The August 2 preseason exhibition between Manchester United and Real Madrid will be played at Michigan Stadium. Organizers expect the attendance to top the the 101,799 record for a soccer game in the US, that was set at the 1984 Olympic Gold medal match between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl.
United have also announced a fourth USA tour game, as they will take on the LA Galaxy on July 23rd at the Rose Bowl. Read more... (1544 words, 1 image, estimated 6:11 mins reading time)
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Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey for the 19th time after a brilliant Gareth Bale’s 85th-minute goal won the day for Carlo Ancelotti’s side against Barcelona at Mestalla.
Madrid had gone in front after just ten minutes when Angel Di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema’s through ball and his low shot went through Barca goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto. Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has always been under appreciated, but we are now seeing his value not that he is injured. If Barca cannot sign a new goalkeeper during the summer transfer window, they will not be winning anything next season with Pinto in goal. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
It will be Arsenal and Hull City who will meet in the FA Cup Final on 17 May, as both Premier League sides overcame battling performances by lower league sides this weekend.
After nine years without a trophy, the 50,000+ Arsenal fans at Wembley on Saturday arrived with the expectation that this was going to be their year. But they nearly left Wembley with their hearts broken again, as Wigan came within 8 minutes of knocking out Arsene Wenger’s side. Read more... (324 words, 2 images, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Chelsea have been drawn against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, while the other semifinal matches holders Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The first leg will take place on April 22/23 and the return the following week.
The draw sets up an intriguing situation with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the 21-year-old goalkeeper on loan with Atletico from Chelsea. I wrote yesterday how the Courtois situation was
threatening to overshadow the draw, and Uefa moved quickly to clarify that Courtois will be eligible to face the Blues in both legs. A statement from European football’s governing body read: Read more... (413 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
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If Brazil is the event of the summer then the USA is the prematch entertainment as 13 of the countries competing in this summer’s World Cup will play their final warm-up games in the USA before heading to Brazil.
For the first time since probably the 1994 World Cup, the current European, Asian and African champions will be playing in the USA.
Many of the countries will be taking part in what is called the Road To Brazil, which will kick off at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. where Turkey will play Honduras. It will end nine days later on June 7 in Landover, Md. where Spain will play El Salvador at FedEx Field. The Spain game is part of a double header along with an MLS regular season match between D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. Read more... (341 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
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Almost Half Of World Cup Countries To Play In USA Prior To Heading To Brazil
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We have tickets for all of Bayern Munich’s games this season as Pep Guardiola makes his much anticipated return to coaching.
Note that Bayern have announced that they will tour the USA in August 2014. Click for more details of Bayern’s USA Tour.
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Liverpool have announced that they play AS Roma in a preseason exhibition game at Fenway Park on July 23, a rematch of their 2012 meeting at the Boston ballpark.
Liverpool last visited the United States in 2012, where they lost 201 to Roma at Fenway Park. Buy Liverpool v Roma Tickets
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US Soccer has announced that Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will play friendlies against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria as part of their preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The three games will be played over a 12 day period, giving the players time to adjust to the same timeline they will see in Brazil.
The U.S. begins preparations against Azerbaijan May 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., and will then travel to the East Coast for the next two matches. In the second match, the U.S. faces Turkey on June 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., before ending June 7 against Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Read more... (381 words, 1 image, estimated 1:31 mins reading time)
In the end the strength and power of Manchester City was just too much for a very game Sunderland side and a devastating second-half comeback saw them beat Sunderland 3-1 to win the League Cup final.
On-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini had given Sunderland an early lead at Wembley but two stunning goals within a minute from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri propelled City to victory.
Substitute Jesus Navas late goal made the score look much more comfortable than it was. Until Toure brilliant 30-yard bullet, City had been lethargic and were outplayed by the more energetic and enthusiastic Sunderland side. Read more... (291 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
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The only weakness that defending World and European champions Spain might have is the lack of a world class number nine. But that is about to change as Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been named in Vicente del Bosque’s 22-man squad for the friendly at home to Italy on 5 March.
The Brazilian born Costa, became a Spanish citizen last year and after scoring 27 times in all competitions for Atleti this season, he is fearsome acquisition to an already loaded squad. The arrival of Costa has to worry fellow strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres who have been dropped by del Bosque for this match. Read more... (426 words, 1 image, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)