• Guardiola Undecided on Future
    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is undecided about whether he will remain with the team beyond the expiration of his contract next June, as speculation about his future once again surfaced. Amid reports that he has agreed to join Manchester City next summer, Guardiola said, "This is the first and last time I'll talk about this... I have not had any offers from other clubs...I have read a lot in recent months, but I want to do the best for this club. I have not made a decision yet as to what is best for this club. One year is ...
  • Mourinho: Cahill, Costa Fit For Community Shield
    Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho claims that Diego Costa and Gary Cahill will both be fit to face Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. The pair was taken off during Tuesday's friendly win against Barcelona, with Cahill suffering a suspected broken nose and Costa re-injuring his hamstring. Costa has suffered hamstring issues dating back to his time at Atletico Madrid, his problems restricting him to 23 Premier League starts last season. "We have three top strikers. If one is injured, we have two," Mourinho said. "No concerns, no protections. It's a position where we're very strong."
  • Organized Crime Museum Will Open FIFA Exhibit
    Soccer's global corruption scandal has become the subject of a new exhibit at Las Vegas's Mob Museum, the Sin City tourist attraction that immortalizes the lurid history of the American underworld. The museum said the permanent display -- "The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly" -- would spotlight the twists and turns of the scandal that has seen several officials arrested and led to the resignation of FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. "This exhibit is ripped right from today's headlines about the globe's most popular sport," said Mob Museum executive director Jonathan Ullman. The display, which opens in September, will comprise photos, media ...
  • Drogba's "Beautiful Challenge"
    Veteran Ivory Coast and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba addressed a crowd of hundreds of fans at Montreal 's Saputo Stadium on Thursday, one day after jetting into the Canadian city after wrapping up his MLS move earlier this week. "I am a man of challenges and there is a beautiful one before me," Drogba said alongside Impact President Joey Saputo. Saputo said the two-time African Footballer of the Year was arriving at a great time "for the Impact, the city of Montreal, and the MLS. I'm proud that he decided to pursue his career here, and his arrival will ...
  • Mario Gomez Joins Besiktas
    German striker Mario Gomez has joined Besiktas on loan after two injury-plagued seasons at Fiorentina, the clubs said on Thursday. Gomez arrived at Fiorentina with a reputation as one of Europe's most deadly forwards, but managed just 29 league appearances and seven goals for the Serie A side. The Turkish club has an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the one-year loan. The former Germany international hopes that a good season could help him win a place in Joachim Low's Euro 2016 squad.
  • Green to stay with Bayern U23s
    USA international Julian Green will stay at Bayern Munich and help its U-23 team try to win promotion to the third tier, his agent has tells kicker. Green, 20, returned to Bayern this summer following a disappointing loan stint at Hamburg last season. The U.S international, who played at the 2014 World Cup without having previously played in a Bundesliga match, was tipped to be sent on loan for another year. Green's agent Roman Grill has confirmed that the winger "will remain at FC Bayern."
  • Maradona Wants to Enter FIFA
    Argentine legend Diego Maradona said on Wednesday that he wants to fight the "mafia" responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer's governing body. "I have to fight the mafia that still remains inside FIFA. I have to fight those who have for a long time stolen from inside FIFA," Maradona told local television channel America. Asked whether he would run for the FIFA presidency, the 54-year old replied ambiguously: "I really want to be in FIFA."
  • LVG: Di Maria is AWOL
    once again claimed it was close to signing the Argentina international. Di Maria, who had been given time off after the Copa America, was supposed to fly to California on Saturday to link up with United on its preseason tour, but he missed his flight and Van Gaal implied he had gone absent without leave in an attempt to force a move by saying that he had still not appeared after Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago.
  • Chung Mong-Joon enters FIFA race
    Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, announced on Thursday that he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA. A former Fifa vice-president, the South Korean said in an interview he would make his formal announcement next month in Europe, "the center of world football". He said he wanted to be part of the solution to clean up the corruption-tainted governing body. "I am going to stand as a candidate for the Fifa presidency," he said, acknowledging he had a tough fight ahead of him. "It's not easy but people don't ...
  • Zlatan: Next Move a 'big surprise'
    Ibrahimovic says he will surprise everyone with his next move when he leaves Paris Saint-Germain. The big Swede has been linked with a number of clubs this summer but insists that he is "very happy" at PSG, where he has only one year remaining on his contract. The 33-year-old has spoken of his desire to play in MLS at some stage but where the Sweden international will ply his trade next is a mystery and the player intends on keeping it that way for now, the Guardian reports.
  • Mourinho: Benitez "Destroyed Inter in Six Months"
    Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho on Tuesday hit back at Montserrat Seara, the wife of Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, after she joked that her husband was always cleaning up the "mess" made by the Portuguese after departing a club. Mourinho responded by noting that the only club where Benitez directly replaced him was at Inter Milan, "where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time," he said. Indeed, Mourinho had guided Inter to a domestic double as well as the UEFA Champions League title in 2009/10, whereas Benitez, Mourinho's replacement after the Portuguese left for ...
  • Report: Adebayor to Seal Villa Switch
    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor looks to be on his way to Aston Villa after undergoing a medical at the club's training ground, sources tell ESPN. Adebayor, 31, is a favorite of Villa coach Tim Sherwood, scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances during Sherwood's short spell in charge of Spurs in the 2013/14 season. The Togo international would become Villa's eighth signing of the summer, following Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Ayew and Jose Angel Crespo.
  • Rakitic: Playing with Barca Trio is "Not Easy"
    Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says he is willing to run "5,000 kilometers" so one of the team's three star forwards-Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar-can remain in the final third, but he admits it's hard work. The forward trio fired the Catalan club to a European and domestic treble last season and have been hailed as one of the finest attacking combinations of all time. "Many people say that it is very easy to play with them," Rakitic tells Marca. "I don't agree. They are players of a different level and if we play for them is because they have ...
  • Blues' Cahill, Costa Injured vs. Barcelona
    Jose Mourinho on Tuesday admitted that Gary Cahill and Diego Costa are doubts for the Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday. The Blues ended a pre-season tour of the U.S. with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Barcelona, following a 2-2 draw at FedExField in Landover, MD on Wednesday, but the win was tainted by the injuries suffered by Cahill and Costa. While the former suffered a suspected broken nose after scoring Chelsea's 85th-minute equalizer, Costa was replaced after 60 minutes after feeling a twinge in his hamstring.
  • Prince Ali: Platini's FIFA Candidacy "Not Good"
    Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan described Michel Platini's decision to stand for the FIFA Presidency in February's election as "not good for FIFA." Platini, the current UEFA president, announced his candidacy to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter on Wednesday. "Platini is not good for FIFA," said Ali, who lost his place on FIFA's executive committee in May, in a statement. "Football's fans and players deserve better." He added: FIFA is engulfed in scandal. We must stop doing business as usual. The practice of back-room, under-the-table deals must end."
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