September 1, 2013 |
Real Madrid added to its star power Sunday by completing what is reported to be a world-record transfer with the Tottenham Hotspurs for Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger will be introduced in Madrid on Monday to much fanfare, with the $132-million transfer fee eclipsing the more than $120 million Real Madrid reportedly paid Manchester United for the rights to Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. In a statement on the Tottenham website, Bale said he had reservations about making a move but admitted it would be a "dream come true" to join Real Madrid.
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.
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.
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.
January 23, 2013 |
David Beckham may not be returning to the English Premier League, but that doesn't mean the league has seen the last of his family. The former captain of the English national team, who retired from Major League Soccer following the Galaxy's MLS Cup victory last month, has moved his family back to London where his 13-year-old son, Brooklyn, trained Tuesday with Chelsea's youth academy players. When the Beckhams lived in L.A., Brooklyn played in the Galaxy's youth academy program.
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.
May 18, 2013 |
We haven't seen the last of David Beckham. Oh, sure, we may not see him on a soccer field now that he's announced he will retire after Paris Saint-Germain's final game on May 26. But we will see him in many other places - billboards, magazines, TV - for years to come. There are still Beckham-backed shoes, cologne, cell phones and watches to sell. And sports drinks, vitamins, books and clothing lines. There may even be a sewing machine in the works. "Mend it Like Beckham" anyone? "Commercially, David Beckham is the most successful footballer ever produced in England," says David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, a global consultancy firm.
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.
March 17, 2008 |
Brian McBride beat former U.S. teammate Tim Howard with a 67th-minute header Sunday in London, and Fulham used all five of its American players in a game for the first time in defeating visiting Everton, 1-0, in the English Premier League. It most likely was the first time five Americans played for one team in a Premier League match and six appeared in one game. McBride, Fulham's captain, started along with goalkeeper Kasey Keller and Eddie Johnson. Defender Carlos Bocanegra entered in the 74th minute and Clint Dempsey replaced McBride in the 88th.