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03/28/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com rounds up all the action from FIFA World Cup™ qualifying in Asia, where all six hosts recorded three points on home soil.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
The video assistant referee twice played an important role as France beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in Paris
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Goals from Eder and Leonardo Bonucci saw Italy past Netherlands in an international friendly.
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Marko Arnautovic scored for Austria as Finland managed to rescue the draw just 15 minutes later.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Antoine Griezmann thought he'd had the opener for France, but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled the goal was offside. The video assistant referee twice played an important role as France beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday. FIFA is testing VARs ahead of their possible use at the World Cup, and the system ruled out a goal that had been given for France, and later overruled a linesman to grant Spain a goal. Antoine Griezmann thought he had put France ahead in the second half, but after the goal was originally given, the VAR called down to the match referee and disallowed the goal for offside in the buildup. Spain...
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Dundee United claim their first league win since early February and move to within a point of Morton by beating Ayr United.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
International Friendly: Gerard Deulofeu (77'), France 0-2 Spain
03/28/2017   BBC Football
The Republic of Ireland's 15-game unbeaten run at the Aviva Stadium ends as their under-strength side are beaten by Iceland.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Changing the format of the EFL Trophy was "worth doing" and the competition has a future, says EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Scotland's under-21 side are held to a goalless stalemate by Estonia in a friendly at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
International Friendly: David Silva penalty (68'), France 0-1 Spain
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Antoine Griezmann thought he'd had the opener for France, but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled the goal was offside.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Alexander Bukharov salvaged a 3-3 draw for Russia against Belgium in stoppage time to cap a late comeback in a friendly in Sochi on Tuesday. Defender Viktor Vasin had given Russia an early lead before Roman Neustadter gave away a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Belgium forward Christian Benteke. Kevin Mirallas converted the spot kick, and Benteke followed up with a pair of goals shortly before half-time. Substitute Bukharov set up Alexei Miranchuk to make it 3-2 in the 76th minute, before leveling...
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, who leads the MLS with five goals, will miss four to six weeks with a left quad injury
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
FIFA World Cup Champion Abby Wambach visits with the Cincinnati Women's Soccer team and delivers some powerful life messages.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Arsenal legend and current T&T assistant Sol Campbell spoke with ESPN FC ahead of the World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago -- Cuauhtemoc Blanco may be one of Mexico's all-time greatest stars, but many feel he didn't conquer Europe and become a bona fide worldwide icon due to one particular incident back on Oct. 8, 2000. That World Cup qualifier between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago provided probably the most historic moment in a game between the countries, who lock horns on Tuesday at Haseley Crawford Stadium. With 72 minutes on the clock at Estadio Azteca and El Tri 6-0 up, Trinidad...
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Mark Sampson says form "isn't a priority" after announcing he will name England's Euro 2017 squad three months before the finals.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
U.S. head coach Bruce Arena is not underestimating a 'very good' Panama side ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Bruno Fernandes de Souza is free pending appeal after being found guilty of killing girlfriend
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Soccernet
International Friendly: Laurent Koscielny (11'), France 0-0 Spain
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Playing without Lionel Messi, Argentina have fallen behind 1-0 in La Paz. Juan Arce scored for Bolivia after 31 minutes. Earlier in the day, Messi was given a four-game ban for insulting a match official vs. Chile. GameCast Live
03/28/2017   Soccernet
International Friendly: Kylian Mbappe (5'), France 0-0 Spain
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Alejandro Moreno tells us where Liverpool goes from here after Adam Lallana will be on the shelf for a month with a thigh injury. Liverpool have been dealt the blow of Adam Lallana picking up an injury on international duty, with reports stating he could miss up to a month of action. Sources have told ESPN FC, however, that no official timescale has been put on the midfielder's injury. Regardless, any time Lallana spends on the sidelines will cause manager Jurgen Klopp major selection problems, with injuries highlighting the serious lack of depth within his squad, in addition to significant players being out of form. Lallana...
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Alexander Bukharov salvaged a 3-3 draw for Russia against Belgium to cap a comeback from 3-1 down
      
 
 
03/28/2017   BBC Football
A Christian Benteke double is not enough for Belgium as Russia stage a late comeback to draw their international friendly.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Despite being around the USMNT for years, Jozy Altidore stresses the constant need to improve and progress.
03/28/2017   Soccernet
With Real Madrid linked with David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, Shaka Hislop rates the top 5 goalkeepers in the world. The role of second-choice goalkeeper at a Premier League club can be a thankless task, with hours spent sitting on the bench and appearances often limited to token outings in the cup competitions. But which No. 2 is the best and most reliable back-up in England's top flight? 20. Adam Federici (Bournemouth) The experienced understudy to Artur Boruc has his erratic moments and was playing this season when Eddie Howe's team suffered embarrassing cup defeats against lower league opponents Preston and...
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of emerging rumours linking Neymar to Manchester United. ARGENTINA: FIFA has banned Lionel Messi for four matches after ruling that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile. BARCELONA: Neymar has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona amid speculation in Spain that Manchester United are keen to acquire his services. MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the Premier League title this season, according to former Old Trafford boss...
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Lletget was injured while playing for the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras.
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson discuss whether Thierry Henry could succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. The Exploding Heads, ESPN FC and Leyton Orient join forces for an emotional appeal on behalf of Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal legend and current T&T assistant Sol Campbell discusses Arsene Wenger's current situation and future at the Emirates. Ian Darke joins the crew to answer your tweets on Man City and Arsenal's FA Cup clash, the world's top football venues and more. Arsenal fans don't have much to be cheerful about at the moment when it comes to the senior side, but perhaps teenage striker Eddie Nketiah is providing some hope for the future at least. Nketiah proved that he might be the most exciting prospect in the Gunners academy by scoring a hat trick for England's Under-18s on Monday night in their 4-0 win over Qatar. It's only the latest in a string of impressive performances that have spurred the belief that Arsenal may have finally found a worthy successor...
03/28/2017   Soccernet
Ale Moreno says it's not time to panic just yet for Marcus Rashford at Manchester United. The Metropolitan Police has closed an investigation into allegations of anti-gay chanting at Chelsea's FA Cup win over Manchester United earlier this month. A complaint was made on March 14, a day after Chelsea's 10 quarterfinal success in a fiery contest at Stamford Bridge, and was focused on the chant of "Chelsea rent boys" directed from the visiting supporters. The Met said in a statement: "Officers at Hammersmith and Fulham borough received an allegation on Tuesday, March 14 of homophobic chanting...
03/28/2017   Soccernet
The Exploding Heads, ESPN FC and Leyton Orient join forces for an emotional appeal on behalf of Arsenal Football Club. Proving that he really is a master of illusion, Mesut Ozil has been busy entertaining his young niece with an adorable bit of sleight of hand. While spending a little time with the family on his day off, Ozil was filmed completely foxing the youngster by pretending to throw her toy cat down the garden. Fun with #Mira ����❤ #Throwcattuesday #niece #familytime #love #ProudUncle #whereIsTheCat �� pic.twitter.com/52FmgicAYP - Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088)...
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Live coverage of Tuesday's international friendlies game between Netherlands and Italy.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
New York Red Bulls hire Bradley Carnell of South Africa as an assistant coach
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Researcher says rising sea levels call into question the wisdom of Everton's waterfront stadium plans.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
England coach Mark Sampson says his team have the right mindset and insists they "can win" Euro 2017 after finishing third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana suffers a thigh injury while playing for England that could keep him out for up to a month.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Kath Cassidy was "legendary" and had been serving tea since 1963.
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
There was a time where it would be insane to think Argentina wouldn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Even though they still are likely to qualify, it’s now gotten a bit tougher.Lionel Messi has been suspended for four World Cup Qualifying matches by FIFA for “directing insulting words at an assistant referee.” It’s not known what Messi actually said but it was apparently serious enough to warrant a suspension, although it wasn’t worth sending Messi off at the time.FIFA made sure to announce this today so Messi could start serving his suspension as soon as possible. Argentina plays Bolivia Tuesday night and would not come back until Argentina’s final qualifier against Ecuador on October 10.Argentina is currently 3rd in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying with just five matches left for the ten countries. The top four countries qualify for the World Cup while 5th advance to play the top team in Oceania (likely New Zealand) in a home-and-away series for the final spot.The middle of the CONMEBOL t
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Syria's hopes of reaching their first World Cup suffer a blow after they lose their latest qualifier 1-0 in South Korea.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Australia defeated United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Sydney on Tuesday, ending a run of four games without a win to get qualification for the 2018 World Cup back on track
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Lionel Messi crossed the line last week, and Argentina’s soccer team could pay the ultimate price as a result. FIFA announced Tuesday on its website it has banned the soccer superstar four games for verbally abusing referees. The penalty stems from his behavior during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile last Thursday. He’ll miss all but one of Argentina’s remaining 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to the suspension. “Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee,” FIFA said in a statement. “As a result, Messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of CHF 10,000. Messi will sit out Argentina’s next four 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Tuesday against Bolivia; Aug. 31 against Uruguay; Sept. 4 against Venezuela; Oct. 5 against Peru. Argentina currently is in third place in the CONMEBOL (South American confederations) standings with five World Cup qualifiers remaining. Four South American t
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
ZURICH — Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday’s game in Bolivia, putting his team in danger of missing the 2018 tournament in Russia. FIFA says Messi was banned for verbally abusing an assistant referee during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile in a qualifier last Thursday in...
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Lionel Messi is banned for four international matches - just five and a half hours before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia kicks off.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia
      
 
 
03/28/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Argentina and Barcelona star Messi suspended after verbally abusing official in World Cup qualifier.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Champions League changes won't favor the wealthiest European clubs
      
 
 
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Madeira International Airport will be renamed after local star Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday
      
 
 
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua's Hongkou stadium has been damaged by a fire.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Everton will draw motivation from the horrific leg break suffered by Seamus Coleman when they travel to Liverpool, says captain Phil Jagielka.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
New coach has one rule – "be on time" – as team vies for spot in 2018 World Cup
      
 
 
03/28/2017   BBC Football
Partizan Belgrade have their ban on playing in European competitions lifted after providing evidence they had cleared unpaid debts.
03/28/2017   World Cup news
New Zealand have secured top spot in Group A and a place in November’s Oceania play-off with a comfortable 2-0 win over Fiji in Wellington.
03/28/2017   BBC Football
A pitch invasion sees Senegal's Lamine Gassama tackled by a fan as their friendly with Ivory Coast in Paris is abandoned.
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region by beating Fiji 2-0
      
 
 
03/28/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Kolkata will stage the Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals, third-place playoff and final in November
      
 
 
03/27/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Coach Brian Schmetzer says his forward is day to day after hurting his ankle.
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Looking for its second straight win under coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. returned to Panama, where stoppage-time goals four years ago eliminated the hosts from contention for their first World Cup berth
      
 
 
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Midfielder Morgan Brian will miss the United States' exhibitions against Russia next month because of a minor knee injury sustained last month against France
      
 
 
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
In his first press conference as a Brazil player in more than 240 days, striker Neymar was not shy on Monday: he believes he is in the top moment of his career and plays for the best national team in the world
      
 
 
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Can phenom Christian Pulisic find the brilliance that sparked the U.S. win over Honduras?
      
 
 
03/27/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Sounders forward Jordan Morris practiced on the side Monday after being sent home early by the U.S. Men's National Team to rehab his injured ankle ahead of Friday's game against Atlanta United
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
England striker Jermain Defoe believes trying to adhere to a vegan diet is helping to prolong his career
      
 
 
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Bonded by an air crash which killed 71 people in November, Brazilian club Chapecoense and Colombia's Atletico Nacional will play a South American cup final next week
      
 
 
03/27/2017   BBC Football
Only one manager in England's top two leagues has won a full England cap, so what is the Football Association doing to increase that?
03/27/2017   World Cup news
Defeats do not come much more painful than the one Panama suffered against USA in their final match of the CONCACAF qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
The English Football Association has fined Manchester City 35,000 pounds ($44,000) for the misconduct of players during a Premier League game against Liverpool
      
 
 
03/27/2017   BBC Football
Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair recalls the day he told Jose Mourinho of his desire to leave Manchester United.
03/27/2017   World Cup news

FIFA.com casts an eye over the lay of the land in the CONCACAF region, ahead of the second round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, with USA looking to continue a mini-resurgence and Mexico attempting to rubberstamp their dominance.

03/27/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Former Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has had an operation on an Achilles tendon and won't play for the rest of the season
      
 
 
03/27/2017   BBC Football
They are fourth in their World Cup qualifying group and have sacked coach Danny Blind - what has happened to the Netherlands football team?
03/27/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com hears from Oleg Salenko on the five-goal haul against Cameroon at USA 1994 that made him a World Cup record-breaker.
03/27/2017   World Cup news
The Netherlands have placed U-21 coach Fred Grim in temporary charge and are now looking for their third manager in less than two years.
03/27/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com previews Tuesday's matchday in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018, where the jostling for a ticket to the world stage continues to intensify heading into the home straight. 
03/26/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com reviews Sunday’s qualifying action in Europe where some big-name players proved that age is not necessarily a barrier to success.
03/26/2017   World Cup news

​FIFA.com ​takes a closer look at the special bond between Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery and his hero Jermain Defoe, after the pair stepped out at Wembley Stadium together ahead of England's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

03/26/2017   World Cup news
FIFA.com looks ahead to Matchday 14 of FIFA World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL, which could well yield another new-look top five before the action resumes again in August.



03/25/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders and Mexican side Club Necaxa played a scoreless game most of the night until trading goals in the final eight minutes for a 1-1 draw. Alvaro Fernandez opened the scoring late, but Necaxa got the equalizer in the 89th minute.
03/25/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Will Bruin and a chorus of younger Sounders will get some extended action Saturday as the team takes on Mexican side Club Necaxa at CenturyLink Field. Several Sounders regulars are engaged in national team duties for FIFA World Cup qualifiers
03/25/2017   World Cup news
Germany’s top flight played a key role in Saturday’s European FIFA World Cup qualifiers as Bundesliga players netted the first five goals of the evening. FIFA.com brings you all the key moments from the latest step on the road to Russia.
03/25/2017   World Cup news
Midfielder Sami Khedira will lead reigning world champions Germany onto the pitch as captain for their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying match against Azerbaijan in Baku on Sunday.
03/25/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The United States’ 6-0 demolition of Honduras was manager Bruce Arena’s first competitive game in charge, and the US’ first competitive game without Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm since 2011. It was also a huge must-win game for their 2018 World Cup Qualifying efforts.Some soccer teams around the world notice a “placebo effect” in their first match after firing their manager — playing really well and winning big but then trailing off and going back to looking like a team that had to fire their manager. Without context, it could be asserted that the Americans’ blowout victory was only another example of this. That assertion would be desperately wrong.This game was a referendum on how good the U.S. can really be when they play their players in the correct positions, and when they have a tactical purpose and identity going into a match. Klinsmann rarely, if ever, did both of those things at one time. Arena, jumping straight from MLS, did it in one competitive game.Arena has assembled a team that is l
03/25/2017   World Cup news
Mexico sprang to the top of CONCACAF’s final Hexagonal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with an impressive win over Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca.
03/25/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders scored his second international hat trick, leading the U.S. national team to a 6-0 victory over Honduras in a World Cup qualifying match in San Jose, Calif.
03/24/2017   World Cup news

Rafael Marquez’s appearance last night for Mexico against Costa Rica marked 20 years of wearing in green, having made his debut against Ecuador back in February 1997.

03/24/2017   World Cup news
New Zealand have one hand on a berth in Oceania’s play-off final following a 2-0 away win over Fiji in Lautoka on Saturday.
03/24/2017   World Cup news
The initial instalment of the fifth round of European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ were notable for the big guns confirming their lofty status, Republic of Ireland and Wales playing out a tense draw, and Gianluigi Buffon attaining another remarkable milestone.
03/24/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

After a tough season in Montreal, in which he honed his cooking skills to help pass the time, Harry Shipp has fit in with the Sounders from the beginning.
03/24/2017   World Cup news
Italy veteran Gianluigi Buffon achieved the milestone of featuring in his 1,000th professional game and became Europe's all-time most-capped player, as Italy won their Russia 2018 qualifier against Albania.
03/24/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Landon Donovan has kicked his last soccer ball in anger.The U.S. soccer legend revealed Thursday he won’t play professional soccer in 2017 or beyond, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Joe Lago. Donovan’s revelation effectively serves as second, and final, retirement announcement.“Yeah, I’m done,” Donovan said. “I’m done. No more playing for me.“I have not (gone public). But that is definitely the case.”Donovan, 35, retired in December 2014 to great fanfare after 15 years of as a pro. But he came out of retirement last September to join Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy for their playoff run, saying at the time he wanted to create some memories in the sport with his infant son, Talon. He played nine games at the back end of last season, scoring one goal in his comeback stint.Now, he has decided to stop playing soccer so he can keep up with the now 14-month-old.“I can’t even chase my son around my house,” Donovan said when asked if he’ll return to MLS in 2017. “So, I don’t thi
03/24/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
After their dismal showing in the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team has been replaced atop the FIFA Rankings that determine the best team in the world at the time.Germany replaces the United States and becomes the top women’s team while the USWNT falls to 2nd for the first time since before winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup. France, England and Canada round out the top five. The United States has never fallen below 2nd since the beginning of the FIFA Ranking 2003.We all know that the FIFA Ranking is flawed and isn’t really the best way to determine the best team. But it is undeniable that the United States is at a crossroads as they look toward 2019. With CBA negotiations taking place and players either playing in Europe or are in the NWSL offseason, the USWNT’s test against three of the other top five teams in the world came at the wrong time.And it showed. The United States would beat the new #1 Germany 1-0 but then lost to England 1-0 and France 3-0, finishing 4th. I would argue th
03/24/2017   World Cup news
Everybody else had written Paulinho off. Moving to China was, apparently, his own acceptance that his Brazil career was over. An evening in Montevideo told an emphatically different story.
03/24/2017   World Cup news

FIFA.com looks at the rise of Saudi Arabia’s Salman Almuwashar, who led his country to a 3-0 win over Thailand in the third round of AFC qualifying for Russia 2018.

03/24/2017   World Cup news
Matchday 13 of the South American qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ saw Brazil pull further clear at the top and the six teams below them bunch even closer together.
03/23/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders were impressed enough by Gustav Svensson's performance at center back last Sunday that they've cut ties with veteran trialist Darrius Barnes, who'd been rehabbing an injury with the team in hopes of signing on.
03/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Alexei Sorokin might run for a place on the FIFA Council. Alexei Sorokin, the man in charge of organising the World Cup in Russia, is considering running for a spot on the FIFA Council after the country's deputy prime minister was barred from standing. Organising committee CEO Sorokin has told Russian state news agency R-Sport that "it would be a big honour" to be nominated by the Russian Football Union, which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko. Sorokin added that "the main thing for us is that Russia doesn't lose its council place after certain...
03/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is confident of a co-hosted 2026 World Cup in the region.