Soccer

​How to Prepare For a Grueling Workout Like a World-Class Soccer Player

We dove in with German soccer club Bayer Leverkusen to find out<p>It’s a perilous weekend for Bayer Leverkusen. The German soccer team has a match Saturday afternoon against FC Köln, its neighboring rival. Despite Köln supporting the larger metropolis by far—one is the country’s fourth largest city …

Bayer Leverkusen

Ronaldo and Messi - Changing the face of football

The Real Madrid and Barcelona superstars have truly rewrote the rulebook on the beautiful game Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo

Reports: Lionel Messi could pay fine to avoid prison time in tax case

Spanish prosecutors may let soccer star Lionel Messi pay an additional fine instead of serving the 21-month prison term imposed in his tax fraud case, according to multiple reports on Friday.<p>The Argentine FC Barcelona forward would be allowed to pay a fine of 255,000 Euros (about $285,000) instead …

Sports

Antonio Conte to challenge Jose Mourinho in commercial earnings after signing booking agency deal

Antonio Conte is aiming to extend his rivalry with Jose Mourinho away from the football pitch as he looks to cash in on last season’s Premier League title success with Chelsea.<p>As well as being offered a contract extension to become the highest-paid manager in Chelsea’s history on £9.6 million a …

English Premier League

How the Premier League became a dream destination for young Brazilians

Brazilian players once set their targets on Italy or Spain, but England has caught up thanks to satellite TV, video games and a string of high-profile signings<p>By Tom Sanderson for These Football Times, of the Guardian Sport Network<p>“Para inglês ver,” is a phrase that is used a lot in Brazil. Its …

English Premier League

Bayern Munich Transfer News: Yannick Carrasco Interest High, Price Revealed

Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to launch a summer bid for Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco.<p>According to Amalia Fra of <i>AS</i>, the Belgium international has caught the eye of Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is keen to acquire the 23-year-old.<p>It's suggested the German giants would have to pay …

Spanish La Liga

Portugal U21s unable to mirror the Euro success of Ronaldo and Co.

Just one goal separated the Seleccao from qualifying as the best-performing second-placed team at the European Under-21 Championship<p>Portugal Under-21s will not match the feat of the senior side at the European Championship despite Friday's 4-2 Group C win over Macedonia, while Spain maintained …

RB Leipzig

Mohamed Salah may have flopped at Chelsea but he can fly at Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp’s new £36.9m signing struggled with Chelsea but there were mitigating circumstances – he has thrived wherever he has played regularly<p>All across Europe are scattered forwards who did not quite make it at Chelsea, some more bafflingly than others. There is Marko Marin, signed by …

English Premier League

Barcelona executive: Spain is going easy on Lionel Messi as peace offering to Cristiano Ronaldo

Last year, a Spanish court found soccer star Lionel Messi and his father guilty on three counts of tax fraud after prosecutors said they failed to pay taxes on $4.6 million made via endorsement deals. They both were fined millions of dollars and sentenced to 21 months in prison, though neither was …

Sports

Mauricio Pellegrino named new manager of Southampton

The Argentine comes over from Alavés after a successful season in La Liga.<p>The trend of Southampton hiring slightly off-the-radar managers from the continent has continued this season, with the Saints hiring Mauricio Pellegrino to take over from the recently departed Claude Puel.<p>Pellegrino, a …

Sports

Streaking Galaxy host division-leading Sporting KC (Jun 24, 2017)

The LA Galaxy have an eight-game unbeaten streak heading into their match with MLS Western Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.<p>The Galaxy, who own a 6-5-4 mark and are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 24 points, also have a four-match home unbeaten (3-0-1) streak …

Sporting Kansas City

Not so Saintly: Southampton shows lurking mean streak in Pellegrino hire

Few would've thought the befuddled man dumped by Charlton Athletic on Christmas Eve after just 41 days would, under 11 years later, be at the …

English Premier League

The Machine of '87: Messi's Boyhood Teammates Recall Early Signs of Greatness

Young Leo Messi joined his hometown club, Newell's Old Boys—or "Nuls," as people in Argentina call it—when he was just six years old. He'd been waiting almost all his life for the day. The club was his birthright. His uncles and aunts had given him a red-and-black Newell's jersey for his first …

MLS expansion race began with 12, but will enough viable bids even emerge?

For as long as there’s pro soccer in the nation’s capital, Jason Levien’s machete will be part of Washington sports lore. The blade was metaphorical …

D.C. United

Arsenal's Asano rejoins Stuttgart on loan

(Reuters) - Arsenal forward Takuma Asano will return to VfB Stuttgart for a second successive season on loan, the English Premier League club said on Thursday.<p>The 22-year-old Japan international joined Arsenal in July last year and was loaned out to Stuttgart shortly after for the 2016-17 campaign, …

VfB Stuttgart

Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia.<p>After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for …

Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer - River striker Driussi to join Zenit

Sebastian Driussi, one of the top goalscorers in this year's Argentine first division, is to join Zenit St Petersburg, his club River Plate said on Friday.<p>The Russian side are to pay the 15 million-Euro (13.20 million pounds) release clause to secure the services of a 21-year Argentine striker who …

Brazilian Football

Toronto FC’s Pride Night poignant for Michael Bradley

When Michael Bradley walked out of the tunnel and onto the field at Century Link Stadium last June for a Copa America match against Ecuador, …

Toronto FC

The Joy of Six: Diego Maradona

From a debut remembered mainly by opponents to the rousing of Napoli and that goal against England, half a dozen moments that sum up El Diego<p>1) 1976: the debut<p><i>“A lot of people claim they were there on 20 October 1976 when we played Talleres de Córdoba at home. The truth is, if everyone who says</i> …

Real Madrid Transfer News: Kylian Mbappe Talks, Latest Gareth Bale Rumours

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told AS Monaco's Kylian Mbappe he will be granted plenty of game time should he move to the Santiago Bernabeu because a "major star" is likely to leave Los Blancos.<p>According to <i>L'Equipe</i> (via <i>AS</i>), Zidane has spoken to the 18-year-old Mbappe in an …

Gareth Bale

Under investigation, SeaWorld subpoenaed for executives' comments on 'Blackfish' doc

SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the …

Orlando City SC

Dani Alves sparks fresh speculation of Manchester City move

Dani Alves has sparked further speculation of a summer move to Manchester City after admitting that “everyone knows my admiration for Pep …

Dani Alves

Champions League: Celtic won't take tickets for potential Linfield trip

Celtic have confirmed they will not take supporters to Belfast - should they face Linfield in a Champions League qualifier.<p>Linfield face SP La Fiorita of San Marino in the second qualifying round, with the winners facing Celtic.<p>However, the first leg was due to be played on 12 July at the height of …

UEFA Champions League

Kelechi Iheanacho move hits stumbling block after Man City demand buy-back option

Manchester City want a buy-back option on striker Kelechi Iheanacho, the Nigeria international who has become a target for West Ham and Leicester City and has attracted interest across the Premier League this summer.<p>The 20-year-old is to be made available as Pep Guardiola changes his squad but with …

West Ham United

PSG's project is not lost – Marquinhos urges Verratti to stay amid Barcelona interest

Barcelona are reportedly chasing the Italy international, but the defender is confident the Italy international will remain in the French capital<p>Marquinhos has urged Marco Verratti to resist any approach from Barcelona and stay with Paris Saint-Germain, as the Brazilian defender believes the club's …

PSG

Messi offers to pay $558,000 to avoid 21-month jail sentence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi has offered to pay an additional fine of 500,000 euros ($558,000) to ensure he avoids a 21-month prison sentence …

African Football

Juventus signing their striker of the future in Patrik Schick

The 21-year-old Czech star has only scratched the surface of what he’s capable of so far.<p>Juventus look set to make their first big signing of the summer, with Czech striker Patrik Schick joining for a reported €29.5 million from Sampdoria.<p>Schick, who turned 21 in January, had a slow start to life …

Sports

3 things to watch in MLS: Week 17

Four midweek matches provided plenty of drama ahead of another action-packed weekend in MLS. D.C. United edged Atlanta United by a score of 2-1; Abu …

Sports

Marta and Orlando Pride ready for rematch against Carli Lloyd and the Dash

The Orlando Pride, with Alex Morgan just added back to the official roster, and a high-flying Marta after her two-goal performance last weekend are …

Carli Lloyd

Tottenham Hotspur: Right-back targets to replace Kyle Walker - RealSport

1 Promote Kieran Trippier & Kyle Walker-Peters<p>This is perhaps the first port of call given Tottenham’s policy in the transfer market and Pochettino’s …

FC Porto