USWNT clinches World Cup berth with ease
The U.S. women went up five goals after barely half an hour against Jamaica and won 6-0 in the CONCACAF Championship semifinals.
10/14/2018 - 10:10 PM
Germany at a new low after Dutch defeat - German players react
Germany players share their opinion on their recent shortfalls, following Saturday's UEFA Nations League defeat to the Netherlands.
10/14/2018 - 10:43 AM
Beating Germany would reaffirm French status as world champions - Kante
N'Golo Kante believes beating Germany in the UEFA Nations League would reaffirm France's status as world champions.
10/15/2018 - 01:01 AM
Real Madrid-linked Hazard rules out leaving Chelsea in January
Eden Hazard has refuted suggestions that he could look to leave Chelsea when the January transfer window opens. The Blues winger has long been linked with a switch to Real Madrid but, despite strong rumours he could make the move in the summer, he remained at Stamford Bridge.
10/14/2018 - 06:35 AM
USWNT obliterates Jamaica, qualifies for 2019 World Cup
Luke Shaw‘s return to form and fitness looks like it has been perfectly timed. The England international, still just 23 years old, is said to be close to signing a new long-term contract at Manchester United. Shaw’s current deal was due to run out this summer but according to Sky Sports he is ” very close” to agreeing an improved long-term deal. After overcoming a serious leg break in 2015 and several smaller injuries since, Shaw was then heavily criticized by current United manager Jose Mourinho on several occasions. It seemed like his career at Old Trafford was all but over last season. However this season only Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have played in more minutes in the PL for United than
10/14/2018 - 10:06 PM
Who will lead the Premier League head into the festive season?
The gap between first place and fifth place after eight weeks of last season in the Premier League was nine points, a departure from the norm.
The previous two seasons saw the lead at three points. It’s two this year.
Something that hasn’t changed?
10/14/2018 - 01:27 PM
Modric or French player will win Ballon d'Or - Kante
N'Golo Kante thinks either Croatia midfielder Luka Modric or a French World Cup winner could win the Ballon d'Or.
10/15/2018 - 11:53 AM
Gattuso admits Chelsea loanee Bakayoko must improve
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has opened up on Tiemoue Bakayoko’s difficult start to the season, amid reports the Chelsea midfielder could have his season-long loan deal with the Serie A side cut short. The 24-year-old was shipped out on loan by the Blues in the summer after an underwhelming first season in the Premier League following his big money arrival from Monaco. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in July, replaced Bakayoko by bringing in Jorginho from former side Napoli, whilst he also secured a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
10/14/2018 - 12:23 PM
Luke Shaw in talks over new Manchester United long-term contract
Luke Shaw is in advanced talks over a new long-term contract as Manchester United move to thrash out the defender’s future. Shaw will be offered a huge increase on his current £100,000 a week contract to complete a remarkable turnaround under manager Jose Mourinho. The England international’s deal runs out at the end of this season but United have initiated talks and are confident of sorting the terms this month.
10/15/2018 - 04:24 AM
Henderson: England and Liverpool have missed Lallana
England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the absence of Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana has been felt by club and country. Lallana has not started a game since March having injured his hamstring against Crystal Palace and though he made a couple of substitute appearances before the end of the campaign, he was not chosen to go to the World Cup with England. The 30-year-old's last competitive appearance for England came in June 2017, before he suffered a thigh problem that kept him out of the first part of the 2017-18 season, and Henderson thinks Liverpool and England would benefit from having Lallana in their starting line-ups.
10/13/2018 - 08:12 PM
Koscielny retires from international football with a stinging parting shot
Laurent Koscielny has retired from international football and detailed how France's World Cup success had more of a negative impact on him than the injury that ruled him out of contention. Arsenal defender Koscielny was unavailable for selection for the competition in Russia after tearing his Achilles in the Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid last May. The 33-year-old, who made 51 appearances for Les Bleus, wrote a letter of support for each member of Didier Deschamps' World Cup squad.
10/14/2018 - 03:46 PM
Disrespectful critics are treating us like amateurs - Hummels
Mats Hummels has hit out at Germany's critics, describing them as "disrespectful" and guilty of treating the team as "amateurs". Joachim Low's side are bottom of their Nations League group after a 3-0 defeat to Netherlands on Saturday, while memories of a humiliating 2018 World Cup group-stage exit are still fresh. This has led to fierce criticism from fans and media alike, but centre-back Hummels has reacted angrily to the continued scrutiny of the four-time world champions and believes Die Mannschaft should be receiving more support as they bid to reverse their fortunes.
10/14/2018 - 11:06 AM
Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric are all struggling following summer World Cup, says Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren has claimed all of Europe’s top stars – including England striker Harry Kane – are suffering from post-World Cup exhaustion. Kane is aiming to end a six-game England goalscoring drought against Spain in Seville, having failed to make a breakthrough against Lovren’s Croatia on Friday night. England manager Gareth Southgate has backed his captain, while Kane has insisted he is not feeling tired.
10/14/2018 - 05:30 PM
Paco Alcacer making most of 2nd chance with Spain
Close to seeing his career stagnate, Paco Alcacer is making the most of a second chance to become Spain's top striker. Alcacer scored twice in his first appearance for Spain in two-and-a-half years to lead a 4-1 away win at Wales in a friendly last week. On Monday, the former Barcelona player will likely feature again when Spain hosts England in Seville seeking a second win over Gareth Southgate's team in the incipient Nations League.
10/14/2018 - 05:12 AM
Griezmann: Ballon d'Or would make me an Atletico legend
Antoine Griezmann is fixated on winning the Ballon d'Or because he believes it would fulfil his "dream" of ranking among Atletico Madrid's all-time greats. The shortlist for this year’s award was announced on Monday, with World Cup winner Griezmann one of 30 star-studded players to be vying for the coveted individual prize. The 27-year-old has made no secret of his hope to improve on the third-place finish he managed in 2016 and believes he has done enough to break the decade-long duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
10/14/2018 - 08:01 AM
Romero prays for Argentine return of 'best player in the world' Messi
Sergio Romero wants Lionel Messi back in the Argentina squad as soon as possible, after the superstar announced he was taking some time away from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
10/15/2018 - 06:38 AM
Germany lacked confidence... but we had a great performance - Van Dijk
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk believes Germany lacked confidence during the Netherlands 3-0 victory over the 2014 World Champions.
10/13/2018 - 10:23 PM
Manchester City deny Messi mega bid
Manchester City have firmly refuted claims they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in an attempt to lure him from Barcelona in 2016.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was quoted in Spanish media on Saturday as naming Barcelona superstar Messi as
10/14/2018 - 04:47 AM
Ancelotti praises 'phenomenal' Guardiola
Carlo Ancelotti praised Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, describing him as a managerial phenomenon, whose remarkable ability to project his ideas onto the pitch have made him the success he is today.
10/15/2018 - 03:44 AM
‘He has silenced his critics’ - Victor Ezeji hails hat-trick hero Odion Ighalo
Victor Ezeji has showered encomium on Odion Ighalo after scoring a hat-trick in Nigeria’s 4-0 thrashing of Libya in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. After failing to convert a goalscoring opportunity against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup that could have earned the Super Eagles a place in the Round of 16 of the tournament, the forward was subject to criticism by fans.
10/14/2018 - 06:49 PM
Italy tops Poland on late Biraghi goal
Italy stole a 1-0 victory late on a goal in the second minute of stoppage time by Cristiano Biraghi, his first goal for Italy on just his third cap. The strike came on a corner deep in the contest, as it was whipped in by Lorenzo Insigne to the near post where Kevin Lasagna flicked it across to the far post, a messy-looking goal but a quality one with Lasagna’s hard work. Biraghi was one of three Italians there at the end of the ball to just one defender, and he poked it in past Wojciech Szczesny for the win.
10/14/2018 - 05:51 PM
Ramsey has strong hand in Arsenal contract talks – Wenger
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey could still stay at Arsenal, even though he acknowledged the midfielder is now in a position of power as he enters the final year of his deal. The Wales international, 27, was signed when Wenger was in charge in 2008 and the Frenchman was keen to tie down Ramsey's long-term future before he left at the end of the previous campaign. Asked whether he would give Ramsey a new deal, Wenger replied: "We tried that before and it still can happen.
10/13/2018 - 06:18 PM
Xhaka: Emery has already improved my game
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka believes Unai Emery has already improved him as a player. The Switzerland international came in for criticism during Arsene Wenger's final season in charge, but has made steady improvement this campaign under former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery. The 26-year-old has started every Premier League game for the Gunners and has been a central figure in their stunning run of nine consecutive wins in all competitions.
10/14/2018 - 09:34 AM
British royal family: Which football clubs do the Queen, Prince Harry & Prince William support?
The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry have all shown allegiance to various football clubs over the years, with rumours of certain players and coaches influencing their choice of team. London sides Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham have all been thrown into the mix as local clubs to the UK royal's family home. Here is a full run through of each team the royal family members are thought to support...
10/15/2018 - 10:20 AM
Guardiola unsure about Man City's Champions League chances
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure if his team were ready to win the Champions League. Guardiola led the Premier League champions to the quarter-finals last season, almost matching their best ever run in Europe's elite club competition – the semis in 2015-16. City are considered among the favourites to again challenge in Europe, but Guardiola said clubs with previous success in the Champions League were bigger contenders.
10/14/2018 - 08:59 PM
Highlights from the New England Revolution's 2-0 victory over Orlando SC
FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 2, Orlando City SC 0IN BRIEF: Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez score second-half goals to give the Revs the victory. Box scoreHOWEVER . . . The Revolution were eliminated from playoff contention shortly before kickoff
10/13/2018 - 11:07 PM
MLS State of Play: Playoff, Supporters’ Shield races go to wire
In a season which has very much underlined its superstars, Major League Soccer reaches its home stretch with plenty on the line for the teams of those megawatt names.
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Carlos Vela and expansion LAFC are in a race for the
10/14/2018 - 09:37 AM
Saudi Arabia linked with multibillion-pound takeover of Manchester United
Saudi Arabia want to invest in Manchester United and could launch a takeover of the Premier League club. Reports suggest that Crown Price Mohammad Bin Salman and the governing class of Saudi Arabia – worth almost a trillion pounds – could buy United in order to challenge Middle Eastern owners of clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
10/15/2018 - 11:02 AM
Scotland 1-3 Portugal: Alex McLeish deserves full campaign
It would make no sense to ditch Alex McLeish as Scotland head coach before giving him every chance to qualify for Euro 2020, former Scotland international Willie Miller says. The Scots followed a Nations League defeat by Israel with Sunday's 3-1 loss in a home friendly against Portugal. And Scotland fans on social media have not taken kindly to a sixth defeat in eight games under the former Rangers and Aston Villa boss. "Alex McLeish has been invited to be the manager to get us qualified for the European Championships, so why don't we give him that time?" Miller, a former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate of McLeish, said on BBC Scotland's Sportsound. "I think we should employ a manager to get
10/15/2018 - 01:04 AM
Turkish star Turan could face more than 12 years jail for brawl
Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail. The prosecutors charged Turan, who is currently on loan to Istanbul's Basaksehir, with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Turan, 31, had last week been summoned to an Istanbul police station to give a statement about the incident but was allowed to walk free.
10/15/2018 - 10:20 AM
De Gea still one of the best despite recent form - Pickford
Jordan Pickford insists Manchester United's David De Gea is still one of the best goalkeepers in world football ahead of England's UEFA Nations League match versus Spain.
10/15/2018 - 04:32 AM
I don't understand why the Premier League started so early - Southgate
Gareth Southgate criticises the Premier League's decision to start season so soon after the World Cup.
10/15/2018 - 03:42 AM
Republic of Ireland held by Denmark in dull Dublin encounter
Harry Arter marked his return to Republic of Ireland action with a vital goal-line clearance as Martin O’Neill’s men opened their Nations League account with a drab 0-0 draw against Denmark. The Cardiff midfielder, who made himself unavailable for his country for last month’s opener against Wales following a summer bust-up with assistant manager Roy Keane, came to Ireland’s rescue to deny Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer what would have been a winning goal. Denmark enjoyed the better of a game in which genuine chances were at a premium in the absence of injured talisman Christian Eriksen, and although the bulk of a crowd of 41,220 were left frustrated – the Republic have now scored only nine goals in their last 12 games – they at least emerged with some reward for their efforts.
10/13/2018 - 05:32 PM
Bailey rejects chance to make Jamaica debut after row regarding brother
Leon Bailey's long-awaited debut for Jamaica has been put on hold after the winger refused to play on Sunday. The 21-year-old had appeared to end speculation about his international future by accepting a call-up to Jamaica's squad for their clash with Bonaire. Highly rated Leverkusen winger Bailey had been at the centre of a fight for his services at international level because of his eligibility to play for Jamaica, Germany, Belgium and England.
10/14/2018 - 04:18 PM
Serie A: Ancelotti praises 'dangerous' Mbappe
Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded unique Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe as a future superstar. Mbappe is among the nominees for the Ballon d'Or, after winning the World Cup with France and helping PSG claim a treble last season. The 19-year-old forward has enjoyed a fine start to the season, with eight Ligue 1 goals – including a stunning four-goal haul against Lyon – and two Champions League strikes.
10/14/2018 - 10:25 PM
Court rejects tax evasion case against German FA ex-bosses
A German court on Monday rejected a tax evasion case against three former top football officials that erupted following a scandal over vote-buying allegations for the right to host the 2006 World Cup. The court told AFP's sports subsidiary SID that it will not hear a case brought by prosecutors against former German Football Association (DFB) presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, as well as ex-DFB general secretary Horst R. Schmidt.
10/15/2018 - 01:14 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi pleads with George Lebese to take his opportunity
Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi has urged out-of-favour attacker George Lebese to work even harder in order to win his place back in the team. Since joining Masandawana from Kaizer Chiefs last season, Lebese has failed to rediscover his best form and has fallen down the pecking order especially with the club having brought on board several new faces in the off-season. Lebese is yet to make a single appearance this season and most recently did not feature as Sundowns lifted the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Legacy Cup, which has only fueled speculation regarding his future at the club.
10/15/2018 - 06:34 AM
Penilla has goal, assist in Revs' 2-0 win over Orlando City
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez scored second-half goals to help the New England Revolution beat Orlando City 2-0 on Saturday night. The Revolution were eliminated from the playoff contention shortly before kickoff with D.C. United's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas. Penilla made it 1-0 in the 51st minute for the Revs (9-12-11) with a low hard shot from outside the box that deflected slightly off a defender before landing in the right corner of the goal. It was Penilla's team-leading 12th goal of the season. Fagundez eased home Penilla's cross with a left-footed, waist-high stab to double the lead in the 55th minute. New England's Teal Bunbury appeared to be limping and
10/13/2018 - 09:40 PM
Juventus consider new Mandzukic deal
Juventus are considering offering Mario Mandzukic a new contract until 2021. Indeed, Mandzukic, who was a major part of Croatia's second-placed finish in the World Cup, reportedly turned down a financially lucrative offer from Manchester United to remain in Turin. Having joined the club in 2015 from Atletico Madrid, Mandzukic earns €5 million per season (£4.4m/$5.7m), but could be in line for one final payday with the Serie A giants.
10/15/2018 - 05:15 AM
'Modric transfer to Inter is fantasy football' - Guardiola doesn't expect Real Madrid star to move
Real Madrid star Luka Modric potentially joining Inter is "fantasy football" talk, according to Pep Guardiola. Modric, 33, was heavily linked with a shock switch to the Serie A side in the off-season, but stayed with the European champions. Asked about the possible switch, Manchester City manager Guardiola said any such talk at this stage was pure imagination.
10/15/2018 - 03:30 AM
Fabinho Admits to Being in a "Period of Adaptation"
Fabinho’s transfer was so quick to complete. The start to his Liverpool career has been the opposite. The Brazilian midfielder brought in from Monaco has had to be extremely patient in waiting to put on the red shirt, with only the League Cup and a very brief Champions League cameo to his name so far. This doesn’t have him too concerned, though, and he fully expects to make an impact in a red shirt. “Of course I want to be playing”, Goal report Fabinho as saying, “however, I know I am on a new team in a new league, and it has its period of adaptation. I already know the way our coach likes to play, I’m happy here in Liverpool. I hope that I will gradually gain a few minutes on the field”. “The
10/14/2018 - 01:00 AM
Spain v England: England fans' disorder in Seville unacceptable, says FA
The behaviour of some England fans has been unacceptable before Monday's Nations League match against Spain in Seville, says the Football Association. A group of supporters were dispersed by riot police on Sunday night. Video footage showed fans kicking wing mirrors off parked vehicles and one man throwing a glass at a passing car in central Seville, although some complained of heavy-handed policing. "We condemn the unacceptable behaviour witnessed in Seville," the FA said. "With the Spain fixture still to come on Monday night, we urge those following the team to respect our hosts and act in a responsible manner." Police said fans misbehaving could expect "a robust" response. There have been
10/15/2018 - 08:43 AM
Football commentator Peter Brackley dies aged 67
Broadcaster Peter Brackley has died aged 67, Brighton & Hove Albion announced on Sunday. Brackley, best known as the voice of Channel Four’s Football Italia, was a lifelong Albion supporter and the club announced his death on Sunday evening. Paul Barber, the Brighton chief executive, said on the club’s official website: “So many of us here at the club knew Peter well.
10/14/2018 - 06:27 PM
Arsenal continue emphatic start to Women's Super League season with five-star demolition of reigning champions Chelsea
It was as apt a symbol for this game as any when Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs, a grand total of seven minutes after the restart, honed in on a loose ball by the corner flag and, with the freedom of Kingsmeadow to gear up for her best impression of Mo Salah, watched in wonder as her cross-cum-shot arrowed beyond Carly Telford and nestled in the far corner for her side’s third against reigning league champions Chelsea. Such daring and invention defined an audacious Arsenal performance and, by the end, it looked like the power shift hinted at in either side’s early season form is now well under way. Chelsea had not conceded a Super League goal this season before this but only opened their league account with their two against Brighton two weeks ago, in their final outing before the international break.
10/14/2018 - 12:04 PM
Maryland women’s soccer draws with Ohio State, 1-1
Maryland women’s soccer was able to eke out a potentially important draw on Sunday, tying with Ohio State 1-1. Maryland’s lone goal came in the 39th minute, while Ohio State’s was in the 49th. Both teams combined for nearly 40 shots, with the Terps racking up 18 on the day (four on goal), compared the Buckeyes’ 20 (eight on goal). The first 30 or so minutes of the first half were relatively uneventful, which was good news for Maryland given how Friday’s match was dominated by Penn State. But for the most part, both defenses did a good job of limiting chances, while the offenses were still trying to find their footing. Maryland was able to change that, though, in the 39th minute when freshman
10/14/2018 - 01:00 AM
Don't be too hard on Dembele, says Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi has pleaded with the French public to have patience with Ousmane Dembele as he continues to work towards his huge potential. The France winger joined Barcelona in a €105million deal in 2017, but an injury-hit first campaign in LaLiga kept the 21-year-old on the fringes of Les Bleus' squad as they won a second World Cup in Russia. Dembele made his first international start since the tournament as France battled back to draw 2-2 with Iceland on Thursday, yet colleague Matuidi is not willing to draw grand conclusions from his performance.
10/13/2018 - 06:43 PM
The Bolt conundrum facing Australian soccer
Usain Bolt's brace against the part-timers of MacArthur South West United on Friday sent social media into a frenzy and caught the attention of editors from Columbus to Colombo -- all of whom suddenly became aware of Campbelltown and a team called Central Coast. Closer to home though, Bolt's display has been greeted with mixed reactions, with many people within the Australian game viewing the Jamaican's attempts at gaining a professional deal with the Gosford based side as nothing more than a sideshow, distracting from the real business of a new A-League season. Like most things in Australian soccer ... it's complicated. Coupled with the ongoing governance issues within the sport, and the prospect of the league's impending expansion being shelved as a result, there's a strange feeling heading into week one of the A-League's fourteenth season.
10/15/2018 - 12:53 AM
Dutch humiliate Germany in Nations League, Gibraltar wins
Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition — beating host Slovakia 2-1 — and Ireland and Denmark drew 0-0.
10/13/2018 - 05:58 PM
'Calm' Gattuso has Milan's confidence, says Maldini
Paolo Maldini says Gennaro Gattuso is a far more balanced character than his intense touchline demeanour suggests and remains the right man for AC Milan. Gattuso, a famously fiery figure during his playing days, is nearing the one-year anniversary of his appointment as Vincenzo Montella's successor at San Siro. "Rino has a great sense of belonging, which is what [sporting director] Leonardo and I want to transfer to Milan.
10/13/2018 - 03:56 PM
Desabre's tactical reshuffle pays dividends
Sebastien Desabre believes that his tactical reshuffle of Uganda's Cranes was central to their 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations victory over Lesotho on Saturday. The East Africans had previously been winless in competitive games under the Frenchman, who was appointed in December 2017, but ended that run in some style at the Mandela National Stadium. Desabre opted to tweak his attacking unit after a lethargic display at home against Tanzania last month, and Uganda were noticeably more vibrant going forward. "I will keep making tactical changes on the team," Desabre told KweséESPN. "This is very important because I have to consider the condition of players ahead of a game. "I think the switch to play
10/13/2018 - 06:17 PM
Arsenal put on a show to down Chelsea
Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs both scored twice as Arsenal maintained their 100 per cent start by beating Chelsea 5-0 at Kingsmeadow to end the hosts’ own unbeaten record. Arsenal captain Kim Little got the ball rolling with a penalty mid-way through the first-half before turning provider for Miedema eight minutes before the break. Further strikes arrived courtesy of two second-half efforts from Jordan Nobbs and another from Miedema as Chelsea had no answers to Arsenal’s relentless attacking play.
10/14/2018 - 12:51 PM
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