Soccer Wiretap

Sacramento To Become 29th MLS Franchise, To Debut In 2022

Oct 21, 2019 8:52 PM

Sacramento will become the 29th franchise in MLS.

The franchise is lead by Ron Burkle, who also co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sacramento will pay a $200 million fee to join the league. They are expected to build a $300 million stadium that seats 20,100 people in downtown.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: IQ

Barcelona, Real Madrid Have Yet To Confirm Date For El Clasico

Oct 21, 2019 8:49 PM

There is still no confirmed reschedule date for El Clasico after the match was postponed this weekend due to political unrest in the Catalan region.

Both sides agreed to play on December 18th. La Liga refused the date as it would interfere with Copa del Rey matches played on that day.

Sergio Fernández/Marca

Tags: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Game Recap

Barcelona Agree To Pay Atletico Madrid $16.7 Million

Oct 21, 2019 8:45 PM

Barcelona will pay Atletico Madrid $16.7 million to resolve a disagreement surrounding Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona were previously fined $334 for tapping up Griezmann.

The agreement also gives Barca a last rights refusal for five Atleti players, including Saul and Jose Gimenez.


Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Legal

Landmark Study Reveals Link Between Soccer, Brain Disease

Oct 21, 2019 1:38 PM

A 22-month research project by the University of Glasgow’s Brain Injury Group discovered former soccer players are three and a half times more likely to suffer from dementia and other serious neurological diseases.

Specifically, the study finds a five-fold increase in the risk of Alzheimer's, a four-fold increase in Motor Neurone disease and a two-fold increase in Parkinson’s.

The report was unable to establish whether the causes was due to repeated concussions, heading older leather footballs, or some other factor.

Many former players and doctors have been critical of the slow response of the Professional Football Association to the problem of dementia over the past decade.

Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Harry Kane: This Is The 'Toughest Time' Since I've Been At Tottenham

Oct 21, 2019 1:28 PM

Harry Kane opened up about the struggles he's faced at Tottenham this season, saying it's the most difficult year since he's been at the club.

"It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong. Sometimes when you're having a run of form like this, things don't always go your way in games. It's about sticking together and if we win tomorrow night that can kick start us. It's probably the toughest time since I've been here. It's just another challenge though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them," said Kane.

Tottenham have won just 3 matches this season. The team sit seventh on the table.


Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, IQ

Serbia To Play Euro 2020 Qualifier Behind Closed Doors

Oct 21, 2019 1:23 PM

Serbia will play two Euro 2020 qualifier matches behind closed doors due to "racist behavior" following a 4-2 loss to Portugal in September.

The first match will occur against Luxembourg on November 14th.

The second match will be suspended for one year. 

BBC Sport

Tags: UEFA Euro

PSG Linked With Christian Eriksen Transfer

Oct 21, 2019 1:10 PM

PSG are reportedly looking to sign Christian Eriksen in the upcoming winter transfer window.

The team would sell Leandro Paredes to make room for Eriksen.

Eriksen has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid this January.

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfer Rumor

Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Not Ready To Win Champions League

Oct 20, 2019 11:36 PM

Pep Guardiola stated that Manchester City are not yet ready to win the Champions League due to their inability to finish in front of net.

"We missed a lot of chances and also lost a lot of chances in the box. We have to be clinical. The people say about the Champions League, that target. We still are not ready. We create a lot, don’t concede, but can improve. We’ve scored a lot over the last two seasons and I don’t have doubts about that, but we have to keep going, work on that," said Guardiola.

Guardiola then praised Gabriel Jesus' mentality.

“He fights with Sergio and Sergio fights with him for one position. t’s good. Sometimes I need Sergio for many things and sometimes I need Gabriel. Of course there is more to come. For him and for everyone. I can’t play any more because I’m not the age to play, but he can play – it’ll be a long career. His mentality means he’ll always have success. He is hungry, he wants to become an important striker around the world. We are lucky to have him.”

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Game Recap

Jurgen Klopp Critical Of VAR: 'This Is An Issue We Have To Discuss'

Oct 20, 2019 11:31 PM

Jurgen Klopp criticized the way VAR changed how referees call matches following Liverpool's 1-1 draw to Manchester United.

Divock Origi appeared to be fouled in the buildup to United's opener, leading Klopp to observe that refs are overly reliant upon VAR.

“This is an issue we have to discuss. The process [allows] the ref to make the decision or not because they have VAR. The ref thinks: ‘Let it run – we have VAR.’ But then VAR says it can’t be overruled because it was not clear. How can he say it’s not a foul? I was 100% sure. I said, ‘Wow.’ I was not angry, I was surprised. I think everyone can agree it was a foul but with VAR it is not a clear foul. That is the situation," said Klopp.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer disagreed with Klopp's assessment that there was a foul.

“No chance – we’re not playing basketball. It’s never a foul. I don’t think Keano [Roy Keane] would say that’s a foul. I thought the referee needs praising. It’s not often we do that. He let it be a derby game, it wasn’t like you couldn’t touch anyone.”

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Manchester United, Game Recap

Joel Matip Signs New Liverpool Deal Through 2024

Oct 19, 2019 1:43 PM

Joel Matip has extended his contract with Liverpool through the 2024 season.

Matip joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2016.

"From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club - but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is in all the countries - the supporters are everywhere. It's a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for. We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we've seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again," said Matip.


Tags: Liverpool, Terms Agreement

Cristiano Ronaldo Earns More From Instagram ($47.8M) Than Juve ($34M)

Barnaby Lane/Business Insider

El Clasico Postponed Until December 18th Due to Political Unrest

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Paul Pogba To Miss Liverpool Match, David De Gea Doubtful

Simon Stone/BBC Sport

Mario Mandzukic Comes To Agreement With Milan

Football Italia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Highest Selling Jersey In MLS


Atletico Madrid, Villarreal To Play Match In Miami

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Tottenham Reportedly Reach Out To Jose Mourinho

Ivan Rakitic Linked With Move Away From Barcelona

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Bulgarian Police Arrest Six In Connection To England Match

The Guardian

Max Allegri 'Very Close' To Manchester United Move

Football Italia

Barcelona Forced To Change Travel Plans Due To Protests

Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden/ESPN

Dani Alves: Paris Got On My Nerves

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

La Liga Requests Oct. 26 Clasico Moved From Barcelona To Madrid

Rodrigo Faez, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tottenham Re-Sign Michel Vorm

Bulgaria, England Charged By Uefa Over Supporter Behavior

Ed Aarons, Simon Murphy & Rowena Mason/The Guardian

Alisson, Joel Matip Set To Return Against Manchester United

Real Madrid Linked With Erling Haaland

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Napoli Looking To Attach $132 Million Release Clause On Fabian Ruiz

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Real Madrid, Barcelona Linked With Fabian Ruiz Move

Alexis Sanchez Out 2-3 Months With Ankle Injury