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|Déjà vu: German soccer in a recognizable crisis|
The last time Germany bottomed out, the national program and domestic soccer pyramid came together to become champions. Will it happen again?
Venezuela defeat all about learning to play with Messi says Argentina camp
Argentina try and take something from their surprise loss in Madrid
Kroos dismisses criticism by Schuster as a 'diesel tractor'
The Real Madrid and Germany midfielder dismisses comments by the ex-Real boss
PSG bets on U.S. fans to grow its brand
Paris Saint-Germain Managing Director of the Americas, Jérôme de Chaunac, tells Yahoo Finance why he sees opportunity in the U.S. soccer market. They speak at IEG's sports sponsorship conference in Chicago.
Germany “still needs to find itself”, Loew says ahead of Netherlands match
Germany coach Joachim Loew says his side "still needs to find itself" as the struggling team prepare to face the Netherlands in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Amsterdam.
Panama draw poor result for us - Tite
The Brazil coach admits they were below par in their friendly
'Who's the best? Messi!' - Koeman
In an amusing exchange with a journalist, Ronald Koeman has reaffirmed his belief that Lionel Messi is the best footballer of all-time.
Rice ready to start for England - Southgate
Gareth Southgate has hinted West Ham defender Declan Rice could start against Montenegro.
Van Dijk best defender in Europe - Carragher
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in Europe.
I've said no to four management offers - Mourinho
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is setting his sights on a return to management this summer after being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.
Solskjaer the only candidate for Manchester United job, says Rooney
Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the only candidate to take the full-time manager's job. Solskjaer has revitalised United's form and morale since taking over on a caretaker basis following Jose Mourinho's departure in December. Although consecutive defeats to Arsenal in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup have dented their campaign, United have got themselves back into the top-four race and the quarter-finals of the Champions League under their former striker.
Spain boss Luis Enrique wary of Norwegian star Josh King
Josh King has been described as Norway's star player by Spain boss Luis Enrique ahead of the two side's Euro 2020 clash on Saturday.
Southgate to rotate England squad for 'intense' Montenegro clash
Gareth Southgate is expecting a difficuilt match against Montenegro.
Liverpool title win would make me the happiest man in the world - Gerrard
Steven Gerrard says he would be "the happiest man in the world" if Liverpool won the Premier League this season. Gerrard is considered one of the club's greatest ever players, scoring 186 goals in in 710 appearances before joining LA Galaxy in 2015. Jurgen Klopp's side are two points ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit, but Pep Guardiola's men have a game in hand.
Neymar and Vinicius Junior can play in any team - Casemiro
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says he can see Neymar and his club team-mate Vinicius Junior linking up successfully for the national team.
I'm concerned about our creative play says Brazil boss Tite
Brazil boss Tite says his side need to sort out their creativity ahead of this year's Copa America.
Kean has the ability to score goals - Mancini
Roberto Mancini says Moise Kean has ability to score goals for italy.
Varane refuses to discuss Madrid future
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane refused to discuss his future amid growing speculation. According to reports, Varane is considering leaving Madrid as he seeks a new challenge having won four Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles since arriving in 2011. "I do not want to talk about my future," Varane – who is preparing for France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland – told Le Parisien.
UCLA men's soccer coach resigns amid college-admissions scandal
UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned amid the college-admissions cheating scandal, school officials confirmed Thursday.
Zardes' fluky goal lifts USMNT past Ecuador 1-0
Gyasi Zardes scored a quirky goal in the 81st minute as the United States' men's national soccer team defeated Ecuador 1-0 Thursday night in an international friendly in Orlando, Fla. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who attended the nearby University of Central Florida, posted the shutout for the U.S., which won its third consecutive match since new coach Gregg Berhalter took over. Zardes scored the lone goal after defender Tim Ream, wearing the captain's armband for the U.S. for the first time, intercepted an Ecuador clearing pass near midfield.
Indicted UCLA men's soccer coach, former USMNT defender resigns
UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned in the wake of his indictment in the college admissions scandal. School spokeswoman Liza David said Friday that Salcedo quit after being on leave since the charges became public last week. MORE: All of PST's MLS coverage ] Salcedo appeared in court last week after he was accused of taking payments totaling $200,000 in exchange for helping one male and one female applicant gain admission to UCLA under the false pretense that they were soccer recruits when they didn't play competitive soccer.
Czech and England camps respond to Vydra's comments
Both the England and Czech camps had their say on Matej Vydra's comments where he picked out Harry Maguire as a weak link for the Three Lions and told his side not to be afraid to kick the England players.
Rooney reveals one regret from record-breaking career with Everton, Man Utd, D.C. United & England
Wayne Rooney claims to have only one regret from a record-breaking career that has seen him star for Everton, Manchester United, D.C. United and England. Having burst onto the scene at Goodison Park as a 16-year-old, the powerful frontman quickly rose to the very top of the game. Now 33 years of age, he is starting to wind down in MLS after 16 years of Premier League competition.
'Pogba will be a Man Utd player for a long time' – Berbatov shrugs off Real Madrid comments
Paul Pogba “will be a Manchester United player for a long time”, says Dimitar Berbatov, with too much being read into comments regarding the Frenchman's admiration of Real Madrid. Pogba is, however, tied to a long-term contract at Old Trafford which is due to keep him in his current surroundings until at least 2021 – with that deal including a further 12-month option. If he continues to perform at the levels he has produced since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the Red Devils, then extension talks can expect to be held at some stage.
World Cup 2014 the saddest moment of my career - Julio Cesar
Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has revealed his country's heartache at the 2014 World Cup was the saddest moment of his career.
Sterling is hungry for goals - Southgate
Gareth Southgate says Raheem Sterling's performance against Czech Republic was devastating and that he is hungry for goals in the EURO 2020
Making the case: Raheem Sterling as PL Player of the Year
Raheem Sterling has been the best attacking player in the Premier League this season, and quite possibly the best player period. Whether he earns the nod over defender Virgil Van Dijk is another story altogether, as it will probably comes down to wins and losses and one or two titles, but consider how deadly, consistent, and deadly consistent Sterling has been since the start of the season. Of the four Premier League players who've accounted for some combination of 24 goals and assists, Sterling gets the least amount of positive publicity.
Former Arsenal striker predicts return of St Totteringham's Day in bid for top-four finishes
Arsenal are capable of delivering St Totteringham's Day again, claims Jeremie Aliadiere, with the Gunners seeking to climb back above Spurs in the Premier League table. There has been a shift in power in north London over recent years, with Tottenham edging ahead of their arch-rivals. While Mauricio Pochettino's side have become regulars in the Champions League, Arsenal have suffered a humbling slide down the top-flight standings.
Declan Rice gets a lesson in the vapid coldness of the international spotlight
And so it is that to this day, there remains a west London primary school building discreetly defaced with the words 'NO POLL TAX': one child's solemn, solitary and, you'd have to say, ultimately successful act of rebellion against the dying embers of the Thatcher government. Perhaps that's why I felt an instinctive twinge of solidarity with Declan Rice when it emerged earlier this week that he had posted an Instagram comment about the IRA in 2015. Rice may have been a few years older than I was when he made his intervention – “Up the Ra” – but it's likely that the 16-year-old Rice was about as familiar with the nuances of the Republican paramilitary movement as the four-year-old Liew was wi...
Origi willing to play anywhere for Liverpool after earning another chance under Klopp
Divock Origi is happy to play anywhere for Liverpool, with the Belgian forward delighted to be back in favour under Jurgen Klopp. The 23-year-old has not always been a regular during his time at Anfield, with loan spells taken in at Lille and Wolfsburg. The first of those came before he linked up with the Reds on a permanent basis, with those on Merseyside happy for him to gain more experience in France before arriving in England.
Focus is team, not Ronaldo, says Santos after Portugal draw
The Portugal coach has more worries than his super star after a 0-0 draw with Ukraine
There is still nothing – Hazard dismisses reports of Real Madrid agreement
Chelsea star Eden Hazard dismissed reports that he has already agreed a move to Real Madrid, insisting "there is still nothing". Hazard has been strongly linked with Madrid for months, and although he has often spoken positively about playing for Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri, he has continued to flirt with Los Blancos. He went as far claiming playing for Madrid was a "dream" of his last year, while reports on Saturday suggest the 28-year-old has already reached an agreement with them for a five-year contract.
Lukaku reveals important Man Utd lesson learned from Ibrahimovic
Romelu Lukaku admits to having taken important lessons from the brief time he spent working alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United. The Belgium international striker was snapped up by the Red Devils in a £75 million ($99m) deal during the summer of 2017. United had benefited considerably from the enigmatic talents of Ibrahimovic in the previous campaign, but the Swede was sidelined with knee ligament damage when Lukaku arrived.
AFC U-23: Disappointing display leaves India with plenty of room for improvement
India U-23 were lucky that Dheeraj Singh had a really good day in between the sticks against Uzbekistan on Friday in their first AFC U-23 Championship qualifier. After Pakistan withdrew from the tournament, the young Blues were left with two obstacles in Group F - Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Derrick Pereira's team did not give a good account of their talent in their first match and the performance needs to improve if they are to come away with three points in their next game.
Namibia/Zambia: Warriors Raise Shields for Copper Bullets
THE Brave Warriors are in for a taxing battle with the Chipolopolo at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday as they look to finalise qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, say Zambia-based duo Tiberius Lombard and Petrus Shitembi. The Lusaka Dynamos pair anticipate their hosts to be fired up for the match even though 2012 Afcon winners Zambia are not in contention for a place at the finals set for 21 June to 19 July in Egypt. While Namibia require only a point to advance to their third nations cup, Zambia languish bottom of Group K following a forgetful qualification campaign. The Brave Warriors are taking the mammoth occasion and weight of expectation back home in their
After buying Team Sky, Ineos makes change at Lausanne-Sport
Swiss soccer club Lausanne-Sport says it appointed CEO Bob Ratcliffe as president, days after club owner Ineos bought cycling's Team Sky. He is the brother of Jim Ratcliffe, Britain's richest man who created and majority owns chemicals giant Ineos. Lausanne-Sport says Ratcliffe takes over from David Thompson, who is still involved in the club's Ineos-backed youth training academies in Africa.
MLS Commissioner talks Cincinnati, sports betting, and World Cup 2026
Major League Soccer Commissioner, Don Garber, shares his winning strategy for growing the league and the game. He tells Yahoo Finance's Daniel Roberts how the MLS drives momentum in "new America" through data, sponsorships, and partnerships. They speak in a one-on-one, on-stage interview at IEG World 2019.
Nigeria/Seychelles: We Will Not Underrate Seychelles, Says Musa
Asaba — Super Eagles' Captain, Ahmed Musa has assured Nigerians that the team will not underestimate Seychelles when they meet in their last Egypt 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Musa says the team want to get the three points to end the series on a good note. According to Musa, "the Eagles are ready for today's game. We are here to win. The players are in high spirit and they want to continue putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians." The Eagles, who had their final work out yesterday evening under floodlight at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, said they were 100 per cent focused in the bid to win today. After dividing the players into two groups at the
Moldova 1 France 4: Les Bleus cruise in opening Euro 2020 qualifier
Mbappe then added a fourth with a sharp first-time finish late on to complete a comfortable night for the reigning World Cup holders, whose clean sheet was ruined by substitute Vladimir Ambros scoring an 89th-minute consolation. For the first 24 minutes, France barely had a sniff of goal, but 12 minutes later they had put the put the game to bed with three goals in swift succession. The first was the pick of the bunch, Griezmann rolling the ball into Pogba and continuing his run to get on the end of the Manchester United midfielder's chipped pass, the Atletico Madrid forward then firing an unstoppable volley into the net.
Birmingham docked 9 points in English 2nd for overspending
Birmingham has been docked nine points in the second-tier League Championship for overspending. The punishment takes immediate effect, placing the central England club five points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining of the season. The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, says Birmingham's losses in the three-season period 2015-18 were 48.787 million pounds ($64 million). That was 9.787 million pounds over the threshold for permitted losses. An appeal can be launched against the punishment within 14 days. Birmingham has been owned since 2016 by Trillion Trophy Asia, a Hong Kong-based, British Virgin Island-registered
Beardsley charged by FA following investigation into racist conduct at Newcastle
Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association (FA) following an investigation into his conduct at Newcastle United. Beardsley, a former England international, left his post as a youth coach at Newcastle this month. The FA subsequently revealed an investigation was under way following allegations he made racist and abusive comments towards young players.
Bale 'raring to go' for Wales despite difficult Real Madrid season
Gareth Bale says he is raring to go for Wales and has denied injury problems have played a part in a difficult season at Real Madrid. The La Liga giants have reappointed Zinedine Zidane - with whom Bale had a difficult relationship - after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both failed at the Santiago Bernabeu. Bale was a surprise starter and found the net as Madrid beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-0 in Zidane's first game back in charge, with the similarly recalled Isco also on the scoresheet.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter undecided on who should start in goal against Libya
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has praised goalkeepers Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams ahead of their clash with Libya in the 2019 Afcon qualifier on Sunday. The British tactician has a selection headache when it comes to choosing between Keet and Williams to replace number one keeper Itumeleng Khune, who has been ruled out of the crucial encounter due to an injury. Although Bidvest Wits shot-stopper Keet has height and could be the right man to deal with aerial balls launched by the Mediterranean Knights, Baxter says both keepers are equally good to start.
Premier League Big Six Down the Stretch
As far as the quality of their remaining Premier League opposition, the Reds have two easy ones (@CAR & HUD), two fellow big-sixers at home (TOT and CHE), and three relatively challenging mid-table foes Wolves, @NUFC, and @SOU. With Wolves being objectively good, especially against the big boys and Newcastle and Southampton playing better than their places in the table down the stretch that's five of seven matches where Liverpool are at least at some risk of dropping points and not producing great fantasy point totals. Fantasy Notes: With Joe Gomez expected back after the international break or thereabouts, questions about who will start at the back for the Reds will be more difficult. Will Alexander-Arnold continue to be trusted in big matches?
Habs pass Blue Jackets in Wild Card race
When it came to the trade market, the Columbus Blue Jackets decided to go all-in, but it remains to be seen if they'll even get in the playoffs. The Blue Jackets certainly have a real shot of clinching a Wild Card spot, but they haven't made it easy on themselves. On Thursday they suffered a 4-1 loss to Edmonton, extending their losing streak to three games (albeit with a consolation point out of the Boston Bruins game). Due to that slump and the Canadiens' recent success, Montreal now has a one-point edge over Columbus in the playoff race. Each team has just eight games remaining. About the only silver lining for Columbus last night was that the Hurricanes suffered a 6-3 loss to Carolina, keeping them within striking distance too. The Hurricanes hold the first Wild Card spot with a three-point edge over Columbus, though Carolina also has a game in hand.
Burundi qualifies for African Cup for 1st time
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi has qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time after holding Gabon to a 1-1 draw in Group C to collect the point it needed. Burundi is the third team set to make its debut at an expanded African Cup in Egypt in June and July. Madagascar and Mauritania had already booked their places. Burundi's draw at a packed Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium on Saturday meant it ousted Gabon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a spot at the tournament. After starting cautiously, Burundi led through Cedric Amissi's goal in the 76th minute. Omar Ngando's own-goal with eight minutes to go gave Burundi a nervous finish. Victory for Gabon would have seen the Gabonese
Ghana coach Tanko talks about Olympic dream after 16-year absence
Ghana U-23 coach Ibrahim Tanko wants to make history by qualifying the west African nation to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004. It has been almost two decades of misery for the Black Meteors who have been unsuccessful in securing tickets for the summer gathering since last appearing in Athens, Greece. With the qualification campaign for the 2020 event slated for Tokyo in Japan in full gear, Tanko reveals his inner motivation.
Mexico boss Martino leaves door open to future call-ups for Vela, Tecatito
Tata Martino said it was his decision not to call in LAFC forward Carlos Vela for Friday's friendly match against Chile and next week's game against Paraguay. While the LAFC forward continues to show good form in MLS and LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos was included in the group, Vela wasn't called in. Earlier in his career, the attacker had elected to stay away from the national team for personal reasons before participating in the last cycle. His absence from Martino's first call-up sparked speculation the 30-year-old could be calling time on his international career. Instead, the manager said, it was a decision based on chats he'd had in person with Vela both before and after he took
Ivan Sekazza: What you need to know about the new signing at AFC Leopards
AFC Leopards announced the arrival of Ugandan attacker Ivan Sekazza who penned down a two-year deal on Friday. Sekazza, a last born in the family of nine, started his football career at a tender age and this saw him ply his trade in different academies in Uganda. He started off at Kawempe Youth Football Association (Kayofa) and later Jogoo young.
Germany stars Goretzka and Gnabry condemn racist abuse
Germany stars Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry have spoken out in condemnation of the racist abuse directed at team mates Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during Wednesday's draw with Serbia. "It is ridiculous to cheer on one player and insult another just because of their skin colour. Racism has no place in the stadium or anywhere else in society," Gnabry, 23, told German tabloid Bild. On Friday, police confirmed that three men aged between 30 and 40 had turned themselves in after another fan, basketball journalist Andre Voigt, posted a video on Facebook. Voigt, who been at the game as a supporter, described in the video how fans sitting behind him had repeatedly hurled racist abuse at Sane and Gundogan,
Gibraltar 0 Republic of Ireland 1: McCarthy starts second spell with underwhelming win
Mick McCarthy started his second spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland with a dire 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Gibraltar on Saturday. The 60-year-old – who first managed his country between 1996 and 2002 – took over from Martin O'Neill in November, but any thoughts that he would usher in a new era with a swashbuckling win were soon dispelled. Gibraltar – ranked 194th in the world – more than held their own in the first half but were ultimately undone four minutes after the restart when Jeff Hendrick stroked home for his second international goal.