SOCCER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dutch goalkeeper Stekelenburg joins Koeman at Everton

Liverpool (AFP) – Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg signed for Premier League Everton on Friday from second-tier Fulham, becoming Ronald Koeman’s first capture since he took over at Goodison Park. The 33-year-old, who signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, impressed compatriot Koeman when he played under him on loan at Southampton last season....
Via World Soccer Talk
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Germany may have solved its right back problem

At 5-foot-7, Philipp Lahm was the shortest player for the German National Team, but in terms of influence, he was massive. Lahm provided width, excellent crosses and terrific defense. Ever since his retirement from international competition two years ago, Germany has struggled defensively, as Joachim Löw has struggled to find a cohesive back line. Players like Emre Can and Benedikt...
Via 32 Flags
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Teammate thinks Messi will un-retire from Argentina's national team

Luis Suarez has some good news for international soccer fans: you might not have seen the last of Lionel Messi in an Argentina jersey. Suarez, one of Messi’s club teammates with FC Barcelona, told Uruguay’s Radio Tenfield on Wednesday that he expects Messi to reverse his decision to retire from international soccer. “Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness...
Via NESN.com
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tobin Heath 'is OK': Thorns coach Mark Parsons

Thorns coach Mark Parsons talked about Tobin Heath and the wrist injury and hamstrings problems she had in their last match. "She's good," he said.
Via The Oregonian
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portugal survives penalty shootout, advance to Euro semis

It’s not as glamorous as taking a casual stroll down the Champs Elysses but Portugal is in the Euro 2016 Semifinals after going perfect in a penalty shootout against Poland. This game was rather strange. The first half of the first half was non stop entertainment. The action started less than two minutes in as Robert Lewandowski put away Kamil Grosicki’s cross to go up 1-0 ...
Via 32 Flags
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

I’m joining Manchester United – Ibrahimovic

Paris (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season. Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after ending a hugely successful stay at Paris Saint-Germain, becomes the second signing of new United boss Jose Mourinho after that of highly rated...
Via World Soccer Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Eight reasons Iceland should be your new favorite soccer team

The Iceland National Soccer Team’s performance at Euro 2016 has been the story of the soccer of summer so far. Iceland has improbably advanced to the quarterfinals in its first major tournament at Euro 2016, where it faces host nation France this weekend. Here’s why you should get aboard the Strákarnir okkar bandwagon. 1) It’s an amazing underdog story Iceland was such...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Copa America, Euro winners playoff on the table?

Last week, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez discussed the possibility of having a combined playoff between the Copa America Centenario winner (Chile) and the Euro 2016 winner. Now it appears that is all but official. Dominguez tweeted Wednesday that CONMEBOL is discussing possible dates with UEFA to have a playoff between the two champions...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Watch: Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter on U.S. Open Cup loss: 'We lost the game in the first 10

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter talks about Portland's 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup.
Via The Oregonian
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Earthquakes Fans Accused of Chanting Homophobic Slurs During Galaxy Match

A large number of San Jose Earthquakes fans are being accused of chanting homophobic slurs during the Earthquakes’ match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on Saturday. Apparently, the Spanish word, which is considered an extremely offensive term for homosexuals, was chanted so loudly that it could even be heard by viewers at home who watched the match...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Will the Los Angeles Galaxy Finally Break Their Winless Streak?

The Galaxy still haven’t re-found their footing after tying with the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico. The Galaxy were looking decent after Giovani dos Santos headed the ball into the back of the net from a Steven Gerrard assist. However, the Galaxy had some discipline issues, amassing three yellow cards and one red card on 16 fouls. The Earthquakes had 23 shots...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five potential candidates for the England managerial job

With England’s stunning loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 Monday, along Roy Hodgson’s decision to walk away from the managerial job, the Three Lions find themselves in the market for a new manager. The Football Association is at a bit of a crossroads. Since the end of the Kevin Keegan era in 2000, England has had four full-time managers (Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio...
Via 32 Flags
2 days ago  |  Discuss

99.8 percent of TV viewers in Iceland watched England upset

We’ve seen plenty of impressive sports TV ratings lately, but it’s hard to imagine a better share than what Icelandic TV notched for the broadcast of Iceland’s win over England in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 Monday. According to Spanish newspaper AS, 99.8 percent of TVs in Iceland were tuned to that game: Iceland’s shock Euro 2016 last-16 victory over England claimed an...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

German soccer team channels 'Top Gun' beach volleyball

Ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 quarterfinal match against Italy, the German national soccer team once again bears the weight of a nation’s hopes and expectations on its shoulders. However, the reigning World Cup champions are used to this feeling at this point, and head coach Joachim Low figured Tuesday the best way to keep the team relaxed was to avoid soccer altogether. Instead...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Colorado Rapids welcome goalkeeper Tim Howard, but is he an upgrade?

For many soccer fans, goalkeeper Tim Howard is an American hero.In Howard's more than 100 caps with the U.S. men's national team, the longest-lasting collective memory among fans may be his jaw-dropping performance in the 2014 World Cup. There, he made 15 saves against Belgium and set a World Cup record.Howard also became one of the highest-profile Americans to play abroad in the...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Five years since United signed De Gea

Watch some of David De Gea’s greatest saves as we celebrate five years since his transfer to United. For more, visit Manchester United's official website. The post Video: Five years since United signed De Gea appeared first on TheSoccerDaily.com.
Via The Soccer Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in talks to sign the world's most expensive footballer

Manchester United are in talks to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, the Telegraph has revealed. The Red Devils are ready to offer up to £100million to secure the services of the 23-year-old. Pogba is yet to hit top gear at the Euro 2016 Championship but is still one of the most wanted players in this […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Darlington Nagbe returns to Portland Timbers from USMNT

Darlington Nagbe went through training with the Portland Timbers on Tuesday, back from competing with the U.S. Men's National Team in the Copa America tournament. Nagbe talks about the experience, and along with coach Caleb Porter, about the re
Via The Oregonian
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Manchester United: The Chosen “Juan”, “Blind” Sided, and the “Unlucky No. 7”

Last week I went over potential transfer targets for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho. This week I’ll go over potential United players that will be shown the door. Juan Mata The Manchester United playmaker may be the first chosen for an exit from the Theater of Dreams. Mata and Mourinho share history at Chelsea that was abruptly ended when the Special One sold Juan to United...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: PVC Speaker Series Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly

Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly, alumnae of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team, joined the Princeton University community on campus on Thursday, April 21 as part of the Jake McCandless ’51 Princeton Varsity Club’s Speaker Series.
Via Princeton Athletics
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Euro 2016 quarterfinal predictions: Who will advance?

Eight teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the first single-elimination round has ended. With the matches scheduled to begin on June 30, which teams will advance to the semifinal stage? Poland vs. Portugal After an early lead, Poland ceded its first goal of the tournament via an outstanding bicycle kick by Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss forced the game into extra time...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chelsea Transfer Rumours - Monday Round-up: Leonardo Bonucci, Romelu Lukaku, Radja Nainggolan

Arsenal have made "informal contact" with Everton to sign striker Romelu Lukaku, journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has revealed. - Read full article Chelsea has confirmed that striker Stipe Perica has left the club on a permanent basis to join Udinese. - Read full article Manchester City have joined the race to sign Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lionel Messi isn't actually going to retire...right?

Lionel Messi stunned the sporting world by announcing his retirement from international play after Argentina's gut-wrenching loss to Chile in the Copa America Final. But, with Argentina still being one of the best teams in the world and Messi's financial issues looming, is the world's greatest footballer really going to retire? Bonta Hill and Eddie Maisonet debate whether this...
Via Yardbarker
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Iceland pulls off huge upset vs. England at Euro 2016

The smallest nation to ever compete at the UEFA European Championship has sent the inventors of the sport packing. Iceland defeated England 2-1 on Monday in Euro 2016’s Round of 16. The results marks a new low for England’s national team and soon-to-be-deposed head coach Roy Hodgson and the extension of Iceland’s dream debut on the European stage. Wayne Rooney gave England...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player ratings: How did Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT do at Copa America Centenario?

The Copa America Centenario is over and it's time to take stock of how the United States fared.After the U.S. finished fourth with a 1-0 loss to Colombia, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the federation staff and coach Jurgen Klinsmann will meet to discuss how the tournament went."Getting to the semifinals is very good, but I never said he wasn't on solid ground or was on...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ibrahimovic to undergo United medical next week, according to sources

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical with Manchester United next week ahead of a move to Old Trafford, according to Sky sources.Ibrahimovic, who retired from international football following Sweden's group stage exit at Euro 2016, will sign a one-year contract at United following the completion of his medical. Personal terms on a one-year contract were agreed prior to Euro...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsenal Transfer Rumours - Sunday Round-up: Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Lacazette, N'Golo Kante

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to sign a new four-year contract with his club according to Il Corriere dello Sport. - Read full article Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set for a meeting with Alexandre Lacazette's representatives according to Mirror. - Read full article Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante is Arsene Wenger's number one […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Earthquakes Tie Galaxy in California Clasico

The San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the third California Clasico this season. The match, which was the first meeting between the two sides in Northern California this year, took place at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto in front of a sold out crowd of 50,816 people, making it the third largest attendance ever in San Jose Earthquakes history. The Earthquakes...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Reasons Jose Mourinho Is The Perfect Solution For Manchester United

A brilliant tactician, passionate winner, and one of the greatest managers the soccer world has ever seen are just a few of the many phrases that can be used to describe Jose Mourinho. After three uneventful and unfruitful years with the likes of managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Mourinho will be stepping up as the new Manchester United manager for the upcoming 2016-2017...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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