SOCCER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rafael Benitez outlines Newcastle United’s transfer plans if promotion bid fails

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has revealed that his club will have just a single transfer plan even if they fail to win promotion back to the Premier League. The Magpies had a low key January transfer window, which was surprising as they were reported to have been interested in bolstering the squad for the […]
Via FutnSoccer
2 hours ago

Bale returns as Real Madrid see off Espanyol

A make-shift Madrid side managed to maintain their lead at the top of the table as Welsh star Gareth Bale made his long-awaited return from injury as a second-half substitute – getting his name on the score-sheet in the process. It proved to be a relatively straight-forward victory for the hosts, with their opposition struggling to create chances throughout the game and offering...
Via isportsweb.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fire score five goals for fourth preseason win

Preseason wins don't necessarily translate to regular season wins, but the Chicago Fire haven't had much trouble racking up February wins in Florida. The Fire made
Via CSN Chicago
7 hours ago

David Villa slapped a player and video replay made sure he got red carded

No one can escape the watchful eye of video replay, not even reigning MLS MVP David Villa. Villa, of New York City FC, was ejected from a preseason match vs. the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night after video replay showed him giving defender A.J. DeLeGarza a slap to the face. The replay shows that the slap itself wasn’t very violent, but the hand-to-face contact is clearly a red...
Via FOX Sports
8 hours ago

Messi rescues Barcelona, Paris held at bay

Lionel Messi staved off further frustration for Barcelona thanks to a last-minute penalty, on a day when Paris drew a blank against Toulouse and both Napoli and Benfica triumphed. The post Messi rescues Barcelona, Paris held at bay appeared first on TheSoccerDaily.com.
Via The Soccer Daily
11 hours ago

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo get embarrassed when the cameras catch him trolling Diego Lopez

Real Madrid took on Espanyol on Saturday, beating them comfortably by a 2-0 scoreline. Cristiano Ronaldo didn't get on the score sheet, but he did nutmeg the hell out of a defender with an incredibly rude elastico (which is just as good as a goal when you really think about it). He was apparently in a wildly disrespectful mood that day, and he got the trolling started before the...
Via FOX Sports
12 hours ago

Cristiano Ronaldo Destroys Defender With ‘Elastico’ Nutmeg Skill Move

Add this clip to Cristiano Ronaldo’s never-ending highlight reel. The soccer superstar had the internet buzzing with delight Saturday when he outfoxed an opponent during Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol in La Liga (Spanish first division). Ronaldo used the popular (and difficult) “elastico” skill to nutmeg Espanyol defender David Lopez. Ronaldo’s elastico didn’t result...
Via NESN.com
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: David Villa given first red card via MLS’s video replay

As it turns out, Video Assistant Replay works; it just takes a little bit of time to make the right call.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
18 hours ago

Rafael Benitez makes major admission about his Newcastle future

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has given the clearest indication that he intends to stay at the club beyond the upcoming summer. The Spaniard endured a frustrating January transfer window as he failed to secure any of his transfer targets and there were reports that all is not well between him and owner Mike Ashley. […]
Via FutnSoccer
23 hours ago

Baines explains the reason behind Everton’s upturn in form

Leighton Baines believes that Everton are starting to display the consistency created through the hard work of manager Ronald Koeman. In 2017, the Toffees have been the best performing Premier League team according to statistics as they have taken 14 points from the last six matches. Baines believes that the increased aggression and physicality of […]
Via FutnSoccer
1 day ago

Baggio marks 50th birthday by visiting quake victims

Italian great Roberto Baggio marked his 50th birthday on Saturday by visiting towns devastated by earthquakes last year.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

Nice holds on to beat Lorient despite Balotelli’s red card

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has more red cards away from home than goals this season.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

Bale, Gameiro star for Madrid sides as Lewandowski strikes

Gareth Bale scored on his comeback as Real Madrid set a club record and Kevin Gameiro managed an incredible feat for Atlético as Robert Lewandowski saved Bayern but Leicester were humbled. The post Bale, Gameiro star for Madrid sides as Lewandowski strikes appeared first on TheSoccerDaily.com.
Via The Soccer Daily
1 day ago

Who will win the Premier League Golden Boot?

Let me begin by apologizing. When I projected the outcome of the Golden Boot race in July, I was slightly off.Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has found a consistent spot on the bench. Watford shipped Odion Ighalo to China. As Leicester City plummet toward relegation, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez don't have half the magic they did last season. Alexis Sanchez leads the league in goals...
Via The Sports Quotient
1 day ago  |  Discuss

LOOK: MLS teams unveil new uniforms for 2017 season

Major League Soccer kicks off in just two weeks, and fans are already getting excited for the upcoming season. With new expansion club Atlanta United in the mix, there’s now even more competition to a league that already features a lot of parity. Now that the season is nearly upon us, we elected to take a look at the new uniforms each club will be revealing this year. Here’s...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New D.C. United stadium approved by city, groundbreaking scheduled for this month

Audi Field, the new stadium for D.C. United, is a go.The Washington D.C. Zoning Commission approved the new stadium by a vote of 5-0 in a meeting on Thursday night, with the team announcing moments after that it would move forward with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, February 27 at 3 p.m.The stadium will be located near the waterfront of the Potomac River on Buzzard Point, and...
Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

WATCH: Watch: Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter discusses Portland's 2-1 preseason win over Vancouver

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter talks about Portland's 2-1 preseason win over the Vancouver Whitecaps and the chemistry in the attack.
Via The Oregonian
4 days ago  |  Discuss

It took 10 minutes for Arsenal to suffer yet another Champions League humiliation

Arsenal were even with Bayern Munich into the second half at the Allianz Arena. Not only that, they were playing well and creating chances. Forget trying to hold onto the 1-1 scoreline in the first leg and go home in great position -- the Gunners rightly felt like they could nab a second goal. Maybe even win.Then it all fell apart in 10 minutes.Robert Lewandowski got a running start...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Carli Lloyd wants to play through the World Cup and (maybe) the Olympics before retiring

Carli Lloyd is heading to Manchester City after signing with the Women's Super League team. The United States star is going to take her chances abroad on a short-term deal that will see her return to the Houston Dash of NWSL in June, but hidden in the news of Lloyd's move is a nugget on when she sees her career ending.“I’ve still got three or four years left in me before I hang...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Madrid police talk to Maradona after altercation at hotel

MADRID (AP) Police say they were called to investigate an altercation involving Diego Maradona and a woman at a hotel in Madrid. Authorities said officers were dispatched Wednesday after a call from the hotel, but found no evidence of any disturbance after talking to Maradona and the woman. Authorities said they couldn't confirm if the woman was a hotel guest or Maradona's girlfriend...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Stop With the ‘Next Thierry Henry’ Talk

Can we just stop with this “he’s the next ‘insert former superstar’s name here’” nonsense? Look, from 1999 through 2007 Thierry Henry netted 226 goals and assisted 67 more in 368 Premier League contests with Arsenal. In five consecutive seasons (2001-06), Henry slotted home no less than 24 goals per campaign. 24 goals per year—for five straight seasons—in arguably...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

PSG Stuns Barcelona In Champions League; Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria Shine On Their Birthdays

Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and their Paris Saint-Germain teammates were in the mood for love, and goals, Tuesday. Cavani, di Maria and Co. starred in PSG’s shock 4-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 series. The result positions PSG to advance to the quarterfinals, but the French side still must finish the job when it visits Barcelona...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsenal FC: Goalkeeper swap coming soon?

Petr Cech is undoubtedly one of the best and most recognizable goalkeepers in the history of the beautiful game. His notorious head gear has become iconic. When the freakishly agile Czech star left Chelsea for cross town rival Arsenal, Cech was saying goodbye to the club that housed his legacy. And now, the move that he thought would be perfect for him is beginning to sour. Cech’s...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Five facts about Portland Timbers left back Marco Farfan

Marco Farfan is the first Portland Timbers academy product to sign with the first team.
Via The Oregonian
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Watch: Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter says club showed 'good confidence' in preseason draw w...

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter talks about Portland's 2-2 preseason draw with Minnesota United.
Via The Oregonian
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsenal downs Hull City, 2-0

A quick glance at the headline suggests that Arsenal coasted to an easy 2-0 home win Saturday at The Emirates. The truth is that the three points weren’t in the bag for Arsenal until Alexis Sanchez completed his brace with a penalty in stoppage time.After consecutive losses in the Premier League, Arsenal moved into third place for the moment — nine points behind Chelsea, which...
Via 32 Flags
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Italian man fakes illness to try to check into hospital to view a sold-out soccer game

Crotone is a small town in the heel of the Italian peninsula with a major claim to fame: its soccer team is a member of Serie A, which it had never been before. That means, of course, that the glory clubs of Italian soccer such as both teams from Milan and the 30-time champions Juventus will be making an appearance in town at some point during the season, which is quite the occasion...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Can anyone stop Chelsea from winning EPL title?

At the onset of the current English Premier League season, oddsmakers were a lot more cautious than they were in the prior EPL season.  Leicester City opened at 5000-1 odds in 2015 to take the top spot in 2016, ultimately shocking most of the football community and causing financial distress to the European bookmakers when they did just that.  This season, Leicester opened at 33...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Russia suddenly boosted its World Cup budget by $325 million with no explanation

Russia’s government has boosted their contribution to the 2018 World Cup budget by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million U.S.), but they’re not saying why. This also increases the percentage of the overall spending now coming from the government. It flies in the face of previous efforts to cut the event’s costs as well. Here are more details from The Associated Press: Total spending...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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