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International Champions Cup Cancelled

This summer’s International Champions Cup was supposed to include an El Clasico match between La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. But unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in the United States, not aonluy this event, but all international soccer games in USA in 2020 have been cancelled.

Without the lucrative preseason tournament, Real Madrid and Barcelona are expected up lose around €15M in revenue. That is a huge hit for clubs that are all facing the financial implications of the Coronavirus which has halted football across Europe, forcing clubs to lay off non-playing staff and asking players to take hefty pay cuts. Barcelona players for example, took a 70% pay cut.

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US Soccer Calls Off National Team Games

The United States Soccer Federation has called off all men’s and women’s national team matches in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federation announced Thursday.

The men were scheduled to play two European-based friendlies at the end of this month, against the Netherlands and Wales, while the women had planned to play US-based games against Australia and Brazil in April.

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas said in a federation statement.

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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.’

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UEFA To Add A Third Club Tournament

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Different Venue Same Score: USA 2 Mexico 0

Dos-A-CeroThe 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.

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Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?

Berti-VogtsBerti 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:

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Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?

Jurgen KlinsmannNicklas (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.

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Controversy As Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo-Ballon-DoRCristiano 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.