Liverpool will have a glamorous return to the Champions League after being drawn against holders Real Madrid in the group stage.
Five-times European champions Liverpool will face ten-times winners face Real as well as Basel and Ludogorets, in Group B while there was a familiar look to the draw for the three other English sides.
Anfield will be rocking when Ronaldo, Bale and company visit, but more importantly for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, this is a group that Liverpool should advance from. It will be between Liverpool and Basel for second place, and that is a battle the Premier League side should win. Read more... (653 words, 1 image, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
After a 15-year international career, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Buy USA v Eduador Tickets
It is interesting that US Soccer is giving Donovan a farewell game after Jurgen Klinsmann unceremoniously dropped him from the US squad for the World Cup. And I am sure we will read to much into it that U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati who is quoted about the event and not Klinsmann. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
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USA v Ecuador – Landon Donovan’s Final National Team Match
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While the top four in the Premier League from last season will be discussing this years Champions League opposition, Manchester United will be traveling to face MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
It is 19 years since United were involved at this stage of the competition, losing 4-3 on aggregate to York in September 1995. But with no European football this season, new United boss Louis van Gaal will be looking for long cup runs in both domestic competitions.
In the pick of the other ties Bradford face Leeds in a Yorkshire derby, Newcastle travel to Gillingham and Stoke face Portsmouth. Read more... (279 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
The World Cup might be long gone, but that does not mean that the best players in the world will not be playing in the USA any more. Both Brazil and Mexico have announced September friendlies against top South American opposition.
Brazil will try and rebound from their meltdown in the World Cup when they take on Colombia in Miami on September 5 and then Ecuador in New York on September 9. This is an official FIFA international date so expect Neymar, Oscar and David Luiz to be in Miami and New York. Read more... (226 words, 1 image, estimated 54 secs reading time)
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Mexico And Brazil To Play September Friendlies In US
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Arsenal took apart a poor and uninterested Manchester City side 3-0 in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s side dominated the first half where they got goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey before substitute Olivier Giroud added a glorious long-range third.
With £30m new signing Alexis Sanchez impressing on a sunny afternoon in London, Arsenal’s fans will hope it proves the precursor to a sustained title challenge. Victory in the traditional season curtain-raiser suggests Arsenal are in fine form ahead of their opening league fixture at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Read more... (408 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Hollywood could not have written the script any better. In his last MLS All-Star match, the best American born soccer player to have ever have played in MLS, scored the winner as the MLS recorded a statement 2-1 win in over Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
And what a goal it was. Donovan got behind the Bayern defense on a long ball from Portland‘s Diego Valeri, where he beat Bayern defender Rafinha before slotting the ball past Manuel Neuer. Donovan was subbed off a minute later to a resounding ovation. Read more... (290 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
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Mexico will try and build on their World Cup performance when they take on Chile in Santa Clara on September 6. This will be the first-ever international soccer game at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Three days later, Mexico will take on Bolivia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
With these matches falling within FIFA’s international fixture window, top stars for Mexico and their opponents are expected to participate. The games could help shape El Tri’s roster for a busy 2015 which includes the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments. Read more... (493 words, 2 images, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Last year Juventus completed a third consecutive title winning season. Can they repeat as Champions and compete against the best in the European Cup?
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The 2014-15 Serie A fixture list was released today and Walter Mazzarri will be pretty happy with an opening five matches of Torino (A), Sassuolo (H), Palermo (A), Atalanta (H) and Cagliari (H).
Inter’s first big test is week seven when then they meet Napoli at home. The Derby di Milano is in Week 12, so towards the end of November, on the same weekend as Lazio-Juventus while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus-Inter takes place on in Week 17. Read more... (685 words, 1 image, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
The Spanish fixture list was released today and it has conspiracy tongues wagging as the first Clasico could be played on October 26 at Santiago Bernabeu. At the moment, Luis Suarez’s four month ban is scheduled to end on October 25, meaning the Clasico would be the first game that that he will be eligible to play in.
The second meeting is scheduled for the Camp Nou on the weekend of March 21.
Technically the first Clásico is scheduled for Saturday 25 October or Sunday 26, meaning if it is played on the Saturday, Suarez won’t be able to play, but if it’s on the Sunday he will. The decision on which days the games are played lies in the hands of the television companies. Read more... (279 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
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Will Suarez First Game For Barca Be In El Clásico?
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