Soccer Wiretap

Ronaldo: Juventus Creates More Chances Under Sarri

Oct 22, 2019 2:35 PM

Ronaldo discussed his appreciation for Maurizio Sarri's style, saying that the side are creating more chances under their new manager.

"I like the way he [Sarri] wants the team to play, we are creating more opportunities. I think the team is getting better. We are getting more and more confident. We are playing a different brand of football, more attacking. I am happy with these changes," said Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in 13 matches this season, including his 700th career goal.

BBC Sport

Tags: Juventus, Stats

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Shakira's Nephew Makes Debut For Gerard Pique-Owned Team

Oct 22, 2019 2:34 PM

The nephew of Shakira, Tarik Antonio Mebarak, made his debut for Andorra FC over the weekend.

The club are owned by Shakira's partner Gerard Pique.

The 19-year-old played a full 90 minutes for the third-division side.

"He plays as a right back but I played him as a winger because we are talking about a player who is quick and powerful. He is physically a beast and because of his speed, the pitch seems too small for him. He told me that as a young boy he played as a No. 9 and as a winger. Without a doubt, he can bring a lot to us," said Andorra FC manager Carlos Sanchez.


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Chris Wondolowski Signs One-Year Extension With San Jose

Oct 22, 2019 2:17 PM

Chris Wondolowski will return to the San Jose Earthquakes for one more season.

The 36-year-old striker scored 15 goals last season, breaking Landon Donovan's all-time goal scoring record in the process.

"I'm very excited to be back for one more year. Knowing how much fun it is in the locker room, the team unity that we have and where this team is going, I wanted to be a part of it. I love this game. I love going out to practice. We're a family. Even right now, it's nice to have a couple days off, but I'm ready to get started again. When I do decide to step away from the game, my goal is to remain a part of the Earthquakes organization and help the team any way I can," said Wondolowski.

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Tags: San Jose Earthquakes, Signing

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Granit Xhaka Responds To Patrice Evra Criticism

Oct 22, 2019 2:13 PM

Patrice Evra criticized Arsenal following their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United, calling the team "my babies."

"I used to call them 'my babies' 10 years ago, and they are still, when I look at them and think they are 'my babies,' that's the truth -- I'm not being disrespectful when I say that," said Evra.

Granit Xhaka hit back at Evra for speaking out of turn.

"We have to stop speaking about mental [issues] or bull---- like this ... A lot of people speak too much. I hear that the first time he [Evra] speaks something against us. I have a lot of respect about him, because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well. For me it's strange because they were in the same situation as us, they were players as well," said Xhaka.


ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Game Recap

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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.


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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.

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Tags: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Game Recap

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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.

Marca

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Legal

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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.

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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.

ESPN

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, IQ

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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

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PSG Linked With Christian Eriksen Transfer

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Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Not Ready To Win Champions League

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

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Joel Matip Signs New Liverpool Deal Through 2024

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

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El Clasico Postponed Until December 18th Due to Political Unrest

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Paul Pogba To Miss Liverpool Match, David De Gea Doubtful

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Mario Mandzukic Comes To Agreement With Milan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Highest Selling Jersey In MLS

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Atletico Madrid, Villarreal To Play Match In Miami

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Tottenham Reportedly Reach Out To Jose Mourinho

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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

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Barcelona Forced To Change Travel Plans Due To Protests

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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

As.com

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

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