Tosaint Ricketts scored the only goal of the game as Canada began life under new coach John Herdman with a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Spain. After a scoreless first-half at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Ricketts collected Dejan Jakovic's pass before firing beyond goalkeeper Max Crocombe in the 54th minute of the friendly fixture. Canada missed opportunities to extend their advantage in the closing stages, with Liam Millar twice going close to marking his international debut with a goal.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 5:29 pm
Six games take place across Major League Soccer to help you with your fix across the quiet weekend during the international break. [ LIVE: MLS scores ] Well-rested New England Revolution host New York City FC with Patrick Vieira’s men taking their
Posted: March 24, 2018, 5:05 pm
The behaviour of some England fans has been described as "appalling" by British police chiefs after 90 were arrested before and after the friendly international against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday. Video footage on social media showed some fans throwing bottles at police and bicycles into Amsterdam's historic canals before the match in the Amsterdam Arena. The Dutch national anthem was also booed by a minority of England fans, an act described as "unacceptable" by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 4:15 pm
Medhi Benatia has backed Juventus to achieve their dream of winning the Uefa Champions League, Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia this season. After enduring a difficult start to the 2017-18 league campaign, Massimiliano Allegri's men are back at the top of the Serie A log with two adrift of rivals Napoli. Aside from their resurgence in the Italian topflight, the Old Lady have sealed a Coppa Italia final date with AC Milan and a Uefa Champions League quarterfinal clash with Real Madrid.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 3:52 pm
Morocco captain Medhi Benatia has urged his teammates to 'continue working with humility' and take the positives from their 2-1 defeat of Serbia in Friday’s friendly encounter. Hakim Ziyech's penalty in the 29th minute opened the scoring for the north African nation before Dusan Tadic's restored parity for the Eagles eight minutes later. With five minutes remaining before half-time, Ziyech assisted Yeni Malatyaspor forward Khalid Boutaib for the Atlas Lions' match-winning goal.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 2:37 pm
Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's return to the pitch is edging ever closer, as he revealed his rehabilitation programme is going according to plan. Due to a hairline fracture in his left foot, the goalkeeper has not played since Sept. 16 and has only been on the pitch seven times since March 20, 2017. But he claimed it was "realistic" that he could play for Bayern before the end of the season, ahead of this summer's World Cup, as he is pushing himself to his limited by working for six hours a day. "I think I'll be able to run out on the training ground next week," Neuer revealed in an interview with FC Bayern.tv. "At least I will finally be outdoors. It would be very important
Posted: March 24, 2018, 2:18 pm
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Ruud Gullit won soccer league titles in Italy and the Netherlands and his flowing dreadlocks, together with Marco van Basten's wondergoal, were the abiding memories of the Dutch side that won the 1988 European Championship. Gullit, 55, is listed as an 'icon' alongside Brazil great Pele and Argentina's Diego Maradona in the latest version of the soccer simulator, FIFA 18, which has already sold 10 million copies worldwide. It's funny to see yourself and recognize a goal celebration," Amsterdam-born Gullit told Reuters at the ESports Insider Super Forum this week.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 1:09 pm
Is Neymar heading to the Premier League? Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo is reporting that both Manchester City and Manchester United have joined Real Madrid in the race to try and sign Neymar, with the report stating that Real remain the favorites to sign the striker if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian superstar, 26, only joined PSG in the summer of 2017 from Barcelona for a world-record fee of $274 million but rumblings continue that he is unhappy with life in France and wants to either move back to Spain or, as it now appears, the Premier League.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 12:54 pm
How much emphasis should a team put on attempting to blunt or reduce specific threats that an opposition side poses? Arch pragmatist Jose Mourinho can change his Manchester United team's outlook from game to game, sending out a side that dominates possession and attacks with relative freedom against weaker opposition one week and then converts them into one that sits back the next. In Marti Perarnau's book "Pep Guardiola: The Evolution" there is an anecdote from Spanish coach Juan Manuel Lillo that says managing a football team is like conducting an orchestra, fine-tuning each individual and section to create a harmonious sound. The difference in football, according to Lillo, is that there is another side competing, which also has a conductor and is also trying to make its melody heard.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 11:33 am
Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon could turn down moves to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, if the Cottagers secure promotion to the Premier League this season. Sessegnon has enjoyed a phenomenal season so far in the Championship. Fulham are currently third in the Championship, seven points behind second-placed Cardiff whose position secures automatic qualification to the Premier League.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 11:10 am
Germany will be without Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in Berlin when they face Brazil on Tuesday. The pair played well against Spain on Friday and Muller scored Germany's equaliser with a stunning long-range shot, as the game ended 1-1. He was then replaced by his future Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka with nine minutes to go, while Ozil played the entire game. Germany announced via their official Twitter account that neither Muller nor Ozil have travelled to Berlin ahead of the meeting with Brazil Olympic Stadium. It remains to be seen if the pair has sustained any injuries or if they have been granted a rest by head coach Joachim Low.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 11:07 am
Joel Matip wants to become more of a goalscoring threat after admitting he is not happy about only scoring twice since his move to Liverpool. Matip, who joined the club on a free transfer at the start of the 2016-17 season, scored 23 times across seven seasons at Schalke. The centre-back last found the net in November when he scored in Liverpool's 4-1 victory at West Ham United. "I hope that a few more will follow as I am not happy with my goal return," Matip told the club's official website. "I am a defender, I know, but I think to myself that I could score more goals for Liverpool than I already did. "Maybe sometimes I need a little bit of luck, maybe sometimes I have to do something different
Posted: March 24, 2018, 9:16 am
The time was around April 2017. Chelsea hadn't even won the title yet when a sudden rumor, that looked silly at the time, popped up in one of the media outlets saying Antonio Conte is unhappy and wishes to leave back to his homeland. Naturally, us fans never paid attention to the rumors as we were too busy celebrating our 2nd title in 3 seasons. Fast forwarding it to today, it looks more and more likely that Conte will leave our club for pastures new. But the constant speculation around his future and the negativity surrounding him and the club has made me think that people are not showing enough respect to the man that walked to the title in his first season in the toughest league in the world.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 5:00 am
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One goal from Marco Fabian and two second-half strikes from Miguel Layun helped Mexico to a 3-0 victory over Iceland on Friday in front of 68,917 fans in Levi's Stadium. Here are three takes from the international friendly: 1. Osorio's changes pay off for El Tri Talk of Mexico's 7-0 defeat to Chile last time El Tri took the field at Levi's Stadium made up a significant part of the narrative in the buildup to this friendly, but for Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio this was always about how his team could compete against a direct team that isn't unlike World Cup group rival Sweden. Fabian struck from a free kick eight minutes before half-time and Layun latched onto a perfectly-weighted
Posted: March 24, 2018, 4:39 am
Levi's Stadium is packed Friday night. Around 60 thousand soccer fans are expected to be in the stands and nearly all of them will be cheering on the Mexican National Soccer Team which is playing against Iceland. This is a big deal for the fans.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 4:28 am
James Rodriguez warned Colombia should not get carried away by their 3-2 friendly win over France in Paris on Friday. Jose Pekerman's side fought back from two goals down inside 28 minutes to claim their maiden victory over France and seal their first back-to-back wins since last March. James claimed two assists to help his side to their memorable triumph but insisted that good performances mean nothing if they cannot continue their form at the World Cup.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 12:01 am
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will be assessed after picking up an injury during Italy's 2-0 friendly defeat against Argentina in Manchester. Verratti impressed during the Azzurri's first game under interim boss Luigi Di Biagio but limped out of the action after 72 minutes to be replaced by Bryan Cristante. Italy had looked the most likely winners after half-time but their poise deserted them in the 25-year-old's absence, with Ever Banega breaking the deadlock 15 minutes from time and Manuel Lanzini blasting into the roof of the net to make sure of the win.
Posted: March 24, 2018, 12:01 am
Argentina eased to a 2-0 win against Italy in Manchester, with second half goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini giving them victory on Friday.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:46 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stoppage-time goals to beat Egypt, while Germany vs. Spain was a relative masterclass.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 10:22 pm
ZURICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored with two stoppage-time headers and lifted Portugal to a stunning 2-1 win over Mohamed Salah-inspired Egypt in a friendly between World Cup-bound teams Friday. Salah seemed to have won the game with a 56th-minute shot worthy of his fast-rising star status from the edge of the Portugal penalty area. But one superstar was still on the field after Salah was substituted to a loud ovation in the 79th. Ronaldo first rose unchallenged to score from Ricardo Quaresma's left-flank cross in the second minute of time added on. Two minutes later, Ronaldo powered a header low into the right corner of the goal from Quaresma's free kick on the right. The winning goal was
Posted: March 23, 2018, 10:07 pm
The Columbus Crew have gotten used to goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp being anchors the past two seasons. The pair has played 37 straight regular-season games together, including helping Columbus to a 2-0-1 record this season, but they will be absent when D.C. United visits Mapfre Stadium on Saturday because they have been called to the U.S. National Team for a match vs. Paraguay in Cary, N.C., on Tuesday. Veteran goalkeeper Jon Kempin may get the nod over Logan Ketterer, who has yet to start an MLS match in his second season.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 6:57 pm
Alexis Sanchez appears to be struggling with his disappointing start to life at Manchester United. The Chilean star, 29, became the highest-paid player in the Premier League when he arrived from Arsenal in January in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Sanchez has scored just one PL goal. Sanchez has failed to make his mark on a consistent basis as United have also crashed out of the UEFA Champions League.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 6:15 pm
Colin Udoh, KweséESPN The current international break offers Gernot Rohr to refine Nigeria's first-choice options for the World Cup, and to make some assessments on some of his peripheral players. The German tactician may have cultivated a settled squad since qualification was secured, but he still has some tricky decisions to make between now and this summer's showpiece. Here's the current state of affairs for Nigeria's squad with the World Cup less than three months away. TICKETS BOOKED Gernot Rohr's selections so far - both for the Argentina friendly and for the upcoming fixtures against Poland and Serbia - clearly suggest that he intends to stick with the majority of the squad that secured
Posted: March 23, 2018, 4:18 pm
Great Olympics board of directors member Fred Pappoe has confirmed that they will honour their first game in the 2017-18 Ghana Division One league against Agbozume Weavers in Zone Three fixtures at the Zaytuna Park. The Wonder Club placed two separate court injunctions on the Ghana Premier League after Ghana FA's disciplinary and appeals committee dismissed their protests against Elmina Sharks and Bechem United. “We are participating in the division one league while the case will still be ongoing," Pappoe told Graphic Sports.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 4:11 pm
Athletics legend Usain Bolt made his long-awaited foray into football, taking part in a Borussia Dortmund training session.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 3:37 pm
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has said the advice of Jurgen Klopp is "gold dust" as he takes his first steps in management as the club's under-18s boss. Gerrard and Klopp spoke to Bet Victor at the club's Melwood training ground, with Klopp stressing that management was "a job that you have to learn." Former England midfielder Gerrard guided Liverpool's U19s to the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals, where they were beaten by Manchester City, and said he was enjoying his new career. "There's so much information to learn and take in," he said. "Everything that's new is not a struggle but different. "For the first time you'll have 25 players around you, and you have to take what's on the paper and
Posted: March 23, 2018, 3:10 pm
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed two players who are better than Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star has won the Ballon d'Or five times, Champions League four times and boasts of eight Spanish La Liga titles, but has failed to lift the coveted World Cup diadem. Argentina was on the verge of winning the World Cup in Brazil but lost out to Germany in the final.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 2:21 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo could have been working to a script. Not a traditional Hollywood underdog tale of the unfancied slugger taking the big prize -- he already holds all of those. Rather, in his inimitable way, by reminding everybody since the turn of the year that it remains premature to write him off as a force operating at the very top of his profession. There were no shortage of pencils being sharpened to draft the Portuguese's sporting obituary in December. Real Madrid had just slumped to a chastening Clasico defeat in the Bernabeu, leaving them 14 points behind Barcelona and Zinedine Zidane facing the first genuine crisis of his managerial career. That 3-0 loss to Barca was a nadir. Zidane
Posted: March 23, 2018, 1:59 pm
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been named Armenia's Footballer of the Year for a seventh time in succession. Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan won the vote by a huge margin, collecting 190 points, with second-placed Tigran Barseghyan, who plays in the Macedonian league, getting 35. "It is a great honour because it means you've achieved something," the official Arsenal website reported him as saying. "You've accomplished something important for the country and your followers. I am very happy to be the children's hero. "I was a kid too, so I know what those feelings are. I too had heroes, I wanted to be like some football player or a hero." Former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United player Mkhitaryan also
Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:41 am
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has reacted to the absence of the team captain John Obi Mikel ahead of their international friendly game with Poland on Friday evening. “John Obi Mikel is our uncontested leader but it will be interesting to see how the other players can do without him.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:39 am
Mohamed Salah has been warned by Ian Rush than collective trophies at Liverpool mean more than records, as his 47-goal haul comes under threat. A remarkable debut campaign at Anfield for a man acquired for just £36.9 million last summer has seen him find the target on 36 occasions to date. Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer says he would be happy to see Salah overtake him, with his efforts having come in a season which delivered a First Division title, League Cup and European Cup treble.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:30 am
The majority of Chelsea's playing staff are away on international duty though they could be forgiven having their minds still concentrated on club matters. When they return to London next week they will be entering the home straight of the 2017-18 season firm in the knowledge that there is no room for error. The Blues might be two games away from lifting the FA Cup yet there is no question the primary focus is securing a top four finish. Without Champions League football next season, the futures of key players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be cast into serious doubt while preferred transfer targets will need far greater persuasion to join the club ahead of those sitting at Europe's top
Posted: March 23, 2018, 11:07 am
Olivier Giroud has admitted that he has not lived up to expectations since arriving at Chelsea but added that his performances have given him hope that he can be a success. Former Arsenal striker Giroud has made eight appearances since moving in a deal reportedly worth around £16 million, registering one goal and three assists, but has yet to score in the Premier League. Coach Antonio Conte picked him up front ahead of the out-of-form Alvaro Morata for Chelsea's 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in the Champions League, and supporters have warmed to the 31-year-old's commitment and link-up play. But speaking to L'Equipe, Giroud said he had not yet met his own standards. "I'm happy with my adaptation, with
Posted: March 23, 2018, 10:53 am
BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Malaysian domestic competitions organiser Football Malaysia LLP has revealed the dates of the FA Cup quarter-final matches. Klang Valley rivals who also share the same home ground; Kuala Lumpur
Posted: March 23, 2018, 5:49 am
It was only 2 months ago when Wenger loaned 20 year-old Jeff Reine-Adélaïde to relegation-bound Ligue 1 side Angers. Jeff has been plagued with injuries, and following his first senior start in 2016/17 he was sidelined while Iwobi began emerging in the Arsenal first team. Thus, a new chapter began at Angers on loan for 6 months in 2018. When asked about the loan, Reine-Adélaïde said “[Wenger] asked me to work hard in Angers, listen well and come back stronger and more mature. I know that many people think that I should not have gone to Arsenal so early, but I have no regrets. Arsene Wenger gave me opportunities with the first team, then I had physical problems. He then helped me a lot to come
Posted: March 23, 2018, 5:00 am
The start of the 2018 season for the New York Red Bulls has been practically perfect. After defeating Olimpia of Honduras in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16, the Red Bulls ousted Club Tijuana of Liga MX to reach the semifinals for the first time in club history. Sandwiched between those historic results, coach Jesse Marsch's heavily rotated squad thrashed the Portland Timbers 4-0 in their MLS opener March 10.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 3:54 am
FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was pleased with how his team reacted to Dempsey's red card, lauding the team's discipline both after the match and before the players returned to training Tuesday. "That was the highlight of the game, and obviously just knowing that we got the three points and scored goals, but I saw the discipline of the team during the 90-plus minutes that we played," Pareja said. "It's great to see how they kept their level in spite of the man advantage and also the result. We spoke about it [Tuesday], also, that we like to see a team always knowing that duty and having a good mentality." While several players had said that Seattle's midweek CONCACAF Champions League defeat against
Posted: March 23, 2018, 12:05 am
It appears Zlatan Ibrahimovic will finally be taking his talents to the United States. According to a report from ESPN FC, Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Manchester United, with the club ready to let the Swede out of his contract in order for him to sign in Major League Soccer. While it’s not 100 percent clear where Ibrahimovic will end up, the report states the Galaxy are the leading contenders for his services.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 10:33 pm
To say Barcelona and Real Madrid don't like each other would be like calling Michigan vs. Ohio State a "minor dispute," but the players don't all hate each other like the fans do. In a Players' Tribune article titled "A Long Story," Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique admitted something that most people know: Soccer players text each other ... a lot. He also admitted something a lot of people might not know: His favorite one includes some players from Real Madrid. More specifically, he started the string with Real Madrid and Barcelona players representing the Spanish national team, so it's all in good fun. The string is on the app "WhatsApp," a text messaging app with the main draw being that
Posted: March 22, 2018, 10:06 pm
Denmark winger Pione Sisto put on a sizzling show of dribbling before scoring his first senior international goal to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man Panama in a friendly between the World Cup-bound teams at the Brondby Stadium on Thursday. Sisto struck the only goal of the game in the 69th minute, four minutes after Panama forward Blas Perez was shown a red card for a dangerous high challenge on Kasper Schmeichel as the Danish keeper left his area to head the ball clear. The hosts took advantage of the extra man with Sisto given the freedom to go on a mazy run through the Panama defenders stretched across the edge of the area before firing home.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 9:52 pm