UEFA have confirmed the introduction of a third new European trophy by 2021/22 alongside the Champions League and Europa League.
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)
Ronaldo Will Make His Juventus Debut In The US
Juventus have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will join up with his new teammates on July 30.
Juve face Bayern Munich and Benfica in the International Champions Cup on July 26 and July 28, and Ronaldo will miss those games.
By joining up with the squad on July 30, Ronaldo will be eligible to make his debit against the MLS All Stars in Atlanta on August 1 or against his former club Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Washington on Saturday, 4 August.
Juventus made headlines around the world early this month when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a €112m deal. Read more...(577 words, estimated 2:18 mins 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 To Meet Brazil, Mexico, England, Italy And Possibly Argentina This Year
The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced a six-game series of high profile friendlies that will take place later this year.
Called The “Kickoff Series” it will begin on Sept. 7 with a match against five-time World Cup champion Brazil at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. That will be followed by a game four days later against long-time rivals Mexico, which will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The series will resume in October with two home matches against opponents yet to be determined. Some media reports have indicated that Argentina and Colombia were the teams being lined up. Read more...(338 words, estimated 1:21 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)
Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane To Take The Republic Of Ireland
Two of the most passionate Irishmen in world football have agreed to take over the reigns for the Republic of Ireland, a move that will either inspire a nation or lead to a lot of spilled Guinness.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that Martin O’Neill will become the new manager of the Republic of Ireland, replacing the departed Giovanni Trapattoni while former Ireland captain Roy Keane will be his assistant.