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07/22/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
PSG's Neymar says he's used to being criticised for everything, following Brazil's quarter-final exit at the World Cup where questions were raised for his on-pitch behaviour.
07/22/2018   Soccernet
PSG's Neymar says he's used to being criticised for everything, following Brazil's quarter-final exit at the World Cup where questions were raised for his on-pitch behaviour.
07/22/2018   Soccernet
PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel says he is excited to work alongside his front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
07/22/2018   BBC Football
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil says not posing for photographs with the Turkish president would have been "disrespecting his ancestors' roots".
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Neymar has claimed that he is the subject of double standards when he plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil. The 26-year-old, who
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Oageng Maphorisa added his second goal of the COSAFA U-17 Cup as Botswana took a major step to the semi finals by defeating the Seychelles 2-1 on Saturday. Maphorisa scored the only goal of the game for the Zebras - a late penalty - as they downed Mauritius in their opening fixture, and was again influential as they maintained their 100 percent record at the St. Francois Xavier Stadium, Port Louis. With only the group winners guaranteed a spot in the final four, Botswana's progression isn't yet...
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Maurizio Sarri says he is more eager to work with his Chelsea side on the training pitch than in matches at the moment. ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini delves into Gonzalo Higuain's future at Juventus and discusses the chances he'll join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri declares his disinterest in the transfer market, emphasising his task as manager is to grow the players he currently has. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused Maurizio Sarri of wanting to take his entire team to Chelsea with him. Following lengthy negotiations, Sarri was finally named Chelsea boss -- with predecessor Antonio Conte taking the first sessions of preseason training despite knowing he would be leaving the club. Sarri was signed along with midfielder Jorginho, who was so crucial to his system at the San Paolo. But De Laurentiis, who admits the pair left on bad terms, claims Sarri wanted...
07/22/2018   World Cup news

Rafael Marquez, one of only three players to play at five FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, has announced his retirement.

07/22/2018   Soccernet
The guys respond to your tweets about Liverpool's transfer targets, Bayern's chances against Real, Morata's Chelsea future and the Extra Time music. Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol jumps to the defence of Jurgen Klopp for his recent big-money additions in spite of his past comments. CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Ben Woodburn says he is entirely happy to let Jurgen Klopp decide whether he heads out on loan or continues his development around the Liverpool first team this season. Sheffield United are among the host of English Football League clubs eyeing up a temporary deal for Woodburn this summer. The 18-year-old was close a loan to Sunderland in January last season before Klopp decided against the move after Philippe Coutinho departed for Barcelona. The Wales international...
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Defending COSAFA U-17 Cup champions Zambia meet Lesotho on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their underwhelming tournament opener against Mozambique. Tenant Chilumba's side won the age-grade tournament in Mauritius last year after downing the hosts 3-0 in the final, however, their title defence began with a low-key showing on Thursday. Zambia can, however, take some solace from the fact that their title-winning campaign in 2017 began with a 1-0 defeat by Mozambique, and they'll be expected...
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Tottenham have named their 25-man squad for the International Champions Cup, with Vincent Janssen, Josh Onomah and Marcus Edwards the notable absentees. Dutch striker Janssen and 21-year-old midfielder Onomah spent last season out on loan with Fenerbahce and Aston Villa respectively. Edwards -- once likened to a young Lionel Messi by manager Mauricio Pochettino -- has been unable to add to his solitary first-team appearance back in September 2016, and a loan spell with Norwich City was cut short...
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Jurgen Klopp revealed his admiration for Christian Pulisic ahead of Liverpool's clash with Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp admitted he has changed his mind over spending big money on transfers and 'doesn't care' about the criticism.
07/22/2018   Soccernet
Leicester City have not received any bids for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, amid reported interest from Chelsea, according to Foxes manager
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Portland's Diego Valeri scored the lone second-half goal and the Timbers tied the Montreal Impact 2-2 to increase their MLS unbeaten streak to 13 games
      
 
 
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Chelsea will not be bullied over Hazard, Martial set to stay at United, Cech linked with move to Roma, plus more.
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
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07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
FC Dallas and Houston each scored early goals and the two teams played to a 1-1 draw
      
 
 
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Will Trapp scored in stoppage time to give the Columbus Crew a 3-2 comeback victory over Orlando City
      
 
 
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Jonathan Osorio broke a tie in the 65th minute and Toronto FC held on to beat the Chicago Fire 2-1
      
 
 
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Daniel Royer and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored to help the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 2-0
      
 
 
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal and an assist and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 for their third straight victory
      
 
 
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Nicolas Lodeiro scored twice in the first half in the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps
      
 
 
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Brazil striker Neymar says he could not look at a ball after his nation's quarter-final defeat by Belgium at the World Cup.
07/21/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders didn't really need their new addition today, but the cheers that greeted Raul Ruidiaz weren’t so much about what he’d do on this day in a contest all-but-decided, but rather, how he’ll impact the team’s slim playoff hopes the final 15 matches.
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Josef Martinez set an MLS record with his sixth career hat trick and Atlanta United rallied to beat D.C. United 3-1
      
 
 
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp "doesn't care" about allegations of hypocrisy over his transfer spending.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Manchester City keeper Joe Hart says his next move needs to be "permanent" rather than going out on loan again.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Queen of the South's record appearance holder Allan Ball died aged 75, the club has confirmed.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Highlights of the Super Cup NI curtain raiser as Celtic U19s come from a goal down to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
07/21/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

Raul Ruidiaz is starting Saturday's game on the bench for the second straight week, though the Peruvian striker is almost certain to make his Sounders debut at some point in a critical home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps
07/21/2018   Soccernet
KLAGENFURT, Austria -- Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac praised Renato Sanches performance in the German champions 3-1 comeback victory over
07/21/2018   Soccernet
KLAGENFURT, Austria -- Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed his excitement at working with the "extraordinary" trio of World
07/21/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
France just won their second-ever World Cup, and Paul Pogba is a big reason why. The Manchester United midfielder is no stranger to criticism, but Pogba didn’t let that get to him in Russia. Despite all the pressure, he put on fine display after fine display. That’s what difference makers do. And per ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson, France manager Didier Deschamps believes it all has to do with mentality.“Paul was relaxed, he knew why he was there. Paul managed to free himself from the burden created by the press.”Despite his tender age, the performances of Kylian Mbappé didn’t surprise Deschamps either.“I was not surprised. … To be so crucial and effective at just 19, though, that is extraordinary. Kylian is also very intelligent. One of the best things he said was: ‘I cannot be the spokesman for this team. Despite his immense quality on the pitch, he knew that he did not have the experience to deal with the situation that others do.”One of the favorites in Russia, France didn’t slip up throughout. They didn’t set t
07/21/2018   Soccernet
Portland Timbers Montreal Impact 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Samuel Armenteros and Diego Valeri each scored their seventh goals of the season, helping the Portland Timbers come back twice from a goal down to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact and run their league-best unbeaten run to 13 matches. Valeri's goal came with some controversy, with replays suggesting the Argentine used his left arm to push off Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush to win the ball in the air. In the aftermath, Montreal coach Remi Garde was ejected for his protests by referee Fotis...
07/21/2018   Soccernet
Andreas Pereira has revealed Michael Carrick is helping him attempt to secure his Manchester United future, calling the new club assistant
07/21/2018   Soccernet
Real Salt Lake Colorado Rapids 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Dillon Serna's late second-half goal helped the visiting Colorado Rapids escape with a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Jack McBean added a first-half goal for the Rapids who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to grab a point on the road. Colorado remains winless in 17 consecutive matches in Utah dating back to 2007. Salt Lake dominated before an hour-long lightning delay. RSL jumped out in front behind a pair of quick goals from Damir Kreilach and Joao Plata. They extended their...
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Two goals from striker Ewan Henderson help Celtic come back from a goal down to beat Manchester United 3-1 in the Super Cup NI curtain raiser.
07/21/2018   Soccernet
Jose Mourinho & Co. are a work in progress but have the talent to compete. The focus shouldn't be on acquiring more expensive talent but working with the current squad and perform to their expected best. Andy Mitten »
07/21/2018   Soccernet
ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos. Tim Cahill believes new coach Graham Arnold and young talent such as Daniel Arzani will represent Australia well. Socceroo Mark Milligan's long-held dream of playing club football in England is still alive courtesy of Australia's steady FIFA world ranking. And the club that wanted him this time last year -- Bolton Wanderers -- have renewed their interest in the 71-cap utility, who has been a free agent since his exit from Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli earlier this month. English Championship outfit Bolton attempted to sign Milligan last July but were thwarted at the last moment because of FA regulations, which...
07/21/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
Renato Sanches was the best young player at Euro 2016. Since, he hasn’t risen to the heights many expected of him. That’s where new Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovač comes in.With the new job comes grand expectations, of course. Bayern won the Bundesliga again last season, but that’s never enough. They expect to compete on all fronts, including the Champions League. With a world-class squad at his disposal, the pressure will be on Kovač from the beginning. Yet right now, his focus seems to be on the long-term development of Portuguese midfielder.Sanches, only 20, is believed to still have plenty of potential. He just hasn’t been able to live up to it since making his move to Bayern in the summer of 2016. Sanches made just 25 appearances across all competitions during the 2016-17 campaign, including 17 Bundesliga caps, but he couldn’t make his mark. The following season would see him loaned to Premier League side Swansea City where he made just 15 appearances. Again, he couldn’t make his mark.But Kovač believes
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Kris Boyd scores a hat-trick as a substitute as Kilmarnock fight back to defeat Dumbarton in the Scottish League Cup.
07/21/2018   Soccernet
Tim Cahill says he was surprised by the passion of A-League fans on his return to Australia. Melbourne Victory are welcoming Nick Ansell back to the club on a two-year deal after the defender's season abroad in Portugal's Primeira Liga. The 24-year-old, who played in the 2014-15 Victory premiership and championship side, has returned from Tondela and has started preseason training. Ansell completes head coach Kevin Muscat's defensive set-up, with Muscat positive he would slot back in seamlessly at the club. "We identified defence as an area we wanted to bolster so I'm delighted to have...
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Kenny Miller scores his first Livingston goal as they overcome Annan, while Dundee United are on the brink of Scottish League Cup elimination.
07/21/2018   Soccernet
When it comes to Usain Bolt potentially joining the A-League or any other issue in football, Tim Cahill believes it should boil down to
07/21/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
Paris Saint-Germain is fresh off winning yet another Ligue 1 title. Neymar says he’s staying put while rumors of an exit to Real Madrid continue to swirl. And at only 19 years old, French phenom Kylian Mbappé is fresh off a World Cup championship with France. He was also named the Young Player of the World Cup.Which brings us to new manager Thomas Tuchel.Fresh off his stint with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel takes charge of the Parisian giants. Another Ligue 1 title is all but certain; PSG hope they can make waves in the Champions League as well, however. No matter how much talent they have and how much money they spend, PSG cannot get over the UCL hump. Tuchel hopes to change that, even though he must be patient. Attackers Neymar and Edinson Cavani, along with Mbappé, just spent quite a while in Russia.Per ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson, he cannot wait to work with all of them.“We have extraordinary attackers with Kylian, Edinson and Neymar. I cannot wait to work with these special players. … We must be
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Swansea City lose pre-season penalty shootouts against Genoa and FC Magdeburg in the Interwetten Cup.
07/21/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Thousands of people packed the streets of Macon, the home of Antoine Griezmann, to welcome France's World Cup winner. An animated Shaka Hislop gives his thoughts on the controversy over Trevor Noah's Africa World Cup joke after backlash from the French ambassador. After a thrilling last 16 win over Argentina, Hugo Lloris says France then believed they could go on and win the World Cup. France coach Didier Deschamps has praised Paul Pogba for his ability to escape the pressure put on him by the media and be a key figure in Les Bleus' World Cup success in Russia. France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow last weekend to secure their second world title and Pogba was among the scorers at the Luzhniki Stadium. Speaking to L'Equipe, Deschamps was particularly impressed by the Manchester United midfielder's ability to remain calm in the face of intense scrutiny from the press. "Paul was...
07/21/2018   USA Today - Soccer
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers previews the 2018 International Champions Cup, featuring Europe's elite soccer clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
      
 
 
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Ballymena United says it holds the council responsible after stock cars drove over a brand new pitch.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
England midfielder Izzy Christiansen is set to join European champions Lyon from Manchester City Women.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley will miss the start of the season after long-awaited surgery on his Achilles.
07/21/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Ian Darke shares his memories from his trip to Russia for the World Cup, and the FC crew discuss what made the 2018 tournament so entertaining.
07/21/2018   BBC Football
Test your knowledge of players who have moved after World Cups - and the sometimes unusual circumstances surrounding the deals.
07/21/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Thousands of people packed the streets of Macon, the home of Antoine Griezmann, to welcome France's World Cup winner.
07/20/2018   BBC Football
BBC Sport looks at the performance of Borussia Dortmund's ex-Manchester City teen Jadon Sancho against his former club.
07/20/2018   BBC Football
Pep Guardiola praises goalkeeper Joe Hart's "quality" as he features in Manchester City's pre-season defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
07/20/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders waived Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem on Friday, saying the targeted allocation money player was no longer the fit once envisioned. The team needs some goals and a win Saturday at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps to get back in the Western Conference playoff picture
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
The 2018 edition of the International Champions Cup features 18 top teams from European soccer leagues playing 17 games in the United States.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
The International Champions Cup starts Friday and runs until Aug. 7, featuring teams from England, Germany, Spain and Italy.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Reigning title holders from English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A will be among teams in the International Champions Cup - and will provide American fans an opportunity to figure out what league they like the most.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Lionel Messi's Barcelona among the teams preparing for the start of the season in the U.S. with the International Champions Cup.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
LAFC forward Adama Diomande claimed Thursday that he was called a racial slur by a Portland Timbers player. Diomande, a Norway native, did not name the player.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   BBC Football
Everton are close to signing Watford's Brazilian forward Richarlison in a deal that could eventually be worth £50m.
07/20/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
The World Cup may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Neymar jokes are slowing down.Neymar, the Brazil and PSG superstar, is well-known for making the most out of any contact he encounters on the pitch. You don’t have to search too hard to find jokes or memes at his expense. But his teammate Dani Alves believes it’s gone too far by now. And per ESPN, he’s happy to stick up for his friend.“No. I don’t think it’s a joke. When it becomes repetitive, it stops being a joke and starts to be something trying to cause damage.”Even so, Alves thinks Neymar’s best course of action is to simply ignore the noise.“But I think human being intelligence is not to let these kinds of things shoot you down. We who are around him are making sure that it doesn’t matter to him. The most important thing is about who you are, not what others think about you.”While all of this is mostly true, Alves is accomplishing two things with this. First and foremost, he’s being a good teammate. In this particular situation, there’s nothing wrong
07/20/2018   BBC Football
Russian club Torpedo Moscow cancel plans to sign defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma - but deny they have done so because he is black.
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
A quick run through of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that took place between 14 June - 15 July 2018. KALININGRAD, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the country's 12 World Cup venues should be mainly used for football, and not transformed into concert halls or exhibition centres. Russia hosted the World Cup in 11 cities in June and July without any major security or discriminatory incidents, receiving praise from fans and global football governing body FIFA. The country's efforts are now turning to ensure that the venues and infrastructure built for the month-long tournament...
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
An animated Shaka Hislop gives his thoughts on the controversy over Trevor Noah's Africa World Cup joke after backlash from the French ambassador.
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Leicester has signed Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward from Liverpool on a four-year on Friday
      
 
 
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Croatia defender Duje Caleta-Car has joined Marseille from Red Bull Salzburg, becoming the first offseason signing for the nine-time French champion.
      
 
 
07/20/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
Cesc Fàbregas doesn’t know what the future holds for Eden Hazard. But he does hope Hazard stays at Stamford Bridge ahead of the upcoming season. Per ESPN’s Liam Twomey, Fàbregas says Chelsea need him to stay.“I speak to him often. He is the best player at the club and we need Chelsea to keep the best players,” he stated. “He knows the fans love him and he is a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.”Hazard is coming off a fine World Cup in Russia, which eventually saw Belgium finish third. But more than that, he’s coming off a rather lackluster 2017-18 PL season (by his standards). After scoring 16 goals and adding five assists across 36 PL matches during the 2016-17, Hazard found the back of the net 12 times with four assists in 34 matches last season. Still, a Chelsea without Hazard would be a strange one; he’s been there the past six seasons.But sometimes it’s time for a change, and last week the winger suggested just that.“You know my preferred destination… I can decide if I want to st
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
South Korea forward Son Heung-min and Argentina winger Erik Lamela have signed extended contracts at Tottenham
      
 
 
07/20/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem had made only six starts and was often a healthy scratch or substitute for a Sounders team that had paid targeted allocation money (TAM) to sign him in the off-season.
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
Neymar rejects rumors he could leave Paris Saint-Germain, saying he wants to win titles at the French club
      
 
 
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Croatia's World Cup team returned to a heroes' welcome at Zagreb airport following their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow. Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive. Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic has not accepted a runners-up medal after his country's 4-2 World Cup final defeat to France because he was sent home early in the competition, reports in the Croatian media said. Kalinic, dismissed from the squad following the 2-0 victory over Nigeria in their opening match, reportedly said: "Thank you, but I did not play in Russia." Coach Zlatko Dalic sent the AC Milan forward home when, warming up to be a second-half substitute, he told him he was not able to play...
07/20/2018   USA Today - Soccer
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned UEFA's ban on AC Milan competing in the Europa League this season
      
 
 
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time. Croatia's World Cup squad returned home to huge crowds following their run to the final in Russia. Croatia's World Cup team returned to a heroes' welcome at Zagreb airport following their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow. Syrian troops and residents have a bit of peace watching the World Cup final as their lives slowly return to normal. Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive. The chief organiser of Russia's World Cup says stewards will be punished after protesters ran onto the pitch during the final. Organising committee CEO Alexei Sorokin told Russia's Sport Express newspaper "we will make [the stewards] ashamed" after four members of the Pussy Riot protest group and punk band ran onto the pitch dressed as police officers. The game was briefly stopped as stewards chased the protesters, one of whom shared a high-five with France's star forward Kylian Mbappe. Sorokin...
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop recaps France's thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina and thinks major changes are needed for the South American side. The FC panel put Argentina's World Cup exit into context and how it affects Lionel Messi's claim to be the greatest player of all time. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France. ESPN's Dalton Cara captures the emotions of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose World Cup dreams ended on the same day. The guys respond to your tweets about Brazil-Mexico, Simeone for Argentina, Uruguay's World Cup chances and Mbappe's performance against Cavani's. Now that Jorge Sampaoli's time as coach of Argentina has come to an end, more details are starting to emerge about the chaos in the camp during the World Cup. It is clear there was a complete breakdown of trust. Following Argentina's second match, a dismal 3-0 defeat to Croatia, the players, led by Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi, reportedly forced a meeting where they made their grievances known; they had no faith in the coach, in his idea of play and even in his excessively nervous behaviour. It...
07/20/2018   BBC Football
Pep Guardiola discusses the professionalism of third-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart in Manchester City's pre-season training and Jorginho's decision to join Chelsea instead of City.
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Neymar described Brazil's exit from the World Cup in Russia as the saddest moment of his career.
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Dani Alves backed fellow Brazilian Neymar and said the criticism he received throughout the World Cup was unfair.
07/20/2018   World Cup news

One of the main factors behind the success of Russia 2018 was the superb performance of the hosts on the pitch. FIFA.com spoke with *Sbornaya *head coach Stanislav Cherchesov about how his team managed to reach the quarter-finals.

07/20/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
Real Madrid might want Neymar, but the Brazilian has no interest in leaving Paris.Since before the World Cup, speculation ran rampant over a potential transfer to Real Madrid. The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo a couple of weeks ago only served to heat those talks up. But the winger doesn’t seem to have any interest in such a move, per ESPN.“Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press.”Easy man, some of us have bills to pay.But seriously, Neymar moving after just one season in Paris wouldn’t make much sense. It’d be one thing if PSG had to desperately sell off players in order to comply with Fair Play regulations, but we know these things aren’t taken seriously. Look no further than AC Milan, who were just reinstated to Europa League competition Friday morning. Other speculation stemmed from the wild idea that Neymar went to PSG from Barcelona first solely to make a move to Madrid one year later.Regardless, it doesn’t look like Neymar is going
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
A quick run through of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that took place between 14 June - 15 July 2018.
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Incredible skills by the world's most gifted players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Former director of football for PSG Patrick Kluivert shares his thoughts on Kylian Mbappe's World Cup and his chances of winning a Ballon d'Or. Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe etched his name into football lore in Russia. Here's how the France prodigy won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award. The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's stock at PSG, the 2018 France squad vs. the 1998 World Cup winning side and much more. Free-Kick: Classic World Cup final as 'Best Young Player' Mbappe powers France to World Cup glory; Luka Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball Kylian Mbappe "has already grown up" and is ahead of where France greats Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet were at a similar age, France coach Didier Deschamps has said. Henry and Trezeguet were 20 when they were part of the France squad Deschamps captained to the 1998 World Cup but played bit-part roles in the success, only really becoming established in the side that won the European Championship two years later. Mbappe, 19, scored four goals, including one in the final, and started all but one...
07/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
After Neymar got in on the 'Neymar challenge,' Steve Nicol explains why he looks more like a clown than one of the world's best footballers. Dani Alves backed fellow Brazilian Neymar and said the criticism he received throughout the World Cup was unfair. Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves doesn't think the jokes being made at Neymar's expense are funny and has urged his teammate with club and country not to pay them any attention. At this summer's World Cup, Neymar became a target of widespread ridicule from fans and media for at times over-selling contact in an attempt to get the referee's attention. Countless memes were created around the Brazil star's embellished reactions and many have become viral sensations on social media,...
07/20/2018   World Cup news
07/19/2018   World Cup news
07/19/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
After Julien Laurens hails Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup triumph, the FC crew examine whether the tournament was a new beginning for him. Back in 1998, the last time France won the World Cup, Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf returned to England and appeared on "They Think It's All Over," a sport-based comedy television show. In other countries, or other programmes, Leboeuf might have been greeted with reverence. Instead he was the target of mockery throughout and responded to every joke with a simple line: "I don't care. I won the World Cup." Which, in fairness, serves as a decent response to any jibe. Once you win the World Cup, who...
07/19/2018   World Cup news

After being officially unveiled as the Spain’s new coach, Luis Enrique explained what some of the keys to his tenure would be.

07/19/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The stars came out for France as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe all scored to help Les Bleus to their second World Cup title. Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, wants to honour Antoine Griezmann by declaring the France international an "illustrious visitor" of their city following the affectionate gestures recently shown by the player towards their country. The newly crowned World Cup winner had a Uruguay flag, which a journalist had given him, draped over his shoulders in a postgame news conference after France beat Croatia in the final on Sunday. The Atletico Madrid star, who scored a penalty in the 4-2 victory and was named...
07/19/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998. Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe etched his name into football lore in Russia. Here's how the France prodigy won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award. Former France international Robert Pires said his country mirrored the spirit they showed in 1998 during their World Cup winning campaign. The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's stock at PSG, the 2018 France squad vs. the 1998 World Cup winning side and much more. PARIS -- Trevor Noah, the South African host of a popular U.S. TV show, sparred with the French ambassador in Washington after the comedian joked that Africa, not France, won the World Cup. The victory of a multicultural French team against Croatia in Sunday's final in Moscow has reverberated across the globe, being celebrated in France and other places as a triumph for diversity, while it has fanned racist abuse in some corners. "Africa won the World Cup," Noah, host of The Daily Show, said in...
07/19/2018   World Cup news

The FIFA Fan Fest™ took Russia by storm, with FIFA now able to confirm that the Russian edition welcomed 7.7 million visitors across its 11 free-of-charge venues.

07/19/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
After losing to Brazil in the last 16 Mexico fans pull off their best Neymar impressions. Real Madrid's €54 million teenager Rodrygo says Neymar is a victim of a double standard amid the criticism the Brazil superstar suffered for his playacting at this summer's World Cup, saying "nobody says anything" when players from other countries exaggerate fouls. Despite Brazil exiting in the quarterfinals, only Eden Hazard suffered more fouls than Neymar in Russia. However, the PSG man became a target of widespread ridicule from fans and media for at times over-selling contact...
07/19/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Former director of football for PSG Patrick Kluivert shares his thoughts on Kylian Mbappe's World Cup and his chances of winning a Ballon d'Or.
07/18/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
Liverpool are finally addressing their goalkeeper problem.According to Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian, they’re signing Roma’s Alisson for a record fee.“Liverpool have signed the goalkeeper Alisson for a world-record fee of €75m (£66.9m), subject to a medical. The goalkeeper is flying to England on Wednesday night and is expected to have his medical on Saturday.”The Reds are coming off a respectable fourth-place Premier League finish, but they’ve got plenty of work to do to top Manchester City next season. 25 points stood between them and City by season’s end. Their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid came down to two brutal mistakes from goalkeeper Loris Karius.Adding Alisson certainly helps on paper. And Roma are making quite the profit on their soon to be former shot-stopper; they spent just €8 million to land him in the summer of 2016.In the meantime, Alisson will be the Reds’ fourth incoming player this summer. He will join Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri with the Reds spending roughly €200 mi
07/18/2018   Yardbaker Soccer
For the second time in their history, France are World Cup champions. And Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is a big part of the reason why. But not just on the pitch.According to ESPN’s Ian Holyman, Pogba rallied his country with a fierce speech ahead of France’s Round of 16 clash against Argentina. Specifically, he didn’t pay much mind to Lionel Messi.“…Messi or no Messi, we don’t give a s—“Ultimately, France defeated Croatia this past Sunday by a final score of 4-2 to clinch their second-ever title. Pogba, after starting the attack from his own half, finished off his country’s counter-attack with a left-footed strike to give his side a 3-1 lead. Of course, they wouldn’t have gotten there without beating Argentina first.“The details boys. Fellas! We want warriors on the pitch today. I don’t want to go home tonight. Me, this evening, I’m not going home. Tomorrow, we’re staying at the hotel,” Pogba adds.It’s easy to just say words, of course; people literally say words all the time. But it’s another thi
07/18/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders this season have largely given away bragging rights to having the league's toughest home fortress in CenturyLink Field, with places like Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta now laying claim to that throne. But for the Sounders to salvage their season, they'll have to practically win out at home.
07/18/2018   World Cup news

When Armenian fan Aram Cherkezyan saw he won a trip to the Final of Russia 2018, he thought it was too good to be true.