more games, more frequently, across the entire 88-year journey of soccer’s finest competition, as the team known as El Tri, the one that currently carries the hopes of its nation’s collective happiness upon its green-and-white clad shoulders. Yet before you start thinking
06/21/2018 - 08:23 AM

 

At World Cup, Nigeria's stylish soccer jersey wins fans -- and fakes
If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Nike should be pleased. Surging demand for the fashion hit of the World Cup -- Nigeria's soccer jersey -- is spawning counterfeits. Since the uniform was unveiled in February, five months before the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia, Nigeria's Super Eagles soccer team was scoring points with both fans and more casual watchers of the "beautiful game." Designed by Nike, the neon green and white zig-zag jersey piled up as many as 3 million pre-orders, according to Nigeria's soccer federation. After selling out on the sports giant's website within hours of release and creating round-the-block lines outside Nike stores, the jersey is now fetching
06/22/2018 - 01:40 PM

 

The 32 ep9: Manchester United legend Andy Cole on why Ronaldo is better than Messi at World Cups
The Old Trafford star guests on Yahoo Sport's brilliant daily World Cup show.
06/22/2018 - 05:23 AM

 

Saudi Arabia take positives for Asian Cup after Russia exit
By Julien Pretot ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia are looking toward the Asian Cup with hope after they showed signs of progress in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday. The Saudis were crushed 5-0 by hosts Russia in the opening game of Group A before a goalkeeping blunder from Mohammed Al-Owais handed Uruguay their place in the last 16 and eliminated the Green Falcons. Saudi Arabia, however, were competitive throughout, playing neat football and enjoying most of the possession at the Rostov Arena.
06/21/2018 - 07:55 AM

 

The 18 teenagers to score in the World Cup finals
On Thursday, France striker Kylian Mbappe became the nation’s youngest ever scorer in the World Cup.But he’s not alone – there are 17 other teenage scoring terrors who have scared the life out of defenders.Here’s a look at all 18 as we wonder if anyone
06/22/2018 - 12:51 PM

 

Russia World Cup coach wins graffiti honor
Stanislav Cherchesov is getting the big graffiti treatment in Russia after coaching the home team to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years. After Tuesday's 3-1 win over Egypt in St. Petersburg, his familiar moustachioed features appeared at a city intersection, spray-painted across a wall. "We just had to do it," said local artist Artyom Burzh, who started the painting after watching the match.
06/21/2018 - 03:49 PM

 

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo
next prev KALININGRAD, Russia –  The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not about an entrenched political dispute casting a shadow over their teams' World Cup showdown in Russia. Tensions have been building in Serbia before the Group E match Friday in Kaliningrad. Not between Swiss and Serbian fans, but between Albanian and Serbian supporters. That is because several players in the Swiss squad have Kosovo Albanian roots, including midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri who was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Switzerland coach
06/21/2018 - 02:26 PM

 

Nigeria beats Iceland to revive World Cup hopes
(CNN)Nigeria bounced back from their opening-game defeat and boosted their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd. Two delightful goals from the impressive Ahmed Musa secured Nigeria a first victory of the tournament and diminished Iceland's chances of making it into the last 16. Gylfi Sigurdsson squandered a late lifeline for Iceland, botching a penalty in the 80th minute which would have set up a grandstand finish. The Super Eagles are now second in Group D and their concluding group match against two-time champions Argentina will be billed as a winner-takes-all tie. Excitingly, Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland could still join
06/22/2018 - 12:57 PM

 

Manchester United: Brazilian Fred joins from Shakhtar Donetsk for £47m
Brazil midfielder Fred has completed his £47m move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk. The 25-year-old, who is currently at the World Cup in Russia, joins on a five-year-deal. He becomes manager Jose Mourinho's second signing this summer following Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot's arrival at Old Trafford. "This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team," said Fred. "To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed." Mourinho said: "Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our
06/21/2018 - 09:00 AM

 

Sterling: my daughter is Liverpool through and through!
Writing in The Players' Tribune, former Liverpool star Sterling said: "The other day, my daughter's running round the house singing a little song. Haaaaa! Mate, she don't give two Scooby-Doos about Manchester City. "She's running through the halls like Raheem Sterling, and you know what she's singing?
06/22/2018 - 06:49 AM

 

Soccer Fans Are Out-Drinking the Country of Russia
As the World Cup heats up in Russia, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans are running around the country, drowning their bitter sorrows and celebrating their raucous victories in tall glasses of cold beer. Unfortunately, the beer keeps running out. Somehow, Russia did not see this madness coming. Reuters reports that some bars and restaurants in Moscow are out of beer, and that deliveries are taking longer than usual. And no vodka for these fans; they're pretty much just drinking beer. “We just didn’t think they would only want beer,” said one waiter from Moscow, whose restaurant ran out of draft lager on Monday and is waiting up to 24 hours for fresh deliveries. Dmitry, a bartender in Moscow,
06/21/2018 - 10:16 AM

 

The Latest: Russia on pace for lowest-scoring World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:30 p.m. This World Cup is right on pace to be the lowest scoring ever despite no goalless games so far. Just 51 goals have been scored in 23 games going into Friday's play, at a rate of 2.217 per game. The rate was 2.212 at the 1990 World Cup in Italy — a tournament seen as a low point for exciting games. In 1990, the 24-nation format rewarded cautious play in the group stage by sending some third-place teams into the Round of 16. The most prolific World Cup in terms of scoring was 5.38 per game in 1954 hosted by Switzerland. In the 32-team tournament era, the record goals tally was 171 — a rate of 2.67 per game — in 1998
06/22/2018 - 06:33 AM

 

UPDATE 5-World Cup Summaries
Jun 21 (OPTA) - Summaries for the World Cup on Thursday (start times are GMT) Group Stage ................................................................. Denmark (1) 1 Scorers: C. Eriksen 7 Yellow
06/21/2018 - 03:55 PM

 

Messi 'light years' ahead of Maradona
Sergio Ramos hit back at Diego Maradona's comments that he was "not a crack" player by saying that Lionel Messi is the best-ever Argentina player. Maradona told Argentine TV station Telesur that although Real Madrid and Spain defender Ramos got more attention than Diego Godin, the Uruguay international was the better player. But speaking to reporters after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday, Ramos responded to the 1986 World Cup winner. "I respect him and Maradona was a great player, a 'crack,' for me," he said. World Cup 2018 must-reads "Obviously I am not going to judge individual opinions, but I will also say that, in Argentine football, they know very well that Maradona is light years
06/21/2018 - 07:53 AM

 

World Cup 2018: The best fancy dress costumes from football fans in Russia
The World Cup brings together fans from all over the world in a celebration of football – and colour. From the iconic yellow of Brazil and Sweden to the blue of France and Argentina, the one million fans who’ve descended on Russia have already made it a visual spectacle.
06/22/2018 - 09:49 AM

 

West Ham should persevere with Hernandez after Mexico exploits - Lazaridis
Stan Lazaridis believes West Ham should persevere with Javier Hernandez next season after the Mexican helped his national side to a surprise win over Germany.
06/22/2018 - 07:09 AM

 

UPDATE 3-World Cup Results
Jun 21 (OPTA) - Results and fixtures for the World Cup on Thursday (start times are GMT) Group Stage -------------------------------------- Denmark (1) 1 Australia (1) 1 France (1) 1 Peru (0) 0 Argentina (0) 0 Croatia (0
06/21/2018 - 03:52 PM

 

Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Roman Abramovich: What's going on at Chelsea?
Chelsea have reached the halfway point of their close season with no new signings and no player sales. And the reason for that is no-one, apart from owner Roman Abramovich, can really be certain about who their manager will be next season - and he's not telling. So what does this mean for the club's star players? And is Abramovich still fully committed to the club? The compensation issue When current boss Antonio Conte lifted the FA Cup after Chelsea beat Manchester United on 19 May, it was expected to be his last meaningful moment as manager. Despite adding a second trophy to the Premier League he won in 2017, his first season as Blues boss, even the Italian didn't seem convinced he would continue.
06/22/2018 - 01:50 PM

 

Orlando Pirates snap up AmaZulu's performance analyst Darian Wilken
Orlando Pirates have reinforced their technical team with the appointment of performance analyst Darian Wilken. The analyst has been working for Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit AmaZulu FC, who managed to retain their status in the top flight league last season. The Buccaneers have now snapped up Wilken from the KwaZulu-Natal giants.
06/22/2018 - 05:51 AM

 

The Latest: Argentine banned from World Cup for sexist video
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:30 p.m. An Argentina fan has been banned from attending World Cup matches after posting a sexist video in which he encouraged a Russian woman to say offensive things in Spanish. The video shows the fan asking the young woman who didn't understand Spanish to repeat provocative phrases. Argentine government security official Guillermo Madero, who is in Russia, told The Associated Press that the fan "won't be able to enter stadiums at the tournament and he won't be able to watch World Cup matches." Madero had filed a formal request with Argentine authorities, which then gave the fan's name to Russian security forces. The
06/21/2018 - 02:36 PM

 

England and injured coach want no more surprises vs Panama
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — England's players were taken by surprise once this week. They don't want a second shock on Sunday against the World Cup first-timers from Panama. The England squad members were taken aback when they got to a team meeting on Thursday to find coach Gareth Southgate with his right arm in a sling , the result of a fall while out jogging on his own the day before. The damage? A dislocated shoulder. The response from the players? Southgate says "as always, they were probably quite amused." This squad, one of the youngest at the World Cup, is a fresh start for England, which is taking a far more relaxed approach under Southgate. It can't be light-hearted against Panama,
06/22/2018 - 07:31 AM

 

Soccer-Match winner Mbappe draws praise from Deschamps
France coach Didier Deschamps hailed young striker Kylian Mbappe for his decisive contribution in the 1-0 victory over Peru in Yekaterinburg that enabled them to progress from Group C into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday. Mbappe, 19, became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup, prodding into an empty net on 34 minutes.
06/21/2018 - 02:58 PM

 

U.S. defender Lichaj seals move to Hull City
ESPN United States international defender Eric Lichaj completed his move to Hull City from Nottingham Forest on Friday. As reported by ESPN FC earlier this month, Forest were willing to sell the 29-year-old as he entered the final year of his contract. He has now signed a two-year contract with fellow Championship club Hull, who hold an option for a third season. "I'm excited about playing here and I'm looking forward to getting started with preseason next week," Lichaj said in a statement. "It's a fresh start for me and I want to repay Hull City for the faith that they have shown in me by bringing me here. I'll be working my hardest, as I always do, every day in training and on matchdays." Lichaj
06/22/2018 - 09:33 AM

 

World Cup 2018 groups: complete standings, tables and permutations
A few teams have qualified, a few have been eliminated and Argentina are on the brink. The 2018 Fifa World Cup's eight groups are shaping up nicely as we head through the second round of games – but who is in best shape to progress to the round of
06/22/2018 - 11:50 PM

 

Report: Minnesota United chasing Ecuadorian national teamer
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has given a sprawling interview, translated by France Football News, in which he discusses his history and his philosophies. The interview was conducted after Emery was dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain but before he was hired by the Gunners. It’s a fascinating read, with Emery going deep into his relationship with Neymar, the need for PSG to get an “A-ha” goal for its history books, and much, much more. The interview is with Marti Perarnau, the author of “Pep Confidential,” and there are plenty of good nuggets regarding the Manchester City boss, as well as Rafa Benitez, Zinedine Zidane, PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. It’s fairly clear that Emery figured he’d be going
06/21/2018 - 10:15 PM

 

Too many average foreign players prevent England's tournament winning youngsters playing for top clubs
Rob Lee says there are too many average foreign players in the Premier League taking up spots for young English players.
06/21/2018 - 08:01 AM

 

Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play have some of the biggest names at the World Cup off to a shaky start
06/21/2018 - 04:12 PM

 

How should Germany line up against Sweden?
After a complete debacle against Mexico, the German National Team finds itself in a very precarious position. While qualification to the Round of 16 isn’t in jeopardy (yet), a draw (or worse, a loss) to Sweden could be catastrophic. For the Germans to get out of this mess that they themselves have created, changes will be needed. What kind of changes? Well ... Second time’s the charm? First of all, Jones Hector should be returning to the lineup. To be fair to Plattenhardt, he was adequate in the game against Mexico, but Hector’s return should add some much needed defensive stability to the German flanks. Meanwhile, almost everyone and their dog thinks that Marco Reus should have started the first
06/22/2018 - 01:00 AM

 

Burger King apologizes for offensive Russian World Cup pregnancy ad
Burger King has apologized for an extraordinarily insensitive advertisement that promised Russian women a lifetime supply of free meals and a cash “prize” if they were to become pregnant with a child fathered by a World Cup soccer player. The chain launched the campaign on Russian social media outlet VK, promising a payment of $47,000 plus a lifetime supply of Whoppers. The offer was extended to “girls who manage to get the best football genes” and “lay down the success of the Russian national football team”, the indication being that the offspring produced by such liaisons would grow up to be soccer stars. In a statement released to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, Burger King's media relations department at its U.S. headquarters apologized for "the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online.
06/21/2018 - 06:26 AM

 

Crew Cuts: Berhalter explains shift in thoughts on national team coaching job
Gregg Berhalter tends to choose his words carefully. Listening to the Crew coach and sporting director discuss the idea of the United States men’s national team coaching job — in response to questions of the former USMNT defender being on most experts’ shortlists to land the position — it’s clear his words have changed. Last October, after the United States lost to Trinidad and Tobago and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, prompting the resignation of coach Bruce Arena, Berhalter said he didn’t feel he was ready for the job after less than two seasons with Hammarby in Sweden and four years with Crew SC. As the national team coach, you don’t get much practice; you’re sitting idle for a long time,” he said last October.
06/21/2018 - 03:57 PM

 

Sluggish French go through but once again fail to hit the heights at the World Cup
France eased through to the last 16 but questions regarding their legitimacy to be world champions are still to be answered. Peru for all the noise their 30,000 supporters created threatened little and go home following back-to-back Group C losses. It took a first-half Kylian Mbappe tap-in to earn the points, and from that moment on the French took their foot off the gas.
06/21/2018 - 12:54 PM

 

Mfon Udoh confident his return will boost Enyimba's title chances
Enyimba attacker, Mfon Udoh has expressed his confidence that his return from his lengthy injury will help boost the People's Elephant's league title ambition. Udoh hinted that it was difficult for him while he was out injured and that so many thoughts came through his mind but that he is happy to put the nightmare behind him as he concentrates on hitting his stride once more. “It has been a tough period for me but I am still grateful to God that I am back on my feet now and I am doing everything possible to regain my sharpness again,” Udoh told Goal.
06/21/2018 - 04:52 PM

 

Video Replay for Refs Is Making the World Cup Better
Soccer can be annoying, especially to those who watch only the big tournaments. There are too many fouls, baffling referee errors and players without a scratch on them rolling in the grass as if in unbearable pain — and too few goals. But the 2018 World Cup has been surprisingly different (with a few exceptions). The improvement probably comes down to a single rule change: Referees now have access to video replays. A little more than a week into the monthlong competition, it’s too early to know for sure how much the technology called Video-Assisted Referees will change the game. But there are signs it’s making it better. So far, there have been fewer serious fouls than usual and no referee errors
06/22/2018 - 02:00 AM

 

Fox Sports App Sees Big Lift From World Cup
The U.S. soccer team may not have qualified for the World Cup, but Fox Sports is still seeing a big boost in app downloads as soccer fans are looking to stream matches of the tournament. The Fox Sports app was the 3rd most downloaded iPhone app in the U.S. this past Monday, according to app analytics specialist App Annie. That’s especially notable considering its astronomic rise: On June 7, the same app hadn’t even ranked in the Top 1000 of most-downloaded iPhone apps in the U.S. The Fox Sports app has been equally successful on Android, where it also wasn’t  in the Top 1000 before the World Cup began. On June 18, it had become the 5th most downloaded app on Google Play. Fox has the English-language
06/22/2018 - 01:18 PM

 

Liga MX announces calendar for the 2018 Apertura
The FMF revealed its new calendar for the 2018 Liga MX Apertura season. The league is set to start on July 20th with Veracruz at home against Pumas. The season ends with the Second Leg of the Final, to be played on December 13th. The season is going to come with a couple of schedule changes for various teams, with the Tiburones Rojos being one of them, as they previously played all their home games on Sunday nights. The big one is America moving their games earlier on Saturday, from 9:00pm local time to 7:00pm. Monterrey, who also changed TV stations, will move from 7:00pm Saturday nights to 9:00pm. Xolos of Tijuana will move from Friday nights to Saturday nights on different hours (7:00pm or
06/22/2018 - 01:00 AM

 

Jorginho to Man City? Italian report, Noel Gallagher say so
A seemingly innocuous goal celebration performed by both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri has thinly veiled, politically charged undertones and could potentially land the pair in FIFA disciplinary proceedings following Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Serbia. Both displayed a bird hand signal as they celebrated scoring goals, and considering their pre-match comments, post-match social media posts, and ethnic backgrounds, those were clearly meant to represent the double-eagle symbol in the middle of the Albanian flag. This is a complicated political scenario, but it could be considered by FIFA to be politically provocative. Shaqiri is Albanian, born in Kosovo before moving to Switzerland with his parents and three siblings when he was just a year old.
06/22/2018 - 11:38 AM

 

Tunisia set to test Belgium's cup-winning credentials
By Mark Gleeson NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Belgium's credentials as a genuine outside bet for World Cup success face a tougher examination against Tunisia on Saturday after a relatively sedate opening against Panama. Roberto Martinez's star-studded squad emerged as 3-0 winners in their opening Group G game in Sochi on Monday but will likely find Tunisia a far more robust and defensively astute opponent when they meet at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. It will mean the creative acumen of captain Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will be vital if Belgium are to move closer to the second round and effectively end Tunisia's tournament.
06/21/2018 - 06:52 AM

 

 

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