The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its plans for a U.S. men’s national team training camp in early 2020, concluding with a Feb. 1 friendly against Costa Rica at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
The bulk of the training camp will take place in Qatar, the host country for the 2022 World Cup. The U.S. will begin the camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha starting on Jan. 5, and will hold practices and closed-door scrimmages against other teams training in Qatar during the Americans’ three-week stay. Dutch side Ajax will be in the country during the U.S.’s time there but there has been no confirmation that they will be one of the scrimmage opponents. Read more...(377 words, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger Looking To Return To Football
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking up a technical role at FIFA but says it wouldn’t prevent him from making a return to management.
The Frenchman has been out of work since May 2018, when his 22-year association with Arsenal came to an end.
Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘I just want to share what I’ve learnt, and give it back to the game in a different way.
‘I’m not sure that I would stop coaching as well, because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, do I like it, and can I be efficient.’ Read more...(324 words, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Andrea Agnelli, the executive of UEFA competitions committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following long-term reports that such a tournament would introduced.
“Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season,” Agnelli told assembled members, as reported by The European Club Association.
“A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. The current model needs modernising.” Read more...(229 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Is Football Coming Home?
Gareth Southgate told England’s young World Cup stars to grab their chance at glory after reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
England followed their gritty display against Colombia with a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden today. They will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.
Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli either side of half-time did the damage in Samara as England secured just their third ever World Cup semi-final.
“It’s an incredible privilege to be the England manager anyway,” the former defender said. Read more...(418 words, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
USA and Mexico Name Preliminary Roster Ahead of CONCACAF Playoff
Ahead of the massive USA v Mexico showdown on October 10 at the Rose Bowl, both coaches have announced their 35 and 32-man rosters
For the United States, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary in Klinsmann’s selections. Familiar faces such as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore are present as is the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, who is one of MLS’s hottest players at the moment.
In addition to Dempsey, who missed this month’s friendlies versus Peru and Brazil as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabian Johnson and DeMarcus Beasley have also been recalled after missing the two friendlies also. Read more...(455 words, estimated 1:49 mins reading time)
Different Venue Same Score: USA 2 Mexico 0
The USA continued their mastery of their biggest rivals with another 2-0 win over Mexico, the ninth USA victory over Mexico by that score line since 2000.
With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.
Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera. Read more...(324 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?
Berti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.
Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.
The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring: Read more...(277 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?
Nicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.
Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson’s goal in the second. But Bendtner tied the score in the 83rd minute and got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65 international appearances. Read more...(363 words, 2 images, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Controversy As Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is given each year to the top-performing soccer player in the world, after a stunning year that saw him score an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games.
Ronaldo claimed the award with a total of 1,365 points, ahead of Lionel Messi (1,205) and Franck Ribery (1,127), with the votes cast by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media. Read more...(273 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)