Soccer

March 14, 2020

West Ham Exec: Declare Season 'Null and Void': West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said the entire English football season should be declared "null and void" -- the first tactic proposed by a top-flight side all season that could plausibly deny Liverpool its first title in 30 years. Liverpool has 82 points after 29 games and leads second-place Man City by 25. West Ham sits two spots above relegation.

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March 12, 2020

U.S. Soccer President Resigns Over Sexist Legal Strategy: The president of U.S. Soccer resigned Thursday after the organization's legal filing in a wage discrimination suit with USWNT used inflammatory sexist claims to denigrate female athletes. The filing called it "indisputable science" that women have less ability than men and it is "materially influenced by the level of certain physical attributes, such as speed and strength."

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March 02, 2020

Josef Martinez Tears ACL in Atlanta United Opener: Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez, one of the top scorers in the league, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the season opener against Nashville FC. Martinez collided with a Nashville defender in the 63rd minute, returned to the match and went down again four minutes later. He'll need surgery and could miss the entire season.

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February 29, 2020

Players Stop Playing Bundesliga Match Over Abusive Banner: After the visiting Bayern Munich fans unfurled a banner insulting the owner of the host team Hoffenheim, players on both Bundesliga sides spent the last 11 minutes of the match kicking the ball to each other aimlessly instead of playing. The banner unfurled by ultras was directed at Dietmar Hopp and translates to "Hopp is a son of a whore."

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MLS Soccer Begins 25th Season: Major League Soccer marks a quarter century of existence with today's opening day kickoffs. The new season will include 50,000 fans at Nashville SC's first game tonight on Fox, Inter Miami CF's home opener on March 14 against LA Galaxy and the first all-star game pitting the league's best against Liga MX All-Stars. But the big story in these parts is whether Orlando City can end its all-time streak of never making the playoffs.

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February 14, 2020

Man City Banned from Champions League for Financial Breaches: UEFA has banned Manchester City for two years from the Champions League and other international tournaments for "serious breaches" of financial rules. The Blues can't play in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 Champions League. This opens a spot for the fifth place Premier League team to qualify (currently Sheffield United).

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February 12, 2020

STATEMENT ABOUT THE USWNT 2017-2021 CBA: USMNT comes out strong and hard in support of the USMNT (who just wiped the floor in Olympic qualifying) and against US Soccer. "Soccer is perhaps the most corrupt sport in the World. We do not want a US Soccer Federation that behaves like FIFA."

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December 21, 2019

FIFA President Wants to Play Women's World Cup Every 2 Years: The French federation has proposed playing the Women's World Cup twice as often and has the support of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The event expands from 24 to 32 teams in 2023 and is picking the host from bids by Brazil, Japan, Colombia and Australia/New Zealand.

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August 09, 2019

Transfer deadline day signings take Premier League spending to £1.41bn: Overall a pretty quiet window where the biggest rumored deals failed to materialize. Pogba to Real Madrid/Juventus, Erikson to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale to ManUtd/Liverpool/China, nope nope nope. Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich? Oops. American wunderkind Christian Pulisic finally makes his debut Sunday.

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August 07, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: I've renewed the SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League, which begins play on Friday. If you had a team in the past you may already be there, but if not, use the invite link and league code kar3r0. You can belong to multiple leagues (there also has been a MetaFilter league in some seasons) and there's no draft. You pick any players you want within a set budget and make roster moves throughout the season.

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July 30, 2019

Jill Ellis to Step Down as U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach: Ellis will depart as the first coach in history to win two Women’s World Cups (Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo did it over 80 years ago on the Men's side) after the team's five match Victory Tour this fall. Ellis has an overall record of 102-7-18, and won 13 World Cup matches, drew once and never lost with the USWNT.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 05:28 PM - 1 comment

July 07, 2019

USWNT blank Netherlands to claim second straight World Cup title: With driving force Rose Lavelle as player of the match and Megan Rapinhoe winning the Golden Boot, the US Women shut down the Netherlands to capture the 2019 WWC.

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June 24, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It: The most common complaint against VAR—or any form of video review in sports—in one of aesthetics. If referees insist on stopping the game for several minutes to double check every key play, the thinking goes, all the drama and intensity and emotion of the biggest moments will be lost, and the celebrations of fans will be replaced by hesitance and trepidation while they wait to confirm that what they just saw with their own eyes actually happened. It’s a fine argument, one that at least a strong minority of sports fans would agree with. But most leagues around the world have chosen to ignore it. If the game gets delayed for a bit, they’ve decided, that’s okay, because it’s a small price to pay to avoid controversy and make sure officials are making an objectively correct call.

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June 03, 2019

Project: Phenom: Is 13-year-old Olivia Moultrie the grand experiment that American women’s soccer needs right now?

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May 22, 2019

UEFA's messing up: First, UEFA attempts to hide its ticketing incompetence at the Women's World Cup, which kicks in less than three weeks Fans who spent thousands on Women’s World Cup tickets irate to learn seats are not together.

Second, UEFA attempts to hide its cup final selection incompetence:
1. Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final against Chelsea because Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a political death match and Mkhitaryan and Arsenal have legit safety concerns.
2. Arsenal and Chelsea set to return half of their Europa League final allocations because Baku's airport cannot accommodate the flights necessary.



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May 07, 2019

Liverpool reach Champions League final after incredible turnaround: Braces from Divock Origi (only playing because Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were injured) and Gini Wijnaldum (on as a substitute for the injured Andy Robertson) and a stifling defense that barely gave Barcelona's attack sniffs at the goal resulted in an extremely unlikely outcome - the Reds will play in the Finals a second year running. The fans and the team singing You'll Never Walk Alone afterwards.

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March 10, 2019

Fan Storms Pitch in Championship Game, Punches Player: Today's Birmingham-Aston Villa match in the Championship was interrupted by a git charging onto the pitch and punching Aston Villa player Jack Grealish in the head from behind. Grealish, who was knocked to the ground before a steward grabbed the fan, required no treatment. He later scored the only goal in Aston Villa's win and leapt into the crowd during the pugnacious Second City derby.

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December 18, 2018

José Mourinho Sacked by Man United: José Mourinho has been fired by Manchester United after the team's worst start in 28 years. The Reds' 3-1 loss at Liverpool left them 19 points below the leader and in sixth place in the table. Sportswriter Barney Ronay's assessment of the Special One's final game: "This was beyond dire – dire squared, dire football played in dire fashion by a dire selection. Imagine a bad plan, enacted badly, by someone not very good at enacting bad plans. Imagine a negative approach, applied with extreme negativity by a group of players feeling negative about the actual merits of all this negativity. Why would anyone want to keep doing this?"

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November 28, 2018

The Complications Surrounding the Copa Libertadores Final Unlike Any Other: After massive violence by River Plate fans led to the second leg being postponed, CONMEBOL and the clubs are struggling to find a way to get the game played. Will it even be played at all?

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November 07, 2018

EPL Player Won't Wear Poppy On His Jersey: Irish footballer James McClean, a midfielder for Stoke City, refuses to wear the poppy on his jersey to honor the British Commonwealth war dead for Remembrance Day. This position has brought him threats and abuse, even from his own team's fans, but he continues to take the stand after seven years. He originally said only that it is a "personal" decision but later called the symbol "disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles -- and Bloody Sunday especially."

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November 02, 2018

Documents Show Secret Plans for Elite League of Top Clubs: People have been talking about this since at least the late '80s, and the possibility was the direct cause of UEFA creating the Champions League in '92, but the documents leaked here suggest the big boys are not yet satisfied with their share of the money. Hoo boy!

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October 12, 2018

Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first professional soccer start: The first goal came from his speed but also featured a nice awareness of positioning, nutmegging the defender and going near post where the goalie was unsighted. Seems like he may have earned a contract!

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August 11, 2018

How to Watch European Soccer on TV: Kevin Draper of the New York Times runs down how to gorge on as much European soccer as possible this season, which would cost around $750 a year because of the cable and streaming packages required. The story has an interesting tidbit: Soccer is fourth in a poll of Americans' favorite sport to watch -- and it's catching baseball.

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Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: If you have created a team in the Fantasy Premier League this year, use the link to add it to SportsFilter's league. Scoring began with week one, but you can still jump in at week two like I'm doing (a tragic circumstance I blame on Comfort Inn and Suites).

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July 23, 2018

Mesut Özil is leaving the German National Football Team over DFB's reaction to a photo he took with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in May.: Mesut Özil tweeted a three-part statement Sunday regarding the photo incident, his Turkish heritage, and the backlash he has received--particularly from DFB President Reinhard Grindel. He concluded, "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't."

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July 14, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Final: Make Your Picks: The World Cup finals are France vs. Croatia on Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern. In the SportsFilter World Cup Pickem, geneparmesan is back in first place with 177 and four other players are within 10. Make your picks in the comments.

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July 08, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Semifinals: Make Your Picks: The World Cup seminals are France vs. Belgium on Tuesday and England vs. Croatia on Wednesday, with both games at 2 p.m. Eastern. In the SportsFilter World Cup Pickem, bender is the new leader at 165 with geneparmesan 4 points back and three other players 10 back. Make your picks in the comments.

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July 05, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Quarterfinals: Make Your Picks: The World Cup begins the quarterfinals tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern when France plays Uruguay. In the SportsFilter World Cup Pickem, geneparmesan was too late to pick the first game and still climbed into first place with 129 points, while bender and Ricardo are four points back. Make your picks in this discussion.

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July 03, 2018

Japan Cleans Up at the World Cup: After the heartbreaking 3-2 collapse against Belgium that knocked the country out of the World Cup Monday, the Japanese team left their locker room spotless along with a note saying "thank you" in Russian. The team's fans stuck around to help pick up the stands at their games.

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June 29, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Round of 16: Make Your Picks: The World Cup begins the Round of 16 tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern when France plays Argentina. The standings have been updated in the SportsFilter World Cup Pickem. BruceBanner and Ricardo are tied for first with 84 points. Make your picks in this discussion. First place is an official Adidas Telstar 18 match ball.

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June 27, 2018

Keep Winning, England -- Your Fans Can't Cry in Their Beer: Is there a worse time than the World Cup for a beer shortage to hit the U.K.? The lack of enough food grade CO2 has required beer to be rationed. One wholesaler is limiting pubs and restaurants to 10 cases of beer. The trade journal Gas World calls it the "worst supply situation to hit the European carbon dioxide (CO2) business in decades." Cider and soft drinks are also affected.

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June 13, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball: The World Cup begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern when host nation Russia faces Saudi Arabia. Enter our contest by picking the teams to survive each group, a goal scorer in each group and 3 props. In the knockout stage pick each winner and a scorer. The winner will receive an official Adidas Telstar 18 match ball (value $130).

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May 31, 2018

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title: After winning nine of 14 trophies in less than three full seasons and four days out from breaking Liverpool hearts, Zizou walks away only saying the team needs a change. Gabe Marcotti on the real why, such as it is.

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April 20, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has announced his departure from Arsenal after 22 years at the helm of the club. Arsenal's accomplishments under Wenger include winning the double twice, winning the Premiership in 2003-04 without losing a single game, taking the FA Cup three more times and reaching the Champions League final. But the club finished out of the top four last season for the first time in that span and is currently sixth with 5 games left.

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February 28, 2018

U.S. May Lose Out on Bid to Co-Host World Cup: Three months before the vote, the 2026 World Cup has a front runner and it isn't the North American combined bid by the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It's Morocco. Sam Borden of ESPN suggest the problem may be the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania. He asks, "At this particular moment in time, does the world want to give something nice to the United States?"

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February 10, 2018

Carlos Cordeiro Wins U.S. Soccer Election: The new president of U.S. Soccer is Carlos Cordeiro, who won a third-round vote over Kathy Carter Saturday in Orlando. He was Sunil Gulati's second-in-command so this is not exactly a sign of big changes after the U.S. men's crushing failure to make the World Cup.

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February 09, 2018

Geoff Cameron: What Must Change in U.S. Soccer: "But this is the mentality that is so toxic across the board in youth soccer in America. It’s not about proving yourself every day. It’s about what you did last year. It’s about who you know. It’s about your size. It’s about your reputation. It’s about what fancy youth club you play for."

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December 01, 2017

Are You Ready for Some Football?: The World Cup draw was conducted earlier today. An Iberian showdown in Group B, while Groups D and F look, if not quite Groups of Death, at least Groups of Moderate Discomfort. The U.S. is in Group I.

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November 17, 2017

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations : This will be second formal platform for regional national team competition, after UEFA announced the first one last month. There's even talk of a global format! No more meaningless friendlies, ever ;)

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November 15, 2017

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament: U.S. Soccer and Soccer United Marketing are talking about hosting a tournament next year for ourselves, Italy, The Netherlands, Ghana, Chile, Cameroon and other nations that have opened up some unexpected free time in 2018.

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