Ever since he was forced out of his club by Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard has craved a return to Liverpool F.C. The LA Galaxy was a holding move by Gerrard. Something to earn a few more millions until he could return to Liverpool.
Well Gerrard’s wish came true on Friday as Liverpool announced that their former captain will take up a full-time position with the Reds academy.
“It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began,” Gerrard told the club’s website. “However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion — it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool. Read more... (458 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that the Gunners are not interested in wantaway West Ham star Dimitri Payet and are unlikely to do any transfer business this month.
The France midfielder is refusing to play for the Hammers again as he looks to push through a move to former club Marseille after turning down a huge, £500,000-a-week offer from China.
Wenger admits he is a fan of Payet, but says he does not need to buy another attacking midfielder with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among his options. Read more... (265 words, 1 image, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Real Madrid might be European and World Champions but Manchester United have knocked them off their perch atop the Deloitte Money League for the first time in more than a decade.
Jose Mourinho’s side, benefiting from a return to the Champions League, posted a world record revenue of £515.3 million over the course of the 2015-16.
That was enough to knock Real Madrid off the top spot after 11 years at the summit. The Spaniards slipped to third, despite returning their own record of £463.8m , an increase of almost £45m. Barcelona move into second. Read more... (673 words, 1 image, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas scored one and made one as Celta Vigo Stunned Real Madrid 2-1 in their first-leg Spanish Cup quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu
Zinedine Zidane’s team had gone 40 games without losing, but they have now lost twice in less than a week and now face a huge trip to the Baliados next week if they are to keep their hopes for a domestic double alive.
The first 45 minutes were frustrating for the Liga leaders. Ronaldo was playing with his back to goal as the team’s centre-forward but the ball was not sticking to him. Read more... (493 words, 1 image, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Liverpool set up a fourth-round tie at home to Wolves with old head Lucas Leiva scoring a rare goal in their 1-0 win at Home Park.
Klopp named a stronger side than he had done in the goalless draw against the Sky Bet League Two high-fliers at Anfield 10 days earlier, but four teenagers still started the third-round replay – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.
Another two teenagers, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, also came on as second-half substitutes.
“It was tough again, but we did better than Anfield in the right moments,” Liverpool manager Klopp said. Read more... (356 words, 1 image, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Manchester United will continue their defence of the FA Cup with another home tie against Championship opposition and another reunion.
After beating Jaap Stam’s Reading in the third round, United were drawn against Wigan, managed by their former reserve-team coach Warren Joyce.
Joyce was connected to Old Trafford for more than a decade in different coaching roles before taking over at the DW Stadium in November. Wigan lie 23rd in the Championship and he will hope for a happier return than former defender Stam, whose Reading side were beaten 4-0. Read more... (321 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
The 2016 Copa America Centenario was so successful financially that CONCACAF is looking to change the Gold Cup in order to have a showcase event in the USA every four years involving the best sides in CONCACAF and South America.
The Centenario was not well organized after nearly collapsing following the arrests of several regional soccer leaders in an investigation into corruption allegations. Still it managed to generate more than $400 million according to Bloomberg.
Having more time to sell commercial rights would lead to far higher revenues, said Patrick Nally, the Englishman who pioneered sports sponsorship at global governing body FIFA. Read more... (302 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho loves preseason training in the USA. The facilities at UCLA and the level of competition. Mourinho has spent six summers at the UCLA sports facility in Westwood with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan and now he is adding Manchester United to that list as United will spend a good portion of their preseason in the USA.
United are expected to once again participate in the International Champions Cup and it is likely that United will play four games in the States during a stay of up to three weeks in the country. Read more... (308 words, 1 image, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Sevilla have blown La Liga title race wide open after beating Real Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to end the Champions League winners 40-match unbeaten run. With the win, Jorge Sampaoli’s side are now just one point behind Real in La Liga, albeit Real have a game in hand.
The hero for Sevilla on Sunday was on-loan striker Stevan Jovetic, whose stoppage time goal secured an enthralling 2-1 comeback win for Sevilla.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Zinedine Zidane’s side the lead from the penalty spot after 67 minutes, finding the bottom corner of the net following a reckless foul on Dani Carvajal from goalkeeper Sergio Rico. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
According to a new list from the CIES Football Observatory, Barcelona striker Neymar is the most valuable player in the world, with a value of €246.8m, £141.8m more than the current world record, the €105 million paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba.
Neymar’s teammate Lionel Messi comes in second €170.5m, whilst Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is third at €155.3m
The statistical model that CIES Football uses includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones. Read more... (407 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)