August 2018 - Soccer Wiretap

UEFA Backs England's Joint Nations Bid For 2030 World Cup

Aug 31, 2018 2:11 PM

UEFA is backing a joint home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup with the hope of bringing the tournament back to England for the first time since 1966.

The Football Association is understood to have promised its Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland counterparts that it will consult with them before making any bid. 

Any home nations bid would face stiff opposition from a joint bid by Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina, a campaign buoyed by the fact that 2030 marks 100 years since the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930.

The 2026 World Cup will be in North America.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Tags: England, World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo Defends Jose Mourinho Against Criticisms

Aug 31, 2018 10:17 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo has defended Jose Mourinho as his former manager comes under pressure at Manchester United.

Ronaldo will play United as a member of Juventus in the Champions League.

"I don't know what's happening in Manchester, but wait before criticising Mou -- he's special and he's won a lot," he told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Tags: Juventus, Manchester United

Luka Modric Named UEFA Player Of the Year

Aug 30, 2018 6:10 PM

Luka Modric has been named the 2017-18 UEFA Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

Modric helped lead Real Madrid to their third straight Champions League title and also guided Croatia to a second place finish in the World Cup.


Tags: Real Madrid, Personal Award

2018-19 Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

Aug 30, 2018 1:21 PM

The group stage draw for the 2018-19 Champions League occurred on Thursday. 

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan

Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys


Tags: Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, CSKA, Galatasaray, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Lyon, Manchester City, Manchester United, Monaco, Napoli, Porto, Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Roma, FC Schalke 04, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham Hotspur, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Valencia, UEFA Champions League

Ronaldo To Become Majority Owner Of Real Valladolid

Aug 30, 2018 10:37 AM

Ronaldo will reportedly invest $34 million in Real Valladolid and become its majority stakeholder.

Ronaldo could help facilitate a loan deal with Real Madrid for Vinicius Junior.

The 18-year-old from Flamengo has impressed many during his short time at the Bernabeu

Nicholas Mendola/ProSoccerTalk

Tags: Real Madrid, Real Valladolid

Real Madrid Signs Mariano Diaz, Gives Him Cristiano's No. 7 Shirt

Aug 30, 2018 10:13 AM

Real Madrid has agreed to a $35 million deal to sign Mariano Diaz back from Lyon.

Mariano left Real Madrid for Lyon for $9.3 million a year ago.

Mariano is Real Madrid's first attacking signing since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.

Real Madrid will assign No. 7 to Mariano, which was previously worn by Ronaldo.

Alberto Pinero/

Tags: Lyon, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Unai Emery Bans Fruit Juice From Arsenal's Training Ground

Aug 30, 2018 10:02 AM

Unai Emery has banned fruit juice from Arsenal's training ground menu.

Emery has carried on Arsene Wenger's legacy of implementing his own dietary requirements for players, cracking down on sugary juices in favour of water.

Arsenal's players were already subject to strict diet regimens under Wenger, who brought a whole new emphasis on nutrition to English football when he arrived at the club in 1996.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal

Monaco Signs Benjamin Henrichs From Leverkusen For $23M

Aug 30, 2018 9:51 AM

Monaco has signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen for €20 million ($23 million).

Henrichs is a 21-year-old right back who can also play on the left and in midfield.

"I am very proud to be involved with AS Monaco, a top European club for many years, and I will do everything I can to adapt quickly and help the team achieve many victories, with the staff and my new teammates," Henrichs said.


Tags: Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Anthony Martial, United Discussing Five-Year Extension

Aug 29, 2018 10:06 PM

Anthony Martial and Manchester United are holding talks on a five-year deal.

Martial had wanted a transfer but has admitted privately it is now unlikely he will be sold before the transfer window shuts in Europe on Friday.

Jose Mourinho is open to selling the forward but his plan to bring in 30-year-old Willian from Chelsea in his place was met with resistance by Ed Woodward and the board.

Martial's time was reduced when United signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

Clint Dempsey Announces Retirement At Age 35

Aug 29, 2018 12:22 PM

Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement at the age of 35.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Seattle Sounders FC, United States, Misc Rumor

Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho Pursued Transfer For Lucas Moura
Both Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Lucas Moura for United in past windows.

Michael Benson/talkSPORT

Lucas Torreira's Agent Wishes Client Would Have Gone To Napoli
Pablo Bentancur told Radio Crc that he would have loved for his client to work under Carlo Ancelotti.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Yaya Toure To Join Olympiakos
Yaya Toure played for Olympiakos in 2005-06 before moving to Monaco.

Peter O'Rourke/ESPN

Roma Sells Kevin Strootman To Marseille For $29M
Kevin Strootman made 130 appearances for Roma, scoring 13 goals.


Dortmund Signs Paco Alcacer On Loan From Barcelona
Dortmund paid €2 million for the loan with an option to make it permanent.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. Joins Juventus' Under-9 Team
Cristiano Jr. turned eight in June and previously played in a youth academy attached to Real Madrid.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Jose Mourinho Walks Out Of Press Conference Demanding 'Respect'
Jose Mourinho reminded reporters he has won more Premier League titles than the other 19 managers combined.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Thierry Henry Rejects Offer To Become Manager Of Bordeaux
Thierry Henry was previously linked with the Aston Villa job.

Sky Sports

PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona Interested In Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is looking for a new, improved deal from Spurs.

Barry Glendenning/The Guardian

Barcelona Planning $300M Pursuit Of Mohamed Salah In 2019
Barcelona reportedly views the 26-year-old Mohamed Salah as a potential successor to Lionel Messi.

Don Balon (via Goal)

Sources Claim Roman Abramovich Not Considering Sale Of Chelsea
Roman Abramovich's future as Chelsea owner became the subject of intense speculation after the UK government declined to extend his Tier-1 investor visa this summer.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I Had No Issue With Pep Guardiola
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims his contentious relationship with Pep Guardiola was due to the manager.


Unai Emery Denies Reports Of Argument With Mesut Ozil
Unai Emery claimed Mesut Ozil was sick, which is now the seventh occasion since the start of 2017 that he's been out due to illness.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Jose Mourinho Claims Relationship With Ed Woodward Remains Fine
Jose Mourinho has previously voiced his displeasure with United's unwillingness to invest in a center back this summer.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Hugo Lloris Charged With Drunk Driving
Hugo Lloris was stopped by officers in Gloucester Place, in Marylebone, central London.

The Guardian

Real Madrid Hoping PSG Could Be Forced To Sell Kylian Mbappe
Real Madrid is waiting to see if Paris Saint-Germain will be sanctioned by UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play.

Joaquine Maroto/

Champions League Considering VAR
The technology could be introduced in time for the quarterfinals this season.


PSV Reveals Crest For Austin FC
The Austin FC badge features a green silhouette of two intertwining oak trees set against a black background with the name of the city prominently affixed at the top of the U-shaped badge.

Thierry Henry Agrees To Become Manager Of Bordeaux
Theirry Henry most recently was an assistant with Belgium.


Premier League Claims Saudi Firm Illegally Screened Matches
There have been suggestions that Arabsat’s piracy operation is part of a wider political dispute between Saudi Arabia and its regional political rival Qatar.

Patrick Wintour/The Guardian