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01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Australia fires Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic 5 months out from Women's World Cup
      
 
 
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
The versatility of the likes of Fabinho and James Milner is crucial to keeping Liverpool’s The post Henderson: Fabinho and Milner show squad’s versatility appeared first on TheSoccerDaily.com.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Liverpool bid £61m for Joao Felix, Chelsea to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Everton to move for Michy Batshuayi, plus more.
01/18/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

A satirical look back at some of the quirkiest, most eyebrow-raising things that happened in the sports world this week.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
“Our front three are as good as any in the league,” said Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic following a 4-2 win over Leicester City in September. Begovic then added that the trio featuring Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, and Josh King are “up there with Liverpool’s front three.” One could not blame Begovic for getting caught up in the moment of watching Fraser take on a Leicester backline at pace, cut in, then score like Mane, but there is at least one significant difference between the attacking trios. Whereas Salah, Mane, and Firmino cost over $140 million from Roma, Southampton, and Hoffenheim, Bournemouth’s trio was had for a total of $4.7 million. Fraser was signed from Aberdeen for $500,000, while Wilson was the most expensive at $4.2 million from Coventry City. King began his career in Manchester United’s youth academy and was loaned out to five different sides before coming over on a free transfer from Blackburn.  But it would only be a matter of time before the rest of the Premier League took notice of Bo
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes says she would consider a job in the men's game, but "would have to take an alternative route".
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes says she would consider managing in the men's game.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says defender Alfie Mawson injured himself while putting on his boots.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Romelu Lukaku still has a big role to play at Manchester United, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Romelu Lukaku still has a big role to play at Manchester United, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Marko Arnautovic is not in the West Ham squad for his side's Premier League match against Bournemouth on Saturday.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Defending champion Bayern Munich got the Bundesliga back underway after a winter break lasting almost four weeks by winning 3-1 at Hoffenheim to deliver a statement of intent to leader Borussia Dortmund
      
 
 
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata each scored two goals as Getafe routed Alaves 4-0 to win the clash of this season's Spanish league surprise packages
      
 
 
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Leon Goretzka scores twice as Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 3-1 and reduce Borussia Dortmund's lead to three points.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Lille substitute Xeka scored late on to clinch a 2-1 win over Amiens that consolidated second place behind Paris Saint-Germain in the French league
      
 
 
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso are set to appear in court in Madrid on Tuesday on separate tax-evasion charges.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Norwich City regain second place in the Championship with a 3-1 win at home against Birmingham City.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Jose Mourinho's long-time assistant Rui Faria is named head coach of Qatari side Al Duhail.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
FIFA's task force drafting options to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global Nations League in a joint $25 billion deal has got together in Morocco and will meet again next month in Brazil
      
 
 
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is asked about watching opponents' training sessions, in what has become known as 'Spygate'.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Derby boss Frank Lampard hopes his friendship with Ashley Cole will tempt the defender to join the Championship club.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
The longtime right-hand man of Jose Mourinho has taken up his first senior managerial job at a club in Qatar
      
 
 
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Tottenham are not under "pressure" to sign a new forward this month despite Harry Kane being injured, says boss Mauricio Pochettino.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Tottenham are not under "pressure" to sign a new forward this month despite Harry Kane being injured, says boss Mauricio Pochettino.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi is in talks with Chelsea about his future.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Cowdenbeath believe their Scottish Cup tie against Rangers could have gone ahead after it is postponed because of a frozen pitch.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
The Spanish football federation says Barcelona will not be penalized for allegedly using an illegible player in a Copa del Rey match after Levante's complaint it did so arrived after the 48-hour deadline
      
 
 
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
FIFA rankings will be used to sort the pots for the Copa America draw this month
      
 
 
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Barcelona will face Sevilla in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, setting up a rematch of last year's final
      
 
 
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
'Spygate' is the talk of English soccer, and there seems to be no consensus among managers about how it should be regarded
      
 
 
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Fulham's Calum Chambers talks to Football Focus about Harry Potter, beating Tottenham, and how long he can hold his breath for.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Huddersfield approach Borussia Dortmund for permission to speak to coach Jan Siewert for their vacant manager role.
01/18/2019   BBC Football
New York Knicks basketball star Mario Hezonja is a Newcastle fan and is backing them to beat fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday.
01/18/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Brazil will play the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague to prepare for the Copa America
      
 
 
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
UEFA's latest benchmarking report shows every European top-flight club being profitable but it doesn't mean the game is in a good place yet. Each year, for the past decade, UEFA have released their "Benchmarking Report," a sort of "State of the Game" across the top flights of every European league. As ever, it's filled with interesting nuggets and takes time to sift through. Here's a Q&A to help make sense of it. Q: So what's the top-line, major takeaway? A: Well, for the first time in the report's history -- and probably the first time ever -- European top-flight clubs were profitable last year, to the tune of some $700 million....
01/18/2019   Soccernet
UEFA's latest benchmarking report shows every European top-flight club being profitable, but it doesn't mean the game is in a good place yet. Each year, for the past decade, UEFA have released their "Benchmarking Report," a sort of "State of the Game" across the top flights of every European league. As ever, it's filled with interesting nuggets and takes time to sift through. Here's a Q&A to help make sense of it. Q: So what's the top-line, major takeaway? A: Well, for the first time in the report's history -- and probably the first time ever -- European top-flight clubs were profitable last year, to the tune of some $700 million....
01/18/2019   Soccernet
Edson Alvarez already has a World Cup and league championship under his belt at 21. MEXICO CITY -- Their careers have just started, yet they have already made a notable impression. We are talking about the unique Mexican youngsters who could soon follow in the footsteps of Diego Lainez, who at just 18 years old recently moved to Real Betis. Some of these players are already on the radar of clubs overseas, but they remain in Mexico for the time being. That said, here are 10 players who could soon be set to take the step up and measure themselves in the world's top leagues, following...
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Lionel Messi followed Atlas on Twitter on Thursday but don't expect to see Messi in Liga MX anytime soon. Long-suffering fans of Liga MX club Atlas have not seen their team win a first-division title since 1951, but the Guadalajara institution achieved something on Thursday that no other Mexican club can boast: Lionel Messi followed them on Instagram. Big day for @atlasfc. The Mexican club officially welcomed Lionel Messi to the "red-and-black family."(Messi followed the club on Instagram) #ligamxeng pic.twitter.com/7sULNbptYR— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) January 18, 2019 And they made the most of being one of the 219 accounts that Messi follows. Los Rojinegros posted an Instagram story "welcoming" Messi to the "red-and-black" family, before adding another explaining that he wasn't actually joining the struggling club,...
01/18/2019   Soccernet
Lionel Messi followed Atlas on Twitter on Thursday but don't expect to see Messi in Liga MX anytime soon. Long-suffering fans of Liga MX club Atlas have not seen their team win a first-division title since 1951, but the Guadalajara institution achieved something on Thursday that no other Mexican club can boast: Lionel Messi followed them on Instagram. Big day for @atlasfc. The Mexican club officially welcomed Lionel Messi to the "red-and-black family."(Messi followed the club on Instagram) #ligamxeng pic.twitter.com/7sULNbptYR— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) January 18, 2019 And they made the most of being one of the 219 accounts that Messi follows. Los Rojinegros posted an Instagram story "welcoming" Messi to the "red-and-black" family, before adding another explaining that he wasn't actually joining the struggling club,...
01/18/2019   Soccernet
Go behind-the-scenes of the NBA London game with ESPN and Chelsea's Olivier Giroud.
01/18/2019   Soccernet
FC Cincinnati announced it has completed the signing of Herediano midfielder Allan Cruz, who will join the club immediately. Meet #FCCincy's newest signing Allan Cruz. =ª=% pic.twitter.com/qwE5g74eAo— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) January 18, 2019 Previous reports had indicated that Herediano wanted to hang on to Cruz until its participation in the knockout rounds of this year's CONCACAF Champions League was complete, but FCC succeeded in getting the midfielder on board in time for the start of presesason next week. The Costa Rica international joins what is becoming a crowded central midfield, with Cincinnati already...
01/18/2019   Soccernet
Carlos Salcedo is considered a key player for Mexico in the upcoming World Cup cycle. Mexico international Carlos Salcedo has agreed a move to Liga MX side Tigres from Eintracht Frankfurt, according to ESPN Mexico sources and multiple reports. Salcedo is expected to travel to Mexico to sign a deal with Ricardo Ferretti's team in what is a surprise transfer given the defender has been a regular for Eintracht Frankfurt when available. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system The 25-year-old center-back was part of Tigres' youth system but left for Real Salt Lake in 2012 in search of more first-team opportunities. Salcedo...
01/18/2019   BBC Football
Paul Pogba believes Manchester United can achieve a top-four finish this season, and also discusses interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
01/18/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Harry Kane's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Spurs can cope without their star striker. Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham feel no pressure to sign a replacement for injured striker Harry Kane, and has vowed not to "cry" as injuries and departures mount within his squad. Spurs expect Kane to be out of action until March and there have been reports of interest in 31-year-old free agent forward Giuseppe Rossi, who has been training with Manchester United. But Pochettino told a news conference: "I think there's many names that appear in every transfer window. He's another name to add...
01/17/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
DC United star-man Wayne Rooney joins the FC crew to share his thoughts on Manchester United's drama filled season. D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney believes his former Manchester United team should go "all out" in their efforts to lure Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham and into the dugout at Old Trafford. Rooney, 33, prefaced that by saying United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a great job and deserves an opportunity, but said he'd go with Pochettino if the decision was left to him. "First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that's a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers,"...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
DC United star-man Wayne Rooney joins the FC crew to share his thoughts on Manchester United's drama filled season. D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney believes his former Manchester United team should go "all out" in their efforts to lure Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham and into the dugout at Old Trafford. Rooney, 33, prefaced that by saying United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a great job and deserves an opportunity, but said he'd go with Pochettino if the decision was left to him. "First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that's a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers,"...
01/17/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
DC United star-man Wayne Rooney joins the FC crew to share his thoughts on Manchester United's drama filled season.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
DC United star-man Wayne Rooney joins the FC crew to share his thoughts on Manchester United's drama filled season.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
The ESPN FC crew examine Paul Pogba's improved performances at Manchester United with the departure of Jose Mourinho. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. TOP STORY: United's Fellaini to join Arsenal legend Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - Chelsea close on Higuain loan - PSG make Weigl top target - Barca's Malcom available for €41m - Rossi rules out MLS, eyes Europe - Man United to wait for Koulibaly Thierry Henry has enquired about taking Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini on loan until the end of the season, according the the Express. Monaco are struggling at the bottom of the table and appointed Henry in October in an attempt to...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Wayne Rooney chats with ESPN FC about one of his defining moments so far with D.C. United: his last-minute tackle and assist to beat Orlando City.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
D.C. United star Wayne Rooney joins ESPN FC to discuss his move to MLS, his amazing assist against Orlando City, his expectations for 2019 and more.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Diego Lainez joined Real Betis last week. Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez is backing fellow Mexican Diego Lainez to succeed at Real Betis despite his slight frame, questioning whether Lionel Messi's size has been an impediment to the Argentine. Lainez signed for Betis from Club America last weekend and a lot is expected from a player projected to be a future El Tri star. "We've got to give him time and be patient," the 39-year-old Marquez said in an interview with ESPN. "Height? Ask Leo Messi, I don't think [it's an issue]. Without...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
The FC crew's weirdest pre-game rituals are just one of the highlights on this weeks edition of Best of the Week.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
The ESPN FC crew examine Paul Pogba's improved performances at Manchester United with the departure of Jose Mourinho. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Romelu Lukaku to be ready to take his chance to impress -- just like he did when he was a player. The Belgian has so far been restricted to a bit-part role under Solskjaer, with the Norwegian putting his faith in a youthful front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer said Lukaku will get chances during the second half of the season, but the 45-year-old added that the competition...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Maurizio Sarri joked he doesn't have any good spies amid Marcelo Bielsa admitting to spying on Leeds' opponents. Chelsea's Olivier Giroud believes playing Arsenal will be special but he feels frustrated by the lack of playing time he has had at Chelsea since Maurizio Sarri took charge. LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri admitted that he does not think Jorginho can improve any further after four years under his coaching and added that his Chelsea team are not yet ready to risk changing tactics. Jorginho's performances at the base of the Chelsea midfield have come under greater scrutiny in recent weeks, with Sarri admitting that the Italy international was "in trouble" during last weekend's 2-1 win over Newcastle and reiterating the club's need to replace the departed Cesc Fabregas. Sarri...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Harry Kane's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Spurs can cope without their star striker. Mauricio Pochettino says it is 'impossible' for Tottenham to sign another striker of Harry Kane's calibre and that he would rather bring another homegrown forward through the academy. The Argentine is wary of talking up his youngsters, having once compared Marcus Edwards to Lionel Messi and regretted it -- the 20-year-old is now on loan with Dutch side Excelsior. But with Kane sidelined, Son Heung-Min at the Asian Cup and Lucas Moura "90 percent out" with a knee injury, 20-year-old striker Kazaiah...
01/17/2019   Soccernet
The guys respond to your tweets about Dejan Lovren, Alvaro Morata, Southampton's survival hopes and why players and managers are upset with Bielsa.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Craig Burley says Unai Emery needs well more than six months to fix Arsenal's problems, as the Gunners sit six points off Chelsea and the top four.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
Premier League hopefuls Norwich City ended a four-match winless run in the Championship with a big win over playoff contenders Birmingham City.
01/17/2019   Soccernet
TSG Hoffenheim Bayern Munich 1 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Leon Goretzka scored twice to give champions Bayern Munich a 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim on Friday and cut Borussia Dortmund's lead to three points as the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break, The Germany midfielder scored both his goals in the first half and Robert Lewandowski added another in the 87th minute to earn the three points that lifted Bayern to 39, with Dortmund set to travel to RB Leipzig on Saturday. "We did not play to rattle Dortmund. We wanted to make a good start to the year...
01/17/2019   BBC Football
Jose Mourinho says he is "too young" to retire, in his first interview since being sacked by Manchester United.
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Barcelona earned its spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey but its participation in the tournament could be over
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
The Seattle Sounders have a new jersey sponsor after signing a multiyear deal with online retailer Zulily
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
It's north vs. west London in the Premier League this weekend
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Barcelona in danger of Copa elimination for using suspended player
      
 
 
01/17/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

A multiyear jersey deal between the Sounders and Zulily, which includes the Reign women's team, replaces a decadelong arrangement with Xbox. The deal — which allows for added pitch rights revenue — could bring the Sounders closer to the $6 million in annual jersey fees top MLS squads are believed to garner.
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Thursday amid the political tensions between the two nations to complete the group stage of the Asian Cup with three wins
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt, was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike.
      
 
 
01/17/2019   BBC Football
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on New York Knicks basketball star Mario Hezonja to predict the weekend's Premier League results.
01/17/2019   BBC Football
A Leicester player dresses up as Spider-man for their training session, and manager Claude Puel said he is "not surprised" - but who was it?
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Giuseppe Rossi is hoping training at former club Manchester United helps his serach for a new team
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
Arsenal is facing a six-day stretch that could make or break its season and prompt renewed scrutiny into the machinations of a club that appears to have issues at every level
      
 
 
01/17/2019   USA Today - Soccer
The first year without Cristiano Ronaldo has proven to be a difficult one for Real Madrid
      
 
 
01/16/2019   BBC Football
Relive Derby's win on penalties over Southampton in 60 seconds, including VAR controversy, great goals and a bouncing Frank Lampard.
01/16/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Yesterday we found out that Harry Kane, Tottenham’s star striker, will be out of training until at least March with ligament damage to his ankle. Depending on how he progresses, he could be missing from games until even early April. It’s a huge blow for Tottenham. Their fans will be in full panic mode, but for the rest of Premier League viewers, Tottenham without Kane will be very interesting to watch. Kane has been the focal point of Tottenham’s offense and for good reason. Being tall and strong, he can receive long passes and win aerial battles against defensemen. He’s also really good with his feet, a bit of a rarity among taller players, and quick enough to run in behind a lot of defenders. Tottenham will also be hindered by Son Heung-min’s absence as the attacker will be with South Korea’s team at the Asian Cup. At most, Son will miss five games. Kane will miss at least 10 games. That’s two of Tottenham’s best three players gone for a sizeable amount of time. What will Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochett
01/15/2019   World Cup news
01/15/2019   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
PSG's Thomas Meunier believes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would benefit from having stadiums close together for a better atmosphere after visiting the Al Wakrah Stadium.
01/14/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders on Monday continued their pattern of taking longer-term player projects in the MLS SuperDraft, choosing San Diego State University center back Aleks Berkolds in the third round. They had no fourth round pick, having traded it to Montreal in 2017.
01/13/2019   Yardbaker Soccer
Thierry Henry received the ball on a turn in the first leg of Arsenal’s 2006 Champions League quarterfinal match against Juventus, and found a then-18-year-old Cesc Fabregas making a run into space. Fabregas, who was given Patrick Vieira’s #4 jersey after the Frenchman left for Juve a season prior, wrong-footed Gigi Buffon and slid the ball into the net. It was a coming of age performance for the Spanish midfielder who left Barcelona and moved to London at age 16. Henry later admitted that he and Fabregas developed a bond so strong during that era that they have spoken to each other “every two or three days” over the past 11 years. That friendship takes on a new context with Henry, as Monaco manager, calling upon Fabregas to save their season from relegation. The move presumably ends his 13-year run in the Premier League, including his most recent run at Chelsea in which he won two league titles, capped off by an 18 assist season in 2015 under Jose Mourinho.  We don’t need the hundreds of YouTube compilation
01/12/2019   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
South African legend Phil Masinga has passed away from "a cancer related disease," the nation's football association has announced. South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said he was "gutted" to lose "a loyal servant" of the game in the country. "We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football," Jordan said on the SAFA website. "I am really gutted. I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar and although he was not feeling well, he was...
01/11/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders used a first-round, 20th overall draft pick Friday on Air Force Academy standout Tucker Bone, a Tacoma native raised in California. Bone still has military service remaining and will have to partake in a special program allowing for elite athletes to jointly pursue their service and sports careers.
01/11/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

Major League Soccer has renamed its annual Coach of the Year award after longtime Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who died in Los Angeles last month at age 65. Schmid won two MLS Cup titles, with the L.A. Galaxy and Columbus, and guided the Sounders to four U.S. Open Cup wins and a 2014 Supporters' Shield.
01/10/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso has signed with Minnesota United FC, making him the last of this city's 2009 expansion team members to depart the club. Alonso won an MLS Cup title, a Supporters' Shield and four U.S. Open Cup trophies as the club's defensive midfield anchor.
01/07/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders will play nearly a third of their 2019 season in the first two months and reach the halfway mark by June 5 — more than a month sooner than last year. MLS condensed its schedule to bump its championship game up by four weeks to Nov. 10.
01/07/2019   World Cup news

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has been announced as the new head coach of the Mexican national team, following the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

01/03/2019   Seattle Times Sounders

The Seahawks were unquestionably something of a surprise team in 2018. But there have been others in Seattle sports history. Here's a look.
01/01/2019   World Cup news

In an exclusive interview, Qatar ace Akram Afif discusses his ambitions ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, his hopes for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, his club spell in Europe and his current season with Al Sadd.

01/01/2019   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed they could expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams which would allow neighbouring nations to help host the tournament.
01/01/2019   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year. The Legion d'honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, but exceptions have been made in the past for the 1998 World Cup-winning squad, as well as Michel Platini. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE in January - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! In an official communication on Tuesday, it was confirmed that "this special promotion distinguishes the French national team players, football World Cup winners in 2018, as well as their...
01/01/2019   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed they could expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams which would allow neighbouring nations to help host the tournament. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed football's global governing body is exploring the possibility of some of Qatar's Gulf neighbours hosting matches at the 2022 World Cup. Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai, Infantino also confirmed FIFA was looking into a possible expansion of the tournament to 48 teams, but said diplomatic tension in the area could be a problem countries would have to overcome. "If we can accommodate some of the neighbouring countries in the Gulf region which are...
12/29/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

2018 in review: Matt Calkins: Reviewing Seattle sports’ year of triumphs and tragedy 18 in ’18: Who ruled Seattle sports this year? Sis Bates UW softball shortstop Nine years after falling in love with the UW softball team while watching the Huskies win the national title from her home in Ceres, Calif., Bates led Washington to […]
12/29/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

After a thorough review, one thing is clear: Evaluating the year in Seattle sports is no easy task. A WNBA championship, an epic collapse, a resurgent giant and a heartwarming summer celebration. And much more.
12/28/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders made a depth deal Friday, acquiring center back Jonathan Campbell from Chicago for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. The move provides insurance at an injury-plagued position where Chad Marshall and Roman Torres are well into their 30s.
12/28/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The Exploding Heads look back on Boxing Day where Liverpool are still atop the league, Arsenal's return to mediocrity and Jose Mourinho's new role at Man City. The FC crew are in agreement: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk has been the Premier League's top player in 2018-19. The end of 2018 is almost upon us, and that means it's nearly time to bid farewell to another 12 months of ridiculousness in the world of football. But fear not! For the Toe Poke has been here to chronicle every questionable haircut, every social media gaffe and every ill-judged tattoo because, quite frankly, it's better than sweating on stuff out there in the real world. All your favourite star players have found themselves -- voluntarily or not -- the subjects of mirth just as much as they have...
12/27/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Join the Exploding Heads as they reflect back at 2018 which included Arsene Wenger's Arsenal farewell, VAR at the World Cup and much more.
12/26/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
From France's World Cup win to Real Madrid hoisting the Champions League trophy, watch the best moments in the world of football this calendar year.
12/26/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

Former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who died Tuesday at age 65, got the team to the playoffs its first seven years of existence. Beyond that, he brought credibility and legitimacy to a franchise that became an MLS template for success.
12/26/2018   World Cup news
12/20/2018   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
FIFA have said more than 3.5 billion people -- more than half of the global population aged four and over -- watched some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12bn watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing said the final's television audience was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of "global average in-home audience," while 309.7m more watched on digital devices and out-of-home screenings in public spaces, bars and...
12/20/2018   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders will open the season at home for the 10th time in 11 years. They have lost their past three season openers.