Soccer Wiretap

United Shock City With 2-1 Win In FA Cup Final

May 25, 2024 1:17 PM

Manchester United pulled off a shocking 2-1 upset of Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.

United finishes a disappointing season under Erik ten Hag by denying their rivals another Premier League and FA Cup double.

Alejandro Garnacho scored in the 30th minute for United after Josko Gvardiol headed a ball over the head over keep Stefan Ortega as the left-back and keeper miscommunicated. 

Kobbie Mainoo scored a second for United nine minutes later after Garnacho entered the box on the right side of the pitch, passed it central to Bruno Fernandez who then had a one touch pass to the left to Mainoo.

United largely neutralized City's attack with Phil Fodden in particular unable to have any threatening opportunities. City subbed on Jeremy Doku at halftime and he created more chances from the left side including a goal in the 87th minute. 

Despite City dominating possession, United were the better and more fluid side in the match.

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Barcelona To Hire Hansi Flick As Manager

May 24, 2024 1:52 PM

Barcelona will hire Hansi Flick as their new manager to replace Xavi Hernandez.

Barcelona has been in talks with Flick for months.

Xavi had publicly said he had every intention of continuing. He had resigned on January 27 and performed a U-turn on April 24 after being convinced to stay.

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Barcelona Fires Xavi As Manager

May 24, 2024 7:47 AM

Barcelona has parted ways with Xavi as manager.

Xavi originally was expected to leave the club at the conclusion of the season before a reversal of that decision occurred in late April.

Xavi was appointed manager in 2021 and led them to win their first LaLiga title in four seasons last year.

Hansi Flick is expected to replace Xavi in the job.

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Vincent Kompany Likely To Become Next Manager Of Bayern

May 23, 2024 10:00 PM

Vincent Kompany is expected to become the next manager of Bayern Munich. 

Bayern is working on an agreement with Burnley to let Kompany out of his contract.

Kompany is fluent in German and spent two seasons playing for Hamburg in the Bundesliga. 

Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick are among the candidates to reject Bayern.

Burnley appointed Kompany in 2022 after a spell in charge of Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht. 

Pep Guardiola tipped Kompany for a job at Manchester City in the future. Kompany spent 11 seasons with City.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Burnley, Misc Rumor

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Enzo Maresca Considered Favorite To Become Manager Of Chelsea

May 23, 2024 9:58 PM

Chelsea will ask permission from Leicester City to interview Enzo Maresca for their managerial job. Thomas Frank and Kieran McKenna are the other leading candidates to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

Maresca is interested in joining Chelsea and has a strong chance of landing the job. Maresca has a £8.5 million release clause with Leicester. 

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Thiago Motta To Leave Bologna To Become Manager Of Juventus

May 23, 2024 9:56 PM

Juventus is set to hire Thiago Motta as manager after he opted not renew his contract with Bologna.

Motta led Bologna to Champions League qualification in his second with the club.

Motta will replace Massimiliano Allegri as manager of Juventus.

Motta won over Bologna fans with results and his brand of possession-based football, using an advanced press and building from the back.

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Thomas Tuchel Emerges As Favorite If Untied Fires Erik Ten Hag

May 23, 2024 9:53 PM

Thomas Tuchel has emerged as the favorite to become the next manager of Manchester United if Erik ten Hag is fired.

Ten Hag's status has been under scrutiny for months as United has struggled throughout the season.

Tuchel recently exited his managerial post with Bayern Munich. Tuchel previously managed in the Premier League at Chelsea and has also managed Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.

United will play Manchester City in the FA Cup final this weekend.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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Dougie Freedman Turns Down Newcastle Offer To Stay With Palace

May 23, 2024 9:51 PM

Dougie Freedman has turned down an approach from Newcastle United to remain as sporting director of Crystal Palace.

Newcastle is losing Dan Ashworth to Manchester United.

Freedman played an important role in choosing Oliver Glasner to replace Roy Hodgson as Palace manager in February and is believed to have had second thoughts about walking out on the club again after such a successful end to the season 

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Barcelona Interested In Hansi Flick If Xavi Fired

May 23, 2024 2:44 PM

Barcelona has interest in hiring Hansi Flick as manager if they part ways with Xavi.

Rafael Marquez and Thomas Tuchel are also on Barcelona's list of potential candidates. 

Xavi and his staff have yet to receive any official information about their future with Barcelona, but they have suspected they will be let go.

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Luka Modric, Real Madrid Close To One-Year Extension

May 23, 2024 2:42 PM

Real Madrid is close to agreement with Luka Modric on a one-year extension.

Madrid had been expected to leave Real Madrid, but the situation changed over the past few weeks. Madrid has remained critical to Carlo Ancelotti both on and off the pitch. 

Modric wants to stay, and has not been tempted by offers elsewhere including Saudi Arabia.

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Chelsea Players Shocked By Departure Of Mauricio Pochettino

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Robert Lewandowksi Confident He'll Remain At Barcelona

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Budapest To Host 2026 Champions League Final

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Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea Part Ways

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Kylian Mbappe Would Still Like To Play In Olympics

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Toni Kroos To Retire From Soccer Following Euro 2024

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Pep Guardiola 'Closer To Leaving Than Staying' After 24-25 Season

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City Wins Premier League For 4th Straight Season

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Leverkusen Beats Augsburg 2-1 To Finish Bundesliga Season Unbeaten

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Juventus Fires Massimiliano Allegri As Manager

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Barcelona Considering Firing Xavi

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Phil Foden Named FWA Footballer of the Year

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Lionel Messi Leads MLS Highest-Paid List At $20.4M

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Austin FC Awarded 2025 MLS All-Star Game

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Bayern Trying To Convince Thomas Tuchel To Stay As Manager

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City Beats Spurs To Go Two Points Up Over Arsenal Before Final Weekend

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Canada Hires Jesse Marsch As Manager

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Olivier Giroud Signs With LAFC

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Manchester City Have 75 Percent Chance Of Winning Premier League

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Gareth Southgate Leaves Future With England Open Amid United Links

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