Salah is playing at Messi's level right now
The absurd goal rate, the dominant left foot, the attacking wizard who embarrasses defenders. It's not just Lionel Messi anymore, says Ryan Bailey.
03/19/2018 - 05:15 PM
Brazil coach Tite looks for rhythm in last friendlies
Going into his first World Cup as Brazil coach, Tite is looking for some rhythm. "To use a samba concept, I need a rhythm-maker," Tite said recently. Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto has been Tite's first-choice No. 10 so far but hasn't inspired much confidence that he can lead a team that is among the favorites to win the tournament for a sixth time.
03/20/2018 - 06:57 PM
Report: Sarachan’s contract with USMNT extended through June
U.S. Soccer will wait until after the World Cup to decide on a new head coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The Washington Post reported on Monday that U.S. Soccer had extended interim coach Dave Sarachan’s contract through June, after his original deal was set to expire this month. Sarachan was Arena’s long-time top assistant coach with the LA Galaxy and USMNT before taking the reigns.
03/20/2018 - 07:31 AM
UPDATE 2-Friendlies Fixtures
Mar 19 (OPTA) - Friendlies fixtures for this week
Saturday, March 17 fixtures (GMT)
Iran v Sierra Leone (1200)
Wednesday, March 21 fixtures (GMT)
Iraq v Qatar
Jordan v Kuwait
03/19/2018 - 12:45 PM
Next FMLLP congress could be D-Day for TMJ's resignation matter
Four days on from when the statement was first made, none are still wiser as to what will eventually happen with HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and the position as the president of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) that he holds. An apparent resignation statement was posted last Thursday but tidal waves of stay request has been released one after another, indicating their plea for Tunku Ismail not to discard the top footballing position in the country. "After the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail (TMJ) stated his desire to let go of his FAM President position, until now we still have not found a solution and we are still discussing the matters with him.
03/19/2018 - 01:41 AM
Players: Dos Santos most overrated in MLS
LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos is the most overrated player in Major League Soccer, while Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti is the most underrated, a poll of their peers found. On condition of anonymity, ESPN asked 104 current MLS players during the preseason who they believed were the league's most overrated and underrated players, among a series of other questions on the state of the league. Check back on Wednesday for the full results of ESPN's poll. Most overrated Dos Santos, entering his fourth season in MLS, received 11 percent of the votes for the most overrated, edging out Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, who received 10 percent. The 28-year-old Mexico international,
03/20/2018 - 01:00 PM
Rugby-Growing Wales depth ahead of 2019 World Cup pleases Gatland
Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes his players have gained valuable experience in this year's Six Nations campaign and is convinced that the squad will have an abundance of talent and depth ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan. Cory Hill, Hadleigh Parkes, Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi were among those who impressed in the absence of key players as Wales finished second behind champions Ireland after Saturday's win over France.
03/19/2018 - 06:07 AM
Manchester United triggers extension for Ashley Young
Ashley Young has earned another year at Manchester United. Multiple reports say Young will stay with the club at least through the 2018-19 season, having joined the club from Aston Villa in 2011. Young’s resurgent play under Jose Mourinho earned him a return to the England set-up, with a November cap his first since 2013.
03/19/2018 - 09:21 AM
Leipzig's Keita injured, out of Guinea squad
Stephan Uersfeld Naby Keita has pulled out of the Guinea squad with a lower back injury and the flu. Keita, who will join Liverpool in the summer, was substituted 68 minutes into RB Leipzig's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on Sunday. The midfielder put in a man-of-the-match performance as Leipzig inflicted a first defeat on Bayern after they went unbeaten for 18 consecutive games. He cancelled out Sandro Wagner's lead and set up Timo Werner for the deciding goal before being withdrawn. Leipzig, who shared an update on Keita's fitness on their website, said he would miss the friendly against Mauritania on Saturday but did not say how long he will be sidelined. Austria international Marcel Sabitzer
03/20/2018 - 05:11 AM
Andrija Novakovich 'honoured' after U.S. call-up for Paraguay game
Striker Andrija Novakovich has said he is "proud and honoured" after being called up to the senior U.S. squad for the friendly against Paraguay later this month. Striker Novakovich, 21 -- on loan at Dutch club Telstar from Reading -- was called up to Dave Sarachan's squad after scoring 18 goals so far this season. "They [the U.S. national team] sent the club and myself an email saying that I was on the preliminary roster and we were just waiting, and then this week I got another email saying I was on the final roster. Novakovich thanked his Telstar colleagues for their backing, adding: "I think it helped to come here and play first-team football -- it's a competitive environment and that's what I came here for.
03/19/2018 - 09:45 AM
Soccer-Newcastle must change if they are to progress - Benitez
Newcastle United must effect significant changes and establish a clear structure for progress off the pitch to improve their on-field performances and compete at a higher level, manager Rafa Benitez has said. The Spaniard took charge of Newcastle in 2016 and helped them earn promotion from the Championship (second tier) last season but the club's inconsistency in the Premier League leaves them four points above 18th-placed Southampton after 30 matches. Newcastle's troubles have been blamed on poor transfer dealings with owner Mike Ashley being criticised for not providing adequate funds for Benitez's recruitment plans.
03/20/2018 - 04:00 AM
Alonso, Pedro have Morata’s back despite Spain omission
Alvaro Morata having his troubles keeping his spot in the Chelsea lineup, and his omission from the Spain squad has a couple of his teammates speaking up on his behalf. Marcos Alonso, himself called up to Spain, and Pedro (not called up) have Morata’s back after the big striker scored at the weekend in FA Cup action. Alonso admitted that Morata was less than pleased to miss the call-up so close to the World Cup.
03/20/2018 - 06:04 PM
Ravel Morrison: Ex-Manchester United midfielder to discuss Jamaica option
Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison is due to meet with Jamaica officials later this month about a change of national allegiance. Morrison, who was born in Manchester, was capped by England at several youth levels and won four under-21 caps. But the 25-year-old, who plays for Atlas in Mexico, is also eligible for Jamaica and is considering committing his international future to them. Morrison has been invited to a training camp from 21-26 March. How Ravel Morrison ended up 5,000 miles from home That gives him the chance to meet his prospective new international team-mates and allows him to complete the documentation to play for Jamaica in September. Described by former United captain
03/19/2018 - 01:34 PM
Kekuta Manneh added to USMNT roster for Paraguay friendly
Just when you thought U.S. Soccer was finished enticing you with promising young players to watch in their friendly against Paraguay next week, they’ve gone and added another one to the roster. The USSF announced on Monday that Pachuca’s Kekuta Manneh has been added to the roster for the match on March 27 in Cary, NC. Manneh, 23, filed for a one-time switch to the USMNT in September 2016. However, due to a FIFA rule regarding maintaining residency in a country for five years after a player’s 18th birthday, he has had to wait a considerable amount of time to become eligible. US Soccer’s release doesn’t clarify if that eligibility has officially been resolved or not. We’ll have to assume it has
03/19/2018 - 01:00 AM
Mo Salah is on Messi's level
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested his star player is “on his way” to reaching Messi’s level but FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey says such an opinion is doing the 25-year-old a disservice.
03/19/2018 - 05:11 PM
Kelantan appoints Fajr Ibrahim as new TD
The 53-year-old Syrian has taken up the the new role at Kelantan according to a report in Berita Harian but it's not certain yet whether he will also assume the head coach duties at the Red Warriors. Languishing in 11th place in the Super League and knocked out by PKNS FC in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, the whole club is in dire need of an injection of confidence. After the sacking of Sathih Bensoh, Yusri Che Lah has been put in temporary charge of the team but positve results have been few and far in between.
03/19/2018 - 01:17 AM
Championship Top Scorers
Mar 19 (OPTA) - Top Scorers in the Championship on Sunday
1 B. Reid (Bristol City) 17
M. Vydra (Derby County)
2 L. Clarke (Sheffield United) 15
3 A. Adomah (Aston Villa) 14
R. Sessegnon (Fulham)
4 J. Bowen (Hull
03/19/2018 - 04:12 AM
Paul Pogba 'cannot be happy' about his situation at Man Utd, says France coach Didier Deschamps
France coach Didier Deschamps has voiced his concern at Paul Pogba’s current troubles at Manchester United and admitted the midfielder “cannot be happy” about the situation. Pogba’s relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho has come under the spotlight after the Frenchman’s recent fall from favour. Pogba is in France’s squad for their forthcoming friendlies against Colombia and Russia but Deschamps said he planned to talk to the player to discuss his present struggles at Old Trafford.
03/19/2018 - 05:11 PM
Harry Kane: New model for Hugo Boss
Chris Wright Back in 2013, when he was struggling to get a game while out on loan at Norwich City, the idea of modelling for a top-end fashion house must have been the furthest thing from Harry Kane's mind. Skip forward a few goal-laden seasons and the Tottenham striker has been made an integral part of Hugo Boss' latest campaign, alongside Alvaro Morata, Julian Draxler and Philippe Coutinho. "Great to be a part of the new Boss Parfums Soccer Campaign," Kane posted on Instagram. Proof that if you knuckle down, work hard and score over 100 Premier League goals in the space of three-and-a-half seasons, you too could one day be the face of a major fashion brand.
03/20/2018 - 06:44 AM
Brazil to stay at Spurs' newly-built players' lodge before World Cup
The Brazilian national team will prepare for the World Cup as the first visitors to Tottenham Hotspur's newly-built players' lodge this summer, the Premier League club has announced. Brazil will be based at Hotspur Way from 28 May until 8 June before departing for the World Cup in Russia, where they face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage. The five-time world champions will be the first official visitors to Spurs' 45-room bedroom players' lodge, situated at Myddleton Farm, adjacent the club's Enfield training base. Brazil, who are the only side to choose Sochi as a training base during the World Cup, will also have access to pitches at Hotspur Way, as well as the media and
03/19/2018 - 03:10 PM
Mohamed Salah is outscoring Lionel Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books
Comparisons with Lionel Messi have already started, and why not? Mohamed Salah has, after all, scored more goals than the five-time Ballon d'Or winner this season, despite playing in fewer games. There is some way to go before their careers can reasonably be compared, given the Argentine last week surpassed 600 career goals, but there is no denying that Messi would be content with the heights Salah has been hitting in his first season at Liverpool.
03/19/2018 - 08:11 AM
Depay: Consistency will make me the best
Ian Holyman Memphis Depay has said he needs more consistency to become the world's best player, telling Canal+ he will not change his approach as he did at former club Manchester United. Depay came on to score a 90th-minute winner as Lyon beat Marseille 3-2 on Sunday, having done the same thing against runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in January. The 24-year-old has scored 10 league goals for Lyon, who he joined from United last January, this season. Depay said he felt he could become the world's top player but may have to move on in order to do so. "Honestly, in terms of quality... nothing [is lacking to be the best in the world]," he said. "I'm not arrogant but I need to be more consistent
03/19/2018 - 04:53 AM
Liverpool's Emre Can: 'Honest' talk with Pep Guardiola led to Bayern departure
Liverpool's Emre Can has told Sport1 that he left Bayern Munich in 2013 because then-coach Pep Guardiola told him his opportunities would be limited. Can, who made six appearances for Bayern in 2012-13, said Guardiola told him he would not get much playing time at Bayern Munich when he was hired in 2013. "You can see today that it was the right decision," Can said. "Back then it was like that: Pep Guardiola came, I played a good preseason and after that we had a very, very honest conversation. I was young and it was important that I played a lot. He was honest [and] said he could not guarantee me I'd play every week. "The Leverkusen door opened, and they also played Champions League. Some said
03/20/2018 - 07:19 AM
Five talking points from Barcelona’s win over Athletic Bilbao
It’s a game of two halves Barcelona played some of their best football of the season in the first half against Athletic as they simply blew the visitors away and had the game pretty much wrapped up by the break. Paco Alcacer scored a superb first goal, Lionel Messi got the second, Kepa Arrizabalaga was a busy boy and Barca also managed to his the woodwork three times. The second half was a different matter altogether as Barca eased off and maybe their midweek exertions caught up with them a little too. Ultimately it didn’t matter as the three points were in the bag along with another clean sheet and the title one step closer. Barcelona’s woodwork curse continues Of course the scoreline could
03/19/2018 - 01:00 AM
Santosh Trophy 2018 roundup: Mizoram and Punjab complete come-from-behind victories
The second day of the 72nd Santosh Trophy final round saw two Group B encounters kick-off in Kolkata and Howrah on Tuesday. 2013-14 champions Mizoram defeated six-time winners Goa by a 3-1 margin at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium while Odisha were downed 2-1 by Punjab at the Howrah Stadium. Led by former FC Goa and Mumbai FC forward Victorino Fernandes, Goa had the likes of former I-League players Beevan D'Mello, Mackroy Peixoto and veterans Peter Carvalho and Mathew Gonsalves in the lineup.
03/20/2018 - 11:03 AM
Soccer-Palace survival depends on Zaha staying fit, says Townsend
Crystal Palace's hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation this season rely on playmaker Wilfried Zaha maintaining his fitness during the run-in, winger Andros Townsend has said. Palace have lost all nine league games that Zaha has missed this season and the 25-year-old's return to action from a knee injury in the defeat at Chelsea earlier this month was a welcome boost for Roy Hodgson's team. The Ivory Coast international was influential in Palace's 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town, which helped the visitors end a four-game losing streak in the league and climb to 16th in the table.
03/19/2018 - 03:09 AM
Mamelodi Sundowns are not only shoe-shine, they fight, hails Pitso Mosimane
Mamelodi Sundowns recently booked their place in the Caf Champions League groups stages for the third consecutive season by overcoming the dangerous Rayon Sports. After playing out to a goalless draw in Kigali, Masandawana were forced to come out and play at home, and that’s exactly what they did as Wayne Arendse opened the scoring in the first half before Sibusiso Vilakazi took the game beyond the reach of the Rwandan champions as he tapped home Gaston Sirino’s original effort which came off the woodwork.
03/19/2018 - 05:10 AM
Ulinzi Stars coach irked by lousy display against Posta Rangers
Ulinzi Stars coach Dunstan Nyaudo was left frustrated with two points dropped in a 2-2 draw against Posta Rangers. Ulinzi Stars were held to a draw at home by 10 man Rangers at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday. Quick goals from Cliff Kasuti and Mohamed Hassan set the team on course for a third straight win, but lack of concentration in the midfield, saw Rangers score a stoppage-time goal to ensure a share of the spoils.
03/20/2018 - 06:54 AM
Are cities starting to see World Cup hosting duties as a poisoned chalice?
Chicago and Vancouver have both declined to be part of a North American World Cup bid, citing financial risks. Chicago hosted the opening game of the 1994 World Cup. The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, a joint venture between the United States, Canada and Mexico, delivered its official pitch to Fifa on Friday with 23 cities listed as potential venues.
03/19/2018 - 04:00 AM
Soccer-Pochettino looking beyond FA Cup in Tottenham evolution
Tottenham Hotspur must build a winning culture in major competitions like the Premier League and Champions League to develop as a club rather than focusing on domestic cup competitions, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said. The north London side booked an FA Cup semi-final spot by beating Swansea City 3-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday. "I never said that it's not important to win this competition," Pochettino told reporters.
03/19/2018 - 06:09 AM
Transfer Talk: Liverpool set to reject Salah transfer bids from Real, Barca
Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Liverpool to stand firm if Barca, Real chase Salah Mohamed Salah was compared to Lionel Messi after his four-goal salvo against Watford continued a remarkable season, and now the Telegraph reports that Liverpool "will not sell him this summer under any circumstances." Salah's spectacular form, which has seen him net 36 goals for the Merseysiders so far, has led to speculation that Barcelona or Real Madrid will soon come calling. But the Telegraph says the Egypt international "is central to Liverpool's pursuit of honours" and the club will "stand firm and rebuff any approaches"
03/19/2018 - 08:53 AM
5 things...Ronaldo's 50th career hat-trick
Here are five things you didn't know about the weekend's La Liga action.
03/19/2018 - 11:47 AM
Sponsor vows to stand by Crewe Alexandra despite club reneging on Barry Bennell investigation
Crewe Alexandra’s main sponsor has vowed to stand by the club despite the backlash that has greeted their decision to renege on the promise of an independent investigation into the Barry Bennell child abuse scandal. Laura Smith, the Crewe MP, Damian Collins, the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, and Simon Yates, the leader of Crewe Town council, have all condemned the move and urged the League Two club to reconsider its stance over its former coach.
03/19/2018 - 01:36 PM
How Mourinho uses press conferences differently to Guardiola and Pochettino - and why it won't help Man United players
Well in my opinion, not at all, and the reality is that we, the media, and the general public, tend to either exaggerate or overestimate the effect press conferences actually have on the eventual outcome of any given sports event. If we want to look at the undoubted King of the Presser, the unrivalled maestro of media manipulation we need to look at a different sport and towards the real ‘Great One’ (sorry Jose) Muhammed Ali. Just before his comeback fight with Joe Frazier back in 1971 he announced, “Frazier’s got two chances.
03/19/2018 - 11:55 AM
Gini Wijnaldum: Liverpool is More Than a Front Three
The theme since Jürgen Klopp took over at Liverpool has been The Team. The Team wins together. The Team pulls itself through the rough patches together. The Team never stops. The Team builds it’s confidence with team performances. And we’ve heard this ethos coming from more and more of the players this season, too. This time it’s from Gini Wijnaldum who wants us all to know that he’s proud of his team, the whole team, and not just Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. “They are really good,” said Gini. “Sometimes, you know, they get the credit because they are scoring the goals and make it really difficult for teams, but there are more players who help them to accelerate so they can
03/20/2018 - 01:00 AM
Soccer-Door remains wide open for England squad hopefuls
Less than two months before England manager Gareth Southgate names his provisional list of 35 for the World Cup finals only a handful of players can be reasonably confident of starting against Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia on June 18. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, providing he is fit, and Manchester City right back Kyle Walker look safe bets to get the nod. It says much about the lack of 'world beaters' available to Southgate that so many players, many from unfashionable clubs, might still fancy their chances.
03/20/2018 - 10:05 AM
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