July 31, 2013 |
On Monday, the day after Real Madrid arrived in Los Angeles, about a thousand soccer fans waited for hours in the sun along a sidewalk at UCLA just to catch a fleeting glimpse of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates as they whisked by in golf carts before entering a practice facility closed to the public. This adoration is nothing new for Ronaldo in Southern California. Nor for his team, Real Madrid, which Forbes ranks as the most valuable sports franchise in the world at $3.3 billion.
January 29, 2004 |
Responding to calls by England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who argued that a midseason hiatus would benefit not only the clubs but also the national team, English Premier League executives Wednesday voted in favor of a two-week break in January starting next season. The plan, which is experimental for two seasons, is contingent upon balancing the league schedule without disrupting the various competitions in which clubs are involved.
December 16, 2012 |
Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, was marked around the soccer world this weekend with several teams paying tribute to the victims. In the English Premier League, four teams -- Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Aston Villa and Liverpool -- wore armbands in remembrance of those who died. Liverpool and Aston Villa have American owners, which may have influenced their decisions. But the players on Queens Park Rangers decided among themselves to wear the black armbands.
September 22, 2013 |
Manchester City made a bold statement Sunday with a 4-1 rout of Manchester United on derby day in the English Premier League. New City Manager Manuel Pellegrini summed up the victory at Etihad Stadium quite well. “No one believes that 4-1 is possible before the game,” said Pellegrini, who took over for Roberto Mancini this season. Argentine strike Sergio Aguero had two goals, opening the scoring in the 16th minute. City put the game to rest within a span of five minutes before and after halftime with three more goals.
August 1, 2013 |
Looks like Gareth Bale is heading to Real Madrid after all. The Spanish daily AS is reporting that an oral agreement has been reached on a $159-million deal that would send the English Premier League's player of the year from Tottenham to Real Madrid, although neither side will confirm the accord. And the deal could involve more than just money, with two players from a group that includes left back Fabio Coentrao, winger Angel Di Maria, midfielder Luka Modric and striker Alvaro Morata moving from Madrid to Tottenham as well.
April 21, 2013 |
Video: Suarez bites Ivanovic? Luis Suarez, the superstar striker from Uruguay who plays for Liverpool, appears to have bitten a second opponent during a match when he latched on to the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. In a 2-2 draw during an English Premier League game on Sunday, Ivanovic cleared the ball from the penalty area after a pass to Suarez, who then grabbed the Serbian star with both hands and put his face on the defender's upper arm. Ivanovic complained immediately after the two fell to the pitch, but referee Kevin Friend evidently didn't see the incident and there was no foul on the play.
July 12, 2013 |
Shad Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner who continues to try to infuse life into his struggling NFL franchise, might be going the safer route by becoming the sixth American to purchase an English Premier League team with the completion of the sale of Fulham on Friday. Khan, whose Jaguars have been rumored to be in play for a move to Los Angeles, has pumped money into the Jacksonville franchise as they made a management shift in the front office, changed uniforms and altered the logo while committing to play overseas for four consecutive seasons.
August 25, 2012
EUROPE'S TOP SOCCER LEAGUES Barclay Premier League (England): Season starts: Aug. 18. Season ends: May 19, 2013. Number of teams: 20. Games played per team: 38. The skinny: Bank ledgers, not the standings, have provided the real numbers to watch in what has become richest league in the world. Money clearly rules in the English Premier League, where, over the last 15 years, The Big Four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have combined to win 14 titles - the exception coming last season when Manchester City scored twice in injury time in its final game to edge Man-U atop the table.
September 22, 2012 |
For decades many soccer coaches viewed statistics other than goals and saves as nothing more than meaningless curiosities. But now, inspired in part by the "Moneyball"-fueled rush to break every game down to the sum of its parts, the sport is taking a new look at numbers. And while it has found value in some of those figures, it's clear not all of the numbers are adding up. On the plus side, Major League Soccer has experimented with a lightweight wireless data-tracking system that fits under a player's jersey and blends information from a GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer into real-time measurements of effort, speed and the distance each player has covered.
March 24, 2008 |
The United States' under-23 team had plenty of chances to score. Georgie Wilson Welcome of Honduras was the only one who did. Welcome beat keeper Dominic Cervi in the 103rd minute with a kick to the top right corner of the net, and Honduras held on for a 1-0 overtime victory Sunday in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament championship game at Nashville. The U.S. kept trying to tie, but Honduras kept clearing the ball. Sacha Kljestan had a chance only to kick the ball just over the goal from just outside the penalty box. Both finalists already clinched what really mattered in this tournament, and Olympic berth, in the semifinals Thursday night.