Soccer Wiretap

Steve Nash Likely To Join Turner's Coverage Of Champions League

Feb 21, 2018 12:20 PM

Steve Nash is close to a deal with Turner to provide studio analysis of the UEFA Champions League.

The Champions League is switching from Fox Sports to Turner next season.

Nash is currently the GM of the Canadian National basketball team and a consultant for the Golden State Warriors.

There are no plans currently for Nash to join Turner's NBA coverage.

Nash is known as a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

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Antonio Conte Needs To Resolve Relationship With Chelsea Board To Stay

Feb 21, 2018 10:14 AM

Antonio Conte said he would need to resolve his differences with the board of Chelsea in order to see out the rest of his contract.

Conte expects to have other options available to him if he leaves Chelsea.

“In 14 years, Chelsea have changed coach 10 times, so they do have a tendency to chop and change here,” he told Mediaset Premium. “The media plays on this when the results are negative, and they were already talking about me getting sacked after we lost the first game of the season to Burnley.

“But it’s no problem for me. In fact, I really like pressure. I just hope it doesn’t affect the players. In our line of work, we always have a bag packed. My intention is to remain here, but if something were to change, there would be several different scenarios opening up.

“It’s no problem for me. But I have said very clearly that I have a contract to 2019 and I intend to respect it, but anything can happen in football. I’m happy here but, to move forward with the marriage, everyone needs to be in agreement. All parties must be happy.”

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor

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Arsene Wenger: Pep Guardiola Had Interest In Playing For Arsenal

Feb 20, 2018 10:07 AM

Arsene Wenger revealed that Pep Guardiola visited him at his house during his playing career because he had interest in joining Arsenal.

Arsenal will meet Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.

"I talked to him a few times, and once he came to my house when he was a player because he wanted to play for Arsenal," Wenger said.

Guardiola retired as a player in 2006 and took over as manager of Barcelona in 2008.

Wenger said: "He's won much more than I did.

"I think he has done much better than I have, and he's knowing very well what to do. He has exceptional teams and he is managing them very well.

"I respect what he does because he has a clear vision of the game, he has a positive attitude, a positive philosophy.

"Even if he doesn't win I have as much respect as when he wins because I think the people who have an influence in the game, it's very important they have a positive attitude towards the game."

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester City

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Zinedine Zidane Hints At Leaving Real Madrid After Current Season

Feb 17, 2018 9:06 PM

Zinedine Zidane hinted he may have already decided he'll step down as manager of Real Madrid after current season.

Zidane has won back-to-back Champions League titles in his first 18 months in the job and also La Liga in 2017. 

But Real Madrid are 17 points behind Barcelona this season in La Liga as Zidane's tactical ability has been criticized.

"[In football management] there is a lot of fatigue, even more in Real Madrid," Zidane said. "Of course a moment can come when there are changes, but for all of us, not just the coach. Not yet, but it will happen for sure.

"For me the most important thing is still the day to day work, I want to finish this season, there are things to play for -- that is all that interests me. I do not want to talk about anything else."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor

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Netflix To Air Docuseries On Juventus

Feb 16, 2018 11:33 AM

Netflix will air a six episode docuseries following Juventus on and off the field.

Juventus has won six straight Serie A titles.

The first three episodes are now available on Netflix.

As.com

Tags: Juventus

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Toni Kroos Out Two Weeks With Knee Injury

Feb 16, 2018 11:31 AM

Toni Kroos will be out at least two weeks with a knee injury.

Kroos suffered the injury in Wednesday's Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.

Kroos could return for the return leg on March 6th.

As.com

Tags: Huddersfield Town, Real Madrid, Injury

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Jose Mourinho Denies Claims Paul Pogba Wants To Leave United

Feb 16, 2018 11:26 AM

Jose Mourinho has denied reports that his relationship with Paul Pogba has broken down and that the player wants to leave Manchester United.

“You can call it speculation, I would call it a lot of lies,” Mourinho said. “Paul accepts he has not been playing well in the last few matches, but that is all. It is a big lie that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree about his best position and that we don’t have a good relationship.

“It is my problem that he is not playing well at the moment, but he will play in the FA Cup against Huddersfield, and that is the end of the story. We don’t fight every day and we don’t want to sell. I don’t want to be nasty to the punditry industry in this country – it must be the biggest in the world and they are being paid millions – but it is ridiculous to talk about Paul being played out of position.

“Against Newcastle Paul played in midfield, we had a six [Nemanja Matic] and two eights [Jesse Lingard and Pogba], with Paul on the left hand side. If you ask Paul what is his preferred formation it is 4-3-3. If you ask him where he likes to play in that formation it is eight, on the left. That is exactly what he was doing against Newcastle.”

Paul Wilson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Nasser Al-Khelaifi: Neymar Will Remain With PSG Next Season

Feb 15, 2018 4:45 PM

Paris Saint-Germain CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi dismissed speculation that the club could sell Neymar.

Al-Khelaifi said: "One hundred percent, Neymar will be a PSG player next year."

Asked the same question, Neymar told reporters: "I am under contract with PSG. I am concentrated on PSG and I am happy."

Neymar has had an inconsistent first season with PSG as the club has had mixed results.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Cristiano Ronaldo Began Practicing Penalty Kick Volley With United

Feb 15, 2018 9:23 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty kick in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain with what was effectively a volley.

Ronaldo disturbed the turf under the ball, which made it move up to create a volley effect.

Rio Ferdinand, speaking in his role as a pundit for BT Sport, said: "He used to do that in training, you know.

"He used to mess about in training and do it but to do it in a game. I'm not saying he means it but he used to do it, I swear to you.

"Crazy, but he used to do it."

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll told the Daily Mail: "You cannot blame the officials for missing it, as it would have been almost impossible to spot in real time.

"But with the benefit of slow-motion replays, we can see that the ball bobbled up as Ronaldo planted his left foot before slamming it home with his right."

ESPN

Tags: Real Madrid

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Marco Verratti Doesn't Rule Out Transfer To Barcelona

Feb 15, 2018 9:16 AM

Marco Verratti declined to rule out a possible move to Barcelona this summer.

Verratti has long been linked to a move from Paris Saint-Germain to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Verratti was close to joining Barcelona last summer.

"Barcelona? I don't know, I am happy here in Paris.

"I believe in this project and I hope to stay here long. Maybe PSG will sell me but let's see."

As.com

Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Spurs Have Option To Extend Erik Lamela's Contract
Erik Lamela joined Spurs from Roma in 2013 for 30 million.

David Hytner/The Guardian

MLS Moves Streaming Exclusively To ESPN+
The MLS Live service was priced at $79 a year, while the new ESPN streaming product will be $5 a month, or $60 annually.

Scott Soshnick/Bloomberg

Barcelona Prepared To Listen To Andre Gomes Offers
Andre Gomes was bought by Barcelona from Valencia in 2016 for 35 million.

Moises Llorens/As.com

Christian Eriksen: Spurs Completely Different Club From 2013
Christian Eriksen joined from Ajax as Tottenham splurged 11 million from the Gareth Bale fee.

David Hytner/The Guardian

United Supports Ask Club To Improve Atmosphere At Old Trafford
Fans have asked for the executive seats in the Stretford End to be removed along with relocating the Family Stand.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Coutinho: I Worked Even Harder For Liverpool After Barca Move Failed
Philippe Coutinho scored 12 goals in 20 games for Liverpool before his 160 million transfer to Barcelona.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Spain Has Most UCL Round Of 16 Players With 51
Chelsea has the most Spanish players of any non-La Liga team with five.

Quique Rubio/As.com

Argentina Hopes Lionel Messi Plays Less For Barcelona Leading To WC
Lionel Messi has featured in all 23 of Barcelona's La Liga matches this season along with five Copa del Rey matches and all six Champions League matches.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

City Has Most Expensive Squad In History At $1.075 Billion
City's latest signing is Aymeric Laporte at 65 million.

As.com

Carlos Cordeiro Elected President Of US Soccer
Carlos Cordeiro is a well-connected vice president of the federation who has been a board member of the organization since 2007.

Kevin Draper/New York Times

Facebook, Google, Netflix Won't Bid On Premier League TV Rights
The bidding covers 200 games a season between 2019 and 2022.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Riyad Mahrez Returns To Training With Leicester
Riyad Mahrez was upset he wasn't sold to Manchester City during the winter transfer window.

Press Association

Christian Pulisic Not Angling For Premier League Move
Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga and trying to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.

ESPN

Mohamed Salah Downplays Links To Real Madrid
Egypt manager Hector Cuper suggested a move to Real Madrid would suit Mohamed Salah.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Report: Zinedine Zidane Pushing For Real Madrid To Sell Isco
Zinedine Zidane has been disappointed with Isco's play this season after loaning James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich.

As.com

Aubameyang Cites Mkhitaryan As 'Big Factor' Joining Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were previously teammates with Dortmund.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Thibaut Courtois: My Heart Is In Madrid
Thibaut Courtois has reiterated that he'd prefer to return to Madrid to be closer to his two young children and his ex-girlfriend.

ESPN

Antonio Conte Not In Danger Of Being Fired By Chelsea
Antonio Conte reiterated that he is not concerned by the possibility of losing his job.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Premier League Considering Winter Break
The Premier League will consider introducing a winter break to ease their fixture congestion.

PA Sport

Ronald Koeman To Be Named Manager Of Netherlands
Ronald Koeman has been out of a job since he was fired by Everton in October.

Press Association