December 2018 - Soccer Wiretap

Raheem Sterling Says Newspapers Help 'Fuel Racism' In Football

Dec 9, 2018 6:00 PM

In a recent Instagram post, Raheem Sterling said that newspaper portray black and white footballers in a different manner. The post comes after Sterling was allegedly racially abused by supporters during Manchester City's 2-0 loss at Chelsea. 

Sterling point to two differing headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden each buying a house for their parents. Adarabioyo was described as having spent millions "despite having never started a Premier League match", whereas Foden's purchase was described to have "set up a future" for his family.

"You have two young players starting out their careers - both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are," Sterling said. "But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player. I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour."

Katie Falkingham & Mantej Mann/BBC Sport

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

Atlanta And Portland Play Highest Rated MLS Cup Final In 20 Years

Dec 9, 2018 5:49 PM

Atlanta United's 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final drew a 1.2 rating, the highest for a finals match in at least 20 years.

It was a 71% jump from last year's final between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC.

The match pulled a 11.5 rating in Atlanta, the equivalent to over 280,00 homes in the area. 

Sydney Hunte/Dirty South Soccer

Tags: Atlanta United, IQ, Video

Josh Sargent Scores On First Bundesliga Touch For Werder Bremen

Dec 8, 2018 7:06 PM

Josh Sargent scored off a header on his first touch in the Bundesliga as Werder Bremen defeated Fortuna 3-1.

The 18-year-old striker had scored 7 goals in 12 matches for Werder Bremen's reserve team before making his debut on the senior side.

He is the second-youngest American player to score in the Bundesliga behind Christian Pulisic, who scored when he was 17 years and 7 months old for Borussia Dortmund. 

Avi Creditor/SI

Tags: Werder Bremen, IQ, Stats

Messi Sets New La Liga Goalscoring Record

Dec 8, 2018 6:59 PM

Lionel Messi has become the first player in La Liga history to score over 10 goals for 13 consecutive seasons.

He achieved the record following his two goal performance against Espanyol.

Messi has scored a total of 394 goals in 431 La Liga matches over his 15 year career. 

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Tags: Barcelona, IQ, Stats

Jose Mourinho Says Paul Pogba Must Match Mentality Of Teammates

Dec 8, 2018 6:41 PM

In response to Paul Pogba's role as an unused sub during Manchester United's 4-1 win over Fulham, Jose Mourinho said that his midfielder "has to play with the same mentality as the team".

Mourinho said that Pogba will start against Valencia in their Champions League match next week.

Mourinho described United's play in the first half as "perfect", with a midfield consisting of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata. 

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Tags: Manchester United, Game Recap

Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Taught "Good Lesson"

Dec 8, 2018 6:22 PM

Pep Guardiola admitted that Chelsea were better in spurts after Manchester City's 2-0 defeat, their first loss in the league this season.

Guardiola said that his side must be more incisive in front of goal despite missing Sergio Aguero, and that the lesson of losing a match by giving up one chance after dictating possession will serve them well in Europe. 

“That is the level of the Champions League", Guardiola said, before adding that "people say Manchester City is favourite for the Champions League but this is the [level of the] Champions League – they [Chelsea] had one chance and scored one goal. The opponents are so good, so clever. That is what’s going to happen in the future in the bigger stages.”

The loss moves Manchester City one point behind league leaders Liverpool. 

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Game Recap

Maurizio Sarri Says Chelsea Can Win Without Spending

Dec 7, 2018 7:42 PM

Ahead of their clash against Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri stated that Chelsea do not need to spend $250 million in one summer like Pep Guardiola's side to win the title. 

Sarri added that "you have to create a new mentality and a new style of playing. We need to improve. We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential. And then we can get the last five per cent with a new player. With a new player, not 11 new players.”

After starting out unbeaten in his first 18 matches in England, Sarri's side have lost two out of their last three Premier League matches. 

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Tags: Chelsea, Game Recap, IQ

MLS Owners Reach 'Tipping Point' Over Future Growth Strategies

Dec 7, 2018 7:35 PM

There is a growing divide among MLS owners in how to further grow the league in the future. MLS has focused on sustainability with its salary cap and Designated Player rule. The league will expand to 24 teams by 2019.

But there are a contingent of owners getting restless with the slow approach.

“The tipping point is here,” said D.C. United co-Chairman Stephen Kaplan. “We need to take this forward.”

Tenorio signals 2022 as an important year with the expiration of the league's $90 million per year TV deal with ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision. A new contract will significantly impact the growth of MLS.

“The league’s got to develop the value it’s getting from broadcast rights,” Kaplan stated. “That 2022 contract, whoever it is with, or if it’s multiple parties, network versus over-the-top, is the single most important deal the league will make. I think it should be a historic deal that catapults the league. Broadcast deals changed the trajectory of the NBA. … Driving our league-wide revenue will put us in a position to compete with the rest of the world.”

Paul Tenorio/The Athletic

Tags: D.C. United, IQ, Misc Rumor

Josef Martinez Has No Plans For European Move

Dec 7, 2018 4:50 PM

After breaking the single season MLS goalscoring record, Josef Martinez says he has no desire to move to Europe after the season. 

"I've said it before that I am going to be here as long as they want me," Martinez said. "I am happy here, I feel like I'm at home."

Atlanta United are set to lose manager Tata Martino to the Mexico national team, with playmaker Miguel Almiron rumored for a Premier League move in the winter transfer window. 

Roger Gonzalez/CBS

Tags: Atlanta United, Free Agent Rumor

Agent: United 'Very Happy' With Jose Mourinho

Dec 7, 2018 12:55 PM

The agent for Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United is "very happy" with his client.

United are currently eighth in the table and already 18 points behind Manchester City. United also sits eight points out of the top-4.

"There have been more rumors of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United," said Jorge Mendes. "It's totally untrue. Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project."

Mendes is not known for speaking publicly about clients but his statement issued via his agency Gestifute comes on the same day as reports that United have lined up Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

Kieran Trippier Groin Injury Blamed On England Match
Trippier initially hurt his groin in England's third-place match against Croatia.

Daniel Sandford/Talk Sport

Monaco Match Versus Nice Postponed Due To Planned Protests
Former Arsenal teammates Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were scheduled to meet as mangers.

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Jordan Morris Agrees To Five-Year Deal With Sounders
The contract of Jordan Morris will average approximately $1 million per season and be guaranteed for the first three years.


Luciano Spalletti Calls For 'No Surrender' Against Juventus
Inter are 11 points behind Juventus in the Serie A table.

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Joe Gomez Fractures Leg, Jurgen Klopp Critical Of Tackles
Klopp asked the referees for more protection against reckless tackling.

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, City Interested In Cengiz Under
Roma are in no rush to offer a wage increase as his current contract runs until 2022.

Eren Sariguel/ESPN

Josef Martinez Receives 2018 MLS MVP Award
Martinez set a new league record with 31 goals this season.

Tom Bogert/MLS Soccer

Southampton Appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl As Manager
The 51-year-old manager lead RB Leipzig to a second place finish in 2017.

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Wide Forwards Rise In Importance As Players Seek Space
Elite playmakers were forced to look elsewhere as their space was crowded.

Musa Okwonga/ESPN

Fabinho Wants To Remain With Liverpool Despite PSG Links
Fabinho is remaining patient for opportunities following his 50 million transfer from Monaco.

Glenn Price/ESPN

Gareth Southgate Calls For More English Talent In Premier League
A record low 54 English players started for their club sides in matchday 14.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Cesar Azpilicueta Signs New Contract, Maurizio Sarri Urges More
Sarri also wants long-term extensions for David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp Fined For Celebrating Goal On Field
Klopp ran onto the field to hug Alisson after Divock Origi's match winning goal.

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La Liga Features 14 Out Of Top 30 Players In Ballon d'Or Voting
Real Madrid players make up 8 out of the top 30 on the list.

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Gareth Southgate Expects England To Top Euro 2020 Qualifying Group
England open their qualification stage begins next March against the Czech Republic.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Lionel Messi Finishes In 5th Place In Ballon d'Or Voting
It's the first time in 11 years the Argentine has finished outside of the top three for the award.

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Lucas Torreira Reminiscent Of Gilberto
Arsenal have yet to lose when Torreira starts a match and have a +17 goal differential with him in the lineup.

Jonathan Wilson/The Guardian

Southampton Fires Mark Hughes As Manager
Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been reported as the favorite to replace Mark Hughes


Luka Modric Wins 2018 Ballon D'Or
Luka Modric becomes the first winner of the award beyond Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2007.

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2019 African Cup of Nations Moved From Cameroon
The tournament, which begins next June, is being moved ahead of security concerns.

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