January 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

Dele Alli Out For At Least 6 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Jan 22, 2019 1:09 PM

Dele Alli is set to miss the next 6 weeks with a strained hamstring. Alli suffered the injury in the 86th minute of Tottenham's 2-1 win over Fulham.

Alli will miss at least the next 6 league matches and the first leg of their Champions League match against Dortmund.

Tottenham have been hit with a rash of injuries recently, with Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane also sidelined. 

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Injury

Cristiano Ronaldo Fined $21.6M For Tax Fraud

Jan 22, 2019 10:14 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined $21.6 million for tax fraud but will avoid a 23-month prison sentence.

Ronaldo played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018.

In 2017, Ronaldo denied the accusation that he knowingly used a business structure to hide income generated by his image rights in Spain between 2011 and 2014. 

According to the prosecutor's report, Ronaldo "obtained significant income" from image rights between 2011 and 2014 and "should have paid tax in his subsequent declarations" to the Spanish authorities and failed to do so.


Tags: Juventus, Real Madrid

Cardiff Signing Emiliano Sala On Missing Plane

Jan 22, 2019 8:27 AM

Emiliano Sala was on a private plane that disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday evening.

The plane was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff.

A French civil aviation authority spokeswoman said: “Mr Sala was aboard this aircraft. The search for it is continuing and that is all I can say.”

Cardiff’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, said: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night. We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”

Sala, 28, signed with Cardiff last week for a club-record fee of £15 million.

Tags: Cardiff City

Hector Bellerin To Miss Season With Ruptured ACL

Jan 22, 2019 1:13 AM

Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of this season after tearing his ACL during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Chelsea. 

Bellerin had just returned from a month-long calf injury.

Unai Emery added that Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stephan Lichtsteiner will cover at right back. 

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Injury

Ashley Cole Signs With Derby County

Jan 21, 2019 7:39 PM

Ashley Cole has signed with Derby County, reuniting him with former Chelsea teammate and current Derby manager Frank Lampard.

The 38-year-old Cole mostly recently played with L.A. Galaxy. 

Cole cited his relationship with Lampard for the move.

"For me, it was a no-brainer. Of course, I've kept in touch with Lamps [Lampard], to see how good the team has been playing and followed Derby since Lamps got here. For me, it was a no-brainer to come here and get involved in this great environment and hopefully push for promotion."


Tags: Signing

Jan Siewart Appointed As New Huddersfield Manager

Jan 21, 2019 7:30 PM

Huddersfield Town have appointed Jan Siewart as their new manager, replacing David Wagner. 

The 36-year-old Siewart comes from Borussia Dortmund II's, and is expected to continue the club's high-pressing style.

"Many of [Siewert's] core philosophies and beliefs about how he wants his teams to play match our own. He likes high-effort, high-intensity, high-pressing football that is good to watch," said club chairman Dean Hoyle. 


Tags: Huddersfield Town, Terms Agreement

Barcelona Sign Kevin-Prince Boateng On Loan

Jan 21, 2019 6:16 PM

Kevin-Prince Boateng has moved from Sassuolo to Barcelona on a loan deal for the rest of this season.

The deal for the 31-year-old also includes a $9 million option to buy on a permanent basis.

Sassuolo hailed the link between the two clubs.

"This furthers the profitable relationship between Barcelona and Sassuolo, born this summer as part of the buying and selling of the footballer Marlon. The Catalan club thank the Italian club for their openness in conducting these negotiations. The Italian club, on their part, express how very proud they are to be able to continue this relationship with one of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the world."

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Official Transfer

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea Struggle To Get Up For Big Matches

Jan 20, 2019 2:40 AM

Maurizio Sarri criticized Chelsea's mentality following their 2-0 loss to Arsenal. 

"It seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games. I'm really angry about the approach that we adopted today. You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today. It was the same in our game against Tottenham [lost 3-1]. We thought we'd overcome that problem. I don't mind losing, but I don't like losing in this manner."

Sarri had commented on Chelsea's lack of mentality earlier in the season.

Chelsea have lost 5 times in their last 16 matches after going the first 18 matches of the season unbeaten. 

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Game Recap, IQ

Pep Guardiola: Spying Is A Part Of Club Culture

Jan 18, 2019 3:45 PM

In response to the controversy surrounding "Spygate", Pep Guardiola stated that spying on opponents is a part of footballing culture everywhere else but England.

"In other countries everybody does that. They are open. When I was training in Munich there were people on the mountain [overlooking training] with cameras and long lenses watching what we were doing. Everybody does it. It's the culture of all the clubs, not just the previous ones where I worked. It was a part of the club," said Guardiola.  

Guardiola added that he's never spied with Manchester City. 

"I'm not going to send someone to Huddersfield if that is the question."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

James Rodriguez Won't Leave Bayern During January Window

Jan 18, 2019 11:26 AM

James Rodriguez has rejected a move from Bayern Munich and will stay with the club until at least the end of the season.

James has six months left on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, but could extend his stay with Bayern.

Arsenal and Napoli have been interested in James.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Loan, Misc Rumor

Liverpool Signs Andy Robertson To Five-Year Extension
Andy Robertson joined Liverpool from Hull 18 months ago on a £8 million transfer.

Mark Dobson/The Guardian

Barcelona With Rumored Interest In Carlos Vela
Barcelona are looking to add a striker for depth following Munir's transfer to Sevilla.

Moisés Llorens/AS

Sevilla Announce Signing Of Munas Dabbur
Dabbur has scored 20 goals in 30 matches for Salzberg this season.

Rocío Guevara/Marca

Jose Mourinho: Clubs Need To Modernize Footballing Structure
Mourinho added that managers need another voice to help deal with potential conflicts between them and a player.

BBC Sport

Alvaro Morata Agrees To Personal Terms With Atletico Madrid
The 26-year-old striker chose to join Atletico Madrid over Sevilla.

BBC Sport

Barcelona Prepared To Sell Malcom If They Receive $47M+ Bid
Malcom was set to join Serie A side Roma from Bordeaux until Barca swooped in with an eleventh-hour bid.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Manchester City To Sign 18-Year-Old Ante Palaversa
Palaversa has drawn comparisons to Toni Kroos.

Fabrizio Romano and Aleksandar Holiga/The Guardian

Marcelo Bielsa: 'I Observed All Rivals We Played Against'
Bielsa admitted to watching training sessions of every Leeds opponent this season.

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

Karim Benzema To Miss Two Weeks Following Finger Surgery
Benzema will have the operation after Real Madrid's match against Sevilla.

Pablo Polo/Marca

Frenkie De Jong Reportedly Chooses PSG Over Barcelona
The transfer fee for the 21-year-old is rumored to be in the range of $85 million.

Joshua Sutter/Barca Blaugranes

Atlanta United Signs Josef Martinez To Five-Year Extension
Josef Martinez was MLS MVP last season and has scored 54 goals in 60 MLS matches.


Chelsea Confident Of Signing Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain is on loan with AC Milan from Juventus.

Dominic Fifield, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Mario Balotelli Set For Marseille Move
Balotelli hasn't played since early December after falling out with Patrick Vieira.

BBC Sport

Neymar Most Valuable Player In World According To Study
The study also ranked Manchester City as the world's most valuable club.


Austin FC Announced As 27th MLS Franchise
Austin FC are set to begin play in 2021.


Head Of Recruitment Sven Mislintat To Leave Arsenal
Sven Mislintat was initially appointed in November 2017 by Ivan Gazidis.

Amy Lawrence/The Guardian

Neymar: Timothy Weah Can Be One Of Europe's Top Attackers
Weah is currently on a six-month loan at Celtic.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Trent Alexander-Arnold Out For Month With Knee Injury
Liverpool will be without Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip in defense.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Harry Kane Out Until March With Ankle Injury
Kane is set to miss both legs of Tottenham's round of 16 match-up against Borussia Dortmund.

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Petr Cech Announces He'll Retire At End Of Season
Petr Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea.

The Guardian

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